In Sweden the word poodle is used in two ways. One way is the dog , the other is linked to when you have to give up an earlier strong position. In public. The expression came from a press conference in 2002 with a minister that had the bravery , or at least strategical insight , to realise that the only way out was to recant and act humble. It was described by a journalist as a ” full poodle , all four paws in the air , asking for forgiveness” . The expression ( ” att göra en pudel ” ) stuck.
In Britain today the National Health Service is in the very slow, discreet process of making a poodle re their guidelines on fluid intake & prevention of altitude sickness.
“Minimum 4-6 liters per day”
This was the NHS standard recommendation from the turn of the millenium – for any altitude , any activity . One group that would be puzzled by this advice was historically aware climbers , familiar with the new concepts that took Hillary & Tenzing to the top of Mt Everest : the fluid rations were around three liters per day.
Another group were those who had attended the altitude health lecture run by in Pheriche ( alt. 4200-ish ) on the Everest trek , by by the docs from Himalayan Rescue Association. Then and now they talked about avoiding both de- and overhydration , and a base recommendation of around three liters of fluids per day.
“Plenty of fluids”
In 2014 NHS changed course , for reasons unkown , by going to ” drink plenty of fluids”.
Now who could argue with that ? The Scots , as in the Scottish NHS Fit for Travel site , sought a new quarrrel with the sassenach and allied with Himalayan Rescue Association etc : maintain a good intake , and avoid an excessive one.
The stakes involved , and the reason why for example the Himalayan Rescue Association and the Institute for Altitude Medicine warns against talking about fluid intake with no upper limit , is best described by one of the proponents of a high fluid intake.
Enter Dr Stephen Bezruchka , with a short chilling remark in Altitude Illness – Prevention & Treatment” :
“Like any advice it can be overdone and people have died from drinking too much water.”