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Oral Rehydration Therapy

Oral rehydration solution

Oral rehydration solution

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) is a simple treatment for dehydration caused by diarrhea, resulting from cholera or rotavirus or other diseases.  ORT is a mixture of salts and sugars that is taken by mouth. It is used around the world.  In the developing world it saves millions of children a year from death due to diarrhea.

In 1831, intravenous hydration was first used to replace the salts and water lost from diarrhea.  The results were remarkable, and the mortality rate of cholera dropped from 70 percent to 40 percent with the use of IV solutions.

The World Health Organizations states that some home products can be used to treat and prevent dehydration.  …

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The Perfect location

Today I am going to talk about my idea on what makes the perfect location for preparing.  First, I am going to qualify a couple of things.  The area in which I live does not meet my own requirements.  I live in a semi rural area of Northern California.  The big reason I live here is family.  I have elderly parents, a brother and his family, several children and a whole bunch of grandchildren that live close to me.  Having lived in the area for many years and being heavily involved at church, I have lots of contacts that could be helpful in an emergency. …

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The Long Journey Home

The Long Journey Home, by Lew B.  is a contest entry, don’t forget to submit yours.

August 18, 2009 – My wife and I leave Southern California for a nice 5 day drive through the beautiful (but desolate) state of Nevada.

As we are about 50 miles into our trip, with the Starbucks in the cup-holders of the Suburban, I asked my wife what we would do if the economy were to collapse?

We spent the next 5 days talking about all the things we would need to live a life even remotely similar to the one we have now.  It was quite overwhelming.…

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A Good Medical Book for Your 72 Hour Kit

Wilderness and travel MedicineHaving a small complete medical book to put in your bug out bag or seventy two hour kit has always been a problem for me.  It needs to be small, lightweight, simple to understand and packed with good advice.

After looking at several good possibilities, I have decided to go with the 3rd Edition of “A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine” published by Adventure Medical Kits. This 190 paged, Pocket-Sized book goes far beyond traditional first aid.

It provides information on

Gunshot Wounds and Arrow Injuries
Includes vital information on gunshot wounds, arrow injuries and treating complications such as tension pneumothorax, sucking chest wounds, shock, stabilizing an impaled arrow and controlling bleeding.…

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Medical Supplies for your Home

Here is a list of First Aid supplies for your home, but remember the best first aid kit is only as good as the person using it.  Take at least the Red Cross Advanced First Aid and CPR courses.  Get good reference books. (I will post a review of some in the near future).

Remember in a serious injury you will use more dressings that you ever expect.  Don’t short change yourself on supplies.

Find a good box or bag to store the supplies in.  Inspect your kit yearly, things like adhesive tape have a shelf life as well as the over the counter medicines.…

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