Survival Medicine Hour: Anaphylaxis, Ear Infections, Hemorrhage

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Ear Anatomy

The Survival Medicine Hour, hosted by Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy of https://www.doomandbloom.net/ brings you a few topics, including ear infections, bleeding control and the final part 3 of the allergy series: anaphylaxis. Monday, February 20, 2017 is President’s Day, but do you know about the pre-George Washington “Presidents”? Do you also know who held the presidential office twice, but not with consecutive terms?

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Severe allergic reactions may cause body-wide reactions called anaphylaxis that can be life-threatening. Although few die from simple allergic reactions, anaphylaxis is much more severe and, without quick intervention, the victim can die from respiratory or cardiac arrest. Having an epi-pen handy is advisable, although you can learn how to dose with epinephrine solution from a sterile vial.

 

Ear infections are fairly common in babies and children, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep your ear canal as dry as possible during and after swimming. Feed babies in a head-up position, to prevent formula or milk from entering the passages into the ear. Beware of early warning signs before the ear infection becomes severe, such as: pain and itching, drainage from the ear canal and redness and swelling in the ear canal. babies may tug at their ear.

 

Plus, an introduction to hemorrhage and its effects on the human body.

 

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/02/17/survival-medicine-hour-ear-infections-bleeding-anaphylaxis

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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Survival Medicine Hour: Allergies, pt.2, Water Issues

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The Survival Medicine Hour this week, with your hosts, Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses water pollutants and part 2 of the series on Allergies. Your hosts request feedback on the show and other topics you may like to hear in future episode. They would also like to have any suggestions you might have about outdoor sport or activity first aid supplies and what you might experience as first aid incidents during those activities. Write to drbonespodcast@aol.com anytime!

 

Water contaminants are many and are reviewed in this episode. A guest post at https://www.doomandbloom.net/guest-post-10-things-you-didnt-know-were-in-your-drinking-water/ , by Jennifer Moran from https://theberkey.com/ is discussed and expanded upon in detail. Pollutants like lead, fluoride, BPA (Bisphenol A), iron and arsenic are just a few covered during this show.

 

In this part 2 series on allergies, Dr. Alton reviews a few allergies from the last show and continues with drug allergies, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and toxin allergies. Helpful medications that relieve specific symptoms can include Afrin (beware of too much, and you will learn why), antihistamines, and oral meds.  A few natural remedies to relieve symptoms, like a Neti Pot, are reviewed. One important hint when using a Neti Pot, always make sure the water or saline is a sterile solution, or you could get sick from the contaminated solution.

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/02/10/survival-medicine-hour-water-pollutants-allergies-pt2

 

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

 

Amy and Joe Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Protest Survival, Capsizing, Allergies, Pt.1

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Surviving a Protest

The Survival Medicine Hour with your hosts Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss Protest Safety, How to survive a capsized boat or cold water immersion, and part one of a series on allergies. Our website https://www.doomandbloom.net/ is a source for these and other topics.

 

Getting caught in the middle of the crowd in the frenzy of protesting could be dangerous, especially if you are wearing anything that identifies you as their “enemy., Knowing how to extricate yourself and be the “gray man” can help you stay safe. Don’t approach lines of police officers in riot gear, they are focused on getting the crowd under control and could mistake you for a rioter. Try to stay with friends and escape as quickly as possible. Many more tips!

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Strategies for capsized boats or other water immersion

 

If you find yourself in the water due to a capsized boat or other water incident. the first step is to try and stay calm. Always wear a life jacket if possible while boating, which enables you to stay warmer since you don’t have to kick or try to swim to keep your head above the water. If any debris is nearby, try to elevate some of your body out of the water. These and more mportant steps to take are presented in the show today.

 

In an introduction to allergies, an immune reaction against an allergen occurs when it is encountered the first time, and may cause little to no reaction at all. The second exposure to this allergen is when the allergic cascade of symptoms and reactions are seen. Allergic reactions may appear in various forms. Part one of this allergie series is discussed on today’s show.

 

All this and more in the Survival Medicine Hour! To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/02/03/survival-medicine-hour-protest-safety-capsize-allergies-pt1

 

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

 

Amy and Joe Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Expiration Dates, Face Masks, More

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This episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, with your hosts, Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses the significance, or sometimes, the lack of significance of expiration dates when it comes to medicines in pills and tablets. Also, face masks as a medical supply, all you need to know about this important piece of medical protection. Also, some tips on medical storage of drugs.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/01/27/survival-medicine-hour-expiration-dates-masks-and-med-storage

 

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

Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: Surviving a Building Fire

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Joe Alton, MD’s latest video discusses some tragic building fires, especially in public venues. He examines what happens in a fire, how fire behaves, and what you can do to increase your chances of surviving the conflagration.

 

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Find out more about house fires, wildfires, burns, and much more in Joe and Amy Alton’s Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available at Amazon.

Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia Pt. 3, Frostbite, Winter Hazards

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The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discusses altitude sickness, winter car survival, falling through the ice or into very cold water and more. Car Survival equipment should include wool blankets, instant hand warmers, flashlights and extra batteries (fresh), small tool with blade, screwdrivers, pliers etc, foldable shovel, sand or rock salt, flares and reflective large triangles, tow chain or tough rope, jumper cables, water and food, a first aid kit (Doom and Bloom makes a grab and go bag), tarp, noisemaker and more.

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Winter car survival

To increase your chances of survival in cold water you should wear a life jacket whenever you are on a boat. It enables you to stay alive longer by keeping you afloat without burning too much energy. A built-in whistle is a great item to have on the life jacket also. Keep your clothes on while you are still in the water. Button or zip up to retain some body heat. The layer of water between your clothing and your body is slightly warmer and will help insulate you from the cold.

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/01/20/survival-medicine-hour-hypothermia-pt3-frostbite-winter-hazards

 

Wishing you all the best in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: Cold Prevention Myths and Facts

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In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses some common misconceptions about colds and how to prevent them. Companion video to a recent article.

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

 

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia, Pt. 2, Avalanches, Blizzard Survival

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In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton: Bees are having a hard time these days and new attention is being given to their plight. The Fish and Wildlife Service have added the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee to the endangered species list, which join seven species of the Yellow-Faced bee that were added in September.

 

Hypothermia (part 2) is discussed regarding treatments including: getting the person out of the cold or sheilding them from the weather as much as possible, monitoring their breathing, begining CPR if needed, warming them up with your body heat or warm dry compresses and more. Keep a Winter Car Survival Kit and supplies handy to help when disaster or accidents happen.

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Avalanches are dangerous, but only a small percentage of victims die from hypothermia, most perish due to traumatic injury or suffocation before they freeze to death. Snow slides are part and parcel of the winter wilderness experience and it pays to know what to do if you’re caught in one. Blizzards occur every year in the United States, and cause fatalities among the unprepared. In these storms, 70% of deaths occur due to traffic accidents and 25% from being caught outside during the blizzard. Learn safety tips to prevent these deaths and keep you and your family safe and healthy during the winter.

 

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/01/13/survival-medicine-hour-hypothermia-pt2-avalanches-blizzards

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: Norovirus, the Stomach Flu

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In this video, Joe Alton, MD discusses a recent experience with the stomach flu on a trip to New York. Norovirus is the most common cause of the “stomach flu”, a debilitating and dehydrating intestinal illness that affects millions every year throughout the world. Often caused by contaminated food on cruises, 800 students at a high school in Illinois were recently affected, presumably due to cafeteria issues. Learn more about the norovirus and what to do if you or a loved one comes down with it.

 

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia, Nightclub Terror

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It’s January, and a cold blast from the North is hitting parts of the Deep South. Hypothermia is a big issue for those not prepared for cold weather, and a number of people die every year from being unready to deal with Nature’s challenges. Find out about hypothermia, how the body loses heat, and some strategies for prevention this winter.

 

Also, the Turkish nightclub shooting almost exactly duplicates the blueprint established by last year’s Orlando Nightclub shootings. Along with vehicular terror, Dr. Bones makes the argument that this strategy is going to be repeated again and again, and tells you what you have to do to survive such events.

 

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All the best for a happy and healthy 2017!

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Vehicular Terror, Hangovers, RP Ruggiero of Brushfire Plague

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The Survival Medicine Hour, with Joe Alton,MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP aka Nurse Amy, wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year on this last day of 2016. With holiday parties all around us, some will find themselves with a celebration full of alcohol and perhaps a hangover to remember the night before. Before you attend that party, you should listen to this podcast for tips to both prevent and cure that aweful hangover.

Amy Alton, ARNP, interviews the author of the Brushfire Plague Trilogy series after he has recently completed the third book. Mr. R.P. Ruggerio lives in Colorado with his wife and two sons, and spends as much time outdoors as possible. He strives to live by Robert Heilein’s credo ” Specialization is for insects.” The Brushfire Plague trilogy are novels grounded in neighboorhood defense duringa devastating plague. Brushfire Plague, according to R.P., “also has useful lessons about the value of being prepared for possible disruptions to our normal way of life woven into the fabric of the story.  One unique aspect I focus on is the interpersonal dynamics one will be forced to deal with in any crisis situation.  This adds a lot to the drama and storyline and enhances the realism of the novel.”

Vehicular terror is the new blueprint for those wishing to cause mass casualties. Simple to obtain compared to guns and bombs, we can expect more events like the Berlin Christmas Market truck attack. Find out what you need to know to stay safe in these troubled times.

To listen in, click below:

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Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Surviving A Hangover

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In normal times or times of trouble, New Year’s Eve is a time where many break out the Smoky Mountain Moonshine and end up regretting it the next morning. For you teetotalers, a hangover is a group of symptoms that occur in many people after a night of drinking. Hangovers vary in appearance and severity, but one thing is sure: You’d rather not have one.

 

A study in college students found that and 29% reported (not to their parents, though) losing school time for hangover recovery. Close to 10% of American workers report having gone to work with a hangover; Lost work days run in the millions.

 

What Causes Hangovers?

 

Despite thousands of years of people having hangovers from drinking too much alcohol, the process which causes the condition isn’t very well understood.  Dehydration, sleep disturbances, lack of food intake, low blood sugar, the presence of certain by-products of alcohol in the body and other factors are likely involved.

 

Substances known as “congeners” found in alcoholic beverages may play a role; one of these, methanol, is metabolized to toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and formic acid. Other congeners, like acetaldehyde, are much more toxic than the alcohol itself, acting like an “anti-antioxidant”.

 

Symptoms of Hangovers

 

Each person’s hangover is a little different, but you can expect to see some of the following symptoms:

 

  • Headache due to blood vessel expansion (called “vasodilation”)
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Tremors (possibly due to low blood sugar, or “hypoglycemia”)
  • Dizziness
  • Malaise (general sensation of feeling ill)
  • Irritability, depression, and/or difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach discomfort (alcohol increases stomach acid)
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid heartbeat

Symptoms begin when the alcohol level has dropped down to zero, usually the morning after a bender. They can last several hours, or in the worst cases, a couple of days.

 

Treating a Hangover

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Doctors actually don’t spend a lot of time researching hangover remedies, simply because they consider hangovers as effective deterrents to frequent alcohol abuse in many people. Although there is no certain cure for hangovers (other than time), there are a number of treatments; some of these have basis in scientific fact and some, well, not so much.

