Last year, when the Self Reliance Expo visited north Texas, I assisted Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy of Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine with their booth. They teach classes during the Expo and have to close their booth if they can’t find someone to cover during these class times. I was honored to help some good friends out. Despite my protests, Nurse Amy insisted I take one of her kits home. In fact, she let me know that she had my address and would mail to to me if I didn’t take it right then.
The kit I was sent home with is called the Mini Deluxe Trauma Bag. It’s a lot more Deluxe than it is Mini! It’s a very comprehensive kit that can cover everything from minor scrapes and cuts up to serious traumatic injuries. Nurse Amy hand packs every kit they offer with the experience gained from a career in medicine. There are a ton of items in this kit, but each is placed where it needs to be for fast, easy access. When there is a medical issue, the last thing you want is to search for the product you need to treat it. That’s what really separates this kit from any competitor. Everything is easily accessible and prioritized by an expert in trauma medicine.
I’ve generally found that the best product reviews come from actually using a product. Luckily, I haven’t had to use this product too often. With that said, it has been used. With two little girls, it’s always handy to have Band-Aids on hand, even if it is for a placebo. But there are those times when I go overboard and need to test a medical product on myself. Most recently I used a mandolin slicer to remove a good portion of my fingertip. Elevation and applying pressure wasn’t stopping the blood flow anywhere fast enough. And I really hate making a mess by bleeding all over everything. Enter the Trauma Bag. Included in the hemorrhage control part were several options to stop bleeding quickly. I selected Cayenne pepper powder (primarily because the commercial anti-coagulants are expensive to restock in the kit!). Viola, bleeding under control!
Most kits you can buy off the shelf would not include a natural remedy like this. Another benefit to a kit from Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. These kits are designed for practical use, and if a natural method works well, it is given a spot in the kit. Overall, these kits are the best bang for your buck because the are packed by medical experts instead of the marketing department at Johnson & Johnson.
Rather than reinvent the wheel and post everything in this kit and other kits available, I’ll just link over to the Doom and Bloom page where you can see contents, read more about them, and even see videos.
Here’s a link to the Mini Deluxe Trauma Bag.
Here’s a link to the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine website.
Be sure to stop by and show some love to some great folks that provide a wealth of information to our community.
Before I get into a true review of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, I need to send them a big thank you and an apology for not getting a review done sooner. I had the pleasure of meeting them both at the Self Reliance Expo many months ago. Dr. Bones promised to send me a personalized copy of the book and I told him I would enjoy reading it and get a review posted here at Surviving Modern Life. He did send the book, I did enjoy reading it, and now I’m finally getting to a review.
I’ve read a couple of books on survival and wilderness medicine over the past couple of years. I think it is a subject that everyone should at least have a basic understanding of since we aren’t always within reach of our modern medical systems. Whether we are out hiking hours away from the nearest road or we are facing a full societal collapse, medical issues will still come up. In these extreme situations, it could fall to any one of us to step up and become the only medical care available. In short term situations, this might only require a knowledge of basic first aid and the ability to stabilize the patient until professional medical help can be reached. In long term situations, help might not be coming for hours, days, or even weeks. With this very real threat, it is up to each of us within the preparedness community to learn the skills that can save our lives or the lives of those close to us. Of course, not many of us can run out and start medical school so we have to explore other methods of learning.
This is where Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy come in. They recognized that there is a niche that needed filled in the preparedness community in the area of medicine. There are a lot of great medical books available but they are either too basic to be helpful or they are entirely too in depth for the layman to use. The few books that fall in between usually conclude each section by saying, “Then seek professional medical help.” Not so with The Survival Medicine Handbook.
Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy recognized that there may be situations where seeking professional medical help isn’t possible and geared their book to this possibility. They take a holistic approach to teaching individuals to become the first line medical practitioner during an emergency. A lot of books cover basic first aid and a “How To” approach to each medical condition. The Survival Medicine Handbook covers all of this but also has entire chapters devoted to becoming a medical resource and the basics of medical emergency preparedness.
Another wonderful featured offered is the integration of traditional medical treatments with alternative medicines. You will not only be provided with vast expertise in use of modern techniques and pharmaceutical drugs, but you will be exposed to the use of natural remedies and essential oils. I find this refreshing since modern drugs might not always be available to us.
In closing, I would like to say that The Survival Medicine Handbook gives you access to many years of medical experience. It won’t make you a doctor, but it will exponentially increase your knowledge of medicine. I feel more comfortable for owning and reading this book and having it handy for reference if I am in a situation where I need to provide medical care for myself or a loved one.
You can find The Survival Medicine Handbook at DoomandBloom.net. While you are there, be sure to check out the huge amounts of free articles covering all things medicine.