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5 Life-Threatening Injuries That Are Totally Survivable During a Disaster—if You Know How

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I get a gnawing feeling in my stomach when I hear stories of people who died from an injury they might have survived if they’d just known a little more basic medicine. Or maybe they knew but just weren’t thinking right at the time.

And then there are the people who saved lives with well-applied tourniquets and other techniques, makeshift or otherwise, that often aren’t even taught in typical first-aid classes. If you’d like to know more about such techniques, I do have a video course.

Getting a devastating injury doesn’t always equal a death sentence, even if you’re in a disaster or homesteading or otherwise unable to get immediate professional help. If you know the right things to do, you may be able to survive—or save the life of a loved one.

Here are my best tips to deal with five life-threatening injuries when you can’t get to a doctor, until you can. (In addition to all these tips, have someone quickly call 911 if possible.) My suggestion is to put these to memory.

1. Deep Wound to an Extremity

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Measles Outbreak 2015: What’s the Big Deal?

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Every year we have a few measles outbreaks in the U.S., but they’re still pretty limited to a few hundred people. You’ve probably heard about the most recent one that started in Disneyland and may have led to over 100 people getting the measles so far in 2015.

The worry is the outbreaks are going to get more frequent and bigger, and that’s not just because of people coming to the U.S. from countries where fewer children are vaccinated, as some have speculated. The percentage of children getting vaccinated in the U.S. is down to 91 percent. Compare that to 89 percent in Mexico, for example, and you can see there’s not a lot of difference.

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How Long Do Flu Symptoms Last? 10 FAQs

How long do the flu symptoms last? Here are more flu answers from The Survival Doctor: http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2015/02/02/how-long-do-flu-symptoms-last/.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Doc, how call I tell the flu from a cold? Should I get seen? How long do the flu symptoms last?

Both online and in clinic, I get a lot of questions about the flu. In this post I’ll answer some of the most commonly asked.

Q: How do I know if I have the flu?

A: When seeing a patient for aches, pains, and fever, here are some of the clues that make me think I’m dealing with the flu:

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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.

>> Take the survey.

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.

>> Take the survey.

The Top 10 Most Popular Posts of the Year

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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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The Top 10 Most Popular Posts About Surviving Colds and the Flu

The Top 10 Most Popular Posts About Surviving Colds and the Flu | The Survival Doctor

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

The difference between cold and flu symptoms is somewhat a question of severity. Whereas a cold may make you feel like you’ve just run a race, the flu makes you feel like someone beat you with a baseball bat along the way. A cold can make you ache and feel fatigued. You can feel miserable and even run a low-grade fever or 100 F or so. But the flu puts you in the bed (where you should be). If you don’t listen to your body and take care of yourself, you could end up in the hospital. People die from the flu.

Just in time to celebrate the upcoming cold and flu season, here are my most popular posts about surviving colds and the flu for 2014.

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The Top 10 Most Popular Winter-Safety Posts of the Year

The Top 10 Most Popular Winter Safety Tips

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Here in Colorado, we’ve already had some really cold days and then some sneaky mild ones. Sneaky because I get all comfortable going out with a light jacket one day; the next, the sky is clear, and it looks the same—from the inside. I walk out, and bam, it’s biting cold. Or the day is pretty mild and the night is freezing.

Winter is upon us, and I have this sneaky feeling it’s going to get colder before it gets warmer. So I went back and reviewed my previous posts for winter safety tips (hey, sometimes even I don’t remember every detail I’ve written). And below I’ve linked to the 10 most popular ones for 2014.

Even if you’ve read them, I’d suggest you, like me, could benefit from a review, to get you ready for the upcoming cold. And even if you live in a warm climate, check out number eight for sure.

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