 

Consider these options as you try to pick yourself off the floor:

 

Drink some fluids.   You’re dehydrated, and some water, Gatorade, or juice (without alcohol, please) will help you recover faster. Skip acidic juices like orange juice; they won’t help your upset stomach.

 

Go back to bed. The more sleep you can get, the more you’ll sleep through some of the worst part of a hangover

 

Take a headache medicine. Ibuprofen can help your headache, but it can irritate your stomach. Tylenol might be a better choice, but is associated with liver disease if you’re a heavy drinker.

 

Eat something. You might be nauseous, but a little chicken broth and some crackers will help settle your stomach and give your blood sugar a boost. Some prefer dry toast with a little peanut butter. Pepto-Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate) isn’t a bad idea to deal with that stomach upset as well.

 

Home Remedies for Hangovers

 

The above measures are thought to be of likely medical benefit for hangovers, but there are a lot of home remedies that people swear by. Below are just a few.

 

Ice:  An icepack to your throbbing noggin might just be the thing to help that headache. A cold, moist washcloth will work just as well.

 

Bananas. Bananas are a good source of potassium, something you might be low on after a night of drinking.

 

Ginger:  Ginger root is a time-honored natural remedy for nausea and vomiting, and many people feel seasick when they have a hangover. Ginger Ale is the easiest way to ingest some, but a ginger tea may be even better.

 

Honey and Lemon: Ingredients of a hot toddy (hold the alcohol), mixing some honey and lemon will boost your blood sugar.

 

Vitamin B: A 1973 study found that Vitamin B6, in very large doses, can improve a hangover. Later studies, however, found no such benefit and possible risks to the liver and pancreas. Vitamin B-complex, a combination of B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, B6 and B12 has also been proposed as a cure. It isn’t, but a dose of a vitamin supplement probably won’t hurt you.

 

Vitamin C: A popular ingredient and antioxidant in commercial “hangover supplements”, there’s little scientific data backing up any significant effect on a hangover. Like Vitamin B, however, there’s no reason to think it would hurt to take some Vitamin C.

 

Coffee: People like to think that some coffee will help their hangover, and it may do something for your headache. But caffeine is dehydrating, something that’s isn’t helpful when you’re already low on fluids.

 

Tomato Juice: While acidic and not so helpful for upset stomach, a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary is thought by some to metabolize alcohol from the body more quickly.

 

Exercise: If you can’t even move after a night of drinking, how can you exercise? Some feel, however, that sweating out the toxins will help a hangover. If you do decide to exert yourself, hydrate well beforehand and keep it to low-impact activities or you might be worse off than before. How about trying a walk around the block first?

 

Oxygen: Those with access to O2 canisters tout their benefits with regards to hangovers, but little evidence exists to support it.

 

The Prairie Oyster: V8 juice with Worcestershire and Tabasco, a little salt, a little pepper and a raw egg stirred together makes a Prairie Oyster, long thought to be a cure for a hangover. Little hard data confirms this concoction works, however, and eating uncooked eggs carries a risk for certain infections. Cooked eggs, however, contain taurine and cysteine, two substances that might help detoxify you. A number of other esoteric elixirs combining several incongruent ingredients also exist, but none have been scientifically shown to work. They will likely help raise your blood glucose, but you’re probably better off with a sports drink to get sugar, electrolytes, and hydration.

 

Hair of the Dog: Hair of the Dog is just another name for drinking more alcohol. It works because a hangover is essentially a form of alcohol withdrawal. Getting your drink on again, however, is the worst idea of all in the long run.

 

PREVENTION

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is the honest-to-God’s truth when it comes to hangovers. Make sure to:

 

Eat before you drink: Drinking on an empty stomach equals big trouble. Beer has calories, but it’s not dinner. Having a full stomach before drinking may help you keep your blood alcohol level down.

 

One alcoholic drink, one non-alcoholic: Matching one Old-Fashioned with one glass of water will help keep your alcohol intake down and decrease your chances of a hangover in the morning.

 

Pick the right poison: If you’re not picky about your poison, try to stay away from dark liquors like, say, bourbon. These have more congeners and are more likely to cause hangovers than clear liquors like vodka. Clear liquors are less associated with severe hangovers.

 

Be Bubble-Free: Alcohol in carbonated drinks, like Champagne, may be absorbed more quickly and lead to worse hangovers.

 

Head it off at the pass: Take two aspirin with a full glass of water before going to bed. Fatty acids that reduce inflammation in aspirin can avoid a bad hangover.

 

Abstain: Do I really have to say why? If you really don’t want a hangover, don’t drink. Be the designated driver.

 

I’ll bet you have a tried and true method to deal with hangovers. If so, let us know on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/doomandbloom/ or our Facebook Survival Medicine Group page.

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Surviving a hangover may not be true survival medicine, but you’ll find over 150 medical issues for disasters and epidemics in our 700 page Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for when Medical Help is Not on the Way.

Survival Medicine Hour: Holiday Blues, More

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The Survival Medicine Hour, with Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP aka Nurse Amy, wish you and your family a wonderful Merry Christmas. May 2017 bring you a multitude of blessings and good health. About 16% of our population is alone and lonely during the Christmas holiday.

This special episode will help you and others find ways to be a part of this joyous time of year. Helping others, being a listening ear, making home-made presents, visiting the less-fortunate or sick, or joining a helpful cause are just some of the advice to help you and those around you feel more Christmas spirit. Christmas is not about store-bought presents. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2017 to you and yours.

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/12/23/survival-medicine-hour-lonely-christmas-survival-tips

 

all the best,

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Norovirus, Cold Myths, Man Flu?

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Norovirus: The Stomach Flu

In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, a bout of acute gastroenteritis, also called “stomach flu” caused by Norovirus sends Nurse Amy to urgent care. Find out about the microbe that sends two million victims to their doctors every year in the U.S., how to prevent it and some other important advice to stay healthy this winter.

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Also, top ten myths people believe will prevent a cold. We know there’s one or two in there you think are true! Also, why do men seem to have worse symptoms than women when they get the flu or other viruses? Is there such a thing as the Man Flu?

All this and more on the latest episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton, ARNP. To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/12/16/survival-medicine-hour-norovirus-cold-myths-man-flu

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad, and Merry Christmas!

Joe and Amy Alton

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The “Stomach Flu” Virus

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Oysters may harbor norovirus

We often write about disaster situations that we personally experience. We’ve been through hurricanes, tornadoes, and epidemics, just to mention a few. Recently, our home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee was threatened by the wildfires there, which killed 14 and wiped out more than 1700 buildings and over 100 on the mountain where the house is located.

 

We’ve written about a number of medical issues that we’ve experienced as well. For example, I converted to positive for Tuberculosis during my work with Cuban refugees during the 1980 Mariel boatlift. I still carry a small walled-off nodule on X-ray, even after months of multi-drug therapy.

 

On a recent trip to New York City to visit our daughter, we both experienced a medical issue so common that it surprised us that we haven’t yet written about it: acute gastroenteritis, or the “Stomach Flu”. When this infection hits you, it makes even the healthiest individual miserable. Nurse Amy required an urgent care visit, no small issue in a strange and heavily-populated city. She was just one of nearly 2 million outpatient visits caused by norovirus in the U.S. every year.

 

Norovirus is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans. It was originally called “Norwalk Virus”, after the area where it was first identified in the 1960s. Since then, it’s been blamed for 50% of all gastroenteritis in the U.S. Worldwide, there are more than 200 million cases of norovirus infection a year. It affects people of all ages, but it’s particularly dangerous in the elderly, the very young, and those with weakened immune systems. Winter is the most common time for outbreaks.

 

Norovirus is very contagious (just 5-20 viral particles can cause illness) and is easily transmitted through contaminated food or water, close personal contact, and by air droplets from vomit, contaminated food counters, and even toilet flushes. Infection can be passed from person to person for a time even after apparent recovery.

 

Here’s how contagious the norovirus is: In one outbreak reported in 1998, 126 people were dining at a restaurant when one person vomited onto the floor. Despite a rapid cleanup, 52 fell ill within three days. More than 90% of the people who later dined at the same table reported symptoms. More than 70% of the diners at a nearby table got sick; at a table on the other side of the restaurant, the rate was still 25%.

 

Norovirus is a hardy microbe, and is known to survive for long periods outside a human host. It can live for weeks on countertops and up to twelve days on clothes. It can survive for months in still water. Disinfectants containing chlorine, however, like bleach will quickly eliminate it, as will sufficient heat.

 

The symptoms of the stomach flu include nausea and vomiting, watery diarrhea, and (sometimes severe) abdominal pain, usually within 12 to 48 hours of exposure. Along with this, muscle aches, headache, and fever may be seen. Luckily, life-threatening illness is rare, with dehydration being the main danger in those infected with the virus.

 

Unlike some viruses, immunity to norovirus is only temporary, maybe six months, after recovery.

 

Outbreaks of norovirus infection often occur in closed spaces such as cruise ships, nursing homes, schools, camps, and prisons. Shellfish, such as oysters, and salad ingredients are the foods most often implicated in norovirus outbreaks. In our case, it might have been a kiosk advertising “the World’s Best Hot Dogs”.hot-dog-stand

As is the case with most viruses, there is no cure for norovirus infection. Antibiotics will not be effective, as they are meant to kill bacteria, not viruses. Treatment involves staying well-hydrated. Dehydration can be noted by these symptoms:

 

  • ·        Dry mouth

  • ·        Decrease in quantity or dark color of urine

  • ·        Dizziness when standing up

  • ·        Decreased elasticity of skin (it “tents” when pulled)

  • ·        No tears when crying or unusual irritability in infants

Using antidiarrheal meds like loperamide (Imodium) and anti-vomiting drugs like Ondansetron (Zofran) may also help.

 

A cure may not be available but prevention is another issue. To decrease the chance of norovirus infection:

 

·        Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (norovirus is relatively resistant to alcohol), especially after using the restroom or handling food. Be especially sure to do this for 2 weeks after becoming infected (yes, you can be contagious for that long).

·        Wash food before cooking; cook shellfish thoroughly

·        Frequently disinfect contaminated surfaces with a bleach solution (the EPA recommends 5-25 drops of bleach per gallon)

·        Keep sick individuals away from food preparation areas

·        Avoid close contact with others when you are sick, and don’t share utensils or other items

·        Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items

·        Immediately remove and wash clothes that may be contaminated with vomit or feces. Machine dry if possible.

 

It may be difficult to completely eliminate the risk of norovirus infection, but careful attention to hand and food hygiene will go a long way towards avoiding the stomach flu.

 

Joe Alton, MD

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When to Close a Wound

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There are many injuries that a medic will face in a survival scenario, and a common and potentially life-threatening one occurs whenever the skin is broken. Your skin is your body’s armor; when it is breached, infectious organisms enter a highway which can transport them to just about any part of the body. Therefore, it makes common sense that you’d want to close that breach to speed healing and lock out infection. Indeed, that’s exactly what happens thousands of times daily in emergency rooms in normal times.

