Monday, September 22nd, 2014

64 SHTF Medical Tips That Work

Lizzie Bennett
Underground Medic
March 16th, 2013
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  1. Putting toothpaste on a sting stops the pain
  2. Baking soda is an excellent antacid
  3. Eating activated charcoal will bind ingested chemicals and poisons
  4. Aloe Vera gel takes the heat out of burns
  5. Natural yogurt stops the irritation and clears vaginal thrush
  6. Natural yogurt takes the heat out of sunburn
  7. A strong magnet will draw metal to the surface of a wound
  8. Olive oil smothers head lice killing them. Repeat after 5 days
  9. Olive oil treats psoriasis and dry eczema preventing cracking
  10. Cling wrap is the ideal covering for burns
  11. Cinnamon sticks in a jar with water makes antiseptic mouthwash
  12. If a wound has glass in squeeze both sides of the wound and it will pop out
  13. White vinegar treats fungal nail infection. 1 part vinegar 2 parts water
  14. Duct tape will hold a large wound together until you can deal with it
  15. Scrape stings out with an ATM card.  Pinching it out puts more venom in
  16. Sanitary towels make excellent pressure dressings
  17. Seal a sucking chest wound with a plastic bag fixed on 3 sides over the wound
  18. Clove oil relieves toothache
  19. Strong, cooled black tea relieves conjunctivitis
  20. Parsley stops bad breath and contains  masses of vitamin C and vitamin A
  21. Eggshell is the best form of calcium supplement
  22. Olive oil loosens solid earwax
  23. Regular sugar heals wounds, just pour it in.
  24. Tampons work well to plug penetrating wounds
  25. Curved upholstery needles are good for suturing wounds
  26. Dental floss is a good substitute for suture material in emergencies
  27. Toothpaste applied to a blister or cold sore will dry them up
  28. A patch of duct tape over a wart will kill it. Change patch daily.
  29. Maggots make excellent cleaners for infected wounds
  30. Children under 16 should not be given aspirin
  31. Anyone with clotting disorders should not be given aspirin
  32. 1/4 aspirin a day helps prevent heart attacks/strokes by thinning the blood
  33. Cut toe nails straight across to prevent in growing and infection
  34. A small blob of softened candle wax will seal a tooth where a filling is lost
  35. Pleasant smells lift the spirit and enhance your mood
  36. Pregnant women should not eat foods high in vitamin A ( foetal blindness)
  37. The trace elements in homemade chicken soup does make you feel better
  38. Sniffing onions or vapour rub causes tears which washes debris from eyes
  39. Petroleum jelly seals grazes and stops bacteria entering the wound
  40. A large elastic band/ hair band makes an emergency tourniquet
  41. keep a hand/foot dressing in place with a fingerless rubber glove
  42. Hold an arm/leg dressing in place with cut off piece of panty hose
  43. Strap a broken finger with tape to an unbroken one next to it
  44. Strap two broken fingers together to immobilise them
  45. Sneeze into the crook of your arm to avoid contaminating your hands
  46. Push elevator buttons with your knuckle so your fingers stay clean
  47. If you can’t wash your clothes seal them in bags for 5 days to kill typhus lice
  48. Damp dust weekly to prevent mite infestation
  49. Clean wounds however minor as soon as possible to prevent infection
  50. Never burst blisters it lets infection in. Blister fluid is sterile.
  51. Barley water relieves cystitis. (Boil grain and drink the juice)
  52. Cranberry juice relieves cystitis
  53. If you pop an abscess use a sterile needle at the bottom to aid drainage
  54. Files spread disease. Clear all waste,  food, human and pet immediately
  55. Never give alcohol to hypothermic patients, it will cool them more
  56. Re-warm hypothermia victims with gentle heat and do it slowly
  57. Don’t rub areas you suspect to be frost bitten it causes more damage
  58. Prevent scurvy with adequate vitamin C
  59. Prevent rickets with adequate vitamin D
  60. Prevent spina bifida in babies with folic acid in pregnancy
  61. Prevent anaemia with adequate iron intake. Cast iron cookware helps
  62. Prevent bone/tooth  problems with adequate calcium
  63. Prevent pregnancy by using natural sponge as a barrier to ejaculate
  64. Natural sponge can also be a reusable feminine hygiene product

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Contributed by Lizzie Bennett of Underground Medic.

