Angelica archangelica

Also known as wild celery, this medicinal herb was a favorite for Colonists to the Americas from Britain. Used for thousands of years by medical practitioners on both sides of the pond, this herb has been advertised as, essentially, a cure all. Current scientific studies have not supported such wide ranging uses. However, there are…

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Pre-Hospital Care in Mass Casualty Shootings

You will likely recognize the above picture as a CAT tourniquet. As programs such as Stop The Bleed and others have focused on the use of tourniquets in the field, these have become a popular item for most to carry in our kits. This is for good reason too. Studies and data coming from military…

Zika—Don’t forget about this viral illness

As with most stories that make a splash into the headlines, Zika virus had its 15 minutes of fame, but has since seemed to fade into the arena of “old news”. So, as the intrepid traveler, is this an infection you should be worrying about or was this just a story for a news starved…

Be prepared for travel

I have updated and am republishing the following blog post as it remains pertinent and should stay top of mind. Please send any questions to me in the comments and feel free to share your own tips there as well. Planning your trip of a lifetime? Or just a short getaway in a far away…

Wilderness Texting

On a recent adventure into the Colorado wilderness, we came along the note above. One hiker was communicating to the group that they were taking an alternate route and would meet them at base camp in a few days. While this may seem unusual in today’s world of text messages and wide cell phone coverage,…

Moving to Quality

  Not very long ago the scarificator (shown above) was considered at the height of technology. With this device, it was easier to produce the healing effects that were widely known to come from blood-letting. Had there been health insurance companies at the time, I presume there would have been an acceptable billing and procedure…

High Tech versus Low Tech Medicine

I entered into a discussion today on Twitter about the lack of patients being interested in or in need of high tech options for their health care. Somewhat ironic, I thought, that we were using such a high tech platform to hear some dismiss the capabilities of such platforms to be engaging. However, it does…

Medicine in the Social Media/Web 2.0 World

The profession of Medicine has always been slow to innovate and to change. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss promoted hand washing as a way to prevent or decrease the spread of infections in 1847. Despite no evidence of any harm, beyond the chafing of a few physician hands from harsh lye soap, his finding was widely critized…

Wilderness Doc takes to the airwaves!

Well, sort of. Getting started with a blog about Wilderness medicine and related topics. Please feel free to post any questions or suggestions. Always happy to have topics suggested. Check back frequently for new and exciting posts.