The off-grid medic has a dilemma, however: Most wounds in survival will be dirty, and providing a sterile environment for a surgical procedure is a difficult challenge. You could make the work area as clean as possible, but sterile? Not likely. As such, you should wisely choose what wounds should be closed and what wounds should be left open.

Many medics can’t imagine not closing a tear or cut in the skin (called a “laceration”), but it’s a reasonable way to deal with contaminated wounds in situations where you can’t assure a sterile, or even clean, field on which to work. Lacerations that are kept open must be dressed and cleaned regularly until they’re fully healed.

Open wounds heal through a process called “granulation”, where new tissue forms at the base and sides until the defect in the skin is fully healed. Essentially, “from the bottom up”. This tissue is somewhat granular in appearance, hence the name.

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To Close or Not to Close?

To paraphrase Hamlet, “To close or not to close? That is the question!” To answer this questions, we must examine what our goals are in closing a wound. Among other reasons, you close wounds to:

  • Repair the defect in the body’s armor, thus preventing infection in a clean wound.
  • Accelerate the healing process. Wound edges that are touching heal faster than those that aren’t.
  • Decrease scarring. Scarring is less of an issue in survival, unless the scar would, say, limit the range of motion of a joint in extremity.

A note about bleeding: Although closing a wound may apply pressure to bleeding areas, it is not a substitute for hemorrhage control, also known as “hemostasis” before closure. Consider the application of direct pressure first on the bleeding area, a method that succeeds in many cases. Also, for major blood loss, have tourniquets, hemostatic agents like Celox or Quikclot, and pressure dressings as part of your medical storage.

So what factors come into play when deciding to close a wound or to keep it open? Consider keeping the wound open in these circumstances:

The wound is dirty. Are the circumstances suspicious for contamination? In survival scenarios, the answer is often yes. In austere environments, even WHO (the World Health Organization) agrees that the safest course of action is to keep it open.

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Candidate for closure IF clean

Here are some circumstances where wounds should be kept open:

  • The wound is infected. Infected wounds have a certain appearance: They are red, swollen (sometimes appearing “shiny”), warm to the touch, and may drain pus.
  • The wound is colonized (infected but not yet showing signs). Even the air has bacteria; you can expect a wound to be colonized within 6-8 hours or so.
  • There is dead tissue in the wound. This tissue won’t bleed when it is cut and often appears discolored or black. No closure should be performed without removing dead tissue first (a procedure known as “debridement”).
  • Puncture wounds, especially from mammalian (including human) bites have lots of bacteria and shouldn’t be closed. Interestingly, snake bites become infected less often than, say, cat or dog bites, but don’t close them either.
  • The wound edges are so far apart that closing them would cause undue pressure. This occurs with injuries like “avulsions”, where entire areas of tissue are missing.
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Here are situations where you should consider closing the wound:

  • You’re certain the wound is clean. This usually requires witnessing the injury as it happens.
  • The wound has been open less than 6-8 hours.
  • The laceration is long or deep enough to penetrate the entire thickness of the skin. A deep wound would allow you to see underlying tissue such as subcutaneous fat.
  • The wound is located over a joint. A moving part, such as the knee, will constantly stress a wound and prevent it from closing in by itself.
  • The wound gapes open loosely, suggesting that it can be closed without undue pressure on the skin (and won’t close at all without your intervention).

In future articles, we’ll explore wound closure materials, techniques, and theory.

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Survival Medicine Hour: Gatlinburg Fires, Stress, More

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On this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, your hosts, Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss the devastating wildfires that have damaged or destroyed more than 400 structures and taken the lives of at least 13 innocent people, with more than 80 injured seeking help at local hospitals. The severity of the entire disaster is still unknown right now, and we will give you an update on the status of our own house in Gatlinburg. We live in South Florida so it has been a maddening few days to find out the results of the fires that spread up Chalet Village and Ski Mountain areas. Please donate to Red Cross to help fund those who need it so desperately and have lost their primary residence. There are so many without so much. Our prayers are with those who need it right now.
Christmas is almost upon us and the pressure to shop is causing some stress in shoppers. Dr. Alton discusses ways to decrease your stress levels and still have a fun-filled time during the holiday season (one tip: don’t be afraid to ask what they want!). Nurse Amy shares what she wishes for Christmas and what we all really want inside (hint: love, family and kindness). Relax and enjoy your Christmas with friends and family, we are all lucky to be on this beautiful earth together.
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Survival Medicine Hour: Respiratory Infections, pt. 3, Foot Care, More

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Respiratory Infections

The Survival Medicine Hour, November 25, 2016, with Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP aka Nurse Amy explore various respiratory infections and their symptoms. We classify respiratory infections as upper and lower. Upper respiratory infections invlove the troat, nasal passages, sinuses and larynx. Lower respiratory infections invlove the trachea (wind-pipe), bronchi and lungs.

Discover the common treatments and medications commonly used to treat these infections, and some special tips to help prevent them. What do you do with your toothbrush after you recover from a respiratory infection? Are you still using anti-bacterial soap to wash your hands? Find out what you should be doing to stay healthy and why.

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Pick the right shoes!

Christmas holidays are the time for shopping and lots of walking. Wear the wrong shoes and you may be in a world of hurt. Nurse Amy shares some good advice on what kind of shoes to wear on long walks and how to pick the right shoes for your feet.

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton, MD

 

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Video: Storing Medications

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Storing Meds

In good times or bad times, having a strategy for the proper storage of medicines will help preserve their potency for when they’re needed. Here’s a video by Joe Alton, MD about the factors to consider when putting away those needed medications for later use. Companion video to a recent article.

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

 

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Respiratory Infections, Part 2, Effects of Stress, More

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This week on the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD aka as Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP aka Nurse Amy, November 19, 2016, discuss some tips to help “survive” the possibly stressful Christmas shopping experience. Ebay did a study that found 88% of shoppers had elevated heartbeats similar to an athlete running a marathon. What are the effects of a rapid heart rate on the body, and learn why you feel so exhausted after an anxiety attack.

The latest update on Zika theories about why some countries are experiencing a higher rate of birth defects than others. What is going on with the progress of a Zika vaccine and a breakthrough medication to limit the ill effects of the virus on unborn babies.

Respiratory infections affect millions of people each year. Knowing how to tell the difference between different types will help you, as the survival medic, determine the best treatment plan. Colds vs flus, how to tell the difference, and more…

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

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Storing Meds, Respiratory Infection, Pt. 1

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How to store meds

The Survival Medicine Hour (November 11, 2016) exposes the issues we all face when looking at an uncertain future. If you prepare for long-term survival due to man-made or natural disasters, one looming problem is how to keep your much needed medications in the best condition possible. Nurse Amy. aka Amy Alton, ARNP and Dr. Bones, aka Joe Alton, MD cover some techniques and methods to help you solve this medication storage problem.

Part 1 of respiratory infections is also covered in this episode, plus a discussion of the reappearance of the respiratory virus that originates in the intestine, Enterovirus D68.

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Medic Memorial

On this Veteran’s day, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy want to say thanks to all of our military staff new and old; we greatly appreciate your service to our country!

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Ron Melchiore on 36 Years of Living Off the Grid

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In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Nurse Amy Alton interviews Ron Melchiore, who with his wife Joanna, has lived for 36 years off the grid in Maine and, now, Northern Saskatchewan. Amy finds out all about what Ron’s life as a self-reliant “pioneer” has been like, and how he’s put it all in his book “Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness“. Ron has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and has ridden a bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

Ron talks about power issues, experience with local animals, wildfires, and other challenges he and his wife have faced in their long-term adventure in the woods. Ron currently lives at a homestead only reachable by float plane, with trips to get supplies twice a year.

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Dan O’Hara of Gateway Prepper Expos, More

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Maybe you haven’t had the opportunity to go to one Dan and Kit O’Hara’s Gateway Prepper Expos, in which case, you’ve missed out on an opportunity to meet a lot of awesome, like-minded folks who are preparing for the worst, while hoping for the best. In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy welcomes good friend Dan O’Hara to the show and gets a real insight on what these shows are all about, and the thinking behind putting these events out to the  public. Plus, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, gives you an update on the latest news reports on the East coast after Matthew, and much more!

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Survival Medicine Hour: Larry Keilberg of SelfDefenseFund, Diabetes, More

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Legal Self Defense (pictured: Amy’s Gunshot Kit)

Survival Medicine Hour, September 23, 2016, with Joe and Amy Alton. We discuss the prevalent market on Ebay for fake C.A.T tourniquets, and a couple things to look out for. The increasing epidemic of diabetes, and what the world might look like if we make changes and if we don’t. The World Health Organization announced a 4-fold increase in the number of diabetic diagnoses in the past 35 years.

If you plan to defend you or your family from harm, through self defense, using ANY item, whether gun, knife, a lamp or even hands, this interview with Larry Keilberg may provide your best protection from going to jail. When force is used, deadly or otherwise, the police and court systems are not always quick to render you innocent. Long trials and expensive defense teams can ruin your life. The SelfDefenseFund.com offers a very reasonable policy to cover you and family members in the case of self defense. From expert testimony, top lawyers and a team of defense planning, you will be defended by the best. Larry Keilberg is a founding member of The National Association for Legal Gun Defense, and is an excellent source of information. Don’t miss this interview.

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Kratom Ban, Dental Trauma, Medical Uses for Rosemary

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Kratom

In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy (Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP), Dr. Bones discusses the upcoming ban on the useful but, perhaps, addictive herb Kratom, a Southeast Asian herb used for centuries to treat chronic pain and depression, and used by some today to replace addictions to opiates. Also, Nurse Amy discusses the many medical uses of Rosemary, and Dr. Bones discusses dental trauma, and what to do about that loose or knocked-out tooth in a survival setting.

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

 

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Video: The OODA Loop of Situational Awareness

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In this companion video to a previous article, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses a fighter pilot strategy that might save your life in a terror event. Originally meant for aerial dogfights, the OODA loop was developed by Colonel John Boyd and has been used in everything from business to active shooter scenarios. Incorporating the OODA loop into your mindset will help instill the culture of readiness that is so important in the New Normal of the uncertain future.

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Zika: 10 Things to Worry/Relax About

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Zika virus has been in the news since the beginning of the year, and there’s a lot of information out there; some of it is reassuring and some, well, not so much. Here’s some things you should know that will make you worry/not worry about this infectious disease that’s been reported worldwide. 

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Worrisome: Reported cases of Zika in the U.S. and its territories will soon hit 20,000. The number of Zika cases IN THE U.S. and its territories reported to CDC’s Arbonet (ARthropod-BOrne virus) national registry has risen to almost 19,000. With some researchers suggesting infection in one quarter of the population of Puerto Rico before the end of 2016, 20,000 cases might be a gross underestimation.

Reassuring: While the Zika epidemic rages in Puerto Rico, the continental U.S has reported a total of 2,964 cases of mostly travel-related Zika virus illness (out of a population of 320 million).  South Florida is the only area in the continental U.S. where local mosquitoes are confirmed by authorities to have spread the disease (about 50 cases).

The number of U.S. Zika cases are updated weekly by the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html.

