by Eli Stone
Now for part three part in the Prepper series. I haven’t watched “Doomsday Preppers” in a while, but one of the things that I do know about prepping is medical considerations. Now before we begin, I want you all to understand the following; I am not a doctor. I am an EMT and a person who does a lot of research on homeopathic remedies. The following writings are suggestions and not recommendations.
Never change meds without consulting your doctor first. Know your body, and know that using homeopathic treatment is a personal choice and should be done only through research and then experimentation under medical supervision, using least aggressive therapy depending on the situation. If there were a general collapse of the “powers” that be, whether through economic, natural, or manmade disaster, one of the things that folks would be hard pressed to get hold of is medical care. Even in localized disasters like during Hurricane Katrina medical care was hard to come by as evidenced by Shepard Smith of Fox News bemoaning dead people in the streets. Come to think of it, we are in a disastrous situation already, just look at the government and the results of their tampering with the economy. That’s one of the reasons we so fear disasters is because disasters wreak havoc and cause death, duh, I do have a profound grasp of the obvious.
So now what types of medical considerations might you want to take just to be prepared should a disaster strike, expected or otherwise? First off, in the medical arena you cannot prepare for it all. Disasters come in all shapes and sizes and so do the associated injuries. So look around you and decide what disasters might potentially strike your area. Well here in this arena, we have had tornadoes, some flooding, definitely wildfires, and we could have earthquakes due to our geological location. Yes, there is a large fault line that runs through the northeast corner of Teller County. Could it rupture? Sure. Will it rupture? Hopefully , not for the next couple of millennia. I don’t guess there have been any major disasters in this area for a while. But the fact of the matter is that a disaster could strike. For the typical disaster, you should probably have a decent supply of bandages, coflex, ace wraps, tape, splinting materials, and medical items like maybe a stethoscope, BP cuff, and some drugs such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and the like. You should definitely have an emergency medical handbook that can guide you through various degrees of trauma should it happen near you. Knowing how to use your equipment and how to treat emergent trauma before the situation arises is also a big plus.
If you have a friend or relative who is an Emergency Medical Technician maybe you should have them give you some basic classes. Of course, you can always read up on emergent medical care using an EMT manual. Remember the first tenant of medical care….DO NO HARM. Okay, there is the more ominous prospect of the long term situation should there be a general collapse of society or invasion into the US by a foreign power (should anyone be stupid enough), that could leave our infrastructure and government crippled, throwing us back to the old days and old ways of being personably responsible for ourselves.
In a general catastrophe you would see a series of “die offs”. Estimates are that 80 percent of our city populations would die and 50 percent of our country populations may die off if our infrastructure collapsed due to pandemic or general collapse of society for whatever reason. The first people to “check out” would be those in chronic care situations such as nursing homes, hospitals, and mental institutions and that would happen within a week or two. Others would include any acute situation that did not receive immediate care as a result of “the incident”. The second round would be those with chronic conditions, people on insulin, anti psychotics, blood pressure meds, anti seizure meds, etc. There would also be a bout of losses due to starvation at that point for those who were incapable of feeding themselves. So, I guess a prudent thing to do would be to have a medical doctor, an EMT, or even a veterinarian in your community and to be friends with them.
Another prudent thing to do would be to go and get a book on folk medicine and herbal healing. There are a lot of good things out there that you can grow or make for medicine. Let’s say that we went back in time to when there weren’t doctors everywhere and those doctors who were somewhere else, well, they didn’t have much medical schooling. At the turn of the 20th century, patent medicines and herbals were big medicine and business. Opium was used to make paregoric and parapectalin for a plethora of ailments, cannabis was the most widely used ingredient in patent medicines, cocaine was also widely used. All are natural derivatives from plants as is digitalis from foxglove, lipitor (a statin) from red yeast rice, St John’s Wort to staunch bleeding, honey and tobacco to treat burns and wounds, Echinacea, Garlic, and Onion are all natural antibiotics….the list goes on and on…. One of the secrets to long-term survival in a “situation” where you must be self-reliant for an extended period of time is to know what you can substitute for you maintenance meds, if you are on any such medications. Willow bark for aspirin to treat blood clotting conditions, black walnut extract for thyroid conditions and turmeric to treat/prevent Alzheimer’s…..the world is full of medicines that are within our daily reach. The real problem becomes dosing as pharmaceutical companies extract the active ingredients from plants, test for purity and concentrate to specified levels for exacting treatment. Exact dosing is a little harder to do in a survival situation. However, personally I think sometimes the more the merrier depending on the drug of choice…..or at least that is what I gather watching people who drink. However, you can research beforehand just so you know what you will need to keep yourself healthy for a long period of time.
The other thing is that you should first discuss any changes you decide to put yourself through with a homeopathic friendly medical doctor. A doctor may or may not be available in a disaster. If there were a general collapse of society, doctors would be in very high demand. But the thing about doctors is that out of the hospital and office they may not be so very useful every time. So, to recap, learn emergency trauma treatment so you can use it on those you care for. Learn what instruments and equipment might be useful, minor surgery kit, dental repair kit, and probably a suture kit. Have an adequate supply of wound dressings. Know how to treat wounds and handle emergent situations. Have an adequate supply of aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and other pain relievers. Have an adequate supply of alcohol and or hydrogen peroxide. Yes, you can use whiskey to clean a wound, but you can only erase your memory and probably you life if you drink isopropyl alcohol. Learn how to grow poppies, as poppies will become an important source of pain relief. Learn about homeopathic medicine and when and how to apply it. So now you know, I the Mad Dog would prefer a vet….yup, they are prolly a far better bet in an emergent long-term survival situation. Oh yea, if you decide to grow poppies before TEOWAWKI, you can only use them to make poppyseed cake. Your big brother DEA guys thoroughly frown on you, the unwashed masses treating yourself. You must go to a doctor, get the “proper” treatment….which is honestly the safe if not boring way to go about things…..also, DEA agents might come and stomp on your poppies. DEA agents really hate poppies. That’s why I don’t much care for DEA agents…anyone who stomps on flowers is obviously a meany and a control freak.