Category Archives: Diseases

Acute and chronic diseases

Fish Antibiotic Update 2016

As of 2016 most preppers are well aware of OTC “fish antibiotics” intended for aquarium use. If the concept is new to you, please search this site for earlier articles, including yearly updates.

In reviewing several fish antibiotic web sites, I see certain retailers continue to offer ketoconazole, which is not an antibiotic, but rather an antifungal. Ketoconazole is sold right along with common antibiotics such as penicillin, likely leading the uninformed reader to wrongly conclude that they are equally safe and effective for bacterial illnesses such as pneumonia and strep throat, which ketoconazole is not. Continue reading

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Antibiotics – 5 Reasons to Avoid Them – Yeast Infection, MRSA, Resistance, Diarrhea, and Allergy

[Original publication date 2-24-11. Content and links checked and updated 5-21-16.]   Have a cold? Take an antibiotic?   Ear pain? Take an antibiotic.   Acne? Take an antibiotic. That’s what people think anyway.

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Asthma and COPD – Part II – OTC Medications – Update

Since this information was first posted November 2010, a few things have changed.  My book is no longer “upcoming.” It’s available for purchase on this very website!  Primatene Mist is no longer available OTC, though it may be again someday. … Continue reading

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How to get your doctor to help you stockpile medicine – Update

Since this information was originally published on in 2010, Obamacare has brought BIG changes to the health care system. None of these changes have made it any easier to stockpile medicines – in fact, quite the reverse is true. Though I … Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 Nylon are most useful to have on hand, though having … Continue reading

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Free Podcasts with Doc Cindy

Enjoy the following free podcasts with Doc Cindy and her guests September 20, 2013 at 11:00PM (CST) · 1 hour 7 minutes Do you have symptoms? Does your neighbor? Odds are, at least one of you does (or will, before … Continue reading

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Tip of the Week: Treating blood pressure at TEOTWAWKI

The bad news:  treating blood pressure without access to current medications will be a challenge for many at TEOTWAWKI. The good news:  dietary changes alone can make a significant difference. All you need to do is eat 8 to 10 servings … Continue reading

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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 pharmacies, but online ordering is simple and requires no medical … Continue reading

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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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