Catching Up with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, The Dynamic Duo of Survival Medicine

It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on DestinySurvival Radio, and I thought it was time to catch up with them and see what they’re doing these days. They’re quite busy getting out the word about medical preparedness. Their little empire, as I like to think of it, is ever expanding.

On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I visited with Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. Below I’ll share brief highlights and the show link.

The Dynamic Duo of Survival Medicine

Conversations with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are always informative and fun for me. Many of my readers and listeners are familiar with who they are, but in case you’re not, or if you need a refresher, here’s some background, derived mostly from their site. Forgive the length, but this couple is involved in so many good works.

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D. and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Ostetrics and Gynaechology. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Together, they’re the authors of the Number One Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid The Survival Medicine Handbook, Third Edition.

They’re also well known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You’ll find over 800 posts on medical preparedness on their website, DoomAndBloom.net.

You can find more about their credentials there as well, but I do want to mention that Dr. Alton has also written the New York Times bestseller in health, The Ebola Survival Handbook, The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide, and the just-released and timely The Zika Virus Handbook.

The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Hour is their syndicated podcast. They also do a video show on the first and third Wednesday of each month at AroundTheCabin.com. Their latest project is the weekly current events podcast American Survival Radio, produced in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network.

Another one of their projects is the survival board game, Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL!

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy travel the country spreading the message of medical preparedness to the world and are supporters of many quality preparedness conferences throughout the country.

Their mission is to put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations.

They would also have me remind you that the opinions voiced by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are for post-apocalyptic settings only. In normal times, seek modern and standard medical care from qualified professionals.

Spreading the Survival Medicine Message

As noted above, Joe and Amy Alton are on a mission, and they’re constantly working to spread the message of survival medicine. In our conversation we touched on a few key areas.

 

The Survival Medicine Handbook, 3rd Edition

 

The Big Book

We started our conversation by talking about the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook. Joe and Amy saw the need to expand it because additional issues such as active shooter situations and pandemics need to be addressed in the world we live in now. You can see more info about their book here.

The Zika Virus Handbook

The Zika virus hasn’t caught our attention as did the more dramatic disease of Ebola. Nonetheless, Joe Alton is concerned enough that he wrote a handbook about it.

He also joined 250 other physicians, public health officials and others in recommending the 2016 summer olympics be moved from Brazil or cancelled altogether. Brazil is a hot spot for mosquitoes and the resulting zika virus.

A Med Kit for Active Shooter Scenarios

Nurse Amy has put together a first aid bleeding control kit with active shooter scenarios in mind. She and Dr. Bones believe these kits should be in schools and other public places along with fire extinguishers. A few schools have already placed orders for the kits.

You don’t need medical training to be able to use this kit. In fact, it’s designed in such a way that you don’t even have to know how to read English. Here’s the video Amy mentioned during our conversation, in which she demonstrates how to use this unique kit.

 

 

Other kits and survival medical supplies are at Store.DoomAndBloom.net.

American Survival Radio

Unlike the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour–the medically oriented podcast they’ve done for several years–American Survival Radio allows Joe and Amy to voice their opinions on issues of the day. They don’t expect everyone to agree with them. They hope to prompt you and me to think because, as preppers, we need to know about threats we face in today’s world.

With that in mind, our conversation veered into a brief discussion of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects for more loss of gun ownership rights.

Check out American Survival Radio at American Survival Radio.com.

Listening to Our Conversation

Hear my conversation with Joe and Amy Alton by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for June 23, 2016. (Right click to download. To order any of their books mentioned in this post, click on the link for the one you’re interested in to start the order process.

If there’s anything you’d like me to discuss with Joe and Amy Alton on a future episode of DestinySurvival Radio, contact me.

There are several ways to reach out to Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, thanks to their presence on social media. But DoomAndBloom.net is a hub and perhaps the best starting point.

When you’re preparing for survival, don’t overlook medical preparedness. Get guidance you need from Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the dynamic duo of survival medicine.

The Survival Medicine Handbook – Even Better for Your Medical Preparedness

Editor’s Note: I usually reserve Thursdays for telling you about the latest episode of DestinySurvival Radio. However, in the absence of a new show this week, I couldn’t wait to tell you the good news from Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, ARNP, who have been DestinySurvival Radio guests several times before, and they will be again.

You may know them as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Together they make a great team to help you and your family get prepared for survival when life has changed as we now know it.

Here’s great news about the latest edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook, which first appeared at www.DoomAndBloom.net.

