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Why Winter Heart Attacks Are More Common No Matter the Weather (and What You Can Do)

Part 2 in a two-part series on cold weather and your heart. See part 1 here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In my last post, I talked about the effects of cold weather on your heart. But there are other possible reasons winter is prime time for heart attacks even when it’s warm out. So there are even more steps than the ones I mentioned that may help lower your risk. […]

By | November 17th, 2014|Cold, Weather|10 Comments

Merry Christmas, and Happy Prepping

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m taking the week off to spend with family. I hope you’re able to do the same. Merry Christmas to all of you. And thank you for making it a [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|General|1 Comment

Here’s an Affordable, Last-Minute Gift or Stocking Stuffer

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This year, I have all my Christmas shopping done, but often, I’m one of those people scrambling at the mall the week before Christmas. If that’s you this year, I have a solution! […]

By | December 20th, 2013|General|2 Comments

Santa’s Bugging Out: 11 Survival Gifts He Should Drop at Your House

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Don’t you love receiving a gift that you can really use? One that says the gifter must have really thought about you personally before buying it? And don’t you just love it when you come upon that perfect gift for someone? One that will brighten their day? I’ve picked out my 10 favorite gifts that I think most everyone should have on hand for camping, hiking, or just-in-case emergencies that can happen at any time. […]

By | December 2nd, 2013|Cold, General, Weather|15 Comments

5 In-Home Treatments for Food Poisoning

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH What does food poisoning have to do with the holidays? If you don’t know, then you’ve been rather lucky. Plenty of food, cooked hours ahead of time, left out? Leftovers not refrigerated promptly? Bacteria paradise. Omit the part about the plenty of food, and add unreliable refrigeration, and the same thing could happen during a disaster. No, not the one where the turkey burns or where you leave Uncle Joe and Cousin Willie in the same room too long. I’m talking about the kind when the electricity goes out. […]

By | November 25th, 2013|Infectious Disease|22 Comments

Limited-Time Offer: Free PDF With Book Preorder (Perfect for Under the Tree!)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH More exciting news about my book Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid. If you preorder it through the publisher, Living Ready, you can also receive a free PDF version to [...]

By | November 21st, 2013|General|10 Comments

8 Natural Anxiety Relievers: Which Ones Really Work; Which One Can Be Deadly

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Just ask anyone who survived a natural disaster, or has health or financial problems or family issues: anxiety can get you down. Top it with an uncertain future, and it can be downright debilitating. If it gets too bad, you go to a doctor or therapist, but what if there came a time you couldn’t get there. What natural anxiety relievers could help? If you’re under some stress right now, you might even want to give a couple a test run so you’ll know what works in the future. Of course, always check with your doctor since none of these can take the place of expert medical care. […]

By | December 4th, 2012|General|37 Comments