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Inflammation and Biomarkers of Nutrition

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Proverbs typically date back many generations, but “feed a cold, starve a fever” may beat them all. This saying has been traced to a 1574 dictionary by John Withals, which noted that “fasting is a great remedy of fever.” The belief was that eating food may help the body generate warmth during a “cold” and that avoiding food may help it cool down when overheated. However, others have suggested the maxim dates back to the 14th century and that the proper phrasing should have been “Feed a cold and stave off a fever” However, this is not the interpretation which has persisted in folklore into the 21st century, and it is interesting to ponder why! Fever, of course, is a sign of acute inflammation, and the inflammatory response is a mechanism whereby the body protects itself to a greater or lesser degree from any form of trauma, whether this arises from a small cut, major surgery, bacterial, viral or parasitic infections.

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Year 2015
Authors David I Thurnham
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/BSZL2497
DOI Number 10.52439/BSZL2497
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