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  1. Harper

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    Most people don't understand fever. A fever is an important part of our immune reaction. Our body is supposed to produce a fever in response to certain things. Modern medicine wants to reduce fevers. But, by doing this, it is effectively making the body work against itself and prolonging the underlying illness. While there are rare instances when such reduction is appropriate, most of the time it is counterproductive. In addition, Tylenol and Advil (the two medications most often given to reduce fever) have side effects and can damage the liver (especially when taken regularly). The elevated body temperature caused by a fever makes the body a less desireable environment for viruses and bacteria and reduces their propogation. This gives the rest of your immune system time to arrive and kill them. The sweating which accompanies a fever expels their residue and other toxins out through the skin (your body's biggest organ).

    (more info here: http://www.naturalnews.com/027149_fever_virus_flu.html)


    The key to a fever is to keep it "wet." That means drinking fluids. Sometimes, it is drinking fluids combined with baths (regular, sponge, etc.). Essentially, you want to stay hydrated during the process. For adults, most fevers don't start to become damaging to the body until they hit 107°F. But, the highest a fever typically will go is 107°F. At that point, automatic mechanisms in the brain limit the temperature rise (except in rare instances like people with head injuries, heat stroke, etc.).

    With children, it is different. For newborns, especially under 4 months, try and get help right away whenever a fever is present (rectal temperature over 100.4°F)--it's better to be safe. In older children, higher fevers are not uncommon (remember: keep them hydrated). I wouldn't be too worried until the temperature is over 104.5°F. If other serious symptoms like: seizures, a stiff neck, purple rash, difficulty breathing, etc., develop, seek medical assistance. Also, if the child has been playing in hot weather, an elevated temperature like this could be a sign of heat stroke--which can be dangerous. Children with a fever should not be given aspirin because of the risk of Reye's Syndrome.


    Here are some naturopathic techniques and herbal aids to help with a fever:

    1. "Feed a cold, starve a fever." The old adage is good advice. At the very least, avoid mucus producing foods like dairy and sweets. This will allow the body to focus its resources on fighting the infection instead of on digestion and will reduce mucus production.

    2. Sweat it out. Some people accomplish this through things like blankets, baths and/or Yarrow tea (a diaphoretic--makes you sweat). The key to this method is to keep the body "wet" (drink fluids/baths). Your skin is a channel of elimination--you can sweat out toxins.

    3. Drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. See Post #73: Spices That Can Serve Multiple Purposes

    4. Drinking a combination of Elder Flower and Peppermint Tea. This is a famous cold and fever remedy.

    5. Echinacea. This is another herb that will make you sweat. But it helps in many other ways as well:
    https://draxe.com/echinacea-benefits/

    Ideally, you would keep your immune system up so you wouldn't come down with a fever in the first place. You do that through proper nutrition and diet.

     
  2. Harper

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    Here is an article by an herbalist that I respect dealing with fever:


    THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TEST

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    by Herbalist Wendy Wilson

    Is there a way to test your immune system to see how strong it is? Is it important to know the strength of our immune system? Most people would not give this a second thought relying on drugs and vaccines to protect them from disease. However, the health of your immune system is the bedrock of your life. Not only would you want to keep it strong, you will want to protect it from being destroyed. Let’s take a look at how you can tell how strong your immune system is and how to avoid the things that sabotage immunity.

    HOW ACTIVE ARE YOUR IMMUNE CELLS?

    A research team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, says they have developed a test to see how active immune system cells are. They call the test the CaFlux and we’re told it can test a variety of immune system cells. According to Microbiologist Dr. Yuri Sykulev, this test may help scientists determine how people will respond to specific pathogens.

