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Survival Medicine Hour: Natural Pain Relief, Super Lice, Floods

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In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, tell you about the recent deadly floods in Louisiana and offer some tips on how to keep your family safe during and in the aftermath of the disaster. Also, Dr.Alton tells you about some mutant lice that seem to have replaced normal head lice in most parts of the country. The downside: They’re resistant to most over-the-counter lice shampoos and lotions. What

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Could You Protect Your Home/Family in a Wildfire?

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  It’s been a very busy year for firefighters, with heat waves, drought, and human carelessness causing large areas to burn from Canada to California.   A particularly intense wildfire is raging 60 miles from Los Angeles, spreading from 6 to 30,000 acres in 24 hours. 82,000 residents have been evacuated and a number of buildings have been destroyed. At the present time, the fire is considered out of control. It’s just one of several in a state that usually

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13 Safety Tips For Floods

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The recent Louisiana floods which claimed 11 lives and damaged 40,000 homes show how easily low-lying areas can be devastated by bad weather. Floods can occur even in normally dry areas and are so common that they represent 75% of presidential disaster proclamations. They are often seen in conjunction with other disasters like hurricanes and other storms.   You’d have to live on a mountaintop to avoid a flood but, even then, you’re still at risk for mudslides as a

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New Bad Outcomes For Zika Newborns?

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As we continue to learn more about the effects of Zika on the newborn, a new series of abnormalities are making clear the implications of infection for pregnant women.   Zika is a member of the Flavivirus family that includes Yellow Fever, West Nile, and other mosquito-borne illness. The main concern is Zika’s predilection for attacking brain cells, causing some infected fetuses to have poor brain development and head size. The condition, known as microcephaly, can cause lifelong disabilities costing

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The Formula For Penicillin

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As you might know, I write mostly about how to deal with medical issues in situations where modern medical facilities and care don’t exist. Accumulating medications for disaster settings may be simple when it comes to finding aspirin and other non-prescription drugs, but prescription drugs will be hard to get for those who can’t write their own prescriptions or don’t have a relationship with an understanding physician.  Antibiotics are a case in point. I consider this a major issue because there

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Survival Medicine Hour: Pain Relief, Risks in Rio

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  In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the discussion turns to pain relief in survival setting and what options you have in terms of prescription and non-prescription drugs, as well as the beginning of a series of natural alternatives for pain by Nurse Amy. Also, Dr. Bones talks about 5 ways that being in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics is hazardous to your

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Video: Latest Zika News

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In Joe Alton, MD‘s latest video, he discusses recent updates by the CDC on the Zika virus, now with 15 or 16 locally transmitted cases in Miami, and closing in on 2000 travel-related cases in the U.S. Puerto Rico has it even worse with close to 6000 cases, almost all locally transmitted, on the island. Several hundred pregnant women are being followed for signs of microcephaly and other birth abnormalities (12 on U.S. soil so far). Don’t panic, though, there

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Super Lice Now in 48 States

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It’s August, time to get the kids ready to go back to school. A bunch of children together in class means a lot of close contact, and one of the issues you might have to deal with is head lice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that 6-12 million children contract head lice in the U.S. every year. Head lice (pediculus humanus capitis) are parasitic wingless insects that feed on blood which they obtain by biting the

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Save the Whales, I Mean, Bees

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You may or may not be an environmentalist, but a part of nature that everyone should support is the humble bee. It’s thought that every third bite of food that you take is there because of pollination by bees. Honey, when raw and unprocessed, may even be used as a wound covering for burns and other injuries due to its antibiotic effect. Honey has a lot of other benefits, as well. But bees are in big trouble, and we still

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Going to the Olympics? 5 Risks To Plan for

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Every day, more news about Rio’s woes regarding the upcoming Olympics is published online. It’s become clear that going to the games, as an athlete or a spectator, just might be hazardous to your health.     The dangers include a raging Zika epidemic, water contamination, air pollution, and security concerns. Despite the calls to cancel the Olympics for these reasons, Brazil and the International Olympic Committee say the show must go on. What precautions, then, should be taken by

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