Survival Myths That Could End You!

From the cold weather mistakes you dare not
commit to the dangers of dining with Mother Nature, today we look at Survival Myths That
Could End You. Number 12. Bear Necessity
From comics to cartoons and plenty of live action films, the common defense taught through
media when encountering a bear couldn’t be more wrong. While the advertised technique of impersonating
a corpse might work in the very specific situation of running across a mother grizzly bear tending
to her cubs, it will most likely fail in other situations. Hungry, predatory bears will not be fooled
by your ruse and its recommended you fight back against any that approach you, especially
when faced with a black bear! Number 11. Rubbing Frostbite
This past winter was one of the coldest in decades and people across the world ran the
risk of frostbite in the harsh chilly months. Natural instinct would provoke most to turn
to friction in such an emergency, relying on the time-tested method of rubbing one’s’
hands or toes together to beat the cold. However, when it comes to frostbite, this
could be the worst possible choice. Friction can cause tissue damage on the affected
areas due to the embedded ice crystals being forced to scrape against highly fragile cells. This damage can double if done while still
out in the cold, as well, given the likelihood for the frostbitten areas to refreeze at a
later time. Therefore it is recommended you seek out shelter
from the elements and medical attention as soon as possible to deal with frostbite. Number 10. Misleading Moss
Pop culture has told us that seeking the correct direction is as easy as examining moss on
a tree trunk. Whichever side the moss grows on is north…right? Well, not quite, contrary to what your favorite
survival flick might say. In truth, moss grows in accordance with moisture
and sunlight. The slope of the surface it grows on also
plays a role. Being able to decipher the difference in these
factors will help you determine which direction the moss is actually growing on. Over time, especially thanks to widespread
media portrayals, this process has been diluted down to a neat “nature hack” of sorts in the
minds of many. The reality is that it requires much more
knowledge of nature and ecosystems to be able to navigate home using this method. Number 9. Hypothermic Misconceptions
Extreme cold can easily cause hypothermia, but treating someone who’s experienced such
sharp drops in temperature can be much more difficult. Some common treatment recommendations seem
sound. In practice, though, things like letting someone
with hypothermia sleep or rest in a hot tub to warm up can prove to have fatal consequences. Drowsiness in a hypothermia victim, for example,
is usually a fairly serious symptom as it typically comes on as the victim’s body slows
down. Hypothermic victims often pass away when allowed
to sleep. On top of that, victims need to be gradually
warmed. Being plopped directly into a hot tub can
cause such intense pain that the shock of such can cause a heart attack! And whatever you do, don’t feed a victim going
into hypothermic shock as they very well may choke or retch up the food. Instead wait until their condition becomes
a bit more moderate to supply high calorie foods and fuel their body’s ability to generate
heat. Number 8. Nuts & Berries
A common mistake to make when foraging for nutrients in the great outdoors is to base
the safety of food on an animal’s willingness to eat it. While forest mammals might help themselves
to nuts, berries or flowers that are also safe for human consumption, many animals have
evolved to eat things we would consider toxic. Birds are especially heinous to mimic as various
species are known to munch on fruits that could end a human being’s life! But even small mammals like squirrels can’t
be trusted as they’re known to eat mushrooms that would otherwise be poisonous to us. It’s best to stick with the fruits, plants,
and nuts you know. Number 7. Raw Meat
Delicacies like steak tartare and sushi may taste delicious coming out of a four star
kitchen, but raw meat is a whole other story when it comes to the wilderness. Animal flesh can transmit harmful pathogens
that the human immune system may not be ready to handle, making subsequent symptoms difficult
to diagnose. On top of that, parasites like worms and flukes
can work their way from raw flesh into your system if not cooked thoroughly, resulting
in unwanted guests draining your body of nutrients or worse. Despite what you might have seen Bear Grylls
bite into, even fish pose a threat. Sushi is typically safe to consume only because
the bacteria in some saltwater fish isn’t compatible with human hosts. Regardless of what your diet normally consists
of, always make sure to cook your food thoroughly before consuming. Number 6. Take Cover
One type of shelter commonly taught is the Lean-to. Valued for its simplicity and low material
