Paper Cuts Will Kill You!

by Grandma

The other day, a friend of mine posted pictures of her husband’s trip to the emergency room of our local hospital. The picture showed his hand with that tell-tale sign of blood poisoning the blue line traveling up his arm from wrist to elbow. He had been cutting wood the day before and got a splinter in his finger, but because he pulled it out right away, and it didn’t hurt when he went to bed that night, he didn’t even mention it to his wife.

The next morning, however, it was obvious that something drastic needed to be done. A trip to the hospital resulted in 3 days in the hospital on strong antibiotics. The doctor said he was fortunate he came in when he did; another couple of days could have been fatal for him.

Most of us have at least a rudimentary supply of antibiotics in case of an emergency, but do we always know what could constitute an emergency?

Is a small splinter something to be concerned with? How about a paper cut that we can barely see? That little-upset tummy and loose bowels will pass in a day or so, right?

We all know that sawing a handoff (A la Merle, on Walking Dead) is something we don’t want to deal with but have we given any thought to what now we consider to be merely an inconvenience? Some of those things might include paper cuts, small blisters, sore throats, constipation or diarrhea annoyances now, but things which could cause severe impairment in a disaster or SHTF situation. That splinter or blister could become infected within hours; that diarrhea could mean something much more serious, something that could spread through your whole group in a day remember that thing we dreaded just a short while ago Ebola? It spread through whole villages in just a couple of days.

So, what do we tell the people in our PAW group about these “minor” things? Does it even matter? Yes, it does! A cold or a cough these days seems inconsequential, but without adequate medical advice, could wipe out your whole group within days. You’ve survived the Big Event, but surviving in the ensuing days needs a paradigm shift, a new way of thinking. THERE ARE NO ASSAULTS ON OUR BODIES THAT DO NOT MATTER!

Make sure everyone in your group knows that they must report even a small blister to whoever constitutes your medic. Lucky for you if your group includes a doctor, but even if it is just someone with specialized knowledge of herbs and/or OTC meds, they may be able to decide whether your situation requires antibiotics or just a clean out with antiseptics. Isolation, at least temporarily, might be the only option for some things, such as diarrhea. Twenty-four hours of isolation might seem severe, but keeping any infection from spreading is paramount. A hangnail may seem of no importance, but any opening in the skin can lead to infection, and infection can spread to any members of your family or group. Let the expert in your group make the call. Don’t be the guy who is too big to report a blister on your foot; remember, an army marches on its feet.

Stock up on your meds, and report all injuries or illnesses to your medic…it could save the lives of everyone in your group.

Scientists Warn: Deadly Ancient Pathogens Melting Out Of Ice In The Arctic Could Wipe Out Human Population

In July of 2016 the Russian government deployed bio-warfare teams to the Arctic after reports that some 1,200 reindeer and 40 people had been infected with a rapidly spreading virus. The story received little attention, but it showed without a shadow of a doubt that something dangerous is lurking below the Arctic’s permafrost. As it turns out, the contagion was identified as a strain of Bacillus Anthracis, more commonly known as Anthrax, and was believed to have been released into the wildlife and human population after warmer temperatures melted the ice.

Scientists and government officials now say that the Arctic Anthrax outbreak is a warning to the human population, and that continued warming of the climate could lead to deadlier, rapidly spreading viruses that have long been believed to be extinct.

Rodent Proofing and Prevention in a Home or Retreat

If you’re a diabetic prepper or have a diabetic family member this may be the most important article you’ll ever read…

One of the greatest challenges facing preppers and survivalists is long term care for a diabetic family member. Nearly half the country has some form of diabetes or is very close to it. Naturally if the SHTF, pharmacies will be quickly emptied of drugs, syringes and pretty much anything usable.

If the diabetic family member is insulin dependent, that makes matters much worse. For one, without insurance the cost of insulin is beyond most families ability to pay for it with some insulin’s costing $200-$300 per vial. Even if people can afford a vial per month it still becomes very cost prohibitive, if it is still available at all.

Dysentery and Diarrhea Prevention and Treatment

The improper purification of water and preparation of food can lead to infectious diseases. One dangerous illness is dysentery, which can cause bloody diarrhea and intestinal tract damage. Joe Alton, MD, explains prevention, symptoms and treatment of this issue caused by various bacterial or protozoan infections, or even parasitic worms.

