Preparedness Health

This category covers topics dealing with health during times of preparedness and disasters.

  • Don't Forget Foot Care!

    When the SHTF, unfortunately your vehicle may do the same, leaving you with a primary mode of transportation that consists of walking followed by more walking. The more you walk or hike, the more stress you will be putting on your feet, which can rise exponentially if you are not acclimated to such activity. This can result in foot pain and other issues that will need to be addressed in order to enable your feet to hold up to the new tasks set out before you. Since having healthy feet...
  • Treating Heat Illness & Injury

    Since we recently discussed means of preventing heat injuries, we might as well follow that up with how to care for them when they occur. Even the best laid plans can go awry, making it possible for you to have to deal with things you did your best to avoid. With plans in place to avoid heat illness or injury, chances are you will fare better than most, but there is still the possibility that the heat will affect you or someone who is part of your family or camp. Even though sunburn and sun...
  • The Health and Survival Benefits of Dandelions

    A good example of survival skills if ever there were one is the dandelion. These scrappy yellow flowers are often dismissed as weeds and treated with weed killer to stop their growth, yet return time and time again they do. Perhaps we should stop and take notice of their ability to fight for survival and look to them instead of away. After all, there is nary a sidewalk or field on this earth without a dandelion present. Dandelions are an invasive and pervasive plant, much to the dismay of...
  • Pain Relief from a Pepper

    Pain can be debilitating. It can stop you in your tracks and knock you out of commission. If you are a sufferer of chronic pain, you know all too well how much it can impact your life and stop you from doing not only the things you love, but also the things you need to do to survive. Pain relievers are a way of life for some of us as we embrace everything from modern medicine to over the counter pain relievers and even homeopathic options. It is convenient to be able to utilize these...
  • See Your Way Through Survival By Protecting Your Eyes

    As we mull over things that should be in our BOB or stockpiled in your basements, it is hard not to wonder what you may be forgetting. Perusing your supplies and reading labels or instructions, you probably stop to consider at multiple times if what you have is enough. Looking over the security of your home, it most likely occurs to you if it is truly safe and if it provides you the necessary field of vision to spot approaching danger from afar. It sure is helpful to be able to see things...
  1. Seeing In the Future: Survival Vision Needs

    It sure is nice to be able to see where you're going, especially as you navigate obstacles on a trailer or drive a car down a crowded street. Also great is having the ability to read and consume important information, whether it be via news outlets or simply the labels on your prescription bottles. Having good eye sight is something often underappreciated and taken for granted by those who are lucky enough to have it. If you have vision that requires correction, you may don glasses or pop in...
  2. Treating Constipation with Items Already in Your Stockpile

    Most of the time, our bodies run like well-oiled machines, but even machines sometimes face a breakdown. No matter the level of care you give yourself or caution exercised when it comes to the things you eat, your digestive system will at some point fail you. In a stressful world post TEOTWAWKI, your food and water consumption will likely be different than was the norm prior, which may result in digestive upset such as constipation. Photo: Cafe Holistic When bowel movements begin to decline...
  3. The Health and Survival Benefits of Dandelions

    A good example of survival skills if ever there were one is the dandelion. These scrappy yellow flowers are often dismissed as weeds and treated with weed killer to stop their growth, yet return time and time again they do. Perhaps we should stop and take notice of their ability to fight for survival and look to them instead of away. After all, there is nary a sidewalk or field on this earth without a dandelion present. Dandelions are an invasive and pervasive plant, much to the dismay of...
  4. It's Official: Ebola Unleashed in United States

    Ebola is a dirty word. Each time it is thought or spoken aloud, fear grows, as does tragedy. For a while, those who reside in the United States were able to watch from afar as the outbreak took lives in Africa. With baited breath, we watched, hoping and willing it not to make its way to American soil. Then two infected aid workers were brought to Atlanta, Georgia, at which point the fear grew. Those two people survived the disease and were released to go home and return to their normal...
  5. Facing Ebola and the Resulting Controversy

    'Groundbreaking' is a word frequently used to describe things that are innovative or inventive. This word is often paired with other words that hold significant weight, such as 'discovery.' At this time, a groundbreaking discovery with worldwide benefits would be a vaccine able to treat Ebola. Whether or not such a vaccine exists we still are not certain. Possible vaccines are still in development and trial phases, but what is increasingly present is a need for such a vaccine. However, even...
  6. Handling Thermal Burns

