When it comes to long term survival there are some rather important things to consider. If you have ever tried Iodine water purification tablets, or if you have never used them before like these Coleman ones, here is something to think about. The yellow bottle which contains the iodine tablets holds only 50 tablets per bottle. And requires 2 tablets for every quart (4 cups, or about 1 liter) which means the max amount of water purification this bottle is capable of treating is 6.25 gallons of water. Now if you sincerely calculate this seeing your average need for water consumption is 1 gallon roughly a day you basically only have about a six day supply if one is purifying filtered clear water. When using these tablets the water has to sit for 30 minutes once the tablets are placed into the water and steer gentile to allow the tablets to dissolve evenly and let sit for 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes has passed the water will then take on the iodine color. Its at this point you can add the PA+PLUS neutralizing tablets, which requires 2 tablets for every quart, and let it sit after steering gentile after applying the tablets for 3 minutes. Then the water will turn back to it clear state and can be consumed. Personally the water taste perfectly fine and there is no iodine taste left remaining in the water. Back in my time in the Marines we did not have this luxury and well drank iodine water to our fill. For those who want to know how to plan for this if you are seeking to have a supply and for an elongation of need. Follow the chart below.
Water Purification Chart
2 Tablets Per 32 oz of water
Product Fluid Ounces Cap. Tablets Required Total Refill Ability
The Pathfinder Canteen 39 oz 2 tablets per 25 Times
Pathfinder Wide Mouth Bottle 32 oz 2 tablets per 25 Times
Military Issue Canteen 32 oz 2 tablets per 25 Times
Based on a person who drinks on average 3 full canteens a day which is .75 gallons of water the chart below will indicate how much supply these bottles contain.
The Supply Amount In Days
8 full days and 1 canteen left over supply for one person
If a person where to ration out his water and only drink 64 oz each day the supply would last 12 days with 1 canteen left over supply for one person.
Therefore for a month supply per person who drinks 96 oz per. day would require 4 of these two pack supply to get one person 33 days and 1 canteen bottle supply. While a month supply for a person who drinks 64 oz each per. day would require 3 of these two pack supply to get through 37 days.
The cost for a Coleman Potable Aqua with PA Plus is $7.76
Family Size Two Pack Cost Two Pack Cost
96 oz daily needs 64 oz daily needs
I never knew until after getting out of the Marine Corps I was clinically diagnosed with hyperthyroidism while I was in. If you had asked me, I was just a dude who struggled with weight gain and well could eat about anything and didn't have to worry about my calories. However, later on in my life I took a turn for the opposite I went from hyperthyroidism to hypothyroidism. And well if your like me you have probably been told you going to have to take some medication for your thyroid problem something like levothyroxine. Which just happens to be the very drug I have been taking for a while. What really got me was how little my doctor was telling me about my thyroid issue, except for I guess what they deem pertinent information, if what we are ever really told is really what we need to know. And I say this because it was not till I was reading in Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Treatment 12th Edition I was shocked what I happened to learn. In the subject of nutritional disorders I just happen to run across iodine. And well as my eyes began to skim down slowly while reading I was shocked, to say the least. As I read in the section labeled treatment to read these hard to hear words, "Iodide with or without levothyroxine." I was totally in dismay as the documentation stipulated if iodine is a deficiency that being if one's body is only taking in less than 20 mcg a day. That instead of giving Iodine as a treatment while monitoring the persons TSH levels of 150 mcg of iodide one can be given in place of iodine levothyroxine? until the levels are normal and reach less than 5 uIU/mL (milliliter). I was completely floored once I read that. I was like, "what you mean to say hyperthyroidism is caused by having to much iodine in my system and hypothyroidism is basically a iodine deficiency?" Here is exactly what they say "If iodine deficiency is severe, the patient becomes hypothyroid, a rare occurrence in the US since the advent of iodized salt." (chapter 173 Thyroid Disorders)
One of the main causes for hyperthyroidism is excess iodine ingestion. Some causes can be do to medication which contains iodine such as amiodarone an expectorant which contains iodine. Or can possible be caused by on who has undergone a radiologic study using iodine-rich contrast agents. Or the cause may be simple an excess of iodine ingestion such as dairy products (such as milk, yogurt, and cheese) and products made from grains (like breads and cereals), which are the major sources of iodine. And since your thyroid absorbs literally all the iodine that exist in your body, now you can understand why people who are suffering from hyperthyroid can not take iodine as a form of water purification, as it will only create iodine toxicity and well in the end result in inhibiting hormone synthesis in the thyroid itself. Thus iodine toxicity can eventually cause iodine goiter which is an enlargement of the thyroid gland, or cause the gland to not work thus creating hypothyroidism or myxedema (refers to cold tolerance, fatigue, sluggishness, skin coarsening, weight gain, mental dullness and in women menstrual irregularities). So if you know someone who has hypothyroid well in his case he is in the clear, but if he is hyperthyroid use some other means instead.
Avi Ben Shalom: