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.

Dealing with medical emergencies solo: when it’s necessary to stitch up your own wound, pull out your own tooth, apply your own tourniquet

About two months ago, I sliced my leg open with a beer bottle. I work in a bar, so that was extraordinary in itself, but the depth was. Bone wasn’t visible, but everything else was. Luckily, it didn’t bleed too badly. My coworkers insisted that I needed stitches, but I just butterflied the bitch. Maybe I should’ve gone to the hospital, seeing as it took over a month to heal, and I’ve got a nasty scar out of it. Still, four weeks and no infection later, I recognize that I scraped by on the bare minimum. But, sometimes, that’s all that’s going to be available to you.

I had the luxury of being able to go to the hospital if my pride would’ve just let me. But that’s not always a reality. Whether because you are too far away from medical personnel or because there are none available, you’ve got to be prepared to deal with your own medical emergencies. Now there are some things that just aren’t possible (performing your own open-heart surgery, for example), but you’d be surprised what you’re capable of doing yourself if necessary.

Disabled, definitely not in shape: My story and basic approach

While not everyone is disabled, many Americans over the age of 30 are out of shape. You will be hard pressed to find one in a hundred who can carry a 25lb pack 25 miles in a day*, let alone a 50 lb pack the same distance and time.For myself carrying 25lbs 100 yards can do me in for a week, depending on the day of the month.

So we are faced with a dilemma, if we can train physically, but do not have the time to do so properly, what are our options? What if we are one of the millions of Americans who are physically disabled, some to the point of reduced ability to stand or walk in any formative way? Are we just supposed to sit back and let the hordes overtake us? Should we give up and die? Many of us have vast stores of knowledge and from experience as a physically disabled individual, many of us are quite capable, just mobility limited.

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