Letter Re: Dental Emergencies Questions

Dear Editor, After combing through the dental information on your blog, I’m hoping you might report a new and comprehensive article on dental care and how to be prepared. I think it important to address this issue because dental woes can render a person unable to function. As one of your blog entries noted, broken bones and other injuries of the body will eventually knit up, but a tooth abscess will only get worse and can actually become fatal. I’m looking to know what equipment is needed to address tooth extractions whether I have to do it myself, or, in a changed world, will need those instruments to bring to any available dentist still practicing. I don’t see that any of your advertisers carry extraction instruments. There are many tools on the market, but what tools are reliable and of good quality? And how about info on surgical tool sterilization in a grid down situation? What about lidocaine for addressing pain in dental surgery? Can it be obtained through a veterinary site? Can the syringe and needles at least be obtained? Thanks for your informative blog. – KB HJL’s Comment: SurvivalBlog implemented a new search engine this week, and you … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Getting First Aid Supplies Tax Free

Hi Hugh and/or JWR- I’ve been a long-time reader, but this is my first time responding to a post. I just wanted to clarify one point that was made in reply to the “Letter: Getting First Aid Supplies Tax Free” thread. I am a practicing physician and a fellow patriot/prepper. I have also been self-employed for the past two years after leaving hospital employment, which is when I had to start investigating the best insurance options for me and my family. Keep in mind, I am not an accountant or IRS agent, but most of these facts can be found on the IRS website, as well as speaking with an accountant or tax professional. If you are self-employed, or else your employer offers you a Health Savings Account (HSA), I strongly recommend looking at whether this option is right for you. HSA’s differ from FSA’s in that YOU (not your employer or the government) own the HSA account. There are also many tax advantages to an HSA. (Accountants call it “triple tax advantaged” because it is never taxed if used for anything “medical, dental, or vision”, and this definition of “medical, dental, or vision” is actually surprisingly broad.) It can … Continue reading

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Letter: Getting First Aid Supplies Tax Free

Hello, I just found a neat, and new to me, way of purchasing first aid supplies with pre-tax dollars that I thought I would share. For some years now I have taken advantage of my company’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program. For the unfamiliar, an FSA is money withheld from your paycheck that allows you to purchase eligible items with pre-tax dollars and is offered by many employers. If you have regular vision, dental, or copay expenses, it’s a great way to pay for these things. As I had more money withheld than I had spent this year, I wanted to make sure that it didn’t go to waste as plans are use-it or lose-it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could purchase Adventure Medical Kits and a number of other supplies that I would consider to be good preps online at fsastore.com with my FSA card. Now I’ve got two fairly comprehensive first aid kits coming my way with money that otherwise would have gone to waste. While some plans may allow carrying over these funds into the next year, you should check your actual deadlines as YMMV. – Jason in Colorado JWR’s Comment: This is a … Continue reading

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Gastroparesis and Stomach Conditions in TEOTWAWKI, by APS

Disclaimer: Gastroparesis is a serious medical condition where the stomach shuts down or severely slows down. The Vagus Nerve to the stomach has been damaged or does not work properly. Seek immediate professional help and assistance from your doctor or pediatrician as soon as possible. There are a couple of causes for this condition, mainly diabetes and Post-Infectious Gastroparesis (PIGP). Type 1 Diabetics can get this condition over the years, and Type II Diabetics can also get it depending on complications to the disease. I want to focus on the PIGP, because that is what our family went through with our eight year old son recently. Basically, he contracted a stomach virus that in turn shut his stomach down (or the nerve more precisely). The Vagus Nerve controls the stomach and tells it when to contract and push food to the lower intestine. This condition is common then for diabetics and people who have suffered from prolonged stomach virus. Why is this a survival topic and why care? In TEOTWAWKI, there will be serious medical issues that come up such as Gastroparesis. Medical conditions and sickness due to foodborne and water borne viruses will exponentially increase. People contracting viruses and … Continue reading

