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The Happier Life Chronicles – How To Wake Up Happy March 26, 2008

I know you’ve planned a serious ‘beat-down’ for the office perker-upper… you know who I mean – the person that walks around the office every morning greeting everyone and happily encouraging you to have a ‘nice’ day.  It’s tough to wake up each and every morning seizing the day with passion and marked determination, especially when all you really want to do is pull the covers over your head and catch some more “z’s”.   I feel your pain and because of that, I have set out to do what any self-respecting pain-feeling blogger would do for a friend in need.  I’ve assembled a list of 10 tricks to helping you wake up happy.  Check them out, try them out, and if you don’t wake up bright and early with happiness in your soul within a week, switch to the night shift!

How To Wake Up Happy – 10 Steps

  1.  Eat light before retiring for the night.  If you’re chowing down on a double cheese burger w/ x-large fries and a diet coke (to reduce your calorie intake, of course), you’re going to find that your tummy will be a little pissed at you and will have no trouble letting you know throughout the night!
  2. Don’t skimp on your sleep time.  If you need 8 hours, don’t try to shave 1 1/2 hours off, you’ll pay for it – or rather your co-workers and family will pay for it with your grumpy attitude.  And you’ll probably be sleeping out that 6 1/2 hours on the couch till you cheer up.
  3. Wake up w/o assistance.  The blaring sound of an alarm clock is nothing less than annoying (which is why it’s so effective).  But who WANTS to wake up to that every morning.  You can try a CD alarm clock or a Zen Alarm Clock which plays sounds from nature or chimes to gently lift you from your slumber.   
  4. Smile as soon as you wake up.  All I can say about this one is, “Fake it till you make it!”  
  5. Have something to look forward to.  Think about that great cup of coffee you’ll be having in about 10, 15, or 30 minutes.  You could even plan to meet with friends later on in the day, just for a pow wow or perhaps, happy hour.
  6. Open your windows wide.  Let the sunshine in (sorry, but I just couldn’t resist).  There’s nothing like a little sunshine to pull you from your unconscious state.
  7. Have a mantra.  You could say something like, “Wow! I’m awake and boy am I glad about that!” OR “It’s great to wake up to a new day full of promise.”  Just pick something that makes you feel good to be awake.
  8. Sing a song.  Personally I like the Mr. Rogers song… “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor.  Would you be mine, could you be mine, would you be my neighbor.”  Boy, I’m already feeling better.  You can even make up your own ‘good morning song’ and remember, this isn’t American Idol, so you don’t have to sing on key… heaven help us!
  9. Scream good morning to the world.  You may not want to try this little tip if you have ‘company’ in your bed.  In fact, depending on the thickness of your walls, you may want to amend the ‘scream’ part and settle for ‘say’.  
  10. Keep items of beauty by your bed.  Perhaps you like colorful flowers or paintings.  Some people keep photos of family members or pets.  Whatever makes you happy when you look at it… put it right by your bed side, so that when you wake up, it’ll be the first thing you see.

Waking up happy can be difficult for even the greatest optimists.  There is always hope though and as you continue to practice happiness, it’ll get easier and easier to BE happy.  

 

Herbivore Nation – Pregnancy

Alright Fertile Myrtle, now that you’re officially knocked up, there’s one item of business that takes precedence: eating like yours and your baby’s life depend on it!  This does not mean inhaling everything on the food chain.  Simply put, pregnancy is a time when it is vital to maintain a healthy diet for your safety and the safety of your developing fetus.  Although your doctor, family, co-workers, friends, and perfect strangers will all have differing opinions regarding the best approach to maintaining a healthy diet, ultimately you are the “decider”… sorry, just had to put that one in there.  One diet that is naturally high in the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need, is the Vegan Diet. Yes, Vegan. Nope. No meat.  None.  Okay, I know it’s a little unconventional, but trust me, you can get the whole kit-n-kaboodle with a Vegan diet.    I’ve outlined some suggested foods and intake guidelines to help you along.  No matter what stage of pregnancy or type of diet you have (herbivore, omnivore, carnivore), you can benefit from just implementing a few of the choices.  Even if you prefer to throw an animal or two in there, you’ll still come out on top because you’ll be full of the natural, organic, plant-based good stuff.  Alright already, somebody yank me off my soapbox!  Here are the goods…