– John

 

Announcing The NEW Third Edition Survival Medicine Handbook

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The Survival Medicine Handbook 2016 Third Edition

Well, we’ve returned from an awesome week in the great state of Oregon and got to look at the final proof of the Third Edition, which arrived while we were away. It looks good on review, so we hit the publish button and it’s now available at Amazon.

For those who don’t know us, the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other medical books (even some outdoor and “survival” medicine books), it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. It’s also for the family that lives or is traveling in rural areas where the ambulance is more than a few minutes away, or where there isn’t cell phone service.

To let you know what’s in the book, most of the topics are below. Every chapter has been revised to some extent. We’ve greatly increased the content on hemorrhagic wounds, adding chapters on active shooters, tourniquets, gunshot and knife wounds, discussions of ballistic trauma and body armor, and even the medic under fire. Food/water contamination, pandemic diseases, rodent issues, and disease-causing microbes also added as individual discussions. The section on respiratory infections is completely reworked as is the section on physical exams. Additional natural disaster preparedness topics include blizzards, avalanches, survival when lost at sea, mudslides, and more. Nurse Amy has added a lot of material to the medical supplies section, plus how to sterilize supplies, choosing a medic bag, and more. Soft tissue wound care and patient transport have been expanded. As always, we discuss alternative remedies wherever they may be helpful.

Here are just some of the over 150 topics (175 illustrations) covered in our 670 page book:

 

PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS-HISTORY OF PREPAREDNESS-USING ALL THE TOOLS IN THE WOODSHED-SPIRITUALITY AND SURVIVAL-MODERN MEDICINE VS. SURVIVAL MEDICINE-THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY-HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE MEDIC-LIKELY MEDICAL ISSUES YOU’LL FACE-MEDICAL SKILLS YOU’LL WANT TO LEARN-MEDICAL BAGS, KITS, AND SUPPLIES-HOW TO STERILIZE MEDICAL SUPPLIES-NATURAL REMEDIES, LIKE OILS, TEAS, TINCTURES, AND SALVES-THE MEDICAL HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAM-THE MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT-THE ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT-PATIENT TRANSPORT-HYGIENE-RELATED MEDICAL ISSUES-LICE, TICKS, AND WORMS-DENTAL ISSUES AND PROCEDURES-RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS-GUIDE TO PROTECTIVE MASKS-FOOD AND WATER-BORNE ILLNESS-WATER STERILIZATION-DIARRHEAL DISEASE AND DEHYDRATION-DEALING WITH SEWAGE ISSUES-RODENTS AS DISEASE VECTORS-FOOD POISONING-PATHOGENS (DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS)-HOW INFECTIONS SPREAD-APPENDICITIS AND OTHER ABDOMINAL INFECTIONS AND CONDITIONS-HEPATITIS-URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS-INFECTIONS CAUSED BY YEAST-CELLULITIS-ABSCESSES-TETANUS-MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES-PANDEMICS-THE SURVIVAL SICK ROOM -HYPERTHERMIA (HEAT STROKE)-HYPOTHERMIA-FROSTBITE/IMMERSION (TRENCH) FOOT-COLD WATER SAFETY-FALLING THROUGH THE ICE-AVALANCHE PREPAREDNESS-ALTITUDE SICKNESS-WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS-SMOKE INHALATION-TORNADO PREPAREDNESS-HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS-EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS-FLOOD PREPAREDNESS-MARITIME SURVIVAL-NEAR-DROWNING-VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS-ALLERGIC REACTIONS-ASTHMA-ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK-POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC-RADIATION SICKNESS-BIOLOGICAL WARFARE-INJURIES TO SOFT TISSUES- MINOR WOUNDS-HEMORRHAGIC WOUNDS-PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF BLOOD LOSS-HEMORRHAGE CONTROL-TOURNIQUETS-COMMERCIAL BLOOD-CLOTTING AGENTS-KNIFE AND BULLET WOUNDS-BODY ARMOR-THE MEDIC UNDER FIRE-SOFT TISSUE CHRONIC WOUND CARE-HOW TO SUTURE SKIN-HOW TO STAPLE SKIN-LOCAL NERVE BLOCKS-BLISTERS, SPLINTERS, AND FISHHOOKS-NAIL BED INJURIES-BURN INJURIES-ANIMAL BITES-SNAKE BITES-INSECT BITES AND STINGS-HEAD INJURIES-SPRAINS AND STRAINS-DISLOCATIONS-FRACTURES-PNEUMOTHORAX-AMPUTATION-THYROID DISEASE-DIABETES-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-HEART DISEASE-ULCER AND ACID REFLUX DISEASE-SEIZURE DISORDERS-JOINT DISEASE-KIDNEY AND GALL BLADDER STONES-SKIN RASHES-VARICOSE VEINS-HEMORRHOIDS-AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION-TRACHEOTOMY-CPR IN THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT-HEADACHE-EYE TRAUMA AND INFECTIONS-NASAL TRAUMA-EAR INFECTIONS-PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY-ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION-SLEEP DEPRIVATION-OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS-PAIN RELIEF-ANTIBIOTICS (and how to use them)- EXPIRATION DATES

 

We hope you’ll consider the Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbookfor your library.

