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Why It’s Possible to Drown in a Dry Parking Lot

  Part 3 in my series on drowning. See all my posts about rescuing drowning victims here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Ever heard of parking lot drowning? That’s what lifeguards anyway. Others may call it secondary drowning. It can happen minutes to hours after a near-drowning victim is revived. It can even happen to someone who didn’t nearly drown—who just sucked a little too much water down their lungs, coughed and choked, and then appeared perfectly fine. Later on (maybe, say, sitting in a parking lot), the victim can suddenly become unable to get enough oxygen. If not treated they can, in essence, drown. Cause […]

By | June 30th, 2014|General|7 Comments

When Someone’s Drowning: 4 Resuscitation Tips. (Some May Surprise You.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part 2 of my drowning series. See part 1, about essential swimming skills and rescuing drowning victims, here.  Once you pull someone drowning to safety, what next? If they’re unresponsive and not breathing, three things should be done at once if there are enough people around to do them: Call 911, start CPR, look for an AED machine. In a survival situation, if you can’t call 911 and there’s no AED machine, […]

By | June 23rd, 2014|General|5 Comments

Why You Might Need Swimming Lessons Even If You Can Swim

James Hubbard, MD, MPH Every year even good swimmers drown. Some are in an accident or become unconscious due to a seizure, alcohol, or another reason. Some drown trying to help others. And some just don’t know how to swim as well as they thought. According to a survey done by the American Red Cross, 80 percent of Americans say they can swim, but only 56 percent can complete all five critical water safety skills that make up what’s known as “water competency.” Could you? The skills are: […]

By | June 16th, 2014|Children, General|5 Comments

“Duct Tape 911”: Get Your Autographed Copy Today!

Click the photo for more information about the book. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Excuse me if I’m a bit excited. My new book, Duct Tape 911, goes on sale today, and I think you’ll love it. The whole title is Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together. In it, through step-by-step instructions and illustrations, I show you 23 ways to substitute duct tape for medical supplies. Scroll down for some special, limited-time offers. […]

By | May 14th, 2014|General|7 Comments

No Post Today: Product Announcement Coming Wednesday!

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH There’s a fun, useful, affordable product coming your way, and I’m working on getting my eggs in a row for the launch on Wednesday. So no blog post today. The product will make a great Father’s Day gift, by the way. (If you don’t subscribe to this blog, please do so to make sure you find out about it.) Until Wednesday … […]

By | May 12th, 2014|General|Comments Off on No Post Today: Product Announcement Coming Wednesday!

10 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Help Mom Prepare for Anything!

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’ve always had a little trouble deciding on gifts. I want them to be special, unique, and something that makes the recipient say, “Ooh, how great is this.” Of course, it doesn’t help that I wait until the last minute to start looking. Yes, maybe your Mother’s Day gift always includes taking her out to eat or cooking for her at home. Maybe flowers and a card. Perhaps she likes that routine (mothers usually appreciate just about anything from their children, if it’s done out of love). But in case you want to add a little extra this year, I asked a few of my prepper friends for some ideas—gifts that say you did a little thinking. And who knows. Perhaps you’ll get an “Ohh, how great is this” out of her this year. […]

By | May 5th, 2014|General|2 Comments

New! The Survival Doctor Store—All the Supplies I Recommend in One Place

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Many people have asked where to find all the medical supplies I’ve mentioned in my posts. Well, you find them all over the place—some in pharmacies, others in outdoors stores, some in health-food stores, and still more in survival outlets. Compiling an emergency medical kit can call for quite the time—and gas—commitment. So I set out to make life easier. I searched Amazon, eBay, and other sites and developed my new online “store and more”—a one-stop shop plus supplies guide. In it, you don’t just get what to buy but why. I even share my personal experiences over the years with some of the supplies. To make it as easy to use as possible, I structured the store into six user friendly sections: […]

By | March 31st, 2014|General|9 Comments

Why You Need to Start Allergy Treatment Early

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Sneezing You have to admit, the commercials are convincing: Your allergies are keeping you inside, virtually blocked from the outdoors. Otherwise you’re sneezing, have watery eyes, just miserable. You take a pill, and whammo, you can do what you wish. Want to roll in the grass, sniff a little ragweed? No worries. Pet a cat even if they usually make you break out in hives? No problem. Whatever you were allergic to before, you’re not anymore, as long as you take the pill. But do these allergy medicines actually work? If so, how well? And what about home remedies for allergies? Have they gone the way of the iron lung? Here’s my take. […]

By | March 24th, 2014|General|16 Comments

Eye Injuries, Part 2: Punctures, Frostbite, and Chemicals

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Last post, I wrote about the most common eye injuries I see: having something in the eye, a scratched cornea, or both. With these injuries, sometimes you may just start feeling discomfort, never even knowing what happened. But in the injuries I talk about in this post, you’ll know. With them, diagnosis is not the problem. But knowing how to treat them could mean the difference between having permanent damage and healing completely. […]

By | March 17th, 2014|General|9 Comments

The Most Common Eye Injuries I See and What to Do About Them

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Cornea rust ring. If a speck of metal is left in the eye, a rust ring forms around it. Usually this will go away on its own several days after the metal speck has been removed. You’re working around your home doing some cleanup, and something hits your eye. Or you’re hammering a nail or two and start having eye pain out of the blue—a scratching feeling. Something must have gotten in your eye, you figure. What do you do? […]

By | March 10th, 2014|General|34 Comments