Posts Tagged : medical preparedness

Ebola Arrives in the U.S.

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With the announcement of the official diagnosis of Ebola in a person named Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas, the U.S. can no longer assume that it is invulnerable to the threat of this deadly virus. I had predicted that this would happen a number of times, but don’t consider me

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The Chikungunya Pandemic

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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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How Pandemics Spread

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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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Immunity

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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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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

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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

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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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Survival Medicine Hour: Lyme Disease, Depression

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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 tick-borne Lyme Disease and the tendency of doctors to miss the diagnosis.  Also, the common survival issue of depression is reviewed in detail, everything from situational depression to

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Video: Earthquakes with Dr. Bones

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In his latest video, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses how to keep your family safe during and after an earthquake, and how to prepare for it.  Companion video to his Earthquake Safety article for the visual learners in the audience! To watch, click below: Wishing you the best

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