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We Need Fevers to Fight Flu

By Wednesday, 06 July 2016 04:58 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Vaccine makers and pharmacies are pushing harder than ever for universal, mandatory (forced) flu vaccinations.

Of course, we will see government at various levels joining the chorus because they are all getting huge sums of money from the pharmaceutical companies for their re-election campaigns.

Interestingly, our mothers and grandmothers knew more about how to get over the flu than the modern medical establishment.

When I was young, my mom knew exactly what to do when I came down with the flu. I was put to bed and covered in blankets — after being bundled up like an Eskimo — and told I had to “sweat it out.”

It worked every time. I would sweat profusely, my fever would break, and I would feel better.

The medical profession now tells mothers that they should give their children Tylenol or ibuprofen.

The idea behind this treatment is to get the child’s fever down as quickly as possible and make them instantly feel better.

What is overlooked is that fever is a very important part of the immune response to a viral attack.

An interesting experiment using lizards emphasized this fact.

Scientists built a long, narrow living quarters for lizards, which normally assume the temperature of their surroundings. One end of the tube was set at around 90 degrees. The center of the tube was set at 98.6 and the far end was set at 103 degrees.

The healthy lizards migrated to the area set at 98.6 degrees — a comfortable temperature for them.

When the researchers infected the lizards with a cold virus, the reptiles migrated to the zone that was 103 degrees.

Most of the lizards recovered. But if the researchers placed a barrier so they couldn’t go past the 98.6 degree site — that is, they were prevented from raising their body temperatures — they died.

The lesson was that raising the body’s temperature is essential to killing an invading virus.

Human beings have a similar system, but instead of having to seek an area of higher temperature, we automatically develop a fever when we get a viral infection. The fever is caused by an immune cytokine that is part of our immune response.

Preventing the fever or lowering the body’s temperature weakens the immune response and can worsen the infection in addition to making it last much longer.

In one study of African children, researchers found that giving children with measles a fever-reducing medication increased the death rate from 7 to 35 percent — a fivefold increase in mortality.

As we age, our ability to trigger a febrile response becomes impaired.

In fact, many older people will only develop a low-grade fever — or may not develop a fever at all — when infected with the flu virus. This puts them at a high risk of severe illness or even death.

In addition, older people have weakened immune systems.

What can older people do?

First, they shouldn’t take fever-reducing medications. Second, they should bundle up, get in bed with extra blankets, and “sweat it out.” Third, they should stimulate their immune system’s most effective antiviral weapon — cellular immunity — by taking beta-1,3/1,6-glucan in a dose of 500 mg daily on an empty stomach.

In combination, these three measures will terminate the illness in the shortest possible time. We could dramatically reduce the death rate in the elderly by following these steps.

One of the harmful things that pediatricians tell mothers is that not taking anti-fever medications can increase a child’s risk of febrile seizures.

But the truth is that febrile seizures are quite rare, and they have a hereditary component.

In addition, most children are in no danger until their temperature reaches 105 or above. The ideal temperature to fight a virus is 103 to 104 degrees. If a child’s temperature gets above that, a cool cloth can bring it down to acceptable levels.


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