Prepper Book Festival 12: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

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How many times have you had a medical or first aid issue occur during the middle of the night or on a weekend when getting help would be difficult?  Or, equally bad, help is available but only at a hospital emergency room an hour a way?  What if the power was out, roads were blocked, or there was something going on that precluded EMTs coming to the rescue?

What I describe are typical survival scenarios and those that we, as Preppers, plan for.  I don’t know about you, but for medical and first aid emergencies, I don’t rely on free information on the internet or free eBooks on Amazon.  I want real information, written by real doctors who have practiced medicine on real people.

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With that introduction, I want to introduce you to Dr. James Hubbard’s newest book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.  Many of you might recall two of James previous books from earlier book festivals: First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival and Duct Tape 911.  His latest book takes things a step further and is an all-around handbook for dealing with a much broader variety of medical related things that can and do happen when professional help is not available.

Let me share an example.

In The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook there is a section describing how to close a scalp wound.  James starts by saying that unless you are bald, tape is not going to stick. True enough and funny how I never considered that.  Whereas you can use superglue to close things up, he suggest using the hair on either side of the wound to cinch things up nice and tight until it is closed.  This advice is coupled with easy to follow illustrations that even I can follow.

Below you will find an all-new Backdoor Survival interview with James, plus I have two copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with James Hubbard, Author of The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

I would bug-in. I live in a rural area, and I think I would be able to handle the problems that would arise, including food and water scarcity, better where I live than fighting for it in a place that I’m unfamiliar with. The traffic would probably also be a major barrier for bugging out, if cars were working.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

The basics of food, blankets, drinkable water, and a store of essential medicines are givens.

For comfort I would include over-the-counter medicines, such as something for pain, rashes and bowel/stomach problems; candles for light at night; a few good books to read; maybe a board game; and at least a small variety of favorite food treats. I’d have plenty of bug spray, breathable clothes for the heat, along with a good coat and raincoat.

If feasible, I’d have a good mattress and pillow or at least a good foam pad.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

Learn how to use a gun and have one you’re comfortable shooting. Have a Taser or two, or something similar, and know how to use them. Keep a low profile. Don’t wander out unless you have to. Have a dog or two.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

The information in The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook is based largely on my experience as a doctor—over 30 years of it. I share what I believe to be the most common medical problems one might encounter, how to recognize them and what to do. The book has close to 100 illustrations so you can learn visually while you read. I include makeshift options for times when you don’t have the medical tool typically used for a problem.

Since sometimes expert medical help is available, just far away, dangerous to get to, or both, I provide information to help you decide if the problem is so dire that it’s get-help-or-die.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

I liked Apollo 13 and the book and film version of The Road. Regarding TV, I enjoyed Revolution.

It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

Know the basics of writing, such as grammar, flow, organization, and how to make a good outline. Or hire an editor. Make the book easily readable. Don’t use never-ending sentences or lots of big words. Know, or learn, your topic well. Join a critique group, or have someone who will read your material and is willing to give constructive criticism.

The Giveaway

James has reserved two copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

I do want to mention one other thing about The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.  Each chapter begins with a pop quiz.  The quiz begins with a few descriptive paragraphs describing something that occurred during James career as a medical doctor.  There are four potential answers in a multiple choice format.

On the next page are the answers along with a thorough description of why each choice is correct or incorrect.  Some of the answers may surprise you and would make excellent discussion points when talking about medical first aid among family members or friends.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

It’s the worst snowstorm you can remember. The ice-covered streets are abandoned. You hear a boom in the distance, and your computer screen goes blank. Darkness. A crash and another bang from inside the house. In the hallway, your husband sits on the floor, soaked in blood. You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal. Would you know what to do next?

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will teach you just what you need to know to take care of yourself and your loved ones in the event you aren’t able to get professional medical help right away. Encompassing but going well beyond immediate first aid, the book covers:

  • How to put a dislocated joint back into place
  • How to prevent hypothermia when your heat has gone out
  • What to do for asthma when you don’t have your inhaler
  • Whether you can really drink your own urine if you run out of water
  • What to feed your toddler if he has a fever and you have no medicine
  • And much more

Featuring more than 100 illustrations, along with quick quizzes and real-life examples, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will take you step by step through the essentials of medical care during a crisis. Whatever your situation and your health needs, this handbook is your must-have medical resource.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook — 104 Comments

  1. You are probably a good person willing to help someone who is injured and in need of help. However you had better read the law and what protection you have under the law of your state. If you live in Alabama, sorry I can’t help you. I can call for help but unfortunately for you I don’t own a cell phone.

