Category Archives: health

Prepping for Air Quality Problems

A recent news article on massive smoke and haze from fires in Indonesia got me thinking about how similar problems might occur in the U.S. and what we might do about it. “Toxic fumes from the Indonesian fires that have … Continue reading

The Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses

The typical grocery-store version of molasses is not blackstrap. It’s watered down or sugared up. True blackstrap molasses is thicker, less sweet, and much better for you. How can you tell the difference? Check the nutrition label. Blackstrap molasses is … Continue reading

Mosquito Control is More Important than Ever

Danger Mosquitos spread disease. The Zika virus is spread by two different species of mosquitos found in the U.S. See the CDC map here. And although we have not yet seen any cases of Zika in the 50 States from … Continue reading

The Dangers of the Zika virus in America

As of 9 March 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 193 travel-associated cases of Zika in the United States, but no locally-acquired cases. For now, what that means is that you probably can’t … Continue reading

Survival Data: Causes of Death

Causes of Death, by Nathan Yau is an interactive chart showing you the statistical odds, in percentages by age, of different causes of death. For example, the chance that you will die of cancer peaks in your 60′s and 70′s. … Continue reading

Nightmare Scenario: Antibiotic Resistant Disease Outbreak

The discovery of Penicillin in 1928 led to one of the biggest advancements in modern medicine: antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. Subsequently, numerous different types of antibiotics developed. Many diseases were cured, and this type of medicine was responsible for … Continue reading

The Ebola Crisis Isn’t Over Yet

The CDC and the World Health Organization cite a total of 26,339 Ebola cases from the outbreak that began in western Africa last year. Cases of Ebola are still being identified in Africa, but the number of cases per month … Continue reading

Fish Antibiotics for Human Use: Pros and Cons

Many preppers buy and store “fish antibiotics” for possible human use when the SHTF. The idea is that a disaster may make the usual means of health care unavailable for an extended period of time. A person who is sick … Continue reading

Gunfire and Hearing Protection

Two articles with important information on hearing protection for shooters: Sound Advice [PDF file] by Amin Musani, Au.D. “Sounds over 140dB can cause pain and prolonged exposure to noise over 85-90dB can result in permanent hearing loss. Gunfire may be … Continue reading

CDC reports Measles Outbreak in the U.S.

Here’s the news story: CDC urges measles vaccinations amid nationwide outbreak; 100 cases confirmed so far. Measles is highly contagious: it’s basic reproduction number is 12 to 18, meaning that one infected person infects on average 12 to 18 other … Continue reading

The Looming Threat of a Disease Pandemic

Several diseases loom in the distance, like storm clouds on the horizon, as possible sources of a future pandemic. Let’s discuss the possibilities. Ebola is the most recent and most frightening disease to threaten humanity. In Africa, Ebola is already … Continue reading

CDC declares Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in U.S. Children

Acute flaccid myelitis is a sudden onset of weakness in one or more arms or legs. Acute means sudden; flaccid indicates a weakness; and myelitis refers to an inflammation of nerve cells, in this case in the spinal cord. “From … Continue reading