High fever is always something to be concerned about. Some foods can help alleviate the long-term effects of high or prolonged fever.
Doctors are divided in their opinions about the potential harm fever can do. For some, fever is a pathological phenomenon that can cause organic or nervous disturbances which, in some instances, are extremely serious and even fatal. Fever that is accompanied by meningeal complications, for example, requires immediate medical attention.
However, some doctors and most naturopaths consider this outlook too rigid. In some cases fever is a symptom of a serious problem. But it can also occur after receiving certain medication or vaccinations. In other instances fever is an organic defence mechanism. Such is the case in persons suffering from inflammation of mucous membranes, where fever helps normalize organic functions. A naturopath would treat the disorder by prescribing a fast (no food or liquids except water) for one to three days, and letting the fever run its course (specialized clinics offer much longer periods of supervised fasting).
Fasting patients are given only water, sometimes mixed with a little vegetable juice (no acidic fruits or fruit juice). Fever is allowed to rise to high levels, with patients being closely monitored by a naturopath. Mucous emissions, perspiration and possible diarrhoea are all beneficial, in that they help eliminate toxins. If the immune system is functioning normally, recovery should be quite rapid. Patients can start eating food again 24 hours after the fever has subsided.
This kind of fever is characteristic of acute disorders, and is considered beneficial rather than harmful.
Note that drinking fruit juice while you have fever is not a good idea because your body may have trouble metabolizing the acids contained in the fruit. Mineral reserves, which should be used to cure the underlying cause of the fever, are instead used to neutralize these acids, resulting in possible relapses or complications, accompanied by acetonemia, acetonuria, painful vomiting and general discomfort, and significantly slowing down the recovery process.
If acetonemia or acetonuria sets in while waiting for medical attention, administer a little sugar cane juice, pure rock sugar or honey (without water).
We could conclude, therefore, that the way fever is treated is case dependent.
When fever in young children is accompanied by convulsions, parents often panic. In some instances the best a doctor or naturopath can do is reassure parents, although every precaution should be taken to ensure that there is nothing seriously wrong, or that the affected child has not inadvertently swallowed some toxic substance or medicine.
In some cases of infectious disease (even those which are extremely serious) very positive results have been obtained by administering large doses of magnesium chloride (this should be done only under medical supervision).
– carrot, cabbage, cucumber, squash
– water (with a low mineral content)
Foods to avoid
– all acidic fruits
– reduce your intake of food in general (unless a doctor recommends certain foods)