Put Out the Fire, or Let it Burn?

We’ve all been in the situation where we feel awful, and we have an awful fever that caps off the misery. The aches and chills are just begging for relief, and the answer is as easy as popping a pill, but is that the best approach to dealing with a fever?

No one likes the way a fever feels, but it serves a purpose. If you understand that the human body is intelligent and doesn’t do things by accident, then you can understand that the fever is not the sickness, it is a reaction to a stress that is moving the body away from balance. Typically we are talking about a bacteria or virus we call germs. When the body encounters these germs the immune system kicks into gear. We encounter germs all day long, but the immune system is able to deal with most of them without us ever being aware that anything is going on.

However, sometimes these little buggers really get a hold of the body, and the immune system has to ramp things up a notch. One of the tools developed by our innate intelligence is the fever. There is a narrow window of temperatures where germs can survive and replicate, so the body cranks up the heat to kill them off. Certain white blood cells and enzymes also become more active in the warmer temperatures. So now you have a weakened bunch of germs and highly active immune system, why would you want to get in the way of that system by suppressing the fever?

I get it, fevers don’t feel good. However, by suppressing the fever you could be sacrificing your long term health for short term comfort. My suggestion is to curl up under a warm blanket, drink lots of water and monitor the fever to make sure it stays within the safe range and duration. Talk to a trusted health care provider that understands the benefits of fever, but also knows when intervention may become necessary.



Dr. Jeffrey Slocum

Dr. Jeffrey Slocum is a 4th generation Chiropractor, the 11th member of his family to practice. He graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1993. His passion to serve in Chiropractic and for Chiropractic is the accumulation of his sense of history in chiropractic with his family and his dedication to his colleagues and humanity. Dr. Slocum has worked for 21 years in private practice, and partnering with some of the top Chiropractors around the globe to bring chiropractic to the communities abroad. He’s worked with Dr. Rok Morin and Dr. David Moore to build the Legion of Chiropractic, and they’re very proud of what they’ve done. They’re specifically intending to bring tools and resources and build a community that helps individual chiropractors serve one another and grow in their capacity to serve their communities. So, chiropractic is a group of individuals with such passion and such purpose that Dr. Slocum and his partners at the Legion want to applaud that, support that, and watch that grow.

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