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Survival Medicine Hour: Survival at Sea, Shark Attack, Antibiotics, More

12/7/2018
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Upon the passing of President George H. W. Bush, we should remember and honor his military service in World War II as a navy pilot. Having flown 58 missions, Lieutenant Bush was often under enemy fire. On September 2, 1944, his plane was shot down off an island called Chi Chi Jima. He was the only survivor. He swam about 50 yards to a small life raft and fought the currents that would have caused him to make landfall on the island, where he had heard that starving enemy soldiers were making...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Food Safety on/off the Grid, Pandemics, More

11/30/2018
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An outbreak of food poisoning with Escherischia coli (E. coli) has hospitalized 43 people in 11 U.S. states and another 18 in Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency reports no deaths as of yet, although one individual has developed kidney failure. Joe and Amy Alton discuss the increase of multistate outbreaks of food poisoning, signs that issues may be occurring at the processing or even at the farm. Plus, food safety involves four main steps:...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Burns, Nail Issues, New Book, More

11/23/2018
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Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP are pleased to announce their new book: Alton's Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman's Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings, a plain English guide to veterinary antibiotics and their potential uses to treat infections in survival scenarios (only). Learn about various infectious disease that are common now or will be if things go South. Now available at store.doomandbloom.net or Amazon. Also, when a burn goes through the skin, you've...

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Survival Medicine Hours: Bacterial Infections, Stones, Antibiotics

11/16/2018
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To better understand current events, it’s useful to know the history behind them. The same can be said of the developments through time that led humans to learn about bacteria. Bacteria have played their part in the evolution of the planet for eons. Fossils of microorganisms have been discovered in stone dating more than 400 million years old. Some argue that primitive bacteria existed almost as far back as the very beginning of Earth’s history. For the majority of their time on Earth, they...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Active Shooters, Animal Bites, More

11/9/2018
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A gunman opened fire on a crowd at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The shooter, named Ian David Long, who killed 12 people and himself was a 28 year old former U.S. Marine who may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the Ventura County sheriff said. Ian David Long, 28, apparently threw smoke bombs and methodically fired into a crowd of more than a hundred people Wednesday night. It should be clear to everyone that there is no place safe from the deranged, disgruntled,...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Off-Grid Pregnancy, Ortho Injuries, Wasp Stings

11/2/2018
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It’s around Halloween, so I figured I’d tell you a horror story. In centuries past, women married as teenagers and often had 8 to 10 children, that might sound like a horror story to you as it is, but what if I told that the big question was, would that woman survive pregnancy and childbirth at all? It happened in the past, but what if some long-term catastrophe took society to the brink? Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is caused by a number of factors, primarily being overusing your legs...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Trail Injuries, Burns, More

10/26/2018
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Anyone who has done any hiking like we have or has bought the wrong pair of shoes has experienced a friction blister. For a relatively small soft tissue injury, a blister can certainly cause more than its share of problems. More than one hike has come to a screeching halt because the terrain was more rugged than the footwear could handle. Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss choosing the right pair of hiking boots, plus treating and preventing blisters and splinters. Also,...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Typhus in L.A., Barter Items, Lyme, Gout, More

10/19/2018
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In our upcoming book “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: A Guide to the Wise Use of Drugs in Austere Settings, we include a section about epidemic infectious diseases that aren’t common now, but will be if a disaster makes it impossible to maintain good hygiene. One of these is typhus, a disease transmitted by body lice, fleas, and ticks. Well, it appears that there’s an epidemic of Typhus right now in the homeless population of Los Angeles county. Downtown's “skid row”, an area...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Antibiotics, Resistance, Mastitis, More

10/12/2018
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SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST o our store for HSA-approved medical kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net! When modern medical care isn’t available, many deaths would be prevented by the availability of antibiotics in your disaster medicine cabinet. Indeed, you should consider having a supply of these drugs in your storage if you believe a disaster may occur that takes away your access to modern medical care. If you use antibiotics for every minor ailment that comes along, however, you...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Respiratory infections, Opioids, More

10/5/2018
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SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST It’s important to realize that the majority of respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, are caused by viruses and do not improve with the use of antibiotics. Some infections of the respiratory tract are bacterial in origin, however; others are secondary infections that invade a weakened victim of a viral illness. These tend to be in the lower airways (called “bronchitis”) or in the lung tissue itself (called “pneumonia”). Find out from Joe...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Off-Grid Waste Issues, Face Masks, More

