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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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Surviving Prostate Cancer: Why Early Detection Can Be Important

Surviving Prostate Cancer: Why Early Detection Can Be Important

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Sometimes people forget that not only prevention but early detection of serious illness is one of the best survival techniques. I recently thought of this when reading up on a few of the latest recommendations for prostate cancer, the leading cause of cancer in men.

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

It’s been almost a year since I launched The Survival Doctor’s video-based Emergencies Training Course, and the feedback has been amazing.

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Assign Me a Post: What’s Your Biggest Survival Medicine Worry?

Assign Me a Post: What’s Your Biggest Survival-Medicine Worry? | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Picture the time you’re preparing for: you can’t get professional medical care for a few days—or longer. Maybe you’re hiking or homesteading off the grid. Or a snowstorm has shut down roads, or an earthquake has caused mass casualties.

Or maybe you’re living in a long-term disaster situation that’ll keep society out of commission for a while.

When you think of this scenario, what’s your number-one fear, survival medicine-wise?

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How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days

How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

When I think of school starting, I still imagine red and orange leaves and cool temperatures; it wasn’t that long ago that we thought of fall as schooltime.

Not so today. Many kids in the United States are meeting their new teachers right now, in early August—one of the hottest months of the year. If you have children, do they know how to deal with the heat on their own, on the playground, sports field, or school bus?

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Investigative Report: Do Antibiotic Expiration Dates Matter?

Do expiration dates matter?

This is part 2 in our special series about antibiotics controversies. See part 1, about fish antibiotics for humans, here.

by Leigh Ann Hubbard

The expiration date is not a magic number. This is one of the first things preppers (preparedness-minded people) learn when they start stockpiling. Shelf-stable products tend not to suddenly go rancid on the stamped date. Sometimes they last a long time after that.

Their quality, however, may begin to decrease. A can of vegetables that’s a while past its date may not taste as good. A supplement may be less potent. An antibiotic may not work as well.

The first two situations won’t necessarily kill you. That last one? It could. If the antibiotic doesn’t pull its weight, you’re at the mercy of the infection—which, thanks to that weak medicine you just took, has likely mutated into an antibiotic-resistant strain. Whoops.

So as a prepper, if you store antibiotics, should you immediately replace them when they’re expired? It’s a much-discussed topic online since antibiotics aren’t like ibuprofen. If they don’t work exactly right and you’re in a survival situation, it’s bad news. Really bad news.

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