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Heat Awareness: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Introduction Heat awareness is the topic of this Straight, No Chaser post. With climate change in full effect, “hotter than July” is becoming increasing less likely. Wh
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 1, 2019

Your Guide to Combating Cold Exposure

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses various components of cold exposure. Congratulations! We sincerely hope you and your loved ones have survived the polar vortex and c
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 4, 2019

Prevention and Treatment of Lead Poisoning

Introduction This point is about prevention and treatment of lead poisoning. What you need to know about protecting yourself from lead poisoning and its effects is reducible to awa
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 27, 2018

Quick Tips to Save a Drowning Victim

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post offers you quick tips to save a drowning victim. Hopefully you’ll never have to use these tips, but knowledge is life! Can you swim
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 29, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions About Dehydration

Introduction Dehydration is one of those topics that illustrates the adage “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”— except I would adjust that to suggest a little of the wr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 27, 2018

Do’s and Don’t of Snake Bites

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post is about snake bites! So you’ve been snake bitten.  What will you do next? First things first.  Stay calm.  Call 911.  Realize that
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 17, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Fireworks Safety

For many, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration, happiness and creation of good family memories. In the emergency room it’s one of the two worst days to have to work (exclu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Treating Your Seasonal Allergies / Hay Fever

You’re miserable from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis)? You’ve seemingly tried everything, and nothing seems to help? Did you read the introductory post on
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 29, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Suffer from Hay Fever?

Hay (fever) there! If any of you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis), consider yourself lucky. As nuisances go, this has to rank high on the l
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 28, 2018

The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Frostbite

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser focuses on the do’s and don’ts of treating frostbite. There’s a cold front coming. You can’t avoid the exposure. Some
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 16, 2018

What You Can Do To Manage Frostbite and Serious Cold Exposure

Introduction This post empowers you in managing frostbite and other serious cold exposure. I’ll admit that my orientation is different than yours. I’ll argue that your
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 15, 2018

Managing Hypothermia and Serious Cold Exposure

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post discussing managing hypothermia and serious cold exposure. Is this the most famous illustration of frostbite? Do you remember the movie r
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 14, 2018

Shoveling Snow and Other Dangerous Winter Chores

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses dangerous winter chores. Yes, Your Chores Can Kill You You have probably heard it said, but you’d be surprised to know how often p
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Prevention and Treatment of Lead Poisoning

What you need to know about protecting yourself from lead poisoning and its effects is reducible to awareness, baseline testing, prevention and treatment. We covered what you neede
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 30, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Reviewing (the Claims Made within) the Netflix Documentary "What The Health"

Per your request, I’ve looked at the movie “What the Health,” which apparently is all the rage and significantly promoting conversion to a vegan diet. Now I reall
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Fireworks Safety

For many, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration, happiness and creation of good family memories. In the emergency room it’s one of the two worst days to have to work (exclu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 3, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Dehydration – When You’re Too Dry to Cry

Dehydration is one of those topics that illustrates the adage “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”— except I would adjust that to suggest a little of the wrong type of k
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 1, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Mass Trauma Alert – Your Disaster Preparedness Strategy

If you’ve become a regular reader of Straight, No Chaser (thank you!), you will note the recurring theme of prevention. There’s often just not enough time to act in the midst
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Treating Your Seasonal Allergies / Hay Fever

You’re miserable from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis)? You’ve seemingly tried everything, and nothing seems to help? Did you read the introductory post on
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 29, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Suffer from Hay Fever?

Hay (fever) there! If any of you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis), consider yourself lucky. As nuisances go, this has to rank high on the l
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 18, 2017
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