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.
Feb 08 2009
Arterial Blood Gases and Oxygen Content in Climbers on Mount Everest
Michael Grocott and his colleagues were part of the prodigious Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Expedition that took a team of climbers and scientists to Mount Everest, in order to learn more about high altitude medicine and physiology. Their work...
Feb 07 2009
Gingko biloba for Prevention of Dementia
Some posts back, I wrote about the use of Gingko biloba for the prevention of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Now there appears an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) [2008;30(19):2253-2262] entitled, "Gingko biloba fo...
Feb 04 2009
Mike Magee, MD authored a little gem of a book entitled Healthy Waters. Subtitled "What Every Health Professional Should Know About Water," the small paperback introduces the reader to many facets of water in the lives of humans, which is essentia...
Jan 31 2009
Surviving A Wilderness Emergency 5
This is the thirteenth post based upon educational sessions and syllabus material presented at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting & 25th Anniversary held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 25-30. It’s based upon an excellent presentati...
Jan 28 2009
Electrolyte Additives for Hydration
The current issue of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by the Wilderness Medical Society, has a number of very interesting articles of significance to the layperson outdoor medicine enthusiast."Effects of an Electrolyt...
Jan 24 2009
Sunlight and Vitamin D
Being in the outdoors has traditionally meant significant exposure to sunlight, and therefore to ultraviolet radiation, forms of which cause sunburn and skin cancers. It has long been taught that exposure to sunlight is necessary to maintain an ad...
Jan 21 2009
Surviving A Wilderness Emergency 4
This is the twelfth post based upon educational sessions and syllabus material presented at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting & 25th Anniversary held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 25-30. It’s based upon an excellent presentation ...
Jan 20 2009
Thank You to Val Jones, M.D. for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Val Jones, M.D. of medpageTODAY for including my post about cold water immersion in this week's Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great lengths ...
Jan 17 2009
Vitamins E and C in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
By now, most of you have probably figured out that I am not confining my posts to wilderness and outdoor medicine in the strictest sense. In recognition of the fact that medicine is multi-disciplinary in nature, and that many interrelationships ar...
Jan 16 2009
Airplane in the Hudson and Cold Water Boot Camp
We're all familiar with the US Airways plane that was guided to a safe landing in the Hudson River after taking off from LaGuardia Airport yesterday. The passengers were rescued quickly, but more than a few were reported to have suffered from imme...