Joe and Amy Alton

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Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP

 

The Zika Virus – Get Medical Guidance You Can Trust

Joe Alton, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Bones has addressed the subject of the Zika virus with medical guidance you can trust in The Zika Virus Handbook. His wife, Amy Alton, ARNP, a.k.a. Nurse Amy, tells us about it in the following piece, which first appeared at www.DoomAndBloom.net and is reproduced here with permission.

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The Zika Virus Handbook

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Warm weather is on the way, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that we can expect more cases of Zika virus in the United States this summer. Indeed, the Aedes mosquito which transmits the virus seems to have expanded its range to include 30 U.S. states, up from 12 in the last survey. The Aedes mosquito (Aedes is Greek for “unpleasant”) is now found as far north as New York.

Until now, Zika cases have all be traced to those who have traveled to the epidemic zone in South and Central America, with a number also identified in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries. The CDC, however, believes that there will be locally-transmitted clusters of Zika in various areas in the U.S.

We keep a close eye on pandemic diseases, and it looks like Zika virus is the one to watch out for this year. As such, we have researched everything that the average citizen should know about it: How to identify it, how to prevent it, and what the treatment options are.

As an obstetrician in a previous life, Joe Alton, MD is especially interested in a disease that can affect, sometimes disastrously, newborn babies. But it does more than that; Zika has been associated with nervous system disorders, like Guillain-Barre syndrome, that can cause, sometimes permanent, paralysis.

THE ZIKA VIRUS HANDBOOK

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He’s put it all down on paper in his new book “The Zika Virus Handbook”. Like his 2014 book on Ebola virus, the book has everything you need to know about the infection, and it’s all written in plain English.

The Zika Virus Handbook” explains all you need to know about the epidemic in a calm, no-nonsense fashion. The book gives a solid plan of action that can be easily followed in a concise guide. All this from a physician that has decades of experience as an obstetrician, and whose mission is to put a medically prepared person in every family for any disaster. In fact, it’s the only book on Zika written by a physician that’s spent his life caring for pregnancies and who is well-known in the field of disaster and epidemic preparedness.

The book also outlines other pandemic diseases, past and present, and discusses way to control the Aedes mosquito, which transmits the disease through its bite.

Like many pandemic diseases, many controversial theories abound about why Zika has become a threat, and you’ll find these and commentary on their plausibility in “The Zika Virus Handbook“.

There’s no need to panic about Zika virus. The CDC stops short of predicting an epidemic in the U.S. But it’s affected 64 countries so far, and it only makes sense to learn about any disease that could affect your family’s health.

You can find the book at Amazon.com, and be sure to keep an eye on Joe Alton, MD’s website at www.doomandbloom.net for regular updates.

Amy Alton, ARNP

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Together Joe and Amy Alton have written the best selling book, The Survival Medicine Handbook. In addition to The Zika Virus Handbook, Joe Alton has also written The Ebola Survival Handbook. Order any of these books by clicking on its title where you see it linked in this post.

 

Why The Doomsday Book of Medicine is a Must-Have Resource

Ralph La Guardia, M.D., has written The Doomsday Book of Medicine, a must-have resource. He prompts you and me to think about some serious questions. As he puts it…

“What are you and your family going to do after a collapse of society when there are no doctors and medications available, and the pharmacies and hospitals have been looted? You can prepare for every disaster scenario, but if you are not able to treat medical emergencies and injuries that arise, how long will you last?”

Dr. La Guardia is this week’s DestinySurvival Radio guest. You’ll appreciate his desire to put you and me on the path to good health now and survival for the future.

 

The Teacher

He’s a doctor, but I’ll refer to him as a teacher here because tteaching you and me is what he does in his book.

By the way, he said I could call him by his first name in our chat, so I’ll refer to him as Ralph below.

To know how and why this book came about, you need to know a little something about the author.