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Letter: The End of OTC Veterinary Antibiotics

Dear Jim: Many preppers store antibiotics for fish or livestock water/feed medications over the counter (OTC). As of January 1st, 2017 this will come to an end as livestock producers will be required to get a VFD (veterinary feed directive) from a veterinarian to obtain these antibiotics. I don’t want to go into the specific differences but think of it as a prescription.   For anyone  wanting antibiotics I would recommend getting some before the first of the year.   I am a mixed animal vet in  the Ozarks. –  E.E. JWR Adds: A full list of drugs transitioning on January 1st from OTC to VFD status can bee seen in this FDA PDF. As news about this upcoming law change spreads, we can surely expect to see shortages at farm and ranch stores, and from mailorder vendors.  Stock up.  Several of our advertisers sell veterinary antibiotics at competitive prices. Please give them your patronage, and mention SurvivalBlog, when you do.

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Guest Article: More About Oral Rehydration Solutions, by ShepherdFarmerGeek

Editor’s Introductory Proviso: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t give medical advice. Mentions of any medicine or medical treatment is for informational purposes only and are in no way endorsed or accredited by SurvivalBlog.com, or its principals. SurvivalBlog.com is not responsible for the use or misuse of any product advertised or mentioned on the SurvivalBlog site. – JWR I read through the recent SurvivalBlog link about Baking Soda:  Why Baking Soda Can Be Essential for Rescuing Earthquake Survivors.  In earthquake rescue situations it’s given via IV to prevent kidney failure from muscle damage. Which got me thinking about treating blast injuries. And sure enough, it’s one of the treatments, and for the same reasons. See this PDF. (Print and save!) Why the interest in blast injuries? Because ISIS in the Middle East is apparently experimenting with fuel-air explosives, and if they share that knowledge with their compatriots in the US we could see a terrorist bombing campaign on steroids like this, and also see this.  And of course–in a worst-case scenario – Christians, Patriots, Constitutionalists and others could be on the receiving end of official disapproval. I’m not a medical expert. But I refuse to give up when I … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Low Tech Cooking

Hugh, One of your readers was asking about low tech cooking methods. He should search for Haybox Cooker. Articles will be found at Mother Earth News, Instructables, and elsewhere. It’s a very old method of first bringing food to a boil, then setting in an insulated box, and using fine hay to surround the cooking vessel. I’ve used blankets and towels, and it works wonderfully for soup, stew, making your own yogurt, and even for beans. Also, a sun oven is invaluable for low tech inexpensive cooking. Yes, you can and we did buy an expensive one, but our son made one with a box, foil, Styrofoam, and a sheet of glass, and it works just as well. Again search for plans at Instructables. I have made biscuits, bread, stew, soup, beans, lentils, rice, mac & cheese, et cetera. You just have to be sure to orient it to the sun occasionally. As for good sources of protein that are cheap, lentils, which cook in about 20 minutes, are good as is making your own seitan. Seitan is easy, cheap, and I’ve made it in the solar oven and on the grill. My recipe calls for baking it not boiling … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Two Things Old-Timers Knew, That You Must Know About Wound Care

There are two things old timers knew that you must know about wound care, if the patient is outside. The wounds of a person or animal all will be affected greatly be these two things. If you are not able to see a doctor or get to an air-conditioned facility, such as a hospital, these two things could save your life. You need to know them. Two days ago my daughter was riding her beloved pony and our cows were a bit scared by the dog who was faithfully looking out for our daughter. She usually doesn’t ride near the cows. The dog’s actions alerted my husband that something wasn’t right. In the blink of an eye, the bull charged at the pair (pony and daughter), and the pony took a life-saving blow for our daughter. My daughter, by the way, got some pretty good licks in on that bull with a riding crop. Between her blows and the dog, the bull lost. All this happened in a blink of an eye and before we knew what had happened. My husband, who was 200 feet away, was and unable to stop it quickly, though he ran to her rescue, but … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Wounding Patterns

