Medical and First Aid
Disclaimer: Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. It is for information purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease. Never take any medication that was not prescribed specifically for you by your physician. Hopefully, this information can help you be a more informed and involved patient. You are strongly advised not to self-diagnose and treat.
Precautions: Take all safety and sanitatary precautions necessary to prevent, or reduce the severity of, illness or injury. This may sound very elementary, and it is, but complacency drops our guard and that's when things happen, excluding those risk-taking actions that are done intentionally. If you play with fire, you are likely to get burned but if you carry a fire extinguisher (a precaution), the chances of getting burned are less likely or less severe.
Training: Naturally, when disaster strikes, people will be injured as a result and normal health issues, sickness and injuries will still occur. In a public emergency, chances are great that medical facilities and first responders will be overwhelmed. Whether in crisis or normal routine living, everyone should be ready to handle their own personal medical conditions(s), first aid and serious injuries without the aide of trained medical personnel. Taking classes on basic, and advanced, first aid (online or in class) is the first step in preparing for a real emergency.
First Aid Supplies and Prescription Medications: Continually stocking up on basic first aid medicines and supplies and your prescription medications is always a good idea. Plants can also be used for first aid and other other medical conditions when conventional medications are not available.
Pet Meds for Humans?: Among the many articles regarding "fish antibiotics" being the same thing as antibiotics prescribed for humans, a few articles over on Rawles website. One of them, written by a doctor (who is apparently into prepping), ordered a variety of ‘fish antibiotics' for his preps – to discover that these antibiotics were the same that he would otherwise prescribe to his patients. Read on.
Antibiotics: Having a real close family member or friend in the medical profession (people or animals) may be a good source and keeping left-over prescriptions (even from veterinarians) will help improve reserves while still retaining some of their medicinal properties. While these usually require a prescription for humans, pet stores can carry similar products under a different label and over the counter, for furry friends and fish. Colloidal Silver and certain herbs and plants can be alternatives when conventional antibiotics are not available. Antibiotics do not work against infections that are caused by viruses - for example, the common cold or flu. But these 5 antibiotics may be the most comprehensive to have on hand for treating infections caused by germs (bacteria and certain parasites):
- Amoxicillin (Pet Meds = Fish-Mox) - Amoxicillin is used for basically the same infections as ampicillin with the addition of being effective against lyme disease and stomach ulcers. A probable first choice to have this one of the three penicillin’s.
- Ciprofloxacin (Pet Meds = Fish-Flox) - Broad-spectrum. First line agent for complicated UTI’s and kidney infections, bone and joint infections, typhoid, prostatitis, abdominal infections, gonorrhea, plague, and anthrax. Note: Cipro carries a Black Box warning because it is associated with tendonitis and tendon rupture (most often the Achilles tendon… 1 out of a 1,000 chance).
- Clindamycin (Pet Meds = Fish-Cin) - Very broad-spectrum. Able to kill a wide variety of both aerobic gram positive (streps and staphs) and anaerobic gram negative bacteria, but gram negative aerobes (like C. diff) are resistant. Most strains of CA-MRSA are killed by Clinda. A first line agent for skin and soft tissue infections (streps and staphs), pelvic infections, intra-abdominal infections (like peritonitis and diverticulitis), lung infections caused by Strep pneumo (lung abscesses, pneumonia, and empyema), bacterial vaginosis, and CA-MRSA.
- Doxycycline (Pet Meds = Fish-Doxy) - Broad-spectrum. The preferred agent in treating Chlamydia, Typhus and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Cholera. Doxy will also work against Anthrax, Plague, Tularemia, and Legionnaires disease. While not FDA approved for this, it will also treat Lyme disease. Note: Doxy should be taken on an empty stomach. Should not be taken by children under age 8 or by pregnant women.
- Metronidazole (Pet Meds = Fish-Zole) - Known under its trade name, Flagyl. Broad-spectrum. Used for STD’s. Used for Clostridium difficile (or C. diff, as it is often abbreviated). It can kill some parasites – often used to treat Giardia lamblia (via contaminated water). Used for infections suspected to be caused by dental abscesses, aspiration pneumonia, intra-abdominal infections, lung abscesses, stomach ulcers caused by the bacteria Heliobacter pylori, and tetanus.
- Resources: ModernSurvivalBlog.com and slate.com
- Pet Meds Suppliers: www.allivet.com, www.fishmoxfishflex.com and others online or in Pet Stores
Tools: Obviously, every "Go Bag" and shelter should have a well-equipped first aid kit, with extra prescription medications, and comprehensive Survival Medicine Handbook(s).
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