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Nov 7 12 9:33 PM
Nov 7 12 9:44 PM
First let me advise you that I am not an MD, nor am I qualified or authorized to give medical advice to humans. Keep in mind, however, that we are all animals. The information herein is for reference only, and I bear no liability for misuse or adverse effects (allergy) by using any of these antibiotics. Essentially all of the antibiotics used in veterinary medicine are from human medicine, and most were tested on animals before being used in humans. Although you may have used a particular antibiotic in the past, your body may have developed a sensitivity or allergy to the very same product since then, and you should discontinue any medication if you are exhibiting negative signs (usually a rash).
Everybody gets sick sooner or later. It can be a mild “cold” or upper respiratory infection, or blood poisoning from an infected scratch. In a post-disaster situation, the risk of infection likely will go way up, due to lack of medical care, contamination, stress, poor nutrition, exposure, and reduced hygiene. Even gunshot wounds are possible, or lacerations and broken bones. Having a stock assortment of common antibiotics ready now is a good idea.
Antibiotics don’t change to poison the day after they expire. It has been proven that antibiotics are safe to use for at least five (5) years beyond their expiration date. Don't throw away expired antibiotics or other medications for that matter. They may not be as effective as when they were “fresh,” but they are probably 90+% still active. In a disaster situation they may not be available again for a long time, and you’ll be longing for the Amoxicillin you flushed down the toilet. [JWR Adds: The only exception might be cycline family antibiotics, which have been reported to cause Fanconi Syndrome when they break down. This has been previously discussed in SurvivalBlog.]
Try the “First Choice” medicines; if they aren’t working, try another First Choice, or go to the “Resistant/2nd Choice” column. You won’t have the luxury of doing a culture and sensitivity test to see what is causing your infection and what the best antibiotic is to eliminate it. This will all be trial and error. You have to give an antibiotic at least a three-day try before deciding it’s not working, and even slight improvement is a sign to continue what you’re on. Don’t jump from one antibiotic to another unless symptoms are worsening. Checking body temperature is a good way to judge. If your former fever of 103°F is coming down, it’s a good indicator that things are improving. (Add a digital or “old fashioned” thermometer to your list.)
An abscess generally needs to be drained before it will heal. That means lancing it at some point to “let the corruption out” of the body. Your immune system is trying to throw out the bacteria by killing and consuming it, creating pus, but sometimes the bacteria reproduces faster than the white blood cells can work. That’s where antibiotics help out by interfering with the bacteria’s reproduction or by actually killing the bugs. Often the abscess will rupture by itself, when the skin over the infection breaks down, but you can also get pretty sick before that happens. (Add a half-dozen scalpel blades to that list, too; #10 curved edge for slicing, #11 sharp point for lancing.)
Dec 6 12 2:04 PM
December 2, 2012
In our last two articles, we discussed how (and why) to prevent pregnancy in a long-term survival situation, as well as how to monitor a pregnancy for complications throughout the entire nine months. Now it’s time to discuss the actual physical process of delivery and how you, as medic, can help deliver a healthy baby. If you missed the last 2 articles of this series, here are the links:
As the woman approaches her due date, several things will happen. The fetus will begin to “drop”, assuming a position deep in the pelvis. The patient’s abdomen may look different, or the top of the uterus (the “fundus”) may appear lower. As the neck of the uterus (the cervix) relaxes, the patient may notice a mucus-like discharge, sometimes with a bloody component. This is referred to as the “bloody show” and is usually a sign that things will be happening soon.
If you examine your patient vaginally by gently inserting two fingers of a gloved hand, you’ll notice the cervix is firm like your nose when it is not ripe and soft like your lips when the due date is approaching. This softening of the cervix is called “effacement”. As time goes on, the sides of the cervix will thin out, until they are as thin as paper.
Dilation of the cervical opening will be slow at first, and speed up once you reach about 3-4 cm. At this level of dilation, you will be able to place two (normal-sized) fingertips in the cervix and feel something firm; this is the baby’s head.
Contractions will start becoming more frequent. To identify a contraction, feel the skin on the soft area of your cheek, and then touch your forehead. A contraction will feel like your forehead. False labor, or Braxton-Hicks contractions, will be irregular and will abate with bed rest, especially on the left side, and hydration. If contractions are coming faster and more furious even with bed rest and hydration, it may just be time to have a baby! A gush of watery fluid from the vagina will often signify “breaking the water”, and is also a sign of impending labor and delivery. The timing will be highly variable.