 

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Worrisome: The actual number of Zika cases is probably close to 5 times the number of reported cases. Zika virus causes relatively mild symptoms like rashes, fevers, joint pains, and reddened eyes, and even then in only 20% of cases. 80% have no symptoms whatsoever, which means that the actual number of cases is probably 5 times greater. This doesn’t count people who wouldn’t go to the doctor for a mild fever or a rash, so it might be even more.

Reassuring: Even if case totals are, in fact, much higher than reported, the virus leaves the bloodstream after a week or so in most people. It can, however, last for months in seminal fluid or, perhaps, the eyes. Once you have recovered from the acute infection, you receive immunity from the antibodies produced by your immune system. Future pregnancies won’t be affected.

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Worrisome: Zika is a bona fide pandemic. A pandemic is a widespread occurrence of a disease not normally seen in a place that spreads across different regions. Zika has now been identified in close to 70 countries and has been referred to as a pandemic by the National Institute of Health since at least January 2016.

Reassuring: Despite concerns raised by many health officials, athletes and tourists returning from the Olympic Games don’t seem to have sparked significant new outbreaks in their home countries.

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Worrisome: Newborns with Zika infections can have multiple abnormalities, not just microcephaly. Microcephaly is a condition where a small brain leads to poor head growth. Beside this, however, other evidence of brain damage, deformed joints, and vision or hearing impairment may occur.

Reassuring: The percentage of abnormal newborns in Zika-infected mothers isn’t as high as you think. Statistics for the rate of birth abnormalities in newborns have ranged from 1% to 13% in Brazil and 1% in the previous outbreak in Polynesia in 2013-4, according to a CDC report released last May. There are no numbers that say a Zika-infected mother’s chances are very high of having a baby with microcephaly or other defects.

 

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Worrisome: We can’t say for sure that Zika-infected babies born looking normal will be unaffected by the virus. Zika is shown in lab studies to kill brain and other nerve cells. What if the number of cells damaged is not enough to make the baby appear abnormal at birth but enough to cause delays in milestones like walking or talking? What if these infants end up having learning disabilities once they’re old enough to go to school? We won’t know for years.

Reassuring: Although our research into the effects of Zika virus is in its infancy, no hard evidence exists that a baby from an infected mother will have later developmental deficits.

 

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Worrisome: Zika virus may be passed through from human to human through seminal fluid, vaginal secretions, blood, and now, tears. Researchers are finding more and more ways that Zika might be transmissible from human to human. A study from Washington University in St. Louis reports that tears of mice carried parts of the Zika virus.

Reassuring:  The vast majority of Zika infections are still transmitted by mosquitoes. Sensible actions like the use of mosquito repellents, the wearing of long sleeves/pants, and drainage of nearby standing water are still the best way to prevent an infection.

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Worrisome: There is more than one strain of Zika, and there may have been mutations. Zika, like many viruses, exists in different subtypes (at least two) that could mutate from time to time. This fact might explain why a virus originally identified in 1947 only started causing community-wide outbreaks in 2007, and no reported cases of abnormal babies before 2013. A mutation that increased the severity of effect on humans (at least, newborn ones) may have occurred.

Reassuring: It’s possible that Zika just had never been exposed to such large populations without natural immunity. Researchers haven’t yet reported if the strain spreading rapidly in Singapore is the same one as that in Brazil.

 

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Worrisome: There may already be more than one locally-transmitted outbreak in the U.S. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor’s College of Medicine, suspects that there may be more areas of local Zika transmission than just the one in Miami. The Guardian reports that he said, “…I think there’s not just Zika transmission going on in Miami, it’s going on all up and down the Gulf Coast and in Arizona, it’s just that nobody’s looking.” The CDC, although it stops short of predicting an epidemic of Zika, believes clusters of cases may still appear in warm-weather states.

Reassuring: Future local outbreaks are likely to be minor in the U.S.  A number of states, like Louisiana and other Gulf and East coast states, are recovering from floods dues to storms and Hurricane Hermine. Cases of Zika virus, however, don’t seem to be arising out of standing water there that would be excellent breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Cities, like Houston, with low-income areas that harbor abandoned buildings and trash, also provide possible sites for the next generation of mosquitoes; Zika virus doesn’t seem to have taken hold there either.

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Worrisome: Aerial Spraying with chemical pesticides like Naled may affect honeybees and even humans. Use of pesticides that are neurotoxic might have ill effects on important pollinators like bees, or even human beings. It might be safer to use methods that kill mosquito larvae instead.

Reassuring: Aerial spraying is an effective way to eliminate large populations of adult mosquitoes quickly and rarely affects humans. Naled is a shorter acting pesticide than some others, and when used correctly (before sunrise or after sunset), is unlikely to cause major damage to pollinators, which mostly forage during daylight hours. The recent bee die-off after spraying in Dorchester County, S.C., was due to spraying which occurred at 8 a.m.

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Singapore’s next for Zika (image: pixabay)

                                                                                                                                                                                

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Worrisome: A new local Zika outbreak is spreading throughout Singapore in Asia. The location is important because Singapore is an important financial hub for the region. Travel-related cases already have been reported in Malaysia and the Philippines from returning travelers. Given the widespread commercial travel to Singapore, where 300 cases have been reported in 10 days, the entirety of Asia may be affected in the near future.

Reassuring: Here in the U.S., the coming fall and winter seasons will decrease mosquito populations significantly throughout most of the country. USA Today reported in July that Brazil was recording fewer cases of Zika as the Southern Hemisphere entered its “winter”.

 

So, it’s your choice: You can decide either to go look for your worry beads or, instead, cover your eyes with your hat and order another pinacolada. Just don’t forget the mosquito repellent.

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Hurricanes, Zika Update, Bee Deaths

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Zika Virus

In this episode of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, a Florida landfall occurs for a hurricane for the first time in more than a decade. Were you ready? What should you do to prepare for the next one? Plus, Dr. Bones discusses new tragedies for the native bee population in the U.S. What will be the straw that break’s the bee’s, I mean, camel’s back? With every third bite of food you put in your mouth coming as a result of some bee pollinating a plant, you should be invested in this topic!

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A hurricane’s storm surge

Plus, we haven’t talked about Zika for a while, but that’s not because there hasn’t been a lot of news about it. Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones follow the globetrotting pandemic to a new outbreak in Singapore, talk about outbreaks that might not be reported due to lack of testing, and the effects that could occur on zika-infected newborns that are born looking perfectly normal.

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More bad news for bees

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy!

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

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquakes, Epi-Pens, More

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The Epi-Pen

In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP discuss some general thoughts on the nature of survival medicine that you might not have taken into account in making your preparedness plans. Also, Epi-Pens, indispensable products for anaphylactic shock, go beyond the financial wherewithal of most Americans. What’s going on, and is this something that we can accept? If so, kids are going to die from allergies of bee stings and other allergens. Also, the earthquake in Italy kills 300 and injures hundreds more. Could you survive an earthquake? What should be your plan of action in case of tremors?

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All this and more in the latest Survival Medicine Hour! To listen in, click here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/08/27/survival-medicine-hour-earthquakes-epi-pens-more

 

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

 

Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP

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Survival Medicine Hour: Natural Pain Relief, Super Lice, Floods

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Flood Safety

In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, tell you about the recent deadly floods in Louisiana and offer some tips on how to keep your family safe during and in the aftermath of the disaster. Also, Dr.Alton tells you about some mutant lice that seem to have replaced normal head lice in most parts of the country. The downside: They’re resistant to most over-the-counter lice shampoos and lotions. What to do? You’ll find out here.

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Nit (Lice Egg)

Also, Nurse Amy continues her series on alternative pain relief, with a number of natural substances you might not know have analgesic action!

 

All this and more on Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Survival Medicine Hour!

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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American Survival Radio #18

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American Survival Radio

American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the just completed Republican convention, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Also, Zika virus throws health officials some curves with cases of female-to male transmission, caregiver infections, and possibly local infections being reported. A total of 400 U.S. pregnancies infected with Zika virus have been identified, with 12 babies born with birth defects so far. An equal number are being followed in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

Plus, Dr. Alton talks about the truck attack in Nice, France, and how being “situationally aware” may save your life in a terror attack. What do you have to do to change your mindset and instill a culture of readiness, not victimization, in the general public and, especially, our next generation?

All this and more in (click to listen) American Survival Radio #18!

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CDC Expands Zika Guidelines

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CDC: Females can transmit Zika

In a recent update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now state that Zika virus is transmissible through any type of sexual activity that involves exposure to genital secretions. Previously thought to be sexually transmitted by males to their partners, a recent case in New York City showed that the infection could be passed from a female to a male.

Zika virus carries a risk of severe birth abnormalities in a fetus when infection occurs during a pregnancy. Chief among these is microcephaly, a condition where head growth is decreased as a result of damage to brain tissue. The virus is responsible for at least 1600 abnormal newborns in Brazil and 12 in the United States.

The significance of the new findings regarding sexual transmission is that the population at risk for spreading Zika has now increased considerably. In a revamp of its official recommendations, the CDC now advises against unprotected sex with any person, male or female, who has traveled to or lives in an area with Zika. This includes female-female through vaginal secretions as well as male-male through seminal fluid.

The CDC also released new data that suggests Zika may exist in a pregnant woman for longer than the week or so previously thought. Testing should be performed up to two weeks from exposure or the appearance of symptoms. The CDC stated, “”Expanding the use of the Zika-specific test could provide more women with Zika virus infection a definite diagnosis and help direct medical evaluation and care.”

The CDC also recommended testing all pregnant women in at-risk areas or with possible Zika exposure. These include Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) and IgM antibody studies. Previously only available at the National Institute of Health, CDC, and certain state labs, Zika tests are now more widely available through state and commercial labs.

Acute Zika virus infection causes mild symptoms (fever, rash, joint aches, red eyes) in 20 per cent of cases, but 80 per cent show no symptoms at all. While this fact may appear comforting to some, it means that there is the possibility that an asymptomatic pregnant woman may not learn she was infected until her fetus is found to be abnormal on obstetric ultrasound. Often, serial ultrasounds over time are needed; confirmation of an abnormal head growth pattern may not occur until late in the pregnancy.

Official CDC recommendations for those planning to get pregnant in the near future are as follows: “Women who have Zika virus disease should wait at least 8 weeks after symptom onset to attempt conception, and men with Zika virus disease should wait at least 6 months after symptom onset to attempt conception.” The longer period for men reflects that ability of the virus to remain active in seminal fluid for three months or more.

Zika virus is also thought to be transmissible through blood transfusions and even menstrual blood. A case in Utah where a family caregiver contracted the infection suggests that handling bodily fluids, such as blood, urine, or feces might be a risk factor.

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Despite this, the grand majority of infections occur due to bites from infected mosquitoes. Controlling mosquito populations by draining standing water and other methods is considered the most effective way of decreasing Zika cases in an area. Individuals should wear loose, light-colored clothing and use mosquito repellent whenever outside in at-risk areas.

Expect CDC guidelines regarding Zika virus infection to change as more is known about the Zika virus.

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Survival Medicine Hour: Snakebite, Bee Sting, Heat Waves, Zika in the US?

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In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD (Dr. Bones) and Amy Alton, ARNP (Nurse Amy) tackles a bunch of topics. First, new cases of Zika in Florida may not be related to travel outside the country. Until now, all cases were from people who returned from the epidemic zone in the Caribbean and Latin America. Puerto Rico now has 4000 cases, almost all locally transmitted, and the CDC thinks we’ll have some clusters of local cases in the continental U.S. as well.

