Black Mamba

First Aid For Snake Bites

Black Mamba
Black Mamba By  World Leaks

 

First aid for snake bites

 

Few unexpected events can put a damper on enjoying the outdoors more than a snake bite.

Fortunately, most snakes living in North America are not poisonous. There are some exceptions however, including copperheads, rattle snakes, coral snakes and water moccasins. Out of all the venomous snakes in North America all but the coral snake share a common trait, in that they all fall into a classification of snakes known as pit vipers. Pit vipers have eyes that are more slit-like in appearance, and all have triangular-shaped heads that feature pits on both sides of the head that are centered between the nostril and the eye.

 

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Teeth Rot

ON THE ROAD DENTISTRY By Sherman A. House DDS

Up today I have a guest post from my friend Dr. House on survival dentistry. I knew he would be able to cover the topic without going covering topics best left for those that want to go to dental school. He knocked out a great article, I enjoyed and and know you will too!

ON THE ROAD DENTISTRY

By Sherman A. House DDS

Summing up the amount of training required to completely manage a dental emergency into one article is like trying to give you plans to build a space shuttle using only items found below your kitchen sink…it’s possible, just not very probable. I spent 10 years in a university, a medical college, and at the hospital to learn all of this stuff and it’s surrounding cloud of minutiae to learn how to fix most anything that can happen to your teeth and jaws, but, managing a dental emergency in a survival situation as a layperson IS possible!
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Sprained Ankle

Survival And A Sprained Ankle

Yesterday I was in the field by my apartment playing Frisbee with a friend when I twisted my ankle. It was a pretty bad twist, I heard it pop and went down in searing pain. Today I got to thinking about how to treat it and how to deal with it during a survival situation. I’ll share my pain induced ramblings along with some tried and true wisdom on the issue.
Sprained Ankle
Sprained Ankle
Antibiotics

Antibiotics the Ducktape Of Mainstream Medical

You’re lucky today reader I have another James rant. I’ve been kicking this idea around for a while but recent event’s brought it to the surface and it’s time to vent. Today’s rant is brought to you by the incompetence of the medical industry in general and one in particular. I have a friend that was feeling sick and decided to go to the new walk in clinic that opened down the street. At first I was fairly impressed, the wait to get in was very short, the total time in their was short, the staff was nice. When she got out I asked what it was she had. It turns out that the doctor didn’t bother to diagnosis her at all. A guess of it might be strep throat was made and a prescription for antibiotics was made. This is what kicked off my anger, the lazy attitude from medical “professionals” and the over eagerness to simply throw antibiotics at any problem. Now lets get down to ranting.
Antibiotics
Antibiotics
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Guest Post DIY Splints

I asked for guest bloggers to contribute some articles while I’m away on vacation. Dan wrote volunteering his and saying he has an extensive background in the medical field and as an EMT. Medical preparations I feel are some of the most important ones to get training in. I was ecstatic to get a medical article and when I did I have to admit to being blown away by the quality and content. You can find Dan on Facebook at SEMO Preparedness Network. Huge thanks to Dan and please stop by and give him a like on Facebook.

Hello, my name’s Dan and I’m a Paramedic. Sounds like an admission for a 12 step recovery program and for some of the things I have seen over the last 14 years in Emergency Medical Services I probably need counseling. Over the years spent working on the ambulance and on the fire department I have learned a secret that many never learn and some have down to an art. Being prepared saves lives. Seems like a no brainer right? The Paramedics are always prepared right? Short answer, no. The most successful Paramedics, the ones people turn to when things get chaotic, have a plan. That plan might not cover every contingency but it beats the hell out of flying by the seat of your pants when lives are at stake.

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