Survival Medicine Hour: Mumps, Expiration Dates, OTC Drugs, More

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Sometimes, diseases that are rare today pop up unexpectedly, such as the recent outbreak of mumps on the warship U.S.S. Fort McHenry, where 25 sailors came down with the illness. This led to the quarantine of the ship at sea for two months.

If you’re concerned about medical issues in long-term survival scenarios, it’s important to recognize the infectious diseases that may return to the scene. Children of survivors will be unvaccinated and, a few years down the road, measles, mumps, and whooping cough will make a reappearance. It’s important to be able to identify those afflicted. The Altons discuss how to identify and treat mumps.

Plus, one of Dr. Alton’s first articles about preparedness was on expiration dates.  You’ll read all sorts of stuff about how dangerous any drug becomes once it passes the date on the bottle, but what actually does happen?  Throwing away medicine as soon as it expires may leave you without a means of stockpiling medical supplies if you’re thrown off the grid. Dr. Bones tells you what you need to know.

Also, how to identify and treat hypothermia in dogs, there are specific signs to look for that determine if your best friend is getting into real trouble.

Lastly, our good friend Todd Sepulveda of was gracious enough to interview ol’ Dr. Bones recently for his podcast. We present excerpts on important OTC drugs to have plus other topics covered.

All this and more in the latest Survival Medicine Hour!


Wishing  you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

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