When it comes to alternatives to medication, you need to be really careful. After all, if something isn’t Food and Drug Administration-approved, then there’s no guarantee that it’s gone through the years of testing required to prove that it’s fit for human use. However, during an emergency situation, you might not have the benefit of being able to acquire your regular prescription medications. When that happens, you’ll be thankful for whatever alternatives you might have sequestered away in your emergency storage.
Here are five ways to stay healthy during a disaster situation:
- Prescription medication: If you have a good enough relationship with your doctors, you may be able to convince them to prescribe a surplus of your needed medications so that you can have extra to place in emergency food storage. However, you’ll need to keep an eye on your medications’ expiration dates, as expired medication can cause unintended side effects.
- Fish antibiotics: Infection can be a real danger in any emergency situation, both from sickness and injuries. However, most physicians tend to keep a tight rein on their antibiotics. This is because there are people who want to use antibiotic treatments to combat everything from allergies and common colds to more serious diseases. However, antibiotics are effective only when dealing with bacterial infections. What’s more, overuse of antibiotics can lead to resistant strains of bacteria. However, if you have the medical know-how to accurately assess an infection, then having antibiotics around could literally save a life. So, how can you get your hands on antibiotics for your emergency storage? It’s simple. Head to a pet store or a fish supplier and pick up some fish antibiotics. The fact is that, chemically, fish antibiotics are identical to prescription human antibiotics (for example, Fish Mox Forte is actually amoxicillin). You’ll need to check dosage, but beyond that, there really isn’t any difference. Fish antibiotics can be purchased over the counter. Be warned, however, because the official stance on fish antibiotics is that they are not for human use. Yes, they’re exactly the same as prescription antibiotics, but if you decide to take them, you’re doing so at your own risk.
- Over-the-counter drugs: Many over the counter drugs fulfill the same function as prescription drugs. For example, most prescription painkillers use either acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen, which can easily be purchased over the counter without a prescription in the form of Tylenol, Advil or Aleve. As for other medications, ask your doctor about over-the-counter alternatives that you could use in an emergency storage. You might be surprised what’s available. Just be careful to follow all instruction and heed any warnings printed on the packaging; these drugs may be sold without a prescription, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also dangerous.
- Foods: Certain foods have been known to have immunity boosting properties and curative effects. Onions, for example, contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin, which help speed up the repair of damaged cells. Raw garlic can act as a blood thinner for heart attack victims, reducing pressure on clogged arteries. Honey can provide quick relief to sore throats. Really, there are too many to list here. But if you do a little research, you’ll be able to find all sorts of foods that can double as medication in a pinch.
- Water: Invariably, when doctors wants their patients to get over a minor ailment, they generally recommend the same thing: Rest and plenty of fluids. Water makes up about 60 percent of the human body; yet it is constantly being lost throughout the day thanks to evaporation, waste excretion and a number of other factors. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you’ve got more than enough clean drinking water in your food storage. Water helps oxygenate the blood and remove toxins from the body. It also aids in the production of lymph, which is a necessary component of the immune system. Water helps digestion, keeps your kidneys healthy, provides energy to your muscles and can be used to treat chronic ailments such as arthritis and even leukemia.