Disasters and Disease: An Increased Risk of Pneumonia

Natural events are unpredictable, preparedness is not.

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You can’t know what may happen next, but you can know your family is prepared.

With disasters and disease on the rise globally, there is no time like today, to prepare for tomorrow. From recent supply chain disruptions and prescription drug shortages, to natural disasters and human caused catastrophes, this has been a record year already. Are you prepared for what may happen next?

 

Just in the past few months:

 

  • A cargo ship took out a bridge in Baltimore, causing a ripple effect of supply chain disruptions.
  • Cases of measles – once thought to be eradicated – are steadily rising at a rate greater than last year.
  • The bird flu is back and is now infecting humans.
  • The FDA has been forced to backpedal on claims it made about Ivermectin in recent years.
  • Just yesterday the CDC issued a warning about an alarming growth in cases of a rare bacterial infection that is also now more deadly than previously thought.
  • A tragic earthquake in Taiwan that took the lives of 10 people, trapped hundreds more, also damaged 7 area hospitals.
  • And according DOD and NIH reports, upwards of 90% of our prescription drugs or their active ingredients come from foreign suppliers.

The cause for concern:

Both natural and man-made disasters can cause changes in your immediate environment and/or your daily routine significant enough to make you susceptible to an infection that could cause any number of illnesses, including a likelihood of contagious pneumonia.

Cases of Pneumonia can be caused by either a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. They can be easily spread though close proximity to an infected individual, who may be coughing or sneezing, or through contact with a contaminated surface such as a door handle or countertop.  However to mitigate this, antibiotics are usually prescribed when bacterial pneumonia is suspected. Fortunately, once an infected person begins an antibiotic regimen their contagiousness decreases. So the sooner you get on antibiotics for pneumonia, the better.

 

Here are just some of the ways disasters can cause an increase in susceptibility to Pneumonia:

 

  • Increased Exposure to Germs: Disasters can damage sewage systems and contaminate water supplies with floodwater or debris. This contaminated water can harbor bacteria, viruses, and even fungi that cause pneumonia. People may unknowingly ingest these germs while drinking contaminated water or inhaling aerosolized droplets during clean-up activities.
  • Weakened Immune Systems: Disasters can lead to crowded living conditions in shelters, which can increase the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu or common cold. These viral infections can irritate and weaken the lungs, making them more susceptible to secondary bacterial infections that turn into pneumonia.
  • Poor Air Quality: Dust from collapsed buildings, smoke from fires, and mold growth in damp environments after floods can all contribute to air pollution. Inhaling these irritants damages the lining of the lungs, making them more vulnerable to infection.
  • Difficulties with Hygiene and Sanitation:  Disruptions to basic services after a disaster can make it difficult to maintain proper hygiene practices like handwashing. This can increase the spread of germs that cause pneumonia.
  • Underlying Health Conditions:  The stress and physical strain of a disaster can worsen existing chronic health conditions like asthma or heart disease. People with these conditions are already more susceptible to pneumonia, and disasters can exacerbate these vulnerabilities.

 

Conclusion and Solution:

Azithromycin (Z-Pack) is the most commonly prescribed and effective medication for most cases of Pneumonia. Just last year there was a shortage of Azithromycin due to increased global demand, inadequate production and geopolitical tensions which resulted in price increases. It is also used in the treatment of bronchitis, and other infections of the ears, lungs skin and throat. This is why Z-Pack is one of our core included medications in our Jase Case.

Through either a surge in demand or physical damage to facilities, both local events outside of our control, and natural disasters can affect critical infrastructure and cause interruptions in our access to healthcare facilities and pharmacies. The only way to have the peace of mind of knowing you are protected from medical emergencies is by having your own stock of emergency prescriptions.

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National Doctor’s Day: A Celebration Of Care

On this day we recognize the contributions of doctors to our health, our lives, and our communities. 

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National Doctor’s Day: A Day We Acknowledge The Vital Roles Doctors Play In Our Lives

National Doctor’s Day is a day dedicated to recognizing the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. It’s a day to express gratitude for their dedication, expertise, and compassion in caring for the sick and promoting good health.

