This article was originally published by Darnel Fernandez at Natural News.
A topic that doesn’t seem to be discussed all too often among preppers is preventive health measures. When a prepper talks about health, they usually discuss preparing supplies for injuries after disaster strikes.
Hospitals could be scarce when SHTF, making emergency medical care also scarce. Additionally, most injuries are time-sensitive. Not everyone has the medical expertise to provide emergency care to a variety of illnesses and injuries. This leaves you with a question: Are you healthy enough to survive the next disaster? (h/t to DoomsDayMoose.com)
Preventing poor health
By practicing preventive health and keeping yourself healthy before disaster strikes, you can keep yourself alive until medical resources become available again. As the saying goes: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Below are three ways to help you get through SHTF healthy and alive:
Practice preventive medicine
The healthier you are when SHTF, the higher your chances of survival. Being in great physical shape can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from any dangers you may come across. Staying in shape before disaster strikes is as simple as having a well-balanced diet, sleeping properly, getting regular exercise, and refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol.
People spend a lot of their time living a sedentary lifestyle. Most jobs involve an excessive amount of sedentary behavior like prolonged sitting, which is known to contribute to various health problems like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Even by just taking a walk every day, you can significantly improve your health and prevent these health conditions from happening, especially if you’re in a disaster scenario.
You can also undergo some medical procedures to tackle problems before they get any worse. Imagine having a toothache during a disaster? While you can definitely dull the pain with plenty of natural painkillers and toothache remedies, they are only temporary solutions to a problem that could get worse over time. The odds of being able to find an actual dentist when SHTF is slim to none. Going to one beforehand and keeping up with your oral maintenance can save you all the trouble in the long run.
STDs and pregnancy
In very extreme cases, a major catastrophic event can call for the need for repopulation. However, all of it would be for naught if the children were not healthy at birth. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that pregnant women can still be infected with the same sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as women who aren’t pregnant. These STDs can complicate the pregnancy and could have serious, long-lasting effects on both mother and child. Gonorrhea, for instance, can increase the risk of miscarriage. In addition, babies born while the mother is infected with this disease can get eye infections that could lead to blindness.
The CDC suggests receiving medical care as early as possible during pregnancy to avoid any health complications.
Lessen dependence on prescription painkillers
Any major catastrophe can lead to the shutdown of many services you enjoy today, which means getting any necessary medication would be close to impossible. In the case of collapse, most stores would be ransacked within the first few weeks. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural painkillers that are significantly easier to get, most of which you can even grow yourself at home. Here are a few of them:
Even things like yoga and acupuncture can provide alternative therapy to reduce pain. Losing dependence on prescription drugs can help improve your survival, while also keeping you healthy and toxin-free.
Regardless of whether there’s an impending disaster or not, one should still do their best to stay in shape. Preventive medicine can go a long way in keeping you alive when SHTF.
Note to all SHTF’ers, This site is doomed for lack or responsive commenting as we had in the past decade. Not sure what happened, was the host kidnapped? Coma? Site Hijacked? Site sold? who knows, but if we cannot post our info to help other preppers, then there are alternative sites to do this. Please give us your feed back Mac. Why the bad commenting system and delays of moderations for a decent conversation to exchange ideas. Otherwise if there is no interaction between the viewers, then this is just more programming less any interaction. Any body else have any thoughts on this?
I don’t know what has gone on with the site but yah it’s in the toilet. And just why would I bother with all the oils and stuff. Just buy 5000 aspirin, vitamins, etc. The reason for modern meds is they work. Forget wintergreen, go to the dentist and get your teeth fixed and take care of them. If the SHIF I’m not going to spend hundreds of hours outside tending my weeds.
A 55 gal. Drum of cbd oil is a must for every shtf medical pantry.
I’ve had throat and sinus infections my whole life. Oil of Oregano has literally changed things for me. I used to have to get antibiotics all the time. I use Oil of Oregano with better results. Just my experience. It’s not an “overnight cure”, but works faster for me than the antibiotics I was always on.
THE CURE FOR A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE.
I like this blog. I have no complaints. War is peace, etc.
I’ve long been concerned about health/illness/injuries after a SHTF. I think the reason it isn’t covered enough in the prepper community is it’s just NOT as “sexy” as a semiautomatic rifle and a ton of ammo or other “tactical” gear. During ANY disaster, there are conditions that foster disease and injury. People in these situations are doing things they don’t normally do, are under intense physical and emotional stress, and are thus subject to injury and illness. Waterborne illnesses “explode” during grid-down situations where drinking water supplies become contaminated, toilet facilities stop working and people – who tend NOT to wash their hands after using the toilet – are spreading their germs around to others who are unable/don’t wash their hands, etc. and then are handling food. After a disaster, people are often crowded together under very primitive conditions that are NOT conducive to good hygiene.
Rabies and injuries from attacks on people from packs by formerly domesticated dogs could well become a problem.
I’ve been sufficiently concerned about these issues that I took the several months of classes and earned my EMT-Basic patch. While obviously this does NOT cover everything, it’s TONS better than “first aid” classes that simply say “put a bandaid or tourniquet on it and wait for help”. EMT-Basic taught me VALUABLE assessment skills – or how to evaluate how significant or serious an illness or injury is. Along with this training, one needs a COMPREHENSIVE medical kit that can treat injuries, contains activated charcoal for stomach issues, pain relievers, cold medicines, Benadryl, etc. Another resource EVERYONE should have is the book “Where There Is No Doctor”. There are other excellent manuals as well, but that one is by far the best “starter” book and has a whole section which delves into a CRITICAL issue MOST BOOKS MISS: how to PROPERLY and SAFELY dispose of one’s poop.