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Survival News: Deadly Fungal Infection Detected in US

Survival News: Deadly Fungal Infection Detected in US

A highly drug-resistant fungal infection that doctors have been fearing has been found in nearly three dozen people in the US. Federal health officials warned in June of last year to be on the lookout for this deadly fungus, which has been spreading around the world in the last year. This is a strain of the Candida yeast, but unlike garden-variety yeast infections, this can cause infections in the bloodstream that can have devastating effects on circulation, heart, and lungs. It is also highly contagious, and can be communicated through the skin as well as live for weeks on bed rails, chairs, and […]

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Gunshot First Aid Must-Haves (Infographic)

Gunshot First Aid Must-Haves (Infographic)

I wrote an article awhile back on first aid for a gunshot wound. I covered some bare-bones basics, but recently found this great infographic on first-aid must haves for a gunshot wound from ModernSurvival.com. Now, my original article was mostly in the context of waiting for paramedics to arrive, so considering this site is for survival preparedness, it is also going to be important to prepare for treating a gunshot wound if help isn’t going to come. Since we truly don’t know if world war or civil war are a real possibility, treating gunshot wounds in battle is honestly something […]

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How to Use Iodine for Survival

How to Use Iodine for Survival

You may have heard that iodine is an important item to stock up on for survival, but what is it exactly, and what do you use it for? Iodine in tables, as crystals, and as a liquid tincture, and has many applications, from sanitizing wounds, to protecting against radiation exposure. It’s most commonly known for sterilizing drinking water, and you may have seen the tablets for this purpose sold in outdoor stores. First off, it’s important to note that there is a difference between iodine and potassium iodine.  Potassium iodine, expressed as KI, is what you want to use for protection against exposure to […]

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How to Preform CPR on an Adult (Infographic)

How to Preform CPR on an Adult (Infographic)

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is one of those crucial skills that everyone should know how to do. I thought about writing an article, but I feel like for something as important as performing CPR, a visual description was better. Even as modern life continues along, you never know when you might need to use this life-saving medical response. The reason many people carry firearms is because, as they say “a gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone”, which is very true. Same with valuable first-responder skills, as described in our recent post on how to […]

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Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Loperamide, commonly sold under the names Imodium, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Diamode, is an essential survival medicine that you should probably pretty much always have with you. The thing is, when you are traveling, or even going about your daily life in any kind of community, urban, suburban, or even country, if a natural disaster were to strike, one of the first killers might be water contamination. For this is definitely something you should have in your survival first aid stash, and lots of it if you can. But it is also crucial for your everyday carry, because, as we said, […]

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How (and When) To Use Super Glue for Cuts

How (and When) To Use Super Glue for Cuts

You may have heard that, in a pinch, you can use super glue to seal up cuts if you do not have access to a doctor or the means to perform stitches. Of course, if you’re like me, you might be pretty hesitant to try it out. I wanted to look into whether or not this was actually recommended to do, so I’ve gathered up some info on how and why to do it. I will still say, however, if you’re hesitant, look into it yourself. This is simply a guide on how to do it, not an argument for […]

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Commonly Overlooked Medical Supplies

Commonly Overlooked Medical Supplies

When preparing for medical needs, oftentimes preppers will just make sure to have the standard first aid kit items on hand and assume that’s good. Short-term treatment of wounds, bruises, and scrapes is great, of course. But you have to keep in mind that if you’re preparing for a long-term post-disaster scenario, you’re not just dressing for superficial wounds, you’re preparing yourself for a world without functioning hospitals or clinics. Here are some overlooked medical supplies you might not have thought of stocking up on: 1. Plastic Plastic sheeting or even thick black plastic garbage bags are crucial, especially for […]

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Medicinal Garlic-Infused Honey Recipe

