This article has been contributed by The Daily Crux and originally appears in The Doctor’s Protocol Field Manual by Dr. David Eifrig.
In any crisis event, you could be on your own for days… even weeks.
Hospitals could be impossible to get to. In fact, if we have a bioterrorism attack, plague, or viral outbreak, going to a hospital could be even more dangerous than staying home.
Your town could be without running water for a month or more.
No washing. No flushing toilets. No way to shower, clean dishes, or cleanse wounds.
Every year, poor sanitation kills more than 2 million people around the globe. We don’t see the effects of this very often in the United States, but in a real crisis, poor sanitation is deadly.
As a medical doctor, I can tell you that one of the most important things you must have in your home is a good supply of antibiotics.
Now… how do you get antibiotics when you’re not sick, and which ones should you keep on hand?
Let me explain…
In short, there are four (4) prescription drugs I strongly recommend you have at home.
One of these drugs is an often-overlooked antibiotic, called Doxycycline. Like all antibiotics, it treats bacterial infections.
But the reason you want to have Doxycycline is because it also treats “atypical” bacteria such as Rickettsia, which causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever and typhus.
I’m not sure how much you know about typhus, but it’s extremely deadly (without treatment) and is sometimes referred to as “camp fever” or “hospital fever” because it affects large populations living near one another in poor sanitary conditions.
Typhus epidemics have actually changed history.
Typhus killed 3 million Russians during WWI… and during one dark period in Britain, it killed 10% of the entire population.
The point is, in a city or town with no electricity or running water, and generally poor sanitary conditions, typhus and similar epidemic diseases could definitely strike again.
So Doxycycline is something you should definitely have around. And it’s a lot cheaper and easier to get than most people think. A 10-day generic for Doxycycline shouldn’t cost much more than $10 at any pharmacy.
And in addition to Doxycycline, you definitely should also have three other drugs on hand:
– Ciprofloxin (“Cipro”)
– Bactrim (from the sulfa family).
These drugs can be used to treat things like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, skin problems, and dozens of other deadly infections… even exposure to the most common bioterrorism agent: anthrax.
Make sure you are not allergic to any these antibiotics before taking them.
Talk with your doctor now about how to get these drugs. He or she may have free trial packs (like the popular “Z-Pac”) to share with you. Doctors will often prescribe Cipro and Bactrim DS (both as generics) for people planning overseas trips.
You can get 60 pills (a one-month supply) of each at Wal-Mart for $20 or a 10-day supply for $10. Rite Aid sells generic Doxycycline for a similar price.
Store these drugs in a sealed freezer bag with desiccant (anti-moisture) packets inside. Place them in the freezer. Once thawed, they will last for six to 12 months when kept at room temperature.
Start now to make sure you are staying prepared.