Is Fever Good or Bad?

Fever is GOOD!

Fever has long been vilified as a serious condition for children. Parents everywhere feel anxiety at its first onset and worry about the dangers of fever. Some even rush to the emergency room for fear of their child experiencing major health complications, even though complications from fever are actually very rare. Suppressing a fever can result in a child being sick for a longer period of time because we are suppressing a critical immune response.

Fever is the body’s mechanism by which infection is fought off. When bacteria or viruses are detected within the body, the nervous system sends a signal to the brain, and the brain raises the temperature of the entire body. Letting fever run its course is the best way to get a child healthy and keep her healthy.

The problem is that caretakers, in an effort to soothe a child’s discomfort, will reach for over the counter fever reducing medications. When these substances are introduced, the immune response messages are intercepted and overridden and the fever immune function is turned off entirely. When the body temperature is reduced even slightly, the virus or bacteria is able to fight more aggressively and live longer within the body because the conditions within the body are made more conducive.

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“Fever phobia” is made worse by hearing myths about children being severely harmed by having a high fever. Many people know of children or adults who had a high fever and ended up with some sort of injury…brain damage or hearing loss. These problems are never caused by fever. The likely explanation is that they had a serious illness that gave them a fever, but it was the illness that caused the brain damage or other result. The fever was only the body’s attempt to fight the infection.

‘Doctors do a great disservice to you and your child when they prescribe drugs to reduce fever,’ writes Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, pediatrician and author of How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor. ‘Fever phobia is a disease of pediatricians, not parents, and to the extent that parents are victimized by it, doctors are at fault.’ Parents are left to fear that their child’s temperature will keep rising unless measures are taken to control it. Yet, reducing the child’s temperature will do nothing to make the child well, and our bodies have a built-in mechanism that will prevent an infection-induced temperature from reaching dangerous levels. Mendelsohn emphasizes that ‘only in the case of heatstroke, poisoning, or other externally caused fevers is this body mechanism overwhelmed and inoperative.”

Here’s another interesting fact that you likely have never been told by your pediatrician, “with a rise in temperature, iron is removed from the blood and stored in the liver, further disabling the rate at which bacteria can multiply.” How fascinating and marvelous that our bodies already have, without any outside influence, many mechanisms to keep us well. Our only job is to stay out of the way. Let the body do the work it is designed to do.

What about an overactive or under performing immune response?

That is an excellent question! Because the immune system is piloted by the brain and the nervous system then there must be a malfunction somewhere in the nervous system. Imagine a light inside your home will not turn on at the switch, even though you have changed the light-bulb, and done some tinkering on the light itself. It seems to not be responding, no matter what you do. You call an electrician to your home, he traces the electrical lines from the light all the way back to the breaker box. He reports back to you, “your electrical lines just had a bit of trauma, it seems a rodent chewed through an electrical line and the light was not receiving electrical current from the breaker box, he says, I fixed the trauma and your light works good as new”.

Our bodies work exactly the same way! Trauma gets in the way, and our immune system is not able to send and/or receive messages from the brain. What a relief that the answer is so simple! This trauma is called a subluxation, which is not the same as a misalignment. The difference is that a misalignment of the spine does not produce nerve interference. Misalignments can often heal on their own, or even with body balancing therapies, however, a subluxation is never able to correct itself. A single subluxation has the power to cause many health issues, and is a well known cause of health decline.