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.