Lizzie Bennett retired from her job as a senior operating department practitioner in the UK earlier this year. Her field was trauma and accident and emergency and she has served on major catastrophe teams around the UK. Lizzie publishes Underground Medic on the topic of preparedness.

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  • agmand

    Here is a book, FREE download from the Hesperian Foundation, “When Ther Is No Doctor”.
    Written primarily for remote areas, without appropriate medical help.
    One day it might come in handy …

    http://hesperian.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/en_wtnd_2011/en_wtnd_2011_full.pdf

  • agmand

    The Hesperian Foundation download of the “No Doctor” book seems to failing, for some reason only a part of the book, a damaged file is downloading.
    The full book is available on several other sites, like USA DOJO, here:
    http://www.usadojo.com/pdf-files/where-no-doc-pdfs/no-doc-book.pdf

  • Be informed

    Many of these I already know, many I didn’t. Definitely a keeper for the survival library. Thank you Lizzie.

    • http://lizziexbennett.blogspot.com Lizzie Bennett

      Hi BI
      How are you? I must get over to shtfplan, I miss your earthquake updates,regards Liz aka Burt the Brit

  • Cnsay

    Many thanks once again. Have added the list to my binder/archive.

  • szal

    Please redact this article with regard to spelling/typos and completeness of sentences. There are some things in it I don’t understand. See e.g. #54.

    • http://lizziexbennett.blogspot.com Lizzie Bennett

      Szal
      I’m British,we have different spelling and punctuation than the US. As for 54. Clearing all waste to stop flies spreading disease is quite simple to understand. Thanks for reading.
      Liz

      • szal

        This is not about British vs. American English. Please read the first word in #54 with open eyes and see that it says ‘Files’…

        • http://lizziexbennett.blogspot.com Lizzie Bennett

          Yes it does, the next two words are spread is ease, which they do. It’s a statement.

          • http://lizziexbennett.blogspot.com Lizzie Bennett

            Disease even lol

  • http://preparednessadvice.com Howard

    This is a list I will keep

    • http://lizziexbennett.blogspot.com Lizzie Bennett

      Thanks Howard x

  • Red
  • Padma

    Headlice are easy to kill by many means: but killing the eggs is very difficult and requires patient and skilled expertise (like the neighbour Himalayan village woman who so kindly took the eggs out after i tried everything… god gasoline on the scalp really hurts…)

  • Padma

    A few more:
    -Pineneedles: Rich source of Vitamin C (Tea)
    -Hypothermic person should be warmed with body-to-body contact
    -Natural Incence smoke is good way to sterilise the environment from molds and bacterias… close the door and fumigate the room.. juniper is good
    -Sneeze into your shirt (onto your chest) for maximum etiquette of containing germs
    -H2O2 removes earwax and is good for many things
    -rub onions under your eyes to cry out any teargas
    -vinegar is fast cure for dandruff
    -SUPERGLUE … something everyone should have to close smaller wounds
    -DMSO may cure many many ailments, especially in the future when the superbugs rise and antibiotics are useless….

    • http://www.TheDailySheeple.com Chris Carrington

      Padma

      thanks for those and thank you for reading x

    • SKIP

      Superglue does work good and even closes larger wounds BUT burns like all hell!! DO NOT allow it too make contact with your eyes though, almost instant blindness and it is permenant.

  • Red Scare

    Here’s one that kept me healthy during college: elderberry extract is an amazing immune system booster

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