Oct 242010

Chris Martenson continues his recommendations for “What Should I Do?” to increase resilience in one’s life with the subject of Health and First Aid.

His is a pretty conventional approach. Way too conventional for my taste. But I can’t disagree with his recommendations to have a huge first aid kit on hand, to take the Red Cross First Aid Course, to have spare glasses, contacts, hearing aids or other items that could possibly be in short supply.

I’d go much farther than Chris because if the system breaks all our sub-systems will break as well. Medical insurance will no longer dictate where you can go for help. There might not be any insurance. Hospitals could be in a state of dis-function. Transportation might be difficult.

I’d like to suggest something more radical: Be your own damn doctor. Here’s the reading assignment—How And When To Be Your Own Doctor by Isabelle Moser which is part of Steve Solomon’s Soil and Health Library one of the treasures of the internet.

Dr. Moser tells her personal story, explains the nature and cause of disease, writes about fasting (including her own experiences), colon cleansing, diet and nutrition, vitamins and supplements. In the last chapter she relates a number of cases she handled at her clinic in Oregon. Dr. Moser, by the way, was not a medical doctor. She had a Ph’d in Psychology and was at one time the Mental Health Coordinator for Whatcom County.

Dr. Moser died at a fairly young age (56) of cancer which she had first had diagnosed at age 26. Her husband, Steve Solomon (yes, that Steve Solomon who writes garden books) took her notes and finished her book for her. On the irony of her death he writes in the Forward: “Many people consider death to be a complete invalidation of a healing arts practitioner. I don’t. Coping with her own dicey health had been a major motivator for Isabelle’s interest in healing others. She will tell you more about it in the chapters to come. Isabelle had been fending off cancer since its first blow up when she was 26 years old. I view that 30 plus years of defeating Death as a great success rather than consider her ultimate defeat as a failure.”

Dr. Moser herself explains the essential problem with natural healing: “Finally, and this is why natural medicine is doubly unpopular, to prevent the recurrence of toxemia and acute disease states, (people) must discover what they are doing wrong and change their life. Often as not this means elimination of the person’s favorite (indigestible) foods and/or (stress-producing) bad habits.” It’s a simple prescription; not so easy to accomplish. It takes will power, dedication and is socially straining. You can’t just take a pill. And, what if those pills aren’t available?

So, if you aren’t going to read Dr. Moser’s  book and become your own doc, then at least get a first aid kit and take the Red Cross First Aid course.


  7 Responses to “What Should I Do About Heath and First Aid?”

  1. A group of concerned islanders has been meeting to discuss our health care (short, long term) needs and solutions for a while (I’m not a member; Heard this from Bobbie H and Robb K.). At this Wednesday’s 10/28 LICA meeting, they will make a short presentation about their ideas for assessing islanders needs. I hope lots of islanders will show up for this (potluck at 6:30, meeting starts I think at 7:15)

    Come to the potluck, too. Bring a carnivore, locavore, vegan, vegitarian, kosher, ominvore or other dish. Breaking bread together is a good way to build community.

  2. Wynne,

    I’m enjoying your commenting “rampage” on Ken Mann’s blog and FB page. Especially the recs to cut exorbitant mgr. compensation.

    My understanding of the Robb K. deal is that it’s focused on long term care to keep people in their homes on the island longer. Is this what you are hearing? R

  3. I was unceremoniously dumped from my local doctors clinic when they decided they no longer wanted to accept my insurance company. It was difficult to find a replacement. I have moved twice since that time and the first thing I do in a new location is find a good doctor preferably one whose office is in a medical facilty/hospital. I now have good connections to doctors and hospitals in two different communities 150 miles apart ( I expect to move back to the community I do not now live in). Because I am a patient of record I can call and get an appointment and get a referral if I need one. This should be a priorty for you. If you live in a small community without a hospital or where a doctor may not be available in a larger emergency what is your plan? Go to the nearest large community and research and find a doctor working in a clinic or hospital ( so there are more resources and other doctors as well). Establish yourself as his/her patient. If your health is now good then simply get a well visit or checkup or whatever. Keep your connection up to date. Learn the receptionist and nurses name, chat with them when you visit. Don’t disconnect from local health care professionals but establish a good alternative.

  4. After talking with Bob Fodor the other day, I believe the emphasis is on some sort of retirement/nursing home sort of situation….I’m sure it will be encompass more than that, but that’s what I got out of it. It’s nice to have Bill Bazlen on the island….for animals. He comes in handy when an emergency comes up, or…..Interesting we don’t have one doctor willing to jump in and provide care. I remember when I was a kid, our doctor made house calls…..he also had an office in town…..it was part of servicing a small community. Med flight is cheap……one may not agree with how modern medicine has evolved, I certainly don’t, but for broken legs and other forms of body carpentry….there are few options.

  5. I agree with a lot of Moser has to say. I try to adhere to a lot of what she recommends….it’s a full time job maintaining a deteriorating body. She recommends Great Harvest bread…..there’s one in Bham. We go there from time to time and buy their bread. She also recommends iodine and magnesium in quantities way above the RDA (not surprising). I have been taking both for a while now, along with a lot of other supplements, EFAs, Green algae/food, etc. Look at the deficiency levels in the population for both substances. She recommends 10mg of Iodine a day. Look at the RDA….ridiculous. The average intake in Japan is 12 mg….go to the Co-op, and there is only one brand of Iodine available…..at 12.5 mg a tab, per day. I’m using Nascent Iodine which is a great way to get iodine into your system. Magnesium is taken transdermally, as well as with a Ca/Mg combo pill. She recommends 1000mg daily. The average CA/MG dosage contains 500mg of hard to absorb Mg. She recommends 3K of Vitamin C….one can argue that Ascorbic Acid is not Vit C….but the dosage is good.


    One could go on and on about every subject on Martenson’s list. I wish more people would go on and on about important issues as opposed to the drivel we tend to hide behind day to day….there is no escape, so one might as well face the music. Anyways, thanks for addressing Martenson’s list. An important first step.

  6. Re trauma docs Dr. Moser has this to say in Chapter 2: “However, before I get started on the medicos, let me state that one area exists where I do have fundamental admiration for allopathic medicine. This is its handling of trauma. I agree that a body can become the genuine victim of fast moving bullets. It can be innocently cut, smashed, burned, crushed and broken. Trauma are not diseases and modern medicine has become quite skilled at putting traumatized bodies back together. Genetic abnormality may be another undesirable physical condition that is beyond the purview of natural medicine. However, the expression of contra-survival genetics can often be controlled by nutrition. And the expression of poor genetics often results from poor nutrition, and thus is similar to a degenerative disease condition, and thus is well within the scope of natural medicine.”

  7. From what I am hearing and seeing in the Tome, the recent health focus on the island is composed of two efforts, I suppose actually three.

    The first is one looking at long term home care rather than institutional care – Lummi Island Neighbor Care.

    The second, which has grown out of the first, is a community health assessment committee, Island Health Assessment Committe, which will assess various aspects of medical services on or for Lummi Island including home care and possibly insitutional care, and emergency response.

    It appears there is a third effort that is immediately looking at emergency preparedness as a follow up to the program started several years ago by the the article in the Tome calling for all health professionals to meet on November 9th.

    With the predicted hard winter ahead, Lummites may be especially grateful to have the first and the third well established.


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