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Common over the counter and prescription drugs can make heat waves more dangerous

Did you know that hot weather can interact with certain medications? If you or anyone you know is on antidepressants, antihistamines, or blood pressure medication, they may be more susceptible to the dangerous effects of extremely hot weather. Being on Lexapro, Benadryl, or Lisinopril, for example, can put you at much higher risk for dehydration or heat stroke during a heat wave. Yale Climate Connections has a great table listing medications that interact with heat.

If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, I recommend filling a hot water bottle with cool water to hug/keep near your torso to stay cool. Fomentek hot/cold water therapy bags are my favorite, as they are large and rectangular so you can even lay on it- it stays cool for a few hours. It definitely helped me sleep during a heat wave when a small window A/C unit was not enough to cool my tiny studio apartment while living in NYC!

Flowing Health offers acupuncture and cupping in North Seattle. We moved to the Ballard neighborhood a few months ago and are excited to be working with Ballard Wellness clinic to help decrease your stress levels and improve your health!

Airflow hacks

to decrease the risk of spreading and getting CV-19 can be found here: CovidStraightTalk.

I like the idea of using bubbles to see if the air is stagnant…I have also noticed the few times I will drop a tissue or cotton ball at work, that it gets sucked towards the air purifier or back of the box fan with the MERV 13 filter taped to it which means aerosols are being pulled through the filter…

For whatever reason, many places, including clinics, have not placed much focus on ventilation but wiping surfaces with disinfectant instead which we now all know is simply hygiene theater. Limit your time in places with limited air flow as much as you can. Stay safe!

All health care providers should be activists.

An article in STAT talks about doctors protesting racial injustice. This very eloquent comment by an MD is one that I hope that everyone, including all health care professionals, will read and take to heart:

Sarah O’Neil, MD

Racism is lethal.
Primum Non Nocere.
First, Do No Harm.
If I let racism stand, believing that because I don’t discriminate that my job is over, I am violating a primary tenet of medical ethics.
As a competent and responsible physician, I MUST actively choose to personally and publicly be an anti-racist because to do otherwise harms my patients.
The so-called controversy about whether docs should or shouldn’t speak out against racism arises from the conflation of fact with opinion.
It is not my OPINION that racism is bad for the health of people of color. It is a fact backed by epidemiological data.
Being an anti-racist activist is different from any other health campaign because why? Because racists still exist?
Smokers and people who don’t eat vegetables also still exist. But smoking is still harmful and vegetable consumption is still a contributor to improving health on many fronts and it is still my job to help people uncover the obstacles to making healthier choices.
In delivering good health care, it is my duty to be aware of and speak out about critical medical facts. Racism is harmful to one’s health. Racism kills people directly and indirectly, every day. This is a public health crisis. It is a fact. People with crushed tracheas are highly likely to have a bad medical outcome. Getting shot is bad for your health. Not trusting the medical establishment because we physicians won’t speak out about the real harms of racism contributes to health care avoidance by people of color. The chronic stress of afraid of being shot for daring to be alive while Black increases inflammation as does any other source of chronic stress.
Don’t smoke.
Wear a bike helmet when riding.
Buckle your car seat.
Choose to be anti-racist.

Vitamin D and COVID-19

There has finally been more press on Vitamin D (and other nutrients) for supporting the immune system and its benefits re: COVID-19. A physicians group in Canada specifically recommends Vitamin D3, zinc, and Vitamin C to help protect seniors from COVID-19. Vitamin deficiencies make everyone vulnerable to infection, not just seniors, although seniors do tend to have lower levels. More studies have been coming out on Vitamin D and risk of death from COVID-19. Vitamin D helps protect you from respiratory infections and it appears COVID-19 is not an exception.

As my colleague says: There is a huge gap between “wash your hands/social distancing” and ending up in a hospital. Naturopathic medicine fills this gap.

So contact your doctor about getting your Vitamin D levels tested so you can find out what an optimal dose of Vitamin D is for you to help protect yourself during this pandemic.

Flowing Health is a naturopathic clinic that also offers acupuncture and cupping in the Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Ballard, Queen Anne area since 2010.

Prescription drug mix-ups

are more common than you think. Have your loved ones double check the shape/color/markings of their prescription pills whenever they re-fill their medication especially if they are using one of these chain pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid) named here: How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies is Putting Patients at Risk. Better yet, use an independent local pharmacy. They typically have better pricing.

Flowing Health offers naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and cupping in North Seattle.We are in the Green Lake area and conveniently close to Ballard, Greenwood, and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods.