Mint has been called “The World’s Oldest Medicine,” after being discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs and found in fossils ten thousand years old. The medicinal value of mint has been so universally recognized that it can be found growing wild almost everywhere on Earth where civilization has thrived. Both then and now, it is the herb of choice for digestive issues. This is the second article in the series on common plants and herbs used for health and wellness. . . . Read More
It seems like every time we turn around there is some deadly disease in the news. In recent years, there has been Ebola and the Avian influence A (H7N9) virus. There has also been MERS-CoV and many more. While these are epidemics of serious proportion, they are not yet pandemics, but they could be. The best time to prepare for a pandemic is when a serious disruptive event of the pandemic-type is not on the immediate horizon. That said, a pandemic can occur at any time. It is this unknown aspect of pandemics that make them a potential reality we must prepare for. This article is Month Two in the series "12 Months of Prepping for Disruptive Events". . . . Read More
Dental equipment and dental exams are not often written about within the context of long-term survival. This is surprising because our mouths are a portal into our body. Oral bacteria and decay can quickly move throughout our system using saliva as a carrier. The result is sickness and a compromised immune system. In this newest article in our Survival Medic Series, Dr. Joe Alton explains what procedures and supplies we need to know about when dealing with dental health. . . . Read More
Late last year, I set up a poll asking about herbs. More specifically, I asked the question "Name herbs you would like to learn more about relative to wellness and healthcare". There were close to one hundred responses with the clear leader being Comfrey. What is Comfrey? How do you grow it? What is it used for? In this first of a series of articles on plants used for health and wellness, I share what I know along with what I have learned from Susan Perry, a practicing herbalist, educator, and master gardener who is also a Backdoor Survival reader. . . . Read More
Using a diffuser to dispense the healing qualities of essential oils is one of the easiest ways to become accustomed to their use. Say, for example, someone in your home is sick with a cold or flu. Adding 5 or 6 drops of an anti-microbial essential oil to a diffuser will allow the healing qualities of the oil to disperse and circulate around the room, benefiting all if its occupants. Likewise, if you are having problems breathing, a few drops of an essential oil running in a diffuser can clear the nasal passages and allow you to breathe more easily, especially at night. If this sounds familiar to the old fashioned vaporizer our mother's put in our rooms as kids, you are correct. The concept is the same but instead of breathing in a chemical cocktail invented by the OTC drug . . . Read More
A couple of years ago, I was sitting in my upstairs office working when I heard a very loud and scary boom. I called down to my husband and there was no response. I tried again then rushed down the stairs, nearly tripping on my way down. There he was, Glock in hand, paying no attention whatsoever to my panic. Long story short, he was attempting to remove what he thought was an empty reload shell that was stuck in the chamber of his handgun. The shell fired and we now had a bullet hole into our Brazilian cherry floor. It could have been worse. A lot worse. It could have been his foot or my dog who is always underfoot. The point of all if this is that accidents do happen and we all need to be prepared for a medical emergency when help may not be on the way. It is my opinion that . . . Read More
Like the game of party line we played as kids, myths about colds and other short-term illnesses prevail. The reality is that the common cold is caused by a virus that is passed from person to person. They can occur anytime during the year and not just during what is commonly referred to as the "cold season". So what are those myths? Contributing author Dr. Joe Alton is here to debunk these myths and to reinforce what I have always said: thoroughly washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid sickness, including the common cold. . . . Read More
A sinus infection is miserable. Technically called sinusitis, this is a common ailment that first appears to be symptomatic of a common cold but in reality, is the result of swollen and inflamed nasal cavities. It is often caused by a virus which means treating with antibiotics is useless. That is just one reason why it makes sense to know how to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection without running to the drugstore for an armload of drugs that either will not work or will make you drowsy and incidentally raise your blood pressure. Over the past couple of months, a number of people around me have suffered from sinus congestion. Like a mad scientist on a mission, I started experimenting with essential oils and with the help of Valerie Worwood's . . . Read More
How much do you really know about the treatment of colds and flu? Even in normal times, it is easy to be confused by viral versus bacterial infections, and sorting out which is which when we get sick. This gets further compounded following a disruptive event when physicians and pharmacies are not available to assist with our healthcare needs. In this exclusive new article by contributing author, Joe Alton, colds, flu, and respiratory infections are addressed along with tips for ensuring good respiratory hygiene during good times and bad. . . . Read More
As much as I like to try new things when it comes essential oils, I tend to go back to the same oils, day in and day out. This is surprising since my EO drawer is overflowing with over fifty different oils. I consider this good news since, as a prepper, there is only so much I can afford to put away for long term emergency purposes. It is much easier to stockpile and learn the effective use of a handful of oils than the dozens that are out there, just waiting to be put through our personal trial and error cycle.
Although I have written about various oils in the past, every once in a while I like to revisit the topic of essential oils for survival first aid purposes. And beyond that, I like to get second opinions. Today's article is just that, a second opinion on essential . . . Read More
Because of the upcoming Jan.1, 2017, veterinary feed directive, Dr. Joe Alton has been getting a lot of questions about whether fish antibiotics will still be available. Here is his breaking article on the future of fish antibiotics. The bottom line is the FDA is placing priority on livestock antibiotics, not hobby fish and bird meds.. . . Read More
The topic of using expired prescription drugs comes up frequently in survival and preparedness circles. Although there are many articles detailing with the efficacy of outdated meds, one question I get over and over again is "what do I do when the meds run out?"
Whereas there is no single clear answer, one thing we can all start to do now is hang on to our old, unused meds. For the most part and with very few exceptions, they will be viable for two to twelve years beyond their expiration date. The secret is to keep them in a cool, dark, location that is not too dissimilar from your food storage.. . . Read More