Don't Ruin A Perfectly Good Fever
Almost every doctor in the modern world knows: Our immune systems are boosted more than 1000% when our temperature is raised just a few degrees. Therefore, if we get an infection, it is extremely important for our innate intelligence to raise our temperature on purpose to fight back.
Lowering the temperature of a sick person is almost always a very bad idea. With the temperature lowered synthetically (ice, aspirin or some other drug), it is extremely difficult for the immune system to do its job. And contrary to what the drug companies have told us, a few degrees of fever is NOT harmful. In fact, if you get an infection and your temperature doesn't go up, that is the worst; you're really sick!
During World War II, my dad was in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. He and thousands of other men had Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dengue Fever and a number of other conditions that produced VERY high fevers, commonly in the 106 to 108 degree range. Although many were delirious part of the time while the high temperatures were fighting the diseases, NONE had permanent brain damage or any other lasting damage from the fevers.
It was the manufactures of aspirin that originally told us fevers were bad. They also made sure every home in the country had one or more thermometers so people would know when they “needed” to take aspirin. This notion of taking aspirin to lower fevers did not come from science or medical research.
While in college and during my first few years in practice, I studied under an old master, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, of Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. He saw a lot of things come and go while personally attending many hundreds of thousands of patient visits over a period of 53 years. He told me about the flu and pneumonia epidemics of the 1920's and 1930's. Raging through the United States and Canada, particularly in the Great Plains region, they claimed the lives of one out of four (and sometimes as many as one out of three) people in hundreds of communities.
The standard western medical wisdom was to lower the fever while making every attempt to stop the coughing, vomiting or diarrhea. When this line of thinking was followed, death rates were horrible. Apparently the doctors believed that if the symptoms were gone, and the fever was pushed down, the flu or pneumonia would be gone too.
Dr. Gonstead (and many other common-sense doctors) saw things differently. When the person's fever went up, they would do what they could to help it get slightly higher by wrapping the patient's chest in wool blankets. They lost almost no patients because, if they did anything at all, it was to help the body do more of what it was trying to do on its own to cure the disease.
There is one exception you should know about concerning fevers: If the person's spine is subluxated (out of place) causing stress or pressure on some part of the central nervous system, it is possible for that person's innate intelligence to be blocked so that the optimal plan for maximum survival cannot be carried out.
As for our whole family, we believe it is smartest to keep our spines in line, eat and drink things that enhance our natural health and let the rare fever we may get run its course.