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Video: Making Dakin’s Solution, Part 2

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Video: Making Dakin’s Solution, Pt. 2 In this video (part 2 of 2), Amy Alton ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, demonstrates how to make Dakin’s solution for the care of open wounds, followed by some comments by Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, on how to vary the strength from full (5% sodium hypochlorite) down to 1/8 strength, how long it last when stored properly, and some other important things to know about this additional tool for the medical woodshed in

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Video: Making Dakin’s Solution, Part 1

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  Video: Making Dakin’s Solution for Wound Care, pt. 1 In this video, Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP take turns in front of the camera to discuss and demonstrate Dakin’s solution, a 100 year old recipe that is still used today by some practitioners as a way to treat and prevent infections in open wounds. Dakin’s solution is simple to make with affordable ingredients and is a useful tool in the medical woodshed for those that are off

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Survival Medicine Hour: Bears, UTIs, Kratom for Pain?

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Survival Medicine Hour #348 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss the controversial non-ban of a natural pain reliever, Kratom, the only non-opiate that seems to give major benefits to many, as evidenced by numerous YouTube testimonials. Also, bears love the summer, and they’d love to stay out of your way. If they don’t, however, it can mean trouble for both you and the bear. Here’s some safety

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All About Urinary Tract Infections

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Urinary Tract Infections Medics in survival scenarios have to deal with major injuries and serious infections, Sometimes, infections aren’t serious to begin with, but worsen if not treated. Some of these infections involve the urinary tract. Urine directly from the bladder is generally sterile, but most women have experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI) at one point or another.  The areas most commonly contaminated are the bladder, which holds the urine, and the urethra, the tube that drains the bladder. 

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Video On Pathogens, The Germs That Cause Disease

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Video: Germs That Cause Illness In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, goes back to the basics to discuss the various types of pathogens (germs that cause disease). Dr. Alton tells you about bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi: their characteristics, differences, and some well-known issues for which each is responsible. To watch, click below: Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,   Joe and Amy Alton Learn more about pathogens and 150 other medical

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Survival Medicine Hour: Wilderness Safety, Snake Bite, More

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Survival Medicine Hour #347 In this episode of the The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses how to make those summer outdoor outings with your family, as well as off-grid survival scenarios, safer for all involved. To make a wilderness experience memorable (in a good way), you’ll need to know what factors will make the environment friendly or not-so-friendly, with injuries as the end result. Amy and Joe

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Snake Bites in Austere Settings

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Off the grid, you will find yourself outdoors a lot, with activities like gathering wood for fuel, foraging, and hunting required to keep body and soul together. In warm weather, you just might find yourself face-to-face (or maybe face-to-ankle) with a snake. Most snakes aren’t poisonous, but a few are, including some species common in North America. The term “poisonous snake” is probably incorrect, as venoms and poisons are not the same thing. Poisons are absorbed in the gut or

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Survival Medicine Hour: Wound Debridement, Shock Treatment, More

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  THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #345 In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss the Wilderness Medical Society’s special edition on combat casualty care guidelines applied to survival settings, where they coincide and where they diverge. Also, some basics on an important part of wound care, wound debridement, the removal of dead skin from a healing open wound. Studies show that antibiotics are important to prevent and treat wound

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Wound Debridement in Survival

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Wound Debridement in Remote Settings Injuries in remote settings like a wilderness trail or survival homestead pose challenges to the medic not experienced in long-term wound care. Ordinarily, a system exists to evacuate victims of such injuries to modern medical facilities. In situations where that option doesn’t exist for the foreseeable future, however, the average person may be medically responsible from the point of injury to full recovery. This is a novel (and sobering) thought for most, and the tools

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Survival Medicine Hour: Dakin’s Sol’n, Shock, HPV, Garlic

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Survival Medicine Hour #344 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, tackles a number of tough topics like, what can you put in an open wound to prevent and treat infection if a disaster happens and all you have is household items? Here’s how to use bleach and baking soda to make Dakin’s solution, used for over 100 years to prevent death from infected wounds. Also, Nurse Amy discusses

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