Category Archives: health

Why You Should Worry About Ebola

I’m reading a number of comments and articles saying that you don’t need to worry about Ebola in the U.S. Here’s one particularly obnoxious commentary, in the form of a flow chart. But it’s more than just random online posts. … Continue reading

Ebola is coming to the United States

Two American health care workers, a physician and a nurse, contracted Ebola while doing humanitarian work in Africa. Both of them, we have now learned, are being evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Georgia for treatment. Report: Americans with … Continue reading

Should You Use or Avoid Fluoridated Water?

Some preppers go whole-hog and live off-grid. Other preppers live connected to the grid, but in a very rural area. In either case, they probably do not have town water, which is often fluoridated. Those preppers who have fluoridated town … Continue reading

8 Ways to Reduce Risk of Infection during an Epidemic

An epidemic is a disease outbreak over a wide region, such as several States or a whole nation. Diseases can spread in a number of different ways. The most common modes of transmission are physical contact and airborne (breathing) transmission. … Continue reading

Could a Major Epidemic strike the U.S. and How Bad would it be?

By “major epidemic” I mean a widespread disease outbreak, with a high fatality rate, and one that changes the way survivors live on a daily basis. The CDC classifies the 2009-2010 flu season as a “pandemic” (widespread epidemic) of the … Continue reading

Ebola Outbreak in Africa is “Out of Control”

This virus, Ebola, has been around since the mid-1970′s. It’s an appalling disease. The fatality rate is very high; few victims survive. The progression of the disease is rapid. The effects are like something from a SciFi-horror movie. The virus … Continue reading

Chikungunya Virus hits the U.S. for the first time

This virus is new to the U.S. of A. Past outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus spread to some islands in the Caribbean. In 2014, the first cases … Continue reading

Fish Antibiotics For Human Use?

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about fish antibiotics and how folks are using them (or planning to use them) to treat humans.  I’ve read several articles that say that the antibiotics sold for treating common bacterial infections in fish … Continue reading

The Copper content of Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes

Storing foods high in carbohydrates is relatively easy: white long-grain rice and white pasta keep very well and are high in carbs. But stored protein is more problematic. Rice offers about 8% of its calories in the form of protein, … Continue reading

Update on the MERS Virus — Outbreak

I just posted an article on MERS last week (April 28th), and then there were two new developments: 1. May 2nd, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case of deadly MERS virus in America. The CDC called … Continue reading

MERS Infection Spikes and Spreads to Europe

MERS is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a viral infection with a high fatality rate. So far, more than 40% of persons with lab-confirmed cases of MERS have died. The CDC and the WHO are tracking the number of cases and … Continue reading

Unprecedented Outbreak of Ebola in Africa

Here’s the news report: An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa has spread to Guinea’s capital and beyond its borders in an “unprecedented epidemic,” a leading aid agency reported Monday. A total of 122 patients are suspected of … Continue reading