Survival Medicine
for
Disasters

If there’s a disaster and you can’t get help, this blog’s for you—survival medicine for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, terrorist attacks, social upheaval or any time you’re isolated.

Always use the best available provider, and get professional help if possible. (See the disclaimer.) This blog contains medical information to use if that’s not possible—when you are your last option.

You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal.
Would you know what to do next?

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?

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“Is My Ankle Sprained or Broken?” Answers to Readers’ FAQs

May 11th, 2016|18 Comments

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH What happens if you twist your ankle so badly that you don’t know whether it’s sprained or broken? I get that question a lot on my post about clues to a possible fracture. “I twisted my ankle in basketball. Is it broken?” “It’s really swelled up. It hurts a lot. Is it broken or sprained?” My answer? I don’t know. I can’t tell without a physical exam. And even then, my diagnosis would need to be confirmed with an X-ray because lots of times, breaks and sprains have the same symptoms. So, as you might imagine, in a survival situation without an X-ray, diagnosis and treatment will get tricky even for medical professionals. […]

Introducing The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

May 3rd, 2016|28 Comments

Click the book to preorder, or buy wherever books are sold! by James Hubbard, MD, MPH For the last 13 years, I’ve made it my mission to teach as many people as I can how to handle medical problems when they can’t get to a doctor. You shouldn’t have to go to medical school to be empowered to help yourself and your family. Today, I’m proud to announce the culmination of my efforts to date. On May 17, Reader’s Digest will publish my best book yet: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. And we’re publishing with a bang. If you preorder The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook before May 17, you’ll also receive my PDF guide to preventing infectious disease. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a package of medical-survival goodies valued at over $100.* To receive the PDF and drawing entry, simply email your preorder receipt to communications [at] thesurvivaldoctor.com by May 17, 2016. […]

The Best Mosquito Repellents: Which One’s Right for You?

April 26th, 2016|0 Comments

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Last week, we talked about how to prevent mosquito bites. Today, we’ll delve into the vast array of mosquito repellents to help you decide which option is best for you. All four of the main repellents mentioned in this post work. Some work better on some people than others, so finding the best repellent for you can be just a trial and error thing. But with each one, there are some tips you’ll want to consider. First, the main tip … […]

Yes, Mosquitoes Do Prefer Certain People. And You Could Be One.

April 19th, 2016|15 Comments

An insecticide-treated net is rolled up above a bed in Kumi, Uganda. At night, unfurled, it protects the sleeper from disease-carrying mosquitoes.  by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I have a good friend who claims he rarely gets bitten by mosquitoes. While others around him are swatting and scratching, he sits in comfort enjoying the great outdoors. How can that be? And what mosquito-bite prevention techniques can we mere mortals use to keep these bloodsuckers—and sometimes disease carriers—at bay? […]

Beyond the Headlines: Going In-Depth About the Zika Virus

April 12th, 2016|3 Comments

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is one of two types of mosquito that could spread the Zika virus in the United States. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Zika virus is in the news. It’s an infection you get from certain types of mosquitoes, and it’s linked to a sometimes devastating birth defect called microcephaly. More on that later. Here are the latest facts on the disease and why you should care. […]

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Dr. James Hubbard, The Survival Doctor

I’ve been a family doctor for over 30 years. I’ve practiced in small and large towns, worked emergency rooms and in clinics.

I’ve come to realize many very smart people don’t know the basics about medicine. Now I’m not putting that down. Place me near a leaky faucet and my wife hides the tools. But if I have a flooded basement and can’t get a plumber, I know how to turn off the water supply.

I’ve seen able people who don’t know to put pressure on a cut to stop it from bleeding. But even if you know how to stop the bleeding, what if it’s bad and you have no medical assistance? That’s what this blog is about. Even if you know first aid, what will happen to you or a family member if you have an emergency and can’t get immediate assistance from someone medically trained?

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