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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

The Most Common Side Effects I See From OTC Meds—and How to Avoid Them

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s disaster time and you have a problem. Maybe pain from an injury or headache or misery from indigestion or a cold. You delve into your stash of over-the-counter medications you’ve saved for times just like this and take one you’ve taken many times before. Two hours later, you have a rash or stomach pain or some other odd new problem. Is it related to the medicine? I mean, you’ve taken it so many times in the past. […]

By | November 3rd, 2014|General|8 Comments

How to Treat Pinworms: Your Most Common Questions Answered

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I wrote a post on how to treat pinworms a few months ago and have had so many comments and questions that I thought I’d answer some of the most common here. You’ll still need to read the older post. This just adds to it. Here, I’ll address embarrassment, complications, vaginal pinworms, and why the pinworms can keep coming back. […]

By | March 14th, 2013|Infectious Disease|182 Comments

The Downside of Taking Aspirin: When Bleeding Won’t Stop

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m constantly amazed by the effect even the lowest dose of aspirin has on bleeding. I’ll be putting pressure on a cut, and the bleeding will just not be stopping. The person with the cut will have already told me they have no known bleeding disorders and haven’t taken any aspirin, and I’ll ask again. “Well, I did take something a few days ago. It may have had aspirin in it.” Or, “Oh, I do take a baby aspirin.” Voila. I have my answer. I’ll just have to apply pressure for ten minutes instead of five, Or twenty minutes instead of ten. Aspirin doesn’t stay in the system that long, but its effect on bleeding does. Here’s how. […]

By | March 12th, 2013|Cuts, Skin|15 Comments

What I Did to Lower My Blood Pressure Without Medications

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I used to have quite the problem with high blood pressure. Even as a teen, it was always a little high during my sports physicals. In my twenties it jumped up high enough that I started on medicine. But now, it’s no longer a problem. I don’t take medication, and every time I check, it’s actually below 120/80. Now, let me tell you my secret on what to do to lower blood pressure to a very healthy level. For me, it was one simple dietary change. […]

By | February 14th, 2013|General|12 Comments

5 Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH As it gets close to Valentine’s Day, many of our thoughts turn to the heart. At The Survival Doctor, we’re no exception. And so, this week, we celebrate in our own little way, with posts on how to prevent heart disease. Because there’s nothing more of a bummer than to be trying to survive a disaster only to be struck down by a heart attack. Unfortunately, that’s not too unusual of an occurrence. And many people don’t even have a warning. You’re stressed to the max, maybe doing labor you’re not used to, not eating right, maybe out of your medicines, and you begin having chest pain. In past posts, I’ve written about what you can do for a heart attack and a fast heart rate until you can get to a doctor, but this week, I’ll concentrate on the best option: prevention—specifically, how to lower high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. Today, we’ll go over cholesterol. […]

By | February 11th, 2013|General|36 Comments

Not All Ear Infections Require Antibiotics

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH After my post about complications of the flu, a reader chided me on short-changing a couple of complications. One was ear infections. I wrote that if you develop an ear infection and can’t get to a doctor, you can treat it easily with antibiotics. But, the reader asked, what if you don’t have them? Is there anything else you can do? The truth is, you may not even need the antibiotics. […]

By | January 28th, 2013|Children, Infectious Disease|9 Comments

4 Reasons Your Breast Hurts. (For Men Too!)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In case you’ve wondered why pink has become the latest fashion statement for pro footballers this month, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I think you all know about self-exams, medical exams, and mammograms—and to get to a doctor right away if you feel a new lump. (It doesn’t matter if it’s painful or not; get it checked.) And I hope you men know that you can get breast cancer too. In my mind, prevention and prompt treatment of any medical problem are some of the best preparedness steps you can take. You’ll have one less thing to worry about in case of a disaster. But sometimes things just happen. You’re not going to be able to do anything about a breast lump you find during a disaster. You’ll just have to wait to get expert medical help. But there’s another symptom you’ll really want to do something about: pain. Breast pain can get so bad that it becomes debilitating. Fortunately, it usually heralds something less serious than cancer. And there are things you can do about it. Here are four causes of breast pain that isn’t from an injury. All can happen in men or women. One is life-threatening. […]

By | October 18th, 2012|General|8 Comments

The Natural Remedies Proven to Work on the Common Cold

Split second before a sneeze. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. No one wants to deal with the symptoms of a cold during a disaster—actually during any time, now that I think of it. But being in close quarters with others will put you at increased risk. Even if you’re a loner, the natural stress of the situation is going to lower your immune system. So what can you do? Antibiotics won’t help. In fact, treating a cold is one of those times when natural solutions may be the only solution. The journal American Family Physician has a new article called “Treatment of the Common Cold in Children and Adults.” There’s still no cure, but this article cites proven methods to prevent colds and to shorten the course if you have one. Some things work better on children than adults and vice versa. […]

By | August 2nd, 2012|Children, Infectious Disease|39 Comments

Diabetes During a Disaster: What to Do When You’re Out of Medication

American ginseng may help lower blood pressure during a disaster if you have to go without your medication. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Okay, it’s disaster time, you’re a type 2 diabetic, and you’ve run out of or lost your oral medication. What do you do? Here are some ideas to lower your blood sugar. First, continue your diet and exercise. If you’re on oral medications that means you still produce insulin. Insulin works most efficiently when you (1) eat small meals not loaded with simple sugars, (2) stay hydrated with water, (3) do a little exercise. […]

By | June 21st, 2012|General|84 Comments