The delivery of a baby is best accomplished with the help of an experienced midwife or obstetrician, but those professionals will be hard to find in a collapse situation. If there is no chance of accessing modern medical care, it will be up to you to perform the delivery.
To get ready for delivery, wash your hands and then put gloves on. Then, set up clean sheets so that there will be the least contamination possible. Tuck a sheet under the mother’s buttocks and spread it on your lap so that the baby, which comes out very slippery, will land onto the sheet instead of landing on the floor if you lose your grip on it. Place a towel on the mother’s belly; this is where the baby will go once it is delivered. It will be very important to dry the baby and wrap it in the towel, as newborns lose heat very quickly. Newborns are also susceptible to infection, so avoid touching anything but mother and baby if you can.
As the labor progresses, the baby’s head will move down the birth canal and the vagina will begin to bulge. When the baby’s head begins to become visible, it is called “crowning”. If the water has not yet broken (which can happen even at this late stage), the lining of the bag of water will appear as a slick gray surface. Some pressure on the membrane will rupture it, which is okay at this point. It will help the process along.
To make space, place two gloved fingers in the vagina by the perineum. This is the area between the vagina and anus. Using gentle pressure, move your fingers from side to side. This will stretch the area somewhat to give the baby a little more room to come out.
With each contraction, the baby’s head will come out a little more. Don’t be concerned if it goes back in a little after the contraction. It will make steady progress and more and more of the head will become visible. Encourage the mother to help by taking a deep breath with each contraction and then pushing while slowly exhaling.
On occasion, a small cut is made in the bottom of the vagina to make room for the baby to be delivered. This is called an “episiotomy”. I discourage this if at all possible, as the cut has to be sutured afterward. I always make this decision as the head is crowning.
As the baby’s head emerges, it will usually face straight down or up, and then turn to the side. The cord might appear to be wrapped around its neck. If this is the case, gently slip the cord over the baby’s head. In cases where the cord is very tight and is preventing delivery, you may have to doubly clamp it and cut between. This will release the tension.
Next, gently hold each side of the baby’s head and apply gentle traction straight down. This will help the top shoulder out of the birth canal. Occasionally, steady gentle pressure on the top of the uterus during a contraction may be required if the mother is exhausted. Once the shoulders are out, the baby will deliver with one last push. The new mother can now rest.
Put the baby immediately on the mother’s belly and clean out its nose and mouth with a bulb syringe. It will usually begin crying, which is a good sign that it is a vigorous infant. Spanking the baby’s bottom to get it to cry is rarely needed, and is more of a cliché than anything else. A better way to stimulate a baby to cry is to rub the baby’s back.
Dry the baby and wrap it up in a small towel or blanket. Clamp the cord twice (2 inches apart) with Kelly or Umbilical clamps, and cut in between with a scissors. Delivery kits are available online with everything you need, including drapes, clamps, bulb syringes, etc.
Once the baby has delivered, it’s the placenta’s turn. Be patient: In most cases, the placenta will deliver in a few minutes. Pulling on the umbilical cord to force the placenta out is usually a bad idea. Breaking the cord due to excessive traction will require your placing your hand deep in the uterus to extract it, which is traumatic and can introduce infection. You can ask the mother to give a push when it’s clear the placenta is almost out. If traction is necessary for some reason, place your fingers above the pubic bone and press as you apply mild traction. This will prevent the uterus being turned inside out (a potentially life-threatening situation) if the placenta is stubborn. A moderate amount of bleeding is not unusual afterwards.
Once the placenta is out, examine it. The “maternal” surface is grey and shiny; turn it inside out and you will see the “fetal” surface, which look like a rough version of liver. The fetal surface is separated into compartments called “cotyledons”. If a portion of the placenta remains inside, you may have to extract it manually. The maternal and fetal surfaces, respectively, are shown in the images below:
Manual Extraction (very uncomfortable)
The uterus (the top of which is now around the level of the belly button) contracts to control bleeding naturally. In a long labor, the uterus may be as tired as the mother after delivery, and may be slow to contract. As a result, this may cause excessive bleeding. Gentle massage of the top of the uterus (known as the “fundus”) will get it firm again and thus limit blood loss. You may have to do this from time to time during the first 24 hours or so after delivery.
