Colds vs. Flus Respiratory Infections

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Even with today’s modern medical technology, most of us can’t avoid the occasional respiratory infection. Without strict adherence to sanitary protocol, it would be very easy in a collapse situation for your entire community to come down with colds, sinusitis, influenza or even pneumonia. Common colds may be caused by any of 200 different viruses, but the most likely culprit is a type of Rhinovirus (no, you can’t catch it from Rhinos). Influenza comes from viruses in the Influenza A, B, and C categories. Continue reading

What You Need To Know About Medicine Expiration Dates

Pills and Tablets

Don’t throw away your medications!! Read the article below. You could be saving those pills and tablets for a rainy day when you might need them again. Continue reading

Prevent, Identify and Treat Hypothermia

Winter Storm

Harsh winters with ice storms and blizzards can carpet much of the Midwest, Northeast and Canada, and cold weather preparedness is a must for survival. Failure to use precautions will lead to a condition called hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition where the core body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The normal body core temperature is defined as between 97.5-99.5 degrees Fahrenheit (36.0-37.5 degrees Celsius). Continue reading

Identify and Treat Frostbite and Immersion (Trench) Foot

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ABOUT FROSTBITE AND IMMERSION FOOT

Exposure to cold may lead to injuries such as Frostbite and Immersion (Trench) Foot. The focus of survival medical training should be general, but also take into account the type of environment that you expect to live in if a disaster occurs. If you live in Miami, it’s unlikely you’ll be treating a lot of people with hypothermia. If you live in Siberia, it’s unlikely you’ll be treating a lot of people with heat stroke. Learn how to treat the likely medical issues for the area and situation that you expect to find yourself in. Continue reading

Fish Antibiotics

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Stockpiling medication for a future disaster or a collapse of society is straightforward when it comes to non-prescription medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen etc. They are cheap to buy and readily available. However, it is not so simple to acquire and stockpile prescription medications such as common antibiotics which are required to treat infections. Continue reading

Botulism and Food Poisoning

Clostridium Botulism

Botulism is the name of the type of food poisoning we get consuming the toxin produced by active Clostridium botulinium in foods. Botulism was formerly known as "Kerner’s Disease." Continue reading

101 Surprising Uses for Vinegar

Heinz Vinegar

I’ve been going crazy with vinegar lately, so I’ve been buying 2 or 3 of the huge 1 gallon containers at a time. I’ve saved so much money by using vinegar instead of more expensive store bought products and I feel like I’m also improving our home environment by not “polluting” it with so many harsh chemicals! It took me a while to put this entire list together. Enjoy and let me know what you think and if you have other uses for vinegar. Continue reading