by Yohanan Burket
In light of all the recent hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, epidemics, and earthquakes, it makes sense to have basic preparations on hand. As there is much information on basic prepping with regard to food, water, and gasoline/diesel, I will focus instead on medical supplies.
Firstly, emergencies are not predictable, but are generally spaced years apart, so any items you store should necessarily have a long shelf life. Obviously, the items found in most First Aid kits meets this requirement, as it contains gauze and the like. For more advanced problems, such as a powerful influenza epidemic, you cannot depend on traditional medical services to help, as they will be overwhelmed with patients.
Which natural substances used for medicinal purposes will have a significant shelf life? The most common forms of natural remedies falls into the following categories, along with its expected shelf life:
Herbal powders (~6 months – 1 year)
Vitamin, mineral, and amino acid pills or capsules (~ 1 – 2 years)
Glycerin tinctures (~1 – 2 years)
Alcohol tinctures (~5 – 10 years)
Colloidal silver (~1 year)
Hydrogen peroxide (~10 years)
Lugol’s iodine (~10 years)
From the list, you can see that herbal powders are not particularly good for emergencies due to their relatively short shelf life, but are still usable if you are already using them on a regular basis. If the herbal powders are just waiting for a disaster to happen, then it is not worthwhile to stock them. This would also be true for vitamin, mineral, and amino acid pills or capsules, in addition to glycerin tinctures.
Although Colloidal silver has a relatively short shelf life, you can make your own using a colloidal silver generator as needed.
Clearly, alcohol tinctures and Lugol’s iodine stand the test of time, and both are extremely useful in virtually all types of medical emergencies.
The Story of Lomatium versus Influenza
One of the most useful alcoholic tinctures to have on hand is Lomatium, as it is effective against influenza (the grippe). It was said to have cured people from the disastrous 1918 flu epidemic that killed millions of people, You can read more about this disaster from an eyewitness who was also a medical doctor here: http://lomatium.com/history.html You can also purchase Lomatium tincture (alcoholic) on this site.
Lugol’s Iodine Once Called Universal Medicine
Approximately 100 years ago, Lugol’s iodine was administered internally and externally to patients who had problems that other medications could not address.
Note: Iodine found in the drugstore CANNOT be taken internally as it is contaminated with rubbing alcohol (toxic isopropyl alcohol). Lugol’s iodine does not contain any alcohol — just elemental iodine, potassium iodide, and water.
Contrary to what most people believe, iodine is good for much more than the thyroid, and is even found in the brain. It is so important that mental powers are diminished substantially by a lack of iodine in a condition known as cretinism (extreme mental retardation). There is a strong possibility that some of the mental diseases found in the elderly (Parkinsons, Alzheimers, etcetera) could be partially attributed to an iodine deficiency. The list of ailments known to be solved using iodine is long. Here is a list of just some of those ailments:
Out of the Box Remedies offers a Virus Terminator, a nasal spray containing a low concentration of Lugol’s iodine, and it beats anything else that I ever tried, and I have tried nearly everything in bouts with the ‘flu.
Lugol’s iodine, sold as “Hormone Catalyst” on Out of the Box Remedies, makes an excellent remedy for food poisoning. Just six drops of Hormone Catalyst, and your food poisoning is neutralized, as iodine kills pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and fungi! Iodine is so good that surgeons use it to coat skin before incisions.
Iodine is also a superior water purifier, even exceeding foul-tasting bleach. I would consider Hormone Catalyst a must-have for flood conditions.
Iodine ingestion (using Hormone Catalyst) even reduces the amount of insulin required for diabetics, according to iodine doctors.
Urinary Tract Infections and Other Common Ailments
Urinary tract infections can be easily be remedied by taking 10ppm colloidal silver orally (1 tablespoon, or ~15ml) before each meal until the problem is gone. Many other common ailments are listed on websites such as http://www.herbs2000.com, along with suggested remedies. You can order the recommended alcoholic herbal tincture remedies for ailments listed that you think might affect you. For example, if you live in a malaria-infested area, you would want the relevant alcoholic herbal tincture on hand.
Other Uses for Natural Remedies
Certain convenience items, such as natural bug repellent, are nice to have, especially in a mosquito-infested area. Mosquitoes are a genuine concern during a flood, and there is a very effective herbal remedy for it — namely a certain product called Neem Herbal Skin Conditioning Spray, by NeemAura Naturals, and available for purchase on http://www.vitasprings.com. This Neem spray is far better than any other insect repellent I ever tried.
The Puerto Rico Disaster
One of the most devastating problems facing the Puerto Ricans is the lack of potable water, which might result in many waterborne illnesses. Fortunately, help is on the way, but some might not make it. For a detailed description of the hurricane aftermath in Puerto Rico, see this very enlightening article: http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/puerto-rico-what-its-really-like-after-the-shtf-09282017