It was first celebrated in Georgia in 1933 by the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, a family medical doctor. Mrs. Almond wanted to show appreciation for the work doctors do, and sought to have a day dedicated to honoring them. The chosen date of March 30th commemorates the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford Long in 1842.

National Doctor’s Day is an important opportunity to acknowledge the vital role doctors play in our lives. They undertake years of training and sacrifice to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and treat illnesses, alleviate suffering, and improve the quality of life for their patients.

It’s a day to remember the countless hours they spend caring for the sick – often at the expense of their own personal time and well-being. And a day to celebrate their triumphs and recognize the challenges they face in a constantly evolving healthcare landscape.

 

Celebrations

  • Hospitals, clinics, and medical organizations often hold events or offer special gifts and tokens of appreciation to doctors on this day.
  • Patients and families can express their gratitude through handwritten notes, cards, gifts, or even taking the time to share positive experiences about their doctors online.

 

 

About Our Founder: Dr. Shawn Rowland

Back in 2018, Dr. Rowland, working as a family physician, encountered the harsh realities of medication shortages firsthand, and saw how they affected patient care.

This experience ignited a fire in him, driving him to find a sustainable solution.

His research revealed a shocking truth – over 95% of medication ingredients are manufactured in China and India, leaving the global supply chain vulnerable.

Determined to make a difference, Dr. Rowland set out and pioneered a new path for the pharmaceutical industry, Jase Medical, aiming to revolutionize emergency medication access for all.

His mission was clear: to ensure everyone could have access to vital medications safely, despite supply chain disruptions.

 

A Vision For Better Healthcare

Jase Medical has become a hub of innovation, constantly finding new ways to help everyone be better prepared medically for the unexpected.

Dr. Rowland’s visionary spirit has inspired us all at Jase Medical to push the boundaries of what’s possible in healthcare.

“The fragile supply chain, coupled with escalating geopolitical tensions leading to pharmaceutical shortages and an increasingly limited supply of healthcare providers, is why Jase Medical exists.”

As Jase Medical continues to grow and evolve, it remains a beacon of hope and preparedness in an unpredictable world. The company’s journey thus far is a story of resilience, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to serving the community.

With its eyes set on the future, Jase Medical is not just responding to the challenges of today but is actively shaping the landscape of healthcare preparedness for tomorrow. And we are just getting started!” – Dr. Rowland.

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Measles Cases On The Rise In The U.S.

Why a conquered disease is back, and what we can do. 

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The Measles Resurgence: A Call For Health Preparedness

Measles, a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease – once relegated to history books – is making a disturbing comeback in the United States. According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): the number of measles cases in the U.S. has already surpassed the total for all of 2023.

This surge highlights the need for prioritizing preventive measures to safeguard our health, especially in the face of unexpected outbreaks. About 20% of cases result in the need for hospitalization, and 1 out of 20 children with measles also gets Pneumonia – highlighting the critical need to have antibiotics for Pneumonia on hand should your child become affected.

 

The Contagious Nature of Measles

The highly contagious nature of measles further complicates the situation.The virus can linger in the air for hours after an infected person coughs or sneezes, making transmission incredibly easy. This means people can contract measles by breathing in the virus or by touching a contaminated surface, and then touching their face.

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses known to humans. Approximately 90% of people who are not immune and are in close contact with an infected person will contract the virus. This high level of transmission is a main reason why measles can spread so quickly in communities.

Understanding just how contagious measles is makes it important for individuals to take steps to protect themselves and others. Practicing good hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and covering coughs and sneezes can help mitigate the spread of measles and other diseases.

 

Real-World Consequences: The Chicago Outbreak

The recent measles outbreak in Chicago, exemplifies the real-world consequences of this phenomenon. Public health officials are scrambling to contain the outbreak, highlighting the potential for widespread illness and the strain such outbreaks place on healthcare systems.

