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Control Your Lifestyle, Learn How to Be a Retro-Survivalist.

Updated on December 3, 2019
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I am a kidney transplant recipient and a diabetic of 20+ years. I live well by managing my foods and keeping up with the technology.

Take Control of the things that matter to you.

We all want to eat healthier foods and live a healthy lifestyle. But, today, the big food conglomerates are inserting chemicals into what they produce that are designed more for their profit margins and less for our health.

There are so many simple things we can do to make ourselves more aware of what is in our foods and at least understand the real choices available to us.

Here is a book that provides a collection of things the health conscious person can do to take back control of their Foods, Lifestyle and Health while saving money at the same time.

There is no magic to eating healthier and at the same time cheaper.

The simple facts to aid the shopper in making smart food choices and doing so at lower prices are presented in this book.

And, for those who want to go even further and regain even more control over their lives and overall health, this book is an invaluable reference tool of things you can do.

The title itself indicates what the authors's desires were when writing this book.

Over the years, people have given up much of their control of; theirs and their family's health and allowed a variety of so-called experts; Doctors, Pharmacies, Insurance companies and even the most insidious of all, the conglomerates that produce and process our food.s

What so many of us have forgotten, and sad to say, some never knew, is the fact that for centuries our forebears were treating many of their simpler illness' and managing their food contents in a more natural and safer way.

They knew then that certain Herbs, Plants and Foods contained natural chemicals that were good for treating so many typical ailments people suffer from.

Today, we have evolved to using pills and chemicals that are manufactured (and modified with other even more dangerous chemicals) for the convenience of major corporations profit goals and not necessarily for the good of the customer's health.

Well, a Retro-Survivalist is someone who decides that it's time to resurrect and re-evaluate these once proven and effective natural remedies from the past and use the ones that fit our lifestyle.

With this book, you can quickly find and select the tips and aids that suit you and what you want to manage when purchasing your foods and for treating your overall health.

Read and you can learn how to utilize supermarkets for the best savings on the healthiest products and avoid their traps and tricks to draw the shopper into purchasing items they don't really need.

You can learn how to read the labels on packaged foods and recognize the ingredients that are bad for your health so that you can make intelligent choices.

You can learn how to buy certain items when they are cheap and store them for use later when they are really needed, while ignoring other supposed "great deals" that are of no use to you.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

— Hippocrates

Manage your plan for controlling your lifestyle

With the information in this book you can see many options that are easy for the average person to use and select the steps to take that suit your present lifestyle, as you move at your own pace towards the new and healthier natural lifestyle you desire.

So that you understand what is available in this book, I have extracted the Table of Contents to provide a better overview of its contents than anything else that I can say, so here it is:

Contents of the Retro-Survivalist

This list is an abbreviated list of what the Book The Retro-Survivalist contains:

  • BOOK-1 - Taking Control
  • Supermarkets and Meats
  • Understanding Food Freshness
  • How to Build a Patio Garden
  • Build a simple VERTICAL GARDEN
  • How to Build a Backyard Garden
  • Recommended Personal Crop Foods
  • Understanding FERTILIZERS and Pest Control
  • Natural and Other Insect Repellants
  • Garden INSECT PESTS and their ENEMIES
  • How to Store ROOT VEGETABLES
  • Dry Your Own Foods
  • How to Build a Compost Pile
  • Raising Livestock – Urban CHICKENS
  • Raising Livestock –URBAN PIGS
  • Homemade Laundry Detergent
  • Making Your Own SOAPS
  • TOOTHPASTE – Make your own
  • Valuable Tips and Tools for the Survivalist
  • Planting Times for Common Foods
  • FOOD Labeling – the GOOD and the Questionable
  • BOOK-2 – Your HEALTH and HOME TIPS
  • FORAGING – What to look for
  • Mushrooms – The GOOD and the BAD
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • HERBAL TEAS – For your Health
  • How to Make a POULTICE
  • How to Make a TINCTURE
  • Home Health Tips for the SURVIVALIST
  • ESSENTIAL OILS, What they are and How to use them
  • Don’t go OFF THE GRID, just head to the edge
  • Dictionary of Words and Phrases used
  • FORAGING for plants – The GOOD and the BAD

Foraging - A Prepper's Guide

The Prepper’s Guide to Foraging
The Prepper’s Guide to Foraging

I purchased this book when I started my research into survivalist techniques so I could understand the subtleties of foraging. It is a very goodf source for the beginner forager.