requirements, this rigging is a favorite among survival shows…right next to hammocks! But similar to the backyard lounge accessory,
lean-tos don’t have much use in terms of practical application. While they might give you some salvation from
wind or sunlight, these structures have no defense against rain or snowfall. On top of that, they’re not built to be insulatory,
so keeping warm will rely on whatever fire you build or blankets you have on hand. And then there’s the issue of wild animals
which will have free reign to raid you and your camp since lean-tos are simply built
to be out in the open. This style of shelter should be employed as
a last resort, or in optimum conditions where all the above threats are non-existent…like
being stranded on a desolate, equatorial island. Number 5. Eating Snow
If snow is just frozen water, then it must be a safe source of hydration in the open
wilderness. At least that’s the common thought process. But if you’re looking to quench your thirst
with a couple snowballs, you might end up biting off a bit more than you chew. Snow falls in four different forms, all of
which have much more cold air than frozen water in their composition with a ratio of
9 to 1. So in order to fulfill the suggested 15 cups
of water per day, you’d have to consume about 150 cups of snow! Consuming that much cold is guaranteed to
send your body temperature spiraling downward, increasing your chances of suffering from
hypothermia. It’s recommended to always melt snow water
before drinking. Number 4. Firestarter Farce
There are many falsehoods surrounding fire and surviving in the wilderness. Perhaps the most popular is the process of
rubbing two sticks together to start a fire. While friction can definitely create a flame,
it’s a much more arduous process than simply rubbing sticks, often requiring a lot of practice
and patience to pull off. Other fire-based myths include the recommendation
to build a fire inside of a cave, or to build a large fire in place of a shelter. The former suggestion will cause rocks overhead
to expand due to the newfound heat source, potentially causing a cave-in, while the latter
suggestion is just plain ignorant of dangers like high winds or rainy weather and the dangers
of sleeping in the open. Even the belief that matches can be used after
they’ve dried is false! Rather than rely on tall tales, be sure to
brush up on fire safety before heading out to camp. Number 3. Sucking Venom
Hollywood has loved to employ the cut-and-suck technique for ages when using snake bites
to drive the narrative of a scene. From westerns to comedies, this process has
provided an excellent visual effect to convey the desperation of felt following envenomization. Yet, this concept has no true effectiveness
in the real world. In fact, such a reaction can worsen the already
dire situation. Once venom enters the body, it travels quickly
and spreads, making the idea of actually sucking it all out an impossibility. To worsen matters further, slicing into an
afflicted wound in haste and applying your own bacteria-laden saliva will most likely
increase the chance of infection, spread the venom further, or cause excess bleeding. Instead, you should remain calm, avoid anything
that would speed up the snake-bitten party’s heart rate, and proceed directly to a hospital! Number 2. Liquor Warmth
With the majority of ski resorts having a nice toasty lodge, most likely equipped with
some sort of frothy alcoholic beverage on tap or season-appropriate peppermint liquor,
it’s typical to associate such libations with warming up. Even artwork and modern media have contributed
to this concept with the classic portrayal of a St. Bernard carrying a cask of brandy
around its neck to revive those lost in the snow. This is little but fantasy, though, as alcohol
actually causes the opposite reaction. In addition to reducing the ability to shiver
to combat the cold, alcohol also dilates capillaries just below the skin. This might feel warm in the moment as it brings
more of your blood to the surface of your skin, but it also causes your blood to cool
quicker and thus lower your body temperature swiftly. Sweat can form, creating a lower core temperature,
and inebriation can keep you from realizing what’s happening! So, no matter how you look at it, alcoholic
drinks are probably the worst cure for warming up in the snow. Number 1. Urine Trouble
Desperate times call for desperate measures. But turning to your own waste for hydration
is never a good idea. If you’ve reached that level of desperation,
chances are you’re already long dehydrated. This can prove even more harmful than drinking
it when hydrated. In addition to carrying bacteria, toxins and
any medication you’ve taken, urine contains concentrated amounts of salts and minerals
meant to exit the body. These minerals require water to process, and
without it, you’d simply be speeding up your own dehydration!

11 thoughts on “Survival Myths That Could End You!

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