Protect Yourself & The Planet! 


Plan For Good Health & Local Self-Reliance 


The Harsh Reality - Our government, businesses, and institutions do NOT protect the public nor the planet from many, if not most, toxic products and waste. And, that's because we live in a world based on making money, not sense.


Good health today requires an aggressive 'personal' approach. Embrace the good, and avoid the bad... and the unknown.  We suggest that you learn about 'wild' foods (, grown your own food, or stick with organic produce, meats, and fish. Avoid all processed food because we'll never know what's in it. The same thing goes for most commercial products (personal, household, etc..) Learn to do without or make things yourself so that you can be more confident that they are safe and not toxic.


In a nutshell:

Maximizing Self-Reliance is a great idea for everyone, every community, and every nation. A society can't be strong if it's heavily dependent on imports and manufactured products for the necessities of life. This is not an argument against trade and technology, but we should all be prepared to survive and thrive without them. Below is a list for things to avoid & safer substitutes. Please note that this is a work-in-progress. Iím always experimenting. You should too!


by Lynn Landes, Founder


NOTE: Big Pharma has completely corrupted medicine today
, too often doing more harm than good, while the government financially incentivizing doctors and health care providers to prescribe bad medicine. Personally, I avoid vaccines, pharmaceutical drugs, medical procedures, supplements, recreational drugs, and 'everyday drugs' - caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. 'Everyday drugs' do everyday damage to our health. They are basically uppers and downers. They increase the body's production of female estrogen which results in a daily roller-coaster ride of emotions, as well as being carcinogenic and disrupting
our physical, mental, and sexual development. It is shocking the number of people on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs who don't connect their condition to what their putting into their mouths. If you're having panic attacks, then stop drinking caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, & chocolate)!  But most doctors don't give their patients this common sense advice. Either the doctors haven't been educated to use their heads, or they'd rather make money giving their patients unnecessary and harmful drugs. Add to that, medicines and 'everyday drugs' end up in our municipal drinking water (isn't filtered out) that both children and adults consume!





addition LIST at bottom

X Ė I donít use at all


Safe(r) Substitutes: (WildFoodies)

conventional, processed, non-local food, GMOs, cultivated, and hybridized crops

wild edibles (WildFoodies), also organic, chemical-free, make your own. Stay in 'produce' section of grocery store

factory meat / poultry / eggs

grassfed / pastured

farmed fish

wild caught

sugars Ė beet (many are GMOS), sugar cane

local honey

vegetable oils

fat from meat, poultry, or fish, also walnut oil

dairy (thickens mucous and encourages colds, etc.)


gluten (inflammatory and increases fungal infections)


soy products - too much female estrogen



Safe(r) Substitutes:  (HealthAlertPhilly)

medications, vaccines, vitamins, & supplements

food & herbs

everyday drugs: caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, marijuana - basically uppers & downers, makes your body produce too much female estrogen which is carcinogenic, plus makes people more emotional, and distrupts our physical, mental, and sexual development X
conventional childbirth: ultrasounds, vaccines, drugs, vitamin K, etc. natural pregnancy & childbirth

sunburns / toxic sunscreen

wear light clothing and hats, but mud can be used in survival situations. If I get burned, I take a cool bath in plantain water. Do not rinse off. Pat dry.

conventional toilets it seems that we donít even poop properly, see the or use a footstool



your skin is your largest organ - feed your body, donít poison it - if you canít put it in your mouth, donít put it on your skin - skin, hair, & nails absorb into the body & bloodstream anything that it comes in contact with

Also, why should women wear make-up, dye our hair, paint our nails, etc.? Aren't we good enough without all that?

Safe(r) Substitutes: X Ė I donít use at all


I use plantain water for lots of things. Plantain is the world's most abundant & beneficial medicinal herb. You can chew it and apply on a wound. Or take the raw leaves and put them into a blender with water, blend, sieve out the fiber, and use it. You can also dry it and jar it for year around use. Different parts of the plant can be used in different way. Read up on it.





hair color, spray, etc.


nail polish




soaps - for both body & hair

plantain water and walnut oil, usually in a bowl, use face cloth to wipe down. Avoid baths and showers as most municipal water is contaminated with chemicals. Other greens may be added - nettle, dandelions, amaranth, etc.

