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Father’s Day Roundup: Posts to Help You Survive the Weekend

Happy Father’s Day (almost). Do you have outdoor plans for the weekend? I’ve culled some choice posts to help get you prepped to survive. Before we get to that, I want to thank you for [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Critters, Hot, Weather|0 Comments

How to Help Your Body Acclimate to the Summer Heat

Last year around this time, a man in his early 20s came into the clinic who was experiencing chest pain and a headache and was just overall feeling awful. He’d been working on a roof. He’d done this kind of work for years with no problem. But at that time, in June, we had a heat wave. All of a sudden, instead of a daytime high in the mid-70s, the temperature was hitting the low 90s. This long-time outdoor laborer’s body simply hadn’t had time to acclimate. […]

By | May 31st, 2016|Hot, Weather|9 Comments

How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When I think of school starting, I still imagine red and orange leaves and cool temperatures; it wasn’t that long ago that we thought of fall as schooltime. Not so today. Many kids in the United States are meeting their new teachers right now, in early August—one of the hottest months of the year. If you have children, do they know how to deal with the heat on their own, on the playground, sports field, or school bus? […]

By | August 11th, 2015|Children, Hot, Weather|2 Comments

My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven’t Heard Them All)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In the Deep South right now, it’s about heat wave time, otherwise known as the season of year when you step outside and right into a sauna. I know because I grew up in Mississippi. If you also grew up in an area that gets really hot, you may think you know everything there is to know to beat the heat. But you haven’t read this post! I bet I can surprise you—at least once? Even people used to working in the heat all day can suffer dangerously come that first heat wave—when the temperature and humidity suddenly soars 5–10 degrees or hotter. And imagine having to be outside after a disaster or while stranded in the wilderness, with no chance for air conditioning. Here are some Survival Doctor tips, facts, answers and more—all to help you beat the heat. […]

By | May 27th, 2014|Hot, Weather|28 Comments

What I Learned As a Lifeguard Could Save Your Child From Drowning

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When I was a teen I lifeguarded, first at the public pool, then at a lake. Here are two things I learned: […]

By | June 26th, 2013|Children, Hot|1 Comment

“Sunscreen Causes Cancer”: Truth or Fiction?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I didn’t realize until a few days ago how prevalent the view is—at least on the Internet—that sunscreen causes cancer. Many people state the claims of dangers as given facts. And they say organizations like the American Medical Association stand behind them. (Not true. I don’t know of any mainstream medical organization that recommends against sunscreen when you’re in the sun.) The truth matters here. Because not even the fiercest critics of sunscreen debate against the fact that absorbing too many UV rays from the sun is a big risk factor for skin cancer. […]

By | June 5th, 2013|Hot, Skin, Weather|13 Comments

Pop Quiz: Do You Know How to Survive the Heat?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH   First question: What natural phenomenon kills more people in the United States than all other disasters combined? […]

By | May 29th, 2013|Hot, Weather|8 Comments

Spring Survival Quiz

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Springtime. It always reminds me of the cycle of life, rebirth, new beginnings. And, of course, it’s a time to get outside, to hike, camp, play … and spring clean. This is the first of a two-part true/false spring quiz to help you get you prepared for all of the above. In the comments, let me know how you do! […]

By | April 4th, 2013|Hot, Weather|7 Comments

Going to the Pool? Watch Your Kids—Even With a Lifeguard

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. I worked as a lifeguard when I was a teen. Great job, usually. The Fourth of July was always an exception—so crowded. There was no way to keep up with everyone in the water. I basically hoped (prayed) that if someone started drowning, a person close by would shout, really loudly, above all the other shouting. Because, contrary to popular belief, a drowning victim usually doesn’t throw up their hands and shout, “Help, I’m drowning!” Usually they don’t shout anything. They’re doing all they can to stay afloat and gasp for breath. Sure, they may be splashing like crazy. But everyone was splashing like crazy. Then there are those who just silently go under. […]

By | July 3rd, 2012|Children, Hot, Weather|17 Comments

How to Keep a Heat Rash from Turning Dangerous

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Believe it or not, I grew up in Mississippi and didn’t know what prickly heat was until I started my practice. In medical training we didn’t concern ourselves with such trivialities. But in real life prickly heat, or a heat rash, can be quite an itchy, prickly nuisance. Many people came to see me for this, and I learned how to recognize it pretty fast. And the heat-rash remedies? They haven’t really changed in those thirty years. So why, in a survival medicine blog, should I even bring it up? Because in summer disaster situations, with less bathing and no air-conditioning, heat rashes are bound to be more common, and more likely to become serious skin infections. They can even make you more prone to heatstroke. Here’s why. […]

By | May 31st, 2012|Hot, Rashes, Skin, Weather|59 Comments