The Truth About Fevers

Cold and flu season is upon us, and many times that means chills and fever.  Most people believe that fevers develop in order to destroy the germs that are causing the illness.  (What actually causes colds and the flu will be the subject of another article.)
A fever is actually an essential mechanism of repair that is built into the body for our good.  Its purpose is to heat up the bones in order to release calcium into the blood stream.  If we have plenty of usable calcium in our bodies, we do not have fevers.  Calcium is needed to help bring about cellular repair.  It is especially important to help white blood cells remove cellular waste.  These immune cells help the body get rid of any foreign matter, including germs which may be present, if we are that sick.
How should we deal with a fever?
First we have to learn how to bring down the temperature and then learn about prevention.  When a child, young person or adult has a fever, they should take a special form of calcium/magnesium.
In order to prevent fevers let’s look at the best diet.

  1. Eat whole grains, (e.g., whole wheat, brown rice) and whole sugars (e.g., honey, maple syrup) instead of refined, processed flours and white sugar or sucrose.  The latter deplete your body of calcium as well as magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin E.
  2. Drink pure water without fluoride or chlorine.
  3. Take a calcium/magnesium supplement.
  4. Take a whole food vitamin C supplement.
  5. Take cod liver oil.
  6. Eat plenty of raw food, vegetables and fruit—5-6 servings daily.

The above guidelines are general recommendations.  Everyone is different and each situation is unique.  For this reason it is always best to consult with Dr Permutt at the first sign of illness or during the illness. Call to schedule an appointment. I will help you evaluate your situation and arrive at an effective treatment plan.

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