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Are You Ready for What is Already Here?

(5 tips to build resilience)

Every day that we turn on the news we are hit with something new that could not only destabilize countries across the seas, but can  have serious implications  for our lives in the states.

  • World War 3 is trying to kick off (Some people believe it is already here), food, drug and medical supply shortages are continuing to make headlines.
  • Healthcare workers, transportation and auto makers are striking, have already striked or threatening to strike.
  • Add to this, Rite Aid has filed for bankruptcy, citing slumping sales, opioid litigation, and rising shoplifting in stores. Founded in 1962, this longstanding pharmacy chain has 2,000 stores across the country. They plan to restructure the business and close underperforming stores, affecting 47,000 employees. ( This isn’t the only pharmacy chain experiencing trouble- Pharmacy staff from Walgreens, other chains could stage nationwide walkout and rallies in coming weeks).
  • From 2018 to 2022, the all-food Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by a total of 20.4 percent. Food prices increased faster in 2022 than any year since 1979, due in part to a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak and the conflict in Ukraine.

 The top price increases were felt in transportation, food, housing, and medical care.

The following graphs are an eye-opening account of where consumer dollars were spent from 2018-2022:

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One-third of the U.S. food dollar spent on eating-out services in 2021

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Food expenditures for 2022 were an astounding 56 percent of total food dollars spent.

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What you can do about it

Where inflation is hitting the pocketbook the most and where consumers are spending their money are in necessary purchases.

  1. Learn to cook- you will save money and eat healthier

Eating out isn’t good for you- for both your pocketbook and your overall health. Many restaurants serve prepackaged food that is loaded with salt, fats, and flavor enhancers (I have family in the restaurant industry). Meal planning can be the biggest obstacle to eating at home. Cooking at home revives traditions and recipes handed down through generations. It can be a bonding experience with your children or spouse.

  1. Eating healthier leads to a lesser chance of developing chronic diseases

Research points to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, colorectal and breast cancer when following a healthy diet. (Low sugar, high fiber and adequate healthy fats and protein. ( Check out the Mediterranean diet) Healthy eating also can help decrease depression and other mental health symptoms. A healthy diet also improves your immune system. Up to 80 percent of our immune system is housed in our gastrointestinal tract.

  1. Living a healthier lifestyle saves money-and frees up cash for other necessities

Money that would go to chronic disease management could be put towards preparing for our uncertain future. Housing and transportation were among the top price increases. Freeing up cash for upcoming increases in gas and home heating (oil could go to $150 a barrel if conflicts across the globe escalate) will put you that much further ahead.

One way to beat the upcoming transportation costs is to walk, cycle (check out e-bikes- they are coming down in price and are gaining popularity) carpooling to grocers and appointments and finding close to home activities.

Audit your present medical supplies and prescriptions. Get them refilled as far in advance as possible. As a reminder, Jase Daily provides a years’ worth of chronic prescription medications if you are unable to obtain an extended supply locally. Given the escalating tensions across the globe and pharmacies experiencing unrest and shortages, this should be a priority.

  1. Set a budget and stick to it.

 Taking control of your finances and budgeting for necessities is necessary in navigating this uncertain world. Start a journal and record all your expenditures for a month. This exercise will reveal a tremendous amount of information as to where your money goes. At the end of the month, analyze your expenditures. You may see a pattern or discover ways of trimming the budget with little effort. There are classes and apps for budgeting you can take from the comfort of your home, if you need guidance.

  1. Reward yourself and family when you have met your goals

Focus on solutions. There is plenty of drama in the media and news reports pulling all of us into the problems (which are real) of the world. Most of what is going on we have no control over. Take a vacation from the computer and phone on a regular basis. Your mental health will thank you for it.

Plan for the future by investing in yourself and those you love. Overcoming obstacles brings families, friends and communities together, creating a more resilient life for all.

- Brooke Lounsbury, RN

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We Aren’t On the Brink-We Are Here

The tsunami of strikes, hospitals and clinics closing departments- or shuttering their doors altogether-along with drug and medical supply shortages is the strongest indicator that our health care system is in total collapse.

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Hospitals

  • York (Maine) Hospital is closing its birthing center by the end of the month. Hospital officials noted that the decision to do so is the result of a decline in births and a shortage of workers.
  • West Des Moines, Iowa-based MercyOne will shutter its Albert Lea clinic on Dec. 31, eliminating its only facility in the state of Minnesota.
  • Inglewood, Calif.-based Centinela Hospital Medical Center is ending maternal child health services on Oct. 25 amid continued fallout over the death of a patient earlier this year.
  • According to Beckers Hospitals Reviews, 18 strikes by healthcare workers have taken place since September 26.
  • In addition, on October 9th a 5-day strike of 1,500 healthcare workers at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood walked off the job and picketed outside while nonunion nurses and staff were brought in to keep the hospital open, according to union organizers. This strike is following on the heels of the recent
  • Kaiser Permanente 3 days strike of over 75,000 healthcare workers- the largest healthcare worker strike in history just took place.

To not be left out, pharmacies are experiencing strikes.

  • While the Kaiser Permanente strike was taking place, Kaiser pharmacists in western Washington and Oregon were also on strike.
  • Walgreens and CVS pharmacy, two of the largest drugstore chains pharmacists walked out for 3 days (October 9-11).
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Longer response times for EMS

Do you or someone you know have a defibrillator and know how to use it? Do you and those around you know trauma first aid? Do you have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home and when traveling?

