07 de Julio del 2009 Ref.: Documento Institucional Secretaria de Planificación en Salud – Médicos del Mundo Argentina Epidemia de Gripe A h1n1-ETI– IRAS en Argentina: Mitos y Realidades en Sistema de Salud, Información Epidemiológica y Determinantes socio-económicos Breve Reseña - ANTECEDENTES La epidemia de Influenza (Gripe A-H1N1 y Gripe estacional) e Infecciones Respiratorias Aguadas-IRAS (Bronquitis, Bronquiolitis, Neumonías, etc) que claramente desborda en demanda a los servicios públicos de salud, al subsector privado y de seguridad social, resulta ser una amenaza a la Salud Colectiva. A su vez, se generó un caos des-informativo, se potenció la descoordinación y fragmentación imperante en los criterios de intervención en el sistema de salud debido a la ausencia de rectoría del Estado nacional, entre otros problemas. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) declaró el ingreso a la Fase 6 de Influeza A (H1N1) instalando la máxima alerta epidemiológica a nivel internacional y activando las medidas, protocolos y acciones pertinentes frente a este estadio de la enfermedad. A nivel nacional en nuestro país el Ministerio de Salud de la Nación llevó adelante los protocolos internacionales de la OMS y las medidas que se tenían establecidas para la potencial pandemia de Gripe Aviar (que nunca ocurrió), dio por terminada así la fase de contención cuando comenzaron los contagios de persona-persona en nuestro territorio y se encuentra en la etapa de mitigación con lo se aplicará principal atención a los grupos vulnerables y en riesgo, se recomendó auto-aislamiento en caso de tener los síntomas de gripe, el cierre de escuelas-universidades, la no realización de eventos u actividades masivas donde exista presencia de personas en lugares cerrados, y la no asistencia de Hospitales-Unidades sanitarias si no se tiene síntomas de la enfermedad, la universalización del tratamiento de profilaxis con el antiviral (oseltamivir – zanamivir) en los casos sospechosos de Gripe A, entre otras medidas. La situación epidemiológica y sanitaria en Argentina actualmente se ubica como el 7to país con más casos de Influenza A (H1N1) en el mundo -segundo en América del Sur- con 2409 casos confimados por el Instituto Malbrán, donde hasta el momento hubo 60 muertes en diferentes puntos de la Ciudad, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Sante Fe, San Juan, Neuquén y Misiones por dicha influenza A (H1N1). Aunque la cantidad real de enfermos puede llegar a más de 100.000 según propias inferencias del Ministerio de Salud de la Nación ya que solo se reporta con prueba diagnóstica por laboratorio los casos severos y mortales, mientras que los leves se tratan directamente como sospechosos sin confirmación por laboratorio. Esta estimación se basa en el supuesto que hubo hasta el momento por lo menos 110.000 casos de Enfermedad Tipo Influenza (ETI) registrados por demanda a los servicios de salud y teniendo en cuenta que se estima que "el 85 o 90 por ciento del virus que circula es A – H1N1 (según centros centinelas), se tomó esta proporción para inferir dicha cifra que justamente daría 100.000. Como se reconoce en esta época del año, en nuestro país se producen 3200 muertes ligadas a la Gripe Estacional obviamente afectando a aquellos con patologías de base o en situación de vulnerabilidad social. Las Infecciones Respiratorias Agudas-IRAS (Neumonías/ Bronquiolitis) la sufren cientos de miles de chicos-adultos-adultos mayor, donde anualmente mueren 19.000 personas y 566 chicos menores de 5 año por dicha situación. En Argentina durante el 2008 se notificó un total de 1.186.997 casos de Enfermedad Tipo Influenza (ETI) en todo el país; mientras que el número de casos notificados de Neumonía en
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If you have spent any time at all thinking about medical preparedness beyond the purchase of a basic first aid kit, then chances are you have come across various lists of medicines to include in your survival medical kit.
Example List of Recommended Survival Medicines --
Isopropyl Alcohol Hydrogen Peroxide Children's Fever Reducer Triple Antibiotic Ointment Hydrocortisone Cream Instant Cold Packs Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Mosquito repellant Anti fungal Ointment Diaper Rash Ointment Cool Downz (Neck cooler) Pepto Bismol Chewable Tablets Halls Menthol Cough Drops Saline Nasal Spray
Anti-Diarrhea Meds, Misc.
