Video: Our New Book Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings
Note: This is a companion video to our recent article on our brand new book “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibiotics in Austere Settings“.
Years ago, we began writing about medical preparedness as it relates to major disasters. If a catastrophe takes society to the brink, every family needs someone to step up and take responsibility for the health of their loved ones. That someone may very well be you.
Any event that takes us off the grid for any significant period of time will lead to outbreaks of infectious disease. In normal times, we depend on a modern medical system to prevent bad outcomes. When that system no longer functions, deaths will occur that would otherwise be avoidable if antibiotics were available.
For the citizen that assumes the role of medic in austere settings, obtaining a good quantity of antibiotics is problematic. Without these drugs, a family can expect deaths from infections at rates comparable to those seen in the 19th century.
We decided to educate the family medic about how to identify various infectious diseases and the medicines that cure them and their veterinary “equivalents”. We did this over the years in articles, videos, and podcasts.
Now, all the information we’ve accumulated is in one book: “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibiotics in Austere Settings”
In “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease”, we discuss:
• How bacteria cause disease
• How the immune system works to fight infection
• Many different disease-causing organisms
• Telling bacterial vs. viral disease
• Common infectious diseases
• Epidemic and pandemic diseases
• How antibiotics work
• Different antibiotic families
• How to use antibiotics wisely
• Issues with antibiotic resistance
• Individual antibiotics and the diseases each one treats
• Dosing, side effects, allergies, pregnancy and pediatric considerations
• Expiration Dates
• Establishing an epidemic sick room
• Dealing with wound infections
• Wound care
• Supplies for the effective austere medic
• Much more
A non-medical person having antibiotics on hand in disaster settings is considered controversial by the conventional medical wisdom, and for good reason. Yet, if there is no ambulance coming to render aid or hospital to treat the sick, you may become the end of the line with regards to the well-being of loved ones. Just as learning how to stop bleeding is important, learning about infection and the medicines that treat it will save lives in difficult times.
You won’t regret having “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibiotics in Austere Settings” in your survival library.
Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,
Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP