Fever not a bad thing?
“Why are fevers so IMPORTANT especially when a person has Cancer?”
Your body temperature will only rise when there is an infection, its the body doing the right thing at the right time! Hippocrates said, “Give me a fever and I’ll heal any disease.” Fevers are caused by chemicals called pyrogens flowing in the bloodstream. One common pyrogen is called Interleukin-1 (IL-1). IL-1 is produced by white blood cells called macrophages when they come into contact with certain bacteria, viruses, or cancer. The fever is to raise the body’s temperature enough to kill off certain bacteria and viruses because they are sensitive to temperature changes. Bacteria and viruses cant live in higher temperatures where normal healthy cells can.
A fever also naturally stimulates the body’s own production of nitric oxide, it opens up the capillaries, it improves circulation, it vibrates the water molecules that are sometimes bound with tumors, and other heavy metals, mold, fungus, that are encapsulating the tumors. “We are using a temperature that you would get if you had a bad case of the flu,” Joan Bull, M.D., an oncologist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, told Ivanhoe. They raise the patients temperature from 98.6 to 104 degrees.
What about seizures or brain damage from a fever? Only 5% to 10% of children under six get febrile convulsions, which usually last for a few minutes. The commonly misdirected concern is that a high fever in a young child can create brain damage!
Someone who is very ill without fever (under 101 F) should cause more concern than someone running a high fever but resting well while taking in fluids and eating little.
It would be far more helpful to think of a fever as a healing response rather than a symptom of disease. And, raising your body’s temperature to between 102 to 103 degrees F is actually the ideal range of a fever because this is the temperature range in which viruses, bacteria, even cancer can be killed.
This is straight from All Children’s Hospital website:
MYTH: All fevers are bad for children.
FACT: Fevers turn on the body’s immune system and help the body fight infection. Fevers are one of the body’s protective mechanisms. Normal fevers between 100° and 104° F (37.8° – 40° C) are actually good for sick children.
MYTH: Fevers above 104° F (40° C) are dangerous and can cause brain damage.
FACT: Fevers with infections don’t cause brain damage. Only body temperatures above 108° F (42° C) can cause brain damage. The body temperature climbs this high only with extreme environmental temperatures (for example, if a child is confined to a closed car in hot weather).