    Good Samaritan Laws by state
    You need to understand whether or not you will be protected and what you can and cannot do to afford yourself of the protection.
    https://recreation-law.com/2014/05/28/good-samaritan-laws-by-state/

    • Sorry but do you really think that in a SHTF situation that Good Samaritain laws will apply? I am a nurse of 35 years, now retired. I do what is right to help people and always have. AndIwill continue to do so. But perhaps I should put you on my list of those to not help since I would be worried about the law.

  2. This is one of those give-aways that I’m going to buy, assuming I don’t win. This fills a hole in my game plan.

  3. One item to use in a less than traditional first aid method is tobacco. If you have a cut, not a sever wound that requires medical professionals, but a cut that is bleeding pretty good, shred the tobacco from a cigarette. Apply the tobacco to the wound and wait for the tobacco to stop the bleeding. After a while clean out the tobacco and your good to go.

    • I’ve heard of tobacco for use in a bee sting and I think a relative even used it once (mixed with saliva). The only reason I can think of as to why this may work would be that nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and might therefore stop bleeding. Myself-I’d go with pressure and elevating above the level of the heart. (RN of 30+ years).

  4. Not sure if this counts as non-traditional, since most of my first aid incidents I had the right stuff for…but my I’ve used petroleum jelly to cover a tick to get it to release its grip. Made it easy to make sure I got all the legs out rather than just pulling with tweezers and using a magnifying glass to make sure I got all of it….

    • That vaseline trick works somewhat for dog ticks but for tiny deer ticks (I’m in the Northeast)-you wouldn’t want to do that. It can ‘traumatize’ the tick and they then regurgitate. The spirochete Borellia burgdorferi-the organism that causes Lyme disease- lives in the tick’s stomach and is introduced when it regurgitates (one way of introduction). It’s better to pull those guys up but it needs to be done correctly or it will regurgitate then as well.

  5. I have rabbit tobacco on-hand for my two asthmatics in case of an emergency. They don’t use inhalers on a regular/daily basis–my youngest’s most serious trigger seems to be stress. I heard about rabbit tobacco from a trusted blog, and I ordered some to make pillows for them, which was one of the suggested methods of using. I am also going to see about simmering it in a small pot when they get sick (which isn’t often), and I have pipes packed away for emergency smoking if it would be that bad.

    I have bunnies too, so I am always on the lookout for alternative vet meds too. My little geriatric Holland Lop got an eye infection the other month, and along with some OTC meds, we used chammomile tea as an eye wash for him. He was much much improved inside of a day or two. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the med. He didn’t like the wash, but you could tell it made his eyes feel better. I don’t honestly know why this wouldn’t work for us too!

    As someone else commented, regardless of whether I win, I need to start stocking up on those books. I am no good in an emergency, but my EMT son would love them!

  6. I have heard of using plantain leaves to soothe a bee sting, but have never had occasion to use it. I do know what it looks like though in case I ever need it!

    • I have used plantain before and it does work. Another trick is to simply use ammonia and baking soda. Those are the key ingredients in commercially prepared itch reducing topicals like “After-Bite”.

  7. I too will buy this if I don’t win it. The info is vital to being fully prepared.

    I also think this wold be a great book for members of a Prepper group to get and read through and discuss together during meetings. Select a particular scenario and talk it through in terms of treatment alternatives and “what if’s”

  8. I’ve used a belt as a tourniquet for a deep gash someone received and I’ve used mud on a bug bite I got while hiking. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while.

  9. We live in the countryside. We know our neighbors. Some in their 70’s, others newcomers who are much younger. One of our new neighbors is a ER physician and also ex military. Among the others, our family in particular, is a family of medical people. That being said, one never knows who will make it home (if or when) should there be a catastrophic event. That being said, the nurses would have to be able to pick up the slack and be able to function without a physician. This book appears to enable us to do just that.(Read an excerpt on Amazon) All of us need tools to be able to cope with the “times”. Thanks for the information and opportunity to “plug a hole in our Preps”.

