Survival Myths That Could Cost You Your Life.
One of the things that seems baffling to us is that when it comes to survival, and preparedness tips some people believe almost anything they read. Whenever you get a survival tip test it out, or see if there is an expert that agrees with it.
Don’t accept everything as fact just because it’s on the internet, or in a book. If something about the tip doesn’t seem quite right check into it deeper. In this article survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt reveals the survival myths that could kill you.
Author: Annie Hauser
Myth#1: Suck (or Cut) Venom Out of Snakebites
“Absolute nonsense!” Kummerfeldt said of the idea that sucking or cutting venom out of a snakebite will save your life. Venom spreads through the bloodstream, he said, so you can’t simply “cut away” an infected area, “and that will make for a very ugly wound.”
Your best weapons against snakebite are your cell phone and car, he said. “If you have pain and swelling in the bite area, get to the hospital.”
Really, though, you should not be too worried about snakes. Deaths from snakebites in the United States are incredibly rare. But tropical regions face much higher fatality rates because there are more venomous species in many tropical countries, people are more likely to go barefoot after dark, and there’s little antivenin available.
Myth #2: Wildlife is Your Biggest Problem
Those stranded in the woods are often frightened of the bears, cougars and more that might be lurking nearby, Kummerfeldt said. But “very, very few people ever see them,” he said. “About 200 people a year are killed by animals in the United States, out of the millions of people who [recreate] in the back country. Out of that number, bees are the single greatest cause of death.”
Holding agreed. “Perhaps in some places in Africa this might be more relevant, but if you find yourself stranded in North America wildlife is the least of your worries,” she said.
Myth #3: Drink Water Out of a Cactus
“There’s very little moisture in cactuses,” Kummerfeldt said. “Even after the rain when they are fully saturated, it’s very hard to extract any moisture, and the moisture that you get out you can’t drink it.”
If you want to survive in the desert, you need your own water and shade, he said. Often, resting in any shade you can find and hydrating until someone rescues you is the key to desert survival, instead of trying to walk your way to civilization.
Myth #4: Put a Pebble in Your Mouth When You’re Thirsty
This one comes from older survival manuals, but the advice is out of date, Holding said. The idea is that pebbles supposedly provide relief from dehydration. “At best it will provide a distraction and perhaps a reminder to keep your mouth shut — breathing through your nose rather than through your mouth is important when water is scarce,” she said.
That said, water and shelter should be your top priority in any survival situation. To see 5 more survival myths like these go to the original article at Weather.com
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