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Diseases Caused By Food And Water Contamination

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The primary necessity for survival is the availability of air. Once you have air to breathe, water, food, and shelter become the next requirements for your continued existence on the planet; that is, clean water and properly prepared food. Even in normal times, there are many instances where an outbreak of infectious disease occurs due to water of poor quality. Ingesting food that was incompletely cooked caused the deaths of medieval kings in medieval times and may even have sparked

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Video: Waters Filters and Storage

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VIDEO: WATER FILTERS AND STORAGE OPTIONS (with Nurse Amy!) Humans are made mostly of water, and many survival settings have either a lack of it or questionable quality. Therefore, it’s important that the water you find is safe to drink, but even the clearest  mountain stream may harbor organisms like Giardia and Entamoeba that can cause serious illness. In natural disasters like floods, there’s water everywhere, but almost always highly contaminated. In this video, Nurse Amy steps in front of

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Survival Medicine Hour: Mudslides, Antibiotics, EMPs

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SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #372 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton discuss California’s double whammy of drought wildfires, then mudslides and flash floods when the rain finally comes. A mudslide can be like a river of wet concrete, is there any way to survive one? If you know the signs, maybe, and is plan out that mountain retreats with mudslides in mind, definitely. Dr. Alton, aka Dr. Bones, also gives you some common sense advice

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Surviving A Mudslide

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CAN YOU SURVIVE A MUDSLIDE? Southern California can’t catch a break. Enjoy a sunny climate, get wildfires. Wish for rain, get mudslides. After record-setting wildfires that lasted all the way to late December, the first rain in Southern California in months caused a major mudslide that killed more than 15 people, injured others, and destroyed several dozen homes. Rescue teams are still searching for survivors in the wreckage. I probably should write more about landslide events. We live part-time in

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Civil Defense In The Uncertain Future

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WHY DON’T WE HAVE A CIVIL DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR NUCLEAR ATTACKS? With nuclear buttons on more and more desks these days, one thing that’s clear is that the future is anything but. With trials, tribulations, and rogue nations all about, even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned about preparedness in the face of a nuclear threat. As such, the CDC is planning a teaching session about nuclear war after officials took part in radiation drills

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Survival Medicine Hour: Cold Weather Issues On The Trail, In The Car, At Home

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It’s January, and bitter cold has already engulfed much of North America, with heavy snowfall and high winds causing all sorts of issues that might be hazardous to your health. Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones (Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP) go over a myriad of cold weather issues like hypothermia, winter car survival if stranded, and more. . We pleased to announce that KYAH in the great state of Utah is now carrying our show on land-based radio!

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Why Are Flu Vaccines Sometimes Ineffective?

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Why Are Flu Vaccines Sometimes Ineffective? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting that 36 states are in the midst of widespread influenza outbreaks. It appears that this flu season might be a bad one, but why? And will the usual vaccines be effective in preventing you for getting the flu this winter? You might think that, okay, I got the vaccine, so I can’t get the flu this winter. You might be surprised to know, however,

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How To Survive Home Fires

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6 Important Things To Know To Help You Survive A Home Fire At least 12 people, including four children, were killed, with several others injured, in a massive apartment building fire in the Bronx, NY this week. Although the circumstances are unclear, it appears that it was started by a child playing with a stove. 170 firefighters were dispatched to the four-alarm fire, located in a five-story walk-up in the Bronx, just a block from the world-famous Bronx zoo. The

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Survival Medicine Hour: Surviving Building Fires, Truths About Medical Preparedness, More

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Survival Medicine Hour #370 12 people die in an apartment house fire in New York City, despite the presence of outdoor fire escapes on each floor. Winter is associated with the cold, but the heat from a fire is also part of it, as gas leaks and frayed electrical heating wires combust and cause major damage. Dr. Alton discusses 6 important things to know about the behavior of fire, and just what to do to get out of that burning

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Acute Mountain (Altitude) Sickness

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Acute Mountain Sickness Altitude SicknessThe journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) reports that 33.5% of the population lives below an elevation of 100 meters above sea level. That means that, in any major disaster, getting out of Dodge often means heading for the hills. There’s a possibility that we might have to abruptly relocate from a home at sea level to a “bug-out” location in the mountains. Many people adjust to changes of climate and altitude easily,

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