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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

Assign Me a Post: What’s Your Biggest Survival Medicine Worry?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Picture the time you’re preparing for: you can’t get professional medical care for a few days—or longer. Maybe you’re hiking or homesteading off the grid. Or a snowstorm has shut down roads, or an earthquake has caused mass casualties. Or maybe you’re living in a long-term disaster situation that’ll keep society out of commission for a while. When you think of this scenario, what’s your number-one fear, survival medicine-wise? […]

By | August 25th, 2015|General|123 Comments

2 Medical Procedures You Can Do at Home—and Avoid the ER

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH These two medical techniques are among the most popular I’ve ever shared here. They’re little-known but easy to master, and they often solve a couple of daunting, frustrating problems. Since I published them over two years ago, readers have told me again and again that these tips have allowed them to avoid expensive doctor visits. So I thought they were worth recapping, to make sure you have them in your back pocket. They could save you time, money, and lots and lots of frustration. […]

By | July 28th, 2015|General|3 Comments

Coming Next Week: Everything You Want to Know About Fish Antibiotics

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH There will be no post this week because we’re putting the final touches on a special investigative report we’ve been working on for weeks. It’s about a topic that’s often speculated about in the survival community: the possibility of using fish antibiotics in humans. Are these medicines safe for people? Are they effective? We found some surprising, never-before-reported information. Stay tuned for more. (And if you’re not subscribed, sign up to the left to get a reminder when it’s published!) […]

By | July 14th, 2015|General|0 Comments

8 Lifesaving Treatments That Should Be a Reflex

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you’ve been reading The Survival Doctor for a while, you’ve learned a lot about survival medicine. Yet all the long-term treatments in the world are useless if the victim dies in the first few minutes. So it’s important to continually return to the basics, to reinforce those quick, life-saving skills I believe are most important to remember. After all, saving a life or limb in the short-term is often as simple as taking one easy step—but doing it quickly enough to make a difference. People die all the time just because no one around them knew the fix that would have turned things around. To become a hero at-the-ready, memorize these eight quick treatments and tips. Share them with your friends and family so they’re prepared in case you’re the one who needs care. […]

By | July 7th, 2015|General|7 Comments

Medical and Self-Help Treatment Options for PTSD

This is part 2 in my series on PTSD. See part 1, “How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD,” here. Soldiers of the Connecticut National Guard’s 143rd MP Co, stationed in Afghanistan, say a prayer for the families and the community of Newtown, CT. (US National Guard photo, December 18, 2012.) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Say someone is robbed at gunpoint, or they’re walking down the street and their best friend is shot and killed in front of them. We think to ourselves, “Poor person. How can they ever cope with something like that?” Certainly we expect they’re going to need counseling. Soldiers in a war zone may face these same events over and over, for days or weeks upon end. Others are abused behind closed doors. These people, and many others, are at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Because so many people have PTSD in wartimes (like right now), we learn a lot during these times about treating the disorder, not only in soldiers but in the public at large. […]

By | June 1st, 2015|General|5 Comments

How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD

Paratroopers from 3rd Platoon, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division prepare to load a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter in the Bermel District of the Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, during an air-assault mission to detain a known militant. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Andrya Hill, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs.) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH With Memorial Day just past, I thought I might write on a fairly common medical problem that affects many soldiers coming back from war: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The reason I find this appropriate for The Survival Doctor is soldiers are not the only ones who can be affected. This same disorder can hit anyone who has experienced a major trauma or trauma of a loved one. Let me emphasize I do know that Memorial Day is meant to remember the men and women who have died in defense of our country. We should never forget and always honor their sacrifice, not only on Memorial Day but every day. But I think we should also not forget the permanently altered lives of the loved ones they left behind and those whose lives have been forever changed in any form from the direct horrors of war. Why Do Some People Get PTSD and Others Don’t? […]

By | May 26th, 2015|General|8 Comments

4 Things I Learned From This Year’s CPR Course for Professionals

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Every two years, to update my skills, I retake a basic CPR course sponsored by the American Heart Association, along with their Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course for health care professionals. And it never fails, I always learn something new and remember things I shouldn’t have forgotten. Here are a few highlights from this year. […]

By | May 18th, 2015|General|13 Comments

Beyond Antihistamines: 5 More Allergy Meds That May Work Better for You

Part 3 in my three-part seasonal allergies series. Click here for part 1 (how allergies work). Click here for part 2 (how to choose an antihistamine). by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Have you chosen an antihistamine to try out or to store in your survival stash? Well, we’re not done yet. You may want to add an additional medication or two to your seasonal-allergies arsenal. That’s because antihistamines don’t do the trick for everyone. But there are other types of allergy medications that might. They can be used in addition to or instead of antihistamines (and each other). It’s a mix-and-match world. Just be aware that each med you take brings its own risk of side effects, interactions, and so on. Read up on precautions before diving in. […]

By | May 11th, 2015|General|1 Comment

How to Choose the Best Allergy Medicine for You

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This time of year, allergy-medicine aisles see a steady stream of sniffling souls turning over box after box to figure out which of the million medications will give them the best relief. Despite their varied names and colorful labels, most of these boxes boast similar claims: They’ll fix your sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose. That’s because most of them contain one form or another of the same type of drug: an antihistamine. Antihistamines are the go-to medicine for most people with seasonal allergies. The different types of antihistamines all work in a similar way. Which type works best for you depends on a few factors, including simply which one your own unique body prefers. […]

By | May 4th, 2015|General|5 Comments