  10. The ingredients are not exactly alternative or creative, but my refusal to go to the hospital did require home medical care by myself.

    I have had two attacks of C. Diff as a reaction to antibiotics. This causes dehydration and extreme weakness. Water alone does not rehydrate. Electrolytes must be replaced.

    I was so weak I was crawling to the bathroom and then staying there or on the rug just outside the bathroom.

    I managed to crawl to the kitchen. Thanks to food storage I had things on low shelves not just upper cabinets.

    I was able to reach salt, sugar and a water bottle. And a spoon. Put the proper ratio of sugar and salt in the bottle while sitting on the kitchen floor. I knew the amounts because I had looked it up online after the first C. Diff attack.

    Then I crawled back to my spot outside the bathroom and continued to sip the electrolyte water. I was a bit stronger the next morning. By the way, this solution tastes terrible.

    If anyone is wondering why not store Gatorade or Pedialite, I can’t. Deathly sensitive to citric acid which is in both those drinks. Honestly if your stomach is emptied out, you don’t want citric acid either.

    • Thanks for the reminder to keep things in easy reach for emergencies! I’m glad it worked out for you. BTW, there are various formulations for oral rehydration solutions and the one I use has salt substitute and baking soda added in. The salt substitute adds potassium, and the baking soda buffers the solution a bit to make it easier to take.

      http://www.provident-living-today.com/Rehydration-Formula.html#Rehydration-Formula

      That link has the formulation that I’ve got printed and stored with my supplies, although I originally got it for half that volume from another site I can’t find again. The original site had added that the solution will taste salty if you’ve had enough, but otherwise keep on sipping.

      • This is excellent advice all the way around. I will look into the oral rehydration solution.

        It is critically important to stockpile meds even 2 or 3 pills a month. Insurance usually lets people get refills 2 or 3 days early. By doing that every month a small reserve can be built.

        Depending on the medication, I have been able to take slightly less than prescribed or convince my doctor I need more than prescribed. I stockpile the rest on a rotating basis, using the oldest first.

        My main purpose in stockpiling medication is not to remain on the drug indefinitely but to facilitate a very slow titration off the drug. A pill cutter is necessary for this, and sometimes it is necessary to dissolve the pill in water.

        Please note that this should not be done with sustained release medications.

        And having brought this up I want to apologize to people who may suffer dire consequences, such as diabetics. I can’t have this discussion with my husband for these reasons. But I believe all aspects of disruptive events need to be discussed.

        A 2-4 week stockpile of medication could save a loved ones life in a local emergency.

  11. It may not be Really ideal but I have put a VERY little dab of clear nail polish on a paper cut to keep it closed till I could get home to bandage it. Did you know airlines won’t give you a band aid when you’re on the plane. IT’s probably due to all the regulations and idiots suing the airlines

  12. Witch hazel is a good alternative to alcohol, and we use a lot of essential oils like eucalyptus and mints to help with colds and breathing difficulties. I hope that counts. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. This book would be a another great addition to the medical library. Mix up a paste with baking soda and a little water. Great for bee stings, spider and mosquito bites that are stinging and or itching. My mother was a firm believer in a cayenne pepper hot drink to loosen mucous in bronchial passages, she suffered from chronic bronchitis due to allergies. Raised on a farm her mother and grandmother used this treatment as well as all family members had horrific allergies. She would heat up a large cup of water and then add some cayenne pepper to taste and mix well, just like drinking a cup of tea or coffee. This would loosen the congestion, yes there is a lot of coughing involved once it starts to work but does not last long. Breathing becomes much better.

  14. I already have Dr. Hubbard’s new book and both of the other ones that Gaye mentions and they are all great and very informative. It would be fantastic to win another one to give to my kids. Thanks.

  15. I used an epsom salt solution for horses to pull a very big, but very deep splinter out of my finger. I know you can buy drawing salves, but a coworker has a horse and gave me some of the salve they use. Saved me some money, but for some reason, I now crave apples all the time.

