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Introducing The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook: What to Do When Help Is NOT on the Way

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

For the last 13 years, I’ve made it my mission to teach as many people as I can how to handle medical problems when they can’t get to a doctor. You shouldn’t have to go to medical school to be empowered to help yourself and your family.

Today, I’m proud to announce the culmination of my efforts to date. On May 17, Reader’s Digest will publish my best book yet: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.

And we’re publishing with a bang. If you preorder The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook before May 17, you’ll also receive my PDF guide to preventing infectious disease. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a package of medical-survival goodies valued at over $100.* To receive the PDF and drawing entry, simply email your preorder receipt to communications [at] thesurvivaldoctor.com by May 17, 2016.

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The Best Mosquito Repellents: Which One’s Right for You?

The Best Mosquito Repellents: Which One’s Right for You?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Last week, we talked about how to prevent mosquito bites. Today, we’ll delve into the vast array of mosquito repellents to help you decide which option is best for you.

All four of the main repellents mentioned in this post work. Some work better on some people than others, so finding the best repellent for you can be just a trial and error thing. But with each one, there are some tips you’ll want to consider.

First, the main tip …

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Yes, Mosquitoes Do Prefer Certain People. And You Could Be One.

An insecticide-treated net is rolled up above a bed in Kumi, Uganda. At night, unfurled, it will protect the sleeper from disease-carrying mosquitoes.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I have a good friend who claims he rarely gets bitten by mosquitoes. While others around him are swatting and scratching, he sits in comfort enjoying the great outdoors.

How can that be? And what mosquito-bite prevention techniques can we mere mortals use to keep these bloodsuckers—and sometimes disease carriers—at bay?

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Beyond the Headlines: Going In-Depth About the Zika Virus

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is one of two types that can carry the zika virus.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Zika virus is in the news. It’s an infection you get from certain types of mosquitoes, and it’s linked to a sometimes devastating birth defect called microcephaly. More on that later. Here are the latest facts on the disease and why you should care.

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4 Medicinal Plants Growing Like Weeds Right Now

Wild garlic (pictured) has hollow leaves; wild onion has flat ones. There are similar plants that are harmful to eat. These two edible ones smell like garlic or onion when you cut them.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’m baaack. I’ve been moving and have taken some time off blogging. But now I’m ready to go.

My new home is out in the Southern countryside, way outside a city, and I’ve just started exploring the property. What I’m finding is a virtual pharmacy of medicinal plants. Some I can use now. Others, maybe if I had no access to anything better.

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Brain Hacking: How to Prep for Emergency Thinking

The prefrontal cortex is used in system 2 thinking.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

As I’ve mentioned multiple times, in emergency medicine, it is essential to memorize certain basic rules and techniques to the point that they become second nature—a reflex. “For a bleeding wound, apply direct pressure”; “cool a burn.”

The most obvious reason for this is quick action can prevent further damage. But there’s another reason I’d like to explain: Reflex-like thinking uses a different part of your brain than regular thinking. This allows you to multitask easily; you can treat the immediate problem while at the same time considering what to do next.

However, reflex-like thinking does have a down side. It can lead to incorrect assumptions. So the trick is not to let either type of thinking take over too much. Otherwise, you could get into major problems.

The two types of thinking are today called system 1 and system 2. Doctors use them every day. But you do too. And you can learn to use them for medical purposes.

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Respected Task Force Updates Guidelines for Diabetes Screening

Undetected Diabetes and Survival: Don’t Risk It

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You’re stuck in a bad storm and probably can’t get medical help for several days. You begin feeling really weak—maybe a bit nauseated. The weakness is not going away. Actually, when you think about it, through your currently fuzzy brain, you realize you’ve been feeling dehydrated and constantly thirsty for weeks now, but you’ve been urinating more than ever—even several times a night. Something’s up.

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Experts’ 10 Best Home Remedies—Using Stuff Around Your House

The best home remedies from doctors and other experts that use stuff you already have lying around the house.

Editor’s note: A version of this article was published in My Family Doctor magazine.*

When you’re in a pinch, try these top, expert-suggested remedies—using things you already have around the house!

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3 Lesser-Known Colic Home Remedies

3 Lesser-Known Colic Home Remedies

by Kari Kassir, M.D.*

Q. My baby has colic. I’ve tried everything my doctor suggested, but it’s not working. Do you have any tips?

A. Several home remedies may help with colic, above and beyond the usual calming strategies.

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When Flooding Comes to Your Town: My Best Tips

A flooded house in North Charleston, South Carolina, after Hurricane Joaquin. Photo by Ryan Johnson, shared via North Charleston/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

 

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Areas in South Carolina are experiencing an unprecedented emergency—one that many of the affected residents never thought they’d need to prepare for: devastating flooding.

“We haven’t seen this level of rain in the low country in a thousand years,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a press conference.

“The flooding is unprecedented and historical,” Dr. Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, told the Associated Press.

The rains are starting to subside, according to The Weather Channel, but there’s more flooding to come from the overflowing rivers. And then there will be the aftermath, which can be as bad as or worse than what happens during the storm.

I think devastation caused by flooding is often underrated. People lose everything they own—sometimes even their lives. Here are some of the dangers people are facing—beyond the floodwaters themselves—and what to expect in the days to come.

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