    “The test could help determine who might respond to illness with a sneeze and who might respond with anaphylactic shock.” Dr. Yuri Skylev, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology Jefferson University Hospital

    The CaFlux test is not the first immune system test science has developed. However, the CaFlux test requires less time to get results. We’re told the other tests would take several days for results and were not as broad spectrum in testing as the CaFlux test, which produce results in minutes. This test looks for immune cells that identify disease, targets the disease and responds to kill the target. The immune system cells use calcium and this test uses the calcium trigger to track the cells. The cells with calcium will glow green and the more calcium that flows through the cell the brighter the color. The color spikes when the cell engages its target. Weaker immune cells have a weaker color and glow and do not emit a spike. With the test it is possible to track the number and type of immune cells the system is using to remove a particular pathogen. It also tracks the speed in which the immune system is able to neutralize a pathogen. Science plans to use the test to help develop vaccines, immune system therapies for cancer and for studying diseases. If you haven’t figured it out yet the name CaFlux is short for Calcium Aluminate Flux test. The research for CaFlux was published in the October 2016 Journal of Nature Communications.

    ABSTRACT REVIEW

    According to an abstract review of the data on the CaFlux test, the research suggested the test could be used to detect levels of toxic mechanisms. The test could be used to screen various samples (even air) to determine biological responses to different mixes of chemical components. This would be a way to use CaFlux as a bio-analytical technique to assess overall toxic potency. It could deliver rapid, inexpensive accurate data on exposure levels offering a below detection, standard limit and above limit reference point on pathogens or chemicals. It could offer results on accumulative, low-exposure levels of hazardous air pollutants. The EPA and military are interested in utilizing this technology. The test can also be used as a screening tool for health and life insurance agencies to determine life expectancy. The test could report on the level of toxins and gene activity. Since the test is extremely sensitive, it could replace the older tests and reduce the cost of expensive analysis. What could all this mean? Well, if you live and work in a place that has more air pollution it could produce results indicating a lower score on overall health. As technology like this invades our culture, it could produce limitations on those with weak immune system function indicating high toxin readings and abnormal gene activity. Just think what the future breathalyzer may report about your health.

    CULTIVATING GENES

    The CaFlux test could be supplying science with the knowledge of how genes react to pathogens. It would give them information on which genes are more resistant to toxins and which ones are not. With the ability for science to edit genes, this knowledge on the immune system could build data on how science can modify human genes and alter the immune system.

    IMMUNITY

    The whole point of the CaFlux test was to understand the immune system better, to diagnosis patients more efficiently and limit toxic treatments. It may very well be used for that but the other applications are very questionable in the area of gene manipulation and used for bio-warfare toxins. Here is what we do know about what negatively affects our immune system:

    • Sugar
    • Alcohol & tobacco
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Malnutrition
    • Lack of nutrients such as calcium
    • Drugs and Vaccines
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    COLD & FLU FEVERS

    In the old days, doctors could tell if you had a healthy and strong immune system by how long it took you to get over the common cold or flu. If it took longer than 2 to 3 days your immune system needed help. Some of the old country doctors actually had some knowledge of nutrition based on observation and experience. Today, we have over-the-counter drugs that people take in order to get over being sick and these drugs can prolong the duration of the illness because they interfere with the operation of the immune system. One popular over-the-counter drug is aspirin. It interferes with blood platelets (especially the white blood cells) by disabling their normal function (thins the blood and blocks the fever). The fever mechanism indicates that the immune system is operating. A fever means the immune system had manufactured and launched white blood cell antibodies to neutralize the pathogen. People started taking aspirin to reduce pain and were also told to take it to lower the fever and avoid a seizure. According to webmd.com, fever (febrile) seizures can occur in 2% of small children and if there is a very rapid onset of fever over 102 degrees. If a seizure occurs, it is not harmful and causes no neurological problems.

    YOUR ASSESSMENT

    Most of us get a fever if we come down with a cold or flu. I have observed that by taking aspirin for the aches and pains of flu symptoms that it also lowers the fever for several hours. This also guarantees we stay sick with the flu pathogen for 5 to 7 days. Instead of using aspirin products I will use warm baths to reduce the aches and pains and perhaps a little willow bark or meadow sweet. Although these herbs have salicin they do not lower fever. The secret to working with your fever is to keep drinking fluids. We call this “keeping the fever wet.” You will help the immune system to burn off the pathogen and flush out the residues. The higher the fever the more white blood cells the immune system is launching to attack the pathogen. Lowering your fever equals shutting off your immune system. By powering through the fever for two days you can recover quickly and be back to normal. Of course I also like to use my immune system support herbs (Echinacea, Astragalus root, garlic and American Ginseng) for endurance and to shorten the duration of the illness.

