Fevers

Fever can be brought on by a number of causes but is usually related to bacterial or viral infections. Invading microorganisms and the toxins they release, combined with an excessive accumulation of other toxic wastes, upset the body’s temperature control mechanism in the hypothalamus (located centrally at the base of the brain), causing abnormally high body temperatures. Natural healers suggest these ‘germs’ are rather like little garbage men which feed on and dispose of the accumulated toxic material. Once these wastes are cleaned up, the bacteria begin to die of starvation and are eliminated from the body through discharges and excretions. The fever then breaks and the body enters into the recovery stage.

Recommended Action

Usually it is best to encourage and assist a fever, unless it becomes excessively high (about 104F, 400C). If the fever is over 106F (410C) for more than 30 minutes go to hospital emergency as severe dehydration and brain damage can occur. In moderate fevers use febrifuges such as yarrow, blessed thistle, chamomile, fenugreek, lobelia or thyme. Take plenty of fluids. Consider the example of a desert and a jungle: it is apparent that dry heat does not support much life, while moist heat germinates and gives life as in a tropical rain forest. Often if the diet is restricted to liquids and the bowels are relieved as soon as a fever is apparent, the fever will break. This in itself can turn into a fairly thorough cleansing. So, a fever can be a blessing in disguise. It is always advisable to ingest large quantities of liquid. A good tea is chamomile.

If the fever does not subside take the following steps: Use a herbal enema of catnip, sage or red raspberry tea to help the bowels move if constipation is present. After the bowel is cleaned, use pressed or finely grated garlic in 250 ml of water and 250 ml of apple cider vinegar taken as a rectal enema. Follow this with a hot bath to which 30 mg each of cayenne, ginger, and dry mustard have been added. This will stimulate the system and promote perspiration. To assist the fever and allay thirst, take warm (never cold) diaphoretic teas such as yarrow, catnip, chamomile, blessed thistle or sage while in the bath. To prevent fainting while in the bath, place a cold towel or washcloth on the forehead. Immediately upon stepping out of the bath, wrap a large double cotton white sheet (soaked in cold water) around the body and pin it so that only the head and feet can be seen. Next, put the individual in bed, still in the sheet and cover well with wool blankets. Oil the feet well all the way up to the ankles with olive oil then apply a paste of grated garlic and Vaseline (half and half) to the soles of the feet only. Use a length of gauze bandage to cover the sole of the foot where the paste is and use a large sock to hold everything in place. Finally pin the bottom of the cold wet sheet closed to form a sack. In the morning the fever will have broken. The sheet will have dried from the heat of the fever and will often be stained by toxic waste that was eliminated with the perspiration.

Single Herbs: Yarrow, Blessed Thistle, Black Walnut, Chamomile, Fenugreek, Raspberry (Diaphoretics), Wormwood.

Combinations: Children’s Super Hug.

No Vitamins or Minerals should be taken during fever.
Refer to the Daily Food Regime after the fever has broken for a building program.