Hugh, I agree that the report, “The Profile of Wounding in Civilian Public Mass Shooting Fatalities,” as posted in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, is a bit arcane, but what would you expect? This is supposed to be the raw research methodology and data, and its actually reassuring to me to see that rather than the unsubstantiated claims often made in firearms conversations. I’m not a trauma expert by any means, not in anyone’s wildest imaginations, though I have been trained as a Combat Lifesaver (and have taken other med courses over the years), so I have at least a basic understanding of the treatment issues. And I wouldn’t say anything further except that I think there’s something important here that we must not miss. The point of the article is that the kinds of wounds most commonly seen in civilian mass shootings are somewhat different from what has historically been seen in combat. That’s what their research shows. More specifically, the types of wounds that could be survivable were they immediately treated are different. They apparently mean to encourage civilians and civilian first responders to be prepared to treat chest wounds, and based on my experience … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Wounding Patterns

Aloha HJL, I have a response to the post from 30 July 2016 regarding the wounding patterns of civilian public mass shooting (CPMS) events versus military wounding patterns. ShepherdFarmerGeek sent this in, and it is fantastic to review anything regarding survivability in the coming times. I agree with the last line: “Time to reevaluate the preps and training.” That should be a daily occurrence for every one of us! But, I respectfully disagree with the view that “…we may be training and prepping wrong…”. I read the article and was somewhat surprised by the data revealed; though I think 12 events with 139 fatalities is a very small research sample to derive definitive results and then compare and contrast against thousands of combat fatalities. Having been in three combat roles in the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s, most recently in Iraq with a secondary role as a medic for our Cav Troop, I have some personal experience that doesn’t fully contradict the “Study”, but does reflect different experiential results. The study assumes that the Shooter was laser-focused on mayhem and took carefully aimed torso and head shots at UNARMED victims. I can see how the Study author would deduce that a … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Wounding Patterns

My disagreement with this report is more on the reasons behind rather than the method of the training. I believe in self care first, then buddy aid, then medics (EMTs), and then the hospitals. Prepping needs to hit all of these levels in regards to supplies and training. If the conclusion of the report is that tourniquets are not useful in an active shooter situation, then I think civilian medical training might have lost the reason the military emphasizes the tourniquet in its training. This report states the current medical training emphasis on hemorrhage control for civilians is over-rated in the case of an active shooter scenario based on the injuries received from several documented examples. While I do agree with this report in as much as the types of wounds we are expecting for this type of scenario should be reevaluated, I disagree with the conclusion that the emphasis in training to stop blood loss from extremity wounds is over-rated. Current shooting situations, especially with active shooters, dictate certain shot pattern results. An unarmed populace (an active shooters’ preferred target) generally does not hide and or fight back very well. They are surprised to find themselves in this situation … Continue reading

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Tea for Two Hundred, This Year and Next- Part 1, by Sarah Latimer

I grew up watching old movies. Doris Day was one of my favorite actresses. I loved her girlish bounce, playfulness, and the wink of her eye. So, I’m frequently reminiscent of her movie “Tea for Two” when I ask various members of the household if they’d like to join me in sharing some tea by asking, “Tea for two?”. I don’t really remember much about the movie since it has been such a long time since I watched it, but it became a common saying in my household, and it still is. However, we don’t just consume tea in individual bags around here every once in awhile. We consume a lot! Plus, we save some for future pleasure and health benefits, too. It’s garden time and we’re busy planting, but I thought I’d take the time to write about some of the wonderful teas and flavor ingredients our family and those who visit us enjoy regularly from our garden (or from our long-term store house). You might want to consider planting some of these in your annual or perennial gardens, too, or maybe this will encourage you to research your favorite tea ingredients to find how you might grow them … Continue reading

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