I went to the eye doctor a few days ago for a check up. They checked my prescription, looked for eye diseases and such, and found no changes. The doctor did asked if I used eye drops, or artificial tears. I told him, occasionally, as my eyes dry out looking at the computer screen at my job all day, in a dry, air-conditioned room. He said I should consider medication for that, because dry eyes are not curable. He recommended a product that I had seen heavily advertised on TV, “see your doctor if you have this and ask for __________” Side effects include burning sensations, pain, stinging and blurred vision, blah blah blah… So I asked him, if I start using the med, would the dry eyes get CURED? He looked at me strangely, and he said, “well no, the medicine will help your eyes produce moisture, which relieves the symptoms.” I asked him, if I started to use it, would I then need it forever and ever? He said yes, you will get relief only if you use it so you will need to continue using it. So I told him thanks but no thanks, I did not feel bothered by the occasional dry eye enough to start a medication that could make me dependent upon it permanently, not to mention the potential side effects that seem worse than the original condition. The way I see it, if someone were really suffering from the dry eye condition, then this medicine will help. But for me, who never saw it as a huge discomfort, it seems unnecessary.
This situation got me to thinking, how much of the stuff we feel we HAVE TO use, is actually needed or was this need created by someone or some company? I am starting to question, can we really live without a lot of the stuff we feel dependent upon? Take washing your hair and styling the hair, something we all do pretty frequently: Hair feels oily, so use shampoo to strip out dirt and oils. The bottle even says to repeat, but I never do that, as this will dry the hair out even more! After shampooing, the hair feels dried out, so we now need to “condition” it and put some of those oils back. We’ve all gone to hair salons that also push the multiple products the hair stylist used on us: dry conditioner, mousses or gels, hair spray to add shine, and hair spray to set in place. And since they do such a nice job of styling, you feel you can duplicate this in your own home by buying the hair products they pressure you to buy. Once upon a time in my younger days I fell for that, then I discovered I could never replicate at home what the stylist does. No amount of product will give me picture perfect hair all the time.
The same thing has happened to laundry. It used to be just soap and water, and clothes were dried out in the sun. Now there are multiple stain fighters, stain removing pens, color safe bleach, gel tablets, fabric softeners, static remover sheets… Nothing against any of these products, use them if you enjoy them and can afford them. But I realize we don’t HAVE to use them all the time in order to have clean clothes.
Are we spending our hard earned money on stuff we don’t really need? As you go through your day, be aware of all the products you reach for. Some of these items, you will want to stock up on, if you’d rather not do without. Toothpaste for example. I have tried the baking soda route, and it works but it makes me want to throw up. So I have decided, I will stock up on toothpaste. But I can live without mouthwash, as salt and water will do the same job. From a prepping perspective, the less products you depend upon, the better off you will be. You will save money, possibly stay healthier without all the chemicals you are adding to your skin, hair, clothing and air. And if SHTF, you won’t freak out and miss them so much. You’ll miss the big things like food, clean water, shelter, etc.. but that’s why were prepare: we want to avoid missing those big things.
Clean water is something we cannot live without: For your water purifier needs, please visit:
For easy ways to become more prepared, read my book: