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For more than a century, doctors and researchers have investigated the dangers presented by ticks. They may carry several serious diseases that can be passed on to humans as they feed on their blood, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Most of these diseases are treatable, though they are unpleasant, so it’s always important to act quickly after seeing a tick on your skin. Fortunately, there is a reliable method for removing ticks to minimize damage and… Read More »

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Ask any prepper what their most important piece of gear is and you’ll hear a variety of answers, but the least common answer will be a first aid kit. To make matters worse, the kits that most people do have are so poorly equipped they are almost useless. You are far more likely to find yourself in a situation where you must administer first aid than in a self-defense situation, yet hardly anyone in our community would consider leaving home… Read More »

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Independence Day is just around the corner, which means there will be a lot of people using all sorts of fireworks. Whether due to alcohol, stupidity, or freak accidents, there are nearly 10,000 firework-related injuries every year. I’m not going to tell you to stay away from fireworks because anyone with an IQ higher than Jello generally should be able to enjoy them without suffering from injuries or causing injuries to others. What I will tell you is to use… Read More »

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We are entering another summer and that means a greater risk of heat injuries, ranging from minor annoyances like sunburn, to medical emergencies like heat stroke. This risk is especially significant for those of us in warmer areas, like desert or tropical environments. Common sense and preparation can go a long way in preventing heat injuries in the first place, and basic first aid knowledge can help you survive them if they do occur—most heat injuries can usually be treated… Read More »

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I’ve experienced severe hypothermia quite often, and as odd as it may sound, this has been both a blessing and a curse. It was miserable in ways few people could ever imagine, but it has provided me with the ability to quickly recognize the symptoms and the confidence to remain calm while dealing with them. While its extremely easy to get hypothermia, and the outcome can become deadly very quickly, the symptoms are easy to identify and reverse. Once you… Read More »

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