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Sauna for 101.7 fever?

Commented on April 28, 2013
Created April 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Earlier today, I asked if I should use tylenol to lower my 101.7 fever: http://paleohacks.com/questions/193441/tylenol-to-reduce-fever-would-a-caveman-do-it#axzz2RgEUVLrg

The answers that resonated most with me is that your body is warm for a reason: to kill pathogens.

So, what do you think of spending 20 minutes in the sauna to create an artificial fever to help my body even more?

Or, should I just let my body play it out on auto-pilot without me meddling.

It seems that grok would more likely jump in the cool river if he had a fever, and not hang out in the sun to get even warmer.

Thoughts?

Mike

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on April 28, 2013
at 09:00 PM

that sounds like good advice. Ultimately, I decided not to sauna because I'm coughing and I'd be really mad if someone entered the sauna who was obviously sick.

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:18 AM

did ya run up the steps there like rocky ..:)

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on April 27, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Correction: hour

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:51 PM

my experience is that fevers give me chills (your body feels cold because it wants to be even warmer). so grok would probably try to get subjectively warm rather than reasoning about his body temperature. just don't go more than about a degree higher lest you start cooking your brain.

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:49 PM

you know, this is really interesting. when I had mono many decades ago, I remember all I wanted to do was lie out in the sun on my back deck. i did it for weeks while I was sick, all while running a fever, literally lying in the sun for 8 hours a day (with a light blanket)

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:36 PM

I just spent an our shirtless, getting some Philadelphia sun. It felt good.

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on April 28, 2013
at 06:45 PM

As a nurse I have to comment. If you do the sauna especially while sick please, please, make sure to stay hydrated!

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on April 28, 2013
at 09:00 PM

that sounds like good advice. Ultimately, I decided not to sauna because I'm coughing and I'd be really mad if someone entered the sauna who was obviously sick.

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on April 28, 2013
at 08:00 AM

When i was young we didnt use sauna for treatment of fever. I guess theres some traditional wisdom why not :) But we did use it alot when we are healthy :)

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:23 PM

Does a sauna sound appealing to you right now? If so, no harm in trying it out. If not, listen to what your body wants. For me, it's usually lying in bed, getting some sun, and drinking bone broth.

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on April 28, 2013
at 01:18 AM

did ya run up the steps there like rocky ..:)

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:36 PM

I just spent an our shirtless, getting some Philadelphia sun. It felt good.

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on April 27, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Correction: hour

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on April 27, 2013
at 09:13 PM

You must feel like crap. I'd try a sauna. My GF and I take ridiculously hot baths when we're sick. I think it helps, honestly.

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