Disclaimer: This is my OPINION on this statement:
Tough_Boots wrote:everyone tends to have a different answer about snake bites that they know for sure is the right one...
Kyle, you ought to know better than to kick a coiled and buzzing azbackpackr... er.. rattler! ;)
First off, I fully agree with your opinion
on snake-bite kits.
While I too am a big fan of science, peer-reviewed studies and evidence-based conclusions
, in reality, just how much of science is actual FACT? For every LAW of gravity
we have numerous THEORIES of relativity
, all based on conclusions drawn from research, studies and what-have-you. (Not to get off on a tangent, but theories/conclusions like is there global warming or not, and if so, what is causing it, man or nature or both?
For almost everyone who has heard of the many trials and tribulation of modern scientific research, surely we must know there are more than a few flawed conclusions, based on flawed evidence, based on flawed research, based on flawed human beings.
Just think, for something to become a scientific fact it must come through a long process:
(Disclaimer: this is ad-lib so pardon me if I miss something important)
1. Someone comes up with a theory
2. A study must be designed to test
the theory. (At this stage it is simply to 'test', not 'prove')
3. Researchers need to be gathered before embarking on the actual research
4. Now that you have the researchers, do they all agree with the method? Yes? Great! Move on. No? Go back to step 2.
5. Gather the necessary facilities, equipment, subjects (white rats, cancer-ridden humans, babies, etc.)
6. Begin the LONG process of research
7. Nope, not long enough, do more research...
8. Start wading through the evidence
9. Draw conclusions from that evidence
10. Whoops! The evidence either doesn't support the theory. Go back to step 6
11. The method used cannot prove it. Go back to step 2.
12. Conclusions (#9) are positive, the theory has merit
. (Not 'proven', just 'has merit')
13. More research by others (the first level of peer-review)
14. Positive results? Go on. Negative? Back to step 2 or 6.
15. Publish the results in a respected scientific journal
16. Get attacked by those with conflicting views
17. Defend the theory, the method, the research, the evidence and the conclusions
18. Use the media to butter the bread and spread the baloney to the general public, yes, we lemmings who are so eager to lap up what the scientists
Ok, now, let's remember:
1. Humans are at work through this whole process
2. Humans can and do make mistakes, sometimes quite often
3. So every step of the way, all it takes is one mistake and whatever conclusions drawn are flawed in some way.
And then in today's world... was it Monsanto (et. al.) who paid for the research and did it 'prove' what they wanted?
So... at what point do we believe the theory has become fact?
Is it our opinion
which tells us to believe
it is now proven fact
1. What happened to the dinosaurs?
2. Where did the Anasazi (or whatever ancient group you want) go and why?
3. Does the sun revolve around the earth or the other way around?
While we have proof as to the answer of the latter, how can we ever know the answer to the first two?
In the end, in my opinion
, science has become more of ever-changing reality
than proven fact
Ok, so to finally wrap this up, what are we to decide about how to treat rattlesnake bites?
Who wants to volunteer to be bitten on both legs so we can treat:
1. Treat the left with a snake-bite kit
2. Treat the right following 'generally accepted' steps:
- Call 911
- Calm the person
- Wash in soapy water (Do you have that in your pack?)
- Wrap above and below the bite with a wide band, not too tight as to cut off blood flow but tight enough to stop lymphatic flow (Do you know how tight that is?)
- Get the person to medical help as quickly as possible
- And all that without raising their heart rate or blood pressure
Oh, and by the way, neither 1 or 2 makes any difference in serious cases... my 12 year old nephew found that out the hard way. He grabbed what he thought was a gopher snake in the brush and was rewarded with a bite on the forearm and a massive injection of venom. Thankfully they were only a short distance from their car and his dad carried him there then raced to the ER immediately about 20 minutes away. In the ER he coded and was revived 3 times and eventually spent over a month in the hospital.
Oh yeah, he no longer wants to milk venom from rattlesnakes... one of his previous wishes.
Ok, so who wants to be part of that study? Not me, I'd rather not get bitten in the first place.
For whatever reason (luck or the rattlers never felt threatened), this year alone I've managed to step next to them, over them and in one case even ON one but so far so good. Plenty of buzzing but no biting.
Have at it, I'm off the :SB: