The Truth About Expiration Dates


by Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones of Expiration Dates and Preparedness Hey Preppers, As a physician, I get a lot of questions about expiration dates on medications, and whether medications should be thrown out once they hit that date. In the preparedness community, most of us accumulate medicines for use in an uncertain future. […]

What You Need to Know About Storing and Disposing of Medications

This is a guest post by CB and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Storing Medications There are some basic principles that need to be taken into consideration when saving medication, which includes the expiration date, storage conditions, and what type of medication you are attempting to store.  The easiest way to get extra medication would be to start […]

Don’t Lose Your Toes – What You Should Know about Frostbite and Immersion Foot

by Joe Alton, M.D. aka Dr. Bones of Exposure to cold may lead to injuries such as Frostbite and Immersion (Trench) Foot. The focus of survival medical training should be general, but also take into account the type of environment that you expect to live in if a  disaster occurs.   If you live in Miami, […]

Minerals in your diet – part 2

This is a guest post by Papabear  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Minerals part 1 covered some of the minerals that we need in our diet and what the recommendations are. This is a continuation Magnesium – Magnesium is an extremely important and valuable mineral, whose value for good health is now being recognized by conventional […]

Mystery Disease in Texas, H1N1 Pandemic and All is Not Right in Kansas, Dorothy

This is a guest post by Bam Bam  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I have been doing more research on H1N1 and two and two are not adding up. I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but I am presently inclined to say that the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic should never have been labeled a pandemic […]

How to Make Elderberry Tincture and Elderberry Cough Syrup

By Bam Bam With the increase in mortality and morbidity of H1N1 in the last few weeks, I thought I would repost some information on elderberry tincture and elderberry cough syrup. Both elderberry tincture and elderberry syrup work by decreasing the viral load of the influenza virus. It is thought that elderberry and star anise inhibit […]

Optical Eye Glasses and Dentures for Survival


Article by Jeff G A topic that I have never seen discussed is that of Optical Glasses, specifically, those things that let those of us with less than 20/20 vision see well. I also wear dentures and have foreseen the problems that would arise in a collapse situation. First off, we are now at the […]

Preventing Acute Illness in Ourselves and Others

This is a guest post by Denise H and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. In this present time of drug resistant bacteria becoming more prevalent, it is time for us to review some basic things all should be conscious of. Most of this will not be new to you, but I have not read it compiled together, so I endeavored […]

Sanitization and Hygiene – How do you measure up?

This is a guest post by Bam Bam and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. As preppers we contemplate the likelihood of various SHTF scenarios. We are well versed in the kinds of natural disasters that impact our areas. If you live along the Gulf Coast, you are prepped for hurricanes. If you live in the Midwest, you are prepped for […]

When Chronic Illness, Becomes Acute…

This is a guest post by Denise H and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Let’s face it, we can and have prepared for the discomforts we will incur when the power fails, the severe storm hits, and the supply chain has a glitch. There are certain events we don’t like to think of : among those […]

Health and Survival : Minerals in Your Diet – part 1

This is a guest post by Papabear and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. In an effort to stay healthy most people these days focus on vitamins that their bodies need. There are also minerals that are essential for our health, well being and survival. This article will look at most of the minerals that we […]

What’s in Your Herbal Medicine Chest?

This is a guest post by Bam Bam and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Michele’s article on herbal medicine has inspired me to write up a piece on my top 10 herbal remedies. These are in no specific order. These are the remedies I tend to use most often. 1.Elderberry Tincture: I make this tincture by the […]

The healing power of Herbal Medicine

This is a guest post by Michele and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. This is hopefully the first in a series of many articles on herbal medicine. I’ll try to get off my hinny and get a few more written fairly quickly, and if we are all very lucky, we can get some of our other herbalists […]

Antibiotics And Their Use In Collapse Medicine(tm), Part 2

by Joe Alton, M.D. aka Dr. Bones of One of the most common questions that I am asked from prospective survival medics is “What antibiotics should I stockpile and how do I use them?” There isn’t a short answer to this. Actually, there isn’t even a long answer to this, but anyone that is interested […]

Fish antibiotics in survival settings – what you should know.

by Joe Alton, M.D. aka Dr. Bones of Years ago, I wrote the original article on aquarium antibiotics as an option in a survival setting. Many of the questions that we field during our speaking engagements are related to the stockpiling of medicines. What fish medicines are equivalent to the human versions? What illness is […]

Letter on “Fish” Antibiotics from Audrey M

I am new to your blog and have found it to be quite useful in helping me know what to buy and how to prepare. There may already be mention of this in one of your posts, or in the many comments….but I simply don’t have time to read through each one to find out! J […]

Diabetes and Survival, Part 2: Type 1 Prevention

by Joe Alton, M.D. aka Dr. Bones In Part 1, we discussed the long-standing history of diabetes (also called “diabetes mellitis”) and the main types of diabetes. We also described the symptoms and signs of diabetes, including those that led me to diagnose it in my own son when he was 8 years old. Finally, […]