Basic Safety Tips for Hiking the Appalachian Trail


Appalachian Trail pic

Appalachian Trail

A board-certified cardiologist, Pradeep Ghia spent more than three decades leading an invasive cardiology practice in Easton, Pennsylvania. Now retired from private practice, Dr. Pradeep Ghia maintains a healthy lifestyle and routinely goes hiking and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail.

Hikers are expected to be prepared and informed before they start their hikes on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Here are a few safety points for hiking:

Take a trail map. If you leave the trail because of an emergency or if you simply get turned around, you need a way to find where you are. Some hikers neglect taking maps because they plan on using GPS or phone for tracking their location. Unfortunately, this technology is not always reliable, but a paper map and a compass are.

Share your plans. Let someone know where you are going and how long you plan to be gone. Provide an itinerary for overnight and long-distance hikes, and make sure you check in regularly.

Stay alert. Due to the popularity of hiking trails, you likely will come across many strangers. If you feel uncomfortable around certain people, trust your instincts and avoid them. This is especially important if you are hiking alone. Use the pronoun “we” rather than “I” to keep from broadcasting the fact that you are alone.


Five Safety Tips for Hiking the Appalachian Trail


Appalachian Trail pic

Appalachian Trail

A board-certified cardiologist with the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Pradeep Ghia treats patients as an active staff member of Easton Hospital and St. Luke Hospital’s Warren Campus. Dr. Pradeep Ghia enjoys hiking and backpacking the Appalachian Trail, an activity that can become dangerous without taking the proper safety precautions. The following tips cover safety while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

1. Stay alert. Remember to stay alert and watch your surroundings for warning signs of danger on the trail, including changing weather, hazardous terrain, and suspicious individuals. Trust your intuition and report any suspicious activity you witness. If you encounter someone who makes you uncomfortable, do what you can to put distance between yourself and the individual as soon as possible.

2. Use the buddy system. Consider joining up with other groups of hikers, even if only for a short time. This is safer generally, and can be particularly helpful if you encounter an individual or a situation that makes you uncomfortable.

3. Follow health precautions. A highly contagious disease called norovirus can travel fast on the trail and symptoms can include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You can take precautions to avoid contracting the virus and other microbial illnesses by treating water before drinking it, not sharing utensils or water bottles, and washing your hands with biodegradable soap before eating or touching food.

4. Do not approach wild animals. Avoid approaching any wild animals you see, regardless of the species. Some animals may attack if they feel threatened, particularly if you come too close to their homes or their young. In addition, do not feed wild animals and do not leave food out in the open.

5. Don’t rely completely on your smartphone’s GPS. Bring a map and a compass for use as supplemental or backup navigation tools.

Pennsylvania Medical Society – New Rules for Opioid Prescriptions

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED)

Dr. Pradeep Ghia possesses more than 30 years of experience in cardiology, and is particularly skilled in managing heart attacks and congestive heart failure. In addition to holding board certification in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Pradeep Ghia is a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has been advancing patient care and expanding resources for physicians for more than 165 years. It focuses on improving care for Pennsylvania residents through efforts in education and public policy.

Like many states, Pennsylvania is in the midst of an opioid crisis. As of January 1, 2017, all physicians who are authorized to prescribe controlled substances must participate in Pennsylvania’s new prescription drug monitoring program.

This program requires doctors to enter patients into the statewide system, known as PA PMP AWARxE, when controlled substances are prescribed. Physicians are then able to consult this system when they suspect a patient is abusing or redistributing their medications.

Three Principles of Curry Making


Curry pic


Hailing from Bombay, India, Dr. Pradeep Ghia is a medical doctor who completed a fellowship in cardiology before going on to open a private practice in 1984. He retired from his practice in 2016. In his free time, Dr. Pradeep Ghia enjoys cooking, especially chicken curry.

Curry is a delicious dish, but one that seems intimidating to home chefs. However, Mamta Gupta, a home cook and internet sensation, offers three principles to for making curry.

First, she says to be generous with spices, which add both flavor and texture. She recommends buying spices in bulk from Asian markets.

Next, she advises cooks to determine how to prepare the onion, ginger, and garlic, the trio that adds the traditional flavor base to most curries. The longer they are cooked, the richer and darker they become.

Mamta Gupta’s third principle is adding one or more ingredients to give body to the curry sauce. The most common ingredients to choose from are: tomatoes, yogurt or cream, diced or pureed onion, spinach, coconut milk, or pureed peppers.