Breakfast Options

  •  1/2 cup of oatmeal w/ maple syrup/dried fruit or apples and cinnamon
  • Whole grain cereal w/ soy milk
  • Fruit smoothies (limit to twice a week due to high sugar content)
  • Slice of whole wheat toast w/ fruit spread
  • Whole wheat bagel & banana
Lunch Options
 
  • Veggie sandwich on whole grain bread w/ avocado, lettuce, tomato, & onions
  • Veggie burger on whole wheat w/ mustard & ketchup (throw some veggies on for extra nutrients)
  • Baked potato w/ broccoli & tofu sour cream (non-dairy)
  • Falafel sandwich w/ humus or tahini
  • Split-pea soup
  • Steamed collard greens
Dinner Options
 
  • Whole wheat pasta w/ marinara sauce
  • Stir-fried tofu w/ mixed veggies & brown rice
  • Spinach lasagna
  • Vegetable stew
  • Sweet potatoes
Snack Options
 
  • Popcorn w/ nutritional yeast
  • Dried fruits
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Whole grain crackers w/ organic peanut butter
A few things to consider during pregnancy…
 
Weight Gain – Your physician will certainly be concerned about your weight especially AFTER you tell him/her that you’re maintaining a Vegan/Vegetarian diet.  It is a legitimate concern, the weight you gain during pregnancy impacts your baby’s size & health at birth.  However, with a variety of fruit, vegetables and legumes on your side (or rather, in your tummy), you will gain weight moderately and proportionately. 
 
Calcium – If you’re not drinking milk, how are you going to get calcium???  As if the only source of calcium is cow’s milk! NAWT!  Superior calcium sources include blackstrap molasses, broccoli, collard greens, almonds, soybeans, calcium-fortified orange juice & soy milk. So there!
 
Iron – Anemia is prevalent in pregnancies across the U.S., not just vegans’ or vegetarians’.  Although iron supplements are highly suggested, vegan pregos should add iron-rich foods to their diet: whole grains, dried beans, green leafy vegetables and tofu. 
 
Protein – Oh yeah!  Now this is the Big Kahuna! If you don’t eat meat, how are you going to get protein??? Here’s how: lentils (soup), tofu, soy milk, & bagels.
 
Folate – Vegan diets tend to be high in folate, but just for added measure: enriched bread, pasta, cold cereal, dried beans, green leafy vegetables, & orange juice.
 
These are all just suggestions.  During pregnancy, as we all know, especially in the first 3 months, if you can keep it down, eat it!  There’s no set rule (except of course drinking or smoking).  Be creative with your food choices, as much as you can and enjoy every minute of your pregnancy.  With all this in mind, remember that the only start your baby gets is the one you give him! So try to make it a healthy one. 
 

Vitamin C – Now You Can Fire Your Doctor! March 16, 2008

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is water-soluble and is essential for normal body function.  Unlike most animals, humans lack the ability to make their own vitamin C, therefore we must obtain it through our diet (i.e. fresh fruit & vegetables).  The FDA suggests we get 60 mg of vitamin C daily, however for optimum health, beauty and the proven eradication of several diseases and illnesses, a significant increase should be employed.Two of the pioneers in Vitamin C research, Dr. Fred Klenner and Dr. Linus Pauling have documented successful and dramatic Vitamin C cures for anything from common cold to snake bites to cancer.   These two hypothecated that with increased levels of Vitamin C intake (up to 10 grams daily), the body would detoxify itself of any unwanted disease or elements.  Although the facts and proof were on their side, the medical establishment widely ridiculed and ignored them.  Guess Big Pharma couldn’t find a way to make money off an un-patentable source such as Vitamin C.  Nonetheless, here’s a short list of indications Vitamin C has been proven to cure:

 

NCT’s – Non-Harmful Cancer Therapies

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a terrifying experience.  What should you do? Should you fight it? How should you fight it?  Surgery? Radiation? Chemo?  Well, there are a number of options afforded you, one of which has been proven to be more beneficial to your system than any listed above. 

 

Chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy can be life saving and life extending.  They may also succeed in relieving pain.  However the side effects and far reaching effectiveness of such type of treatment, can cause one to become disillusioned.  Some of the major proponents of traditional cancer treatments have become concerned at the rate in which cancer cells are becoming resistant to the treatments.  The treatments themselves have come under scrutiny due to amount of toxins they feed your body. 

