Fever Is Our Friend
FEVER IS OUR FRIEND…NO KIDDING!
A recent article by Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon, nutritional therapist, and award winning author, captured my attention. In it, he explains why we need fever to fight flu: Medical research has proven the ideal temperature to fight a virus is 103 to104 degrees. A temperature above 101° stops viral reproduction. So rushing to lower the fever may actually worsen the infection and accelerate the virus’ spread, producing, among other things, viral pneumonia which can be deadly. Simply stated, fever is a very important part of our immune system’s natural response to a viral attack.
In one study of African children, researchers found that giving children with measles fever reducing medication increased the death rate from 7 to 35%… a fivefold increase in mortality! Our fever phobia is mostly caused by our fear of febrile seizures. Above 105°, and closer to 106, convulsions can occur in about 5% of children six years and younger. Generally this occurs when the fever spikes very rapidly within a few hours. Febrile convulsions, should they occur, usually last only a few minutes and rarely result in brain damage. The ideal temperature to fight a virus is 103 to 104°. If a child’s temperature gets to 105, a cool cloth can bring it down to acceptable levels.
Unfortunately, in us old codgers, our ability to trigger a fever becomes impaired. We may develop only a low grade fever or none at all when infected with the flu virus. This puts us at high risk for severe illness and even death. The proper course of action is NOT to take any fever reducing medications. Instead, bundle up, get in bed and “sweat it out”. Finally, taking Beta 1,3/1,6 Glucan in a dose of 500 mg daily on an empty stomach will stimulate the immune system’s antiviral defenses. Blaylock believes that the death rate in older folks would be dramatically reduced if these measures were followed.
Our obsession with popping Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen, like jellybeans, is overused and definitely counterproductive to recovery. Yes, we want to feel better when we’re feeling poorly, but feeling better at the cost of prolonging the illness or even inviting more serious complications is just not good medicine. Remember, fever is not the enemy…it exists to help us heal!
So, what does this have to do with teeth? Nothing directly…. just trying to keep as many of my patients alive as possible. Selfish of me? Maybe… But with the economy suffering from an extended case of the flu, we dentists need all the healthy patients we can get…Stay well, Dr. Bill Ardito, DDS – Sunshine Dentistry AZ