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956 Beat the Heat and Stay Healthy This Summer

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956 Beat the Heat and Stay Healthy This Summer

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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here’s what it’s about:

Hot summer temperatures can be uncomfortable for anybody, but for some folks they may be downright dangerous. Which drugs require extra caution because they make a person more vulnerable to heat? What medicines might make someone more susceptible to sunburn? And which drugs need extra protection from summertime heat to stay potent?

Speaking of sunburn, how will the new legislation on sunscreens change the market?

Popular summer foods aren’t always thought of healthy, but some are nutritional powerhouses. What can you eat or slurp and feel smug about all the anti-oxidants you are getting? Can any of those foods help protect you from sunburn from the inside out?

Parents sometimes have difficulty measuring medicine accurately when they are giving it to young children. What are the best approaches?

We’ll also discuss ways to handle stings, swimmer’s ear, mosquito bites, first aid and muscle cramps while we consider how to beat the heat this summer. One way to stop itches is WITH heat, judiciously applied: hot water, hot compress, hot spoon, hair dryer (careful with this one!) or Therapik.

Call in your questions and comments at 888-472-3366 or email between 7 and 8 am EDT.

Guest: Shonna Yin, MD, is a pediatrician and researcher at the New York University School of Medicine. Her study of parent dosing practices was published in Pediatrics.

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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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Hi, On today’s radio show, treatments for mosquito bites, witch hazel, was not mentioned. It works almost instantly. It should be a major treatment recommendation. pg1246 o&o Today’s date 08/02/2014

Some good remedy ideas. The sunscreen story is not a good one. PABA in the 70’s and 80’s prevented UV – B radiation from hitting the DNA in dividing skin cells and prevented skin cancers including melanoma. Because of an allergy rate which I recall being 10% or less, PABA compounds were taken out and sunscreens since then have been ineffective at preventing cancers.
Hopefully PABA can be put back in or another effective chemical – until then I wear my fishing hat which embarrasses my wife and kids.
In the future with hot temps and humidity we are going to pay more attention to heat stroke.
As people go on summer vacation, even with some established tans, places which are at the ends of the air pollution cloud (ozone acting as UV – B screen); Cape Cod, the Outer banks, Key West and islands will get surprising burns in less time than they do at home. At the Nags Head office there were several patients with sun “allergies” which are rare in the midwest unless associated with a medication.
The ticks were bad in the spring here in Missouri but have not been bothering me or the animals since May.

Mosquito bites: They go away for me by rubbing castor oil on them. The itch and welt goes away and does not come back. I have also used coconut oil on mosquito bites with the same results. Castor oil poultices are used to draw toxins out of the body.
Sunburn: I got maximum relief on a righteous sunburn with castor oil also. I got a bad sunburn on my chest 7 days ago and am keeping castor oil in it. It never got very painful and when it started itching the oil is taking care of that very nicely also! also. If I ever burn again I will use castor oil !! Maybe it won’t peal but I think it will because the skin was damaged.
Years ago I used the Aloe plant juice on a bad burn on my legs. It felt cool and nice but did not really relieve the burn in a real way like the castor oil.
Leg cramps: I agree with the other callers using magnesium! We keep leg cramps away by putting a teaspoon of magnesium in our daily smoothies. When we don’t use it the cramps come back. Sweating can deplete us from magnesium. When we are low on magnesium we are often low on potassium as well. I got this info from The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND

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