If you were to purchase each of these items, not only would it cost you at least a couple hundred dollars, but you would have to buy a big backpack to put it all in. If you had to evacuate your home for any reason, all these survival medicines would be adding a significant amount of additional weight to your food, water, clothing, and other bug-out supplies. Not only that, you can look forward to replacing most of these medicines and creams in a couple year's time when most of them expire. You can drop $200 on survival medicines every couple of years if you want, or you can keep
reading and learn how to simplify your survival medical kit without sacrificing quality. In this
Free Report I will show you how you can replace almost 50 expert-recommended survival
medicines with two space-saving preparations that won't expire, cost less than $50, and will also
help you start saving money on medical expenses today!
What are those two super-concentrated, multi-purpose, wonder medicines? They are none other than therapeutic-grade lavender and peppermint essential oils.
Lavender oil is considered the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils because of its amazing versatility. No home should be without it. I have used lavender to stop the bleeding and quickly heal a large gash on my elbow. I have used it to heal a severe sunburn on my legs that was purple, swollen, and painful. My mom used lavender oil on a 3rd-degree burn from a run-in with the oven, and it healed the burn within just a week and saved her the hassle and expense of an ER visit! I have use lavender oil during allergy attacks to instantly calm the sneezing, and take my eyes from itchy and red to normal within several minutes. Lavender got rid of a bad case of eczema for one of my clients. Not even the expensive prescription creams did that for her. I have hundreds of clients who have used therapeutic-grade lavender oil effectively for
scores of purposes.
Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. (Mentha piperita) Peppermint oil has hits a home run for me every time when I have used it for nausea or digestive upset. One time when my family got sick with the stomach flu during a vacation, I got rid of my nausea immediately with applying peppermint oil on my belly. I never vomited or had diarrhea like all the people around me, who were too stubborn to try the peppermint oil themselves. My first experience with Young Living peppermint oil was using it to get rid of a migraine within 5 minutes! I had struggled with chronic migraines as a child and nothing had ever worked to get rid of migraines for me – much less within a few minutes! Once when camping in a friend's RV, I used peppermint oil to repel a pesky mouse that was running around my bed. My clients repeatedly tell me how much they appreciate peppermint oil's effectiveness for a wide variety of ills.
Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, cooling aroma with an amazing repertoire of uses in survival medicine.
How Essential Oils Work
Essential oils are Mother Nature's pharmacy. They are super-concentrates of aromatic herbs and plants, naturally rich in the chemicals used by the plants for immune, stress, and hormonal responses as well inter-cellular communication. Depending on the specific essential oil, they have properties that can boost the immune system, kill microbes, heal wounds, relieve pain, balance the mood, even out hormones, and so much more! Ever since the dawn of humanity, man has harnessed the power of plant medicine. Essential oils became the foremost medicinal substances in such societies as ancient Egypt and the Middle East and were used daily by their royalties. They were truly the most prized commodities in many of these ancient societies, gifts fit for a king. From the ancient Hebrews using essential oils in their temple rituals, to ancient Egyptians using them in their beauty rituals, to the Three Wise Men bringing gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the Christ Child, essential oils have a long and prestigious history. There are over 188 references to essential oils in the Bible alone! What's the Difference Between Herbs and Essential Oils?
Just to compare, it takes 26 cups of peppermint tea to achieve the same effect as one drop of
therapeutic-grade peppermint essential oil! Our therapeutic-grade lavender oil naturally has
over 200 chemical components, which explains how at one time, lavender has significant
anti-anxiety, anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing properties. This one
essential oil can be used for literally thousands of health conditions. It takes 170-250 lbs. of
lavender plant material to make just 1 lb. of lavender oil. So each and every drop of real
lavender oil is a potent, precious, non-toxic natural medicine that you can feel good about
using on yourself, your children, and even your pets.
Millions of people worldwide, including myself, prefer essential oils to pharmaceutical drugs because each single essential oil contains hundreds of natural chemicals. This is what gives each oil dozens and dozens of uses. But not only that, small amounts of hundreds of natural chemicals found in essential oils are much easier for the body to metabolize, making toxicity quite rare (at least among therapeutic-grade oils).
In summary, essential oils are portable, super-concentrated, versatile, cost-effective, need no refrigeration, and are chemical-free. You don't have to worry about lugging around dozens of bulky bottles or annoying pills or tinctures. You also don't have to replace the oils as they will keep indefinitely as long as they are stored properly with the caps on tightly and out of direct sunlight or extremes in temperature. When used internally, essential oils work instantly as they go straight into the bloodstream.
