The Survival Medicine Handbook

After I started my journey into preparedness, I soon realized that there was one category that I didn’t feel comfortable in, medical preparedness.  I could buy “stuff” and learn and practice skills, but the medical aspect of preparedness; not just acquiring first aid supplies, but knowing what to do if ___ (fill in the blank) happened, bothered me.

I was really excited when I found Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s website.  They post articles on medical preparedness from a collapse scenario perspective.  I still read (and link) their stuff….religiously!

But, I was even more excited when they came out with their book, The Doom & Bloom Survival Medicine Book.  But wait, it gets better…they just released the new edition, The Survival Medicine Handbook: A guide for when help is NOT on the way.  Stop right here and just go get the book –> here.  If you need more convincing, keep reading.

The 2nd edition…”covers more issues that the first book, and covers almost every subject in more detail.  The book updates a number of areas of the first book with new strategies that we have devised for various problems.  Every section has been amended in some way; some a little, some a lot.”

The Survival Medicine Handbook is different in that the premise is no one is on the way!  Most medical survival books will give the reader information on how to stabilize an injured person until they can receive professional medical treatment.  But what if you are in a situation where that is not possible?  Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy (Dr. Joseph Alton, M.D. & Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.) state that, “All the information contained in this book is meant for use in a post-apocalyptic setting, when modern medicine no longer exists…in a survival situation, that ‘something’ might just get you through the storm…Hopefully, societal destabilization will never happen.  This book is a weapon against, not an argument for…If we never encounter a long-term survival situation, this book will still have its uses.  Natural catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina will always rear their ugly heads.”

The thing that I love about Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s writings are that they are written for the non-medical professional.  The information that is presented is simple and easy to understand.  For example, this is a section on urinary infections:

Besides the bowels, our waste is excreted through the urinary tract.  The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.  It is, essentially, the body’s plumbing.

You might find it interesting to know that urine, although a waste product is normally sterile.  Most women, at some time of their lives, have experienced a urinary tract infection, or “UTI”.  An infection of the bladder is known as “cystitis”, this type of infection usually affects the urethra (the tube that drains the bladder) as well.

Although men are not immune from a bladder infection, the male urethra is much longer.  Therefore, it’s a much longer trip for bacteria to reach the bladder.  Various organisms may cause this infection; E.Coli is the most common.

Some urinary infections are sexually transmitted, such as Gonorrhea.  In men, painful urination (also called “dysuria”) is very common, though most women might only note a yellowish vaginal discharge.

You kind of get my drift here…  They take a very complex subject and make it easy to understand – the what, they why and the how you can deal with it.

I normally share the table of contents in my reviews, however, there is so much in this book that it would take a crazy amount of time to reproduce, instead, I would point you to the book on Amazon where you can take a “Look Inside” and see the table of contents for yourself.  I will share that the book has 10 Sections:

  • Principles of Medical Preparedness

  • Becoming a Medical Resource

  • Hygiene and Sanitation

  • Infections

  • Environmental Factors

  • Injuries

  • Chronic Medical Problems

  • Other Important Medical Issues

  • Medications

  • References

Section 2 has chapters on “Natural Remedies: A Primer,” “Essential Oils,” and “The Medicinal Garden.”  I think that these are important chapters that take the prepper beyond or should I say back to how people healed before modern medicine.  In a collapse scenario, this information is invaluable!

In closing, I see medical preparedness as one of the big focuses for many in the future.  We are very accustomed to going to the doctor whenever we get a little cough or if needed, we can make it to a top notch emergency room in no time!  But what happens when that is not available?  What will you do?

I highly recommend this book!  The Survival Medicine Handbook: A guide for when help is NOT on the way is available at Amazon –>click here.

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