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Old 09-24-2012, 01:38 AM   #29
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Redbopeep says :"My goodness fellas, I leave you alone for a couple days and you're bickering about something completely unworthy of us bickering about. "
Sorry mother...won't happen again!

Meanwhile, Hansulrish is correct in that I will continue to research until I am fully convinced. Conspracy theories notwithstanding, I can only weigh the facts against one another. The only positive testimonials I can find for MMS come from sources which have an interest in promoting the preparation from a viewpoint which finds its origins in opposition to big business and an 'us-and-them' emotional stance.

However the negative spotlight falls from lofty heights indeed. There appears to be no support for the preparation from virtually any recognised technical, scientific or medical organisation. Claims of it curing cancers, malaria, herpes HIV and so on cannot be backed up by anything more than anecdotal evidence supplied from unverifiable and questionable sources.

Given the above, and I reiterate the vulnerable position offshore yotties are in when alone on an ocean, days away from medical help, I can only recommend MMS be kept ashore and even then, its use should be shunned unless it is under the direct supervision of a capable and certified medical professional.

Unfortunately, MMS has somewhat hijacked this very important thread. Medical kits are a lifeline to continued good health on the ocean and to dilute th issue through big business/political conspiracies and unproven remedies is unhelpful and confusing to those who merely seek sound, worthwhile and proven medical inclusions to help protect their health and fitness welfare.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:17 AM   #30
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Bring Silvedene it is used on skin burns etc.. It is amazing stuff. You might need a prescription for it. Buy lots if you are in Mexico as you might have to assist some one on a remote atoll. If you do you will have friends for life.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:21 PM   #31
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http://www.cdc.gov.niosh/docs/81-123/pdfs/0116.pdf

I know this document, it is about occupational health. This tactic of spreading slight misinformation is well known. You are the one who is not informed and who does not know what he is talking about.

ClO2 in the form of MMS (Master Mineral) is dissolved in water. The standard dose of 3 drops is 45 mg ClO2 taken with 100 mg water. This is a dilution of 500:1 and a very tiny amount of the dissolved gas.

It is a fact that mms heals cancer, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors etc.

The medical industry has been covering up the real information for these conditions. It is known since 1911 that MS is nothing else then Lyme disease. It is known since the 1930 what causes cancer and how it can be healed.

The misinformation about vaccines is now also coming to light.

So the question is, who do you defend the indefensible?

You seem to be a doctor, which would explain everything. How are you going to cook your foot after a ray sting?
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:27 PM   #32
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I notice that I am still the only one with a suggestion of a medical kit on a boat. There are even no constructive questions. E.g. what is the Chilly good for?
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:40 PM   #33
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I don't have a lot to contribute here, but since I've had dental issues most of my life I can recommend Clove Oil as a simple and cheap remedy for tooth pain. Unlike painkillers it won't leave you drowsy, an important issue when trying to run a boat.

Tastes like crap, but that's another issue entirely.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #34
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Hansulrich,

You make some good points above. While I have no idea about the efficacy of MMS I would not rely on either the medical industry or Wikipedia to be unbiased in making a decision about it.

Case in point is my struggle to give up smoking. I have been a smoker for 45 years, and consumed about 60 a day until recently. I've tried all the usual recommendations from government-approved sources with no results.

Last week I bought some e-cigarettes off the internet, and since they arrived my intake has dropped to 10 a day. This is BEFORE the nicotine juice has arrived from the USA. Evidently most of my person habit revolves around the ritual of sucking on a cigarette, not physical addiction. None of the "approved" remedies take this into account.

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration issues dire warnings about e-cigs and regards them as so dangerous they warn anyone who even sees them to call the police. Nicotine for personal inhalers was recently shifted from Schedule 2 to Schedule 7 (Dangerous Poison) in the Poisons List. Wow, some vested interests sure are getting upset.

Interestingly what they contain is almost exactly the same stuff that's inside Nicorette Inhalers, which can be bought at the chemist without a script. It's a mixture of food flavourings, vegetable glycerine and/or propylene glycol, and optionally nicotine. But nobody controls it and this drives government sources pretty insane.

So, your MMS may or may not be safe and effective but I sure wouldn't take what any government source says as being unbiased.

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:50 AM   #35
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Hansulrich.
If you wish to debate the relative worth of alternative medicines, please start a new thread along those lines. Your evangelistic viewpoints, conspirational theories and refusal to consider mainstream medicine are derailing a thread which is of sincere interest to those of us who place our trust in proven medicines.

