Saturday, October 16, 2004

Cotton Kills

Can't resist a title like that.

The continued saga of hypothermia.

Help stamp out thermodynamic nudity! That's wearing cotton, folks. If you're in cotton, it gets wet, and if the temperature falls below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, you're dead! It's as simple as that. The body cannot keep up with the heat loss allowed by wet cotton at that temperature or colder. For all practical purposes you're as naked as the Emperor with no clothes.

Don't think you are really dressed if you're wearing blue jeans, a cotton sweat shirt or similar garb and you head for the great outdoors. Actually, you're naked. Most hypothermic deaths occur in the temperature range of 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's because people wore cotton and the clothing got wet.

William Forgey, M.D.

Now, if we can just get cotton clothes outlawed and then start work on the other fabrics we'd be well on our way to a "no clothes" society.


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