Dr. Ralph La Guardia has been in private practice in Connecticut for over 25 years . He is triple specialized in Internal Medicine , Bariatrics and Geriatrics . In addition to which he practices Integrative Medicine , which is the combination of the best of traditional western medicine with alternative and complementary medical techniques. He has a special interest in nutrition and sustainable gardening and permaculture , which he practices on his Connecticut farm.

Dr. La Guardia also has a strong interest in minerals , trace elements , amino acids and their application in medical practice . He has developed a unique method of treating his patients combining all those elements that has proven to be quite effective.

Dr. La Guardia’s other passion is survival medicine and what has now become known as ” Prepping”. He wrote ” The Doomsday Book of Medicine to answer a void in the survival books that were out there. [More about that in our conversation.]

Out of his frustration grew this over 900 page book which supplies you with the skills to treat everything from a simple fever to snakebites and broken bones.

Dr. La Guardia has learned much on his own because things like nutrition and permaculture are out of the realm of conventional medicine. You’ll see from his book and our conversation that he’s not afraid to delve into areas of study which some would consider controversial or “out there.” I applaud his curiosity and interest in so many subjects.

 

The Doomsday Book of Medicine

 

The Tome

The Doomsday Book of Medicine is a resource I believe you’ll want to include in your survival library. Put it with any other books on survival medicine to be sure you’ve got the subject covered. It’s a large book covering a variety of topics related to integrative medicine for survival, nutrition, and gardening.

Explanations are thorough, but easy to read. You won’t get bogged down in technical jargon.

This book is quite long at just over 900 pages. You’ll get overwhelmed if you try reading it straight through. It’s practically an encyclopedia. Plenty of photos and diagrams are scattered throughout the book.

Unfortunately, there’s no index, and one is sorely needed. However, each chapter has its own table of contents. Headings throughout the chapters will help you find your way around.

Five parts make up the book. In the beginning chapters you’ll find essentials for good health, which includes guidance on the basics of good health practices, gardening, and nutrition.

The next part includes info on “tools” and items you should stock up on. Topics covered include…

  • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
  • DMSO
  • Epsom Salt, Alkaline Minerals, Alkaline Water and the Health Benefits of an Alkaline Diet
  • Honey
  • Potassium Iodide and Radiation Exposure
  • Vinegar and its Many Medicinal Uses
  • Wood Ash, Lye, Soap and Activated Charcoal
The largest portion of the book is devoted to health issues. A sampling of topics includes…
  • Fever
  • Concussions, Head Trauma, Strokes and Seizures
  • Headache
  • The Eye
  • The Ear
  • The Nose
  • Oral Hygiene and Dental Care
  • Skin Problems
  • Bites
  • Burns
  • Wound Care
  • Constipation, Diarrhea and its Treatment, and Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Arthritis, Joint Pain, Muscle Aches, Ligament and Tendon Injuries
  • Orthopedic Injuries–Broken Bones and Joint Injuries
  • Asthma, Allergies and Breathing Problems
  • Colds, Flu and Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Anxiety and Depression
The remainder of the book contains sections with info on supplies and equipment to have as well as the bibliography.

Ralph practices integrative medicine, which combines methods and products from alternative medicine with conventional medicine. It entails more than herbs and essential oils. Remedies, techniques and innovations you may not have heard of are featured in the book.

Some of the things he covers are controversial, but his aim is to give you information. You can take things from there.

For example, if you’ve heard of squalene, you may have seen it mentioned in conjunction with vaccines as a harmful component. But did you know it is beneficial when found in amaranth oil?

The book’s first chapter deals with the problem of over use of antibiotics and proposes several solutions.

Permaculture is promoted unashamedly. I appreciate the mention of Azomite, mycorrhizal fungi and biochar for soil building. Each of these items feeds to soil, which in turn feeds plants. He quotes the idea that poor soil means poor food.

Quite a bit of space is devoted to good nutrition. You’ll find recommendations for supplements to stock up on.

Among other things, Ralph promotes fermented foods, such as yogurt and kefir, as well as freshly sprouted beans and seeds.

Tips and gems of wisdom appear throughout the book, such as in the chapter on baking soda. You can do much more with it than make toothpaste. You might say it has uses that range from top to bottom–everything from help for migraine headaches to being used in an enema.

One of the many reasons he promotes honey is that it doesn’t spoil. It’s a great antibacterial remedy.

The chapters on vinegar and activated charcoal are just two of the chapters loaded with tips and tricks you may not have heard of. Do you know how to make your own vinegar? How about making your own activated charcoal? What about soap and toothpaste?

Discover why fever is your friend. Do you know when it isn’t your friend and what to do about it?

