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Snakebites

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    Coral Snake In a grid-down scenario, you will find yourself out in the woods a lot more frequently, gathering firewood, hunting, and foraging for edible wild plants.  As such, we will likely encounter a snake or two.  Most snakes aren’t poisonous, but even non-venomous snake bites have potential

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Video: Snakebite with Dr. Bones

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In his latest video, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses some important things to know about dealing with snakebite in off-grid settings. He discusses venomous snakes of North America and Europe, how to tell a venomous coral snake from a non-venomous king snake, all about pit viper bites, and

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Survival Medicine Hour: Snakebite, Pandemic Updates, Antibiotics

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the Altons discuss snakebite in off-grid settings, some disturbing news on two fronts in upcoming pandemic virus candidates, and a discussion of the use a couple of important antibiotics and their veterinary equivalents: 

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Medical Supplies, Part 2: Minor Wounds

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Minor Wounds Some of the most important medical supplies you’ll accumulate will be those used to deal with injuries. Most of these (I hope) will be minor wounds that won’t take a lot of advanced equipment to handle but could easily affect your ability to function if ignored.  Let’s outline

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Survival Medicine Hour: Typhoon, Tuberculosis, Medical Bags, and More

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy,  discuss the Phillipine typhoon, Tuberculosis outbreaks among recent immigrants, choosing the right bag to put your medical supplies in, some myths about how much water you

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Medical Supplies, Part 1: Starting Out

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A common question we encounter in our travels is: “What supplies do you recommend for our medical storage?”.  Indeed, the subject comes up so often that Nurse Amy put together a entire DVD Guide to Medical Supplies.  The non-medical professional should not only understand what items to have on hand

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Survival Medicine Hour: Self-Guided Small Arms, Diseases Crossing Borders, and More

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss some diseases that are making it across the border in the recent immigrant crisis, new self-guiding technology in small arms, gun shot wound kit essentials, and the ill

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Pandemic Masks

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In the last few months, I’ve noticed that we have had a wave of possible candidates for the next great pandemic. Ebola virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, drug-resistant Tuberculosis, Influenza, and various other diseases can cause large numbers of deaths in susceptible populations.  Many of the victims will come from

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Asthma and Survival

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One of the most common medical issues today is asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your ability to breathe. The condition affects the airways, which are the tubes that transport air to your lungs.  In the United States alone, there are almost 20 million people who suffer difficulty

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Survival Medicine Hour: Animal Bites, Sterilization, Anxiety/Depression

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss animal bites (the furry kind) and various ways of sterilizing medical equipment; also, Nurse Amy answers some questions about survival anxiety and depression and its

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