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G.E.R.D. (Severe Acid Reflux) Off The Grid

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Acid Reflux Off The Grid In this high-stress world, you probably know someone who suffers from G.E.R.D. (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). “Gastro-“ refers to your stomach; “-esophageal” refers to the tube that runs from it to your throat. Acid “reflux” is essentially acid that escapes the stomach and can go all the way up to your throat. G.E.R.D. is a severe form of acid reflux that can ruin a person’s quality of life. Normally, an area called the “lower esophageal sphincter”

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Influenza On And Off The Grid

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Influenza On and Off The Grid Even with modern medical technology, few can avoid the occasional respiratory infection. Viral illnesses like colds and flus are common issues even for those who are in prime physical condition. Human illness involves the respiratory tract more commonly than any other organ system. Influenza is particularly contagious as germ-laden droplets are expelled during coughs and sneezes, entering the nose, mouth, or eyes of others. You can expect influenza viruses to hit your part of

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Survival Medicine Hour: Burns, Respiratory Infections, Herb Ban?

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Survival Medicine Hour Podcast #364 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss how to recognize and treat different types of burns, from first to third degree and the percentages of body surface affected. Also, more information on respiratory infections, including sinusitis, laryngitis, and laryngotracheitis, also known as “Croup”. Also, the FDA tries again to ban the natural pain herb Kratom after public pressure forced it to retract its

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FDA Tries Again To Ban Natural Pain Herb

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FDA Tries Again To Ban Kratom Last year, I wrote about the Food and Drug Administration’s campaign to ban the Asian herb Kratom, a non-opiate option for those with chronic pain, anxiety, and drug dependency issues. As someone interested in medical strategies for disaster or remote settings, I was considering the herb as an option in circumstances when modern medicine isn’t available. The FDA, however, set a date for late 2016 to rule Kratom a Schedule I drug (the same

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Ingrown Toenails Off The Grid

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Ingrown Toenails In the typical zombie apocalypse movie or TV show, you’ll see gunshot wounds and broken bones. Off the grid, however, minor conditions can be a major detriment to the performance of many activities of daily survival. One of these is the ingrown toenail, also known as Onychocryptosis. You rugged individualists out there might think toenail problems are no big deal, that is, until you have one. When you have to be at 110% efficiency just to survive, you

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Survival Medicine Hour: Active Shooters, Respiratory Infections, More

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Survival Medicine Hour: Active Shooters, Respiratory Infections Curbing the active shooterThe shooting at a Texas church came fast upon the Las Vegas shooting and the shooting at a church in Tennessee. it seems like you can’t get away from headlines about some deranged, disgruntled, or politically motivated person out to do harm to innocent people. Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss some common sense tips for average citizens and some advice for our society to prevent becoming soft

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6 Ways To Curb Active Shooters

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6 Ways to Curb Active Shooters Attacks The recent shootings in diverse settings greet Americans with tragic news on a regular basis. Gunmen identify soft targets in diverse settings, from concerts in Las Vegas to church services in small towns. it should be clear to you that there is no place safe from the bad intentions of the deranged, disgruntled, and politically-motivated. Vehicular attacks, bombings, shootings, even stabbings indicate that we’re likely to be in for a rough ride in

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Guest Post: Tampons as Survival Item?

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Thoughts on Tampons as Survival Medical Items (Joe Alton MD says: Today we have a guest post by Eric Richard, Registered Nurse, former Army Combat Medic, and founder of Medical Survivalists Facebook Group. Tampons are commonly on survivalists’ lists of survival medical supplies as a way to stop bleeding; but are they really effective for anything more than the purpose for which they were manufactured? Eric gives his opinions below:) ——————– So I’m still seeing posts and comments about tampons

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Disaster Supplies

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  DISASTER SUPPLIES A natural disaster can disrupt the lives of average citizens, and having the right supplies when it hits can mean the difference between life and death. Assembling these supplies in advance is the key to success.   If you’ve ever lived in a community that was in the path of a hurricane, you’ve seen the empty shelves and crowds at local supermarkets.  Panic buying is a poor alternative to an organized plan of action, with many supplies

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Video: Using a SteriPen

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Learning how to make water safe to drink is important in any backcountry or disaster scenario. One method that is gaining popularity is using an ultraviolet light handheld water purifier. Outdoor activities, like hiking, can make having a portable water purifier a lifesaver. In this video hosted by Amy Alton, ARNP of https://www.doomandbloom.net/ , she demonstrates the item and its use in the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. How does it work? Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) uses short-wavelength

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