Under the Weather: How Weather and Climate Affect our Health

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An entertaining and fact-filled look at the links between health and climate, this book details both short-term symptoms and life-threatening conditions that can be aggravated by the weather. It explains how to be protected from the extremes of weather as well as how to ease weather-related symptoms. Startling weather-related observations include evidence that the onset of labor is more common when barometric pressure is falling; migraines can be made much worse by cold and winds; deaths from heart disease are ...

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Overview

An entertaining and fact-filled look at the links between health and climate, this book details both short-term symptoms and life-threatening conditions that can be aggravated by the weather. It explains how to be protected from the extremes of weather as well as how to ease weather-related symptoms. Startling weather-related observations include evidence that the onset of labor is more common when barometric pressure is falling; migraines can be made much worse by cold and winds; deaths from heart disease are more common on days when there are blustery winds bringing changeable temperatures; changes in humidity can cause scar tissue to ache; and patients with noninherited forms of schizophrenia are twice as likely to have been born in extreme weather conditions as those with the inherited form of the disease.

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There is no other comparable book on atmospheric impacts on human health.
Islands
This book will take its place as an important contribution to natural and complementary medicine.
Library Journal
Many health practitioners believe that there is a definite relationship between climate and illness. Skeptics reject this notion as folklore not supported by evidence. A psychotherapist and widely published health writer, Thomas (Overcoming Headaches) transcends the folklore claims with a detailed explanation of the science of biometeorology-the relationship among atmospheric patterns, changes in climate, and effects on human health in all parts of the world. She explains how barometric pressure, cold, rain, heat, sun, moon, wind, storms, and other weather phenomena can exacerbate pains, headaches, respiratory problems, colds, flu, moods, allergies, and other ailments that make us feel "under the weather." Thomas provides concrete explanations from medical literature on the effects of seasonal weather patterns on biochemical changes in the body, as well as commonsense approaches to ease suffering and protect oneself from the ravages of weather. This book will take its place as an important contribution to natural and complementary medicine.-Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904132301
  • Publisher: Vision
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Thomas has written 25 books, including Cleaning Yourself to Death, Overcoming Headaches, and Alternative Therapies for Pregnancy and Birth. She regularly writes health columns for Here's Health, The Guardian, and Health and Fitness.

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