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Yasodara Udayamurthy, M.D.


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Should You Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?

Posted by Yasodara Udayamurthy, M.D. on Jun 3, 2017 9:11:00 AM

The belief you should feed a cold and starve a fever goes all the way back to at least the 1570s, when it was thought that fasting was the best remedy for a fever and eating would help you get rid of a cold. The method behind this madness was that people with colds needed to be kept warm and eating would warm the body, while those with fevers needed to be cooled down, which could be accomplished by nixing food. Let’s talk about this saying and whether or not you should follow the advice. 

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