The Cruel Homeopath.... Why I want you to get a fever

My son hasn't had a fever since he was three years old when a dose of chicken pox sent his temperature racing up to 102F (38.8C). Then on Christmas Day just past, nearly 10 years on, he succumbed to the Aussie flu - sore throat, exhausted, a terrible hacking cough, a mood to go with it and an impressive 101.5F on the thermometer. I couldn't have been more delighted.

I'm not a sadist, I promise. I'm a homeopath and in my world fevers are a good thing generally speaking. A fever tells me my son's body is healthy enough to galvanise his immune system into fight mode against bacteria and viruses in the environment. Or to put it another way, I was worried about him before because he wasn't getting fevers. If that sounds like upside down thinking, read on.

In my practice I see patient after patient with chronic illnesses such as automimmune disorders, POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and none of them get fevers. These patients are usually Health Level 7 or lower where it's as if the body is so preoccupied in trying to deal with the chronic symptoms (lethargy, headaches, insomnia, tachycardia, fainting etc) that it just can't raise itself to fight a passing bacteria or virus.