Video: Dental Abscesses

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In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses the importance of dental preparedness in long-term survival settings. Perhaps you don’t need a dental kit when the power’s out for a few days, but when you’re stuck in primitive conditions and not likely to get out anytime soon, dental supplies are an important part of being an effective medic.

Let’s face it, pain in your mouth can make you miserable, so miserable that your work efficiency suffers as much as you do. One cause of dental discomfort may be a tooth abscess, which is a serious issue that can turn life-threatening. But what if there is no dentist? Learn what a tooth abscess may look and feel like, plus some possible emergency treatment methods during long-term disasters where there is no dental care available. Hosted by Joe Alton, MD of https://www.doomandbloom.net/

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

 

Video: Using Plants for Natural Mosquito Control

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Video: Natural Mosquito Control

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Summer is upon us, and mosquitoes are part and parcel of warm weather just about everywhere. Of course, you can use DEET or other chemicals to ward off bites and the diseases that can be transmitted by them, but you could put together a garden as well that would repel the nasty critters. Nurse Amy Alton takes a turn in front of the camera this time to talk about some plants that you might consider for your garden that will repel mosquitoes. Preventing diseases like Malaria, Zika, Chikungunya, West Nile, and others is a great way for a homestead medic to avoid problems in good times or bad!

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Wishing you the best of health in normal and not-so-normal times.

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Find out more about medical issues on remote homesteads or other off-grid settings in our 700 page Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available at Amazon; and don’t forget to fill those holes in your medical storage by checking out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net…

Video: Gallbladder Issues in Austere Settings

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Video: Gallbladder Disease

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In this video, Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses all you need to know about the gallbladder and the role that stones or buildup plays in disrupting the workings of the GI tract.

The gall bladder is a hollow sac-like organ that is attached to the liver; it stores a thick liquid substance called “bile” that the liver secretes to help you digest fats. After a meal, the gall bladder contracts and bile passes through to the small intestine through tubes called ducts.

Excess bile cholesterol can cause solid deposits inside the gallbladder that range in size from miniscule to, say, the size of a golf ball. These are commonly referred to as “gallstones”.  Gallstones are relatively common; perhaps ten to fifteen per cent of the population has them. That means a large enough group of people in a survival community will likely include someone with the condition. The medic needs to be able to diagnose and treat conditions related to medical problems as well as traumatic injuries.

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

 

Joe Alton MD

Hey, learn more about medical issues, traumatic injury, and  150 other topics as they relate to survival in the 700 page Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way. Also, check out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and individual supplies for the survival medic at store.doomandbloom.net. You’ll be glad you did.

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The Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition

 

Video: Azithromycin as Survival Antibiotic

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One of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics is Azithromycin, known in the U.S. as Z-Pak, is now in a new veterinary version known as Bird-Zithro. In survival situations where you’re off grid and there no modern medical care for the foreseeable future, the medic for the family must stockpile medical supplies, and this includes antibiotics.

See how Azithromycin in the form of “Bird-Zithro” might fit into you survival plans to treat your, well, sick birds. Uses, dosages, precautions, and more are more are discussed in this video by medical preparedness writer Joe Alton, MD.

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

 

Joe Alton MD aka “Dr. Bones”

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Hey, learn more about Azithromycin, survival antibiotics, and 150 other medical issues in the Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available on this website and at Amazon.com. Also, check out Nurse Amy’s entire line of medical kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net. You’ll be glad you did.

Video: Rodent-Proofing A Shelter

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Sanitation is an important factor in staying healthy in rural homesteads and survival scenarios, and one formidable obstacle for the survival medic is the presence of rodents like rats and mice. When these animals are introduced into new areas, they cause a significant amount of environmental and economic damage. Whether in good times or bad, It makes sense to take measures to prevent rodent infestation in the home and to eliminate those already there.   In this video, Joe Alton, MD discusses rodents and how to prevent them from being unwanted guests in your home, shelter, or retreat.