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Also, summer is here and a murderous heat wave has gripped the Nation’s East, Midwest, and Southwest, causing at least 6 deaths and cause the heat index to feel like 100 degrees or more in locations that are used to much milder weather. Heat stroke is a major risk and you need to know how to identify and treat it.

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Plus, out in the woods you’ll encounter a lot of critters. Last week, we talked about bites and attacks from warm furry ones, this weeks it’s snakes and bees/wasps. Learn all the latest about how to deal with a snakebite when modern medical help is not available, plus how to use an epi-pen to treat severe allergic reactions like anaphylactic shock.

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton! To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/07/25/survival-medicine-hour-snakebite-bee-stings-zika-in-the-us-heat-waves

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

Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: Situational Awareness in Terror Attacks

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Terror events: Part of the New Normal

In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD tell you how being “situationally aware” could save your life in a terror event. It seems that a day doesn’t go by without some heinous action by terrorist cells, and this video discusses how we can replace a culture of victimization with one of readiness for any disaster. We now know that terror events can happen anywhere, anytime: Malls, schools, nightclubs, holiday celebrations, and more. Throughout the world, no one who ventures into a crowd is safe anywhere. It pays to be aware of your surroundings. Situational awareness could save your life.

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

 

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American Survival Radio #17

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio, Joe and Amy Alton welcome economic trend forecaster Gerald Celente for a discussion of what to expect from the U.S. and global economy in the coming months. If you want more evidence that we’re circling the drain, this interview is it. Plus, Joe Alton goes back in time to his article from 2012 which wondered if any Republican will ever be elected president again in the foreseeable future. Changing demographics in the U.S. have made formally red state a bright purple now, and the failure to attract Latino voters is only part of the reason. Also, the Democratic Party Platform for 2016 includes the usual concerns about climate change, but the U.S. is only responsible for 16% of carbon emission production. Our inability to control growing economies like China and India guarantee that they’ll be using fossil fuels until they reach our standard of living. Is there really anything we can do about it, with developing nations saying “Oh, so you were able to use coal and oil for 150 years to become the world’s superpower, but we can’t? Doesn’t seem fair….”

All this and more in American Survival Radio #17 with Joe and Amy Alton.

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Video: Heat Wave Safety

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Man, it’s hot! In this video on Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP‘s YouTube channel, Dr. Bones discusses a natural disaster: Heat Waves. You might not consider the heat to be a natural disaster, but it can be deadly to a community as it was when a major one hit Europe in 2003, causing tens of thousands of deaths. Find out how to identify, treat, and prevent heat-related complications like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and you might just save a life this summer!

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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American Survival Radio #16

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio,  Joe and Amy Alton note the mess that Olympic Host Brazil is in, but look no further than the border to find a country in worse shape: Venezuela. After hurling insults our way for the last decade or so, the socialist country wants to re-establish diplomatic relations. We wonder if it’s because their people are starving and none too happy about it? Hear the sad story as Venezuelans wonder where their next meal is coming from. Also, summer has arrived and you’re going to be visiting lots of places that could make you seriously ill if you don’t watch out. The Altons tell you what these are, and how to stay healthy in the hot, hot sun.  Plus, a few thoughts about FBI director James Comey’s statements last week and how Hillary Clinton, probably President Hillary Clinton avoided a  trip to the Big House and cemented a trip to the White House.

All this and more in American Survival Radio #16 with Joe and Amy Alton!

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Survival Medicine Hour: Tom Martin of APN, Shooter Issues, Summer Germs, Natural Remedies

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In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, Tom Martin of American Preppers Network joins us to talk about his new show, plus a serious look at the recent shooter events and when violence is the answer to stop the fatalities. Also, places you’ll be this summer that could make you seriously sick if you’re not careful. Nurse Amy continues her discussion of natural remedies that will help for orthopedic injuries. Dr. Bones also talks about what the medic’s priorities should be when under fire in hostile survival scenarios. All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour.

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To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/07/08/survival-medicine-hour-shooters-summer-germs-tom-martin-of-apn-more

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Don’t forget to check out our brand new Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook, as well as our Zika Virus Handbook, both available on Amazon. And fill those holes in your medical supplies at Nurse Amy’s store!

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In this episode of American Survival Radio, Joe and Amy Alton tackle the issue of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism isn’t what it was, a healthy respect for the traditions and values of others, but has morphed into a mandate to accept even barbaric customs like female genital mutilation as morally equivalent to Western values. Barbarism is not the moral equal of civilization, folks. Also, things are starting to steamroll in Brazil as issues of security and financial collapse are added to the ongoing Zika epidemic in Rio de Janeiro, the city that’s hosting the summer Olympics this year. Police and hospital personnel aren’t getting paid, and that could be even more hazardous to your health than the Zika infection.

Plus, Future Dan from futuredanger.com joins the Altons to discuss his new Drudge Report-like website gives indicator levels to articles that might become a peril to America’s Survival! All this and more on American Survival Radio #15!

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American Survival Radio, June 25

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP discuss the issues of the day, which seems to include terror events and active shooters more and more as time goes on. Of course, with that, the political battle over gun control rages while, perhaps, the discussion over how to make Americans more difficult targets gets ignored. Plus, the state of California”s lawmakers pass a bill to allow Obamacare to be offered to undocumented immigrants, something President Obama himself had guaranteed repeatedly would NOT happen. Listen to how California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D) found a loophole in the law, and how, unless, they find funds to pay the premiums for these immigrants , Obamacare is still going to be unaffordable to most even if offered.

On the natural disaster front, a deadly heat wave in the West is causing problems for the 3500 firefighters trying to control multiple wildfires in the area. Yes, a heat wave is a natural disaster: A major one in 2003 on the European continent killed tens of thousands of people. Joe and Amy Alton tell you how to stay safe in the hottest weather. All this and more in American Survival Radio #14!

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Survival Medicine Hour: Expert Charley Hogwood, Cinnamon, Antibiotics, Alligators

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Charley Hogwood, Survival Group expert

In this topic-packed episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, survival group expert and author Charley Hogwood joins us to talk about survival group dynamics as well a number of other issues that may affect your chances for survival in the uncertain future. Also, Nurse Amy talks about one of her favorite herbs, Cinnamon, and its medical uses and Dr. Alton discusses an unusual subject, driven by recent news: Alligator attacks, what to do and some common-sense prevention strategies. He also brings you up to date with the Zika epidemic ramping up in Puerto Rico, and the 3 infants born with Zika-related deformities in the United States. Finally, Dr. Alton discusses antibiotics while answering a question from a listener of the popular Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko. Dr. Alton serves as the medical expert on Jack’s Expert Council.

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Plus, doctors say 1 in 5 trauma victims’ death are preventable. Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss why and what could be done to increase your chances of surviving a mass casualty incident.

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/06/20/survival-medicine-hour-expert-charley-hogwood-cinnamon-antibiotcs-alligators

 

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

Joe and Amy Alton

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American Survival Radio, June 18th

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio, the Altons explore the Orlando shootings and come to a disturbing conclusion: that there are millions of soft targets for a gunman and that a repeat of this event can and will occur again and again in the uncertain future. Indeed, Omar Mateen’s attack on the Orlando PULSE nightclub will become the blueprint for future attacks: crowded venue, no armed patrons, lots of noise, and late enough for most club goers to have had a drink or two (not the best recipe for situational awareness).

Also, President Obama is close to his goal of handing control of the internet from U.S. hands to that of a global organization. The Alton explore whether this is really a good idea, or will authoritarian regimes take advantage and make the internet a less free place? Will Congress block the move?

All this and more on American Survival Radio #13.

Wishing you the best in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Leon Pantenburg, Annie Tuttle, Upcoming New Edition

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One of the great things about traveling to speaking engagements all over the country is meeting old and new friends who have made contributions to the welfare of those in the preparedness community. In this special road edition of the Doom and Bloom ™ Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD (aka Dr. Bones) and Amy Alton, ARNP (aka Nurse Amy) are in the great state of Oregon, and meet Leon Pantenburg, one of the first writers on preparedness topics in the modern, post-Y2K era at his website survivalcommonsense.com. Leon has been putting out great educational information for those interested in self-reliance for a very long time. It’s a pleasure to have a few minutes with Leon to discuss his journey, both in the past and in the future.

Also, we are pleased to interview Annie Tuttle, editor of the new print edition of Self-Reliance Magazine, an important new publication about which Annie talks in detail with Nurse Amy. Get a perspective of what the future holds for Self-Reliance magazine, self-reliance in general and Annie, Dave and Lenie Duffy, and the rest of the great folks at backwoodshome.com.

Plus, the third edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook is almost ready to hit Amazon. The third edition will be 670 (whew!) pages of medical information written in the mindset of the medically self-reliant, meant to help, in plain English, the average person become a medical asset to their loved ones in times of trouble. Dr. Alton talks about the upcoming third edition, his brand new Zika Virus Handbook, and more in this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour.

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/06/06/survival-medicine-hour-leon-pantenburg-annie-tuttle-upcoming-third-edition

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

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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Survival Medicine Hour: Depression, Superbugs, Clint Jivoin of Naked and Afraid

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A new superbug has scientists concerned after a Pennsylvania woman develops a urinary tract infection that is resistant to Colistin, an antibiotic of last resort. More and more, antibiotic resistance is becoming a challenge for doctors everywhere, where does that leave you if you were off the grid? Plus, depression is a big problem in good times or bad, and what can you do if you want to avoid drugs to treat it? Dr. Alton, part of Jack Spirko’s Survival Podcast Expert Council, answers questions from a listener with the problem. Also, Dr. Alton joins the call to cancel the Olympics with 150 other practitioners who thinks it’s a dumb idea to send half a million tourists to the epicenter of an epidemic zone.

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Clint Jivoin of Naked and Afraid

As a special added treat, our good friend Clint Jivoin of Naked and Afraid joins us at a recent event to talk about his experiences on the show and his plans for the future. All this and more on the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton…

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/05/29/survival-medicine-hour-depression-superbugs-clint-jivoin-of-naked-and-afraid

Here’s wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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American Survival Radio, May 28

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio, Joe and Amy Alton discover that a record number of Syrian refugees have been admitted in the last month to the United States, but not one of them is a Christian, the most persecuted group in the war zone. Why? Plus, more and more medical professionals and scientists are calling to cancel the upcoming Summer Olympics due to concerns about the Zika Virus. Is it a bad idea to have half a million tourists enter the epidemic zone?

Also, wonder what it’s like when a country is on the brink of disintegrations? Just look at Venezuela. The Altons give you a taste of what it’s like when the rule of law approaches non-existence, and what it would take for America to follow suit. Lastly, is taking a moral stand to sit out the 2016 election the right thing for NeverTrumpers, or are they just playing into the hands of those that would accelerate the downward spiral that’s happening right now?