 

One of the best-selling anticancer drugs, Tamoxifen, itself causes endometrial cancer and cancer of the liver in animals. A well-known side-effect of chemotherapeutic agents is baldness.  Nausea and vomiting, weakness, weight loss, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance are also common effects of cancer-fight drugs. Due to dissatisfaction and increased awareness, many have abandoned the “traditional” method of “cut, burn, and poison” (surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy), for a more holistic approach to this curable disease.  Many have opted for non-harmful cancer therapies, which have shown tremendous success in ridding patients of this disease.

 

Non-harmful cancer therapy is a holistic approach to treating cancer.  It incorporates all modalities associated with cultivating health in the whole body, not just killing cells in one particular area.  NCT provides a well-rounded and balanced integration of all things known to be immune boosting, detoxifying and cell-healing.

  

Standard non-harmful cancer therapies:

Cleanup and Detoxification

Dental Cleanup (expensive but worthwhile)

Amalgam (Mercury – Silver Fillings) Replacement

Root Canal Sterilization / Extraction

Nickel Crowns Replacement

Cavitation Surgery

Parasites Cleanse (every few months)        

Bowel Cleanse (every 3 months)

Kidney Cleanse

Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse

Cancer Recovery Diet that may include:

Juice fasting – juicing

Chlorella

Essiac Tea

Laetrile (Vitamin B17)

Amrit Kalash

Flaxseed + Cottage cheese

Shark Cartilage

Chaparral Tea

Pau d’Arco

CoEnzyme Q10

Green tea

Pancreatic enzymes

Barley Grass

Konbu Seaweed or other seaweed

Unrefined sea salt

Nutritional Supplements:

Vitamin C (up to bowel tolerance level)           

Vitamin E and selenium

Beta Carotene 25,000 to 50,000 IU with each meal

Organic germanium 100 to 300 mg daily

MSM supplementation

NAC supplementation

Physical activity (some of those)

Aerobic, Walking, Biking, Running, Jogging,

Swimming, Inline Skating, Skiing

Rebounding – mini trampoline jumping

Athletics, Gymnastics, Weight lifting

Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Karate

Yoga

Diving, Mountain Climbing, Rafting

Life cleanup (solving unresolved emotional issues)

Meditation

And Some of The Following Supplemental Therapies:

Oxygen Therapies – Ozone Therapies – H2O2 therapies            

Castor oil packs

Coffee enemas

Neti Pot

Hyperthermia

Zapper

Acupuncture

Shiatsu –

Acupressure – Oil massage –

Cranio-sacral therapy –

Yumeiho Therapy

Homeopathy

Naturopathy

Herbal Medicine

Ayurveda Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Aromatherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy – Colonics

Colostrum

Chelation Therapy

 

Disclaimer: I am not making an attempt to prescribe any medical treatment, this is simply for educational purposes.

 

Beauty Basics – Edible Beauty Treatments March 14, 2008

Money doesn’t grow on trees but some of the most effective beauty treatments sure do.  Many of the items we put in and especially on our bodies strip us of much needed vitamins and nutrients.  An ideal beauty treatment will make you look and feel better, but we usually find ourselves compromising beauty for toxins and unwanted additives.  No more!  With a blender and a little trip down to your local farmer’s market, you can whip up your own beauty treatments in no time.  And, if you end up mixing more than you need, just eat what’s left over… it’s good for your insides too!

Hair  

 
Apricot & Honey Intense Hair Conditioner
 
This treatment works well on coarse, thick hair, it will smooth out the frizzies and strengthen the brittle.  Use once a week especially during the colder months.Ingredients 
  •  1 small apricot
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp apricot oil or nectar
Directions
 
  • Remove pit from apricot
  • Blend ingredients until smooth
  • Apply mixture to freshly washed hair
  • Cover hair with plastic cap
  • Leave on for 30 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water and style as usual
 Coconut Protein Hair Treatment
 
Think of this one as a smoothie for your hair.  This treatment will revive the most damaged hair and resuscitate your locks with a vengeance. 
 
Ingredients
 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Directions
 
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended
  • Apply to wet hair prior to shampooing
  • Allow to set for 30 minutes
  • Rinse well with warm water
  • Shampoo as usual
  • Towel drying is preferable with damaged hair
 Lemon Hydrating Shampoo
 
This treatment is great for the hair and scalp.  Use twice a week for shinier, healthier hair.
 
Ingredients
 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 
Directions
 
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Add 2 Tbsp of shampoo to mixture
  • Blend well
  • Wet hair and use mixture to shampoo
  • Rinse with warm water
  • This mixture can be refrigerated in airtight storage for up to a week
Skin
 
I wouldn’t recommend ingesting some of the treatments below, but they have proven to be quite effective externally.
 
