Exchange of Cultural Fluids
by Dr. Andrea Krankpipe
Winter is really upon us once again, and the human body functions best in temperatures that are warm, yet Beijing's winters are often cold, and this presents a very specific set of medical problems. Whilst those of us with this medical knowledge have often questioned the decision to have a city in this geographical location, it would be too late to tackle this issue now, and all we can do is offer appropriate medical advice. Below I present my Human Anatomy Winter Walk-through - what they don't tell you at normal clinics...
The human head, nature's node
The Problem: The human head is often the highest part of the human body, and is thus seriously exposed to the cold weather conditions in Beijing. The ears, face and hair are all at risk.
Dr Krankpipe's medical tip: Wearing a hat or hood can be useful to cover the head, whilst ear-muffs can be used to stop wind and cold from hitting the ear flaps.
Arm extrusions, fingers
The Problem: The arms are on the outsides of the body, where they can better be used for holding and grabbing things, often with the hands.
Dr Krankpipe's medical tip: Gloves and pockets can both be used to protect the hands from the exterior conditions. Meanwhile, longer sleeves on jumpers and jackets will shield the arms from wind and atmosphere.
The legs and feet
The Problem: Their proximity to Beijing's frozen ground can mean the feet will almost certainly suffer from low thermals. The legs, as the feet's main attachment to the central body, are also an important factor.
Dr Krankpipe's medical tip: Shoes are essential as a buffer for your feet. Socks should also not be ignored. The legs MUST be protected with trousers, and long underwear can add that extra warmth that we all crave.