People who don’t study history are bound to repeat it. If a TEOTWAWKI situation occurs, the health system will fail. Modern medicines and sanitation may not be readily available. If we don’t learn from the past and prepare, we will end up dying of the same causes of death our ancestors did a hundred years ago.
Do you know what diseases were prevalent in your 100 years ago? Most of us plan our medical kits and training around injuries and wounds, however, disease may turn out to be the biggest cause of death. Due to modern sanitation methods, 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
- 100 years ago the leading causes of death were 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke
- 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 heightened 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 region where the TVA was incorporated. Malaria was present over almost the entire US and most of Canada during the 19th
Do you know the symptoms of these diseases and what the treatments are? Do you have the medications that you need? Many of these diseases can be avoided by knowing how to treat your water, safe handling of food and eliminating other hazards in your environment. Notice that in 1900 the first three causes of death were all from infectious diseases.
Go to the Doctor and the Dentist and get in the best possible shape before something happens. Study sanitation; learn about how to control mosquitoes. Take these diseases into consideration, if you are planning a bugout location. Learn from the mistakes of the past.