Do you know what diseases were common in your area 100 years ago? I think if you will do some research you will find that the medical problems very different than today. While most of us plan our medical kits and training around injuries and wounds, disease may turn out to be the biggest killer after TEOTWAWKI. In our lifetime, most of us have never had to face the diseases our ancestors did. Due to modern sanitation, immunization and antibiotics we have not had to face many of the diseases our ancestors did. A little quick research revealed the following.
Measles killed substantial numbers of children under 15 throughout the U.S. in the 19th century
100 years ago, 50% of adults in North America were toothless.
Dengue fever occurred in Hawaii, south Texas and Florida. Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. With the arrival of all the illegal aliens from Central and South America, the risk is increasing for people living along the Texas-Mexico border and in other parts of the southern United States. In 2009, an outbreak of dengue fever was identified in Key West, Fla.
100 years ago, the leading causes of death were
- Pneumonia and influenza
- Heart disease
In the 19th century outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, TB, typhoid fever, influenza, yellow fever, and malaria occurred throughout the US.
In 1914, the US Public Health Service went to Congress to secure funds to control malaria in the United States. These efforts were strengthened in 1933 with the creation of the U.S. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) where an organized malaria control program was established. At the time, malaria affected 30 percent of the population in the area where the TVA was formed. Malaria was present over almost the entire US and most of Canada during the 19th century.
Do you know the symptoms of these diseases and what the treatments are? In talking to a Doctor friend of mine, He told me that even Doctors are having a hard time recognizing many of the new diseases that are showing up due to uncontrolled immigration. Fortunately, many of these diseases can be avoided by good hygiene and knowing how to treat your water, safe handling of food and eliminating other hazards in your environment.
Do a little research on the area in which you live and find out what diseases were common a hundred years or so ago, and learn as much about them as you can. Consider what extra medications to stock, talk to your Doctor and consider stocking antibiotics. During my recent illness I was very surprised at the amount of antibiotics that were given to me. Stock more than you think you need. Remember I am not a Doctor and have no real medical training. I recommend you talk to a medical professional and get their advice on what to stock.