All this and more on American Survival Radio. To listen in, click below:

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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American Survival Radio, May 21st

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American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

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On American Survival Radio’s latest podcast, an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo is downed by terrorist actions and plane travel may now be as safe as sitting on a pincushion, which is how you might feel when you board your next flight. Joe and Amy Alton give you some travel tips that will keep you safer abroad. Also, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu goes hat in hand to Moscow to find out why Russian jets are intercepting his fighters. Russia is involved in a number of negotiations with countries that the U.S. used to have influence with, as it seeks to quietly supplant America as the dominant player in Southeast Asia.

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Plus, a pharmaceutical company does an end run around the FDA to market its products as “nutraceuticals” to prevent aging. Dr. Alton examines the science behind the claims that 5 Nobel prize winners are backing, and whether you can extend your life with products that might be considered prescription drugs if the FDA didn’t take a decade to approve them.

All this and more on American Survival Radio.

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Wishing you the best in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Videocast

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Wishing ng you the best in good times OR bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton

Food Contamination

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We’ve talked a lot about sterilizing water to make it safe for drinking, but a few things in the news lately got me thinking about food safety, another responsibility for the survival medic. Let’s start with some news of the weird:

Two supermarkets in Great Britain were closed by police after a man allegedly sprayed foul-smelling “urine” on the produce. The motive for this act is unknown, but if it’s a terror event, he certainly gets credit for creativity. In any case, authorities claim little if any risk to public safety (unless you shop at those markets, I guess).

While the above is a rare case of food contamination, outbreaks of bacteria found on food seem  to be becoming more frequent. Besides highly publicized problems at restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Market, a number of food companies have announced recalls of a wide variety of products. CRF frozen foods, who products are carried at Safeway, Wal-Mart, Trader Joe’s, and prepper favorite COSTCO, is recalling a total of 358 different items sold under 42 brands(!).

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These items were found to contain a bacteria known as Listeria, and at least seven people were hospitalized with 2 deaths. Organic and non-organic versions of carrots, broccoli, squash, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are among the many and varied products involved. All affected items have sell by dates between 4/26/16 and 4/26/18.  The US FDA website has a list of every brand.

So what’s listeria? Listeria monocytogenes is a member of a family of bacteria named after a founding father of modern sterile surgery, Joseph Lister; his name is also on various types of surgical instruments. It causes a relatively rare bacterial disease called listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria. The disease especially affects pregnant women, newborns and toddlers, adults with weakened immune systems, and the elderly. In these folks, the death rate from sepsis and a nervous system infection, meningitis, is about 20%.

A person with listeriosis usually has fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, and other intestinal symptoms. Listeria starts in the GI tract, but frequently invades different organ systems, often varying from patient to patient.

Pregnant women infected with Listeria can expect a higher incidence of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, and neonatal (newborn) infections. Others, such as the very young and the very old, may experience confusion, stiff necks, loss of coordination and balance, and seizures.

Although there are some differences in opinion, the antibiotic Ampicillin is generally thought to be a drug of choice. Other penicillins are considered acceptable by many. If allergic to Penicillins, other antibiotics like Sulfa drugs may be an option, although no specific alternative is officially recommended.

So how do you prevent infections with Listeria, and really, any bacteria that causes food poisoning? The below recommendations come from the Food and Drug Administration:

  • Rinse raw produce, such as fruits and vegetables, thoroughly under running tap water before eating, cutting, or cooking. Even if the produce will be peeled, it should still be washed first. If you touch the peel, and then the peeled fruit or vegetable, it can get contaminated with bacteria.
  • Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
  • Dry the produce with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  • Separate uncooked meats and poultry from vegetables, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat foods.

It’s important to consider food storage and preparation surfaces. The FDA recommends:

  • Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.
  • Listeria monocytogenes can grow in foods in the refrigerator. Use an appliance thermometer, such as a refrigerator thermometer, to check the temperature inside your refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40°F or lower and the freezer 0°F or lower.
  • Clean up all spills in your refrigerator right away–especially juices from hot dog and lunch meat packages, raw meat, and raw poultry.
  • Clean the inside walls and shelves of your refrigerator with hot water and liquid soap, then rinse.

Without thoroughly cooking meats, you put yourself at risk for infection. You should be sure that food is cooked evenly. It is thought that Ebola may have started in West Africa from partially-cooked bat meat. Each type of meat has its own recommended temperature to eliminate pathogens (disease-causing organisms). To see these, click the link below:

http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/mintemp.html

You might wonder how long meats are safe to eat even if stored in the refrigerator? The USDA has firm opinions on this:

  • Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Do not store the product in the refrigerator beyond the use-by date; follow USDA refrigerator storage time guidelines:
    • Hot Dogs – store opened package no longer than 1 week and unopened package no longer than 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
    • Luncheon and Deli Meat – store factory-sealed, unopened package no longer than 2 weeks. Store opened packages and meat sliced at a local deli no longer than 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Divide leftovers into shallow containers to promote rapid, even cooling. Cover with airtight lids or enclose in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Use leftovers within 3 to 4 days.

In a survival scenario, it may be difficult to avoid bacterial contamination unless you closely monitor food preparation. In normal times, it’s easier, but only if you pay attention to good practice of food hygiene.

 

Joe Alton, MD

American Survival Radio #5

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Revered, Reviled, or Irrelevant?

Got change for a twenty? I’ll give you change, how about changing the face on the bill? Andrew Jackson (the first Democrat to be elected president gets tossed into the dustbin of history in favor of former slave, abolitionist, and Republican Harriet Tubman (of the famous Underground Railroad). American Survival Radio finds out how Jackson went from revered to reviled, plus a review of recent earthquake activity all over the Pacific Rim’s “Ring of Fire” and what you should do if you get caught in the middle of some major tremors.

Also,  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder drink Flint lead-contaminated water for a month (using a filter, of course) to show residents that it’s healthy, but can the same be said for his political career? You decide: brave gesture or carnival stunt?

American Survival Radio is a brand new podcast hosted by Joe and Amy Alton in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network, the home of Alex Jones’ Infowars. America Tonight, Joyce Riley’s Power Hour, and other fine shows. In American Survival Radio, the Altons step away from their roles as survival medicine writers and focus on current events that affect, well, America’s survival! Expect some serious opinions mixed in with the news of the day.

Don’t be confused by the fact that we have two podcasts. American Survival Radio is about current events, health, and politics. Our other podcast, The Survival Medicine Hour, will remain the same medical preparedness format on blogtalk radio.

 

All the best in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Zika Death, Reporters and Prepper Events, More

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Disasters happen, whether reporters believe it or not

The U.S, records its first Zika death in an elderly man from Puerto Rico, where 700 cases have been confirmed and thousands more suspected. The mainland U.S. hasn’t been immune either: 93 cases so far in Florida and 77 in New York (no subtropical climate but still a home for the Aedes mosquito). They explore how politics is infecting the Zika debate over funding, and holding up appropriations for mosquito control just as warm weather is arriving in the U.S, Their new book “The Zika Virus Handbook” is an all-you-need-to-know about Zika virus, and now available at Amazon.com. It’s the only book (far as we can tell) on the subject written by a physician.

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that prepper events, like the ones Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are speaking at as of this writing are in “the business of fear”. If that’s the case, are car insurance salespeople also in the business of fear? How about health insurance plan and Obamacare? Our hosts discuss how insurance takes many forms, and tangible items like food and medical supplies might just be another form of it. Also, is it fear or common sense that drives a small percentage of the population to take measures to be prepared for disasters? Who are the crazy ones, “preppers” or the general population who scramble to the supermarket and empty shelves in a frenzy before a big storm? You decide.

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All this and more on the latest episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP.

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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American Survival Radio #4

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In American Survival Radio #4, Joe and Amy Alton recount the efforts of an anti-religious group to remove the bible from the “Missing Man Table”, a military tradition that honors those fallen and missing in action. It seems that it won’t be long until you have to wrap the bible in a brown paper bag to avoid assault. Also, the Zika virus is scarier than we thought, say CDC officials who have identified the mosquito that transmits the disease in 30 U.S. states. They say to expend “clusters” of cases, especially in Texas and Florida, this coming summer. Also, Amy Alton has some pretty strong opinions on Fluoride, and you’ll find out a lot about its risks and benefits in her review of the scientific data. All this and more on the latest episode of American Survival Radio!

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VIDEO: Active Shooter Bleeding Control Kit in Action

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Would you be able to stop severe hemorrhage in the aftermath of a terror attack? In Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy’s latest video, she puts on a realistic demonstration of her First Aid Bleeding Control Kit in action after a simulated active shooter event. Each item in the kit is demonstrated as if utilized by a civilian with no training. We believe a kit like this should be available in every workplace, mall, school, and, really, any place at risk for this type of event. The items in the kit are meant to be easy to implement and effective in the control of bleeding.

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

 

Amy Alton, ARNP and Joe Alton, MD

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American Survival Radio #3

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American Survival Radio is a brand new podcast hosted by Joe and Amy Alton in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network, the home of Alex Jones’ Infowars. America Tonight, Joyce Riley’s Power Hour, and other fine shows. In American Survival Radio, the Altons step away from their roles as survival medicine writers and focus on current events that affect, well, America’s survival! Expect some serious opinions mixed in with the news of the day.  Our other podcast, The Survival Medicine Hour, will remain the same format on blogtalk radio.

 

 

In this episode, a Navy veteran walks 9 miles from his home to a closed VA clinic, douses himself with gasoline, and sets himself on fire. Find out about the shortcomings of the Department of  Veterans Affairs that led to his suicide. Also, in a few years we’ll be short 1,000,000 doctors, especially in primary care; why can’t we get students to become family doctors? As well, Amy Alton is asked by Ballistic Magazine what three survival skills are most important in a disaster. Lastly, Joe and Amy Alton explain some arcane RNC rules that will impact who becomes the Republican nominee for president. All this and more on (click here) American Survival Radio

 

 

All the best in good times or bad.

 

Joe and Amy

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Survival Medicine Hour: Japan Earthquake, Zika News, Fluoride, More

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In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, we give you the latest news, and there is definitely news, about the Zika virus epidemic in South America. When warm weather arrives in your area, will you be in the 30 U.S. states where the Aedes mosquito lives? What does the CDC say about the risk of an epidemic here? Plus, Nurse Amy examines whether we really should have Fluoride in our water, and what the risks are versus the benefits (Hint: She’s against it). Joe Alton, aka Dr. Bones, reports on the devastation left by 2 quakes and hundreds of aftershocks in Southern Japan, and Nurse Amy examines an interesting plant in our garden: The Miracle Fruit! All this and more in the Survival Medicine Hour.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/04/17/survival-medicine-hour-japan-earthquake-zika-update-fluoride-more

 

 

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

 

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: Brown Recluse Spider Bites

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In this companion video to the article on the same subject, Joe Alton, MD discusses what he believes to be a brown recluse spider bite incurred by his wife Amy Alton, ARNP while tending to her medicinal and vegetable garden. Learn all about Brown Recluse Spiders, how to recognize their bites, and how to treat injuries caused by spider venom. And don’t worry, Amy is slowly but surely recovering.

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Survival Medicine Hour: Lancing A Boil, Headaches, Doctor Shortages?

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We’re about a million primary care doctors short in the U.S., and it isn’t getting any better in the near future. Find out why it may be important than ever to be medically self-reliant. Also, How to lance that nasty boil safely, and what about Dakin’s solution to keep wounds free of infection? Also, Nurse Amy talk about different types of headaches and their treatments. All this and a question for Dr. Bones as a member of the Expert Council of Jack Spirko’s popular Survival Podcast, on the Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, aka Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP.

