Medical Care in TEOTWAWKI, by GeorgiaDoc

JWR’s book “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It” has motivated me to add a little more light for those who may be in a situation where a physician is not available, but caring for someone needing sophisticated medical care. I am an Internist, and have been working in an urgent care setting for 20 years. Before that, I had a number of years experience working in several Emergency Rooms (ERs), and a trauma center. Since I am not formally trained in ER work, I have concentrated more on stabilizing patients to get them to …

Letter Re: Gaining Pharmaceutical Knowledge

Dear Mr. Rawles: I recently read through the cluster of articles regarding preparation measures for antibiotic storage and use on your blog, starting with A Doctor’s Thoughts on Antibiotics, Expiration Dates, and TEOTWAWKI, by Dr. Bones. As the medic for my family resilient survival group and an EMT paramedic, I have learned of some resources relevant to this discussion that will be useful to your readers. The first is the Sanford Guide. This is a book used daily by physicians and other healthcare providers worldwide to assist with empiric antibiotic treatment of infectious diseases. Empiric therapy means that you’re not …

Letter Re: A Doctor’s Thoughts on Antibiotics, Expiration Dates, and TEOTWAWKI

James, Antibiotics can also be purchased on the internet. While I am no attorney, the Wikipedia article about online pharmacies provides some info on the legalities of ordering prescription grade antibiotics from Canada. While I’m certainly not advising anyone to break the law and order antibiotics or any other prescription grade drugs on line, it seems a like a real grey area for the Government to crack down on Americans that do order prescription drugs on line. Maybe another reader with some legal expertise can clarify what the Government enforces when it comes to ordering prescription drugs on line? Thanks, …

Economics and Investing:

Peter Schiff: “We’re in the Early Stages of a Depression” (A hat tip to B.B. for the link.) Another from B.B.: Morning Bell: Under Obamanomics, Government Workers Win, You Lose Yet another from B.B.: Jobs picture dims as unemployment claims rise Items from The Economatrix: Poll: Americans Grim Over Economy Before Elections Gerald Celente: Double-Dip Depression Will Lead Us Into War Watchdog Panel Cites Global Impact of US Bailout Medicare’s Chief Actuary Blasts Rosy Report

Odds ‘n Sods:

David B. suggested a video that he called a Blinding Flash of the Obvious: Splitting Wood In A Tire.    o o o Mark L. spotted this: The SAS Survival Guide App for the iPhone.    o o o Nano ‘tea bag’ purifies water. (Thanks to “16R” for the link.)    o o o F.J. was the first of several SurvivalBloggers to send me this: Floods Stir Social Unrest in Pakistan

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

"I heartily accept the motto, — "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." – Henry David Thoreau – 1849 (The opening lines of Civil Disobedience)