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The Chikungunya Pandemic


With all the news focusing on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, we forget that there is a pandemic running rampant on this side of the Atlantic right now. The Chikungunya virus has traveling from Africa and has ravaged the Caribbean and Latin America. In this hemisphere, the number of

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Survival Medicine Hour: Allergies, Acid Reflux, Respiratory Viruses


In the latest episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss: The rising rate of kids with allergies and will they outgrow them? How to deal with Acid Reflux/GERD/Heartburn issues naturally with lifestyle and dietary adjustments. What can you really do

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How Pandemics Spread


In modern times, we have become highly dependent on the high technology that has, in many cases, eliminated the scourge of infectious disease. Antibiotic and antiviral medications are now available in their 3rd or 4th generation versions, and physicians aren’t reluctant to use them when necessary.   Few, however, consider

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Video: Immunity

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For you visual learners out there, here’s  our video on immunity, meant to serve as a companion to our recent article on the subject… Wishing you the best of health in good times OR bad, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy  

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I’ve been writing a lot about epidemics lately, including Ebola, EnterovirusD68, and others. I talk about immunity issues a lot in my articles, but I haven’t really explained what it is in much detail. In this article, I hope to give you a working knowledge of it and the various

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Survival Medicine Hour: Alzheimer’s, Wildfires, Ebola Response


In the latest episode of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the President’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the wildfires in California and how to keep your family safe, and a surprising possible cause of Alzheimer’s Disease (hint: It’s in

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Wildfire Safety

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  Summer has ended but wildfires are still raging across California. Hundred of thousands of acres have been lost each of the last several years to wildfires, and there appears to be no end in sight. Although Smokey the Bear says “Only you can prevent forest fires”, it appears that

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Ebola: Does It Matter?

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(Update: My mention of the minimal response of the U.S. to the Ebola crisis seems to have gotten some traction with the administration.  President Obama is now sending 3000 troops and establishing 17 100-bed hospitals in Liberia!  Seriously, it had nothing to do with this article but a collective expression

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13 Foods That Can Help Diabetics


One of the most-frequently asked questions I get regarding medical preparedness is about diabetes. Insulin, as it come in liquid for, doesn’t maintain its potency after its expiration dates very well. This is all well and good in normal times, but what about survival settings where the pharmaceuticals just aren’t

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Medical Supplies, Part 4: Open/Bleeding Wounds


The injury that most non-professionals are most fearful of is the open, often bleeding, wound. With the right supplies, however, even heavy bleeding can be staunched successfully. A discussion of the procedure for stopping hemorrhage in a wound can be found in some of our other articles; this article will

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