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Keep You and Yours in Good Health This Hot Summer

posted by Jael Ever @ 19:07 PM
July 28, 2011

 Understand this!  Excessive hot weather kills more people every year than hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or any other natural anomaly.  In its hot weather guide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states:  “Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States.”  It is common knowledge that this summer’s weather is harder on senior citizens, infants, children, the sick and disabled.  But no one is guaranteed to survive temperatures across the country that now range from 80 to 115 degrees, and such excessive heat is slated to last at least through to September.

 Beware of assuming that youth and good health are enough to assure survival in this hot weather.  Two years ago, Kansas City postal worker Tonya King, age 37, assumed that her health, work history, and a bottle of water made it safe for her to lug mail for delivery during near 90-degree temperatures.  Instead at the end of her shift, with a body temperature at 109 degrees, she collapsed and died.   Today, Kansas City health officials report that “ . . . nearly half the patients treated at area emergency rooms for heatstroke or exhaustion aren’t very young or old, but in the prime years of 18 to 44.”

 Most are familiar with the typical advice:  Stay indoors, run the air
conditioner, and drink plenty of liquids.   But those without air conditioners should go as early in the day as possible to neighborhood cooling shelters.  If these are not available, they should go to malls, movies, stores, public libraries and other public buildings that do have air conditioning.  When returning home in the evenings, keep all possible ventilation open, and run all available fans.  And those liquids should definitely not include alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar.  Also if possible, avoid all drugs––especially illegal ones like cocaine or PCP––as they unnaturally raise body temperature and prevent the body from sweating.

 CDC’s Guide, “Extreme Heat:  A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety,” also stresses the importance of continuous sweat. It cools the body and regulates its temperature.  A body above 103 degrees hot without sweat may indicate heat stroke.  Other symptoms are hot and dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion or unconsciousness.  Get anyone with these symptoms in the shade and call for emergency medical help.  There are several other very dangerous threats to health in this hot weather.  See the CDC Guide and contact Health Authorities in each state for further information.

 Along with these guidelines, Christians must know God’s Word.  Bible prophecies promise that Christians “shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17: 8).”  Now that’s protection from the heat!

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