Some of his suggestions and tips occur in odd places. For example, ideas about games and toys for children are tucked away in the chapter on burns. Thoughts on leadership for a survival group appear in the chapter on orthopedic injuries.

A wide variety of ailments is covered. Digestive issues, constipation and diarrhea are just a few. Those with diabetes and high blood pressure will appreciate the variety of coping methods and solutions proposed.

I’m glad he includes a chapter on anxiety and depression. We’ll certainly have to cope with that in times of great stress.

A little of the information in the chapter on Ebola is outdated, since this horrible disease never became the threat it looked like it would. But the bulk of the chapter contains useful information, which we might need in the future.

Near the end of the book is an extensive, alphabetized list of items recommended for your survival medicine chest. There’s an explanatory comment about each item. Each one is mentioned elsewhere in the main text.

A brief comment accompanies several of the entries in the bibliography as well.

Ralph is well informed on his subject matter. It’s clear he’s widely read.

He’s also opinionated and not shy about expressing where he stands. For example, you’ll get a glimpse of his political views in the introduction. Occasional wisecracks are scattered randomly throughout the book. The jabs mentioning President Obama will one day become outdated.

Whether you agree with his political views or not, don’t let them discourage you from getting this book. The knowledge it contains is too valuable.

 

The Talk

My conversation with Ralph was easy for me because he did so much of the talking. It’s fine with me when knowledgeable guests can do that. He packed a lot into our conversation, so buckle in as you listen, and hold on.

The economy and the threat of an EMP are a couple of major concerns. The government isn’t looking out for us, so we must be prepared to face whatever comes.

That means being proactive about good health if we’re to survive in times of difficulty.

Feeling dissatisfied with other books on prepping, Ralph decided to teach you and me what he considers to be essential solutions by writing The Doomsday Book of Medicine.

Ralph describes what you can find in each part of his book. A consideral part of it is concerned with building the immune system. Disease comes into play when the immune system fails or doesn’t get what it needs to stay healthy.

Could the increase in ADD, autism, cancer, and even transgender issues be the result of poor soils, poor nutrition and environmental toxins? Hear what Ralph says in our chat.

Would you believe everything he has written about in the book are items that don’t require a prescription?

You shouldn’t have to have another book (or books) beside you as you read this book, so he kept things as simple and clear as he could make them. While not wanting to be patronizing, he assumes you and I don’t have much knowledge of anatomy. Therefore, he includes descriptions and diagrams in the book about such things as the eye, nose and foot.

We also talked about the fact that many of us will die in time of disaster or in a postapocalyptic scenario. No matter how much medical knowledge we have, or how many supplies we have on hand, situations will arise when none of that is enough. We must learn to face that.

Our conversation is a microcosm of what’s in the book. If you like what you hear, you’ll appreciate The Doomsday Book of Medicine.

 

The Taste

With all I’ve written above, you’ve only gotten a taste of what his book is about. I encourage you to get more of a taste by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for March 24, 2016. (Right click to download.) Get The Doomsday Book of Medicine by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post.

Dr. La Guardia can be reached at the book’s website, which gives a table of contents of the book as well, and that’s at: www.doomsdaybookofmedicine.com.

As I’ve already noted, The Doomsday Book of Medicine is one resource you should definitely have in your survival library. You’ll be glad for all the knowledge it gives you, especially if it means your survival.

 

Could Your Survival Garden Make You Sick?

“Backwoods Home Magazine” for March/April 2016 (Issue #158) includes an article on how you can keep your survival garden from making you sick.

Maybe you’ve never had a problem. You’ve been gardening for years, even decades, and nobody in your family has ever caught a foodborne illness from what you’ve grown or canned.

Besides, that stuff only happens with large farming operations who sell to grocery stores and chain restaurants. Right?

But before you think such a thing couldn’t happen, consider the topics the article covers. Pay attention especially if you grow for a local farmers market.

  • Sources of contamination
  • Good agricultural practices
  • Manure
  • Compost
  • Go vertical and mulch
  • Wildlife
  • Water
  • Harvesting
  • Storage and transport
  • Keep good records
Check out the following exerpt, then read the complete article by clicking on the llink below.

 

Prevent foodborne illness with safe gardening methods

By Donna Insco

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, “CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.” According to the CDC, produce was implicated in nearly half of the reported cases from 1998 to 2008.

The reports are troubling. In 2006, a multi-state Escherichia coli (E. coli) outbreak in spinach sickened more than 200 people and led to the deaths of at least three. Celery was implicated in a Listeria outbreak in 2010. In 2011, 147 people in 28 states contracted Listeria from whole cantaloupes from Colorado.


