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How to Waterproof Your Shoes With Duct Tape

Waterproof your shoes by duct taping them. From the book "Duct Tape 911." | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Here’s a simple, easy to remember tip that could save your feet if you have to work in wet weather. If you don’t have rainboots, you can waterproof your shoes with duct tape.

This is an excerpt from my new book, Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together.

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My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven’t Heard Them All)

My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven't Heard Them All!) | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In the Deep South right now, it’s about heat wave time, otherwise known as the season of year when you step outside and right into a sauna. I know because I grew up in Mississippi.

If you also grew up in an area that gets really hot, you may think you know everything there is to know to beat the heat. But you haven’t read this post! I bet I can surprise you—at least once?

Even people used to working in the heat all day can suffer dangerously come that first heat wave—when the temperature and humidity suddenly soars 5–10 degrees or hotter. And imagine having to be outside after a disaster or while stranded in the wilderness, with no chance for air conditioning.

Here are some Survival Doctor tips, facts, answers and more—all to help you beat the heat.

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7 Measles FAQs: What You Need to Know

Koplik spots, typical for the measles, though they occasionally show up with other viruses. (Click to zoom.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

One of the worst U.S. measles outbreaks in years is going on in Ohio. So far, around 70 people have been infected. Another outbreak, in California, has involved about 60 people.

Though the measles is considered essentially eradicated in the U.S., there are a few cases here every year. This is a big year for them though, with 187 cases nationwide as of May 9, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So this is a good time to bone up on your knowledge. Here are seven FAQs about this very contagious viral infection.

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“Duct Tape 911”: Get Your Autographed Copy Today!

Duct Tape 911, by James Hubbard, MD, MPH, aka The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Excuse me if I’m a bit excited. My new book, Duct Tape 911, goes on sale today, and I think you’ll love it.

The whole title is Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together. In it, through step-by-step instructions and illustrations, I show you 23 ways to substitute duct tape for medical supplies.

Scroll down for some special, limited-time offers.

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No Post Today: Product Announcement Coming Wednesday!

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

There’s a fun, useful, affordable product coming your way, and I’m working on getting my eggs in a row for the launch on Wednesday. So no blog post today. The product will make a great Father’s Day gift, by the way. (If you don’t subscribe to this blog, please do so to make sure you find out about it.)

Until Wednesday …

10 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Help Mom Prepare for Anything!

Help Mom Prep: 10 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’ve always had a little trouble deciding on gifts. I want them to be special, unique, and something that makes the recipient say, “Ooh, how great is this.” Of course, it doesn’t help that I wait until the last minute to start looking.

Yes, maybe your Mother’s Day gift always includes taking her out to eat or cooking for her at home. Maybe flowers and a card. Perhaps she likes that routine (mothers usually appreciate just about anything from their children, if it’s done out of love). But in case you want to add a little extra this year, I asked a few of my prepper friends for some ideas—gifts that say you did a little thinking. And who knows. Perhaps you’ll get an “Ohh, how great is this” out of her this year.

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U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know

U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

It was inevitable that the virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, would come to the United States. Friday, the CDC announced that it has hit our shores through at least one known infected person.

You may have seen this announcement being reported in the media. Here’s some information to help you put the news into context.

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The Best Tornado Safety Tips for Your Best Chance of Survival

The Best Tornado Survival Tips for Your Best Chance | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

My mother was in the deadly Tupelo tornado in 1936. She wasn’t injured, but over 700 people were. And well over 200 more died. She often recalled the people yelling for help when none was available. Hearing her tell stories about the aftermath is one reason I became so interested in disaster- and survival-medicine. I learned tornado safety tips early.

I remember very often sitting up with my family as a child at night, away from the windows, as the thunder shook. Once I even heard

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Do Air Driers Help or Hurt When Drying Your Hands? Take the Hand Washing Quiz!


by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’ve examined literally thousands of people with colds, flus, and stomach viruses in my time and have caught less than a handful (pun intended) of their infections.

The reason? I attribute it a lot of it to proper hand washing (and a good immune system).

Yes, protective gear, such as gloves, is important, but hand washing is still one of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself against many, many infections—as long as you do it in the proper way.

Here’s a quiz on proper hand washing that I based on facts and the documenting studies at the CDC’s website. To tell the truth, before I read the research, I’m not sure I would have scored 100 percent. Let me know what you score! (I’ll list the questions again at the end so you can count how many you got right.)


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6 Things You Need to Know About Malaria, Just in Case

Normal red blood cells have light centers. The purplish ones have been infested with malaria parasites.

A “Long-Term-Disaster Diseases” post. See the rest in the series here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Today, April 25, is World Malaria Day.

When my father was a boy in Mississippi, he had malaria. Millions of others did also in the American South in the 1930s. After a few days of the typical fever, teeth-chattering chills, and drenching sweats he got over it. Many did. But many others died. Millions still do—some here in the United States.

We don’t yet have a vaccine for malaria, but we do have effective drugs. Even so, during a long-term disaster, those drugs may not be available. So here are some important facts to know.

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