Place the baby on the mother’s breast soon after delivery. This will begin the secretion of “colostrum”, a clear yellow liquid rich in substances that will increase the baby’s resistance to infection. Suckling also causes the uterus to contract; this is also a factor in decreasing blood loss. Monitor the mother closely for excessive bleeding over the next few days. In normal situations, the bleeding will become more and more watery as time progresses. This is normal. Also, keep an eye out for evidence of fever or other issues.
Human pregnancy and delivery is a natural process and, usually, proceeds in an uncomplicated manner. Learning to help the process along and identifying problems will give you the best chance of bringing a healthy baby (from a healthy mother) into the world. Even in a survival situation, seek out experienced professionals that can help.
Jan 5 13 5:27 PM
alt-market.com / By Daisy Luther / January 4, 2012
This article was written by Daisy Luther and originally published at The Organic Prepper
If the SHTF, you aren’t going to live off your fat. Trust me on this one. If anything, a great deal of excess body fat just might be the thing that kills you.
If you are truly serious about preparedness, getting into shape is one of the best preparations that you can make. What if you had to bug out through the snow with a 25-pound pack on your back, dragging a sled with your toddler on it? How far could you get before you collapsed? Is your heart in condition to go out and swing an axe for a few hours in order to get wood ready for the fireplace? Will your back go out when you try to clean up the debris on your property after a devastating storm?
You can have all the tools and prepper gadgets in the world, but if your body is not fit and strong you will have great difficulty surviving a real long-term disaster.
If you are more than 30 pounds overweight, you are carrying the equivalent of a second bug-out bag when you head to the woods, causing your expended effort to multiply, which makes fatigue set in faster. Your family’s lives could one day depend on your ability to keep up with the youngsters. Do you want them to have to wait while you haul your out-of-shape butt up the mountain?
The vows to lose weight and get in shape are the most common New Year’s resolutions. The busiest month at a commercial gym is January, and then things taper off as people lose their resolve. Programs like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and MediFast also rank January as the biggest months of the year for sales.
Fitness and nutrition are passions of mine. This month, I’m going to be writing about how those are two of the most important facets of your preps. We have goals to reach, mountains to climb and disasters to survive! So let’s get to it!
(Whether weight loss is your goal or not, these nutritional tips will help you get yourself into the best health of your life. )
Feb 17 13 11:16 AM
my list of Collapse medical supplies with natural remedies included (we
should have these as back-ups or for first use supplies to save
commercially made items!). Dr.Bones and I spend a lot of time and energy
researching “back-up” plans for traditional medicine. We want YOU to
have the knowledge to provide medical help if we have a collapse. I have
planted over 60 different medicinal herbs in my raised beds and am
learning how incredible natural remedies can be.
antibiotics- may also include garlic oil, honey,cayenne,thyme
oil,peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil as herbal alternatives or fresh
garlic or ginger
OR if you can’t acquire Rx antibiotics, see our 4
part series that discusses antibiotics/their fish antibioticequivalents
and how to use them, this is part one:
Antibiotics And Their Use in Collapse Medicine(tm), Part 1
antibiotic ointment and/or antibacterial herbal salve ( with calendula/tea tree oil/lavender oils)
multi size bandages- lots of these in several sizes, spot, knuckle, size 1×3 is great to cover most lacerations
ace bandages- 3 or 4
steri strips and butterfly bandages to close minor lacerations
TONS of gauze/dressings (sterile and non-sterile 4x4s)
lots of “telfa” pads( non-adherent-so healing wounds won’t stick to the
dressing) and a xeroform petroleum dressing (non stick)
ABD pads (usually 5×9) also called combine dressings 10×30 trauma dressing
tapes- include duct, adhesive and paper ( for adhesive tape allergies)
quality bandage scissor/trauma shear ( ALL METAL, the plastic handle ones break cutting jean material!)
Pliable fracture material
mole skin- for blisters
LOTS of nitrile gloves
a couple pair of sterile size 7 1/2 gloves
BZK wipes-to clean hands/wounds
masks- surgical(for sick people) and N-95s(for healthy people to keep them from getting sick!)
dermabond (Rx) OR super glue ( may burn the skin)
needle holder and sutures (2-0 nylon- don’t bother with 3-0 or smaller- higher the number=smaller the needle!)
