Preparation Archive

  • If you're new to the whole concept of fish antibiotics, there are a few basics you need to know.  These are not antibiotics made out of fish.  Neither are they micro-pills you must cram down your guppy's throat.  In general they are pills or capsules of the same size and strength humans use.

Although you cannot buy human or even dog antibiotics in the U.S. without a legal prescription, a federal loophole allows these same antibiotics to be sold over-the-counter for aquarium use.  (Most physicians and pharmacists are unaware of this exemption.)  Many of these so-called fish antibiotics are the same quality and dosage as human antibiotics (USP grade, AB-rated generics).  Those who purchase these products are implicitly agreeing to use these antibiotics for aquarium purposes only.

    Fish Antibiotic Update 2015

    If you're new to the whole concept of fish antibiotics, there are a few basics you need to know. These are not antibiotics made out of fish. Neither are they micro-pills you must cram down your guppy's throat. In general they are pills or capsules of the same size and strength humans use. Although you cannot buy human or even dog antibiotics in the U.S. without a legal prescription, a federal loophole allows these same antibiotics to be sold over-the-counter for aquarium use. (Most physicians and pharmacists are unaware of this exemption.) Many of these so-called fish antibiotics are the same quality and dosage as human antibiotics (USP grade, AB-rated generics). Those who purchase these products are implicitly agreeing to use these antibiotics for aquarium purposes only.

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  • Before this summer I often glossed over bioterrorism in my Survival Medicine classes…that could never happen here, could it? Now that Ebola has arrived in my home town I feel...

    Ebola in my home town

    Before this summer I often glossed over bioterrorism in my Survival Medicine classes…that could never happen here, could it? Now that Ebola has arrived in my home town I feel...

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  • The Practical Prepper A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies Book Review, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD, www.armageddonmedicine.net Did you ever wish you could find a single book with common-sense...

    The Practical Prepper – Book Review

    The Practical Prepper A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies Book Review, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD, www.armageddonmedicine.net Did you ever wish you could find a single book with common-sense...

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  • Antibiotic Indications and Dose

    Free Antibiotic Indication and Dosing Guide

    Antibiotic Indications and Dose

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  • The best suture material I have found that anyone can purchase online is the brand Unify, available through Amazon and elsewhere.  For suturing of skin wounds, the 3-0 and 4-0...

    Tip of the Week: Suture material – what to get and where

    The best suture material I have found that anyone can purchase online is the brand Unify, available through Amazon and elsewhere.  For suturing of skin wounds, the 3-0 and 4-0...

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  • If you have kids at home and are worried about strep throat, check out the over-the-counter rapid strep kits on Amazon.  I have not seen them for sale in local...

    Tip of the Week: Home strep throat tests

    If you have kids at home and are worried about strep throat, check out the over-the-counter rapid strep kits on Amazon.  I have not seen them for sale in local...

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  • In an era without easy access to antibiotics, saving your precious penicillin for a serious pneumonia would be wise. So what do you do if you have a (mild) case...

    Tip of the Week: Dilute bleach for superficial infections

    In an era without easy access to antibiotics, saving your precious penicillin for a serious pneumonia would be wise. So what do you do if you have a (mild) case...

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  • Recently I came upon a wonderful free medical ap, namely the Visible Body, Human Anatomy Atlas.  I wish such a great tool had been available in my medical school days,...

    Dem Bones . . . I love this free ap!

    Recently I came upon a wonderful free medical ap, namely the Visible Body, Human Anatomy Atlas.  I wish such a great tool had been available in my medical school days,...

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  • Jennifer asks: 

I have heart, lung, & mobility issues.  Most prepping info assumes one is young & healthy.  I’ve had a heart attack (at age 49), asthma & both lungs filled with blood clots, lung collapse, low efficiency lungs, on oxygen & many meds.  I’ve fought this de-conditioning my whole life (am 57), but can no longer even manage house work. 

So, hiking out isn’t feasible.  What do you recommend for people in this situation?

    What if you’re not young and healthy?

    Jennifer asks: I have heart, lung, & mobility issues. Most prepping info assumes one is young & healthy. I’ve had a heart attack (at age 49), asthma & both lungs filled with blood clots, lung collapse, low efficiency lungs, on oxygen & many meds. I’ve fought this de-conditioning my whole life (am 57), but can no longer even manage house work. So, hiking out isn’t feasible. What do you recommend for people in this situation?

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  • For anyone who wants to practice their suturing skills, check out www.sim-vivo.com.  They sell the best, most affordable practice suture I’ve found.  They also offer free training videos and sell...

    Tip of the week: Excellent, affordable practice suture

    For anyone who wants to practice their suturing skills, check out www.sim-vivo.com.  They sell the best, most affordable practice suture I’ve found.  They also offer free training videos and sell...

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