On a separate thread, you can expound your theories as you wish and draw comment specific to your area of interest. Indeed, I will be happy to give my honest view of MMS in any thread you choose to open for that purpose.

Meanwhile, please allow those of us who are a bit too stupid and unenlightened to appreciate the supposed benefits of the crap you are peddaling, to follow our own beliefs as we try to determine the best, proper medicines to carry on our boats in our quest for continued good health.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #36
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Ditto what Auzzee said ....

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Straight to the topic. The question was what to include in a medical kit for a boat.

I have answered this question straight forward and as far as I have seen, I am the only one with a full kit.

It is not my fault that others are seeing red about the composition of my kit.

Why are you not just coming forward with your version of a on-board kit? We would then be in a position to compare the various suggestions and maybe even come to a consensus about what such a kit should include by default.

Clove oil is very good to have on board of you have tooth ache. I would add it as an option.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:07 AM   #38
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Thanks for that. I don't blame you, for getting the thread off track. As I said it was hijacked by the MMS subject, not the person. There are many good suggestions already put forward (including the previous mention of clove oil) among the dozen other treatments which have been put forward.

With broad input, I hope we may be able to identify a range of dressings, treatments, medicines and tools which we can classify under the headings of Vital, Desirable, Useful (where space permits), and special items for specific geographic regions.

Subsets (such as clove oil vs ibuprofen for toothache and other pain management medicines) may evolve and in time, I would hope we can provide not just me, but all prospective voyagers with a list put together with practical application rather than profitability in mind.
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I'm a newb but I'll give my 2 cents. When we circumnavigated we carried 2 reference books onboard "The Onboard Medical handbook" and "Advanced First Aid Afloat" neither of which i have any affiliation with or could tell you who even wrote them. They covered every scenerio and one of them, I forget which it's been so long, gave a very comprehensive list for a 1st aid kit. I'd give anything if they'd make these available as computer downloads. Every time I pack my bags I think I should throw them in but never do because I'm always overweight anyway.

Our mom worked in a hospital and got a doctor to give us every single thing on that list and it covered the entire salon when laid out. We never used a piece of it but it was nice to have onboard. We were better equipped than the hospitals in most places we visited.

We now regularly fly in to move boats for people and largely rely on their onboard first aid kits but we do always carry sutures, lidocaine, a dermabond pen, a sat phone and the phone# for my close friend who will answer my phone calls 24hrs per day and is a top surgeon.

I've made the passage to the Marquesas twice plus multiple 50 day plus passages and the thing you need to remember is there is no help there. You're just too far away. I believe, if I remember right, that enroute from Galapagos to Marquesas you pass over the spot furthest from land anywhere plus it's not a big shipping route and the US Coast Guard is nowhere to be found there. We went over 14 days on one of those passages without ever spotting a ship or even a pice of floating debris. I must say the lack of garbage on that route is nice.

The books I listed cover almost ever scenerio including amputations, but long drunken conversations with my friend the surgeon have made it apparent that there are things you can prepare for and other that you can't. We were discussing scenarios and remedies. I thought I'd covered them all with my books and kit. He informed we in the very unlikely event one of us broke our femur that was pretty much it. At the 1/2 way point between San Cristobal and hiva Oua you're just too far away without the ability to do what's necessary to save yourself. My advice - don't break your femur.

We also carried an emergency filling pen in the unlikely event of a lost filling, cap or a toothache but i've heard from many old time sailors that they used Marinetex as fillings and it worked just fine. For that very reason I've always bought white marinetex instead of grey - just in case.

Remember too that unless you're singlehanding you need to carry a medical power of attorney for every member of the crew.

Have a great passage. FWIW Cornell's right on the routing and you really need to pay attention to the currents. Find the favorable current and stay in it - that will knock 2 days off that passage.
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Well said sir! I apologize that I haven't been able to allocate the time yet to post a comprehensive list, but it is in the plans, and I suspect that Redbopeep is working on it also.

The object will be to get it attached to our WIki, so that you shall be able to download it onto a tablet or laptop and maybe help with your request (partially) to have some of that info available to take with you without packing books...

I am currently considering some other options for this material, as I believe that a "list" by itself has such a small value!

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Take a gander at the attached medical kit as distributed to the US military. It is less than $140 from Amazon and seems to be a really good starter. Any comments, especially from medical types, will be warmly welcomed.
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Seems like a damn good kit to begin with ..add a few local items and it could be a great first aid kit... we are each different so our needs are also different but this kit seems to me to be a great starter kit for sure...thumbs up...

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