Book format and structure

This book is actually the combination of two sections. Book-1 is called "Taking Control", while Book-2 is called "Your Health and Home Tips". the names themselves are self-explanatory about the contents of each section.

Also, sad to say, you will find that the book is a little costly. This is due, not to the writers desire for enormous profits, but rather because the publisher, CreateSpace, has a high price for printing a book in color.

The authors decision to have this book published in color was driven by the desire to provide high quality color pictures of certain plants and insects that are described in the book, for the readers convenience.

Because the information provided is so varied and in cases even unique, the chapters are pretty much stand-along sections of information that can be quickly and easily found and referenced by the reader.

Essential Oils Reference Guide

Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils 2013
Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils 2013

My knowledge or Essential Oils and their properties was sparse before i purchased this book. And I consider it a great resource for the beginner survivalist.


Not All-Inclusive

Of course, as you can see by the table of contents, the contents of this book are valuable and useful for people who want to take control of so many different facets of their lifestyle and health.

But, please understand that no book can be all-inclusive and provide every detail on every subject listed. The information provided is concise and accurate to the best of the Author's knowledge. If the reader desires to utilize what is presented, they will often need to do a little more research, on their own, to collect even more details on the subject presented.

Our advice is;

  • Use the book,
  • Understand the situation described,
  • Decide on whether it will work for you, and at some point,
  • Research on the web for even more details that will help in the implementation of what the Reader wants to do.

Become a Retro-Survivalist

Even if you are content with your lifestyle, as it is, reading this book is a must for anyone curious about the subjects presented.

Use them and become a Retro-Survivalist, either in small steps, or be Gung-Ho and make your plans to head "to the Edge of the Grid".

The Retro-Survivalist

The book - The retro-Survivalist
The book - The retro-Survivalist | Source

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.”

— Buddha

How to Forage in a City Park

How to Forage for Mushrooms

© 2014 Don Bobbitt


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    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      fpherj48- I am a prolific writer. Of course, only time will tell of I an a decent author. LOL!

      And, I am a lazy Author. I truly do next to no marketing, so any of my books that sell are almost by accident. But, again, I have a lot of fun writing, editing and publishing them.

      Thanks for the read and comment,


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      4 years ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      I guess I need to quit snozzin and wake up! I had no idea you were such a well-published writer! Good for you. How wonderful to be able to go to "your page" with YOUR books! They all look interesting......especially the one about self-publishing.

      I love the concept of not exactly living off the grid, but "on the edge." If more people adopted that life style....fewer of us would be so broke so often!!...Thanks Don. UP++++ tweeted & pinned. Peace, Paula

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      vocalcoach- Thanks for your kind words about my book.

      Writing it was the hardest task I have ever taken on as a writer. I had no idea that the research and cross-referencing would be so tedious.

      In fact, I could have knocked out at least a couple of novels with the effort I spent on this book.

      And, then, of course, I wanted it in color, and ended up with a book that is, I feel too expensive. I still only get a couple of bucks and the rest goes to Amazon.

      Oh, well, at least I got it out of my system and I am now spending some time on the next volume.

      Thanks for the read and comment,


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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I,m looking forward to reading your book don. This would also make a great Christmas or birthday gift. Thanks for this excellent review of your book.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      SusanDeppner- Yes, I have released a Kindle version for a much lower price, but I have to do some more editing to make it look better for the reader.