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

 

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Find out more about rodents, the disease they cause, and 150 other medical topics in grid-down settings by checking out our Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available at Amazon. Also, fill those holes in your medical supplies with Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and individual items at store.doomandbloom.net. You’ll be glad you did.

Video: Sulfa Drugs in Survival

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Add medicines to your medical kit

Without antibiotics in your medical kit, there will be deaths in survival scenarios that could have been prevented. Using certain veterinary equivalents may be an answer as to how to obtain them. This video discusses the family of antibiotics known as “Sulfonamides”: How they work, What they’re good for, How to use them wisely, and more. Remember that antibiotics aren’t candy, and should be used only when absolutely necessary. We’re in the midst of an epidemic of antibiotic resistance in this country (mostly due to their use in livestock!). 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

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Hey, get supplies for your medical kit, plus a copy of the latest edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook (also available at amazon), at Nurse Amy’s store on this website!

 

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Video: Hurricane Tips (With Winds in the Background)

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Hurricane Safety Tips

In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD goes into his own backyard while Hurricane Matthew’s winds start coming in, and describes 28 different safety tips regarding food, water, shelter, evacuation, and much more for any major storm. One of Dr. Alton’s most comprehensive videos on storm preparedness so far.

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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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Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: Flood Safety Tips

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Less than 2 feet of moving water can lift away a vehicle

In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD discusses the different causes of floods and some important tips for before, during, and after the disaster. To watch, click below:

Wishing you the best in good times or bad,

 

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Flood preparedness is just one of the new topics you’ll find in the brand new Third Edition of “The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way“. You’ll find it at Amazon.com

Video: Latest Zika News

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In Joe Alton, MD‘s latest video, he discusses recent updates by the CDC on the Zika virus, now with 15 or 16 locally transmitted cases in Miami, and closing in on 2000 travel-related cases in the U.S. Puerto Rico has it even worse with close to 6000 cases, almost all locally transmitted, on the island. Several hundred pregnant women are being followed for signs of microcephaly and other birth abnormalities (12 on U.S. soil so far).

Don’t panic, though, there may be clusters of cases in the U.S. this year, but the CDC stops short of predicting an epidemic.

To get all the latest on this worrisome virus, click below:

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

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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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Zika News and Video

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The first birth in the continental U.S. with Zika-related birth abnormalities occurred in a hospital in Hackensack, NJ. The baby reportedly has microcephaly, a condition where the head fails to grow normally, inhibiting normal brain growth.

While mentally challenged, most of these babies are otherwise healthy. Many will require lifelong care, which has been estimated by President Obama to cost 10 million dollars over the life of the child.

The mother had traveled to the U.S. from Honduras to seek better medical care. As of yet, local cases of Zika have not been proven beyond reasonable doubt. However, consider this scenario: the mother of the baby has Zika virus, is bitten by a mosquito, and the mosquito transmits the virus to American citizens during her stay.

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Luckily, Zika virus is thought to only stay in the blood for a week or so. This limits the window in which a mosquito can pass the virus from  one human to the next. It does appear, however, to spend much more time in other bodily fluids such as semen. Sexual transmission is believed to be the most likely way for a human to pass it to another human.

The CDC reported May 20th that at least 279 pregnant women in the United States and U.S. territories like Puerto Rico have documented evidence of Zika virus. This is a spike from last week’s report. Many hundreds more Americans citizens, non-pregnant, have been found to have had the infection. As only 20% of patients develop symptoms, actual numbers are probably several times higher.

Still, these are cases in which the victim has traveled from the epidemic zone in South America or had sexual activity with someone who has. No epidemic is expected in the United States, although small clusters of locally-transmitted cases in warm-weather states like Florida and Texas may occur, as well as in major populations centers like New York City during the summer.

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Here’s my recent video on the book I’ve written on Zika virus, The Zika Virus Handbook, pretty much all you need to know explained in plain English. No-nonsense, non-panic, it’s the only book, as far as I can tell, written by a doctor who delivered his share of babies during his career and who writes about medical preparedness.

