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At the most basic level, every human being is a chunk of flesh. Although we can take quite a bit of abuse, we are also fragile in many ways.

Knowing how to treat and care for the human body can keep your lungs breathing and heart beating.

Health & Wellness

Everyday we make dozens of decisions that affect our health and ultimately, our long term survival. The foods we eat, our level of exercise, stress, smoking, sleep–the list goes on.

There are a lot of factors intertwined in your overall well-being, and while I’m not in any place to preach to you, the reality is that preventative medicine is the best kind. The seemingly little “lifestyle” decisions that you make manifest themselves in months and years of life.

Now that’s survival.

Emergency Medicine

No matter who you are, everyone’s been there when somebody collapsed, stopped breathing, or started gushing blood. You’ve been there for car accidents, seizures and a lots of other scary medical emergencies.

Even knowing a handful of basic emergency medical procedures can be enough to keep someone alive until help arrives–be the person who knows, AND acts.

Check out the following prepisodes for topics related to emergency medicine, health and wellness:

Like a handful of you know, my little girl has been back in the hospital for the past 5 days. For as much as that sucks, it isn’t anywhere near […]

On my way back from California for Christmas last month, my car broke down. Victorville, CA for those of you who are familiar with it. Yuck. It was 6 pm […]

Allow me to share some wisdom with you: Never startle a big dog when he’s sleeping. That’s a lesson I learned the hard way a couple weeks ago, when my […]

A couple months ago, many of you guys remember that my little girl was in the hospital for about a week. It was a scary time and we really appreciate […]

A couple of weeks back, I posted a prepisode on how I was testing my house for Radon. Radon is a poisonous gas which can cause lung cancer and a […]

Now that my garden has officially kicked the bucket for the season, I’ve decided to try my hand at a little sprouting. Sprouts are cheap, easy to grow, and contain […]

You might have heard of “Radon” before, without knowing exactly what it is. Radon is a radioactive gas that’s released as a natural by-product of uranium breaking down. Because of […]

CERT training saved her son’s life! Karrie Beardall has been involved with CERT for several years, and was my instructor when I lived in Springville. In the meantime, she has […]

With the change in weather, it’s time for a reminder to get your flu shot. Flu shots are inexpensive ($20-30 if not covered by your insurance), can be administered over […]

Guys, You gotta help me out. A couple days ago, I went camping, and came back with some pretty gnarly poison ivy. Everything I’ve ever heard about poison ivy is […]

In today’s “Gear Review Wednesday” I give you a look at the M3 Medic Bag, from the guys at 1st Survival Gear. This is a mid-sized first aid/trauma kit, with […]

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to close up a laceration but don’t have a butterfly bandage, here is a simple little way to improvise one. […]

While In Nicaragua, I got a pretty bad wax rash in one spot from lying on a surfboard. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s akin to road rash, […]

At long last, I’m back from my sojourn in Nicaragua! I had a ton of fun, but happy to be back (and mostly in one piece!). As part of our […]

In today’s “Field Trip Friday” prepisode, I give you guys a look at the mock disaster scenario I participated in last week with my CERT unit. CERT stands for Community […]

Last time we sat down with Mrs. Urbivalist, we chatted about the NSAID family, and the pros and cons of each. In today’s prepisode I sit down once again for […]

And no, I’m not talking about Cupid and falling in love. Today I’m taking a moment to slow down and breathe deeply–IMHO, it can do just as much to keep […]

A couple weeks ago, I was in the throws of a serious head cold.  Standing in the middle of the local CVS, I again asked myself, “which pain med is […]

You probably never knew that “avulsed” is a fancy word for “knocked out”, but then again, I didn’t either. This week I’m hosting my long time friend and 3rd year […]

Gear Review Wednesday! Today we’re checking out some of what makes the Hi Tec Altitude Ultra WPi a great boot. Having weathered a couple “mock bug outs” and some seriously […]

Cleaning A Hydration Bladder My hydration bladder has had water residue in it since I went camping with Cody, and after a couple weeks it’s starting to get kinda skanky. […]

Indoor Vegetable Garden The growing season in Utah is all but over. But I’m not ready to stop growing. So at long last, I finally put together my first indoor […]

The tights Prepisode. Since I did my 72 hour urban bug out earlier this year, I’ve received a handful of comments and emails from Cody in Boise (Urbivalist reader and […]

Excuse the somberness and the misty eyes, today I speak from the heart.  A couple weeks ago, we commemorated the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. […]

After posting Prepisode 18, on bulk water storage, I had a little something brought to my attention.  Many garden hoses, in fact MOST garden hoses, are not recommended as “drinking […]

Last week I finished Cody Lundin’s 98.6: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive. While this isn’t an “urban survival” book (strictly speaking), it is loaded with good information that […]

Disclaimer: This post is not a lesson on CPR. As always, people acting in a medical capacity should receive training from professionals. I’m not responsible for anything, don’t blame me […]

Following the failure of nuclear reactors in Japan, people all over the world have been purchasing Potassium Iodide. Here are some of the more common questions and answers.

In the wake of Japan's cataclysmic disaster, the answers to these 7 questions can be the difference of life and death when disaster comes to your neighborhood.

Do you really think you’re going to die in a terrorist attack? Consider it. How many people do you know that have died in terrorist attacks? Thousands? Hundreds? Or is […]