curved kelley clamp ( to remove foreign objects from wounds)
several large safety pins
clotting powders/dressings- cayenne ppepper powder may help minor bleeding
styptic pencil- minor bleeding
quality tourniquet- only use in severe bleeding that will stop with a major pressure dressing or clotting agents
olaes modular bandage or Israel bandage
blood stopper dressing (dressing with 2 kerlix attached for wrapping)
cravet triangle bandages
snake bit kit
rubber bag (hot water bottle)
Re-useable GEL packs- can be cooled OR heated
Fels naptha soap- to wash off poison Ivy,oak or sumac from skin and clothes (also a great clothes detergent)
kit- toothpicks, dental mirror, cotton-tip applicators, dental filling
material ( commercial or mix zinc oxide powder and 2 drops clove oil),
pill cups for mixing the dental filling,
baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and 2 drops of peppermint oil make a great gum treatment and toothpaste
extra essential clove oil (numbs dental pain when applied directly
eye pads/eye patch
Ear oil natural remedy ( usually has garlic oil and mullein oil)- use 2
warmed drops in the affected ear and place a cotton ball over the ear
canal secured with paper tape, repeat 3 times daily.
claritin (non-drowsy antihistamine)- hay fever/allergies
( drowsy antihistamine)-allergic reactions to
stings/medication/food/contact with irritants/this is the other
ingredient in tylenol PM! It really puts you to sleep at 50mg dose, but
this is a better dose for serious allergic reactions!
epipen (Rx), if needed for serious allergic reactions
eucalyptus essential oil- also a decongestant and good for coughs ( direct or steam inhalation/ a good insect repellent
pain relievers/analgesics- aspirin (not for children) /Tylenol/ibuprofen
essential oil/salve (great mixed with St.John’s Wort)- also an
analgesic used externally in very dilute amounts (6-12 drops per ounce
of carrier oil) see my articles (doomandbloom.net) on Natural Medical
Kit:Essential oils. Great for bruises, joint and muscle pain, fracture
pain, use ONLY on intact skin.
Other Analgesic Essential Oils -Consider 1 or 2 of these – lavender,chamomile,rosemary,eucalyptus, marjoram
Imodium-for diarrhea tx
hydrocortisone cream- anti-inflammatory, good for rashes
helichrysum essential oil- also anti-inflammatory and additionally an analgesic
Lip balm-I love carmex brand
zinc oxide cream-rashes and a sunscreen
zinc oxide powder medical grade- to mix with Clove bud essential oil, and make a temporary dental filling
Raw honey-externally for serious burns/internally mix with garlic oil for an antibiotic and sore throat tx
tea tree essential oil-antiseptic/antifungal/insect bite tx/burn tx
lavender essential oil-analgesic/antiseptic/calming effect for insomnia,stress/skin care-rashes and cuts
essential oil-respiratory and nasal congestion/Headache tx 1 drop to
temples or inhale vapors/also good for digestive disorders/achy joints
and muscle tx/ use 2 drops on toothbrush with baking soda
geranium essential oil- decreases bleeding when applied to wound/lowers blood sugar/burn tx /antibacterial
blend essential oil- A mix of clove,lemon,cinnamon,eucalyptus and
rosemary oils- Antibiotic/antiseptic/and a host of other actions.
chamomile tea bags- internally relaxing,headache tx and digestive problems/ external compress for burns,bee stings
tea bags- internally good for nausea, stomachaches, digestive problems
like gas and bloating, also good for motion sickness (crystallized
ginger is an alternative, but weighs more)
echinacea/elderberry tea bags- supports immune system, decreases flu and cold duration
laxative tea bags- usually contains senna mixed with other herbs for a better flavor
powdered Gatorade-for rehydration drinks ( to tx dehydration)
multi-vitamins, extra vit c and zinc
With the above list you can treat:
colds/flu/cough/sore throat/lung congestion aches and pains allergies/allergic reactions skin irritations and conditions digestive upsets and nausea constipation/diarrhea bug bites/ bee stings/ contact dermatitis( poison ivy/oak/) burns/sunburn minor cuts. scrapes and lacerations-including suturing headaches, sinus congestion ear/eye/dental issues stress and anxiety oral hygiene and basic dental tx surface disinfectant insect repellent and wash clothes!
hope this helps, I have spent almost 2 years researching what would be
really helpful and USEFUL in a collapse situation. Airways and ambu bags
without a hospital to transfer the patient to, are mostly a waste of
money. I would concentrate on the supplies you will need most and will
likely be able use without too much training. Knowledge is power!
Blade: I should be better prepared in this area myself as I am lacking
in some supplies beyond the usual first aid kit and trauma kit. On the
other hand we have a Physician's Assistant and a Surgical Nurse who are
well stocked and they bring their unique skill sets to our small
Mar 26 13 5:46 AM
May 29 13 7:27 AM
Preparedness is not just about what you can buy or grow, or what you
can hoard. It’s not just about how many guns and rounds of ammo you’ve
saved up, how finely tailored your bug-out bag is or how many weeks’
worth of food you’ve stored.
