3 Reasons I Don’t Teach Surgery—Even to Survivalists

Everyone deserves the chance to survive. If you’re a longtime reader, you know that motto propels my mission. Much of the information I share here and in my books and training course is normally reserved [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|General, Other Wounds, Skin|22 Comments

How You Could Save Lives in a Mass Casualty Situation

Note: Due to recent events, part 2 of my gunshot wounds treatment series is postponed to next week. (See part 1 here.) Click the photo to enlarge. This is a START adult triage algorithm from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (If you don’t have medical training, the chart will make more sense if you’ve taken my course or read my latest book.) For the past week, mass tragedies and mayhem have dominated U.S. news. In Dallas, a man shot and killed five police officers and injured seven more during a protest. In Nice, France, a man murdered more than 80 people when he plowed through a crowd in a transport truck. And in Turkey, hundreds were reportedly injured or killed during an attempted coup. […]

By | July 20th, 2016|General|4 Comments

Top-10 Survival Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is close at hand. How about getting the old man something a little different this year? Something he can use—that might even help him survive the unexpected. Here are 10 survival gift ideas [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|General|0 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

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] by May 17, 2016. […]

By | May 3rd, 2016|General|30 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

Respected Task Force Updates Guidelines for Diabetes Screening

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH You’re stuck in a bad storm and probably can’t get medical help for several days. You begin feeling really weak—maybe a bit nauseated. The weakness is not going away. Actually, when you think about it, through your currently fuzzy brain, you realize you’ve been feeling dehydrated and constantly thirsty for weeks now, but you’ve been urinating more than ever—even several times a night. Something’s up. […]

By | November 2nd, 2015|General|3 Comments

Experts’ 10 Best Home Remedies—Using Stuff Around Your House

Editor’s note: A version of this article was published in My Family Doctor magazine.* When you’re in a pinch, try these top, expert-suggested remedies—using things you already have around the house! […]

Surviving Prostate Cancer: Why Early Detection Can Be Important

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Sometimes people forget that not only prevention but early detection of serious illness is one of the best survival techniques. I recently thought of this when reading up on a few of the latest recommendations for prostate cancer, the leading cause of cancer in men. […]

By | September 16th, 2015|General|6 Comments