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Member News                                                        Beat the Heat

   Welton Society                                                  Dog DaysDuringthe
 Spring Luncheon                                                                   of Summer

       The Welton Society Spring Luncheon was held April 26        n Avoid the Heat.
    at the Charlotte Country Club. William E. Downey, MD, a
     cardiology specialist with Atrium Health and graduate of        Stay out of the heat and indoors as much as possible. Spend
                                                                     time in an air-conditioned space. Only two hours a day in an
           Duke University, was the speaker. His topic was           air-conditioned space can reduce the risk of heat-related illness
            “Interventional Cardiology 2018 and Beyond.”             significantly. Shopping malls offer relief if your home is not air-
       The Welton Society has a spring and a fall luncheon for       conditioned. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest
         Emeritus and early retired members of the MCMS.             floor out of the sunshine. Remember, electric fans do not cool,
                                                                     they just blow hot air around.
             The More You Know ...
   A Brief History of the Welton Society                           n Dress for the Heat.

          In the 1980s, David G. Welton, MD, a dermatologist         Wear loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
        and concert pianist, occasionally invited a few of his       Choose lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflects heat and
        colleagues to lunch and a piano concert at Charlotte         sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature. Protect your
       Country Club. In the early 1990s, Dr. Welton asked his        face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Avoid too much
    fellow musician, Larry Boggs, MD, and his neighbor, Tom          sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. Use a
     Dulin, MD, to help him expand the luncheon at Charlotte         sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.
     Country Club to include all retired local physicians. It was
      decided that two meetings a year, March and September,       n Drink FOR the Heat.
      with a medical-related speaker would be the appropriate
      agenda. The initial gatherings, which immediately were         Drink plenty of water and natural juices, even if you don’t feel
       popular, were called “The Retired Physicians Group.”          thirsty. Even under moderately strenuous outdoor activity, the
       After Welton’s death in 1995, it was thought appropriate      rate your body can absorb fluids is less than the rate it loses
     to honor the lead “founder” of the group by changing the        water due to perspiration. However, if you have epilepsy or heart,
     name to the Welton Society. As the city has grown, so has       kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restrictive diets; or have a
       the number of Emeritus members of the Mecklenburg             problem with fluid retention, you should consult a doctor before
        County Medical Society. Today, there are about 250           increasing liquid intake.
    potential attendees at the biannual meetings. The members
        who do attend these meetings thoroughly enjoy their        n Do not drink IN the Heat.

              interactions with colleagues of prior years.           Avoid alcoholic beverages and beverages with caffeine, such as coffee,
                                                                     tea and cola. Alcohol and caffeine constrict blood vessels near the skin
8 | June 2018 • Mecklenburg Medicine                                 reducing the amount of heat the body can release. Although beer and
                                                                     alcohol beverages appear to satisfy thirst, they actually cause further
                                                                     body dehydration.

                                                                   n Eat for the Heat.

                                                                     Eat small meals more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein
                                                                     because they increase metabolic heat. Avoid using salt tablets, unless
                                                                     directed to do so by a physician.

                                                                   n Living in the Heat.

                                                                     Slow down. Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous
                                                                     activities such as running, biking and lawn care work when
                                                                     it heats up. The best times for such activities are during early
                                                                     morning and late evening hours. Take cool baths or showers
                                                                     and use cool, wet towels.
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