Oily Skin
 
Buttermilk & Fennel Cleansing Milk 
 
Ingredients
 
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp crushed fennel seeds
Directions
 
  • Heat milk & fennel seeds until boiling (30 minutes)
  • Turn off heat & let steep for 2 hours
  • Strain, cool & pour into bottle
  • Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks
Cornmeal Cleanser
 
Ingredients
 
  • Castile soap
  • 1 Tbsp cornmeal
Directions
 
  • Wet face
  • Pour a 1/2 tsp of Castile soap in the palm of your hand
  • Add cornmeal
  • Mix meal & soap into a lather
  • Wash face being careful around delicate areas (eyes)
Dry Skin
 
Chamomile Cleansing Milk
 
Ingredients
 
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp chamomile flowers, dried or fresh
Directions
 
  • Simmer ingredients in pot for 30 minutes (make sure milk doesn’t boil)
  •  Turn off heat and let sit for 2 hours
  • Refrigerate
  • Apply with cotton balls
Honey Cleanser
 
Ingredients
 
  • Castile soap
  • Tsp honey 
Directions
 
  • Wet face
  • Pour a 1/2 tsp of Castile soap in the palm of your hand
  • Add honey
  • Mix honey & soap into a lather
  • Wash face

If you have the time, you should try to make a spa day of it.  These treatments are not only good for your beauty regimen, they’re fun to concoct.  Invite a friend, or two, or seven and bask in all that nature has provided us.  And the best part is, it’ll cost you a fraction of the price of anything else you’ve ever tried.

 

 

 

The Happier Life Chronicles – De-tox, De-Clutter, De-Stress March 13, 2008

You probably haven’t realized it, but when you’re full of crap (i.e. toxins, waste, bacteria), your brain doesn’t function very well.  You also probably haven’t noticed that when your space (i.e. bedroom, garage, office) is cluttered you feel a little more on edge and less focused.  The contents of our guts and items within eye-shot significantly affect our mental prowess.  Which is why you need to purge on the regular.  You could practice stellar dietary habits and maintain an office of precision and organization, but at least twice a year, you’ll need to rid yourself of the excess.
 
We’ve heard of all kinds of detoxification  programs and there are more than enough “How To Clear The Clutter From Your Life” articles to mention.  However, when you incorporate both of these, you’ll find a mental clarity that is unsurpassed.  Thousands upon thousands have experienced emotional and physical breakthroughs by de-toxing and de-cluttering their lives.  I’ve assembled a short-list to assist you in de-toxing, de-cluttering and de-stressing your life.
 
Detoxification
 
There are seven channels in the body from which we eliminate: the liver, colon, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood, & lymphatic system.  To purge your body by cleansing or detoxifying we can choose several means:

  1.  Flush – Colon hydrotherapy is the therapeutic application of water to the colon.  This therapy helps to tone the bowel and assists in resuming normal elimination function.  When the bowel is functioning normally, constipation and other abnormalities of the colon can be eradicated.
  2. Dietary changes – The following items are no friend of yours: refined sugar, refined flour, caffeine, alcohol, artificial colors, refined oils, preservatives, and that hamburger you ate yesterday.  When we eliminate these toxins from our diets, and replace them with nutrients and vitamins, our intestinal health will begin to soar. 
  3. Herbal Cleanse – Herbal cleansing is probably most well-known of all types of detoxification methods.  There are various detoxifying herbs, that when combined, provide the desired effect.  Some herbs provide a mild to medium cleansing mode while others generate a more intense cleansing.  Before initiating an herbal cleanse, consult with a Master Herbalist or other holistic healthcare professional.
  4. Sweat it out – You can maximize your cleansing regimen by frequenting the sauna.  The skin is the largest organ in the body, therefore, it has the capacity to release an enormous amount of toxins through sweat.
  5. Exercise – Physical activity is beneficial in excreting toxins from the lymph.  When you breathe deeply, toxins are removed from the cells and enhances immunity.
De-Clutter
 
I was inspired by an article I read in Zen Habits about becoming an un-clutterer.  An un-clutterer is a person who has systems in place to organize things he/she owns.  There is a place for everything and everything is in its place.  Imagine that!  That little “doo-hicky” that goes on the “thing-a-ma-jig”, has its own special place.  Here are a few tips to purging your space by de-cluttering: 
 
