Gaye Levy, Contributing Writer
Those of us in the Western world often take good health for granted. But there are times when we all get sick. If we are lucky, we are near a clinic or medical facility and if not, well, hopefully we will be prepared with sufficient first aid items to get us through.
There are times, though, when that is not enough. If there is no doctor around, your best bet is to practice some do-it-yourself doctoring. A couple of months ago the Hesperian Health Group issued newly updated versions of some of their books, including the following two must-have volumes.
This manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common injuries and illnesses.
Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems.
Free Download: Where There Is No Doctor (PDF)
Where There is No Dentist (September 2011)
This basic dental manual uses straightforward language and step-by-step instructions to discuss preventive care of teeth and gums, diagnosing and treating common dental problems, and includes a special chapter on oral health and HIV.
I mention these two, updated books today as a reminder that in addition to being available in a traditional book format, they are available as an eBook in PDF format absolutely free of charge from the Hesperian web site.
As we close in on the December holiday season, what better gift from your survival minded friends or relatives than a copy or one or both of these books.
Free Download: Where There Is No Dentist (PDF)
While you are at it, I highly recommend that you download a copy of Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment. This 48-page booklet is jam packed with useful information on sanitation and hygiene in less than optimal situations including information on building your own pit toilet.
Gaye Levy, the SurvivalWoman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable, self-reliant and stylish lifestyle through emergency preparation and disaster planning through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com. SurvivalWoman speaks her mind and delivers her message with optimism and grace, regardless of mayhem swirling around us.