29 January 2007

Crap, crap, crap

Maybe I should post for some help over on Allison Kennedy's Spin Cycle blog (find the link on this page). The temp's back up to 100.4, edging back through the "smooth FM" band, but hopefully not into classic rock territory on the radio dial (nothing against Rock 103. Just not my ideal body temperature, you know?).

Anyone know any tricks to making fever go away? Preferably ones involving shots of whiskey.


Anonymous said...

Stop eating.

The maxim "feed a cold, starve a fever" may be right after all, researchers have discovered.

Until now, most doctors and nutritionists have rejected the idea as a myth. But Dutch scientists have found that eating a meal boosts the type of immune response that destroys the viruses responsible for colds, while fasting stimulates the response that tackles the bacterial infections responsible for most fevers.

"To our knowledge, this is the first time that such a direct effect has been demonstrated," says Gijs van den Brink of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. At a Christmas dinner, he and his colleagues decided to take blood samples to see if alcohol affected the immune system.

To their surprise, later analysis suggested that alcohol had no effect but food did. So the team got six people to fast overnight and then come into the lab for tests. On one occasion they were given a liquid meal, on the other just water to distend the stomach.

The results were striking. Six hours after the liquid meal, the volunteers' levels of gamma interferon had more than quadrupled. Gamma interferon is a hallmark of the cell-mediated immune response, in which killer T cells destroy any cells that have been invaded by pathogens. "This type of immunity is mainly directed against viral infections," van den Brink says. "It seems to be stimulated by food."

But when the volunteers drank only water, levels of gamma interferon fell slightly, while levels of another chemical messenger, interleukin-4, nearly quadrupled. Interleukin-4 is characteristic of the humoral immune response, in which B cells produce antibodies that attack pathogens lurking outside our cells. This response is needed to tackle most bacterial infections, van den Brink says.
so i guess, whiskey's fine. just lay off the twinkies.

back in college, i had friends from Africa that SWORE by fasting, and their gran'momma's secret ingredient was to make hot tea with... hot water and hot sauce.

... try it!

Brad Barnes said...

Funny, the wife and I were just talking about how this was an old wives' tale last night. Hmmm. Now I guess I shouldn't do the Chinese delivery we were planning tonight.

Out of curiousity, do you know the source for this? Like to give 'em credit...

eileen said...

ahhh, lo siento Senor Storm de Barnes... firstly an artist, understandable that footnotes are last on the list.

I have used both methods successfully. But who knows if it is the endorphin rush which the body supplies to vilify those 'hot' compounds, or just the 'Harvey Wallbanger' theory on why the hotsauce helps (ooh, it feels so good when i STOP!)

mmm ... fasting is something worth reading more about. link to follow after this post.

your footnotes, from the local voodoo chile' singing shaman...

"Feed a cold, starve a fever"
...may be right.

09:30 11 January 2002
From New Scientist Print Edition.
Michael Le Page


eileen said...

oh, yeah.. the only people that publicize it as an old wives' tale... are the ones that will profit from selling you the 'cold medicine' they tell you that you so desparately need.

Don't get me started!!!!

Allison Kennedy said...

Hope you are better than this morning. ... May I recommend 50 pushups, 45 minutes of spin class and a banana. Just kidding.

eileen said...



My First Water Fast

From 1936 to 1939 a friend of mine who had been diagnosed as having heart disease had been staying home and avoiding work. Fearful of straining his heart.

In 1939 he visited a Naturopath who told him that his diagnosis was wrong, that the pain he experienced was due to gas-pressure against the heart from faulty diet.
The doctor put him on an exclusive orange juice diet for 10 days which resulted in a cure of his condition and the end of his invalidism.

I asked my friend to get the name of the doctor who wrote on this subject of Natural Hygiene from this Naturopath, and the names he recommended were Wm. Howard Hay and Rasmus Alsaker.
I immediately went to the N.Y. Public Library reading room on 42nd Street, N.Y.C., and read all of their books.
These books referred to about 6 doctors who practised natural healing and drugless medicine.

While reading the writings of Dr. John H. Tilden, one of 6 doctors, I was startled by his statement that all colds, fevers and influenzas were nature's attempt to eliminate toxins and free the body of so-called disease.

Could this really be true, I pondered? If so, this radical and shocking fact changed the whole face of disease as a beneficent attempt of Nature to take care of her children and protect them from harm, as opposed to the idea that these illnesses were caused by bacteria and microorganisms.

I went home that day determined to find out if this was true.
I was 19 years old at the time, living with a sister and 2 younger brothers (our parents had passed away) and was able to do pretty much as I pleased.
I devised an experiment to test this theory.
It was winter at the time. One night I took a hot bath, opened the windows of my private bedroom wide and laid my wet body on a plastic waterproof cover I had put over the bed. I was trying to catch a cold or flu, after which I would go on a water fast to see if it worked as a quick healing and cleansing agent, as used by Dr. Tilden in his sanitarium.

After a few hours of shivering from the cold winds blowing in on my wet body, sure enough within a few hours, I developed chills, followed by a fever, great weakness and prostration.
I stayed in bed 3 days and nights, sleeping constantly and had no foods or liquids, after which my strength returned and I felt better than I ever did before. I had lost 10 lbs in the 3 days and I was so inspired and elated by the discovery of this great, new healing system, that I continued on the water fast for a total of 10 days.

Then I became a lacto-vegetarian, and began a new life, forever free from all fear of disease. Now I was convinced that disease was a healing process.

Afterwards ... in the 3 times I had influenza during my lifetime, I always went on a fast

In the course of my life afterwards, I have always been my own doctor and in the 3 times I had influenza during my lifetime, I always went on a fast, and the flu NEVER failed to disappear after 3 days. This radical experiment changed my life forever.
be sure to read the interview w/Dr Bass on that page.

Herbert Shelton, MD has some very good writings about this. He was an outcast in the medical field due to ... basically, telling people they could heal themselves.

reviews/info available from Amazon.com

Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease, Forward by Neal D. Barnard by Joel Fuhrman
A cold is a catarrhal disease, a "catarrhal fever," and is a process of vicarious elimination. Contrary to popular belief, a cold is not something that we "catch," but it represents a process of getting rid of something we have slowly accumulated. What does cold weather have to do with the cause of colds? People "catch" colds as often in warm weather as in cold weather. An increase in temperature may precipitate a cold as often as will a decrease in temperature. They have colds as often in dry as in wet weather. Men have colds as often as women, although they dress heavier. Indeed, men have more catarrh than women, because they dress more warmly, dissipate more and eat more.

Back of every catarrh is a toxemic state. Catarrh is impossible in the absence of toxemia. Toxemia is produced by anything and everything that enervates the body. Enervation inhibits (checks) excretion (elimination) permitting the accumulation of uneliminated waste.

The accumulation of body waste - end-products of metabolism - produces toxemia.
Toxemia is the universal, basic cause of all so-called disease. Adventitious complicating causes may be super-added to toxemia. By checked elimination is not meant constipation, but checked excretion through all of the excretory organs of the body.

Toxemia is not caused by constipation and is not removed by laxatives, enemas and colonic irrigations. Nor will the use of kidney medicines increase elimination through the kidneys. None of the so-called blood-purifiers can be of any value in remedying toxemia.

The ultimate cause of mankind's many so-called diseases lies in the enervating habits of mind and body practiced almost universally. Because this is so, the ultimate remedy for our diseases is a correction of the habits of life.

Brad Barnes said...

Interesting stuff. The good news is, as of this morning, the fever's gone. So the Chinese food is back on the table, so to speak!