Raise the thermostat in summer, lower it in winter

OK, in these dog days of summer, y’all will say I’m crazy, but…

Stan Cox, a hometown author and agricultural scientist, describes these kinds of temperatures as “thermally hostile” in his recent book, “Losing Our Cool,” which argues for reduced dependence on air-conditioning for the good of the environment and for overall health.

Air conditioning appears to be associated with more obesity in the US.

However, the increased use of central air conditioning and heating may also be contributing to rising obesity levels, because the body expends less energy in temperature ranges associated with climate-controlled settings (Keith et al. 2006).

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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