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Survival Medicine Hour: Valley Fever, Ebola Update, Sick Rooms


In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss the latest with regards to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its potential as the next great pandemic, the hidden epidemic of Valley Fever right here in the USA, and

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Valley Fever


We travel a lot. A LOT. I can’t imagine the miles we logged as we traveled through the country (and this year, Europe!) speaking to the preparedness community about medical issues.  Well, recently, we returned from Arizona with a peculiar cough and mildly elevated temperatures. Nurse Amy was worse than

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How Britain Views Preparedness, And How To Change It


(JOE ALTON, M.D., AKA DR. BONES, SAYS:  In my travels, I have heard all sorts of strange notions about what members of the preparedness community are all about.  These misconceptions are fueled by programs that portray Preppers as paranoid and trigger-happy. One of my conversations in Britain this year was

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911 Emergency Apps


This is the 500th post we’ve written related to medical preparedness. It’s interesting that some of the things we discuss in this article, like smartphone apps, were in their infancy when we first began our mission to put a medically self-reliant person in every family. Please accept our thanks for

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The Doom and Bloom SURVIVAL! board game


Our kickstarter project to manufacture our new board game, DOOM AND BLOOM’s SURVIVAL!, is now up and running! What’s that?  Ol’ Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy playing board games?  Yes, it’s true, we’re longtime board game fans, and we wanted to figure out a way to get older kids and

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Survival Medicine Hour: SURVIVAL! the board game, Ebola, Mudslides


In this episode of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are excited to announce their new board game, DOOM AND BLOOM’s SURVIVAL!, plus updates on the spreading Ebola outbreak and survival strategies for mudslides.  Our hopes and prayers go to the families of the

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EBOLA: The Next Pandemic?


EBOLA: THE NEXT PANDEMIC? West Africa is reporting its first epidemic of Ebola virus in the country of Guinea, and it looks like it’s spreading fast.  At least 86 cases and 59 deaths have been attributed to the deadly disease, with cases now being reported in the neighboring countries of

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Mudslide Survival


With the grim news of at least 14 dead in the mudslide that occurred in the state of Washington, I realized that I had never written about mudslide survival.  This surprised me, as I, myself, could easily be a victim of one.  We’re part-time residents of beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with

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Wound Infections


Infected Wounds As a physician, I have on occasion dealt with infected wounds, sometimes from injury and also after surgical procedures. In a survival setting, most wounds will be contaminated with debris, dirt, and bacteria.  Therefore, anyone who will be medically responsible after a disaster occurs may expect to deal

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Survival Medicine Hour: Honey, drought, Europe, and more…

In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss currents events as well as outside-the-box medicinal uses for honey, drought in California and the risk to Salmon fisheries, and much more (including how to survive a tiger attack!). To listen

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