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All the news that affects America's Survival in the uncertain future. With bestselling authors Joe and Amy Alton.

American Survival Radio #22

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In this episode of American Survival Radio, we focus on two recent natural disasters: The floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California. We discuss all the latest news plus all sorts of tips that would help keep you, your home, and your family safe if you were caught in floods or wildfires. You might find it interesting that places that have wildfires become at risk for flooding later by “scars” that occur on the ground; water can’t absorb into the hardened soil and flash flooding can occur!

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Could You Protect Your Home and Family From A Wildfire?

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It’s been a very busy year for firefighters, with heat waves, drought, and human carelessness causing large areas to burn from Canada to California.

A particularly intense wildfire is raging 60 miles from Los Angeles, spreading from 6 to 30,000 acres in 24 hours. 82,000 residents have been evacuated and a number of buildings have been destroyed. At the present time, the fire is considered out of control. It’s just one of several in a state that usually has its worst months for wildfires in October.

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New Outbreak of Zika: Tip of the Iceberg?

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Zika virus may now have a second local outbreak zone in South Florida: the popular resort destination of Miami Beach, where two new cases appear to be the work of local mosquitoes.

Just across Biscayne Bay from the current outbreak in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Miami Beach has half of the hotel rooms in Miami-Dade County. At present, local politicians are denying the presence of Zika in Miami Beach. They have a reason to be concerned: A significant number of cases in the city could have an adverse effect on the 24 billion dollar annual tourist economy.

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American Survival Radio #21

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In this episode of American Survival Radio, a new list of bad outcomes in newborns from the Zika virus includes something called Arthrogryposis, a condition where limbs and joints are deformed and fixed in position. Although this may be seen occasionally as “clubfoot”, 6 of 7 microcephalic babies with Zika were found to have it in multiple joints, perhaps indicating major damage to nerves outside the brain from the virus.

Also, Joe Alton, MD travels to the Zika outbreak zone in Miami where, believe it or not, his dad had a business and the good doctor worked in his youth. He visits, amid areas of standing water, the grave of Miami’s first doctor and adds some thoughts on how things have changed in the Zika zone, and how things haven’t.

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American Survival Radio #20

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Serbian Olympic Rowers in Rio “water”

In this episode of American Survival Radio, we look in depth at the bad week that Donald Trump has had.  We look at some unforced errors on his part, and the bump received by Hillary Clinton since the Democratic convention. Then, we ask a hypothetical that is fantastical: Could Donald drop out of the election before November? If he does or if he doesn’t, what plan B exists for the Republicans?  What are the rules, anyway? Joe and Amy Alton examine the options as put forth by another writer, and none of them look very good.

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Donald Drop Out Drama

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The Donald

The latest Donald Drama is whether Mr. Trump has the intestinal fortitude to continue in the race for President all the way to November.

The Republican candidate for President is floundering after a series of unforced errors that pitted him against a family that lost a son in the Middle East and his refusal to endorse members of his own party, including some that have endorsed him.

Donald Trump’s feud with the family of an Iraq war casualty has drawn condemnation everywhere, even though it’s possible that the father, Khizr Khan, once said that Sharia law should trump, pardon the expression, U.S. law (he denies it). Don’t expect to see that in the media.

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American Survival Radio #19

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In this episode of American Survival Radio, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the just completed love-fest, I mean, Democrat convention, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Also, A third of what you put in your mouth to eat is thanks to the humble honey bee, but beekeepers are reporting the loss 44% of their colonies over the last year.  The Altons think they know why. Plus, surprise, the Baltimore cops indicted in the death of Freddy Gray are off the hook, thanks to incompetent prosecutor Marilyn Mosby’s shenanigans with the legal justice system in Maryland.

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Going to the Olympics? 5 Risks to Plan For

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Zika under the microscope

Every day, more news about Rio’s woes regarding the upcoming Olympics is published online. It’s become clear that going to the games, as an athlete or a spectator, just might be hazardous to your health.

The dangers include a raging Zika epidemic, water contamination, air pollution, and security concerns. Despite the calls to cancel the Olympics for these reasons, Brazil and the International Olympic Committee say the show must go on. What precautions, then, should be taken by the competitors and tourists to stay safe and healthy?

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CDC Expands Zika Guidelines

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In a recent update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now state that Zika virus is transmissible through any type of sexual activity that involves exposure to genital secretions. Previously thought to be sexually transmitted by males to their partners, a recent case in New York City showed that the infection could be passed from a female to a male.

Zika virus carries a risk of severe birth abnormalities in a fetus when infection occurs during a pregnancy. Chief among these is microcephaly, a condition where head growth is decreased as a result of damage to brain tissue. The virus is responsible for at least 1600 abnormal newborns in Brazil and 12 in the United States.

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Zika Virus Now Local In The U.S.?

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Reports from Florida are suggesting that local mosquitoes may have transmitted the Zika virus to two people. This is a new development that, if confirmed, validates the CDC’s prediction that local cases will be seen in warm weather states this summer.

As of July 20th, 46 states have reported more than 1400 cases of Zika infection, until now all travel-related. In the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, however, there are almost 4000 cases, almost all locally-transmitted.

Although Zika poses the most risk to pregnant women and their fetuses, the virus continues to defy expectation as new and unusual cases mount. The viral disease, transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, can attack brain and other nerve cells in fetuses, leading to microcephaly and other abnormalities  in growth and development. Zika has also been associated with nerve disorders in humans, including the paralysis-inducing Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

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