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Is Fever Good or Bad?

It’s a very normal emotion to want to help your child when they have a raging fever, are feeling poorly and want nothing more than for you to hold them.

The chances are most will try to bring the temperature down – either with medicine or other measures, such as warm baths.

On today’s episode of Life By Design we explore the question…

Is reducing a fever a good thing or could it actually be harmful?

Here Is What We Covered

  • The physiology of a fever. Understanding why and how a fever works is the first step to figuring out if we should let it run or fight to bring it down.
  • What does the research say? We explore the body of peer reviewed research to look for some answers and what we uncover is shocking.
  • What does an iguana have to do with answering the question at hand? Jamie shares a story from the literature that clearly highlights the logic of fever and it’s expression in animals with no internal fever creating mechanism.
  • What temperature defines an emergency case? Is there a set point at which we need to jump in the car and rush to the hospital?
  • What about seizures? They can’t be good right? Can fever cause seizures?
  • What are the signs it’s time to call in the cavalry and seek medical testing and possible treatment?
  • The multi-step process to help our children (and ourselves) and support the body as it manages an immune system response.
  • One hypothetical effect following a fever that can be neither confirmed or denied by research, but is reported frequently by parents.


Dr. Jamie Richards

I’m Jamie and I’m obsessed with health, passionate about maximizing performance and love being an expert in Bio-Structural Restoration™. As the CEO and founder of Life By Design Inc. I have the drive to lead our community toward extraordinary lives. I am in love with my wife, Dana, daughters Andie & Scottie, I’m fanatical about modern design, and I’m deeply committed to the pursuit of a happy life.

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