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/04/03/survival-medicine-hour-lancing-a-boil-headaches-doctor-shortages

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: Active Shooter Bleeding Control Kit, Part 2

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In part 2 of a series on hemorrhagic wounds incurred in a terror or other active shooter event, Amy Alton, ARNP discusses what she believes would be a reasonable item for a bleeding control kit and why she chose specific items for the kit she designed for the average citizen in the workplace, school, or mall.

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American Survival Radio Debuts

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In collaboration with Genesis Communications, Joe and Amy Alton have started a new radio show, American Survival Radio, that branches out from just survival medicine to all the news that affects, well, America’s Survival! America is at risk, have no doubt about it, in the uncertain future. On American Survival Radio, you’ll hear all about the issues that challenge our country today: Everything from terror attacks to weather gone wild to elections 2016, the Altons will pull no punches when it comes to opinions and advice that will help you keep it together, even if everything else fall apart.

To listen in, click below and go to “podcast”:

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Our Survival Medicine Hour podcast will continue as usual to focus on survival medical preparedness!

American Survival Radio’s website and other social media resources are under construction at present, but we hope to bring you the news you need to keep those bumps on the road from being the end of the road for you and your family. Thanks for all the support, we are truly blessed.

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: The New 3 R’s, Ear Infections, 5 Second Rule, More

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Given the rash of bombings and shooting in recent years, should first aid 101 be taught in schools and should bleeding control kits be placed next to the fire extinguishors in schools, workplaces, and malls? Find out about the new 3 R’s of learning with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Also, does the 5-second rule really work? Hear what scientists have to say, plus how to deal with ear infections using conventional and natural remedies. All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP.

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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The New 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, Reducing Hemorrhage?

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Given the spate of bombings and shootings throughout the world, most recently in Brussels but also in Paris and San Bernardino, we now realize that mass casualty incidents (also called MCIs) are becoming part of the “New Normal”. A mass casualty incident is any event in which the medical resources available are inadequate for the number and severity of injuries incurred.

 

Look at images of any terrorist attack, and you’ll see a lot of blood. These events tend to be over very quickly, but during that time, death from bleeding wounds can easily occur.

 

In a world where high level medical care is just minutes away, we have become secure in the notion that help is forthcoming. Unfortunately, it is rarely immediately at hand; the actions of individuals at the scene may make the difference between life and death. If aid isn’t administered in the first few minutes, hemorrhage can be fatal. In a mass casualty incident, the sheer number of those needing help could overwhelm the ability to attend to them.

 

Despite the urgency of the situation, law enforcement is taught not to approach the wounded until it is clear the threat has been neutralized. This is actually a wise move that avoids additional casualties, but adds a delay that may cost the wounded their lives. Therefore, the quick action needed may have to come from those involved but uninjured in the event. Of course, even these individuals should beware of continued hostile action before they rush to help.

 

How many know exactly how to stop a major hemorrhage? Just a few. Only those in the medical field or who take First Responder classes have been taught basic techniques, such as how to use a tourniquet. But although you can find fire extinguishers on the wall, there are no medical kits readily available to help these Good Samaritans. Is it time to have these items on the wall (in emergency, break glass?) and to teach bleeding control as a subject in school and workplaces? As horrible as this sounds, It’s possible we have reached that point.

 

Disasters occur regularly, not just terrorist events but natural disasters such as tornadoes, as well. If hemorrhage control first aid were a part of the curriculum, would it make a difference? Imagine a community full of people who learned to deal with injuries during their school years. Would there be lives saved, even if just by a witness to a car accident? How many lives would have to be saved for such a subject to be worthwhile to teach?

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Also, is it time for basic medical kits to be placed in every teacher’s desk, workplace, and mall? Would it make people uncomfortable to see them? Probably as much as when you see a fire extinguisher.

 

Certainly, such a first aid course in schools would not be for kindergarteners, but for teenagers and teachers. Videos and demonstrations would be important to desensitize students to the topic. Of course, parents who are concerned that their child would be traumatized emotionally would protest. Perhaps, however, those who underwent the training might become a little imbued with sterner stuff than our current crop of college students, who cry out in anguish when their safe spaces are invaded.

 

These are hard times, and they come with hard realities. You might choose to live in denial of the “New Normal”, but I think you’d be grateful if the life of a loved one was saved by someone who learned Reading, ‘Riting, and Reduce hemorrhage.

 

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Video: Bleeding Control Kit

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In her latest video, Nurse Amy shows off her recently designed Bleeding Control Kit for active shooter or terrorist events. Packaged in highly visible mylar, it’s meant to be kept anywhere there are crowds that might be a tempting target for those who would do us harm. Especially useful for workplaces, schools, malls, arenas, and other locations, but also works for homes or vehicles. See it by clicking the video link below:

 

 

 

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Video: Mass Casualty Triage, Part 3

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Joe Alton, MD’s YouTube series on mass casualty triage ends with a review of the victims he posted in the comments section in part 2. What triage level is each, why, and what would their level be if there were no hospitals or emergency care units?

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Antioxidants

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Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP are the medical experts for Jack Spirko’s popular Survival Podcast, and today take a question from Josh, who has four children that have issues with allergies although it’s never been an issue in his family. Dr. Alton discusses the Hygiene Hypothesis of why we’re experiencing an epidemic of allergies these, days, and how to recognize and deal with severe reactions. Also, Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones talk about antioxidants, a controversial topic to some in Western Medicine. What are they, what do they do, and a lot about how diet and lifestyle that could help your family stay healthy in good times or bad. All this and more in the latest episode of the Survival Medicine Hour!

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/03/20/survival-medicine-hour-allergies-anaphylaxis-antioxidants

 

 

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

 

 

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Videocast: Rib Fractures, Pneumothorax, Sleep Deprivation

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Dr. Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy put on a live videocast every first and third Wednesday of each month in collaboration with the nice folks at aroundthecabin.com. This time, they talk about rib fractures, collapsed lungs, chest seals, and do some demonstrations. Also, they discuss some important things you should know about sleep deprivation, a major issue in any SHTF scenario…

 

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Joe and Amy Alton
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Survival Medicine Hour: Charley Hogwood and Survival Groups, more

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In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour, good friend, author, and new dad Charley Hogwood joins Dr. Joe Alton to discuss group dynamics in survival scenarios. Charley is a veteran army recon scout with the 11th Armored Cavalry and survival expert who wrote the bible of survival groups, “The Survival Group Handbook“.

 

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Also the average family of four throws out $1500 worth of food a year, something that has got to concern any prepper. Plus: Is there a vaccine being developed that might kill cancer cells?  It’s being tested right now in Great Britain. All this and more with Amy Alton, ARNP and Joe Alton, MD in their latest podcast.

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/03/13/survival-medicine-hour-charley-hogwood-and-survival-groups-more

 

 

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

 

 

Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP

 

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Video: Container Eggplants with Nurse Amy

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You know us from our writings on medical preparedness, but we are dedicated survival gardeners as well, having gone through the Master Gardener program with our state’s Agricultural Extension Office. To stay healthy, your group has to have a plan of action to grow food. You may have stockpiled non-perishables, but they’ll run out in a long-term survival setting and your skills as a gardener may mean the difference between success and failure in times of trouble.

 

 

Even if you don’t have a lot of land, you can get through the gardening learning curve by using containers. In this video, Nurse Amy shows off her green thumb and gives you some tips on growing some pretty awesome eggplants.

 

 

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Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Jim Cobb on Prepper Communications

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom ™ Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton welcome old friend and prolific author Jim Cobb to talk about his new book: “Prepper Communications”. He’ll talk about communications in survival settings, survival group communications, and the importance of good communications in good times or bad. Also, is there a vaccine in the works that might cure cancer? A study is being conducted in the terminally ill in the United Kingdom that’s showing promise. Also, Kudzu, the invasive vine, may help decrease the amount of alcohol you drink!

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/03/06/survival-medicine-hour-author-jim-cobb-on-communications

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Sleep Deprivation, Burns, Zika, More

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In survival, getting sleep is important to keep you sharp and make sure that appropriate judgements are made and actions taken. Learn about sleep hygiene from Joe Alton, MD, plus a new study tells you what states in the U.S. are the most sleep-deprived. Also, Dr. Alton discusses first and second degree burns, the difference between sunscreen and sunblock, and what the SPF rating system means. Also, how to identify and treat these common injuries in disasters or other situations where medical help isn’t on the way. Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones also discuss the latest about Zika virus, plus how the Army is so lacking in medical providers that they are offering a rapid path to citizenship for foreign medical graduate volunteers. All this and more on the Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/02/20/survival-medicine-hour-burns-sleep-deprivation-more

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Bleeding Control Kit, Herbal Teas, Zika update, more

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Would you have the materials and knowledge to stop heavy bleeding if you were confronted with it? In these violent times, you should be prepared to deal with injuries that could be life threatening and have the equipment that might save a life. Hear Amy Alton, ARNP, explain her thinking in designing a compact med kit that deal with hemorrhage that she believes should be in every workplace, classroom, and homestead. Also, Joe Alton, MD, talks about natural remedies when he goes over some herbal teas. Plus: Why does Zika Virus in Brazil cause birth defects, while no major history of the problem seems to occur with Zika virus in its original territory (Africa and Asia)? Is a mutation the cause? All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/01/31/survival-medicine-hour-bleeding-control-kit-herbal-teas-zika-update-more

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

 

 

Joe and Amy Alton

 

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Video: The Medic Under Fire

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In Joe Alton, MD’s latest video, he examines the issue of providing medical care in hostile encounters, including some thoughts on the role of the medic. What should your strategy be when there’s a threat to be abolished? To all combat medics: You have my utmost respect for your dedication and courage…

 

 

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

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: New Sterilization Method, Skin Infections, Ginger

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One big issue in remote locations is the sterilizations of instruments and dressings. Now, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Disease has tested a new method that claims 100% sterilization using portable items that won’t break the bank. Joe Alton, MD explains the procedure and talks about infections you’ll find in soft tissues as a result of poor disinfecting practices and dirty wounds. Also, Amy Alton, ARNP talks about one of her favorite natural remedies: Ginger. All on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2016/01/11/survival-medicine-hour-new-methods-of-sterilization-ginger-skin-infections

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

 

Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP

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Last Videocast of 2015

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In addition to our weekly audio podcast, we have a videocast broadcast live in collaboration with the nice folks at www.aroundthecabin.com.  On our videocast, we discuss the latest news as it pertains to survival and medicine, and often demonstrate items that are best explained visually. The show is usually broadcast the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

To watch, just click the link below:

http://aroundthecabin.com/show-archives/wednesdays/

 

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2016!

