YouTube is huge. It’s also pretty cool and I watch YouTube videos everyday.
But there is something that has been getting my goat lately. I posted a while
back about a video that boasted 36 wild edible and medicinal plants in 15
minutes. Read that blog here.
Again, I run into information from a YouTuber that is not only inaccurate
but dangerous. I know tons of videos are published that are only for fun and
whether the info is accurate or not doesn’t make a lick of difference. But some
videos are of more serious nature and accuracy does matter.
This particular YouTuber is very popular and get’s a lot of attention. Heck,
Iv’e watched many of his videos and enjoyed them. But the conclusion that
I am coming to is that many YouTubers are more concerned with the
amount of views that they get, then the content of the information.
Probably more true with some topics than others, but in the survival or
natural world, it seems to be the norm rather than the exception.
I don’t want to point this person out more than others because there are so
many and he is but a small example. If he sees this and complains that
I didn’t give him credit, I will.
The issue is, at the end of what was a pretty decent video on eating
scavenged meat and bone marrow from someones de-boned kill, he
made comments about it being OK to eat snow in cold weather situations.
The fact is, it is not. Watch this video put out by the US Army: Click me.
When it comes to peoples safety, it is irresponsible to put out
information that is not accurate. Mistakes of course can be made,
but correct them, delete them or do something that does not leave people
thinking it is safe to do something that is not.
Following is my comment to his video when he said eating snow is OK.
“Can’t say that I agree with comments on eating snow at the end. Maybe if you are working and actually need to cool down a small amount is OK , but it can still result in dehydration, not hydration. This is straight from the US Army (I served 8 years in the Cavalry) Cold Weather Survival Guide. But anyone who is lost or in a survival situation trying to stay warm, should definitely not eat snow. In order for your body to create heat, it needs to be able to metabolize. Your body requires water to metabolize. Cooling your core temperature by introducing snow or ice can cause your body to use more water to metabolize and create heat than the amount of water you took in eating the snow. Also, snow, especially fresh snow, has very little mineral content. Demineralized water can create headaches, stomach aches and other nasty things. I liked the bow drill and good save on the ember, but be careful giving blanket advice. Overheating and sweating isn’t good, but taking a rest and loosening your clothes a minute is a far better solution than eating snow.”
(NOTE: This is the video that the YouTuber used as his source)
“This is a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMZvXL2h_y8″
“Cool Video. As a guy born and raised in Michigan and not the Arctic with Eskimos, my tolerance for anything concerning the cold is not going to match an Eskimos (as someone from Florida won’t match mine). The vast majority of people who attempt to take the exact path the Eskimos do, but on their own, would likely be found by Eskimos frozen to death and dehydrated. Lol. When you look at the example of the Gent who survived 45 days, I think he said, the man was a medical student who obviously understood the issues with eating Ice and Snow. Notice he didn’t just start eating (melting it in his mouth and swallowing the water), but rather he rationed out very specific amounts and consumed it as he took in specific amounts of calories, from some sort of food source. Knowing the specifics and secrets, along with a body that has adapted over thousands of years definitely gives Eskimos a huge advantage, as well as does understanding the science. The Med student more proves my point than dispels it. The vast majority of viewers are neither Eskimo nor Scientist. They are normal, average people. Most people remember very basic information. In this case…eat snow. The issue still remains that way more people will do more harm to themselves, then help themselves by lowering their core temp. Most people who find themselves in a situation are more likely to succumb from hypothermia than anything else. Dehydration exacerbates hypothermia. More people eating snow and Ice will cause dehydration rather than prevent it (except Eskimos and Medical Students..Lol) I’ll still teach them to pass on eating the snow and Ice. Most people who die from hypothermia did so because they got lost while hiking or hunting and unfortunately didn’t find their way out before dark. I wonder if they ate snow? What are they doing out in Nature having not told people what area they were going nor without a minimal survival pack with fire making tools? Fun topic.”
“Well we can’t fix stupid! If I make a long video explaining the whole thing, only the smart people will watch anyway…LOL Too boring for the guy who will end up needing the information to begin with.”