Survival Medicine Hour: Heat Waves, Bears, Turmeric, More

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Many consider a heat wave to be just a time to put an extra ice cube in the lemonade, but it’s a deadly natural disaster. More people die in heat waves in the U.S. than just about any recent weather event short of hurricane Katrina. Find out from Joe Alton MD about what causes and worsens a heat wave, and some advice from the Arizona state government (they should know about hot weather) to stay safe this summer.

Also, Those who are concerned about a disaster plunging us into an off-grid scenario, however, must realize that commercial drugs will probably no longer be manufactured, and existing supplies will run out very quickly. This fact alone leads to the conclusion that any medically prepared person should have knowledge about medicinal herbs and, hopefully, a working garden. Amy and Joe discuss the data behind the health benefits of Turmeric, a popular herb used in curries and other foods.

Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae, and I’ll bet you don’t know what their closest living relative is: It’s seals. What do you do if you’re come upon a bear in the woods or in your own backyard? In part 1 of this segment, Joe Alton MD gives some hint from the Park Service, plus some of his own comments.

Lastly, hope you had a safe 4th of July, but some people get injured every year by misusing fireworks. Here’s tips from the National Council of Fireworks Safety so that your next holiday will be a blast, and not the kind of blast that blows off your fingers!

All this and more in the latest episode of the Survival Medicine Hour!

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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

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