Mosquito to Feral hogs!
Host: Dr.Bones & Nurse Amy “Survival Medicine Hour”
In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss a new mosquito-borne virus in humans, another new virus that’s killing millions of piglets, tetanus, medicinal uses of peppermint, and how to evaluate the human tongue….
Mosquito will be a big issue in many parts of the world in a long-term survival setting. Let’s face it, the increased amount of time we will spend outside in a survival situation will increase the chances of exposure to one or more mosquito-borne illnesses.
A painful new mosquito-borne virus is spreading across the Caribbean and could be hitting the United States soon. Severe headaches, burning fever, and painful joints are all symptoms of the “chikungunya” virus, which aptly comes from an African word that roughly translates into “contorted with pain.” The mosquito-borne virus isn’t fatal, but the arthritis-like joint pain it causes is debilitating and can last for years.
The U.S. Agriculture Department has armies of statisticians and other bean counters, soybean counters, that is. But the Aggie army is gearing up with real firepower and even thermal imaging weapons to deal with another enemy: feral hogs!
Aggressive feral hogs that can weigh more than 400 lbs have been known to carry off newborn calves. They cause about $1.5 billion of damage every year to farm communities and fields, say department officials, and now there are worries they may help spread a deadly pig virus.
We’ve talked about eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, heart, and just about every other part of your body, but we’ve never said a word about the muscle in your body that says every word you’ve ever spoken, and that’s your tongue.
If the you know what hits the fan, there’s still going to be a lot of yakking going on, and you should know how to evaluate issues that may occur with this important muscle.
Peppermint has been used since Egyptian times and has been a favorite of many cultures. Peppermint (Mentha × piperita, also known as M. balsamea Willd.). Bet you didn’t know this: it’s a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint.
Most of us have gone to get a tetanus shot when we stepped on a rusty nail, but few have any real concept of what Tetanus is and why it is dangerous. The role of the survival medic is to know the answers to these questions. Knowledge of risks, prevention, and treatment will be the armor plate in your medical defense.
Tetanus (from the Greek word tetanos, meaning tight) is an infection caused by a bacteria called Clostridium Tetani.