  1. Put a process in place for papers that come into your house or office – If you open mail at your desk, make sure you have a trash can, recycling bin, file cabinet, shredder, sticky notes, pens and pencils within arms reach.  If your “storage” system is walking distance from your desk, guess where those papers will remain.  ON YOUR DESK!
  2. Put a process in place for meals in your home – If you’re the “designated” chef, you’re going to truly benefit from this little tip.  If you’re the “designated” trash-compacter, well you can help take notes.  Create a meal plan.  This saves time, $$, and stress.  Plan ahead (preferably Saturday or Sunday) what will be eaten in your house for the next seven days.  Organize the meals with their assigned days and coordinate any prep time involved.  List the grocery items needed, accounting for snacks and fresh produce life span.
  3. Put a process in place for laundry – If you own more clothes than you can wash at one time, you’ll probably have some instances of clutter.  You will either have to get rid of the excess clothes or implement a more practical laundry routine.  You can purchase clothes that are easily laundered – having to iron or delicately wash clothes is more time consuming and honestly, it’s a drag. You can even try getting your kids in the mix, if they’re old enough to ask for money they’re old enough to do laundry.  You may also try placing a table in your laundry room so you can fold the clothes immediately after drying.
  4. Put a process in place for the cords & cables for your electronic equipment – If you’re a techie, you certainly can appreciate this little tidbit.  How many times must you go through that box of cords and cords, and cords and cables, looking for that one that goes with the monitor?  You spend more time looking for it than you do using it.  Just take a 1/2 day and label those things.  
De-Stress
 
In one of my recent postsThe Happier Life Chronicles – 10 Ways To Reduce Stress, I discuss several ways to reduce stress in your life.  Here’s a short list of what I wrote:
 
  1. Identify the stress culprits – Consider all the things that cause you stress in your life.  Make a long list of just about every darn thing that causes you stress, then make the  short list of those that are most offensive.
  2. Exercise – Physical exercise is always beneficial whether it is to lose weight or to reduce stress, or both.
  3. Don’t procrastinate – Allowing responsibilities to languish until the last possible minute increases stress.  Simply do what needs to be done when it needs to be done and be done with it!
De-toxing, de-cluttering, and de-stressing your life will mean employing significant changes.  You may need to minimalize your life, by perhaps purchasing fewer nick-knacks.  You may want to de-commit on some commitments that just sap your energy and positive attitude.  You may want to clean out your fridge and start purchasing food items that contribute to your health instead of subtract from it.  Whatever the change you make, if any at all, make sure that you are removing toxic, intrusive, negative attitudes as well as toxic, intrusive, negative items.

 

Your Baby’s Fever Demystified – 12 Mind-Easing Facts About Fever March 7, 2008

All of us, parents and non-parents alike, have been programed into thinking that a fever is a bad thing… something to be avoided at all costs, something to be reduced at its onset.  Not so.  Fever is the body’s defense against disease.  A fever should be welcomed, in fact, we should roll out the red carpet, for with a fever comes the realization that our bodies are fighting the good fight for us.  Cut the pill-popping and doctor calling out, let the fever run its course.  Here are some demystifying facts about fever (from How To Raise A Healthy Child… In Spite Of Your Doctor)

