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Site Announcement, May 5, 2016 in Survival - Prepping, Bushcraft & Homesteading
Something not frequently addressed by the survival and prepping community is the importance of good health and medical self-care. What I am referring to is individual responsibility for our own physical and mental wellness.
Why is this important? If there were to be a major disruptive event, whether local, regional or global in nature, you will need the stamina to survive adverse and even austere conditions, perhaps with minimal food, shelter, and water. Health care facilities may be scarce, if they exist at all.
Think about it. As much as we prep and do our best to store a year’s worth of food and supplies, how much attention do we actually pay to taking care of ourselves and staying informed of medical issues and topics? For most of us, I can pretty much guarantee that food, water, and supplies come first, closely followed by bullets and band-aids.
In a very worst case scenario, would you have the stamina and health to leave the comfort of your home with only the clothes on your back, a bug-out-bag and whatever else you could physically carry? Answer honestly. Are you healthy enough to do that?
Even if you were not required to leave your home, would you have the mental acuity to handle the challenge of no electricity, no running water, and no sewer or septic system for waste?
I ask these questions today not to chide you to lose ten pounds or to take on a rigorous exercise routine. Instead I ask them so that you will think about your own health in terms of those things you can do now to become accomplished at medical self-care so that you will stay healthy and stay fit even when professional medical care is not readily available.
But first let us define medical self-care.
What the Heck is Medical Self-care?
Medical self-care is defined as those things that individuals do to deal with minor illness and injuries at home, including preventing, detecting, and treating sickness and disease. Nothing weird, nothing “out there”. Instead, medical self-care refers to making an attempt to initially take hold of and treat minor healthcare issues yourself.
Or, put another way, simply asking yourself if you need to see a health care provider or weather you can you apply a home treatment instead. Medical self-care can be as simple as taking an over-the-counter medication for a headache, using essential oils to relieve minor aches and pains, or securing a sprained ankle with an ace bandage.
Most important, medical self-care means you are an active participant in your own health. And for that, you need to take a proactive stance and take control over your own well-being.
8 Rules of Medical Self Care that will Ensure Survival in Adverse Conditions
1. Listen to your body since you know yourself best. When you do not feel well, take care of yourself.
2. Stay abreast of common first aid procedures and utilize readily available resources to stay knowledgeable of viable solutions to everyday medical maladies.
3. Understand that being healthy and being well means more than simply being disease free.
4. The goal of any health care system should be to help people stay healthy by giving them the tools that they need to take care of themselves. You need to make that happen yourself.
5. Genetics and environmental conditions aside, we all have a degree of control over our health and wellness. Eat a healthy diet and embrace an active lifestyle.
6. Prevention is the best medicine and will help you catch problems early.
7. Do not short change yourself when it comes to mental wellness.
8. Get enough sleep. It has been proven that sleep reduces illness and helps the body rebuild on a cellular level.
The Final Word
It is somewhat of a travesty to think of our health as something that can abused over time knowing that a doctor at some point down the road will fix us up just like a mechanic will tune up the engine in our aging automobile. Doesn’t it make more sense to simply perform preventative maintenance on an ongoing basis?
A few good print resources to put you on the road to successful medical self care are The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way by Joe and Amy Alton, Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor by Cat Ellis, and the classic Physicians’ Desk Reference.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Note: This is a major update to an article posted in September 2012.
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The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.
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Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor: This is a fantastic book from fellow blogger, Cat Ellis. In it you will learn that natural remedies are not voodoo but rather, natures way of healing without the use of toxic chemicals and additives. Highly recommended. Also see: Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: I first became interested in aromatherapy and essential oils in the early 90s which was before they really became mainstream. I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled at creating synergy’s (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the sum of its individual components). My bible then, and even now, is this book.
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