Starve a Fever

Patients who have high temperatures as a result of internal infections usually lose their appetites. And according to Dr George Mann of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, there is good reason for this. Dr Mann argues that when someone with an infection and a fever loses his appetite, he is unconsciously but deliberately starving the organisms which have caused the infection.

Dr Mann claims that, whereas the human body can survive quite well on its own stored supplies, the bacteria which cause infections need ingested food in order to survive. There is certainly evidence to support this theory. It is known, for example, that during periods of famine, people normally susceptible to malaria seem to acquire an inexplicable immunity to the disease.

Some physicians with more faith in high-level technology than in old wives’ tales, may find this slightly disturbing. It does, after all, give credence to the saying which suggests that ‘it is wise to starve a fever’.

Incidentally, it seems possible that the loss of appetite which occurs in other diseases may merit the same explanation. It is, for example, commonly known that cancer sufferers lose their appetite, and this loss of appetite may be designed to weaken the multiplying cancer cells.

Taken from the international bestseller Bodypower by Vernon Coleman. Bodypower is available on Amazon as a paperback and an eBook.