Both their online show and Web site make use of the name “Doom and Bloom.” That’s because they’re not afraid to acknowledge we could have a collapse that would send us back to the 19th century technologically. But they exercise hope by prepping and teaching others about traditional and alternative medical strategies for survival in times of trouble. They believe prepping gives us the opportunity to learn lost skills.
Dr. Bones is a medical doctor and surgeon, and his wife Nurse Amy is a nurse-midwife. They’re also master gardeners for the state of Florida and have a large raised bed and container medicinal herb garden.
Dr. Bones wrote an excellent post for his site on the concept of integrated medicine, so I made sure that was one of the first things we talked about. He believes we should take advantage of every medical option available to us. I completely agree and wish there were many more who believed in and practiced integrated medicine.
First aid kits for the home and bug out bags was another topic of discussion. Nurse Amy says to include essential oils as well as the typical pharmaceudical medications. Lavender, peppermint, geranium, rosemary, clove and others should be in your kit as well as honey and a few teas. She’s written a post with further info, which is one of their site’s most popular posts.
Dr. Bones says your medical kit should include supplies that anticipate the sort of disasters you expect to happen, such as trauma, a radiation event or pandemic. Plus, we could sustain injuries because we’ll be doing things that aren’t part of our daily routine now.
If you’re in a community of preppers or survivors, it would be a good idea to choose someone as the medic. Knowledge of first aid, anatomy, physiology and even the ability to be a counselor for others are important. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary and Gray’s Anatomy for Students are a couple of good reference books to have on hand.
Medication expiration dates came up in our discussion as well. Dr. Bones says pills and capsules lose very little potency over a period of years. Expiration dates may not count for much, except in the case of liquids.
Nurse Amy says essential oils and extracts can last indefinitely with proper storage. Vacuum packing dried herbs would help them maintain potency.
A couple questions from the chat room led to a discussion of growing your own medicinal herbs. Nurse Amy pointed out that, when it comes to making essential oils, herbs require a lot of garden space which she would rather use for growing food. That means stocking up on as many oils and herbs as you can ahead of time.
If you have a chronic medical condition, be as healthy as you can be now to face whatever may come our way. Of course, that advice makes sense for each of us as well in light of what our environment is throwing at us these days.
Since I can only share a few highlights of our conversation in this post, I encourage you to hear my interview with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on DestinySurvival Radio for October 13, 2011. Find out more about Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on their site at http://doomandbloom.net. They cover hundreds of topics of interest there.
You can find plenty of online sources for the herbal products Nurse Amy mentioned on my show. Several are featured in the Prep Mart on the Health & Nutrition page.