Read the whole article here:
http://www.backwoodshome.com/prevent-foodborne-illness-with-safe-gardening-methods-by-donna-insco/

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
http://www.backwoodshome.com 1-800-835-2418.

When you’re looking for gardening seeds and supplies, check out the Survival Gardening page in the Prep Mart.

 

Prepping for a Pandemic – How Ready Are You?

What’s the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic? What are the greatest threats we face? Should we bug in or bug out in the event of an outbreak?

Cat Ellis has written Prepping for a Pandemic to give us answers. She’s my guest on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. Below are highlights of her book and our conversation.

 

The Herbal Prepper

I’ve interview Cat before, but if you’re not familiar with who she is, here’s some background.

 

Cat Ellis is a practicing herbalist and dedicated prepper. Her love of herbs began in the 1990s when herbs helped her recover from the flu. Cat now sees clients and teaches herbal medicine through her private practice. She is also a massage therapist, certified in MotherMassage™, and a member of the American Herbalists Guild.

Economic pressures and a desire for greater freedoms sparked Cat’s interest in survivalism and homesteading in 2008. She describes prepping as having “hundreds of practical hobbies,” like gardening, canning, and self-defense. For Cat, being prepared brings both peace of mind and personal satisfaction.

Cat’s love of herbal medicine merged with her love of prepping, resulting in her website, www.HerbalPrepper.com. She is the author of Prepper’s Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic, and her articles have been published in PREPARE magazine.

Cat has also ventured into the world of broadcasting, with two weekly, live, Internet radio shows. Cat hosts her own show, Herbal Prepper Live, on the Prepper Broadcasting Network, as well as cohosting The Medic Shack, on The Survival Circle Radio Network.

Cat Ellis lives on the New England coast with her beekeeper husband and homeschools her children.

If you’ve heard my previous conversations with Cat, you know she gives thorough answers and anticipates questions people may have. Be ready to jot down a few notes as you listen.

 

Prepping for a Pandemic

 

Outbreak and Breakdown

This is not light reading. Certain sections of the book are downright frightening. You’ll have nightmares if you read it before bedtime.

Cat’s approach is straightforward with no nonsense. This is a subject that calls for serious contemplation as you decide what you’ll do to be prepared for a pandemic.

The foreword is by another DestinySurvival Radio guest, Tess Pennington, author of The Prepper’s Blueprint.

In Cat’s preface she discusses the interaction she’s had with her audience. It’s what brought the book into being. I appreciate her responsiveness to the needs of the people she serves.

Prepping for a Pandemic is well organized. Before dealing with what she considers to be the seven greatest pandemic threats, Cat describes how she determined her point system of threat levels and the diseases contained in each one.

Chapters describe the diseases and how we can prepare for them. As you might expect, solutions given include natural remedies. Chapters cover…

  • A Learning Moment: 2014’s Deadly Ebola Outbreak
  • Pandemic Preparation 101: Overview, Terminology, General Pandemic Concerns
  • Threat Level I: Influenza, Tuberculosis, & Staphylococcus Aureas
  • Threat Level II: Coronaviruses, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Threat Level III: Terrorism / Human Error (Smallpox, Plague), the Surprise
  • The Watch List: Diseases Likely to Spread Postdisaster (Measles, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, HIV)
  • Pandemic Preparation 201: Actionable Steps

 

Definitions – An epidemic is a significant disease outbreak. It’s confined to a certain area, unlike an epidemic, which crosses borders and may travel the world. Not all pandemics are deadly, but there’s certainly the potential.

Ebola – Chapter 1 lays out fascinating background info about the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa. According to Cat, it’s not over yet. It may not be as bad as it was, but we’re not hearing about it.

Information Deficit? – How much can we trust the government and media to tell us what’s going on if a pandemic does break out? Will they sensationalize? Or will they cover up to quell panic?

Cause Question – I asked Cat whether the cause of an outbreak matters. Or is it more important to identify the illness and its proper treatment? The bottom line is, the more information we have, the better.

The Big Boys – Influenza, tuberculosis and MRSA are at the top of the threat list. While the media gets us hyped up about Ebola, they overlook something as common and deadly as influenza.

Viruses, like influenza, are tricky. They mutate frequently, making treating them so difficult. It’s why flu shots aren’t that effective some years.

Tuberculosis is a growing threat because of its increasing resistance to drugs. Plus, a large part of the world’s population has it or has had it.

The prospect of an MRSA outbreak is frightening. This is another drug resistant disease.