  16. I have very bad teeth due to the fact that insurance simply will not pay for dental care unless you shell out a fortune–and then will only cover very basic care. Another of my teeth cracked 2 days ago (when I wasn’t eating), leaving me unable to eat at all. I had to work it until I got it out myself, and until I could get any help with any infections, I searched my homestead info on how to treat it. I used a rinse of homemade salt water several times, then packed it with sterile packing. So far things are doing well, and I can eat again. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do for yourself.

  17. We have used small magnets or a copper penny on bug bites to stop the itching and swelling. Just use a piece of tape and leave it on for a while.

  18. As accident prone as this family is, I would love to get my hands on this book ! My grand kids are just as clumsy, and my great grandson at the age one one, has already broken his leg. So it looks like the clumsy gene has been passed on.

  19. The most “exotic” thing I’ve ever done is use apple cider vinegar for the sting of sunburn. Side effects include clearer sinuses and a hankering for a salad 🙂

  20. My daughter cut her shin very deeply ( down to the bone ) riding a dirt bike and colliding with the edge of a brick wall. We couldn’t get the bleeding to stop so taped a Kotex pad over it while we drove her to the emergency room.

    • I know how your daughter felt. I cut my shin in a u-shape and down to the bone and chipped the bone. Had to wrap paper towels around my leg several times until we got to the hospital for 52 stitches. The blood was flowing and the pain was terrible. Was not at home when this happened and was by myself. I managed to acquire this cut on the smooth rounded edge of a tall Rubbermaid bin so I cannot imagine the pain your daughter endured on the edge of brick work. Hope things turned out well for her.

  21. This sounds like a useful book to have for my library, too.

    Many people seem to be speaking of their home remedies. Two weeks ago I burned my hand on my motorcycle tail pipe. About 2″ x 1/2″ burn that blistered. The first thing I did was cuss :~) then I ran in the house and put Lavender essential oil on the burn. It was something I had read several articles about. I kept putting it on my burn. I’ve kept it covered with Vaseline and loose-fitting gauze with periods of airing-out and Lavender oil. I am amazed at how quickly the burn is healing.

    Folks, have a good day.

  22. I have used baking soda in tepid bath water to ease the pain and stiffness resulting from a severe sunburn. It is amazing the difference it makes… This sounds like a very useful book.

  23. Cling wrap- for thermal burns. Esp good for Pre-hospital treatment.
    Clean wound as best as you can, take off the first few inches to ensure cleanliness and then wrap it around the limb or put over the burned (tape down).
    It’s waterproof, clear plastic so you can monitor infections without removing it, and sterile past the first few inches-

    I’ve heard that it’s good for wounds as well.

  24. I highly recommend putting a red washcloth in your first aid kit. When tending to a child’s bloddy injury, the red cloth will disguise the blood and (hopefully) deter the child from seeing his or her own blood. In fact….might not be a bad idea to use it on anybody who may be squeamish.

  25. I suggest keeping a red washcloth in your first aid kit to use on a bleeding child (or anybody that may be squeamish) as it will disguise the blood and that could help them more easily cope…..and hence, recover.

  26. Recently I got an infected toe from an injury and it was starting to go up my foot. I filleted a piece of a Prickly Pear pad, scored it, mashed it up a bit, sprinkled some herbs on it (can’t even remember which ones at the moment)then placed it on my toe and wrapped it. Did this for 2-3 days, changing it out a couple times each day and it brought the infection up to a head and eventually the puss came out. Btw, I was camping and used plants that were in the area.

  27. Being retired and my wife somewhat disabled and living in the country we rely heavily on knowledge gained from folks like you. Running to the doctor is not an option here, so books like this are a must for us. Thank you for this giveaway, and hopefully I win a copy.

  28. This is one of the better sites for info. I have always liked books and thought they were great sources of info – I was right. I wish I had the money to really get things I believe would come in useful but I try to keep it simple with drinking strays and a few water containers and some extra rice and beans. Such is life. My concern is also for the animals. A lot of pets need their prep items too.

  29. I’ve not been in a situation where I had to improvise with medical supplies like that, but as a RN, do carry first aid supplies in my car and purse. I’ve used my hand sanitizer (that has alcohol) to clean off small scrapes so I wouldn’t smear blood onto public places.