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Wishing you the best in good times or bad,

 

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Survival Medicine Videocast

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Our live videocast is done in collaboration with the nice folks at Around The Cabin, an entire network of shows where you can join in the chat room and ask questions, or just listen in. For live shows, tune in the first and third Wednesdays of each month and be ready to watch us demonstrate survival items, discuss timely topics, and occasionally make fools of ourselves!  To choose a show, click the link below:

Wishing ng you the best in good times OR bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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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Bleeding Control Kit

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

 

Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy

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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:

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Video: Mass Casualty Triage, Part 2

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In this part of Joe Alton, MD’s series on Mass Casualty triage, Dr. Bones discusses the RPMs of primary triage, plus the various triage levels. In the comments section, you’ll find 10 victims to triage. We’ll go over these in part 3, coming up soon!

 

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

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

 

Joe and Amy Alton

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Video: New Way To Sterilize Instruments

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It’s important to have medical supplies if you’re the family medic for times of trouble, but a lot of these items, once used, must be discarded. Other, more reusable items and improvised bandages must be sterilized or otherwise disinfected. We’ve talked about how to sterilize instruments before, but now an article in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine has proposed a novel new way that might have applications for the survival medic. See the topic discussed and the method (really quite simple) demonstrated in Joe Alton, MD’s latest video…

 

 

 

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

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Video: All About Zika Virus

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Zika Virus (ZIKV) is the latest virus to cross the Atlantic and infect large populations in Central and South America, especially Brazil. Over 4000 cases of Microcephaly, a birth defect, have already been reported. The World Health Organization believes up to 4 million cases and 100,000 could become affected before it’s all over (it’s been wrong before, though, as we learned during the Ebola epidemic). In any case, you’ll see a lot about it on the news, so it’s important to know about it. Learn all about Zika virus, with Joe Alton, M.D. in his latest video.

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

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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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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  • Survivalist
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  • and others

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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Video: Surviving the Active Shooter

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What would you do if you were unarmed and at the scene of an ongoing active shooter/terrorist event? Joe Alton’s latest video examines your options in this situation and the strategies that give you the best chance of getting out of it in one piece. 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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Video: Keflex in Survival

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Keflex is called Fish-Flex in aquarium versions

After a disaster, daily activities of survival will put people at risk for all sorts of injuries, including cuts that could become infected. Without antibiotics, some of these infections could go into the bloodstream, causing a life-threatening situation. In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses the antibiotic Cephalexin (Keflex, Fish-Flex) for its potential as a medical tool in survival scenarios.

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Video: Metronidazole as a Survival Antibiotic

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Antibiotics will be a key but scarce commodity that could be a major weapon in the survival medic’s arsenal. In this part of our continuing series on antibiotics, Joe Alton, MD,aka Dr. Bones, explores the potential of  Metronidazole (Flagyl, Fish-Zole) for use in austere settings. To watch, click below:

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

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Fill those holes in YOUR medical storage by checking out Nurse Amy’s entire line of medical kits and individual items at store.doomandbloom.net.

Video: Glue as a Wound Closure Method, Part 1

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There are lots of ways to skin a cat, but how many ways can you close a cat’s skin? Well, just about as many as you can close a human’s skin! Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, co-author of the Survival Medicine Handbook, talks about the benefits of skin adhesives as a wound closure method and their limitations. Part 1 of a 2 part series corresponding to a recent article on the same topic.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Video: Scott Hunt of Practical Preppers

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Scott Hunt aka Engineer 775

In this short video, we say hello to our friend Scott Hunt, aka Engineer 775 of practicalpreppers.com. Scott has an amazing YouTube channel with more videos than you can shake a stick at, and is the premiere energy guru for the preparedness community. Here we talk about his contribution to the recent Prepper Camp put on by Rick Austin and Survivor Jane in Saluda, North Carolina…

 

 

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All the best of health in good times or bad,

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Ol’ Dr. Bones and a pretty lady