 

Beyond Measles: Preparing for the Unexpected

The measles resurgence is just one example of how unexpected health threats can emerge. As we navigate a globalized world with increased travel and interconnectedness, the potential for new and unforeseen outbreaks becomes more likely. By prioritizing prevention, strengthening public health infrastructure, and promoting a culture of awareness and preparedness, we can better face these challenges and protect our collective well-being.

 

 

Action before illness

 With the never-ending nature of unexpected health threats, you can take certain measures into your own hands. One way to take control of your health today is by having an array of emergency medications on hand at home, should the need arise.

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5 Ways to Prepare For Medical Emergencies

With relentlessly busy lives, in a world as volatile as ours, you never quite know what may happen tomorrow.

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Being as prepared as possible is the only way to safeguard your family against preventable mishaps during an unpreventable emergency. Remember, emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, so the more diverse ways in which you prepare, the better.

 

Here are 5 things every family should do to medically prepare for the unknowns ahead:

  1. Create a Family Emergency Plan – and not just have a plan in place, but regularly go through and practice that plan, and amend it as needed. Ready.GOV has a thorough page on making an effective plan here. Remember your family may not be together when the emergency takes place, so the immediate priority in that plan should be instructions for establishing communication, and convening with all members of your family. However, it should also be addressed in that plan whether to shelter in place, or rendezvous at a predetermined location. Only about 40% of American households have a plan in place, be sure to count yourselves among them. 
  2. Keep Up-To-Date and Accurate Medical Records For All Members of The Family – this includes a list of daily medications each member is on, and other special requirements such as dietary restrictions, known allergies, conditions, disabilities or mental health needs, and any necessary treatments for those conditions. Our Jase Daily prescription supply can ensure you are never without the medications you need. Order your Jase Daily here!
  3. Put Together an Emergency Kit – A comprehensive emergency kit should go beyond just having a first aid kit and a cellphone. Your emergency kit should – at a minimum – include basic things such as: 
    • Water
    • Food
    • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
    • Dust/Contaminant Masks
    • Soap, Hand Sanitizer, and Disinfectant Wipes
    • Cash or Travelers Checks
    • Copies of Important Documents
    • Cell Phone and Chargers/Cables
    • A thorough First Aid Kit including Over-The-Counter Drugs
    • Extra Supplies of Prescriptions for all members of the Family

Emergencies are traumatic and stressful even when your family is prepared and rehearsed, but they can become deadly if you are without access to life-dependent medications. Get our free 72hr kit guide below:

4. Education – Learn basic first aid, CPR, symptom identification for medical conditions within the family, various survival skills, alternate methods of local travel, alternate methods of communication and staying informed on local, and national events. Follow your local news outlets and local law enforcement on social media as this will usually be the most up to the minute source of information, and instruction. Knowledge is your most powerful tool in an emergency. Having a plan and having a kit are great, but only if you know how to utilize them. Consider taking classes as a family unit. There are both local and online classes tailored to Family Preparedness that you can all complete together so no one has any knowledge gaps and everyone knows what to do, and who will do what.

5. Build A Community Beyond Your Immediate Family – there’s a reason they say there’s strength in numbers. Allocating tasks, and having additional people can help make a common goal more easily achievable. Everyone can be a resource in some capacity. Join local groups online, reach out to neighbors, attend community meetings, and have discussions. If these local meetings or groups don’t exist, create them and foster collaboration! The CDC has some great tips on building community here. If everyone works together, everyone can get through the emergency together.

 

Tomorrow may be too late

Emergency Preparedness is an ongoing, dynamic task of planning, organizing, training, equipping, and evaluating. It may sound daunting, but the payoff of knowing your family is ready, is well worth the price of admission. Many aspects of an emergency can be life threatening, but the only one you can assuredly combat is making sure you have access to your prescription medications. Order your Jase Case today!

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April 4th is National Vitamin C Day!

Each year this powerhouse vitamin is celebrated for all the ways it benefits our health

What is vitamin C?

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it dissolves in water and does not get stored in the body. Since we are unable to produce these vitamins, they must be consumed daily.

