Repeat after me: Antibiotics do not have any effect on viruses.Just to refresh what you may already know, viruses are the typical culprit in the following maladies:
- Sore throats
- Sinus problems
- Ear infections
- Do not ask for or demand an antibiotic when your doctor says you don’t need it.
- Don’t take an antibiotic for a virus (cold, cough, or flu).
- Take your medicine exactly the way it was prescribed. Finish the complete dosage and do not skip doses. Yes, you may feel better but that does not mean you are cured.
- Ask questions. If a doctor prescribes an antibiotic – or any drug for that matter – ask what it is and why he or she is prescribing that particular medication. If you don’t understand the answer, say so and do not leave until you are satisfied.
- Also talk to your pharmacist about drug interactions, and recommended food to eat (or not eat) along with the drug. Also discuss common side effects since many antibiotics have annoying side effects including dizziness and gastrointestinal distress. This is not the time to be bashful.
- Don’t take leftover medicine. (And what are you doing with leftover medicine to begin with?)
- Don’t take someone else’s medicine.
- Practice healthy hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water before you eat and after you use the bathroom. Try your best to keep your hands away from your face and mouth after being exposed to anyone that is sick or showing symptoms of illness.
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From the Bargain Bin: Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential to a post SHTF world. Here are some ideas to get you started. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools M37-N SEAL Pup: This highly rated knife will do it all whether you are an avid hiker, hunter, camper, fisherman or just someone who wants to be prepared for whatever the world will throw at you. Sabre Family Home & Property Protection Pepper Spray: I am a big fan of pepper spray. Wasp spray works too but I prefer the convenience of this can that can be mounted next to my door. Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago. Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: I think a common mistake is to pick up a cheap hatchet from Harbor Freight and call it a day. This is something you do not want to skimp on. A Fiskars is easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10. MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle. Square Foot Gardening: You do not need a lot of space to grow your own food. Start with some awesome greens and branch out from there. This method works. Seed catalogues will be out next month, why not start your planning now? Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware. Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: I try to bake bread once a week. making enough for an entire week, At under a dollar per loaf, what is not to like? So delicious, almost, just almost, better than dessert.
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