General Archives «

Important Caution. Please Read This!

Use the information on this site AT YOUR OWN RISK, and read the disclaimer.








Subscribe for Free!

Never miss a post or update.

BONUS: Right now, you'll also receive "The Survival Doctor's Ultimate Emergency Medical Supplies" report—FREE!

We respect your email privacy.

 Subscribe in a reader

Find The Survival Doctor on FacebookFollow The Survival Doctor on TwitterFollow Me on PinterestFollow me on GoodreadsSubscribe to me on YouTube

Medical and Self-Help Treatment Options for PTSD

Soldiers of the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd MP Co, currently stationed in Afghanistan, say a prayer for the families and the community of Newtown, CT. (US National Guard photo)

This is part 2 in my series on PTSD. See part 1, “How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD,” here.

Soldiers of the Connecticut National Guard’s 143rd MP Co, stationed in Afghanistan, say a prayer for the families and the community of Newtown, CT. (US National Guard photo, December 18, 2012.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Say someone is robbed at gunpoint, or they’re walking down the street and their best friend is shot and killed in front of them. We think to ourselves, “Poor person. How can they ever cope with something like that?” Certainly we expect they’re going to need counseling.

Soldiers in a war zone may face these same events over and over, for days or weeks upon end. Others are abused behind closed doors.

These people, and many others, are at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Because so many people have PTSD in wartimes (like right now), we learn a lot during these times about treating the disorder, not only in soldiers but in the public at large.

[… continue reading]

How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD

How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD | The Survival Doctor

Paratroopers from 3rd Platoon, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division prepare to load a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter in the Bermel District of the Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, during an air-assault mission to detain a known militant. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Andrya Hill, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

With Memorial Day just past, I thought I might write on a fairly common medical problem that affects many soldiers coming back from war: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The reason I find this appropriate for The Survival Doctor is soldiers are not the only ones who can be affected. This same disorder can hit anyone who has experienced a major trauma or trauma of a loved one.

Let me emphasize I do know that Memorial Day is meant to remember the men and women who have died in defense of our country. We should never forget and always honor their sacrifice, not only on Memorial Day but every day. But I think we should also not forget the permanently altered lives of the loved ones they left behind [… continue reading]

4 Things I Learned From This Year’s CPR Course for Professionals

The Survival Doctor: 4 things I learned from this year’s CPR course for professionals

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Every two years, to update my skills, I retake a basic CPR course sponsored by the American Heart Association, along with their Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course for health care professionals. And it never fails, I always learn something new and remember things I shouldn’t have forgotten. Here are a few highlights from this year.

[… continue reading]

Beyond Antihistamines: 5 More Allergy Meds That May Work Better for You

5 types of allergy medicines that may work better for you than plain antihistamines

Part 3 in my three-part seasonal allergies series. Click here for part 1 (how allergies work). Click here for part 2 (how to choose an antihistamine).

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Have you chosen an antihistamine to try out or to store in your survival stash? Well, we’re not done yet. You may want to add an additional medication or two to your seasonal-allergies arsenal.

That’s because antihistamines don’t do the trick for everyone. But there are other types of allergy medications that might. They can be used in addition to or instead of antihistamines (and each other). It’s a mix-and-match world. Just be aware that each med you take brings its own risk of side effects, interactions, and so on. Read up on precautions before diving in.

[… continue reading]

How to Choose the Best Allergy Medicine for You

How to Choose the Best Allergy Medicine for You

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

This time of year, allergy-medicine aisles see a steady stream of sniffling souls turning over box after box to figure out which of the million medications will give them the best relief.

Despite their varied names and colorful labels, most of these boxes boast similar claims: They’ll fix your sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose. That’s because most of them contain one form or another of the same type of drug: an antihistamine.

Antihistamines are the go-to medicine for most people with seasonal allergies. The different types of antihistamines all work in a similar way. Which type works best for you depends on a few factors, including simply which one your own unique body prefers.

[… continue reading]

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.

[… continue reading]

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.

[… continue reading]

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.

[… continue reading]

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.

[… continue reading]

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.

>> Take the survey.

