Foraging

Have you or anyone you know ever gone out into the wild to pick blackberries, honeysuckle, rabbit tobacco or mushrooms? If you have, you have been foraging. A time honored tradition and, for millennia, one of the few ways humans could sustain themselves. It has not been, historically speaking, long since humans started farming and…

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The Traveller’s​ Scurge: Traveller’s Diarrhea

As an adjunct to my upcoming podcast this Saturday, I am reposting this article from a few months ago.  In this post I want to expand on what I wrote in prior blog concerning being prepared for an upcoming adventure. While Traveller’s Diarrhea was mentioned there briefly, there is so much more that the truly…

Wilderness Trivia

I must admit that I am a huge fan of trivia. Don’t ask me how many Kardashians there are or who won the Oscar for Best picture last year. I am more interested in knowing that a US river ending in the suffix “-amack” means that it has been a river known for good fishing….

Hospital Profits

In writing this post, I do so knowing full well that there are significant difficulties in the healthcare industry in America. Too many in the United States incur bankruptcy due to medical bills each year. Too many forego recommended treatments whether procedural or via medication each day. With that background, it should also be noted…

Wilderness Weekly Episode 5

In this fifth episode of the Wilderness Weekly, your host, Dr. Jason Smith, interviews Dr. Jonathan Hall. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Hall will discuss his love of the wilderness and how he and his wife, Lisa, have continued to interest their children in the outdoors. He will also talk to us about how the wilderness…

The Role of the CMO: Chief Medical Officer

One of the questions I am frequently asked is, “What do you do exactly?” And, my response is usually, “Well, that depends.” I have this response because the role of the Chief Medical Officer is one that is ever changing. I frequently refer people to the line in my job description that sums it up…

Wilderness Weekly Episode 4

In this fourth episode, your host, Dr. Jason Smith, talks with Martha Hanna, Nurse Practitioner, and Michael Hanna, Physical Therapist, about their experiences in Haiti. Having travelled frequently to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, Martha and Michael are very familiar with the needs of the Haitian people and we will discuss this on the podcast. …

The House of Jesus: A Book Review

Having just finished reading this novel while on a cruise through the Caribbean, I had to write a review of this marvelous work. This book truly has something for every reader. If you are looking for a romance, the blossoming relationship between two of the main characters will keep you enthralled. If you are looking…

Wilderness Weekly

In this Episode of the Wilderness weekly your host, Dr. Jason Smith, will discuss hypothermia and how you can recognize and treat this dangerous condition. He will also discuss some of the items you should take in your car with you should you be traveling during the winter months. Finally, he will preview upcoming episodes…

Yellow Fever: A Disease to Know

As of 2013, Yellow Fever killed 78,000 people annually in Africa with a total of 130,000 severe cases. It is still considered endemic in 34 African and in 13 South American countries. There were 11 cases imported to China from Angola in 2016, potentially exposing a large and unvaccinated population in China. These Yellow Fever…