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“You’re starting a campfire. Suddenly there’s an explosion and your pant leg is on fire—the searing pain, the burning flesh yours. What do you do?”
That’s the first line from my new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. What would you do? In real life?
For most of us, the answer is panic, if only for a few seconds. From the book:
We might run, or try to pat out the fire with our hands. Who knows? For a fraction of time we stop thinking rationally, and those around us do too. Fortunately, one of us typically gathers our senses quickly and smothers the fire with water or a blanket or a roll on the ground.
People sometimes tell me they’re afraid they won’t be able to function in a medical emergency; the panic will take over. But you can prepare for panic and by doing so combat it. I teach how in my book, which goes beyond basic first aid and gives information on how to survive for hours, even days, if no emergency help is available.
Today, I’m sharing with you some of its advice [... continue reading]
Don’t you love receiving a gift that you can really use? One that says the gifter must have really thought about you personally before buying it?
And don’t you just love it when you come upon that perfect gift for someone? One that will brighten their day?
I’ve picked out my 10 favorite gifts that I think most everyone should have on hand for camping, hiking, or just-in-case emergencies that can happen at any time.
Now don’t get me wrong, some people need more ties, and I’ll admit they can make a great tourniquet. And a part of a sweater can make as good a wound dressing as any other piece of soft material. And it’s true, you really can’t get enough underwear and socks. So, I’m not putting those gifts down. But sometimes, at least I, like to look for a more unique gift also.
As such, I submit for your consideration a few presents that will make your gift receiver think, wow, they really thought about this. Presents you may not have thought of but are easy to find. All are small [... continue reading]
What does food poisoning have to do with the holidays? If you don’t know, then you’ve been rather lucky. Plenty of food, cooked hours ahead of time, left out? Leftovers not refrigerated promptly? Bacteria paradise.
Omit the part about the plenty of food, and add unreliable refrigeration, and the same thing could happen during a disaster. No, not the one where the turkey burns or where you leave Uncle Joe and Cousin Willie in the same room too long. I’m talking about the kind when the electricity goes out.
How to Treat Food Poisoning
No matter the cause (and there are many) the initial treatment for food poisoning is usually aimed at one purpose: to avoid dehydration.
To tell the truth, in most cases, at least initially, there’s really not much you can do to lessen the diarrhea or vomiting. In fact, antidiarrhea medicine and antibiotics can actually prolong the symptoms in some cases. And, since many bouts of food poisoning are over in about 24-48 hours, time will often be the ultimate cure.
So, if you get a case of the runs and heaves, [... continue reading]
More exciting news about my book Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. If you preorder it through the publisher, Living Ready, you can also receive a free PDF version to download. Here’s how:
This offer ends December 5.
It’s so hard to find unique presents, and I know the book would make a great one. Now, you can print the PDF to put under the tree or give for Hanukkah since the actual book may not reach the giftee until after Christmas. (Its official publication date is December 31.)
Very soon we’ll also have a proof-of-purchase gift certificate that you can print from TheSurvivalDoctor.com. It will be available to everyone, no matter where you buy the book.
[Update: The gift certificate is now available!]
Living Ready has assured me that anyone who has already preordered the book through them should receive the PDF [... continue reading]
You asked for it, and it’s finally here!
Drum roll, please. I have some very exciting news. …
Ever since I self-published my e-book guides to Burns and Wounds, people have asked when was I going to publish a book they could hold in their hands—one they could take anywhere or have on hand if the Internet went down.
It took a while, but here it is.
First, let me explain the title. Living Ready is the name of the publisher, who specializes in prepper-type material, including a website; books; and a magazine, for which I write a column.
And First Aid? Well, the book includes that, but it goes beyond. Yes, it gives information on what to do for common emergencies right away to save a life, but it also provides information on what to do if expert help is going to be delayed for hours, days, or longer—maybe never. Now, as I’ve written before, [... continue reading]
(This is a bonus post this week due to the timeliness of the topic.)
An example of clarithromycin.
