The Survivor’s Mini-Med School

/The Survivor’s Mini-Med School

General-health articles: your foundation for improvisation.

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Welcome to your free (pseudo) mini-med school!
In this section, you’ll learn from top health-care providers how to make the most of medicine and medical expertise while you can get it. You’ll discover alternative remedies proven to work (and ones proven not to). And you’ll find the most efficient, surefire ways to stay healthy so you don’t need makeshift treatments in the first place.

Plus, through learning about your body and common diseases, you’ll strengthen your foundation for medical improvisation when you have no other choice.

Until then, you’ll be living a more knowledgeable, healthy life. Pretty good deal, eh?

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The Journalists’ Guide to Surviving Sochi

By | February 5th, 2014|Categories: General Health|

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Are you a journalist covering the Sochi Olympics, or, as Stacy St. Clair, a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, puts it, “the dystopian-like Games where a simple shower poses a threat to your face [from contaminated water], fire alarms ring constantly and several hotels remain unfinished”? I’ve never read so many complaints. They’re all over Twitter. Apparently, your hotel accommodations are … less than desirable. Bad water, stray dogs in rooms, defective doorknobs. As a doctor, I think of the health risks some of these problems could pose. And then I wonder how reliable local medical care is. Even if it’s excellent, can you communicate with the doctors? How crowded will the waiting rooms be? So I’m here to make an official offer of help: If any journalist or other Sochi Olympics visitor has medical questions, please ask them here. Anything. Of course, as always, I can only give general information and am not able to diagnose you, but I think you’ll find the general info will help a lot. (Also keep in mind that my blog is about what to do when you can’t get professional medical help. I always recommend seeking reliable help first.) So far, here are the top concerns I’ve seen and my tips for solutions. I may update this post as more information comes out. […]

Do Birth Control Pills Cause Abortions? An Ob-Gyn’s Take

By | February 23rd, 2013|Categories: General Health|Tags: , |

Some people have claimed that birth control pills can cause abortions. But is that true? A doctor looks into the debate, and offers an unbiased—and perhaps surprising—rundown of what various groups believe. […]

What Is Inflammation in Your Body? How It’s Measured and Treated

By | February 23rd, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , , |

Inflammation has been connected to heart disease, stroke and cancer. But what is inflammation? How do you know if you have it? How is it measured or tested? And what should you do about it? A family doctor answers. […]

How to Stop Excessive Gas: 5 Steps

By | February 23rd, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , , |

Gas, flatulence, farting … whatever you call it, you don’t want it! Here are five stops to stop gas before it ever starts—including what foods to avoid. […]

Hydrogen Peroxide for Wound Cleaning: Water’s Better!

By | February 20th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

Hydrogen peroxide can damage healthy cells when you use it to clean a wound, this doctor says. Here’s his advice on minor wound treatment–starting with plain old water. […]

Doctors Debate Universal Health Care: Pros and Cons From the Experts

By | February 14th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , |

American doctors argue their opinions on universal health care: Is it socialized medicine or a compassionate, necessary program? Get the facts and learn the issues from the United States health-care professionals themselves. […]

Medical Marijuana Pros and Cons: Expert Opinions

By | February 14th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , , |

Two experts debate the pros and cons of medical marijuana, offering opinions on whether it should be legalized. […]

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Experts Debate Pros and Cons

By | February 14th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , , |

Experts debate embryonic stem-cell research. What are the pros and cons? Is it necessary? Is it ethical? Get the facts and learn the issues from the experts themselves. […]

Does Chiropractic Adjustment Work? A Doctor’s Opinion on Back, Neck Treatments and More

By | February 7th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , |

Are chiropractic adjustments a scam, quackery or proven to work? A doctor looks at the evidence. Included: treatment for back pain, neck pain, more. […]

When Does Life Begin? Medical Experts Debate Abortion Issue

By | February 7th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , |

When does life begin? Two experts share their opinions on this issue, as it relates to abortion. They discuss scientific and religious views. Share your opinions here too. […]

Are Heart Palpitations Dangerous? A Doctor Explains

By | February 7th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: |

Are heart palpitations dangerous? A doctor explains what happens when your heart seems to skip a beat. […]

Why Does My Nose Run When I Have a Cold?