Medicinal Garlic-Infused Honey Recipe

Garlic is touted as both a delicious ingredient good for almost all savory cooking and a potent natural medicine. Honey, too, is both a sweet treat and a powerful antibiotic. Here is an incredibly easy recipe in which their forces are combined to make a savory lightly fermented infusion. The syrup can be taken to maintain health or at the first sign of illness. This can be a vital asset in your survival medicine kit!   Directions: Fill a clean glass jar three-quarters full of peeled garlic cloves. They can be whole, chopped, or smashed. Whole cloves will give a […]

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Easy Homemade Antiseptic for Survival

Easy Homemade Antiseptic for Survival

In a survival situation, even small wounds can be deadly. If not kept clean, your body can go septic, which is difficult to treat without modern medicine. Fortunately, there is an easy DIY antiseptic you can use to quickly and easily clean wounds that is perfect for survivalists and preppers. It’s called Daikin’s solution, and it was developed during WWI to treat soldier’s wounds in the field. It is credited with saving hundreds of lives during that war, and is one of the safest and most effective antiseptics you can find. It is essentially just bleach and water, making it […]

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Treating a Gunshot Wound Before Help Arrives

Treating a Gunshot Wound Before Help Arrives

There is an adage in the pro-Second Amendment community, “a gun in your hand is better than a cop on the phone.” The reasoning is that no matter how quickly our first responders can reach us in the event of an emergency, if we are being threatened with physical violence, those of us who are armed will always be able to respond quicker than a police officer who will still need to identify and travel to our location. The same is true of course for ambulances. If you or someone you know is injured in a shooting, odds are your […]

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Wilderness Emergency Cast   

Wilderness Emergency Cast  

  Covering uneven ground, in varying weather, and while carrying a pack, can easily lead to a stumble or a slip.  And when falling on uneven ground while carrying a pack getting a sprang or even a fracture is not out of the question.  While a sprang or a fracture in and of itself is not a deadly injury, it can lead to a life threatening situation life-threatenings through diminishing your abilities to perform necessary tasks or remove yourself from the wilderness.  Stabilizing the site of the injury as much as possible will increase your ability to move, and therefore […]

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Sugar as Medicine   

Sugar as Medicine  

  If you are like me, you might be a little skeptical when you first hear that sugar can be used medicinally, but I’m not getting my medical advice from Mary Poppins, this is real.  My dog got in a fight not too long ago, and had a sizeable chunk of flesh torn from his shoulder area (he’s ok though), when I took him to the vet I tried to explain that I only wanted him to get what he really needed since I couldn’t afford to over treat him and he gets himself into trouble all too often (yes […]

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Stimulants for Survival

Stimulants for Survival

  Generally speaking, it’s sound advice for survival to stay healthy, avoiding drinking, smoking, and drugs.  But, there are times that you might want to get “high” to increase your survivability.  Survival situations can call for more than you have to give, more energy, more stamina, and more concentration.  Hitler’s forces were able to blitzkrieg across Europe because they had amphetamines, even modern fighter pilots receive amphetamines to take during combat.  But before you end up in jail for possession of a controlled substance, consider these over the counter medicines that have powerful stimulants in them instead.   Diet Pills […]

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Taking Care of Blisters

Taking Care of Blisters

If you’ve spent any time running, jogging, or hiking, then you understand blisters can be a real pain. In today’s modern world, if you get a blister, you simply go home, put your feet up and rest. Of course, when you are in a survival situation, things are far different. You need to make sure you take proper care of the blister so it doesn’t become infected and cause you many more problems. If you find that you’ve developed a blister, you should resist the urge to pop it, if it is not painful. This will provide you with a […]

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Wilderness First-Aid Plants

Wilderness First-Aid Plants

The last thing you need when already fighting for survival in the wilderness is to have your strength and abilities diminished by illness or infection.  Knowing how to make use of some of the plants around you for medicinal use can more beneficial than knowing how to forage for wild edibles since infection can kill you in days but one could last weeks without food.  Here are a few of the common plant sources of medicine that you can find in wild and how to make use of them.   Plantain A common plant usually thought of as a weed […]