It’s about surviving. And if the day comes when you and the people
around you can’t rely on technology and the sophisticated infrastructure
that supplies the food and comfort to which we’ve become accustomed,
you’ll have to rely on yourself — and that means work.
Hard work — a lot harder than most of us are used to — demands that you be in adequate physical shape.
Fitness is something many Americans tend to view as a consumer
luxury. People buy gym memberships out of vanity, to socialize or to
burn off steam. Often, those gym memberships are abandoned after the
thrill of novelty wears off.
But whether you go to a gym, exercise at home or do something active
outdoors, it’s important that you don’t neglect your own fitness —
because it’s one of the most important parts of any survival strategy.
In fact, it’s arguable that sound physical fitness, anchored by a
mind ready to adapt and to lead, is more important than any amount of
anticipatory preparedness. What good is four weeks’ worth of
freeze-dried food if you aren’t up the challenge of fighting off those
who’d seek to take it from you?
You are at the center of whatever contingency plan you’ll enact if
things in your world — locally, regionally or nationally — go bad. And
that means that your body and mind will be more crucial than any amount
of critical consumer goods to your, and your family’s, well-being or
survival in the event of a catastrophe that forces a change in the way
So if you’re out of shape and unable to physically defend yourself;
walk a long distance and help others travel with you; row a boat; or
take point on the cycle of gardening, constructing, all-hours watching,
leading and even thinking (which itself exacts a physical,
calorie-burning price) on your own — and others’ — behalf, it’s time to
regard your body and your mind as the most essential and sacred
components of any preparedness plan you’ll ever set in motion. There’s
little point in building fences or learning tactical firearms defense if
you’re unable to cover ground on your own two feet. Conflict inevitably
will come to that, if, as they say, the SHTF.
Black Blade: In my work I don't get out much to exercise enough. So I
have weights and a treadmill in my office and take quick "exercise
breaks" throughout the day. Gotta do what you gotta do.
Jul 26 13 6:14 PM
Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on
its head. Instead of causing far more side effects than therapeutic
ones, as is the case for most patented pharmaceutical medications,
turmeric possesses hundreds of potential side benefits, having been empirically demonstrated to positively modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in the mammalian body.
While no food or herb is right for
everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side
effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of
safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents.
Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium
comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe
use in Ayurvedic medicine.
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Aug 25 13 11:02 AM
It is no secret that the United States spends more on health care than any other country in the industrialized world, by a long shot.
U.S. doctors treat diseases that are directly influenced by the diets
of Americans. However, it might come as a surprise to know that the
foods that our government subsidizes are direct contributors to the diseases that kill so many Americans every year.
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. And that is no
wonder because 66% of Americans are obese. Diets high in processed
foods, red meats and high fructose corn syrup are routinely linked to the deadliest medical conditions suffered by Americans in the United States. One study puts the number of deaths every year in the United States, caused by high fructose corn syrup, at 42,000. Another study proves that countries with more corn syrup have much higher rates of diabetes – about 20% higher, in fact.
The data is endless. The diets of Americans are killing us.
The larger problem is our government directly subsidizes these diets and
the very foods that cause America’s deadly diseases and skyrocket the
cost of health care. The majority of taxpayer-funded subsidies go to
growers of corn. Unfortunately, farms that produce corn are not exactly
enabling corn-on-the-cob dinners for most Americans. Instead, it’s
high fructose corn syrup that gets produced from these farms.
Black Blade: Stay away from processed boxed and canned foods loaded with
sugars (including corn syrup) and saturated and trans fats. Eat fresh veggies, fruits and meats (lean red meat,
fowl and fresh fish).
Nov 10 13 10:11 PM
Dec 15 13 3:19 PM
Any exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to losing weight, it's
hard to beat running. After all, running is one of the most efficient
ways to burn calories and get fit without having to restrict your diet.
If you're already a runner, keep on keepin' on. If you're not a runner
yet but interested in losing weight, here are four reasons running can
be the best exercise for weight loss.
1. Running works even when you're at rest.
High-intensity exercise like running stimulates more "afterburn" than
low-intensity exercise. That is, even when comparing running with
walking the same distance, studies find that running will lead to
greater weight loss, most likely because your resting energy expenditure
stays elevated after you run. In a long-term comparison study of
runners and walkers, calories burned through running led to 90% more
weight loss than calories burned through walking.
