Did your mom ever tell you to go outside and play

Did your mom ever tell you to go outside and play? Mine did, and I will forever be thankful. She encouraged me to explore the world around me. I climbed tall trees to their tops, swam in creeks, and sat under the low lying branches of a pine tree with my dog Buck waiting out rainstorms.

Outside is the place to be if you want to stay healthy

All too many people today race from one artificially controlled environment to another, only catching a few breaths of fresh air as they go.

During the winter, our outdoor exposure is even less due to the cold, but that should not stop you.

Get Up, Get Out, and Survive

Fresh air is good for you. It helps you digest food more effectively, improves blood pressure and heart rate, and strengthens your immune system. It also helps your lungs dilate more fully and enhances their cleansing action helping you release airborne toxins from your body.

Natural light boosts your serotonin, making you feel better. Got the wintertime blues, then stop hiding from it.

Sunlight will help you produce Vitamin D, and does it whenever your bare skin is exposed to sunlight. 

Dirt will help your kids build up their natural resistance to various germs. Contact with it and animals help them reduce their risk of developing allergies and autoimmune diseases in the future. A dirty kid can survive.

Cold weather causes your body to burn more calories, now who doesn’t need that.

And finally, being outside makes you feel better. If that’s not your reaction, then you have been inside too long, so go outside and paly.

Fish antibiotics, would I take them in an emergency

Would I take fish antibiotics in an emergency? Yes.

If you buy fish antibiotics in pill form. And they have the same coloring and imprint codes printed on them as human antibiotics, you are getting the same product.

Amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, penicillin and more, are repackaged and sold as fish antibiotics, sometimes in equal doses.

But there is some risk you should know about

Number 1 – The pills do not have to meet the same handling standards for medication, and may not get stored properly.

Number 2 – You need to know which ones to use and why. I would not use them without first reading the book The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way, which covers this topic thoroughly.

And finally, check to see if you have the same pills by matching them up with this pill identifier tool.

In the end, it’s up for you to decide if the risk outweighs not having anything to take in a grid down situation.

All prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the U.S. are required by the FDA to have an imprint code. If your pill has no imprint code, it could be a vitamin, diet, herbal, or energy pill, or an illicit or foreign drug. It is not possible to accurately identify a pill online without an imprint code.