Thursday, April 05, 2012

Lifestyle Diseases 19: Controlling Summer Health Problems

Peak of Holy Week season here in the country, today Holy Thursday, many people are going back to their provinces, or to some holiday travels due to the five-days holiday (today until Monday, "National Heroes Day").

It was cloudy the past 3 weeks, sometimes with rainshowers and thunderstorm, even with heavy downpour on some days. This week, been less cloudy and hot Monday-Tuesday, then it rained in the evening. The clouds are back by Wednesday. Nonetheless, the peak of the dry season in the country particularly in central to northern Luzon, are the months of April-May; by June, the wet/rainy season resumes.

Below is a health tip from a Filipino physician about health problems related to the summer and hot season. In particular, preventing dehydration and heat stroke. This was published in the People's Journal Tonight, April 01, 2012; also posted in the DOH website.

Before other people would quip that the hot season is proof of "man-made warming", they should be reminded that the supposedly dry season (November to May) has become generally wet. Here are some climate charts and data, sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly (or "deviation from the average temperature") for Pacific Nino Region 3.4, the center-most area of Pacific Ocean. Temperature anomalies here are used as indicator if the planet is on an El Nino or La Nina condition.

Above chart shows data over the last 5 years from Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) as of April 01, 2012. It says that the current La Nina (almost 2 years long) is ending very soon. Lower chart showing data for the last 62 years, is from the US government's NOAA. These and related data are available free at WUWT's ENSO page,

In short, no such thing as "alarming, unprecedented, unequivocal global warming". Only natural climate cycle of warming-cooling-warming-cooling.

See also:
Lifestyle Diseases 17: On Cancer, COPD and NCD Risk Factors, March 05, 2012
Lifestyle Diseases 18: Addressing NCDs via Preventive Healthcare, March 05, 2012
Climate Tricks 5: CO2, Clouds and Positive Feedback, March 21, 2012

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