The Return of Bird Flu: Overdue Pandemic Time?

Today we discuss the avian influenza virus that is spreading rapidly, as well as the historical precedent for pandemics preceded by woes in the animal kingdom.

Prayers Needed

Last Friday my father was flown out by Lifestar helicopter to UT hospital for what was thought to be a massive stroke, but after being checked out they found that it was dehydration, well that’s where the “good news” ended.

After running further tests they found a mass in his colon, that seems to have spread to his liver and lungs and while we are still waiting for a cancer specialist to come in and confirm that it is indeed cancer, the hospital staff that ran the tests said that there was nothing else that it could be besides cancer and if that’s the end diagnosis then that means that there is really no hope for recovery short of a miracle from God.

Please keep him and his healing in your prayers, and that if it truly is his time to leave this earth that God will have mercy and make it a painless as possible.

Menstrual Cups, survival on purpose: Weekly Product Review

This week’s review is the result of a collaboration between M. Christel known on Instagram as textbook_survival and twitter as txtbksurvival, and myself. To be fair, most of the work was in her camp. She is a wonderful prepping mother of one, regular camping enthusiast and talented graphic design artist. The review is based on her personal testing, with some input from other anonymous testers included in the pros/cons section.**

There are several approaches to feminine hygiene, pads, tampons, crocheted pads, sponges, washable pads, and cups. The unfortunate reality is that over the course of a year the average female that has not had a hysterectomy or is pre/post menopause will go through several hundred disposable pads or tampons. With less than sanitary conditions that may exist in a survival situation reusing sponges or washable pads may leave something to be desired as they require a relatively large amount of water and obviously using dirty or not entirely clean products may induce Toxic Shock Syndrome.

The Future of Fish Antibiotics in Survival?

As the first physician to write, years ago, about aquarium and avian antibiotics as a survival tool, I’ve long realized their utility in preventing unnecessary deaths in true survival scenarios (in normal times, seek modern and standard medical care). Lately, I’ve received a lot of mail asking about the upcoming FDA Veterinary Feed Directive. Does it mean the end of the availability of fish and bird meds for placement in disaster medical storage?

To understand what the Veterinary Feed Directive is and what it means for the preparedness community, we should first describe the problem that the Directive aims to correct: Antibiotic resistance. There is an epidemic of antibiotic resistance in this country, and it exists, not because of pet bird or fish antibiotic use, not because “preppers” might put them in a disaster medical kit, nor even primarily from the overuse by physicians. It is due to the excessive use of antibiotics on livestock. About 80% of antibiotics used in the United States are given to food-producing animals.

Taking Charge of Our Own Health

I have been interested in my family’s health for a long time and am careful to provide good nutrition, limit sugar and processed foods and concentrate mainly on good wholesome homemade foods, although we also greatly enjoy desserts and treats.J When one of us gets sick, we do not run to the doctor, but I do research instead and then treat whatever the condition is with natural methods if at all possible. We DO go to the Dr if necessary, but not for little things. I have planned for some health issues and keep several things on hand to treat things that crop up more often like sore throats, colds, flu, sore muscles, sprains, minor cuts or burns or other ailments. This has worked well and we tend to be very healthy and do not get sick often, thankfully.

Several years ago, one of my sons was born with medical problems which threw us very completely into the medical community and while we were very thankful for what doctors/medicine could do, we also saw many of the limitations. Our son had a trach and a heart problem and his failure to thrive and near starvation diagnosis was painful to hear and it was horrible to watch the deterioration of his health. The doctors did what they could, but eventually when not sure what else to do, said that “he will outgrow it and get better”, but he didn’t and we watched him get worse and fought to keep him alive. It was severely exhausting to be the main caregiver with all that was involved and to keep up with our 2 year old son at the same time. Our son’s dire condition and my continued exhaustion and a stress fracture led us to pursue a nutrition doctor who tested my son and I and put us on an intense program of vitamins and nutrition. This greatly increased my interest in our health as I saw gradual improvements in both of us. Thus began my hunger to learn more and more about how I could influence our health and not just accept whatever illness came along. By the way, as our son stopped losing weight so fast, a doctor told me, “See, I told you he would outgrow it”. I never let on that we had spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on vitamin therapy to get him to that point.