 

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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Survival Medicine Hour: Tornadoes, Lice, Dental Issues

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More deaths from late season tornadoes in Texas makes us ask this question: Do you know how to keep your family safe if you were in the path of a twister? Find out what to do to decrease the risk of injury. Also what part does hygiene play in survival success. Dr. Alton talks about a common issue in good times or bad: LICE. Plus, some thoughts on the part dental hygiene plays in the duties and responsibilities of the survival medic, all in this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

 

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

 

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Videocast and more with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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Part of our commitment to put out information that could save lives in disasters includes a variety of venue, and we realize that we rarely, if ever, mention these on our website. If you find our content useful on the website or in one of our other arenas, you might want to check out all your options as well, all completely free:

Every first and third Wednesday of each month, we put out a live videocast with the nice folks at aroundthecabin.com. Here you’ll see us “show and tell” medical items that will be helpful for survival, as well as have a stimulating discussion with around the Cabin founder Rich Beresford. We also give away prizes at the end of each show to random members of the chat room (yes, you can ask us questions)! Here’s one of our latest episodes:

http://aroundthecabin.com/show-archives/wednesdays/

 

In addition to our videocast, we have an audio podcast every week on blogtalk radio which is also carried by a number of great prepper networks like Gman’s Prepper Broadcasting Network, The USA Emergency Broadcast Network, Survival Central Radio, and Shake and Wake Radio.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine

 

If you like our videocast, you’ll like our YouTube channel “Dr.Bones/Nurse Amy as well. We have over 100 videos on everything from fish antibiotics to athlete’s feet, with more coming out regularly:

https://www.youtube.com/user/drbonespodcast

 

In addition, we have a presence on twitter with thousands of followers @preppershow, plus Facebook in a number of pages: Doom and Bloom, DoctorBonesandNurseAmy, and our special survival medicine group: Survival Medicine Dr. Bones Nurse Amy.

You’ll also find our articles in some issues of great magazines related to preparedness. Consider subscribing to some of the magazines below, you’ll find tons of great content by some of the best experts in the field.

  • Backwoods Home
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We hope that you’ve enjoyed our content. We remain committed to helping the preparedness community to become medical prepared.

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Vitals, Dakin’s Solution, Fungal Meds, More

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Is ISIS causing an outbreak of the parasite Leishmaniasis by dumping bodies on the street? Plus, are there fungal meds in veterinary medicine that could be used in survival scenarios for humans? Plus, how to treat wound infections with Dakin’s solution and the simple formula that can save your precious supply of antibiotics. All this and a primer on vital signs for the survival medic with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton ARNP in the Survival Medicine Hour podcast.

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2015/12/13/survival-medicine-hour-vital-signs-dakins-solution-fungal-meds-more

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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The Active Shooter: Staying Alive

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It’s hard to read the news without seeing reports of the latest shooting by terrorists or the deranged and disgruntled. Few believe that they could possibly wind up in the crosshairs of a gunman’s sight, but it can happen anytime, anywhere. What would be your response?

The natural response for most people is not to do anything. You’ve heard me talk about “normalcy bias” before. That’s the tendency for people to believe everything follows a pattern and that the day will proceed normally; they’re usually right. When a terrorist event breaks that pattern, however,  the unprepared brain takes time to process the new situation. People will think that the sound of gunfire is fireworks, or anything less threatening than an assassin out to kill them.

Another thing most citizens believe is that law enforcement and homeland security are on the case. While these agencies do the best they can to counter situations like this, most mass shooting events end in a few minutes. There is little or no chance that help will be there at the moment you need it, so you should have a plan of action.

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A person without a plan of action follows the herd. If fifty people around you drop to the floor, your natural tendency is to do the same. Cowering in fear under a table in plain view of the shooter isn’t a recipe for a good outcome. By having a plan, you will have a better chance of getting out of there in one piece.

You’re at the mall; what would your plan be if you heard gunfire nearby? What would you do first? Run? If so, where? If you couldn’t run, what would you do? These are things you should be thinking about, calmly and rationally, whenever you’re in an area where there are a lot of people. It may seem extreme to have to think of these things, but that’s what I call the “New Normal”.

With an active shooter, what you do in the first few seconds may determine your final outcome. Give yourself a head start by always knowing what’s happening around you. We call this situational awareness. Know where exits are. Know where the gunshots are coming from. Know who appears nervous or suspicious in your immediate area.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But in this era of people immersed in their smartphones, few are situationally aware and are easy targets for the active shooter.

Here’s an example: Have you ever seen a patron enter a restaurant through the door marked “employees only”, or a movie theatre through the fire exit? This is a person you’ll want to observe. In most cases, it means nothing. In rare instances, though, it could be someone that’s up to no good.

By the way, those same little-used exits might save your life: Most people will be trying to leave by the front door, just where the gunman expects them to go. Find an exit away from the direction of gunfire.

 

Run, Hide, and Fight

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If you find yourself in the middle of a terrorist event, you should remember these three words: Run, Hide, Fight. Just as “Stop, Drop, and Roll” can save the life of someone on fire, “Run, Hide, Fight” might save the life of someone under fire. This is the order of the actions that you should be taking in an active shooter scenario.

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Most people will hide as their first course of action. You, however, should run away from the direction of gunfire as soon as you hear it, leaving through those exits you’ve been mentally marking. This will make it less likely you and the shooter will cross paths. Forget about collecting your stuff, it will only slow you down and, face it, it’s just stuff.

If you’re in the line of sight of the shooter, run away at an angle or zig zag to make yourself a more difficult target. I know it’s not a natural action you’d think of doing, but most shooters aren’t marksmen and will miss a moving target.

A good citizen would yell for others to follow and prevent others from entering the kill zone. Don’t try to move or otherwise help the wounded, however, despite your natural tendency to want to do so. You have to get out of there and becoming the next casualty does no one any good. Even the police will leave the injured for after the shooter has been neutralized.

(One very important note: If you see law enforcement, don’t run up and hug them. Get your hands in the air, fingers spread, where officers can see them. They need to know you’re not the threat. Follow any instructions given and leave in the directions the officers came from.)

Once you’re in a safe area, call 911 if rescuers have not yet arrived.

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If there’s only one exit and the shooter is standing in front of it, running might not be an option. Your next choice is hiding.

You first want to get out of the shooter’s line of sight. We call this “concealment”, but it isn’t necessarily “cover”. If you’re concealed, you can’t be seen but a bullet might penetrate to hit you. If you have found cover, it means that you are both hidden and protected from projectiles hurled your way. Foliage is good concealment, but a thick tree trunk might be better cover.

In a building, hiding under a table in the same room as the shooter is a death sentence. Get into another room, preferably one with a door you can lock. If there is no lock, put together a barrier with desks and chairs. Turn off the lights, silence your cell phone, and stay quiet behind an additional barrier like a table or in a closet. If you can quietly alert authorities, do so. Don’t respond to voice commands unless you’re sure the danger is over; sometimes the gunman will try to lure you out of a safe place.

By accomplishing the above, you’ve just made yourself a harder target to acquire for the shooter, and he wants to do his damage as fast as possible. He’ll likely pass you by to find easier targets.

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What if you can’t run, and there is no reasonable hiding place? You just might have to fight yourself out of there. This strategy isn’t always doomed to failure. You still might be able to subdue an attacker even if unarmed. Three young and unarmed men were able to do it to a shooter on a train in Paris. It’s a last resort, but it can end without a fatality as it did there.

If you don’t fight, the shooter will have a clear shot to your head and death is likely. If you fight, it might just be harder to be hit with a fatal shot.

Of course, it would be great if you knew martial arts, but any type of aggression against the gunman would disrupt their “flow” and possibly put you at an advantage. If you can, approach him from the side or rear, and go for his weapon. If you have help, all should attack at the same time from different directions while hurling objects that he has to dodge. This guy is probably not James Bond: he’ll be disconcerted and not be able to handle multiple threats at once.

If you’ve disrupted the shooter or, better, gotten the weapon out of his hands, inflict damage on him until he is dead or has stopped moving. Tough, I’ll admit, but these are tough times; commit to your actions.

Luckily, few people will find themselves in the midst of a terrorist attack like the one at San Bernardino, but I honestly believe that more are coming. Needing a plan for active shooter situations is galling to some, but it’s part of life in the New Normal. Those with a plan will have a better chance to survive this event and many other disasters in the uncertain future.

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Survival Medicine Hour: Active Shooters, SWAT-T, Superbugs

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Would you know the right plan of action if you were caught in an active shooter situation? Having a plan of action in advance may mean the difference between life and death? Joe Alton, MD gives his take on what to do in a mass casualty incident. Also, Dr. Alton discusses antibiotic-resistant superbug CRE, as well as Dr. Brock Blankenship’s SWAT-T, a tourniquet that might be a good addition to many workplace and schools’ first aid kits.

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

 

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP

 

Survival Medicine Hour: Nosebleeds, Flu Vaccines, Natural Diabetes Remedies, More

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Last year’s vaccine was 20% effective, is next year’s any different?

 

What do you know about FLUAD, the latest flu vaccine? How is it different from older versions? Also, are there any natural remedies that might have a beneficial effect on diabetes (more than you think)? Joe Alton, MD discusses these topics plus using Afrin for nosebleeds, and how to approach head trauma. All this and more on Amy and Joe Alton’s Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour.

 

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Paris Terror, Prepper Author Jim Cobb, more

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What’s the new normal? It’s certainly not what is was just a few days ago for the French, that’s for sure. Nurse Amy gives her opinion and Prepper Author Jim Cobb of Preppers Survival Hacks joins in to discuss the news of the day, and talk about his new book that’s guaranteed to turn you into the next MacGyver. Also, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones discuss some emergencies that cause a person to collapse, this week: heart attacks. All this and more on the Survival Medicine Hour.

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Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP

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Videocast: Bear attacks, E. Coli, more

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What would you do if you came upon a full-grown bear on the trail? There’s black bears all over the place here in the Great Smokies, and you should know how to stay safe in a encounter with one of these beautiful, but potentially dangerous, animals. Also, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the latest E. Coli outbreak, this time originating in some Northwest Chipotle restaurants.

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Not a bear

 

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Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Survivalist Author James Rawles

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Famed survivalist James Wesley, Rawles joins Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, for an interesting and informative interview regarding all aspects of preparedness, from starting out to barter to needed skills and supplies.  James also talks about his new book “Island of Promise”, about the formation of a Christian sanctuary state with libertarian principles. Also, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, answers some question from a listener of Jack Spirko’s Survival Podcast as part of his expert council.

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Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: E. Coli Outbreak, Bear Attacks, Making Saline, more

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Type of Bear Unlikely To Attack You

 

Bears are about on the Alton property in Tennessee, filling up for their winter sleep. We’ve come upon them a few times, but would YOU know what to do if confronted by one? Find out the best and safest way to handle either a defensive or a predatory bear, and much more about these amazing creatures. Also, Chipotle closes 43 stores when linked to an outbreak of E. Coli bacteria; find out how this common and needed bacteria turns into a pathogen (disease-causing organism) and how to identify and treat it. All this and more from Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

 

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Joe and Amy Alton

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Survival Medicine Hour: Amputation, Insomnia, more

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What if you were the medic in a long-term survival scenario and came upon an injury that won’t get better with the usual treatment? What if you had to make an extreme decision like whether to perform an amputation? Joe Alton, MD steps out on a limb to talk about considerations that would be necessary in these circumstances. Also, Amy Alton, ARNP, discusses a common problem and how to deal with it: Insomnia! All this and more in the latest Survival Medicine Podcast.

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Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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