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How To Survive Indefinitely Without Modern Medicine

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1. Address Current Health Concerns


Many of us are on medications. We need to plan how to go without to the extent we can do that. In some cases, there is no way to go without. If you have type 1 diabetes and require insulin or need dialysis for a kidney, the 19th century approach is not for you. This reflects the powerful reality that modern medicine, though much maligned, has saved countless lives.


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Many people, however, can take positive steps to reduce or eliminate some of their medications. Of course, don’t do this without talking to your doctor!


A lot of health conditions can be improved without medicine. For example, one of my friends was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Before she knew it, she had been prescribed two drugs to reduce glucose levels and another for blood pressure. However, through a strict diet and exercise regimen, she was able to lose enough weight to reduce her glucose levels and blood pressure. She didn’t “cure” the diabetes, but she got her glucose level and blood pressure down to more acceptable levels. If she can maintain this, she may not need the prescribed drugs for years.


Losing weight not only can slow the onset of type 2 diabetes, in can prevent other health conditions as well, such as heart disease and cancer. In other words, good habits now can prevent future health conditions that may suddenly debilitate you in a future without modern health care.


On a similar note, if you have a medical condition that can be corrected but is not yet serious enough for immediate attention, reconsider. For example, if you have poor eyesight that laser surgery can repair, or a failing knee joint that can be replaced, talk to you doctor about doing it sooner rather than later.


2. Look into Alternatives to Modern Medicines


Humans existed for thousands of years without modern drugs. There is no doubt that if society ends as we know it, many will die from lack of access to them. I do not advocate turning our backs on modern medicine, but in the future the supply may not exist. Therefore, it’s worth considering some herbal remedies that have largely fallen by the wayside since the middle of the 20th century.



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Off The Grid News already has several informative articles on herbal remedies, including advice on natural remedies for headaches, respiratory ailments and allergies. It’s all great advice, and I want to review the advanced techniques for using herbs and flowers as remedies. I’m assuming that you already have a self-sustaining garden and are already growing or easily can begin to grow the herbs and flowers necessary for herbal remedies. If not, search Off The Grid News for “herbal remedies” or “herbs” and you’ll get all the necessary information about what should be growing in your garden.


Once you have the herbs and flowers, you need to prepare them properly to maximize effectiveness. While basic teas are a good start, when modern medicine is gone you’ll need to step up your game with properly prepared infusions, decoctions, washes and tinctures. For all the details, I recommend a good book on herbal remedies, such as Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner.


Infusions and decoctions are basically highly concentrated teas. Tinctures are alcohol-based mixtures. Get a good supply of basic mixing equipment, tools, storage bottles and applicators. Set aside a dedicated area to prepare and store the remedies — and practice.


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Once you can make infusions, decoctions and tinctures, you have an arsenal against everything from the flu to a toothache, and more serious scenarios like infected wounds.


3. Get Advanced First Aid Training


Without comprehensive herbal remedy preparation, many common inconveniences today like colds, diarrhea and allergic reactions will make life downright miserable if society ends as we know it. However, more concerning is the envisioned increase in serious injuries due to the new reality of hardships: cuts from tools, broken bones from hard work or accidents, and gunshot wounds. The American Red Cross and others can provide advanced training to laypersons to bind wounds, set bones, and remove foreign objects. Get the training and get the supplies you’ll need to react in an emergency. While you can’t replace a doctor and a hospital, you may be able to save lives that would otherwise be lost.


4. Cheat a Little


The theme of this series of articles is to live a 19th century lifestyle. But pragmatism dictates common sense. Stockpile a vast array of modern medicines and medical supplies to help treat both foreseeable inconvenient maladies and life-threatening injuries. Pain medication and antibiotics should be at the top of the list. If you have prescription medicines, talk to your doctor about stockpiling some. Insurance companies won’t pay for it, but you may be able to get a supply that will last longer than the traditional 90 days.




Living a 19th century lifestyle is hard work, especially when it comes to medical treatment. It will take extensive time to create a self-sustaining herb and flower garden, gain experience preparing advanced herbal remedies, and get the advanced first aid training. But adequate preparation for medical issues is nearly as important as the fundamentals of water, food and shelter.