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Survival Uses for Petroleum Jelly

Survival Uses for Petroleum Jelly

Chances are, you’ve already got a big jar of petroleum jelly in your bathroom.  But did you know that you should have one in your survival stash or bug-out bag as well?  This is a list of a few survival uses for petroleum jelly that might raise your appreciation for the seldom used, 12-year-old jar in your bathroom.   Fire Starter A great addition to your survival preparation is getting fire starters ready in advance.  It’s especially beneficial to have fire starters that can work in wet and windy conditions.  Petroleum jelly is awesome for this.  Simply apply a generous […]

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Odd and Effective Items to Add to Your First Aid Kit

Odd and Effective Items to Add to Your First Aid Kit

You know how important it is to have a good first aid kit in a survival scenario. However, you might not simply want to buy a prebuilt kit from the market and call it a day. Instead, think about adding some other items to the kit that will come in extremely handy, and that you might not have thought about adding before. Even though these might seem as though they are some rather strange items, they work very well for different purposes. Some medics in the military would stock their med kits with these types of items, and they can […]

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Homemade Antibacterial Healing Balm

Homemade Antibacterial Healing Balm

Neosporin is a great first aid product and ideal for your survival stash. It kills bacteria and keeps wounds protected and soothed for quicker healing. But did you know you can make your own all-natural antibacterial healing balm right at home, for a fraction of the cost? DIYs are great for saving money, but also for reducing the number of chemicals in your first aid products down. This simple recipe includes the essential oils tea tree, lavender, and frankincense, that each have anti-bacterial properties that will kill germs, keep a wound clean and promote healing. Coconut oil, one of the bases […]

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First Aid Uses for a Plastic Bag

First Aid Uses for a Plastic Bag

Plastic bags are cheap, easy-to-find and also have a number of awesome survival uses. Probably the most life-saving are the first aid applications. To choose the right plastic bags to keep in your survival stash, black garbage bags or kitchen bags work best as they are thick and difficult to tear. Don’t choose the scented ones (some kitchen bags are scented). You can often find cheap garbage bags at Costco or dollar stores. Here are some ways to use them for first aid: Irrigating a wound Poking a small hole in plastic bag can create a very efficient manner of […]

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Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

Natural First Aid Items for Your Survival Stash

It can be overwhelming to pick among the many options for first aid kits and medical stockpiles, especially if you’d prefer natural, holistic remedies over synthetic, pharmaceutical drugs. Here are a few natural products with a multitude of first-aid options that are ideal to add to your first aid stash. Activated Charcoal Every natural medicine chest should have activated charcoal. When taken internally, it absorbs toxins in your stomach, so it is incredibly important to have in case of ingestion of poison, food poisoning, and other digestive sicknesses (note: it is not, however, effective for alcohol, cyanide, lithium or iron poisoning). But […]

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How to Identify Heat Exhaustion Before It Becomes a Heat Stroke

How to Identify Heat Exhaustion Before It Becomes a Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion is more than just fatigue. It’s a serious condition that could very easily lead to heat stroke. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can identify heat exhaustion before it becomes a heat stroke. If you know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, you will likely be able to take action before medical attention is needed. Heat Exhaustion Symptoms If you’re in a survival situation, there’s a good chance that you may need to be up and moving during the hottest part of a summer day. Watch your family and anyone else who’s traveling or […]

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The Amazing Benefits of Raw Honey

The Amazing Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw honey is absolutely amazing. It should be a staple in any kitchen or natural medicine chest. Like raw milk or cheese, raw honey is not pasteurized, maintaining the nutritional and healing properties. As a sweetener, its nutritional benefits are amazing. Rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, natural antioxidants, enzymes and the very important vitamin B6, it also has a surprisingly low glycemic index, making it a great choice for diabetics. It is full of useful prebiotics which help maintain a healthy balance of gut flora. It can also help lower cholesterol, improve circulation, aid with sleep and block […]

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