Survival Medicine: 4 Deadly Diseases Unleashed In A Disaster… And How To Treat Them!

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It was the deadliest disaster since 1928…

Hurricane Katrina hit an area of approximately 90,000 square miles and resulted in the displacement of approximately 1 million citizens.

We all know of the horror stories these “refugees” faced in the Super Dome (theft, violence, even rape and murder!) but few people realize the horrific health problems that ripped through families because of all the sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants that polluted every drop of water in the area.

Here are some secrets that will help you avoid…

The 4 Deadliest Diseases You And Your Family Will Face During A Disaster…

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When it comes to “disaster diseases”, the biggest threats don’t come from dead or decaying bodies or spoiled food.

They mainly come from the complete FAILURE of basic public-health services like sewage disposal and water purification.

And it can come from ANY disaster – not just hurricanes or flooding – even just a major blackout power outage (I’ve seen this during combat when sanitation workers aren’t able to get to work).

No power means no air conditioning… no fans as back-up… no refrigeration to keep life-saving medicines stable… and no open pharmacies to dispense medications.

No transportation means no access to hospitals – and during Katrina, even the people who reached them found that many had no power, no supplies, and no water to drink.

Without these basic infrastructure services, medical care goes back to the 1800’s and you and your family are prone to illness from:

E. Coli Contamination

E. Coli is a very common bacteria that can have devastating effects – including diarrhea and severe cramping – especially for those already weakened by malnutrition and dehydration.

Normally, washing your hands and food can prevent exposure, but disasters aren’t “normal” and everything you touch can be laced with fecal matter – even in your home if sanitation services stop.


I remember getting Dysentery when on a mission in Honduras many years ago from drinking just 1 cup of what I “thought” was safe water.

I was wrong (BIG TIME!) and thought I was going to die because there wasn’t even a hospital in the area I was at (kind of what you might experience in a real disaster when medical help is over-strained, eh?).

I managed to pull through… but trust me, you DON’T want to experience this problem where it’s hard to even keep water inside your body!


In some cases, you can be exposed to the germ “Vibrio Cholera” and diarrhea can be so uncontrollable that you or someone you love could literally go from “perfect health” to DEATH in just a matter of a few hours from severe dehydration!

Actually, we rarely see cholera in the United States because we have proper-working sewage and water treatment systems.

But remember… during a disaster or collapse, these protective systems go down and germs run rampant throughout your environment.

Typhoid Fever

More than 100 years ago, a female cook in NYC (you may have heard of her – “Typhoid Mary”) infected about 50 fellow co-workers, starting the spread of this dangerous disease.

Typhoid is always a threat due to carriers already in our society… but at a much greater risk when sewage and water purification controls are wiped out – and can cause high fever, collapse, and death.

Treatment Of Deadly Water-Borne Diseases In A Disaster…

Given that medical treatment in the after-effects of a disaster will be scarce (or non-existent), you will most likely have to provide self-care for yourself or a loved one who had fallen ill from these horrible illnesses.

For the most part, you can get by with antibiotics and LOTS of hydration.

Of course, BOTH of those could be a real problem to get your hands on when hospitals are overrun, pharmacies have been looted and picked clean, and water sources are contaminated (which got you in this trouble to begin with).

This is why I always advise people to stockpile antibiotics for your own personal use in a crisis.

I buy mine on visits to Mexico where I can get them cheap at any local pharmacy without a prescription… or you can pick up some Fish-Mox (best for Typhoid) and Fish-Zole (best for Cholera) at a pet store that sells fish products since these “fish versions” are the same as our medical prescription antibiotics.

But the real key is to stop the diarrhea and stay hydrated… or you WILL die!

Having anti-diarrheal medicine is a MUST for your home supply (and your bug-out bag).

For hydration, an IV is really helpful here, but few people have several bags of IV solution for hydration, nor do they know how to administer it.

Again, this is why it’s so critical to have an endless source of clean, drinkable water to avoid deadly dehydration.

Filters can really help, but most don’t work where there are chemical spills contaminating water – a really big problem people don’t realize happens in “super storms”.

The best thing you can do is be sure you have filters that can truly clean your water, no matter what the contaminant.

If you can’t have an endless supply of clean water, then at the very least be sure at all times to have a good supply of bottled water in your home, and make sure you rotate the stock every so often so that it’s good and fresh.

For so many people in the U.S., clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it…and once it’s unavailable things can (and will) go south FAST.

But if you remember these tips and plan ahead, you can be ready BEFORE things go bad!

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MCS 5 In 5 No. 4 – Joe “Dr. Bones” Alton (Medical Survival)

Joe “Dr. Bones” Alton 5 In 5 Q & A (Medical Survival)

We get so many questions at MCS Magazine that it’s hard to answer them all.

From survival to self-defense to guns and gear, and everything in between…

…we’re doing our best to get to as many of them as we can.

Each one of our 5 in 5 series presents five of your questions to one of our subject matter experts.

But here’s the thing:

They haven’t seen the questions before.