Some of my readers stock up on antibiotics. (Read more about doing that in my free report about medical supplies.) Whenever you’re storing prescription meds for disaster prep, remember that there are reasons these medications are tightly regulated. In other words, be careful. For one thing, some of them can have serious interactions with other medications.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reminds us of this. Canadian researchers reconfirmed that taking a calcium-channel blocker and the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) together can cause serious side effects, including a dangerous lowering of blood pressure, kidney damage, and even death.
Examples of Calcium-Channel Blockers
- Amlodipine (Norvasc)
- Diltiazem (Cardizem, Tiazac)
- Isradipine (Dynacirc)
- Nicardipine (Cardene)
- Nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat)
- Nisoldipine (Sular)
- Verapamil (Calan, Verelan, Covera)
Calcium-channel blockers are used to treat high blood pressure, other heart problems, migraines, Reynaud’s disease, and certain other medical problems.
Clarithromycin is used to treat many types of infections, including strep throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, [... continue reading]
People, I hate to tell you, but it’s time to start preparing for the winter.
Very soon the holidays will kick into full gear. Everyone will be shopping. Everyone will be more rushed. It’s a fantastic time of year, but before you get into that holiday season of peace on Earth, how about preparing now for a little peace of mind?
To that end, I asked my Facebook followers how they’re prepping for the winter. Their answers were so insightful that I thought you’d enjoy reading some of them.* (By the way, for medical supply suggestions, download my free list.)
Top-10 Most-Mentioned Winter-Survival Supplies
10. Tie: Heaters Tie: Warm clothes
9. Tie: Radio/two-way radio Tie: Cooking supplies (wood stove, solar oven, grilling equipment) Tie: Batteries
6. Tie: Fuel (gas, lamp oil, cooking fuel, etc.) Tie: First aid, medicines and remedies
5. Blankets/sleeping bags
3. Food: dried, frozen, boxed
2. Lighting (candles, lamps, flashlights)
1. Food: [... continue reading]
You probably thought last week’s post was an innocuous little thing. The one about the study that suggested flu shots may help prevent heart attack and stroke in some people?
I guess I thought many people think like me—“Hmm, that’s interesting”—and go about their business or delve deeper into the study to see what they make of it. I didn’t expect personal attacks.
From my Facebook page:
Another commenter asked was I some sort of eugenicist (someone who tries to “improve” the human race by selective breeding). I doubt these people took the time to read my actual post.
I’m sure you’ve seen anti-immunization claims all over the Internet. As a doctor who believes prevention is the best survival tool, I think it’s important that the facts about vaccines be readily available for people who are interested. So I’ll use this post to respond to some of the claims I’ve seen.
Note: Rather than responding individually to comments this week, I will refrain from further debate. I trust that this blog post will serve as a sufficient response [... continue reading]
This week’s post is being published early due to newsworthiness.
Okay. I know some of you have concerns about whether the flu shot does more harm than good, whether it works, and how well it does (not so great last year for those over 65). In fact, it’s still hit-or-miss on whether the powers that be can guess each year’s flu strains correctly for the vaccine. (Seems to me, though, they have a lot better track record than those guessing on the weather.) But a new study making the media rounds may make you look at the flu shot in a whole different way.
I don’t go into detail about many medical studies on this blog unless they relate to preparing for a disaster or managing medical problems thereafter. But I think this study fits the bill because, as I’ve suggested before, preventing medical problems is one of the best way to medically prepare.
Anyway, a study published this month in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed convincing evidence that taking the flu shot can decrease heart attacks, angina, congestive heart [... continue reading]
Every medication has potential side effects. Every one. That includes all herbs, supplements, and “natural” medicines. Anything you ingest, rub on, or inhale that treats your problem can have negative effects as well.
The trick is finding the ones with the best positive effects and least potential negatives.
The medicines I cite below are some that fall into that category. That’s one of the reasons the regulators have approved them for over-the-counter use. But like one of my professors once said (to paraphrase), it doesn’t really matter if you have a one-in-a-million chance of getting something if you’re the one who gets it.
Here are some of the medication side effects you might encounter in common over-the-counter products. They’re not the only effects these meds can cause; they’re just some of the more common. Some will probably surprise you. And, of course, if you encounter an adverse effect, many times stopping the medicine (with the advice of your doctor if appropriate) will make the side effect go away.
As you look through this list, you might want to pay special attention to medications you’re more likely [... continue reading]
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