  1.  A temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is not the “normal” temperature for everyone.  The 98.6-degree standard for body temperature is merely a statistical average, and “normal” for most people is higher or lower.  This is particularly true of children who’s temperatures can range from a low of 96.6 degrees to a high of 99.4.  Children’s temperatures can fluctuate significantly throughout the day for various reasons.  You can expect your child’s temperature to be about a degree higher in the late afternoon than it is in the early morning.
  2. Your child’s temperature may rise for a variety of reasons that do not signify illness.  Children’s temperatures may become elevated while digesting a heavy meal.  They may increase because of ovulation in pubertal teenagers.  Sometimes they are a side effect of non-illness related medication prescribed by your doctor.
  3.   The fevers you should be concerned about usually stem from an obvious cause.  Most of the fevers that spell serious trouble are the result of poisoning, or exposure to toxic substances in the environment, and are related to causes that lead to “heat-stroke”.  Temperatures of 107 degrees or more, resulting from these causes, can result in lasting bodily harm.  
  4. Temperature readings will vary depending on how they are taken.  Rectal temperatures in older children are usually about a degree higher than those taken orally, and underarm or axillary temperatures may be about a degree lower.  However, in babies rectal temperatures usually vary only slightly from oral or axillary.  Avoid using a rectal thermometer and spare your child the hazard of a rectal perforation.
  5. Newborn babies are the exception.  Newborn babies may suffer from infections related to obstetrical intervention during the delivery process, prenatal or hereditary conditions, or events that occur shortly after birth.  They may develop scalp abscesses as a result of fetal monitoring prior to delivery or aspiration pneumonia from amniotic fluid forced into the lungs because of overmedication of the mother during labor.  If your newborn has a fever, take him to the doctor.
  6. Overdressing could be the source of the high temperature.  Parents are sometimes overly concerned about keeping their baby warm.  Bundling up your baby could do more harm than good.  Babies are incapable of casting off excess clothing and blankets if the heat becomes oppressive.  If your baby already has a temperature accompanied by chills, and you respond by wrapping him up, you will simply force his temperature to rise even more.  Rule of thumb: Dress your baby in as many layers of clothing as you find comfortable for yourself.
  7. Most fevers are caused by viral and bacterial infections that the body’s own defense mechanisms will overcome without medical help.  The common cold and flu are the most common sources of elevated body temperatures in children of all ages.  They can generate fevers that range all the way up to 105 degrees, but even at that level they are not a legitimate cause for alarm.  The only potential risk is of dehydration, which may result from excessive perspiration, runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea.  To ensure dehydration doesn’t occur, make sure that your child receives plenty of fluids… perhaps about eight ounces of fluid every hour, preferably liquids that have some nutritional value.  
  8. There is no consistent relationship between the height of a child’s temperature and the severity of a disease. There is a common misconception that the height of body temperature is an indication of the severity of an illness, but no consensus exists among parents or ever among doctors about what “high” is.  Knowing the precise level of your child’s fever will tell you nothing about how sick he is if the fever is produced by a viral or bacterial infection.  The only indications you have as to determining whether the fever is the result of a mild or serious infection is the child’s appearance, behavior, and attitude.  If your child is active, playing and behaving normally, you needn’t worry that his ailment is a matter of serious concern.
  9. Untreated fevers caused by viral and bacterial infections do not rise inexorably and will not exceed 105 degrees.  Only in the case of heatstroke, poisoning, or other externally caused fevers is this bodily mechanism overwhelmed and inoperative.  It is in those cases that temperatures reach and exceed 106 degrees.  
  10. Measures to reduce temperature, such as drugs or sponging, are worse for the child; they are actually counterproductive.  Fever occurs due to a spontaneous release of pyrogens that cause the body temperature to rise.  This is a natural defense mechanism that our bodies employ to fight disease.  The presence of fever tells you that the repair mechanisms of the body have gone into high gear. While reducing you child’s fever may make your child more comfortable, you may interfere with the natural healing process if you do it.  If you simply cannot resist the urge to reduce your child’s fever, sponging is preferable to drugs.
  11. Fevers produced by viral or bacterial infection will not cause brain damage or permanent physical harm.  The fear of fevers in the higher ranges stems from the widespread belief that permanent physical or brain damage may result if you permit your child’s fever to get “too high”.  Because your child’s bodily defenses won’t allow infections to produce fevers of 106 degrees, you need not fear mental or physical damage when his temperature begins to rise.  It is estimated that 95% of childhood fevers don’t even reach 105.
  12. High fevers do not cause convulsions.  They result when the temperature rises at an extremely rapid rate. If you have ever seen a convulsion occur it may be hard to believe that they are rarely serious.  They are also relatively uncommon; only 4% of children experience fever-induced convulsions.  Also, there is no evidence that those who have experienced them have suffered any serious side effects as a result.  A study of 1,706 children who had suffered febrile convulsions reported not a single death and no motor defects in the children.  If your child experiences a fever-induced convulsion – place your child on his side so he won’t choke on his own saliva; next, keep him from striking his head against any hard or sharp object while he is thrashing around; make sure he doesn’t have a breathing obstruction and place some soft but firm object between his teeth to keep him from biting his tongue.  You may call the doctor but there truly is no need.
Fevers are a common symptom in children and are not an indication of serious illness unless associated with major changes in appearance and behavior or other major symptoms such as respiratory difficulty or loss of consciousness.  The height of fever is not a measure of the severity of an illness.  Infection-induced fevers will not reach levels that can cause permanent damage to your child.  Fevers do not usually require medical attention or drug “intervention”.  They are the body’s natural defense against infection and should be allowed to run their course without medication or other treatment intended to bring them down.