Before and After – Some diseases could be the cause of disaster, while some will cause problems in the wake of calamity. Chapter 6 tells us of such ailments to be on the lookout for.

Other Than Antibiotics – During our conversation Cat described a few herbs and essential oils with antimicrobial properties which can be used in place of antibiotics. Some work systemically, while others work locally in or on the body.

Keep it Clean – To protect ourselves and to keep disease from spreading, we must practice good hygiene and cleanliness. It’s necessary now to make preparations for being able to do this. Cat gives plenty of tips to help us.

She discusses Pool Shock (calcium hypochlorate) and substitutions for bleach. It would be a good idea for you and me to make our own soap as well. Being able to disinfect water will be crucial, too. And definitely don’t overlook the need for proper waste disposal.

Stay hydrated – This is critical when we become ill. In the book you’ll find info on that, including oral rehydration therapy.

Hospital Hell – Going to the hospital may not be your best option, since hospitals could be full to overflowing. They may also be sites where violence breaks out.

If the power grid goes down, one of the effects will be the loss of pharmacies and medical facilities. That will make it difficult or impossible to get medications and to test for diseases, including HIV.

Stay or Go? – In the event of a pandemic, you must consider whether and when to bug out. Should you stay in place? Should you practice a self imposed quarantine? Or should you get out of Dodge to avoid trouble?

Action Steps – Though there are plenty of recommendations throughout the book for things you should do, chapter 7 lays out several. I’ll touch on a few.

You’ll find a list of supplies for a pandemic preparedness medical kit.

Be sure to designate someone in your family or group to be the medic. Often it’s problems other than the disease of the pandemic
which need attention. Do you or someone in your group know basics, such as taking a pulse or a blood pressure reading?

Figure out how you’ll do what you can to avoid an outbreak. Here’s one factor to keep in mind. The greater the population density, the greater the risk of illness. People in cities will get sick more readily than those in the country.

You may want to make a home-based business part of your preparedness strategy. Do you have a way to earn income in a time when your family needs to hunker down to avoid getting sick? Can you afford to pay the bills until the outbreak is through?

Cat encourages you and me to work on improving our health right now, especially if there’s a chronic condition like diabetes or high blood pressure. That’s an important step toward preparedness and survival.

Here’s an important benefit to keep in mind about prepping in general. When you’re preparing for one thing, you’re actually preparing for several eventualities. For example, we’ll need food, water and medical supplies regardless of what happens.

 

A Healthy Shot of Information

Hear my conversation with Cat Ellis by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for January 21, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Do further research by making use of numerous web links throughout Cat’s book and in the resource list in the back. The resource section includes Web sites, organizations, books and magazines.

Get Prepping for a Pandemic by first clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post. Place your order from the page where it’s featured.

This is one book you must have in your survival library. It could save your life. And that’s not hype.

Epidemics and pandemics are hard to predict. They’ve happened before, and they’ll happen again. It’s a matter of when, not if.
Thus, the need to get prepared now.

 

What Should be in Your Survival Dental Kit?

Editor’s Note: The subject of dentistry in the wake of a disaster isn’t something we hear much about. But our mouths are more important than we realize. If your tooth or mouth hurts, that will dominate how you feel.

When you’re setting aside hygiene supplies, at the very least, you should stock up on toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to insure dental hygiene when a disaster comes along.

What follows is an article from Joe Alton, MD, of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy fame. It discusses what should be in your survival dental kit. It originally appeared at DoomAndBloom.net and is reproduced here with permission. – John

 

The Survival Dental Kit

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Over the years, we have written hundreds of articles on medical preparedness for short or long-term disasters. Many now include medical kits and supplies to add to survival food storage and items for personal protection. Yet, few who are otherwise medically prepared seem to devote much time to dental health. Poor dental health can cause issues that affect the work efficiency of members of your group in survival settings. When your people are not at 100% effectiveness, your chances for survival decrease.

History tells us that problems with teeth take up a significant portion of the medic’s patient load. In the Vietnam War, medical personnel noted that fully half of those who reported to daily sick call came with dental complaints. In a long-term survival situation, you certainly will find yourself as dentist as well as nurse or doctor.

Anyone who has had to perform a task while simultaneously dealing with a bad toothache can attest to the effect on the amount and quality of work done. If your teeth hurt badly, it’s unlikely that your mind can concentrate on anything other than the pain. Therefore, it only makes sense that you must learn basic dental hygiene, care, and procedures to keep your people at full work efficiency. It could easily be the difference between success and failure in a collapse.

