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April 22nd, 2013
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Have you heard of.... ?

Oral rehydration therapy? (Giving water with appropriate amounts of salt and sugar to people with diarrhea/vomiting).

Yes
50(89.3%)
No
6(10.7%)


The reason I'm asking is this rant which gives oral rehydration therapy as an example of the sort of thing doctors ignore in favor of more expensive and complex methods.

I've heard about it for so long that I can't remember specific sources, but if you happen to remember where you heard of it, please let me know.

Also, do you know whether it's usual in well-off places (whether in the US or elsewhere) for oral rehydration to be a first choice of treatment for people who might need it?

Completely unrelated except that these were two topics that showed up for me today, Chrissy Amphlett just died, and I'd never heard of her. I don't follow music much, but her music is excellent and I'm surprised she isn't famous enough that I hadn't heard her name. Perhaps the problem is that she was Australian.

Have you heard of Chrissy Aphlett?

Yes
6(14.3%)
No
36(85.7%)


If I like Chrissy Aphlett's music, who else's might I like?

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From:19_crows
Date:April 22nd, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't have told you Chrissy Aphlett's name, but I knew the Divinyls' songs "Pleasure and Pain" and "I Touch Myself."
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From:tod_hollykim
Date:April 22nd, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I surprised you don't know her. "I touch Myself" was all over the airways back in the 90's. Yes, in the US. but if you didn't pay much attention to music back then, not sure how much you would have known the Divinyls. But you couldn't turn on the radio or watch TV without hearing it.
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From:vvalkyri
Date:April 22nd, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh that was she?
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From:siderea
Date:April 22nd, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I can't figure out how to answer the first poll. My initial response is "Haven't heard of that"/"Yeah in a hospital they stick an IV in your arm". But then I remembered using Pedialyte for babies and Gatorade for the rest of us in that circumstance, just not under any particular name.
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From:siderea
Date:April 22nd, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Okay, having RTA, that comment from Mexico was eye opening. No, ORT has not been promoted to American parents as it should, and going into any clinic to get packs of the mix for free? Wow. No, we don't do that.
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From:andrewducker
Date:April 22nd, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I've used Dioralyte to deliberately aid with an upset stomach before. Something to do with it balancing the contents so that osmosis works better, and the water is drawn out of the bowel, so that what's left is less...liquidy.
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From:gildedacorn
Date:April 22nd, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
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I have heard of it and have done it. I think it's a fairly common home remedy. It doesn't have to be any particular substance, but whatever balances your electrolytes and will stay down long enough for you to rehydrate. Ginger ale, quinine water, seltzer with something added (orange juice etc.), mint and/or ginger tea with or without sugar. Miso soup works too.

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From:azurelunatic
Date:April 22nd, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm aware of it as a thing which might be done, but I wouldn't have thought of it as the first thing a hospital should try.
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From:kgbooklog
Date:April 22nd, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I've never heard of "water with appropriate amounts of salt and sugar" before; my family just says "drink lots of fluids". And I've never had it last long enough to require professional advice.
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From:xiphias
Date:April 22nd, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Oh, wait -- she was the lead singer of the Divynils? I once translated "I Touch Myself" into Latin during lunch one day -- when the teacher walked into the room, she looked at the chalkboard where I'd been writing, rolled her eyes at me, walked over, and corrected a couple endings.

I also like "Pleasure and Pain", but I don't know the rest of her work. But I love those two songs.
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From:agrumer
Date:April 22nd, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I know I’ve heard about it from Jim Macdonald, and I think I heard about it somewhere else before that.
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From:redrose3125
Date:April 26th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
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Yep, Jim's my source too.
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From:tigerbright
Date:April 22nd, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Oral rehydration therapy was first properly explained to me by my best friend whose parents grew up in Jamaica; she was ill while on vacation visiting relatives, and was given the stuff that only tastes good when you need it, none of this fruit punch stuff we have here.
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From:marycatelli
Date:April 22nd, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I observe that I know the term from its use in the third world. Or lack thereof. ORT is something like a 25 cent treatment in worst case scenarios. Yet deaths from diarrhea are measured in the millions. . . annually.

But -- that doesn't come to bear on the question of its use in the US.

Edited at 2013-04-22 10:55 pm (UTC)
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From:madfilkentist
Date:April 23rd, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I haven't heard specifically of giving sugar and salt with water, so I answered "no," but making sure people with those conditions get enough water is just standard practice.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 24th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
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The sugar and salt are important.
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