Altitude: It May Not be as High as You Think


For many, the thought of going “to altitude” brings images of Mt. Everest or similar mountaineering peaks. Physiologically, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Depending upon susceptibility, humans can begin to experience symptoms of altitude illness as low as 1500 meters above sea level. The chances increase after 6,500 feet and further still…

Hydration and Rehydration


Hydration aka water…essential for life. We take for granted this vital substance which we cannot live without. In much of the world, however, clean drinking water is a luxury. In a previous post, I have discussed how to make this water safe to drink. In this post, I want to examine what you might be…

The Cost of Healthcare


As of January 2019, all hospitals and healthcare systems were required to post their pricing on their websites or in some public, machine readable format. The goal of this mandate was to give patients the information needed to make informed decisions about their healthcare, from a financial standpoint. Unfortunately, what patients are being able to…

Medical Preparedness


The news is full of stories that are forever reminding us that we have to be prepared for just about anything these days. Some may choose to take this to the level many think of as being a “prepper” while others have done little to nothing expecting all needs to be met by local or…

Planning an Adventure?


Now is the time of year that many start thinking about or planning for their next adventure. This may be a short trip to a neighboring state or a 12 hour plane ride away. Either way, be sure to do your homework prior to heading out the door. It can save you a lot of…

Dengue Outbreak in Nepal


It is being reported that dengue is stretching Hospital resources in Kathmandu with 1170 cases since May 2019. Nepal has seen 5095 cases with numbers expected to be underreported. This disease has not traditionally been an issue in Kathmandu and the public has not been prepared to take the illness or precautions seriously. It is…

To Read or to Listen


Always an avid reader, I once ridiculed those who merely listened to books. How could you possibly get the same meaning and depth from listening as you could by having those pages firmly planted in your hands, your eyes scanning every word as your mind busily works through the plot in your brain? Those who…

Water Quality: Looks Can be Deceiving


As I mentioned in a prior article, I tend to be one of those who are highly susceptible to “GI bugs”. Whether due to water or food borne disease, I always seem to get at least a little diarrhea on any travel outside of the USA (and to some places in the USA). I recently…

The Traveller’s​ Scurge: Traveller’s Diarrhea


In this post I want to expand on what I wrote in prior blog concerning being prepared for an upcoming adventure. While Traveller’s Diarrhea was mentioned there briefly, there is so much more that the truly prepared adventurer needs to know. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss the organisms and regions in which you…