Sources- Food and supplements

(Source from NIH fact sheet on vitamin C)

Vitamin C is found in many food sources. Probably the most well known is the citrus family. While citrus fruit contain vitamin C, there are many other sources.

Food Milligrams (mg) per serving Percent (%) DV*
Red pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup 95 106
Orange juice, ¾ cup 93 103
Orange, 1 medium 70 78
Grapefruit juice, ¾ cup 70 78
Kiwifruit, 1 medium 64 71
Green pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup 60 67
Broccoli, cooked, ½ cup 51 57
Strawberries, fresh, sliced, ½ cup 49 54
Brussels sprouts, cooked, ½ cup 48 53
Grapefruit, ½ medium 39 43
Broccoli, raw, ½ cup 39 43
Tomato juice, ¾ cup 33 37
Cantaloupe, ½ cup 29 32
Cabbage, cooked, ½ cup 28 31
Cauliflower, raw, ½ cup 26 29
Potato, baked, 1 medium 17 19
Tomato, raw, 1 medium 17 19
Spinach, cooked, ½ cup 9 10

 

Other sources include rose hips (made into tea), sauerkraut, and supplements such as sodium ascorbate; calcium ascorbate; other mineral ascorbates; ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids.

A study revealed Liposomal vitamin C  is more bioavailable for the body. Liposomes are tiny, nano-sized bubbles normally made out of sunflower lecithin that mimic the body’s own cell membranes. It is absorbed directly into the cells compared to the bloodstream with supplemental vitamin C.

Health benefits

Increases iron absorption in foods

A recent study concluded that taking supplemental vitamin C with an iron supplement did not increase iron absorption.

Taking supplemental vitamin C along with iron rich non heme (not animal source) foods, such as  dried beans, nuts, grain products increased iron absorption.

However, when food sources of both vitamin C and iron are consumed iron absorption increased.

Vitamin C also:

  • Helps activate B vitamins
  • Is an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals
  • Modulates natural killer (NK) cells
  • and stimulates immune system,
  • Provides protection against oxidative stress
  • Reduce heavy metal toxicity
  • Production of collagen
  • Aids in wound healing
  • Natural antihistamine
  • Lessens duration of colds
  • Improve insulin resistance and stabilize glucose levels

Dosage

Supplementation should be considered only if you are not able to consume enough vitamin C rich foods. Since there are so many versions of vitamin C on the market the following table, obtained from the NIH should be used as a guide only. Most supplements contain ascorbic acid which as been found to be the purest form.

Age     Male   Female Pregnancy     Lactation

0–6 months   40 mg*         40 mg*                  

7–12 months  50 mg*         50 mg*                  

1–3 years       15 mg 15 mg          

4–8 years       25 mg 25 mg          

9–13 years     45 mg 45 mg          

14–18 years   75 mg 65 mg 80 mg 115 mg

19+ years       90 mg 75 mg 85 mg 120 mg

Smokers        Individuals who smoke require 35 mg/day more vitamin C than nonsmokers.

If taken as a supplement, vitamin C should be taken in the morning or during the day, not at night, especially in people with GERD as this can make symptoms worse.

Vitamin C deficiency

Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include:

Fatigue, inflammation and/or bleeding of the gums, brittle nails and hair, bruising easily, iron deficient anemia, and joint pain.

Vitamin C deficiency is unusual in developed countries; however some diseases can deplete vitamin C stores and lead to deficiency. Individuals with irritable bowel disease, celiac or other forms of intestinal inflammation are at risk for vitamin C deficiency.

Side effects of vitamin C supplementation

It is almost impossible to get too much vitamin C from diet alone. There are several side effects from taking vitamin C in supplement form. In most cases, excess vitamin C is excreted in urine within 24 hours. Some side effects are:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach cramps or bloating
  • Headache
  • Skin flushing
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

Who should not supplement with vitamin C?

Consult with your primary care provider about vitamin C supplementation if:

  • Kidney disease or a history of kidney stones
  • Hereditary iron overload disorder (hematochromatosis)
  • Smoker (may need more than stated dose)

- Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Medical Content Writer

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