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The Survival Doctor

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

These two medical techniques are among the most popular I’ve ever shared here. They’re little-known but easy to master, and they often solve a couple of daunting, frustrating problems.

Since I published them over two years ago, readers have told me again and again that these tips have allowed them to avoid expensive doctor visits. So I thought they were worth recapping, to make sure you have them in your back pocket. They could save you time, money, and lots and lots of frustration.

1. Use Floss to Get a Ring Off a Swollen Finger

Most rings are pretty perfectly fitted for the wearer. So when the finger swells, even a little, no amount of tugging will get the bauble off. It’s a panic-inducing situation, watching your finger expand around that metallic tourniquet.

But much of the time, all that’s needed to slip the ring right off is a little dental floss or duct tape. (Add lubricant, such as petroleum jelly, to help even more.) Watch this video for the trick.

Interestingly, since I published this tip, some people have told me they had [... continue reading]

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Posted: July 28, 2015, 9:47 pm

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