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Colds and fevers

 
Timothy Chen Allen
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I am sick as a dog. My son brought back something from nursery that is making me feel like death warmed over.
Here's the question:
Is it, "feed a cold, starve a fever" or "starve a cold, feed a fever"?
Is there any medical basis to this?
 
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I doubt it, because there's not much consensus on the definition of a cold vs flu anyway. And don't get started on the whole bacterial v viral thing.
Good therapy include extra sleep and enough liquids, no matter what's wrong.
Preventative herbs include garlic and astragalus, both are antibacterial and antiviral. Hope you are better soon.
 
Jim Yingst
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FWIW, I always heard it at "feed a cold, starve a fever". But here's The Straight Dope.
 
Timothy Chen Allen
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My wife called the doctor and he made a house call(!). Okay, I know I've been slagging off Spain for a while, but they have this: the doctors (in Barcelona at least) still make house calls.
The diagnosis? I have the flu. Lovely. The doctor basically said that it didn't matter if I ate two three pound bags of Big Macs or tried to starve myself: I am in for 72 hours of fun no matter what, and the best thing to do is lay down and drink a lot of liquids.
I hate being sick.
 
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