9/28/2018
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We’ve mentioned that we’re finishing up a book on antibiotics and the diseases they treat, and I hope you’ve made some provisions for having some antibiotics in your medical storage, even if they’re the fish antibiotics that we write about. If you really believe there might be some event that’s going to take our society to the brink one day, you’ve got to know that this stuff is just not going to be as available as it was, and whatever you have is going to be hard to replace. So while you’re...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Immunity, STDs, Disease Outbreaks

9/21/2018
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Our body is a fortress that is constantly under siege by bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Every day, we fight off attempts by one or another of these germs to gain a foothold. Luckily, our immune system is usually aware of the presence of substances not recognizable as part of the body. The human response to infection involves the actions of certain cells and other substances called “antibodies” in blood. Find out from Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP about how your body works to fight...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Hurricanes, Cough Remedies, Styes, More

9/14/2018
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Hurricane Florence is making landfall in the Carolinas as we’re recording, and they’re expecting a lot of wind, rain, and storm surge. Every year around this time, the U.S. can expect storms like this to menace the East and Gulf coasts, yet many citizens still find a way to be caught by surprise. Joe and Amy Alton put together 30 safety tips that will give your family the best chance of preparing for and surviving that storm. The family caregiver has to be able to handle problems that occur...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Nat'l Preparedness Month, Infectious Disease, Sick Rooms

9/7/2018
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In good times, we have the luxury of modern medical facilities and advanced techniques to isolate a sick patient from healthy people. If we ever find ourselves in a grid-down scenario, most of these advantages will go the way of the dinosaur, and we will be placed in, essentially, the same medical environment we experienced in the 19th century. It should be possible for the medically prepared to put together a “sick room” or “hospital tent” that will minimize the chance of infectious disease...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Expiration Dates, Flagyl, Pandemics

8/31/2018
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Happy National Preparedness Month! Joe and Amy Alton often talk about the risk of infectious diseases and some of the antibiotics that I’ve been able to find in veterinary form that you can access without a prescription. Of course, in normal times, you should seek out a qualified medical professional first. One of the antibiotics we think is most useful in survival settings is something called metronidazole, brand name Flagyl). Metronidazole (aquatic equivalent: Fish-Zole) 250mg is an...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Fall Injuries on and off the grid, Home Fires,More

8/24/2018
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Recently, we certified as Advanced Wilderness Expedition Providers, and many of the training scenarios involved dealing with those who are injured in falls. Whether you’re on a backcountry trail or in your own bathroom, a fall can seriously damage you, causing orthopedic injuries, bleeding, traumatic brain injuries, and more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that one in five falls results in a major injury. All told, falls account for millions of emergency room...

Duration:00:56:00

Survival Medicine Hour: Tetanus, Crypto, Hemostatic Agents

8/17/2018
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Most of us have dutifully gone to get a Tetanus shot when we stepped on a rusty nail, but few have any real concept of what Tetanus is and why it is dangerous. Tetanus (from the Greek word tetanos, meaning tight) is an infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium Tetani. The bacteria produces spores (inactive bacteria-to-be) that primarily live in the soil or the feces of animals. These spores are capable of living for years and are resistant to extremes in temperature. Tetanus is now rare...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Wildfire Survival, Antibiotics, More

8/10/2018
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Joe and Amy Alton return home to South Florida after almost two weeks in Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming! While they were in Grand Teton National Park, everyone was wondering why it was so hazy. Well sure enough, it was smoke from hundreds of miles away in California. Evidence of smoke has actually gone as far as New York City, yes, new Yorkers, it’s not just smog, at least right now, it’s smoke from the coast, the west coast, that is! Find out more about wildfires and how to create a...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Floods, Drowning, Water Contamination

8/3/2018
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We have talked a lot about natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, but not as much about the complications that go along with them. Flooding is one of the most common disasters to affect the United States, and there’s flash flooding in the Eastern part of the country as we speak. It’s part and parcel of many different catastrophes, from the aftermath of blizzards to mudslides. Matter of fact, it’s the reason for almost 75% of presidential disaster proclamations. As such, it’s...

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Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquakes, Bed Bugs, Diatomaceous Earth

7/27/2018
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Recent reports suggest that the West coast is at high risk for a big earthquake. They’ve found a new stress area in the San Andreas fault and predict a 75% chance, not a chance, a 75% chance, that the big one will hit anytime in the next 30 years or so. Of all the creepy-crawlies that cause trouble in a household, few are worse than bed bugs. Although poor standards of living and unsanitary conditions have been associated with bed bug infestations, even the cleanest home in the most...

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