The November/December issue of the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter was originally to be an issue dedicated to Celiac disease. However, due to the magnitude of the disaster in Haiti, we felt that the most direct way that we could help was to pull together a number of articles that pertain specifically to disaster management and make those article available to anyone who might be involved in the rescue and recovery efforts in Haiti. Therefore, our regular subscribers will recognize the contents of this issue as a compilation of past articles.
Over the last few years of the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, the way we react to, and interact with, our environment has become a common theme—in particular, our physiological abilities to cope with heat and cold (thermoregulation) and balance our hydration and electrolyte needs. We decided that it would be a good idea to compile all this information, summarize it, and put it into one handy resource. So here you go.
March/April 2009 ISSN-1059-6518 Volume 22 Number 2
What a strange species of animal we are. It appears that we don’t quite understand where or how we fit into the nature of things. Every animal species has a specific environmental niche that it is designed to fit into. Each species seems to prefer certain climates and specific ecologic zones and has preferences for food types. This minimizes competition between species and allows several species to occupy the same space while living on different food sources. Humans, on the other hand, have decided to try to conquer and inhabit all possible environments. But, in order to do this we have to create and maintain a tropical environment wherever we go. Hence, clothing. Invented out of the necessity to maintain a micro-tropical environment next to our skin, clothing had nothing to do with modesty or the fashion design industry (all that came much later).
May/June 2005 ISSN-1059-6518 Volume 18 Number 3
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