2. Running is time-efficient. Even if the myth that running a mile and walking a mile burn the same number of calories were true (find out the truth about calorie burn here),
running is a considerably faster way to burn those calories. Most
people can run two or three times as far as they can walk in a given
amount of time. At the other end of the spectrum, super-intense but
short workouts, such as the "Scientific 7-minute Workout"
from the Human Performance Institute, may burn more calories per minute
per running, but because they're so short, your total caloric burn
isn't as great if you ran.
3. Running is convenient.
Though many of us have accumulated a vast arsenal of GPS gadgets and
tech tees over the years, little is actually required to go running. You
can do it alone. You can do it almost anywhere. You don't need any
equipment beyond a pair of running shoes. (And if you're careful about
injury and build up slowly, you may not even need those. Check out the Benefits of Barefoot Running
for more.) For this reason alone, running is the best workout for
weight loss because it's cheap, it's accessible, and there are fewer
barriers to maintaining a routine, even while traveling. 4. Two words: runner's high.
The first rule of exercising for weight loss is that if you don't enjoy
it, you won't stick with it. Fortunately, studies support what many
runners have experienced on an anecdotal level--running can actually get
you high. Scientists have found links between moderate to intense
exercise and morphine-like brain chemicals called endocannabinoids,
which suggest endorphins alone aren't responsible for the occasional
flood of euphoria that rushes over you during a hard run. That floaty,
happy sensation you had after your last race--makes you want to go for
another run, right?
Jan 3 14 10:12 PM
zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 01/03/2014 11:54 -0500
While it will hardly come as a surprise that in the age of pervasive,
accessible and cheap pink slime fast food, more people than ever are
obese, the actual numbers may be a shock to most. Conveniently,
quantifying the world’s obesity epidemic is precisely what the
London-based Overseas Development Institute has done with a just
released report titled Future Diets (pdf link). Its findings are stunning: more than a third of all adults in the world – 1.46 billion to be exact – are obese or overweight.
Jan 19 14 10:03 AM
doomandbloom.net / Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P / JANUARY 18, 2014
In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe
Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy,
discuss the recent flu outbreak in the U.S., discuss natural remedies,
and strategies to deal with childhood “croup”. Dr. Bones discusses the
link between zinc deficiency and depression, as well as the resurgence
of an old birth control method with possible survival applications.
To listen in, click below:
Jan 22 14 6:18 PM
This year alone, the deaths of children from
the flu has risen exponentially. Maybe it’s a bad year for the flu, or
perhaps the vaccine itself is useless and causes more harm than good.
I’m trying to find ways to treat ailments naturally and without the
use of vaccines. Rather than waiting to medicate until the flu virus has
overrun my body, I am treating the virus naturally when the symptoms
first begin. I am a believer in natural medicine and the use essential oils in medicine. I have found that elderberry syrup is a must-have for boosting my immune system and fighting off the flu.
Feb 1 14 6:32 AM
This article has been contributed by The Daily Crux and originally appears in The Doctor’s Protocol Field Manual by Dr. David Eifrig.
In any crisis event, you could be on your own for days… even weeks.
Hospitals could be impossible to get to. In fact, if we have a
bioterrorism attack, plague, or viral outbreak, going to a hospital
could be even more dangerous than staying home.
Your town could be without running water for a month or more.
No washing. No flushing toilets. No way to shower, clean dishes, or cleanse wounds.
Every year, poor sanitation kills more than 2 million people around
the globe. We don’t see the effects of this very often in the United
States, but in a real crisis, poor sanitation is deadly.
As a medical doctor, I can tell you that one of the most important
things you must have in your home is a good supply of antibiotics.
Now… how do you get antibiotics when you’re not sick, and which ones should you keep on hand?
Let me explain…
In short, there are four (4) prescription drugs I strongly recommend you have at home.
One of these drugs is an often-overlooked antibiotic, called Doxycycline. Like all antibiotics, it treats bacterial infections.
But the reason you want to have Doxycycline is because it also treats
“atypical” bacteria such as Rickettsia, which causes Rocky Mountain
spotted fever and typhus.
I’m not sure how much you know about typhus, but it’s extremely
deadly (without treatment) and is sometimes referred to as “camp fever”
or “hospital fever” because it affects large populations living near one
another in poor sanitary conditions.
Typhus epidemics have actually changed history.