    When the ability to create fire was first developed by early man, rejoicing was in order. This new source of warmth likely saved many lives, as did the ability to cook food and kill bacteria. For all of the benefits fire has provided over the course of time, one large drawback has consistently loomed, that being its ability to cause severe burns and even death. Although evolution has brought us to a place where dependence on fire for survival is not what it once was, there is the possibility...
  7. Prepping Herbs: 40 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

    There is a huge movement towards using essential oils for their survival medicinal purposes. While these oils have in actuality been used for hundreds of years, we lost track of their amazing abilities to heal and treat our injuries and ailments when pharmaceuticals came into the fold and promised convenient cures. Although modern drugs offer many benefits to those who use and depend on them, those very same drugs that we have come to rely on may not be there after the SHTF. When such a day...
  8. Don't Forget Foot Care!

    When the SHTF, unfortunately your vehicle may do the same, leaving you with a primary mode of transportation that consists of walking followed by more walking. The more you walk or hike, the more stress you will be putting on your feet, which can rise exponentially if you are not acclimated to such activity. This can result in foot pain and other issues that will need to be addressed in order to enable your feet to hold up to the new tasks set out before you. Since having healthy feet...
  9. To Be or Not To Be...Vaccinated

    In recent years, cases of autism have been on the rise. While there could be a plethora of known and unknown reasons for this, a lot of the blame is being place on vaccines. As celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy who have no medical background back the notion that vaccines are linked to autism while the voice of science quietly argues back, who do you believe? Autism aside, the anti-vaccine movement is gaining ground and doing damage. Diseases that have in the past been eradicated thanks to...
  10. Surviving Anaphylaxis

    It seems like just yesterday I had to rescue my dog from trying to eat a bee...maybe because it was just yesterday. Now that warm weather is starting to visit, so are bees. With bees come bee stings and sometimes anaphylaxis. If you have an allergy to bee stings or anything else that causes anaphylaxis, there is no time like the present to prepare for such reactions to occur. Knowing what causes anaphylaxis and how to treat it in both the case of yourself and someone else is key to coming...
  11. Got Activated Charcoal?

    Is activated charcoal part of your survival stash? Activated charcoal has been used for centuries, dating back to 1550 BC as well as the days of Pliny and Hippocrates, and has long been praised for its detoxification properties. Actually made of carbon, activated charcoal is created by subjecting charcoal to oxidizing gas at high temperatures which makes it porous and gives it better absorptive properties. The charcoal itself originates in the form of woods such as Willow Bark that are...
  12. 7 Ways to Alleviate Tooth Troubles When There are no Dentists

    As much as you might hate going to the dentist now, you might find yourself wishing a dentist were available post TEOTWAWKI. When societal collapse occurs, the dentist chair you once avoided will likely be out of commission. When you get a toothache, have an abscess, or something similarly awful is going on inside your mouth, getting help will probably take priority. When the dentist you once avoided becomes permanently unavailable, what can you possibly do to end the pain and solve your...
  13. Treating Heat Illness & Injury

    Since we recently discussed means of preventing heat injuries, we might as well follow that up with how to care for them when they occur. Even the best laid plans can go awry, making it possible for you to have to deal with things you did your best to avoid. With plans in place to avoid heat illness or injury, chances are you will fare better than most, but there is still the possibility that the heat will affect you or someone who is part of your family or camp. Even though sunburn and sun...
  14. Prevention is Key: Beat the Heat Before it Beats You

    The number one thing you have to look after to stay prepared is yourself. In a disaster situation where there is no longer any electricy (and therefore no air conditioning) things can go south fast if you are not prepared for the heat. While this is a particular worry in desert and southern climes, it heat stroke can happen anywhere-- especially if your regular means of protection are not around. If you've ever suffered from heat stroke, you know how awful it is. Not only will it make you...
  15. Benefits of Banana Peels: Add a few to your prepper stash

    When you crack open a delicious banana, chances are you immediately discard the peel. This may seem like a logical choice, but what if there were something useful or practical that could be done with that banana peel? If it could serve a purpose, throwing away that banana peel might actually be wasteful. Believe it or not, there are many things that can be done with a banana peel, provided you remove all of the connective stringy tissue first. Banana peels offer a lot of health benefits....
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