Earlier this week, I was traveling along a very rural stretch of highway and came across a car that had flipped over and landed in a ditch. The passenger, a woman, was lying on the ground next to the car. This accident had just happened. Luckily, a state trooper had arrived. There were other motorists that had stopped to help. No ambulance in sight. Since there was already help at the scene I did not stop. If I had arrived 10 minutes earlier, I would have been the first responder.

Are you ready for such an emergency?

The Emperor has no clothes

Blind conformity, vanity and pride sums up the Hans Christian Anderson story of the little boy who dared speak the truth. Speaking the truth can be scary but is also necessary in times such as this.

We are now in a new and troubling world that isn’t going back to “normal” anytime soon. It is imperative that you do not become or remain a zombie. A zombie is “a person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment.” The time is now to shed the zombie suit-the safe facade and see the world for what it really is.

Use social media wisely

I attribute the consumption of social media for a large part of producing zombies.

If you are on social media, use it to help solve problems. Use it to become aware of local news, events, and community building. Don’t let yourself become paralyzed and feed into the narrative. Become a producer, not a consumer. When you do consume, make wise decisions, don’t feed into the emotional rhetoric.

Focus on solutions, not media hype. Look ahead to the future and how you can mitigate disaster  in your home and for those in your community.

We can become overwhelmed with all that is going on in the world, let alone national and local collapses of our health care system. As this collapse intensifies and becomes more real, with people unable to access healthcare in a timely manner, as supply chains tighten their grip on availability of life saving drugs, it will be up to each individual and community to pool their resources to learn new skills, stock supplies, and teach every able-bodied individual how to manage emergencies.

In other words, be part of the solution, not part of the problem. It’s up to all of us.

- Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Medical Content Writer

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World War 3 Draws Closer to Reality- Are You Prepared?

China prepares for its annual war exercises outside of Taiwan with an unprecedented number of war planes, sparking fears of an escalating conflict.    

In an interview with MSNBC Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu was asked if China could accidentally spark a conflict that could lead to war he states: “It is possible. If you look at the history of war, there are plenty of wars out of accidents — out of inadvertent accidents.”

The United States has a history of maintaining close unofficial ties with Taiwan, and has approved 9 sales of military equipment since the start of the current administration, which experts agree has inflamed China.

The terrifying reality is not just a supply chain disruption, but the possibility of nuclear war grows every day.

The escalating threats across the globe- mainly China, Russia and North Korea along with their supporting countries set the stage for sanctions, raw material scarcity and port interruptions that are becoming more of a reality every day.

In fact, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a press release after the US authorized delivery to Ukraine of nuclear capable F-16 jets by stating “Russia cannot ignore the ability of these aircraft to carry nuclear weapons. No number of assurances will help here,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by the Russian Foreign Ministry. “In the course of combat operations, our servicemen are not going to sort out whether each particular aircraft of this type is equipped to deliver nuclear weapons or not.

“We will regard the very fact that the Ukrainian armed forces have such systems as a threat from the West in the nuclear sphere.”  No specific country has been scheduled to deliver the F-16 jets as of this writing, however. (Quotes retrieved from The Moscow Times)

Medical supplies already in short supply and even rationed

In Connecticut’s largest hospital, Lori Lee, senior vice president of clinical operations at Yale New Haven Health “There are probably hundreds of outages of items that we order that do not come in,” She says the list of shortages includes basics such as IV tubing and catheters, which are used constantly in hospitals. Her story isn’t the only one. Across the nation, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies are reporting chronic shortages of drugs, supplies and even lifesaving equipment and parts to fix the machines.

The 10th annual Report for Drug Shortages for 2022 has listed drug supply shortages that dwarf pandemic era shortages. In the past year, FDA has seen manufacturers in the United States and abroad continue to experience quality issues as well as struggle with capacity constraints. Additionally, as demand increased for numerous drugs over the last several years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an earlier than typical flu and respiratory virus season, FDA has seen additional strain on the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Root Cause of Drug shortages

The 2019 Drug Shortages Report, Updated February 21, 2020 lists :

  1. Lack of Incentives to Produce Less Profitable Drugs,
  2. Market Does Not Recognize and Reward Manufacturers for Mature Quality Management Systems, and
  3. Logistical and Regulatory Challenges Make It Difficult for the Market to Recover After a Disruption. This is probably the single most pressing reason for the massive drug and medical supply shortage. Given the port delays and possible sanctions from China(where most of our drugs are manufactured) the report goes on to state:” Over the past two decades, the drug supply chain has become longer, more complex and fragmented as companies have located more production overseas. Although typical markets would respond to a shortage by increasing production, logistical and regulatory challenges, especially the complexity of the supply chain, can limit the ability of drug manufacturers to increase production. When companies wish to increase production, either by modifying an existing facility or building a new one, they may have to obtain approvals from many different national regulatory bodies, and/or find a new source of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). If a new manufacturer wants to enter the U.S. market and start selling a drug that addresses a shortage, the manufacturer must first develop and file an application with FDA and await its approval.”

 

We haven’t seen anything yet, in the realm of drug and medical supply shortages. It is easy to let our guard down, especially when summer activities beckon us to the great outdoors. However, with everything ramping up at warp pace, please take the time to itemize and replenish your stock of medications, both prescription and over the counter, along with food, water, and shelter (heating for winter). Keep a positive attitude and don’t get paralyzed by all the news. Use it to motivate you into action. If you haven’t already, speak to your care provider about obtaining a year’s worth of prescription medications. If they are unable to, check out Jase Daily list of over 800 and counting medications and get that years supply -before everything shuts down-which may be sooner than we think.

- Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Medical Content Writer

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