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How Allergies Work

How Allergies Work

Part 1 in my seasonal allergies series.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

For some of us, the spring season is a beautiful trap. It entices us outside with such great weather but hides an unseen danger—pollen.

But truth be told, it’s not the pollen that’s the trouble. It’s the body’s reaction to it. In about 30 percent of people, the immune system goes way overboard to protect them from pollen, which their bodies see as an invader. This is called an allergic reaction.

There are medicines that can combat the miserable symptoms, but to understand which ones you might want to store, it helps to know how an allergic reaction works so you’ll know what you’re trying to combat.

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Can Cayenne Pepper Really Stop a Heart Attack?

Can cayenne pepper really stop a heart attack? | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about deciding what to do if you have chest pain far away from expert help. As usual my readers contributed some thought provoking comments. Two suggestions in particular inspired me to write additional posts. Last week I discussed so-called cough CPR. This week, it’s cayenne pepper.

The claim that cayenne pepper can stop a heart attack in its tracks is found far and wide on the Internet. So I decided to check out, as best I could, whether there’s any truth behind the headlines.

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Does Cough CPR Work?

Does Cough CPR Work? | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Last week I wrote about deciding what to do if you have chest pain far away from expert help. Several comments on that post and on Facebook suggested vigorous and repetitive coughing could be tried. Since that suggestion is found far and wide on the Internet, I decided to check out, as best I could, whether there was any truth behind it.

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Wilderness Heart Attack: Should You Walk or Wait?

Wilderness Heart Attack: Should You Walk or Wait? | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

If you have a heart attack in the wilderness, it’s judgment-call time. In my last post, I talked about the fact that you’ll have to weigh walking for help with waiting for help that you don’t even know is coming. Walking could damage your heart further. Waiting could postpone care too long.

In this post, we’ll go into the details of how I’d make the decision.

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Follow-Up Survey: What Will Help You Best Prepare?

The Survival Doctor survey: How can I help you best?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Two weeks ago, I asked what you want to learn more about this year. The most popular answer was “advanced” techniques.

Last week, I covered some really advanced questions about smoke inhalation—even ones experts have trouble answering. You responded by making that article the most popular post with subscribers in almost three months. Thanks. I’ll keep going in this direction.

I have one more important set of questions for you, and then we’ll get back to survival medicine.

This year, I want to create the products you need—things that fill gaps and help you prepare in practical ways. So I’ve created a brief follow-up survey about that.

If you’d like to have your voice heard (whether or not you took the first survey), please click here. (There are only five questions.) I’m really listening, and I hope we can make this the best year yet for your medical prepping.

Thanks for your support.

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Smoke Inhalation: What to Do If You’re Trapped

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

The recent train disaster in Washington, D.C., reminded me that I haven’t covered smoke inhalation in my posts.

Picture this. You’re on a subway going through a tunnel when you hear a loud pop. The train stops, the lights go out, and the air starts filling with smoke. And it’s getting worse.

A voice comes over the intercom. “The train is not on fire. Please, everyone, sit on the floor and wait for help.” The voice orders you not to open the doors. You’re trapped.

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The Survey Results Are In

The Survival Doctor's Reader Survey 2015, question 2

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Thank you for the wonderful response to last week’s survey. It will help me a great deal in focusing on what you’d most like to learn about.

As promised, here are the results.

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Quick Survey: How Can I Help You Best?

The Survival Doctor survey: How can I help you best?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

My resolution for 2015 is for The Survival Doctor to focus even more on your needs. I want to help you prepare easier and quicker—in the exact ways you want to.

To that end, would you tell me how I can best help you by answering this five-question survey? It’ll only take about five minutes.

I want to know how you like to learn new things and what you most want to learn about. I’ve been soaking up medical information for over 40 years, so there’s a lot I could share. Where do you want me to focus?

After you take the survey, feel free to expound on your answers in the comments section below. I’ll share the survey results next week.

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The Top 10 Most Popular Posts of the Year

The Top 10 Most Popular Post of the Year | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Thank you to for making 2014 another record year for The Survival Doctor. Compared to 2013 our viewership was up by over 10 percent (around 4.5 million visits total). And not surprisingly, our number one most-viewed post remained the same. Otherwise, the most popular posts really ran the gamut—earwax removal and fast heart rates, children’s rashes and knee injuries, eyelid infections and finger infections.

What about you? Did you learn anything new from any of them? Or perhaps they helped refresh your knowledge a bit? Which did you find the most interesting?

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When Low Blood Pressure, Low Temperature, or Abnormal Lab May be Good

When Low Blood Pressure, Low Temperature, or Abnormal Lab May be Good | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

A few weeks ago a patient I was seeing in the office asked me to look at a copy of his lab work he’d received from an alternate medicine provider. It was the usual chemistry screen and all looked great, to me at least. But two figures were circled, a slightly low creatinine level and a slightly high BUN/creatinine ratio, and yes, the lab printout had those in the out-of-normal range. His provider had asked that he come back in several weeks and have them rechecked. The retest would cost around $150.

This jogged my memory of some wise advice one of my medical school professors taught: Doing a medical test is useless if you have no idea what you’re going to do with the results.

And you’re not going to do much if there’s no danger from a slight abnormality. This goes for everyday situations and survival ones.

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