Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Post peak medicine

I am trying to develop an approach to taking care of my family's medical needs after peak medicine. Obviously, it will be strongly focused on the preventative. To me, that means:
  • Good nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Lots of clean water
  • Avoiding toxicities
  • Brushing and flossing
  • Stretching and yoga
  • Getting a good night's sleep
  • Massage
  • Safety first !!

But what about health problems and childbirth? Best case scenario, we will still have medical professionals available in some formal capacity, with some supplies like painkillers and antibiotics to prescribe. I'm not sure whether to count on our hospital-pharmaceutical-insurance complex caring for us. That option may only be available to a select few, or it may have crumbled altogether.

Mid-case scenario, herbalists, accupuncturists, massage therapists and chiropractors will fill the medical gap with their low-technology ways. All these can be done without long supply chains, although many Chinese herbs won't be available anymore.

Worst case scenario (barring Mad Max breakdown), many people will just have to take care of themselves, especially in emergency/disaster situations. This is true even today, and certainly in most of the world. So, we might as well prepare for this situation.

What would this type of preparation look like?

  • Staying strong and healthy in the first place (see above)
  • Keeping up with preventative dental/medical maintenance while still available
  • Trying to improve health enough so that prescriptions are not needed (i.e. some conditions such as Type II diabetes and high cholesterol can be "eliminated) - obviously this won't work in every case
  • Invest in a good First Aid Kit and include it in your Go-bag
  • Stockpile any needed medications, supplements and prescriptions, if possible (for example, we have a giant bottle of Vitamin C and one of Alleve)
  • Store any needed supplies not included in a First Aid kit (for a suggested list see Jack Spigarelli's Crisis Preparedness handbook)
  • Start growing useful medicinal herbs (for example, echinacea, parsley, fennel, feverfew, rosemary, oregano, etc)
  • Take class on herbs
  • Take class on First Aid
  • Take EMT course (this could be a good career option)
  • Take a doula or midwifery course (if anyone you know may become pregnant one day - also this could also be a good career option)
  • Stock up on all supplies needed for childbirth (if anyone you know may become pregnant one day)
  • Create your own medical library - books on herbs, Where There is No Doctor, Where There is No Dentist, books on anatomy, books on childbirth and midwifery, home remedies, etc.
  • Investigate alternatives, such as colloidal silver, grapefruit seed extract, etc. Look into them, and if you think they will be useful, consider having some on hand and know how to use them.
  • I'm not suggesting you grow p-o-t or p-o-p-p-i-e-s, but in the distant future they might be handy if you happened to have any seeds stored!

Well, that's it for my ideas. Do you have any thoughts on providing medical care after the antibiotic factory shuts down?

Oh, and here's the disclaimer: Nothing here should be construed as medical advice, always consult your doctor, yada yada yada.

3 comments:

Lewru said...

I used colloidal silver a while back (well, several years ago). I thought about buying some last year but I did some internet research and I don't know - seems to be pretty iffy. Didn't the blue guy turn blue from too much colloidal silver?

HausFrau said...

I think the blue guy did turn blue because of c.s. OTOH, he kept taking it b/c he thought it cured all of his incredibly problematic health issues. Guess he thought it was worth it.

HOWEVER, I did see the same internet research as you... and am skeptical of it. FWIW, the guy at Akin's says he takes c.s. every day and the only problem is when people make home-made c.s. where the particle size per million can't be strictly controlled.

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