A stockpile is only as good as its weakest link.
In my case, that’s always been medicine and emergency care. I had all the long-lasting foods, water, guns, and ammo I needed, but I was never that comfortable with the thought of taking care of my family’s health problems when there is no more 911 to call.
That’s when I decided to order a book that I had been hearing a lot about lately.
The Home Doctor promises to teach a regular Joe like me what meds to stockpile and what medical procedures I need can perform on my own, at home—you know, stuff like setting a broken bone and bandaging and stitching a wound but also things like how to manage Type-2 diabetes or joint pain.
When I ordered The Home Doctor, it said delivery to my doorstep would take around a week. It arrived a few days sooner, so that was quite a welcome surprise.
I took the package inside, and one of the first things that struck me was that it was on the heavy side.
The book looked pristine, as if it had been freshly printed that morning and I could tell that even if the package looked like it had seen a few rough bumps along the way to my house, the book had not suffered any damage.
I liked the cover as well although I might have gone with something different. At first you could think it’s a book for home repairs.
Thankfully it’s not!
The Home Doctor is a book written by frontline doctors from Venezuela to help regular people take care of their health problems without doctors or hospitals… and even without electricity or water. I found that fascinating. It’s 300 pages, so it’s a big book, all in vivid colors.
And that’s important for two reasons in my experience: First, I knew that if this book was just a few dozen pages, like others I had found on Amazon, it would most likely not have me medically covered when the SHTF. And secondly, I prefer color and not black and white as it makes everything easier to distinguish.
As I started to thumb through my new book, I could tell the paper was of good quality, and both the text and the images looked sharp. The Home Doctor should be able to take some wear and tear over the years. I can see a copy of it making it on my bug-out bag shortlist.
After doing a bit of reading cover to cover, I returned to the table of contents. It’s basically structured head to toe. What I mean by that is that the book starts off with mental health issues then continues with head and neck trauma and just moves down from there until all the major organs and systems that make up your body are dealt with.
I was glad to see that all the major health problems you can expect to run into during your life, and especially during dark times, were well covered: bacterial and fungal infections, ulcers, open wounds, chronic pain, fractures, toothaches, tooth abscesses, hernias, and gallstones but also things like high blood pressure, arthritis, heart attacks, strokes, and many others.
One thing I was afraid of before the book arrived was that it would read like a medical treatise and that I’d have to look up medical terms on the Internet or other books… but thankfully that’s not the case.
The authors did a good job writing it in a simple, clear format. They also used plenty of pictures to make it easy for a would-be “home doc” like me to move through a do-it-yourself medical procedure.
The images inside the book are precise diagrams that leave little to no room for error. I like the fact that they don’t assume any expert knowledge on the reader’s part.
This makes some parts of the book seem a little bit repetitive, but I’d rather have that than make any kind of mistake when taking care of a stab or gunshot wound.
Another thing some may take offense at are how graphic some of the images are, but I guess that is the price you have to pay if you want to make sure you’ve identified both the right condition and how severe it is. For example, hemorrhoids come in four different stages, and each one requires a different line of treatment.
Something else I liked is how many ingenious ways to treat their patients docs over in Venezuela actually managed to come up with: Listerine as a disinfectant, turning a paper clip into a surgical hook, cabbage leaves to remove an ingrown toenail, taking care of a stye with a wooden spoon, and the list goes on and on.
Many of these are time-tested folk remedies that our grandparents used before the age of modern medicine, and if you’re as old as I am, you’ll probably be glad to find some from your own youth inside The Home Doctor.
Like I said in the beginning, I bought this book to round out my medical preparedness for the next crisis. It certainly delivered on that front, showing me exactly what antibiotics, painkillers, and other medicines and supplies I need to stockpile and how to use them to save myself and others.
But now I think this book might be just as valuable even outside a crisis.
As the years go by and health problems start to rear their ugly head, I’ll be able to quickly reference The Home Doctor in case of a heart attack or stroke.
As you’ll discover, there are simple things you can do in seconds, like pouring a vial of nitroglycerine under your tongue, that can keep you alive long enough for the paramedics to reach you.
And you can’t really put a price on that.
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well its a good thing fish antibodics are around still . sadly they rose high up in price.
Not sure i would want to lug around a book like that in my BOB but its a neat book to have. Might wanna practice the things inside the book before thinking you got it all good 2 go.
I have yet to decide if this book is worth the $50 I paid for it. Obviously, a “hair on fire” sales pitch worked with me.
nope, not worth it.
i sadly bought this book and it is NOT worth it. you can find all this stuff online and for free. i’m on a fixed income so this was a costly mistake.
in times like there has been projected there will be no access to the internet or anything else. we will be living in hell and trying to survive when everything we know today is gone.