They can easily fit in your purse, backpack, or survival kit. And most importantly of all –
Replacing 50 Survival Medicines with
Lavender & Peppermint Oils
I have personally used Young Living lavender and peppermint oils effectively for about 85% of the issues in this list. I've never come across a few of these issues, but if I do I will most definitely pull out my oils! I have to admit – I know this looks too good to be true. But from my friend Mary who accidently spilt boiling water all over her arm in July 2012 and used YL lavender to countless clients who have used YL peppermint oil successfully for headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and heartburn – I've seen and personally experienced the power of these two oils time and time again. I would never, ever, ever want to be without either of these two oils. Now, to the meat of this report – Recommended Medicine – Benadryl
Our Solution – For allergies or hayfever, rub lavender oil on feet and inhale deeply daily often
as you need to during attacks. For very bad allergy attacks, take a drop of lavender oil internally
as often as you need to.
Recommended Medicines – Dermoplast, Aloe vera gel
Our Solution – Lavender soothes and heals burns, including sunburn. Apply neat on location or
dilute with a carrier oil.
Recommended – Carmex/Lip Balm
Our Solution – Lavender oil soothes and heals chapped lips and skin. Apply neat on location
or dilute with a carrier oil.
(Untreated, congestion could lead to pneumonia and possibly result in death.) Recommended Medicines – Mucinex, Vicks VapoRub, Nasal Spray
Our Solution – Dilute 1-2 drops of peppermint oil with a few drops of a carrier oil and apply to
the chest for chest congestion. Follow with a hot compress. For sinus congestion, inhale
peppermint oil or lightly dab onto sinus areas, carefully avoiding the eyes.
Recommended Medicine – Halls Menthol Cough Drops
Our Solution – peppermint oil dabbed on sinuses, drop on tongue and over throat
Recommended Medicine – Diaper rash ointment
Our Solutions – Dilute lavender oil 50/50 and apply on site during diaper changes.
***DIARRHEA, CONSTIPATION, & INDIGESTION***
(Untreated, diarrhea could lead to dehydration and possibly result in death.) Recommended Medicine – Castor oil, Imodium, Anti-Diarrhea Meds, Misc. Pepto Bismol
Our Solutions – Apply a few drops of peppermint oil on the belly neat or diluted. Add a drop
to a glass of water and drink (no flimsy plastic or Styrofoam cups, as the oil will start to dissolve
these substances). Apply a drop or two to the bottoms of the feet.
Recommended Medicine – Anti-fungal Ointment
Our Solutions – Apply a drop each of lavender & peppermint oils neat or diluted to affected
areas 2-3x/day or as needed for athlete's foot, ringworm, and etc…
Recommended Medicine – Zantac
Our Solution – Apply a drop or two of peppermint oil neat or diluted to the belly as needed
or take a drop internally in water or directly on the tongue. Drink a glass of water with a drop of
peppermint oil in it nightly before bed.
Recommended – insect repellant
Our Solutions – Dilute peppermint oil 50/50 and apply to exposed skin. To make a non-toxic
insect repellent spray for the whole family, fill a 4 oz. glass spray bottle with distilled water and
9 drops peppermint. Spray liberally to exposed areas.
INSECT BITES/STINGS & OTHER SKIN LESIONS –
Recommended Medicines -- Calamine lotion, Tea Tree Oil
Our Solutions -- Apply a drop of Lavender oil neat on location.
ITCHY SKIN OUTBREAKS
Recommended Medicines – Hydrocortisone Cream, Goldbond powder
Our Solutions –
Hives – Dilute peppermint oil 50/50 and apply on location.
Itching – On unbroken skin, apply peppermint oil neat or diluted.
Poison ivy/ poison oak – Apply peppermint neat or diluted on location.
Eczema/dermatitis – Lavender oil soothes and heals rashes, eczema, and dermatitis. Apply
neat on location or dilute with a carrier oil.
Recommended Medicine – Dramamine
Our Solution – Apply a drop of lavender oil to the end of the tongue, behind the ears, or around
Recommended Medicines – Ginger, apple cider vinegar
Our Solution – Apply a couple of drops of peppermint oil to the belly and bottoms of the feet
neat or diluted.