  • #af-form-1797332980 .af-body .af-textWrap{width:70%;display:block;float:right;} #af-form-1797332980 .af-body a{color:#880303;text-decoration:underline;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;} #af-form-1797332980 .af-body input.text, #af-form-1797332980 .af-body textarea{background-color:#FFFFFF;border-color:#919191;border-width:1px;border-style:solid;color:#000000;text-decoration:none;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;font-size:12px;font-family:Helvetica, sans-serif;} #af-form-1797332980 .af-body input.text:focus, #af-form-1797332980 .af-body textarea:focus{background-color:#FFFAD6;border-color:#030303;border-width:1px;border-style:solid;} #af-form-1797332980 .af-body label.previewLabel{display:block;float:left;width:25%;text-align:right;color:#000000;text-decoration:none;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;font-size:12px;font-family:Helvetica, sans-serif;} #af-form-1797332980 .af-body{background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:inherit;background-image:none;color:#000000;font-size:11px;font-family:Verdana, sans-serif;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .af-header{padding-bottom:1px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:10px;padding-left:75px;background-color:transparent;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:inherit;background-image:url(“http://forms.aweber.com/images/forms/pointer/alert/header.png”);border-width:5px;border-bottom-style:none;border-left-style:none;border-right-style:none;border-top-style:none;color:#880303;font-size:16px;font-family:Verdana, sans-serif;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .af-quirksMode .bodyText{padding-top:2px;padding-bottom:2px;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .af-quirksMode{padding-right:10px;padding-left:10px;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .af-standards .af-element{padding-right:10px;padding-left:10px;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .bodyText p{margin:1em 0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .buttonContainer input.submit{background-color:#c20606;background-image:url(“http://forms.aweber.com/images/forms/sign-up-below/big-red/button.png”);color:#FFFFFF;text-decoration:none;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;font-size:14px;font-family:Verdana, sans-serif;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .buttonContainer input.submit{width:auto;}
    #af-form-1797332980 .buttonContainer{text-align:center;}
    #af-form-1797332980 body,#af-form-1797332980 dl,#af-form-1797332980 dt,#af-form-1797332980 dd,#af-form-1797332980 h1,#af-form-1797332980 h2,#af-form-1797332980 h3,#af-form-1797332980 h4,#af-form-1797332980 h5,#af-form-1797332980 h6,#af-form-1797332980 pre,#af-form-1797332980 code,#af-form-1797332980 fieldset,#af-form-1797332980 legend,#af-form-1797332980 blockquote,#af-form-1797332980 th,#af-form-1797332980 td{float:none;color:inherit;position:static;margin:0;padding:0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 button,#af-form-1797332980 input,#af-form-1797332980 submit,#af-form-1797332980 textarea,#af-form-1797332980 select,#af-form-1797332980 label,#af-form-1797332980 optgroup,#af-form-1797332980 option{float:none;position:static;margin:0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 div{margin:0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 fieldset{border:0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 form,#af-form-1797332980 textarea,.af-form-wrapper,.af-form-close-button,#af-form-1797332980 img{float:none;color:inherit;position:static;background-color:none;border:none;margin:0;padding:0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 input,#af-form-1797332980 button,#af-form-1797332980 textarea,#af-form-1797332980 select{font-size:100%;}
    #af-form-1797332980 p{color:inherit;}
    #af-form-1797332980 select,#af-form-1797332980 label,#af-form-1797332980 optgroup,#af-form-1797332980 option{padding:0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 table{border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;}
    #af-form-1797332980 ul,#af-form-1797332980 ol{list-style-image:none;list-style-position:outside;list-style-type:disc;padding-left:40px;}
    #af-form-1797332980,#af-form-1797332980 .quirksMode{width:325px;}
    #af-form-1797332980.af-quirksMode{overflow-x:hidden;}
    #af-form-1797332980{background-color:#FFFFFF;border-color:#C7A66D;border-width:1px;border-style:none;}
    #af-form-1797332980{display:block;}
    #af-form-1797332980{overflow:hidden;}
    .af-body .af-textWrap{text-align:left;}
    .af-body input.image{border:none!important;}
    .af-body input.submit,.af-body input.image,.af-form .af-element input.button{float:none!important;}
    .af-body input.text{width:100%;float:none;padding:2px!important;}
    .af-body.af-standards input.submit{padding:4px 12px;}
    .af-clear{clear:both;}
    .af-element label{text-align:left;display:block;float:left;}
    .af-element{padding:5px 0;}
    .af-form-wrapper{text-indent:0;}
    .af-form{text-align:left;margin:auto;}
    .af-header{margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;padding:10px;}
    .af-quirksMode .af-element{padding-left:0!important;padding-right:0!important;}
    .lbl-right .af-element label{text-align:right;}
    body {
    }

    Subscribe for Free!Never miss a post or update.

    Email:

    BONUS: You’ll also receive “The Survival Doctor’s Ultimate Emergency Medical Supplies” report—FREE!

    We respect your email privacy.