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How About a Heat Survival Tip from a War Vet

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ST LOUIS (KMOX) — Dr. Royal Eaton is a pulmonologist at Christian Hospital Northeast, but during the  Vietnam war he served as a military flight surgeon.

During those days he treated heat stroke and heat exhausted soldiers by soaking their uniforms in water and then taking them up for a helicopter ride with the doors open and the wind pouring in.

Dr. Eaton says hot St. Louisans can do the same thing (without a helicopter that is). He recommends wrapping yourself in a wet sheet before going to bed.  Then let a fan blow across you.  By the morning the sheet would have dried and you would have slept more comfortably.

Eaton says this strategy works just as well during the heat of the day. He advises sitting with a wet sheet around you while a fan blows on you.

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