hand sanitizers & soaps (including homemade soaps that contain glycerine) I usually just rinse with water. But to get off tough grease, I use buckwheat flour, or oat flour for gentle cleanser. Keep it in a pepper shaker. For car grease etc, use fat or oil first, wait a minute, then sprinkle on buckwheat flour, rub, then rinse. Repeat if needed.

skin moisturizer

walnut oil works best for me

hair conditioner, if needed

raw egg yolk (1 or more) applied directly to wet hair, comb through, wait a minute, then rinse, itís makes my hair feel great, but I lose some body and control, so use only as needed.

hair styling gel

plantain water makes hair more manageable, but raw 'egg white' applied on wet or dry hair acts more like hair gel.


light clothing and hat, but clay mud can be used in survival situations


plantain water & walnut oil, rub on with facecloth. White vinegar works. Plus, avoid eating glutens (which make me stink), avoid wearing synthetic clothes, harbor bacteria which also makes the clothes stink.

toothpaste and fluoride

plantain water & walnut oil


plantain water

toothbrush - plastic attracts bacteria      



because hair growth is a source of removing toxins from the body, I donít shave my armpits except once a year, before we go to the shore Ė I cave for bathing suit season!


Safe(r) Substitutes:

synthetics & microfibers

wild, natural & organic fibers - Hemp socks are great for people with toe fungus, hemp is naturally antifungal.  Our son paints them and I use them all the time. DIY! Ė a fiber meetup I organized in 2014


Safe(r) Substitutes: X Ė I donít use at all

dish soap and dish washer (big source of indoor air contamination due to heating plastic parts)           usually I just use a face cloth to wipe dishes clean, then rinse off using water only. buckwheat flour is good for scouring as it is slightly abrasive, but it can stain dishes.

window/mirror cleaners

plantain water with clean cloth

tub/sink cleaner

use plantain water, naturally antifungal. Also, egg whites, buckwheat flour, or rice flour. white vinegar for stains

kitchen tough grease & grime cleaners

apply any kind of oil or fat (I use duck fat), wipe off excess

kitchen floor cleaners

any kind of mint, put it blender with water, sieve out greens, then mop or dust

wood products & wood floors cleaners & conditioners

duck fat works great for me, keeps wood from drying out (it doesnít go rancid nor smell after a few hours / wood turners often recommend walnut oil

to remove glue from jars labels use fat or oil first, wait a minute, then sprinkle on buckwheat flour, rub with scouring pad, then rinse. Use extra buckwheat and oil as needed.

laundry detergent

plantain water. ditch your whites and solid colors, theyíre too hard to keep stain-free

tough grime on clothes

scrub with clear oil

laundry softeners & deodorizers

plantain water & walnut oil

general dusting

any kind of mint water or pine needle water, dampen dust cloth, it leaves slight oil film, good for wood, leather, vinyl  - keeps them from drying out

tough greasy dirt removers

duck or chicken fat alone, can also add buckwheat or rice flour to act as an abrasive

synthetic sponges or dish cloth

natural fabric dish cloth or face cloth, synthetic material attracts bacteria

plastic dishware

wood might be best, then glass or ceramic

pots & pans: aluminum, stickless, stainless steel clad (note stainless may contain aluminum layers & leach if scratched)

glass, cast iron, solid stainless steel

filter of any kind

organic cloth

paper towels


air fresheners

potted plants, herbs, (onions cut in half & left standing in water helps absorb toxic odors)

air humidifier          

potted plants, etc.

contaminated building materials: insulation, fiberboard, wallboard, contaminated concrete, tiles, etc. Try hemp & other natural materials


compost, compost tea, fish tank water

herbicide & fungicide

5% white household vinegar -

Insecticides: ants and other insects

duck fat or vegetable oil - paint on with brush around windows and doors, inside and outside the house.

mouse traps

boil peppermint as an air freshener and wash floors with mint water weekly

PETS Products:

Safe(r) Substitutes:

commercial foods

make your own dog food mostly of meat

dog shampoos

raw egg yolks on wet dog, wait a minutes, then rinse Ė great cleanser & conditioner!

flea products

dab plantain and/or mint water on fur

doggy toys

make your own with socks, ropes, etc.


Safe(r) Substitutes:

paper tissues

cloth handkerchiefs


use natural, organic, safe materials

newspapers & magazines

cancelled everything, but thatís not always a good thing, decide on a case by case basis


I usually don't give gifts, but instead send checks so that people can get what they really want.


X - most cards end up in the landfill within a few weeks


X - flowers are more heavily sprayed with chemicals than any other crop