  30. When I was in the Army, I always carried OB tampons and menstrual pads. The former were good for bullet holes and the latter for large bleeds, road rash, etc.

  31. I have used toothpaste on a bee sting, the wet tobacco from a cigarette on a wasp sting and a frozen water balloon on my daughter’s owie. I’ve been mostly lucky to have on hand traditional first aid. I now have prep first aid stocked up. I would live to have these books!

  32. The largest medical program here is running short more and more often. Recently when I picked up my blood pressure medicine I was only given 15 tablets. They “ran short” and will call me when their next supply comes in. I don’t mind waiting, but this is a common medication I’m on regularly, as are many others. The pharmacy knows exactly how many are on this and when they need refills, yet they ran out. What if this was a heart medicine or asthma medicine?

    Now is a good time to ask yourself what things you automatically expect to be available. What medicines, emergency care or doctor visits did you need in the past two years, and what would you do if it wasn’t there?

    I honestly believe in using mainstream medicine whenever possible, but we can use their advice and input to prep, as well. My doctor agreed after researching that dandelion root is worth trying if my meds aren’t available. Ten years ago it was unthinkable to be “out of” medication or supplies; they could always borrow from another hospital or pharmacy. A doctor wouldn’t research alternative treatments because modern medicine was always there. Now even the most mainstream staff see the supply chain interrupted and the need for backup plans.

    Preppers are an excellent community resource for sharing info with family, neighbors, and maybe even a doctor who’s missing the usual supplies. We don’t have to chose mainstream or alternative medicine; we can make them work together.

  33. The non traditional thing I’ve used is bread soaked in milk to help with an infected sliver we couldn’t get out. Placing the milk soaked bread on the wound brought the infection and swelling down.

  34. Thank.you.for.the.idea.about.putting.electrolyte.supplies.near.to.the.floor..I.also.have.had.C.Diff.Only.mine.was.to.be.sent.to.the.ER.and.on.to.a.regional.hospital..I.am.in.a.wheelchair.and.am.thinking.about.keeping.a.stash.of.stuff.near.me..Thanks.for.the.remembrances.

  35. I recently purchased this book and find it to be very useful. It is clearly written and easy to understand. Dr. Hubbard’s writing style makes the book a good read, important since one should become familiar with its contents in case the information is needed. In each chapter, he gets immediately to the point so the reader doesn’t have to wade through a lot of text to get what is needed. After reading the entire book, I would definitely purchase it again. I think he also has or will have an on-line class to complement the material in the book.

  36. I have not had any experience that would qualify as non-traditional method of treatment so I will just say good luck to everyone and hope that this allows me to enter.

  37. When I was a kid my mom would take baking soda and water to make a paste and put that on our numerous stings. It seemed to work well on all stings. Thanks for all of your great information.

  38. My husband uses SuperGlue/Krazy Glue for any cut. I used to laugh at him, but it worked. I tripped once while carrying laundry and fell down the stairs. My cheek was cut when the floor caused it to forcefully meet the rim of my glasses. After stopping the bleeding, and icing the cut for a bit, I squeezed the cut shut and used KrazyGlue to seal it. Today, two years later, it is very difficult to find the scar on my cheek. It only shows up when my face gets really tan. Word of warning, a doctor friend said to Never! use glue to seal puncture wounds, i.e.. cat tooth or claw, or nail punctures. They must heal from the inside out.

    Regarding putting Vaseline on a tick: The reason it works is because ticks breathe through their butts. Remember, their heads are buried in you, so they must get their air in some other fashion. By coating the tick with a thick product, it can no longer breathe and backs out so it can survive. [Remember to watch for signs of tick borne illnesses, though. Even just a moment’s contact with the tick’s saliva is enough to pass on Lyme Disease, etc.]

  39. I use essential oils in just about everything; I make inhalers for all types of issues and salves too!! Would love to learn more about herbs that I can grow and use at home!! Love the chance to win this book; thank you!!

  40. When we were kids, my grandmother would take some of my grandfather’s chewing tobacco, chew it up a little and put on bee stings. It worked every time to relieve the sting. I’ve always said I was going to vacuum seal a pouch of Red Man (my grandfather’s favorite) and keep it with the preps.

