Obnoxiously, I will defend ((quarter strength)) Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, and Bleach: I've packed hundreds of wounds, and they work
just fine. Again, Hydrogen Peroxide is an amazingly cheap
must-have. Any (significant) injury, and your boat
becomes a slow ambulance... meantime, this stuff can prevent infection.
!! Learn what Gas Gangrene is !!
(Definitive diagnosis is x-ray)
I forgot this idea: Valerian Tea.
This, for all intents and purposes is Valium, without the potential for addiction. (It does NOT show up in a regulated drug screen
, either). It doesn't taste or smell good, but will curb moderate pain, and help mild issues (migraines), as well as psychological distress
. The smell is not good, so don't know if it would be the best for sea-sickness. It's available in health food
stores, and can be a blessing under the right circumstances: aka - knocking someone out, who must get rest.
Most have said knowledge is powerful, and while any knowledge is helpful (books, etc.) you need a medical
person as a resource... you will be insecure about what is serious, and what isn't... you'll need someone who knows the difference, even if you do read a pamphlet, book, or whatnot.
PLEASE remember.... many medically-minded folk have been insulated by working in an environment
where all the tools and technology are at their disposal (hospitals). For that reason, you must explain to a real veteran of medicine, the down-and-dirty rock-and-a-hard-place environment
you will be in: "medical practice" gets VERY different when you're in the trenches, with few places to turn.
Take your very good idea, and get mean and real with it... you could easily save a life if you know what to look for, or have a good contact.
Much is being said about a new emerging form of medicine: snap a pic and send by cell-phone direct to a physician. Look into it