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Show 902: Staying Healthy on Vacation

Planning ahead can help you stay healthy on vacation, whether you are traveling abroad or staying close to home.
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Staying Healthy on Vacation

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Summer vacation is right around the corner. We hope you have delightful travel plans, whether they will take you across the country, around the world, or just beyond the back yard. What can you do to stay healthy while on vacation?

Pack Your First-Aid Kit:

What are the best first-aid items to tuck in your luggage? We’ll provide some practical advice for common ailments you might encounter on the road. Here’s the CDC’s recommendations for packing your travel kit.

Medical Insurance Abroad:

You may want to check with your insurance company before you leave the country to find out if you will be covered abroad. If not, consider travel insurance. IAMAT is a non-profit organization that offers a way to find a doctor who speaks English in countries that don’t.

Check Your Medications:

If you are traveling abroad, make sure your list of drugs that you take has the generic names. These usually don’t change from country to country. If you need to look up brand names of foreign drugs, this link can help.

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

Staying in hotels or hostels can mean exposure to bedbugs. We’ll tell you what to look out for and how to keep from bringing them home.

We welcome listener questions and stories about staying healthy on vacation.

This Week’s Guest:

Coby Schal, PhD, is the Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor in the Department of Entomology at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

Listen to the Podcast:

The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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Having a trip coming up in July, I wanted to know the things you recommended to take along, as helpful, in different circumstances. I knew I wouldn’t remember them, so can you send me a list?

I’m a weekly listener. Very helpful.
what was the name of the topical cream you mentioned on show Sat. 5/4>

another great household item to stop bleeding is coffee grounds also if you have been working out I always use the home remedy of epsom salt in a full body bath alleviate aches and pains it’s also a great way in combination with dry brushing to activate your lymphatic system.

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