      I am also reconsidering my color paperback version and re-releasing it in black-and-white format. The pictures will be harder to use without color, in my opinion, but O can cut the paperback book price by 2/3.

      Thanks for the suggestion,


    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Don, can you convert the book to Kindle format, then advertise that it works best on a Fire tablet (color) rather than the Kindle reader (b&w)? No actual printing involved!

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      SusanDeppner- Thanks for the kind words Susan.

      I spent a very long time with my research for this book, and it is a very informative tool.

      My problem is that because of the need for readers to recognize so many plants and insects, etc. I decided to have the book printed on color.

      It turns out that this drove the cost via Amazon up so high that I am getting very few sales.

      The worst part is, I only get less that $3 from each book sold by them. LOL!

      Lesson learned, No More Color Books.

      Oh Well, Have a great day.


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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great topic and, really, very timely. I think more and more people are trying to take control of their personal health situations. Congratulations on publishing your thoughts on the subject!

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      MartieCoester- Thanks for the comment and if you do get the book, I hope you enjoy it and use it to your advantage in this strange world of ours these days,


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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Regaining control over my health is my New Years Revolution. Now to convince Father Christmas to bring me all the books in this hub of yours....

      Thanks for the inspiration, Don Bobbitt :)

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thanks Joel,

      I have a lot of information on this subject and I will be actively putting it onto a free Google Blogger site site I started. I called it by the same name; retrosurvivalist. I hope to get it all collected and cleaned up there for a more in-depth second book Volume.

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      Joel Diffendarfer 

      5 years ago from Jonesville

      Okay, now you have me hooked. Love your approach and subject matters. Great writing! Well worth reading...which I intend to do more of here. Thanks!

    • Joel Diffendarfer profile image

      Joel Diffendarfer 

      5 years ago from Jonesville

      Okay, now you have me hooked. Love your approach and subject matters. Great writing! Well worth reading...which I intend to do more of here. Thanks!

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thank You AETSA1- I am hoping to get some exposure by word of mouth from those who purchase it and find the value of the information I have collected.

      Its not a "GO OFF THE GRID" book, but it would make a good reference book for anyone who was looking at going Off the Grid.


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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This will be another awesome book. Congratulations for having the discipline and the talent to put all these together.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      BlossumSB- Thanks for the read and comment.

      Idid try very har to lay the book out in some esmblance of a logical order.

      My goal was to make it easier for the reader to find the section that they wanted without "roaming" through the book.

      Thanks again,


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Your book looks very interesting and is well laid out and clear, although foraging in a city park could be a problem when I think of all the dogs that are walked there. The plants would need to be above dog reach! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Eating naturally really doesn't take much time. Your book sounds excellent. The videos really added to the hub.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Catherine- I guess that's my point with writing the book. Because of my health problems, I have been constantly on the search for more information on ways to improve my lifestyle.

      And the book?

      Well, it is simply a structured document that provides a wide range of options with something to suit almost anyone who needs more options themselves.

      Thanks for the read and comment,


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      Catherine Giordano 

      5 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I try to live as "natural" as possible. it looks like you have been very complete in your book. I think a person like me would have to pick and choose and maybe just take a few of your recommendations.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Iris Draak- I guess my book is a reflection of my taking control of my own health with a goal of getting off of so many different medications.

      The darn side-effects had gotten to the point that I was essentially a Zombie on a roller-coaster ride of highs and low throughout the day.

      As I have learned more about the remarkable effects of Herbal medicines and slowly replaced my "manufactured drugs" with more natural treatments, the better my blood test numbers have become overall.

      It is a slow process, and it might not work for everyone, but there are more natural ways to treat so many common ailments of people.

      My goal is to outlive certain of my nay-saying Doctors

      Thanks for the read and comment,


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      Cristen Iris 

      5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I like the way you think. Whole food, natural living, being as self-reliant as possible. I enjoyed this overview of your book, Don.


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