How to Prevent Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion In the Garden


With the summer heat approaching I’d like to pass on an experience and a realization I had one afternoon in the humid 100 degree heat in the Line Creek Norganic* Community Garden north of the confluence of the Kaw and Missouri River.

  The Line Creek Community Garden

The Line Creek Community Garden, surrounded by tall fence to keep out the prolific urban deer.

What Causes Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion?

In order to maintain an internal body temperature of 98.6 F, the body perspires or sweats. As the sweat evaporates off the skin it cools the body. The trouble starts when the humidity is so high that the air is saturated with moisture and sweat drips off of you rather than evaporating. Your body temperature starts to rise. Yourbody will compensate for the heat when the the brain begins to receive heated blood. As body temperature rises, the brain sends out instructions to decrease the muscle tone.  Individuals may feel tired and listless, and not able to work as well. You may feel light headed and sick to your stomach. This is heat exhaustion. If the body is not cooled and body temperature continues to rise, heat stoke occurs. At this point, the body’s cooling mechanism having failed, you may loose consciousness and death may result. There are close to 2,000 heat related deaths in this country each year. Heat exhaustion can quickly turn into a medical emergency. The mortality rate for those who are afflicted with heat stroke can be up to 50%

9/2/2014 7:32:15 PM

What is this pseudoscience garbage? Iridology? I hope nobody takes this article seriously, someone could get hurt.I clearly can't trust the editors at Mother Earth News anymore.

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