Written by: Malaya Careta

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This list is too long to put the whole thing up in one post and it is not in any way complete. This is a list of some of the natural herbs and plants that can be used for different problems. Later on I can put in how to use some of these things and there are actual books that touch on some of these. I’m sure some of you already know parts of this. I will eventually post the entire list I have. Today it is just A thru C.




Abscesses: Bread & Milk Poultice;

Abrasions: Calendula

Acne: Clay Poultice; Dandelion

Allergies: Honey

Antibacterial: Honey

Antibiotic: Echinacea; Goldenseal

Asthma: Mustard Poultice;

Astringent: Honey

Antiseptic: Calendula; Honey

Athlete's Foot: Calendula; Echinacea;

Arthritis: Mustard Poultice; Potato Poultice; Dandelion

Blood Pressure: Dandelion

Boils: Calendula; Bread & Milk Poultice; Potato Poultice;

Bowels: Calendula

Bruises: Arnica; Bran Poultice; Calendula; Clay Poultice

Burns: Calendula; Honey; Potato Poultice

Calming: Arnica

Cancer: Calendula

Canker Sores: Goldenseal; Dandelion

Carbunkles: Potato Poultice;

Childbirth: Calendula

Circulation: Arnica; Cabbage Poultice; Mustard Poultice; Dandelion

Colds: Echinacea; Goldenseal; Mustard poultice

Cold Sores: Carrot Poultice

Congestion: Cabbage Poultice; Mustard Poultice

Colitis: Honey

Conjunctivitis: Honey

Constipation: Dandelion

Coughs: Honey; Mustard Poultice;

Cuts: Calendula; Cayenne pepper; Garlic poultice

Cysts: Calendula; Cabbage Poultice; Carrot Poultice

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All of the plants in my lists are native to American soil. This bit is D though H.


Dental: Arnica

Detoxification: Cabbage Poultice; Dandelion

Diaharrea: Calendula; Goldenseal

Diabetes: Honey

Diabetic Leg Ulcers: Arnica

Digestive Tract: Goldenseal

Diuretic: Dandelion

Ear Infections [otitis media]: Echinacea

Eczema: Cabbage Poultice; Dandelion

Eyes: Goldenseal

Fever: Arnica; Calendula

Fibroids: Cabbage Poultice

Flu: Echinacea; Goldenseal; Mustard Poultice

Fractures: Arnica

Frostbite: Calendula

Gallstones: Dandelion

Gastritis: Calendula

Gout; Cabbage Poultice; Dandelion

Hay Fever [allergic rhinitis]: Echinacea

Headaches: Willow bark (some say it is like aspirin)

Heart: Dandelion

Herpes: Arnica

Hypertension: Dandelion

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Here is I thru Y


Impetigo: Carrot Poultice

Infections: Cabbage Poultice

Inflammation: Bran Poultice; Clay Poultice; Onion Poultice; Potato Poultice

Internal Bleeding: Arnica

Intestinal: Goldenseal

Kidney: Dandelion

Liver: Cabbage Poultice; Calendula; Cabbage Poultice

Mastitis: Echinacea[look up poultice]; Goldenseal[look up poultice]; Potato Poultice; Dandelion

Mensturation: Calendula

MSRA[Multidrug resistant staph]: Honey

Muscles: Calendula

Night Blindness [Nyctalopia]: Dandelion

Psoriasis: Dandelion

Respiratory System: Echinacea; Goldenseal

Rheumatism: Arnica; Cabbage Poultice

Rhinosinusitis: Honey

Shingles: Cabbage Poultice

Shock: Arnica

Sinusitis: Echinacea;

Skin: Arnica; Calendula; Clay Poultice; Goldenseal

Sore Throat: Honey

Sores: Arnica; Calendula

Spasms: Calendula

Sprains: Arnica; Bran Poultice; Calendula; Clay Poultice

Strains: Bran Poultice

Stomach: Goldenseal

Sunburns: Calendula

Swelling: Arnica

Topical Ointment: Arnica

Tumors: Cabbage Poultice; Calendula; Carrot Poultice

Ulcers: Calendula

Urinary Tract: Echinacea; Goldenseal

Vaginal Infections: Echinacea; Goldenseal

Varicose Veins: Cabbage Poultice; Calendula;

Warts: Dandelion

Wounds: Echinacea; Honey

Yeast Infections [candida]: Echinacea;


For pics of the plants and details on how best to use them go to this website at


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