Remember this is a prepping site. In a catastrophe there won’t be any “online” and there won’t be any routine health care.That’s the whole point of having the book.
but .. when SHTF … I don’t think there’s going to be a internet but again, maybe sat net? n phones? hmm…. may need more info.
Not worth the money. Learned more in grade school health class. There was really nothing in it that you could use for “at home” care. Horribly misleading advertising.
Not worth the money and the refund policy has not been honored after multiple attempts to contact customer support.
I never received this item I ordered it back in february
I just received my copy of The Home Doctor a few days ago. I think it’s going to be a great help for managing many medical situations. I’ve ordered the recommended medical “necessities” to have at home and even found some antibiotics for emergencies. The one thing I have found is an Index for the book. It doesn’t seem to have one. That’s the one thing that’s disappointing to me personally. Very disappointing in fact. In case of a sudden need for information, there’s no way to quickly look it up. I’m going to scour the book better today, but an index can’t be found in the front or the back of the book where they’re usually located. If I’m just missing it and being a dunce, would someone please reply to my comment and let me know where to look? Other than the index, the information IN the book is GREAT. I wish there was something covering edema. I haven’t found it yet. Maybe an index would be good.
The index is in the front
Also, it would be a good idea for anyone with the book to go through it now and get familiar with it.
As a homeopath and herbalist I can tell you that if someone just gets a book and puts it on a shelf just in case then they will be very surprised how difficult it would be to figure everything out in an urgent situation.
That comment should read “haven’t” found an index.
I got digital version (by mistake) but am pleased with the info. The recipe for a salve to help sleep was worth price of book and it works. I have made it for others now
Save your money. Most of it is common sense stuff and none of it actually gives you instruction on how to assist outside of calling 911. Heavy on the COVID scamdemic c**p so that should tell you all you need to know about trusting anything in it. I would throw it away but I wouldn’t want someone to retrieve it thinking they had something useful. Kind of like one of those “grassroots” things that is actually well funded corporate. My guess this is a marketing program of big med or big pharma. Again, think of all the peroxide and bandages you could but for the cost of this.
I could market a list of what I have in my medicine cabinet and what each item is for and you’d be way ahead of any “knowledge” you get from this book. I am from a family of 11 kids and when you have 11 kids, you don’t run to big med for everything and you use tried and true treatments passed down from family who didn’t have the luxury of running to big med. You also get experience in everything with that many kids. Seriously, spend your money on things for your home instead of beemers for already rich doctors.
This book is way overrated. Don’t waste your money. It also recommended a 2nd book at checkout which I paid for and never received.
Well, I guess the reviews have it. There is a reportedly better book out written by a real doctor and his RN wife called something like. “When there is no doctor” which is available on Amazon which has gotten good reviews in every review I have read about it. I think I have it in my library but am too lazy to go check.
The book is excellent! a must have in these times…it’s clear and to the point.
Anyone who doesn’t like it must be bots for big Pharma!
Okay, I went to Amazon and looked it up. It is “The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joseph Alton, MD and Amy Alton, APRN (whatever that is) and Amazon has it for $35. Spiral bound $89.
I have only seen good reviews about this book.
LCC, thanks for the info, I searched for “The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joseph Alton” and a lot of books for sale with a wide range of prices, here’s a link:
‘Where there is No Dr’ is still a good book. I bought that after downloading a pdf because I like hard copy.
Would love a review of the Alton’s book though
“APRN” Advanced Practice Registered Nurse include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives. Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists can write med prescriptions. Not sure if midwives can write prescriptions.
Forget other countries an focus on your own home ground
Yo Raven! We are all proud of you for not commenting any
negative bulls**t today. Keep up the good work.I always new
there was hope for you.
Thanks Chuck i will think postive thoughts of you wishing we could hug it out shirtless.
Book is definitely NOT worth the money. I thought it was going to be more of a How To book but instead it was a picture book of things we probably won’t encounter and pictures of the doc in others countries. Do not waste your money. These prepped people seem a lot more like scam artists
Terribly disappointed in this book, and the digital information that came with it!!!!
Will never buy anything with the name Claude Davis on it again!!
I purchased this book, it seems very informative, however… You get none of the recipes for any of the Tintures for handmade medication’s… You will not find any of that in this book unless you order the digital book which I did not so it was a big waste of money to me because a lot of it is common sense. If I would’ve gotten all the recipes and how to create things from your backyard as they showing all the commercials I probably would have a different kind of review but I wouldn’t waste your money on this because you don’t get what they’re advertising.
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