The Risks of International Travel

Statistically speaking, the most common cause of death for the international traveler while abroad is motor vehicle accidents, and second, is death from a pre-existing condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. However, there are a number of other medical issues that can disrupt or ultimately ruin an international trip. With regard to the two top problems: drive carefully and defensively. If you are not comfortable behind the wheel, take other methods of transport or hire a driver. While these measures cannot insure accident avoidance, they can minimize the risk. Before traveling to a region where medical care may be difficult to obtain, have a thorough physical and make sure you are carrying a sufficient amount of any medications that you may be taking. Also remember that some conditions may not be detectable before you leave, so having good international insurance that will provide for treatment at the closest major medical facility and evacuation back to your home country is a wise decision.

September/October 2011 ISSN 1059-6518

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March/April 2010  ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 23 Number 2

MIOX Water Purifier

Product review by Frank Hubbell, DO

As we all know, the ability to produce potable water is extremely important for the outdoor enthusiast, the international traveler, and disaster response teams.  There are a variety of techniques that can all be successfully used. In this issue of the WMNL, we will discuss the use of the MIOX Purifier system and hypochlorite solution.

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H₂O and You

LIFE is totally


on water

We live in our own sea made up of salt water and other electrolytes.

Water maintains homeostasis—providing the balance of life.

Water us used in all aspects of the chemistry of life—digestion, absorption, utilzation of nutrients, and to maintain

We are what we drink

We are 57% water. A 70kg (154lb) person is approximately 40 liters (quarts) water.

Daily requirement is ½ your body weight in ounces. A 160-pound person needs 80 ounces, or 5 pints, of water per day.


ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 22 Number 3

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The Performance Triad; The Critical Balance of Hydration, Nutrition, and Pacing

Ever since the running boom of the seventies,

and the interest in endurance sports became part of popular culture, the search for the “magic” potion, supplement, or nutrition bar has created a dizzying number of choices for the athlete and outdoors person who is looking for a way to get the most from themselves either in competition, outdoor adventures, or both. The crossover aspect of fitness and wild pursuits is more prevalent today than ever, and as a result, the desire to blend the two activities has been expressed by a growing number of wilder competitions: wilderness-based stage races, 12- and 24-hour races in wild settings, and the like. Today, the endurance athlete and the long distance hiker, the mountain biker, mountaineer, and backcountry skier/boarder, all begin to share common goals—peak human performance in an increasingly wild environment. Success in these pursuits carries with it the necessity to balance three components: proper hydration, nutrition, and perhaps the most elusive, pacing.


November/December 2003     ISSN-1059-6518     Volume 16 Number 6

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