Now we have made it to one of the most interesting topics. One may think if you live one with nature, your health only gets better. Fresh air, good food, tasty water, no stress, no hustle. It seems as all of the conditions are just lined up to be healthy and happy. Curiously enough, after moving into an eco-settlement more health questions have arised. Yes, that is true. Are you surprised? My back definitely has not become any healthier. Keeping your mind in order was a lot easier in the city. Why is that? God only knows. Country life certainly exhausts your body more. Just take a look at old men and women in the country and city. Is there a difference? Yes, there is. In the country old age comes a lot sooner. If you look at the people living in even harsher conditions (tundra deerkeepers for example), then we’ll see that they get expended even quicker.

We have a metaphor on this account about a musical instrument that wears out a lot quicker from being played on. The frets rub off, the strings wear out, the body cracks. On the other hand, if you don’t play an instrument, it will look better. The trends will remain intact, the body will not crack, and the strings will not break. But who needs such instrument? The instrument does not live at all if it doesn’t play music. It is not fulfilling its purpose, but simply preserving its shell.

Living in the wilderness, we have to pay more attention to the body, work against entropy: exercise with more quality, pay closer attention to our feelings, more intently solve internal and external quirks and impulses. That’s because this life is more intense and interesting; it helps to create more “music” for which every human-musical-instrument is born.

To keep body in shape, we test and explore a lot. Some people try different types of yoga, some practice tai chi, some dance. For example, one of the more recent discoveries has become a book Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade: it depicts a very detailed system of body strength training and keeping oneself toned. It is very sensible book.

We love steam house - cannot do without it! Thank God, this is our first construction in the settlement that works well and helps with livelihood. It goes without saying, it is a great invention!

When it comes to medical services (and now I’ll reveal you a great secret!), there is not much of a difference as to where you live: in a traditional village or out in the fields or woods. The only difference is that when you live in the wilderness, you know you have no one to rely on, therefore, you are more cognizant of such concerns. Yes, yes. We have acquaintances who live in a traditional village. At some point they’ve developed a health issue (internal bleeding) and had spent a lot of time trying to talk ambulance into coming over to their home. The situation was eventually resolved, however, it caused a lot of stress. One time we’d suspected our child got sick with a tick-borne encephalitis. We went to a district hospital to see if they can help us. It turned out they send all the labs to the regional center 200 kilometers away where they test the samples for two weeks; and if any test come back positive, then you have to go for a treatment to the regional clinic. Thus, instead of having our child going through all this trouble with indefinite purpose, we have chosen a quality home care. Thank God everything worked out well. So, this is the kind of emergency care one can expect.

I personally haven’t had a health insurance policy for almost 10 years as I do not believe this piece of paper can improve my health. However, we do have several good friends who are doctors with various specialties that make up our personal eco-settlement medical network clinic. If you have a concern you can alway get a consolation - thank goodness there are no communications issues even in the most remote and wild areas.

These are the guides for emergency care that we recommend to study (God forbid you need to use them):

V.G. Bubnov and N.V. Bubnova’s Atlas for Volunteer Rescue: First MedicalAaid on Site. - M.: AST: Astel, 2006

A.A. Kostrub’s Medical Dictionary for Tourists. - M.: Profizdat, 1990

I also have specialized books in urgent medical aid, however, I do not recommend it for people without medical background.

It’s always good to have a quality first aid kit you can use… I mean, you should stock it with medication you know how to use. As a bare minimum, you should have a reasonable quantity of bandages, antiseptics, and painkillers. You will need antibiotics regardless of your option of them. You will have to take them for vital needs, not just for every little sneeze like some people do nowadays. You will also need antihistamine medications (from allergies). Just in general, the purpose of the first aid kit is to suppress urgent symptoms! For planned health maintenance it is best to use herbs and natural remedies.

So, this should be all when it comes to the general issues.