A Open Letter To The Readers of Ready Nutrition About the Prepper Community


This article dedicated to ReadyNutrition reader MilkShakeSuds


This is a fairly straightforward and simple piece for your benefit as a prepper and survivalist.  Many articles that are placed upon ReadyNutrition’s screen are of use for your records and to serve (at bare minimum) perhaps as an impetus for further studies on the subject.  Do not neglect the comments section!

I wish to personally thank the reader to whom this piece is dedicated, as he sent me some great information on a bicycle motor complete with links and explanation.  The reason for this article is this: you will find a lot of wealth in the comments section from many individuals with talent, skills, and wisdom that they are willing to share.

Whenever you visit a site and research a particular topic, it is easy to screen the “dead weight” and the “trolls” in the comments.  Trolls are easy to spot: they are repetitively insulting and redundant in their complaints.  They follow the same “MO,” or Modus Operandi in the way that they insult and bash others.  Don’t allow a few “bad eggs” to dissuade you from the information you may need.

No author (myself included) has the “corner” on all information pertaining to any subject.  In this vein, information shared in the comments from anyone willing to contribute to a productive discussion furthering the benefit of any and all readers are both welcome and desired.  I, too, am a reader…I read the comments and learn as much as I can from those willing to share with the blog and the rest of us.

After you weed out the negatives and non-productive comments, you will find there are many with considerable experience in the area that is the subject of the article.  Highlight them, paste them into a Word document, and print them off and save them.  You will come to see that there are many who comment frequently when it is the type of subject central to their area of expertise.

Explore the links and research the extra material they give you.  If possible, ask for an e-mail or try to engender a correspondence with them.  Chances are you can mutually support one another in your efforts to perfect your prepping and survival skills.  Ask questions.  That is what the comments section is for…to share information and to ask questions.  The blog is a medium of exchange for information, and the authors are facilitators of topics.  The heart of any blog is the Readership.  That is you, the Reader.

Many have done more than ask questions and share information.  I write to many readers here regularly, on my private e-mail.  We are a community of like-minded individuals, and this is your forum…your chance to ask questions and be heard.  Save the information you have from other sites and exchange that information here when you see a similar article or the same topic of discussion.  In the end, any community is only as good as the members of the community wish to make it.  There is something at ReadyNutrition for everyone, and there is always room for improvement…and we value your input and information.  It is always welcome and always wanted.  Stay in that good fight!  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published October 28th, 2017
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  • Nailbanger

    JJ, you and Tess run a great site, thank you

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      You’re very kind, Sir. It couldn’t be done without readers such as you. The comments you make are always helpful and informative. As writers, we manage to introduce a topic and “skim” the surface. The best part of all of it is to see the interaction between readers, and when they take a topic and expound upon it. This is what it’s all about, and it’s how we’ll make it through the tough times to come.

      Thank you once again for posting excellent and informative comments, and for the encouragement. It means a great deal, as do you.

      Respectfully and Sincerely,


  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Dear JJ, … you got my attention when you mentioned “bike motor (kits). It’s also MY plan to create such a vehicle.
    One thing I liked (but the prices are high) is the ELECTRIC bike motor kits, and under FEDERAL LAW, electric bike motor kits NO bigger than 750w (and the bike MUST still have “manual pedal power”), NO jurisdiction can require any additional “registrations” or regulations than they impose on 100% “manual pedal power” bikes.
    I am NOT sure, I but I think there’s some similar treatment of Gas powered “mo-peds” as long as the motor is NOT bigger than 49cc.

    Here’s MY logical choices and thinking on this subject.
    Most bikes are at their “limit” when carrying about 200-250 pounds (and I’m 64yrs old and weigh 240 pounds.)

    So, if I put a motor on a bike, to run into town to get groceriess (my town is 10 miles away)… if and when I get exhausted, it gets harder to stay upright, and if there is a motor fault, I’d be pushing the bike and carrying the bags of food. OUCH.

    The MOST logical answer, is to get a TRIKE (and motorize it). Trikes have a higher payload capacity, come with a cargo basket, won’t fall over if you get dizzy or have a flat tire and must push it for several miles.

    The GASOLINE motors, makes NOISE, and you still gotta find gas (and have 2-cycle oil around) to mix them up, but as long as you’ve got gas, you keep going.

    The ELECTRIC bikes are SILENT, and you can RECHARGE it from an OFF GRID solar system!
    But the electric bike batteries have a limited range (20 miles with a tiny teen driving it, but only about 5-10 miles with a heavy adult on it.
    A complete GAS motor kit (on Ebay), can be found for about $140.
    But a complete ELECTRIC kit (including battery) will set you back at least $500.

    I’m torn (and usually broke), so I did buy an 80cc GAS motor kit (can get a ticket without proper registration, etc), but when the SHTF, nobody will care. Cost? $140.

    I’d really like an electric bike system, but my round trip is 20+ miles and MY weight limits won’t allow that much range. I may add some extra muffler to the gas unit.
    I’m planning on installing 5-6kw OFF grid solar these next 6 months. Already got 99% of all the stuff. May need a few forgotten nick nacks?

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I’m honored that you enjoy my viewpoint, opinion and inputs. When something I think is actually valuable to contribute (and may help save lives or improve something), then I’ll contribute.

    From time to time, I do have a BAD habit of enjoying to stir up the religious community. I am not afraid to over analyze religious thinking or writings when there are so many glaring contradictions. I am spiritual on the inner self, but not “bible religious”. I consider myself a “Faitheist” (because I have faith that jumps over the bible and avoids the contradictions it clearly contains.) There is plenty of good and great things in it, but when you really look, you do find plenty to complain about.
    (Such as… the “bible God” is so good, that he banned Sausages but not slavery?)
    God is so pure (and cannot create evil or things against his nature, yet he created the unclean menstrual cycle?) etc.. and things like THIS are the reason why I put faith in God, but NOT in the bible’s version of him, or her, or it. God cannot be defeated, yet in Judges 1:19, he can’t beat the iron chariots? (My inner faith does not accept such nonsense.)

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