The prepared medic will have included dental supplies in their storage, but what exactly would make sense in austere settings? You would want the kit to be portable, so dentist chairs and other heavy equipment wouldn’t be practical. You would want it to be easily distinguished from the medical kit.

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We’ve mentioned that gloves for medical and dental purposes are one item that you should have in quantity. Don’t ever stick your bare hands in someone’s mouth. Buy hypoallergenic nitrile gloves instead of latex. For additional protection, masks should also be stored and worn by the medic.

We’ve researched dental items that should be in the dental kit of those that would be medically responsible in a long-term survival community. After consulting with a number of preparedness-minded dentists, we have put together what we believe will be a reasonable kit that can handle a number of dental issues. Items that would be practical for the survival “dentist” include:

• Dental floss, dental picks, toothbrushes, toothpaste or baking soda.

• Dental or orthodontic wax as used for braces. Wax can be used to splint a loose tooth to its neighbors.

• A Rubber bite block to keep the mouth open. This provides good visualization and protection from getting bitten. A large eraser would serve the purpose.

• Cotton pellets, Cotton rolls, Q tips, gauze sponges (cut into small squares).

• Compressed air cans or a bulb syringe for drying up saliva on teeth.

• Commercial temporary filling material, such as Tempanol, Cavit, or Den-temp.

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• Oil of cloves (eugenol), a natural anesthetic. Often found in commercial preparations such as:

-Red Cross Toothache Medicine (85% eugenol)
-Dent’s Toothache Drops (benzocaine in combo with eugenol)

It’s important to know that eugenol might burn the tongue, so be careful when touching anything but teeth with it.

• other oral analgesics like Hurricaine or Orajel (Benzocaine)

• Zinc oxide powder; when mixed with 2 drops of clove oil, it will harden into temporary filling cement.

Here’s a video of the procedure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3rTF4c26Po

• Spatula for mixing (a tongue depressor will do)

• Oil of oregano, a natural antibacterial.

• A bulb syringe to blow air and dry teeth for better visualization, and as a diagnostic tool to elicit discomfort in damaged teeth. A can of compressed air may be an alternative.

• An irrigation syringe to flush areas upon which work is being done

• Scalpel #15 or #10 to incise and drain abscesses

• Dental probes, also called “explorers”.

• Dental tweezers

• Dental mirrors

• Dental scrapers/scalers to remove plaque and probe questionable areas.

• Spoon excavators. These instruments have a flat circular tip that is used to “excavate” decayed material from demineralized areas of a tooth. A powered dental drill would be a much better choice, but not likely to be an option off the grid.

• Elevators. These are thin but solid chisel-like instruments that help with extractions by separating ligaments that hold teeth in their sockets. #301 or #12B are good choices. In a pinch, some parts of a Swiss army knife might work.

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• Extraction forceps. These are like pliers with curved ends. They come in versions specific to upper and lower teeth and, sometimes, left and right.

Although there are more types of dental extractors than there are teeth, you should at least have several. Although every dentist has their preferences, you should consider including the following in your dental kit:

-#151 or #79N for lower front teeth
-#150A or #150 for upper front teeth.
-#23, best for lower molars
-#53R, best for upper right molars
-#53L, best for upper left molars

• Blood-clotting Agents: There are a number of products, such as Act-Cel, that help control bleeding in the mouth after extractions or other procedures. It comes a fabric square that can be cut to size and placed directly on the bleeding socket or gum.

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Chromic Catgut Suture

• Sutures: A kit consisting of a needle holder, forceps, scissors, and suture material is helpful for the control of bleeding or to preserve the normal contour of gum tissue. We recommend 4/0 Chromic catgut as it is absorbable. It’s small enough for the oral cavity but large enough for the non-surgeon to handle. Don’t forget a small scissors to cut the string. More information on suture materials can be found later in this book.

• Pain medication and antibiotics. Medications in the Penicillin family are preferred if not allergic. For those allergic to Penicillin, Erythromycin can be used. For tooth abscesses, Clindamycin is a good choice. These antibiotics are discussed in detail in the section dedicated to them in this book.

Just as obtaining knowledge and training on medical issues likely in a disaster is important, the study of dental procedures and practices is essential for the aspiring survival medic.

Joe Alton, MD

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Nurse Amy has expanded her dental preparedness kit to include almost all the items you see in the list above. Check our her dental kit, and many other kits and supplies for survival medical issues, at her store at store.doomandbloom.net.

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Find more useful information in The Survival Medicine Handbook, by Joe and Amy Alton. You may also want a copy of Where There Is No Dentist.