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Posts Tagged : medical preparedness

Surviving A Tornado


Every year in the United States, we go through various natural disasters.  In spring, tornadoes are some of the most common, especially in certain parts of the country. Unlike hurricanes, which come with some day’s warning in modern times, tornadoes are unpredictable and can form very quickly.  If you fail

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


NOTE:  We’re having technical difficulties with blogtalk, but you can access this show at this link through Prepper Broadcasting Network: http://prepperbroadcasting.com/2014/04/14/ebola-valley-fever-back-to-basics/ Be sure to check out their lineup of great shows! In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss

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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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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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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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3 Steps to Achieving Health Goals

Well, it’s March, almost Spring.  Have you kept true to your New Year’s Resolutions?  It’s only been a couple of months, but I’ll bet a lot of those lofty resolutions have hit the dirt; you’re only human, after all. Everyone has made a New Year’s resolution at one point or

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Travel And Survival


As I write this, we are in Europe. As you might imagine, we’re on the road a lot. As such, we have developed a basic strategy for staying safe and healthy during our travels. You might be surprised to know that this strategy pertains a lot to preparedness. In a survival scenario, you may

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