In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr.
How much do you know about the Zika virus?A A  Whereas it is easy to consider Zika to be someone elsea€™s problem, the reality is that that ramifications of Zika evolving into a global pandemic are horrifying.
The Zika Virus Handbook begins with a fictional depiction of a young mother in Brazil whose infant is born with microcephaly. All of this is written in what appears to be an unbiased manner, including a discussion of the alternative theories that are out there as to cause and effect.A  For the record, I subscribe to some of these theories (sometimes called tin foil hat theories) but appreciate that we all need to do our own research and come to our own conclusions on such matters. Joseph Alton is a medical doctor and is well-known in the survival and prepper community.A  He is here to answer a new round of interview questions and has five copies of The Zika Virus Handbook to giveaway to lucky readers. Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
A water filter, seeds for plants that can produce food in the climate wea€™re in, long-term food storage, a Firestarter, and a good medical kit. Our family is alternately amused by and interested in the measures wea€™ve taken to become prepared and help others become prepared.
What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life? Wea€™ve been honored to be mentioned in a number of apocalyptic fiction books, such as Franklin Hortona€™s Legion of Despair, where the main character was asked where he learned how to close a wound. In others, like Absolute Anarchy by Johnny Jacks, and The Simple Survival Smart Book by Pat Shrier, wea€™re mentioned in the context of austere medical strategies.
If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?
There are so many books that have great advice for people in disaster scenarios, that ita€™s difficult to mention them all.
Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?
Wea€™d like to announce our brand new Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Help is Not on the Way has just been published. Almost all medical books, even a€?survivala€? ones, mention transport to the doctor or hospital; we assume that these options no longer exist, and that YOU are the end of the line with regards to your familya€™s well-being. Our main message to your readers is our mission: We want to put a medically prepared person in every family for any disaster. Note:A  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Zika Virus Handbook is an important read because there is so much mystery surrounding the virus, the mosquitoes that carry it, and how it came to spread to quickly. To learn moreA about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.
If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites! In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updatesA  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyera€™s Guide. NY Times bestselling author Joseph Alton, MD provides a doctor’s perspective to the Zika Virus in his newest book.
Zika virus is an infectious disease that has reached pandemic status after crossing the Atlantic.
The book gives a solid plan of action for Zika protection that can be easily followed in a concise guide. The book also outlines other pandemic diseases, past and present, and discusses way to control the Aedes mosquito, which transmits the disease through its bite.
Bargain Bin:A  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12. A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here.
The post Prepper Book Festival 12: The Zika Virus Handbook + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival. A It then goes into a discussion of the virus itself including signs, symptoms, and treatments.A  After that there are chapters on pandemic diseases in general including an easy to understand chapter on how pandemics are spread, and possible (probable?) candidates for futureA pandemics. Although we have the means to defend ourselves, we could use more training on dealing with tactical situations, not from a medical standpoint, but from the standpoint of abolishing threats. I like the series of books by our good friend Jim Cobb, but there are so many others that make me wish I had a mobile library.
If youa€™re going to function as a group, Charleya€™s book is an important addition to your collection. A  The Zika notwithstanding, it is my fear that as disease spreading insects mutate, there will be more of the same. In addition to being genuinely nice people, they provide a huge service to our prepper community by sharing their wisdom online, in books, and at various speaking engagements.A  For that I am grateful.

The World Health Organization expects up to four million cases in this hemisphere and researchers have linked Zika to birth deformities in newborns and significant neurological disease. All this from a physician that has decades of experience as an obstetrician, and who is a well-known writer on medical preparedness. Like many pandemic diseases, many controversial theories abound about why Zika has become a threat, and you’ll find these and commentary on their plausibility in a€?The Zika Virus Handbooka€?. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Preppera€™s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.
We are Giving Away a Free Backyard Growers Membership An Open Letter to Mike McGroarty and the other Members. In a true survival situation, there will be many otherwise preventable deaths simply because we fail to pay attention to microbes that cause major diseases like Cholera and Dysentery. My wife Amy, a nurse practitioner, and I felt so strongly about this we became Master Gardeners for our state through the Agricultural Extension Office.
Most medical conditions, where theya€™re injuries or illnesses, have a strategy that will work even with limited supplies. If we can inspire just one individual to become that medic, to save a life in good times or bad, wea€™ve accomplished our objective. A With Zika, the victims are innocent infants and their families, but next time, it could be us. Everyone has to realize that, even if youa€™ve stored food, that, eventually, it will run out and your family will suffer if you dona€™t learn how to manage a working garden, not just for food but also for herbs that have medicinal benefit. If you obtain some medical knowledge and supplies now, have no doubt, youa€™ll save lives later.
We even have grown tilapia in ponds down here in South Florida, where temperatures allow them to survive year-round.
Mike’s Miniature Donkeys Running for President Pulling Rooted Cuttings from the Sand Propagation Bed.

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