Typhus killed 3 million Russians during WWI… and during one dark period in Britain, it killed 10% of the entire population.
The point is, in a city or town with no electricity or running water,
and generally poor sanitary conditions, typhus and similar epidemic
diseases could definitely strike again.
So Doxycycline is something you should definitely have around. And
it’s a lot cheaper and easier to get than most people think. A 10-day
generic for Doxycycline shouldn’t cost much more than $10 at any
And in addition to Doxycycline, you definitely should also have three other drugs on hand:
- Ciprofloxin (“Cipro”)
- Bactrim (from the sulfa family).
These drugs can be used to treat things like pneumonia, bronchitis,
sinus infections, skin problems, and dozens of other deadly infections…
even exposure to the most common bioterrorism agent: anthrax.
Make sure you are not allergic to any these antibiotics before taking them.
Talk with your doctor now about how to get these drugs. He or she
may have free trial packs (like the popular “Z-Pac”) to share with you.
Doctors will often prescribe Cipro and Bactrim DS (both as generics)
for people planning overseas trips.
You can get 60 pills (a one-month supply) of each at Wal-Mart for $20
or a 10-day supply for $10. Rite Aid sells generic Doxycycline for a
Store these drugs in a sealed freezer bag with desiccant
(anti-moisture) packets inside. Place them in the freezer. Once thawed,
they will last for six to 12 months when kept at room temperature.
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Feb 11 14 5:48 PM
The most acute shortage is that of basic IV fluids, a drug expert whose data was used in a watchdog agency’s analysis said.
nytimes.com / By SABRINA TAVERNISE / FEB. 10, 2014
efforts by the Obama administration to ease shortages of critical
drugs, shortfalls have persisted, forcing doctors to resort to rationing
in some cases or to scramble for alternatives, a government watchdog
agency said on Monday. The number of annual drug shortages — both new
and continuing ones — nearly tripled from 2007 to 2012.
recent years, drug shortages have become an all but permanent part of
the American medical landscape. The most common ones are for generic
versions of sterile injectable drugs, partly because factories that make
them are aging and prone to quality problems, causing temporary
closings of production lines or even entire factories.
The analysis by
the United States Government Accountability Office, released Monday,
was required by a 2012 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration
more power to manage shortages. The watchdog agency was designated to
evaluate whether the F.D.A. had improved its response to the problem,
among other things.
Feb 26 14 9:21 PM
When people can’t get the pain medication they need through their normal distribution channels, there are other alternatives which may help remedy their pain.
Whether you’re curious about some of the natural remedies for pain or
you would like to know some alternatives for ‘just in case’ for SHTF,
here are a 15 natural remedies…
Mar 6 14 10:35 AM
A very important aspect to preparedness is your health. Without it,
your quality of life suffers. Many people in our modern world today are
considered overweight, and by shedding some of those pounds would become
better prepared for what life brings them by having more energy and
physical ability to cope.
Here are 15 easy ways to lose weight…
Mar 11 14 7:05 AM
The older you get, the more muscle you lose. It’s a fact. But with
strength (resistance) training you can improve your preparedness for
life by lessening the effects of muscle loss from aging.
The key to success is to exercise frequently.
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Mar 14 14 7:33 AM
This article was written by Lizzie Bennett and originally published at The Daily Sheeple
Suturing wounds is a double edged sword. There is a chance, that if
the wound isn’t totally clean you will be effectively trapping the
infection inside the wound. If the wound is clean, and you leave it
open, it’s prone to infection.
Any wound that you intend to suture should be cleaned, re-cleaned and then cleaned again. I can’t stress this enough.
Stitching a cut does not seem like a particularly difficult thing to
do, but suturing deep cuts, that that would usually be closed in two or
three distinct layers, without local anaesthetic and proper surgical
needles (which are curved and make the job much easier), is not as
straightforward as it might seem.
If a wound is already suppurating, producing pus, or had
debris in it that cannot be removed it should be left open. In addition,
animal and human bites should not be sutured. Closure of these wounds
will cause more harm than good and can lead to septicaemia, gangrene and
Firstly, suturing a wound that is still bleeding is likely to cause a
haematoma, a blood clot that could quite easily put so much pressure on
other vessels that blood flow ceases and tissue damage occurs. This is
especially true of the extremities. Some bleeding is good, the blood
often brings with it debris that would otherwise contaminate the wound.
What it will not get out is pathogens, germs from the object that caused
the wound, or from the area directly surrounding the wound, people,
animals, road surface, whatever.
