Newspaper Column

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With health-care costs skyrocketing, Americans are more and more eager to learn more about basic medical self-reliance. In this newspaper column, I use timely topics as jumping off points to teach readers how to take care of themselves safely—and when they must go for help. Like my blog, this column focuses on mainstream, evidence-based medicine and also shares tried-and-true home remedies.

Following are clips from the Colorado version of the column. To syndicate the national version, please email me, TheSurvivalDoctor [at] gmail.com.

Heads Up: Look Out for Lice Seeking a Blood Meal in Scalp

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s a young child’s rite of passage—the note from the teacher [...]

By | August 13th, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

What to Do for a Burn When You Can’t Get Expert Help Right Away

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you get burned it’s usually a pretty simple matter to get medical help. That is, unless you’re out camping, or a storm has the roads closed. Then what do you do? […]

By | July 30th, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

When Temperature Soars, a Fan Is Not the Solution

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Last summer in Colorado Springs, the temperature reached 101 degrees. Most [...]

By | July 2nd, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

How to Avoid Getting Struck by Lightning

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH You’re hiking in the woods when a thunderstorm crops up. As a knowledgeable outdoorsy person, you recognize it’s time to seek shelter from possible lightning. But there are all those trees. OK, get away from them. Wait … but then you’ll be exposed. What to do? […]

By | June 18th, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

To Prepare Medically for a Disaster, Have a Plan in Writing

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Anyone reading this who doesn’t know this is wildfire season is [...]

By | June 4th, 2013|Categories: Column|1 Comment

Venomous Snakes a Threat But Not Necessarily Deadly

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like snakes. Yes, I know the vast majority are nonvenomous and are good to have around. They eat pesky, disease carrying rodents, and some of the nonvenomous snakes, like king snakes and racers, actually kill the dangerous snakes. But that doesn’t mean my skin doesn’t crawl if I see one … crawling across the ground. Fortunately for us in Colorado, the most common one we should avoid gives us a warning—the familiar rattle. Only a person with a mission to get bitten is going to walk toward this sound rather than shy away. Even so, sometimes we’ll happen upon one. Here’s what to do if that occurs. […]

By | May 21st, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

How to Survive a Boston-Type Bombing Attack

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH The tragic events in Boston delivered a stark reminder that someone can set off a bomb just about any time, any place. But as devastating as any attack is, you can usually learn something from it that may save a life in the future. […]

By | May 7th, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

What If a Nuclear Bomb Hit Colorado Springs?

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In case you haven’t been keeping up with the news, the North Koreans aired a video announcing their intention to nuke Colorado Springs. They even located us on a map. The only problem was they had us somewhere in the Deep South. […]

By | April 23rd, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

Don’t Wait to Treat Sumac, Poison Oak

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can cause some of the worst itching known to mankind. And it can last as long as a couple of weeks—sometimes longer. You can get it in the winter (the oil, called urushiol, stays in the vines, roots and twigs all year long), but since we usually get outside and bare more skin in warmer weather, that’s when we’re more prone to come in contact. Although there’s no vaccine and no surefire cure for rashes, there are some things that can help. […]

By | April 9th, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

Simple Steps Can Prevent Post-Easter-Fun Illness

This column appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To syndicate the national version, contact DrHubbard [at] TheSurvivalDoctor [dot] com. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Easter is the time of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And what better way to celebrate than … an Easter egg hunt. Many children and adults will spend a fun-filled afternoon hunting those elusive, brightly colored eggs that old, sneaky Easter Bunny hid. And a few will spend the next few days with a bad stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea. Even many who aren’t eating eggs this Sunday are at risk. Many eat them regularly. Some even have their own chickens. The problem, of course, is salmonella. […]

By | March 26th, 2013|Categories: Column|0 Comments

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