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Fever remedy

This is soooo cool. I found this on Namaste Health Center's website. It is weird but makes so much sense. Traditional medicine has gems like this that should be resurrected:

Magic Wet Sock Treatment
We love to recommend this old-time nature cure remedy that anyone can do at home. It involves using the principles of hydrotherapy to boost the immune system for both acute illnesses and prevention. All you need is two pairs of socks and a bowl of ice water! Grab a pair of thin cotton or polyester blend socks and put them in a bowl of ice water by your bed. If you are feeling chilly or feet are cold, take a warm bath or at least warm your feet first. Take the socks out of the ice water and wring out until barely damp, then place on your feet and put dry wool socks over the top and get in bed. While you are sleeping, your body is increasing circulation and lymphatics to dry the damp socks, which can also make a low grade fever much more productive to kick out even stubborn viruses! You will likely wake up sometime during the night and your feet will be hot and socks are dry, at that point you can take off the socks…the whole process of warming the socks is what will boost the immune system. Sounds weird, but it works!


What is the difference between colds & flu?

So, other than being caused by different viruses, what are the differences between having a cold and having the flu? How can one tell by one's symptoms?

 Colds and flu can present with similar symptoms, but flu is distinguished by body aches and fever. A cold canproduce a low-grade fever (under 100*F) but flu will produce the real thing (over 100*F). Both are contagious for about the same amount of time, with variance depending on the particular virus.

From the CDC website:

The period when an infected person is contagious depends on the age and health of the person. Studies show that most healthy adults may be able to infect others from 1 day prior to becoming sick and for 5 days after they first develop symptoms. Some young children with weakened immune systems may be contagious for longer than a week.

And according to Dr. Sears, the famous pediatrician:

In general, a cold is contagious from about 24 hours before onset of symptoms until about 5 days after onset.