Episode 60

How Do I Stay Safe In The Heat? (with Josh Blomgren, DO)

IT'S HOT! This July sets record as the hottest in recorded history. Headlines are coming fast and furious recently regarding the heat waves throughout the world, including the southern United States. Temperatures have been hitting triple digits for multiple weeks in a row in places like Phoenix and Florida.

These dangerous levels of heat have led to increased rates of heat illness and even death. It’s another story of the climate affecting our health. 

What is heat illness? Why does it happen? Who is at risk? And ultimately what you should do if you find yourself in a place with a dangerous heat warning?


Our expert today is Josh Blomgren, DO!

  • Dr. Blomgren is our friend and colleague, a Sports Medicine Physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush for close to 15 years.
  • He is the Chief Medical Officer for the Chicago Red Stars as well as team physician for Willowbrook High School.
  • Perintent to today’s topic, Josh has volunteered annually since 2007 at the Chicago Marathon overseeing the medical tents that are responsible for over 40,000 runners each year, a percentage of which will experience heat illness, our topic today!


Key highlights in this episode include:

What's the basic physiology behind heat illness?

What are the most common symptoms people develop with heat illness?

How can you tell if someone may be suffering from heat illness?

How hot is too hot? At what temperature should we be cancelling events?

Do different activities have different risks in the heat?

What goes into calculating the "heat index"?

What is a wet bulb globe temperature?

Who is the most at risk for heat illness?

How can you cool someone down most effectively?

Dr. Blomgren recommends the following resources to learn about heat illness:

Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics, including: "Climatic Heat Stress and Exercising Children and Adolescents"

"Top Safety Tips for Preventing Heat, Sun-Related Illnesses in Children this Summer"

"Extreme Heat: Keeping Kids Safe When Temperatures Soar".

The Korey Stringer Institute- information on "heat illnesses".

Cooling Centers by State- by the National Center for Healthy Housing.

Chicago Cooling Centers.

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Jeremy Alland

Dr. Jeremy Alland is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, consistently top-10 nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago, IL. In addition to a busy clinical practice, he serves as the head primary care team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Dogs, as well as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire Soccer Club. An avid athlete, Dr. Alland played collegiate baseball for DePauw University before pursuing medicine and enjoys golfing, basketball and stand-up paddleboarding. He lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Katie, two children, Olive and Logan, and their goldendoodle, Archie. He never thought he would have a podcast, but has found it insanely fun and is excited to bring fun and approachability to the most common questions we hear as doctors.

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Julie Bruene

Dr. Julie (Julia if we’re being formal, Julia Rose if she’s in trouble) Bruene is a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, a renowned, nationally-ranked orthopedic practice in Chicago. She serves as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and DePaul University. Aside from her obvious interests in sports and medicine, she is a true crime obsessive and is a total sucker for rescued cats. She lives in Chicago with her husband and partner-in-crime, Adam, and with several of the aforementioned rescued cats. We don’t need to get into specifics about the exact number here. She likes when people are kind to one another and when animals dress up like other animals. Rock over London, rock on Chicago.