Cholera, typhoid, and malaria may not exactly be on your medical radar, but over and over again these diseases, and others, raise their ugly heads when civilization collapses. Poor sanitation, dirty water, rodents, insect infestation and crowded living quarters are facts of life in the poorest parts of the world and may become a fact of life for Americans in a worst case scenario.
The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases by the editor of the insightful Paratus Familia blog is one of the few books that I grew to like the more I read it. I’ve consulted it for my daughter’s earache and searched it for remedies for a chronic cough. The main intent of the book is to provide information about and treatment options for diseases we don’t see very often in our sanitized 21st century world. However, the book also contains home remedies for symptoms such as dehydration, diarrhea, sore throat, and coughing. In the appendices they’ve included a helpful shopping list of medical supplies, a conversion chart, and a list of recommended resource books.
One section has been written by a medical doctor, Dr. Grattan Woodson, and is devoted to influenza, a likely culprit in the event of a future pandemic. Dr. Woodson shares suggestions for avoiding the flu in the first place, flu symptoms, and then how to treat the flu at home. The information is excellent and helpful with any episode of the flu.
This book is particularly helpful for preppers and the survival minded because it’s written by preppers who understand the dangers of our precarious future, and it covers a wide gamut of diseases as well as everyday symptoms. I give it a big thumbs up.
You can buy this book on Amazon for $16.16 in paperback or $9.95 for the Kindle edition.
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