Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.
Dec 23 2010
Go Easy on the Soft Drinks
We are a nation stricken with an epidemic of obesity, which contributes to the incidence of diabetes and heart disease. Each of these has been linked to consumption of sugar intake, and in particular, sugar-sweetened beverages.
Dec 20 2010
Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies
These comments are based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was entitled “Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies.” It was delivered by Brian D....
Dec 17 2010
Mad Honey Sex
photo: First Light (en.wikipedia)Plant poisoning comes in many forms—sometimes from the direct ingestion of a raw or cooked plant, sometimes from contact with a part of a plant (e.g., using a toxic skewer to cook a frankfurterover a campfire), an...
Dec 14 2010
Kounis Syndrome from Multiple Bee Stings
Photo by Richard BartzBee stings are common afflictions outdoors. The common dreaded complication from a single bee, yellowjacket, or wasp sting is a severe allergic reaction. Stings from multiple bees at the same time pose another group of pr...
Dec 12 2010
IMAGES FOR BLOGS
image of Rhododendron ponticum courtesy of castlegroundsvolunteers.orgultrasound image of ectopic pregnancy courtesy of www.ivf-infertility.com
Oct 13 2010
Apr 29 2010
A Break in the Action
My blog entitled "Medicine for the Outdoors" will cease to publish in its current form with this post, as Healthline works on the creation of a learning center in which the posts will be part of a more comprehensive approach to offering readers ac...
Apr 28 2010
Foodborne bacterial diarrhea is a common problem of backpackers, kayakers, divers - of anyone who ventures into the outdoors and is therefore associated with ingestion of fresh fruits and vegetables, travels to developing countries, practices inad...
Apr 18 2010
Obesity, Smoking, and Life Expectancy in the U.S.
When we think of people who enjoy the outdoors, the images in our minds are often of healthy and vibrant individuals - stereotypes are young athletes engaged in vigorous activities like climbing, biking, skiing, etc. Of course, going outdoors is f...
Apr 14 2010
Summiting Success and Acute Mountain Sickness on Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and a popular tourist destination. Because it is easy to access and is a commonly attempted summit, this mountain is frequently attempted by persons with little mountaineering experience and no t...