By | January 27th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , |

A family doctor explains why your nose runs when you have a cold. [Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] […]

Dermatologists’ Top Choices for Your Skin: The Products They Recommend

By | January 27th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

Dermatologists reveal their choices for the best products for your skin, with recommendations for all budgets, from drugstore to prescription. [Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] […]

Medical Reasons for Unexplained Weight Gain: 8 Causes

By | January 27th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

There are medical causes for seemingly unexplained weight gain. Here, we describe eight reasons, along with some typical symptoms and treatments. [Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] […]

What Is Molluscum Contagiosum? Description and Treatment

By | January 11th, 2013|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

[Editor's note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It's now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Francesca J. Fusco, M.D. Q. What is molluscum, and how do [...]

What to Look For: School Violence Warning Signs

By | December 18th, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

[Editor's note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It's now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Richard Shadick, Ph.D. Q. How do you know when a troubled [...]

Causes of Night Fever: Why It’s Higher Later

By | October 10th, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Emmanuel Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H. Q. Why does a fever sometimes get higher at night? A. The answer to that is pretty simple: Body temperature, whether you’re sick or well, just gets higher later in the day. But the explanation behind that answer has to do with all sorts of things. […]

Does Melatonin Work for Insomnia? A Doctor Answers

By | September 17th, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , |

[Editor's note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It's now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Edward R. Rosick, D.O., M.P.H.   Did you get a good [...]

Severe Constipation and a Slow-Transit Colon: In Plain English

By | August 27th, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , |

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Patricia Raymond, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G. Q. Do you have a solution for a slow, lazy colon? Can your colon actually quit? A doctor told me it could and they would take it out and replace it with a bag! How scary. I’d never heard that and wondered if it is true. — Sharon, Missouri […]

Obama’s Health-Care Plan: Pros and Cons Debate

By | August 27th, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|Tags: , |

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] Pros and Cons of Obamacare by Leigh Ann Otte In 2009, we asked two doctors to debate the pros and cons of President Barack Obama’s health-care plan. Back then, the plan was an idea. Now, it’s a law, the Affordable Care Act. (Opponents derisively call it Obamacare.) Some of the details of Obama’s health-care plan have changed since 2009, but the overall goals remain similar. For example, as planned back then, insurance companies will soon not be allowed to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. And small businesses now get a tax credit to help them provide health insurance. You can see more highlights of the current Affordable Care Act at Obama’s website. (Of course, given the source, they’re highlighted with a positive spin.) Rules of Engagement We invited each participant to write an argument, then read the opponent’s argument and write a rebuttal. Neither was allowed to read the other’s initial argument before writing his own, and neither could read the other’s response before rebutting. We asked our debators, if the United States does adopt a universal health-care plan, is Obama’s headed in the right direction? Here’s their take. You can share your opinion in the comments section below the debate. Home remedies + science = do-it-yourself survival medicine! Get prepared for disasters with TheSurvivalDoctor’s e-books. […]

Contact Lens Safety: How Wearing Contacts Too Long Can Cause Invisible Damage

By | August 27th, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

[Editor's note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It's now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Louise A. Sclafani, O.D., F.A.A.O. Q. My ophthalmologist said I could [...]

Do Flowers Cause Allergies? 4 Tips and Surprises

By | August 3rd, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] Sneezing by Kathleen A. Sheerin, M.D. The joys of spring! Warm days, mittenless walks in the park, budding flowers, gentle breezes filled with pollen … a sneezy, itchy, wheezy existence that can last from the first bud on the maple trees until the heat of summer strikes in June. Crazy spring. Here are a few things you may not know about spring allergies—along with tips to deal with them. […]

Allergy Treatment: What Medicines to Take For Allergies–and How to Take Them

By | July 31st, 2012|Categories: General Health, General Health Articles|

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.]   Antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, injections… you just want to breathe again! But which of the plethora of allergy meds will do the trick? That isn’t the only question you should be asking, according to Dennis Ownby, M.D., section chief of allergy and immunology at the Medical College of Georgia Health System. Once you choose one, you then need to know how to take it to get the most bang for your buck. “Most people wait until they are sick and then jump from one medicine to another, complaining that none of them work,” Dr. Ownby says. “That’s like looking for your life jacket after you fall overboard in a storm.”  Here, he gives us the whats, whens and hows of allergy medicines.  In other words, everything your nose ever wanted to know. […]

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