This is your chance to get a “hot take” on five questions for the most honest answers possible.

It isn’t just informative.

It’s also fun!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson asks five survival medicine questions of medical expert Joe “Dr. Bones” Alton, giving him 60 seconds to answer each one.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • Whether you should get a flu shot – or not!
  • How and when you should use “fish antibiotics.”
  • The one piece of furniture you don’t want around if you’re trying to prevent infection!
  • The secret to functioning in an emergency when you “feel like death.”
  • The one piece of medical gear every prepper should have in his or her survival kit!

Don’t miss another great addition to our podcast schedule.

Get 5 answers in 5 minutes… and stay informed.

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MCS 276 – Surviving With Medical Issues

Surviving With Medical And Health Issues

Almost HALF of Americans have used at least one prescription drug in the last 30 days.

More than 10% of us is on FIVE prescription drugs.

More than 133 MILLION Americans have at least one chronic condition.

(That’s 45% of the population.)

The CDC estimates that the rate could be as high as 6 in 10, with 4 out of 10 adults having TWO OR MORE chronic conditions.

What does that mean?

It means that in a survival scenario, including ANY emergency that lasts more than a few days…

…your dependence on prescription drugs and ongoing medical treatment could be a REAL problem for you.

So how do you survive when you’re living with medical and health issues?

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson talks to the famous survival medicine expert, “Dr. Bones,” to learn what YOU can do to survive and thrive in an emergency despite medical and health issues you may be facing.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • How to harvest a natural plant alternative for dealing with chronic pain.
  • The non-opiate herb that could stand in for opiate painkillers in a disaster!
  • Why the “clock is ticking” for your diabetes drugs when the power goes out – and what you can do about it!
  • A radical, UNHEALTHY strategy for emergencies that could actually save your life by extending your drug supply.
  • Natural alternatives for coping with high blood pressure and respiratory issues… including a “yoga trick” that can stave off an asthma attack!

If you live with health and medical issues, you DON’T have to just “give up” in a long-term emergency or survival situation.

This week’s podcast could literally save your life in a crisis… so be sure to listen now.

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Bug Out Medicine – Taking Care Of Your “LPC’s”

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Every soldiers knows that traveling for long distances on foot can really wreak havoc with your feet.

When it comes to traveling on foot while bugging out in your “leather personnel carriers (LPC’s)”, there are certain problems you should anticipate.

If your car blew out even just one tire, you’re now in “parked” position on your buyout route – just as a blistered, infected foot can keep you from reaching your secondary survival location and place you in harm’s way.

We spoke with “Collapse Medicine” experts, Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy about steps our fellow survivalists can take to protect their feet while bugging out and they had some very practical tips…

Beware of New Bug-Out Boots

A lot of people try on a pair of boots for only a few minutes to see if they fit.

Whenever you’re looking at a good pair of boots, walk around in those shoes for long enough that you start to get funny looks from the sales people.

You should be spending enough time to evaluate how those shoes are going to serve you when they’re actually put to the test, and that takes more than a walk of six feet or so.

Create Realistic Test Conditions For Shoes and Boots

Of course walking around for 10 minutes in the store isn’t even going to fully give you the feel of the rigorous conditions you may be bugging out in, but here’s what you need to keep in mind…

…if walking around on the sales floor for ten or fifteen minutes makes your feet hurt, just imagine how bad those boots are going to be for you over a long hike to your secondary survival retreat.

Remember also that some shoes vary with the types of socks or liners you use.

When you try out a pair of shoes or boots, always try them out using the same socks or liners you will be wearing when you actually use that footwear for real.

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Don’t wear your ankle-high running socks to the shoe store and expect your boots to feel the same way when you strap them on to high-tail it away from a disaster.

Try Shoes and Boots On At The End of the Day

Your feet swell during the day.

Likewise, with extended walking while bugging out, your hard-working feet are going to heat up… expand… swell with inflammation… and in other words, “get bigger”.

Those boots that “fit like a glove” in the store may now be “too tight” and start causing blisters.

To avoid this, you want to try on boots or shoes as late in the day as possible to get a more realistic fit to what you’ll experience should you have to bug-out from a disaster.

Prepping For The Dreaded “Bug-Out Blisters”

Even under the best conditions, if you’re traveling by foot for long periods of time, you run the risk of developing blisters.

No self-respecting soldier would be caught dead without a sheet of moleskin, Second Skin, or anything else that will present a barrier between your shoe and a blister (even duct tape will do in a pinch)!

Likewise, you need to pack some in your bug-out bag survival kit.

Dab a little triple antibiotic cream (even honey can help!) as a barrier to irritated hot spots and then put the tape or moleskin over it to keep everything in place.

The idea is that you are reducing friction between your shoe or boot and the irritated area (which is why we call such areas “hot spots”).


If you already have a blister started, cut one piece of moleskin to go around it with a cut out hole in the center (so the moleskin isn’t touching it) and then another full piece of moleskin the same size right on top of it.

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