  41. I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to use non-traditional medical care, but because I don’t like the steroid creams they prescribe for my eczema, I’ve begun to use lavender essential oils and colloidal silver to relieve the itch. Much safer.
    Also, when I didn’t want to use Tylenol for my headaches while I was pregnant, I rubbed Vicks vapo-rub on my temples, and it relieved the headache immediately!

  42. I believe my worst fear is being in a crisis situation and not knowing how to respond with my limited medical knowledge. Look forward to reading this book!

  43. I’ve used aloe vera gel for many different skin issues. I have started my outdoor perennial herb garden. I need to get a cutting of aloe vera from my sister to pot for my indoor herb garden.

  44. This sounds like a great book to add to my library. Learning practical ways to deal with medical issues makes good sense.

  45. I’ve never had occasion to use it, but my husband tells me you can use jewel weed to counteract poison ivy. I can’t understand why, but he’s never been willing to perform a truly scientific experiment – apply poison ivy to one arm (as the control), and poison ivy then jewel weed to the other arm, to see if it works! 😉

  46. I just moved to Mentone, Alabama on top of Lookout Mountain! Perfect place to weather when SHTF! I am a retired nurse of 35 years and would love to add all of these books to my library.

  47. Witch hazel helps prevent mosquito bites from itching. Super glue seals wounds, especially on finger tips and moving areas where band-aids dint stick. Spruce salve helps seal a wound, as well.

  48. This is not exotic or that unusual, but no one mentioned using a honey dressing on shallow wounds and scrapes, right after plain soap and a spray of hydrogen peroxide. The black pepper entry was a good reminder that most of us forget when blood is dripping.

  49. Hi Gaye, I always look forward to your knowledge based emails…
    This Doctor book would come in handy for my kit, I hope I get lucky!
    Cheers! Robert Sutphen

  50. Most of my less-than-traditional are easy fixes, like duct tape on a wound. Or Lavender oil for an ear infection that is chronic for me.

  51. It is not a new idea but I use baking soda for multiple uses, from brushing teeth to cleaning house to making a paste for bug bites. Also, process dry oatmeal in the blender for a soothing bath addition when skin problems cause itching.

  52. Colloidal silver and colloidal copper. Silver to kill infections and copper to help the blood veins. Copper helps shrink varicose veins and will cure hemorrhoids.

  53. I have used turmeric golden paste for arthritis for my dog and I both. It really helps, my dog loves it, like a treat

  54. I think all of us would benefit greatly from this book. I’ve been accumulating a lot of medical supplies but I’ve yet to learn how to use them cause I’ve been concentrating on water storage for 4 people. I love the red washcloth idea. My 9 yr old passes out at the sight of blood.

  55. I am new to the prepper community and have discovered a great resource, this blog! Common Sense can go a long way when you find yourself in a disaster type situation. I appreceiate the straight forward information and resources!

  56. One of the areas I really want to get better at. I just do not have much recent experience in long term sustainment medical efforts. I was a KY certified EMT 30 years ago but so much has changed since then in the areas of Emergency Medical Treatment/Austere Medical Treatment. If I do not win this Giveaway, I will probably buy the book anyway

  57. When I’ve been really congested with no OTC medicine at home, I’ve run hot water into the sink with the drain open until it’s very hot. Next close the drain, then put some hot sauce in the bottom of the sink, then begin running the hot water again into the sink, while enclosing my head in the sink with a towel over my head and the side of the sink. Turn off the hot water when the sink gets about 1/3 full and just inhale the vapors.

  58. Equal parts applecider vinegar & honey mixed together taken as a spoonful to cure sore throats.

    Thank you for this giveaway & all the wonderful help you give!

  59. A few years ago, when I was an EMT, we were doing a mass casualties training, and had an issue with lack of back boards for our injured. As the always thinking, trying to stay a step ahead first responder, I started taping patients to folding tables for transport, the team that thought up the training was a little shocked that I didn’t allow this hick up to slow us down!
    Thanks for the blog as always, you keep me thinking, and ready for what the world is going to through my way.

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