Dangerous survival myths

Dangerous survival myths

survival-myt-25Today, people have the opportunity to travel, and besides, the popularity of extreme tours has increased. True, going on a long-distance (or not very journey) would be worth worrying about their own safety. And not always the advice that can be heard in various TV shows about survival really work. In this review, we will dispel the harmful myths about survival.

Considering how recently the topic of post-apocalytics has become popular and the widespread belief that a nuclear catastrophe can happen at any time, it is not surprising that people are increasingly interested in questions about how to survive. In fact, most generally accepted myths about survival can do more harm than help.

1. You need to immediately find food

A person can survive for several weeks without eating on the fat reserves of his body. By this time, he is likely to die from many other causes, including injuries, radiation exposure, poisoning or illness. In fact, people tend not to die of starvation in situations where they need to survive.

2You need only 2 sticks to make a fire

It is incredibly difficult to make a fire in a similar way, even under the best conditions. It is best to immediately attend to waterproof matches.

3. Watch a show about survival

It is interesting to watch similar shows, but they are largely set for a specific scenario. Although some useful tips can be drawn from them, the show is better not to rely on what is shown in the show.

4. It is necessary to suck out poison from the wound after a snake bite

Clinical trials conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona showed that when exhausted, a lot of damage is caused to the tissues surrounding the bite. Also, ice and tight dressings do more harm than good. It is best to wash the affected area, cover it with a bandage and try to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

5. You can run away from a bear

No, It is Immpossible. Even the famous sprinter Usain Bolt could not do that. It is impossible to imagine a situation in which it would be possible to overtake the bear.

6. Need to pretend to be dead when meeting a bear

In fact, it all depends on the type of bear. If it is a grizzly, then even with a direct attack by a bear, it is better to fall, cover up vital organs and pretend to be dead. If it is a brown bear, then this trick will not work.You need to seem as big and threatening as possible, and for this you should open your outerwear, scream and stomp. In any case, you can not look into the eyes of a bear.

7. The best way to stop a shark attack is to hit her nose.

Although this method works, many do not even realize how difficult it is to get a shark in the nose under water during its attack. At the same time, it would rather be possible to hit the hand directly into her mouth. It is better to try to grab onto her gills or eyes that are easier to get into.

8. In the desert, you need to immediately find the water.

It is better to sit in the shade and try not to sweat a lot during the day. If you need to move, it is better to do it during the night when the temperature is cooler. Some people died of thirst after only 4 hours of wandering in the desert under the sun, while others survived for 2 days, moving only at night.

9. You need to drink your urine to quench your thirst.

Although this can be done once without any significant consequences, drinking urine leads to overheating of the body, so you will need to choose between a lesser evil. Potentially, for more effective use of urine (without side effects) you need to strain it through the tissue (at the same time it cools down).

10. You can drink from the cactus

Most likely this will lead to unpleasant consequences. By analogy with urine, the body is difficult to handle all poisons that can potentially lead to heat stroke. There is, however, one cactus from which one can drink without consequences — the ferocactus of Vislisen.

11. No need to worry about surviving short trips.

You need to be ready for the most unexpected situations always. Even if a person is going on a day trip to the desert, he should take the minimum set of survival.

12. Helicopter will save from anywhere

In many cases this is far from the case. There are many places where helicopters simply cannot fly, especially high in the mountains.

13. Boiling water makes it 100% clean.

Boiling only kills germs and bacteria. If there is dirt in the water, then it must be filtered. Boiling does not help get rid of pollution. You can make a homemade filter by passing water through the fabric (for example, through a shirt), and then boil it.

14. Eating snow is a good way to prevent dehydration.

If there is snow, then the body will need a lot of valuable energy but to warm it up.It is better to first melt the snow, and then drink water.

15. Shelter implies a roof over your head.

Most people think that the first thing to do is to build some sort of hut. As experts say survival, first of all you need to worry about what to lie, and not about what is happening above your head. When it comes to shelter, you must first build a bed that will prevent the loss of valuable heat from the body to the ground, and then bother with the roof.

16. If a foreign object is stuck into the body, you need to pull it out.

This will only cause faster blood loss. Instead, you need to wind the area around the wound and immediately seek help.

17. When bleeding need to use a bandage.

Of course, the bandage can save lives, but it should be used only as a last resort, since the chance of losing a limb is very large. In addition, as soon as the bandage was imposed, it is not necessary to remove it under any circumstances. This will lead to a resumption of the release of toxins back into the blood stream, which the body can not cope with. The bandage can be removed only in the hospital.

18. During the earthquake you need to stand in the door.

If the building is not old enough, it can be deadly. In the past, extremely strong door frames have been made, but in modern structures there are much better places to hide: for example, under a strong table.

19. Plant nutrition is safe

In fact, it is not. If there is no time and opportunity to conduct a universal test for edibility, there is a great chance that a person will swallow something poisonous. In addition, even if it is possible to find plants that are definitely not poisonous, they are likely to have few nutrients.

20. Moss grows only on the north side of trees.

This is not true. In the northern hemisphere, it does grow more often on the northern side of trees, simply because on this side there is less chance of direct sunlight and a more humid environment. The sun is a much better landmark.

21. Alcohol use keeps you warm.

This myth is actually very dangerous. Alcohol only makes a person feel warmth, but it actually reduces the internal temperature of the body.

22. At the bottom of the valley is cold, you need to move to a higher place

Although it is true that several degrees warmer on the slopes of the valley,than at its bottom, it is worth remembering that the wind will blow on a hill. Need to look at the circumstances.

23. If hit within, you need to swim parallel to the shore.

While this is true for currents that lead directly to the sea, not all currents behave in this way. The basic rule is to swim perpendicular to the flow in the same direction as the wind blows.

24. Sudden unexpected situation

Survival situations, as a rule, do not occur suddenly. They are usually the result of a series of wrong decisions. For example, when fishing on a lake if a thunderstorm begins, it is worth getting out of the water.

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