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Verdict on fever…good or bad??


Our society tends to have conflicting views on what to do with a fever.  Normal oral temperature is around 35.5-37.5°C (keeping in mind that there is a natural variation in individuals’ body temperatures) and a fever isn’t usually dangerous unless it reaches 39.4°C.  Some people let the fever runs its course and others try to suppress it as soon as possible.  There are various over-the-counter medications that lower a fever, but it may be beneficial to leave it untreated.  Here’s why:

  • Creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria
  • Promotes proliferation of certain white blood cells (ups your defenses)
  • Promotes core circulation (increases blood flow to vital organs)
  • Creates subjective feeling of lethargy (slow down signal encouraging you to rest)
  • Promotes activation of T-cells (important part of immune response)
  • Promotes healing process!  Speak with your Naturopathic Doctor for more info…

So as you can see, there is a method to the madness.  This is another example of our body’s intuitive wisdom; I encourage that you have a chat with your Naturopathic Doctor to gain a deeper understanding of the role of fever and when it is appropriate to intervene.  Also, there are numerous botanical/herbal remedies to help reduce a fever.

Should you give Aspirin to children? NO!!!!

  • Aspirin given to young children can cause a potentially lethal condition called Reye’s Syndrome
  • Speak to your Pediatrician or Naturopathic Doctor for more info

  • Staff, Mayo Clinic. “Fever.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 01 June 2011. Web. 22 Oct. 2012. <>.