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Chaldean Summer Heat Precautions
By Brenda Hermiz :: Friday, June 13, 2008 :: 42810 Views :: Health & Fitness

Summer months are upon us and Chaldeans are feeling the heat.  The summer scorchers causing beach sun burns may be the summer trademark, but other heat related illnesses are just as dangerous. 



During a heat wave the Chaldean body has to work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat can result in serious health threats by pushing the body beyond its limits. Young children, elderly people, and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk.


Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Slow down, avoid strenuous activity.


  • Avoid too much sun.
  • Plan outdoor games and activities for early morning or evening.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • While indoors use fans or air conditioners to cool the air.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that will cover as much skin as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide brimmed hat.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty, and most importantly avoid alcoholic beverages.

Chaldeans should keep in mind these hot weather health emergencies:

Heat cramps are painful spasms, mostly in legs and abdomen, usually the result of heavy exertion and heavy sweating.   If you experience a heat cramp you need to applly firm pressure to cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasms. Replace fluids. Be sure to consult your Chaldean health care provider if you consistently get heat cramps.

Heat exhaustion typically occurs when Chaldeans exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating.  Be mindful of heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin.  Call 911 if there is a weak pulse or fainting and vomiting.  If experiencing heat exhaustion, lie down in a cool place, loosen clothing, apply cool wet cloths, or fan or move person to air-conditioned place. Be sure the to take sips of water and contact your Chaldean health care provider.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency- the body's temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. Sunstroke: Another term for heat stroke requires immediate medical attention.  Heat stroke is when the body temperature reaches 106 or higher.  The skin is hot, dry, and the pulse is rapid and strong.  There is little or no sweating and possible unconsciousness.

Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or emergency medical services or get the person to a hospital immediately.   Until help arrives try to move the person to a cooler environment. If you can try to get the person in a cool bath or sponging to reduce body temperature. You can also use fans and/or air conditioners, to cool the body.

It is important that you DO NOT GIVE FLUIDS.


Although Chaldeans are inherently from hot areas, current migration has placed Chaldeans in different environments.    Some places are dry and hot and others humid and hot.  The heat can be our friend, but it can also be very dangerous. 

These helpful tips can make the difference in ruining the family's summer:

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.