James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

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About James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. James Hubbard is the best-selling author of five books, including his latest, The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook. His expertise and down-to-earth style have made him one of the foremost survival medicine experts in the country. Through books; lectures; an online training course; and his popular website, TheSurvivalDoctor.com, Dr. Hubbard shares information about how to deal with medical problems when getting expert care is impossible. His evidence-based tips are a combination of modern medicine, makeshift treatments and Grandma’s home remedies.

How to Help Your Body Acclimate to the Summer Heat

Last year around this time, a man in his early 20s came into the clinic who was experiencing chest pain and a headache and was just overall feeling awful. He’d been working on a roof. He’d done this kind of work for years with no problem. But at that time, in June, we had a heat wave. All of a sudden, instead of a daytime high in the mid-70s, the temperature was hitting the low 90s. This long-time outdoor laborer’s body simply hadn’t had time to acclimate. […]

By | May 31st, 2016|Hot, Weather|11 Comments

How to Identify a Venomous Snake By Its Bite

You’re camping and need to start a fire, so you go looking for wood. You pick up a branch and feel a sharp pain in your hand. A snake slithers away into tall grass. You [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|Critters|7 Comments

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook Excerpt: How to Remove a Fish Hook

Available now, wherever books are sold! Today’s the day. The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook: What to Do When Help Is NOT on the Way goes on sale. As I told you a couple [...]

By | May 17th, 2016|General|6 Comments

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

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. […]

By | May 11th, 2016|Bones|21 Comments

Introducing The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

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. […]

By | May 3rd, 2016|General|30 Comments

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

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 … […]

By | April 26th, 2016|Critters|2 Comments

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

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? […]

By | April 19th, 2016|Critters|19 Comments

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

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. […]

By | April 12th, 2016|Critters, Infectious Disease|3 Comments

4 Medicinal Plants Growing Like Weeds Right Now

Wild garlic (pictured) has hollow leaves; wild onion has flat ones. There are similar plants that are harmful to eat. These two edible ones smell like garlic or onion when you cut them. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m baaack. I’ve been moving and have taken some time off blogging. But now I’m ready to go. My new home is out in the Southern countryside, way outside a city, and I’ve just started exploring the property. What I’m finding is a virtual pharmacy of medicinal plants. Some I can use now. Others, maybe if I had no access to anything better. […]

By | April 6th, 2016|General|14 Comments

Brain Hacking: How to Prep for Emergency Thinking

The prefrontal cortex (in red) is used in system 2 thinking. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH As I’ve mentioned multiple times, in emergency medicine, it is essential to memorize certain basic rules and techniques to the point that they become second nature—a reflex. “For a bleeding wound, apply direct pressure”; “cool a burn.” The most obvious reason for this is quick action can prevent further damage. But there’s another reason I’d like to explain: Reflex-like thinking uses a different part of your brain than regular thinking. This allows you to multitask easily; you can treat the immediate problem while at the same time considering what to do next. However, reflex-like thinking does have a down side. It can lead to incorrect assumptions. So the trick is not to let either type of thinking take over too much. Otherwise, you could get into major problems. The two types of thinking are today called system 1 and system 2. Doctors use them every day. But you do too. And you can learn to use them for medical purposes. […]

By | November 9th, 2015|General|7 Comments