Can you survive your environment’s temperature if you didn’t have air conditioning to cool you down? Stepping outside to get in the car is enough for me to say a little prayer of thanks for AC. I live in Texas and it’s hot! I really feel it when we go to East Texas and spend some time on the property. In the country, we are off-grid and during the summer, you feel it! In fact, the minute I step out of the car I start dripping sweat!
We work smart up there. We take a lot of breaks, sit in the shade, drink a lot of fluids and try to not work in the heat of the day. One thing that we use are those cooling towels that you can place in water for a while and it activates the cooling effect when you wear it around your neck. But ultimately, we know that we are going to get in the car, turn on the AC and come home.
But I often think about what it would be like if we were up there because SHTF and we had to conserve gas for the generator. We are not going to spend precious gas to run a window unit. We are going to have to just deal with it…. But can we? Can your body get acclimated to the heat?
I mean really, what did our grandparents and great grandparents do before AC? They worked in fields and lived at a time that AC was someone’s initials! My dad can even remember not having AC when he was a kid. They had long eaves on the house to keep the rain out and slept with the windows open.
The fact is that we are wimps. We melt faster than Frosty being parachuted into Central Texas in August!……. But heat is no laughing matter. Many people die from heat-related illnesses each year, remember the Heat Wave of 2012?
Source: Live Science
Unlike a tornado or hurricane, a heat wave‘s impact on human lives is usually not realized until much later. An estimated 70,000 people died when parts of Europe boiled in the summer of 2003, according to a history of that heat wave being compiled by Richard Keller, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In contrast, the death toll from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, was 1,836.
Now, I’m not a tree-hugger, crazed environmentalist or whatever you want to call it. I do believe that we should be good stewards of God’s creation and take care of Mother Nature. But one thing that I’m starting to read more and more about and starting to believe is that changes are happening to our environment. Like I said, I didn’t just jump on the Al Gore bandwagon, but I do think that there are changes. I know that there has been some unusually hot and cool weather this year in all parts of the U.S. and the world for that matter. Take a look at the video below.
So back to the heat… When our body temperature goes up, bad stuff tends to happen to our bodies. In an article in the Chicago Tribune News (yes, I know) the author reminds us:
Source: Chicago Tribune News
The moment you step into oppressive heat, the body senses life-threatening danger and starts fighting to keep things cool.
The heart beats faster as it increases the flow of blood to the skin, trying to keep critical internal organs from overheating. But if your core temperature continues to rise, drastic measures kick in.
People over age 60 are most vulnerable to suffocatingly hot conditions. But if you’re not fit, if you’re overweight or if you suffer heart disease, diabetes or respiratory problems, you’re also at high risk because these conditions can hamper the body’s ability to regulate its core temperatures in extreme heat.
Fatal heatstroke occurs 3.5 times more frequently in overweight or obese adults than those of average body weight, according to research published last year in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
When the body’s temperature rises past 103 degrees, cell damage can occur and organs begin to shut down. The intestines may become more permeable, for example, allowing harmful bacteria to get into the bloodstream, Gania said.
So ultimately, the desire for this article (before I went off quoting stuff) was to discuss if we, the pampered generation, could acclimate to the heat if we had to. If we prep for everything else, shouldn’t we prep for the heat?
Life Hacker has a “cool” article on cooling yourself off by keeping your “pulse points” cool. The idea is that your pulse points are places where your veins are closer to the skin (allowing you to hear your heartbeat) which allows closer access to cooling off the blood running through your veins, cooling off your core temperature. The article is entitled, “Know Your Body’s Quick-Cooling Spots.” You can use those cool rag things for this!
Our “friends’ across the pond have some advice in their article 20 hot tips to stay cool. WikiHow has a great article, with a lot of pics called, “How to Acclimate to Hot Weather: 6 Steps.” And I found some articles in the Prepper Website Tag Cloud that you should take a look at:
- 10 Tips to Breeze Through the Heat (and Why Fans Don’t Always Work)
- Hot enough for ya? Tips for staying cool when it’s hotter than hell outside
- How to Stay Cool Without Electricity
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