I keep medical supplies here, and for the flu there isn't much you can do anyway except take something like TheraFlu. But these past few days have certainly reminded me that a person needs to be able to "hold in place" and still have on hand what you need for health purposes. It's entirely possible that we may have some disruption in our transportation system with all the turmoil going on now. That means no trucks. Up here, that means no supplies after a few days.
Here are some books on "do it yourself" medicine that might make a nice addition to your reference library at home. I have some of them, and others I am trying to decide whether the investment is worthwhile. They can get pricey.
I thought I had this book, but when I checked the shelves, I couldn't find it. Possibly I lent it out and just don't remember doing so. But I can say this about it. The people who wrote it run a survivalist web page concerned primarily with the medical aspects of self sufficiency. It's pricey, about $45.00 unless you can find a used copy or one on sale.
Here's the link to their web page if anyone wants to look at it:
I don't have this book, but I am considering buying it. Some years back, I worked at the local state park on a "seniors" program. Some days I worked down at the boat docks, but usually up in the camp store. I wound up spending a lot more than I ever earned at that place. The new Park Ranger decided to quit selling camping equipment and sell gourmet chocolate and expensive jewelry instead. That wasn't a very good decision, but they put all the camping equipment on clearance and I bought all of it that could conceivably be of any use to me. I mean, I bought all of the tarps, rope, fire starters, dehydrated trail food, compasses, parachute cord, etc they had. At the same time, he put all the books on sale to get rid of them, and I bought a really nice guide to plants of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which ones were good for what, and how to identify them. Not that it's done me a lot of good, but I have it if I need it. This book would probably be in the same category. And there's no telling if any of these plants even grow up here.
I know enough about first aid to get by. There's also this, one of the people who will be coming here to live (she's a local) is an ER nurse. But times change and you can never be sure that people who say they are coming will. I don't care a hoot about first aid because I learned enough of that in the service, but I am interested in medical treatment. I don't have this book, and I don't like the "Prepper" moniker. I don't think I'll buy this one.
Don't know a thing about this one. I need to read the Amazon reviews. I hate Amazon but I'm a pragmatist when I need to be. I'm putting it up here now in case someone out there actually has read the book and can tell me if it's a waste of money or a must have.
This book has been around forever. It's even on the internet somewhere or other in pdf form. I saw it in pdf but didn't print it as I had the book. I'm pretty sure it's on Amazon for the Kindle too. It's a basic book but worth having. Dental problems can do you in if you can't just toodle on to the dentist. This past year, I went through a major dental upgrade for all four of us in the family, and got everybody 100% squared away. This involved cleaning of course, but also two root canals, several fillings, and an extraction and implant. I am continually uneasy about the social situation, and if things go badly I don't want to be worrying about someone's teeth. Still, this book is a resource for that very eventuality.
This is a companion volume to the dentist book. I have it, and it's worth the money. There are a lot of different versions and issues out there so be sure you get a current one, if you decide to buy it.
I have several English friends One of them is a lady whose family has relocated to the country and is rebuilding a cottage dating back to 1856. I'm sure a lot of you read her blog. She was starting out in canning, and I was able to get her a copy of Ball's Canning Guide. She sent me a very useful book that I did not even know existed, in return. It listed every medicine under the sun, told you what it was for, how to use it, and what not to use it with.
I buy an updated copy every now and then, but having one in the house would be very helpful if things go badly and you have to use the medicines you've stored to treat family and friends.
These books come in every size and shape, and in a wide range of prices. But truly, they could be worth their weight in gold some day. Most of us have stashed away essential medicines, but I know from treating our animals here that sometimes, you may have to decide which antibiotic to use, and why.
There are a lot of web pages that deal with using "time expired" medicine. Somewhere I have a very detailed article on it, written by a pharmaceutical specialist. If I can find it, I'll try to post it. But for now, here's a link to one article on the subject.
And then, there's the issue of using drugs sold at feed stores and farmers depots, marketed for animals, on people.
It's true that the drugs come from the same factories, are the same drugs, do the same things. But I guarantee you some people will not want to use them. That's fine. I'm not marketing anything. But unless you have a friendly doctor who will write you prescriptions for your stash (and 99.9 percent of them won't) then you have to do something. I'm putting this link in here for information purposes. We can talk about everything in the Survivalist lifestyle, but everybody has to make their own choices.
Article: Using Pet Medicines
I have an issue of Ballistic Magazine that has the best chart I have ever seen on perscription medicines, what they do, when to use them. I tried to do a spreadsheet that I could post, but it was a Herculean effort, there was too much information. I'll dig the issue out of my files, and post the issue number. It would be worth buying as a back issue, just for that one chart.
So. If anyone comes across other good sources of information on this topic, be it books or articles on the web, please let me know. I haven't been overly worried about it for awhile. Felt like my stores of medicine and my current references were enough. And , after all, if my nurse materializes while the cities burn and the trucks stop running, I should be ok anyway. But I don't like to put all my eggs in one basket.