    GREENBACK RESEARCH

    Most people think they can improve on their immunity by getting more vaccinations. If they took the time to research this they would find that medical science does not understand enough about the immune system and the scientific research on vaccines has been altered to show favorable results. Medical doctors who have exposed this truth have been severely attacked and discredited. However, I’ve done numerous reports on this topic and encourage people to do their due diligence and research vaccines to protect themselves and their families. The Internet can reveal the trail of breadcrumbs if you care to seek truth. The core motivation behind any medical treatment that is false is motivated by greed. As God has said, “Money answers all things.”

    POWER-UP YOUR IMMUNITY

    The question is do we need a scientific test to determine if our immune system is healthy or not? What we do to our bodies with poor diets, drugs and vaccines can certainly derail the immune system and malfunction is not natural. The human body responds to nutrients in order to recover. I like organic whole food diets and whole food supplements because the chemistry is balanced. I put a lot of trust in nutritional combinations God has created. I have found that they are superior, gentler on the system and they work. What immune boosting will do:
    • infuses super, fast-acting nutrients
    • supplies organic (non-animal) calcium
    • provides the required minerals & vitamins
    When you use a whole food supplements they carry the uptake nutrients the body requires to properly metabolize the nutrition. If using synthetic supplements they are made from toxic, petro-chemicals and do not have any of the uptake minerals. When you supply the right nutrition you can bring your immune system up to normal function. Many of the herbs used to support the immune system have a broad array of nutrients the body requires.

    STRENGTHENING YOUR IMMUNITY

    The research on the CaFlux test revealed the immune system cells use calcium. Animal calcium is nearly all calcium (by 10 parts) however it lacks the two minerals the body must have in order to absorb and utilize the calcium (boron and magnesium). Most calcium supplements are made from cow bones or seashells. The body also requires that the calcium, boron and magnesium be balanced by 2 parts calcium and one part each of boron and magnesium. You find this perfect balance in fruits, vegetables and herbs. Herbs will have the higher potency. The immune system will also use other nutrients like vitamin C and zinc. Again your whole foods and herbs contain them in the perfect ratio. Call Apothecary Herbs for the organic, whole food herb liquid called Calcium Formula. They have a full line of immune boosting herbs such as: Echinacea, Astrasgalus, American Ginseng and all are in their My 3 Amigos pack. Call to order or for a free product catalog 86-229-3663, International 704-885-0277, www.thepowerherbs.com where your healthcare options just became endless. Money saving coupons on their web site. Free catalog.

    Sources:

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161027094824.htm

    https://www.labroots.com/trending/immunology/4448/caflux-test-unpredictable-immune-system

    http://www98.griffith.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/handle/10072/17652/48318_1.pdf;jsessionid=0C788CE894E196BA8468F441290CD531?sequence=1

    http://www.webmd.com/children/tc/fever-seizures-topic-overview

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    FWIW a fever is a symptom . It in itself is not a disease...It may be a sign of serious illness...Treat the disease not the symptom.. JMHO :)
     
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    True.

    I guess that I didn't state that explicity enough.

    A fever is a response by your immune system to something. The fever, itself, is the body's natural form of treatment. By interfering and lowering the temperature of the fever, that process becomes less effective and will take longer.

    The things that I spoke about above will help the body do what it is designed to do. At the very least, don't hinder the process.

    Oregano Oil (diluted) is my preferred method of dealing with bacterial and viral fevers. It is an anti-fungal, too, so it may help with fungal infectctions as well.
    See post #38: Spices That Can Serve Multiple Purposes


     
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