Recommended Treatment -- Cool Downz (Neck cooler)
Our Solution – To help or prevent heat exhaustion, apply a couple of drops of peppermint oil
neat to the back of neck and shoulders. For added effect, place a cool wet washcloth over the
area. Peppermint oil can also be applied to the feet and taken internally in water.
PAIN & FEVER
Recommended Medicines – Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Children's Fever Reducer, Tylenol, Instant
Cold Packs, Epsom Salts, Dermoplast
Our Solutions --
Fever -- Apply 1-2 drops of peppermint oil neat on the bottoms of the feet.
Headaches – Apply a drop of peppermint neat on location, being careful not to get it in your
eyes. A drop of lavender may also be added to the peppermint. This works for migraines too,
especially when they are caught in their beginning stages.
Sore muscles / tendonitis / muscle spasms / sprains / strains – Peppermint oil naturally
soothes pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones due to injury or due to chronic conditions.
Massage diluted or neat on location (dilution is recommended especially for larger areas).
Menstrual cramps -- Rub lavender oil neat onto abdomen and inner ankles.
Recommended Medicine – antibiotic eye solution
Our Solution – Rub a drop of lavender oil onto bridge of nose or diluted around the eye
sockets, taking care to avoid the eyes. Diffuse overnight.
Recommended Medicine — "Butt Paste"
Our Solution – Lavender oil soothes and heals rashes. Apply neat on location or dilute with a
Recommended – sunscreen
Our Solutions – For a natural sunscreen, dilute lavender oil with avocado oil 80/20 and
massage into skin. Reapply after being in the water.
Recommended Medicine -- Clove oil
Our Solutions – For toothache or abscessed tooth, apply a drop of peppermint oil neat on
URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Recommended Medicine – AZO Standard
Our Solution – Apply 1 drop each of lavender & peppermint oils over bladder with warm
compress 1-2x/day, and on inner and outer ankles.
VAGINAL YEAST INFECTIONS
Recommended Medicines – Vagicare, AZO Yeast, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
Our Solutions – Dilute lavender and/or peppermint oils 50/50 with olive oil, place several
drops on a tampon, and wear nightly for 5-10 days.
(Untreated, wounds could develop infection and possibly result in death.) Recommended Medicines -- Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Triple Antibiotic
Ointment, Quikclot, New Skin, Dermoplast
Our Solution -- Lavender oil cleanses, disinfects, and helps heal wounds of all types as well
as stops bleeding. Apply neat on location or dilute with a carrier oil. For severe wounds,
apply lavender oil to slow/stop bleeding, wash with pure, uncontaminated water then apply
more lavender oil. Bandage the wound as usual.
A Few Other Uses for Lavender & Peppermint Oils
High Blood Pressure
For more details on using lavender and peppermint as well as a few other essential oils, see my books "101 Uses for 9 Essential Oils in a Disaster" and "Medical Preparedness for Adults" available at essentialsurvival.org.
Why I use Young Living Essential Oils
The supplier of all of the essential oils I I am talking about is Young Living Essential Oils – one of the pioneers of modern medicinal aromatherapy. Prior to using Young Living's oils, I had previously used oils from the health food store. After using Young Living's lavender and peppermint, I couldn't believe the difference! It was like the difference between a fine European cheese and a Velveeta cheese product! (Go to www.essentialsurvival.org and click on the "Archive" to see articles on therapeutic-grade essential oils vs. cheap counterfeit oils.) My further research and experiences with essential oils confirmed to me that cheaper essential oils might be OK to use as a fragrance, but if I wanted therapeutic results I needed to use real, therapeutic-quality oils.
I would love to see you on my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/essentialsurvival --where you can ask me your questions, learn more about using lavender and peppermint as disaster medicines, and interact with others of a like mind. If you have any suggestions for future Essential Survival articles or know of resources Iought to be aware of, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. "Because of Julie and the essential oils, I can take care of my children's health now and
also in the event of a life-threatening emergency."
- Marquelle, mother of six
"If heeded, Julie's practical know-how in using therapeutic-grade essential oils for medical
preparedness can save many thousands of lives."
- Dr. James C. Torgersen, MD, PhD
Julie Behling-Hovdal is the founder of EssentialSurvival.org and is dedicated to teaching people how to use essential oils for medical preparedness. Having overcome her own debilitating health problems, she has personally experienced the healing power of essential oils. She also has a reflexology/holistic healing practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/essentialsurvival or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/juliebehling.
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