If you have curved upholstery needles they make the job easier as
they are more akin to surgical needles, but they take some getting used
to. Take the time to practice suturing skills before a time you will
need them. Soft skinned oranges such as Clementines are a good practice
subject as the skin breaks easily, and you can get a feel for the
Practicing on a piece of meat gives you an idea of what going through human tissue feels like.
Basic Suturing Technique in 7 Steps Using a non-surgical needles
1. Elevate the wound if possible, or use a
tourniquet to stop the blood flow, a rubber glove stretched and tied
around an arm to leg works well. When use of a tourniquet is impossible,
use a pressure dressing. If you opt for the tourniquet whatever you use
it should be wider than an inch to prevent it cutting into the skin.
2. Bleeding stopped, though oozing is acceptable,
you need to look at the wound to see the extent of it, roughly how deep
it is. Clean the wound with antiseptic solution if you have it,
saltwater if you do not. Wait five more minutes, whilst your sewing
needle and thread are boiled to sterilize them, and then release the
tourniquet, if used, as slowly as you can. Blood rushing back into a
limb, especially a leg, can cause a sudden and profound drop in blood
pressure and is something to be avoided. Releasing it slowly also
assists in not knocking off any small clots that have started to form at
the end of the damaged vessels. If it bleeds profusely, reapply the
tourniquet or pressure dressing and wait twenty minutes (five for
fingers and toes) rinse the wound again to prevent collected blood
clotting and obscuring your view. You may have to do this several times.
3. A deep wound is more than likely contaminated, if
you have antibiotic capsules, open one up and mix with a little sterile
water, just enough to turn it into a solution, and put it in the wound.
Wounds heal by granulation, from the bottom up. Suturing is not
actually required to ensure a wound heals, what it does is speed up the
process and helps keep the wound clean. A deep gash will take weeks,
sometimes months to heal if it is not sutured. Suturing brings the two
halves of the wound together so that when granulation occurs the new
grown cells mesh together forming a strong join, just suturing the skin
would be worse than leaving it to granulate, you are creating pockets, a
perfect place for germs to grow and flourish.
4. Okay, the sewing bit. Staying a little back from
the wound edge put the needle in just off the vertical, like this…go
down to as near the bottom of the wound as you can and pull the thread
through leaving a 2-inch tail. Insert the needle directly opposite where
you removed it and back up through the skin on the opposite side of the
wound, at an angle just off the vertical, like this…cut the thread
leaving a 2″ tail and repeat this process along the length of the wound.
5. Now they need tying off. Starting IN THE
MIDDLE of the wound, gently pull both sides of one suture upwards and
across each towards each other. Be gentle, tissue is delicate and
tugging too hard will rip through the tissues. When the edges of the
wound come together, or as near as together as you can get them to tie a
knot, then two more. Now move to one end of the wound and do the same
again. Now the other end of the wound and so on working towards the tied
suture in the middle. The sutures should be placed about half an inch
apart on long wounds, and about half that on short wounds. This spacing
and working alternate ends prevent puckering of the skin which is very
sore and can delay healing.
6. Dab the area gently with a decent antiseptic
solution. Do not use cotton wool, the fibers get into the wound. Cover
with a sterile dressing and leave for 12 hours. Twice a day for the
first five days dab with antiseptic and cover with a fresh dressing. It
is normal for the needle holes to look very red and to be sore. If pus
leaks from the wound check every few hours, if it does to subside, or
become thinner, or clearer within 48 hours remove the sutures, clean the
wound and re-suture. Adding antibiotics to the wound prior to suturing
usually prevents this, and it is standard practice in hospitals for
grossly contaminated wounds.
7. The sutures need to stay in for between 14 and 21
days. To check if the wound is sound apply gentle opposing pressure
with your thumb and fore finger between two of the sutures, If the wound
does not hold together leave the sutures in and do the same test daily.
To remove them, wet them with sterile salt water, cut the knots and
tease them out. Do not cut all of the knots at the same time, check that
the wound holds together by removing the center one first and checking
as previously stated. If it is not quite there, leave the rest in and
check daily. If the wound is sound, remove the rest of the sutures.
This wound will not have the best scar in the world, but it will be
much more pleasing than a granulation scar, also, granulated tissue is
often quite sensitive to knocks, bumps and sometimes even fabrics.
Suture scars tend to be far less sensitive and are less prone to
abrasive damage than is granulation tissue.
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