The Collapse of Civilization: A Doctor’s Thoughts

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After reading THIS article I thought it was a very important topic to share with all of our readers who are trying to get prepared in the event of an emergency.

"After gathering food and building a shelter, most people in the preparedness community consider personal and home defense to be the next priority in the event that our civilization collapses. Certainly, defending oneself is important; you will have to be prepared to defend your life, but have you thought about preparing to defend your health?

In a situation where power might be down and normal methods of filtering water and cleaning food for the table don't exist, your health is as much under attack as the survivors in a zombie apocalypse movie! Infectious diseases, such as dysentery, will be rampant in situations where it will be a challenge to maintain sanitary conditions. Simple shores, such as chopping wood, may lead to minor cuts that could get infected and, if left untreated, become life-threatening. In the Civil War, a lot more soldiers died from infectious disease that battlefield wounds.

It's important to know that there are illnesses that will be difficult to treat if modern medical facilities aren't available. It will be hard to do much about those clogged coronary arteries; there won't be cardiac bypasses preformed. However, by eating healthily and exercising, you will give yourself the best chance to avoid or minimize some major medical issues. In a collapse situation, an ounce of prevention is worth, not a pound, but a ton of cure. That goes for dental health, too. 

When I say to obtain medical knowledge, I am also encouraging you to learn about natural remedies and alternative therapies that may have some benefit for your particular medical problem. I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of every claim that one thing or another will cure what ails you; suffice it to say, that our family has an extensive medicinal herb garden and that it might be a good idea for your family to have one, also. Many herbs that have medicinal properties don't need full sun or premium soil; most of them grow like weeds, so a green thumb is not a prerequisite for success."

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Almost half of the people that live in American take at least one prescription drug medication for a verity of different reasons. Now imagine what will happen when those drugs are no longer available! Some people could continue on with their day to day lives but for a lot of people this could mean BIG problems! While your first aid kit should cover basic pain relief with aspirin, antihistamine and antacid, keep an emergency supply of perscription medications for each family member (and instructions) in your personalized medicine kit. Remember to update and rotate these medicines as necessary. Also, don't forget inhalers or EpiPens, if needed. 

To read Dr. Bone's full article go to HERE



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