Category Archives: Medical archives

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 of impetigo, or perhaps a yeast rash in a skin … Continue reading

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Doc Cindy on SurvivalBlog

Dr. Koelker is honored to serve as Medical Editor for SurvivalBlog To read her articles, click on any title below Essential Medical Skills to Acquire – Part 1: Introduction, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD   Essential Medical Skills to Acquire: Suturing, … Continue reading

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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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Tip of the week: Excellent, affordable practice suture

For anyone who wants to practice their suturing skills, check out  They sell the best, most affordable practice suture I’ve found.  They also offer free training videos and sell practice suture modules that are great for learning.  It’s not … Continue reading

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Treating life-threatening diarrhea after taking antibiotics

If you fear that one day you may be on your own, and if you want to make sure you or a loved won’t die of diarrhea, you must know how to cure C diff.  Without treatment, this infection is … Continue reading

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The ethics of double-dipping

If you’re worried about the future and being without medicine, and if your doctor won’t give you extra, what can you do? Do doubt the thought of finding a different or second doctor has crossed your mind.  But does this … Continue reading

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Medical Prepping in Three Months – A guide to safeguarding your family and loved ones – Weeks 2–3

Copyright © 2012 Cynthia J. Koelker, MD In Part 1 of this series (Week 1) we focused on assessment of needs and organization of your medical prepping plan. For Week 2 we begin with optimizing your health now, while the … Continue reading

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Tip of the Week: Minerals and your health

As I watched the geysers and steamers spew forth mineral water at Yellowstone park, I was reminded of the mineral-deficiency diseases.  Don’t forget these essential nutrients in your prepping.  Without CHROMIUM your blood sugar may rise and your children’s growth … Continue reading

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Essential Medical Skills to Acquire: Introduction

The following article was originally published in  Click HERE to read this and other articles on SurvivalBlog by Doc Cindy. * * * If society collapses and you’re on your own, what medical skills seem the most essential? The … Continue reading

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Fish Antibiotics – Where to Start: Cephalexin

If you’ve given up on getting your doctor to prescribe extra antibiotics for stockpiling or perhaps merely want to supplement your limited stores, you may be considering the “fish antibiotic” route. This series of articles in aimed at discussing the … Continue reading

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