February 20th, 2012

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Why are you so hot?

Some of you may have noticed that I have been OTG for the past few days. OTG stands for Off The Grid. This is my terminology that means I wasn’t on the computer, didn’t answer many emails and didn’t answer the phone. To accompany these off-the-grid like non-activities I also didn’t workout, and to be honest, didn’t really leave the couch. Why? 5 little degree. It sounds so insignificant when you say it that way, but believe you me it didn’t feel insignificant. Yep, for about 21 hours my body temperature was about 103.6! Everyone in our family had the Flu this past week. It seemed as though it wasn’t just a cold but the actual influenza virus. It was horrible, but no, we still will not be getting a flu shot next year. With all this sickness and all these hot bodies lying around our house it got me thinking about fevers. Did you know a fever is not something to be feared? Did you know it’s not making you sicker? It’s actually healing you? That’s right, all that effort to bring your fever down so you or your little one can feel better is actually short circuiting your bodies natural healing efforts. Here is the deal. A fever does many good things, but the two main ones are below.

It kills the bad bugs. Most pathogenic little monsters cannot survive a temperature of 102 or higher.

It stimulates your immune system. Essentially, it puts your disease fighting entities into overdrive.

If a fever is allowed to run its course and is even gently encouraged by keeping the patient warm (an ideal fever is in the 102-103 range) the healing will be much quicker and the over all immunity of the patient will be stronger for having worked through the illness on its own. the only time  fevers are of concern is when they occur in children under one month of age, rise too quickly or get too high. I am hesitant to give an exact number as to what is too high because everyone is different, this is where intuition must come in on your part. The take home message here is that a moderately high fever of 102-103 should be encouraged. Once the patient breaks that fever naturally and sweats it out you can rest assured that they will be feeling much better. If you continually lower that fever artificially with Ibuprofen and Tylenol you are creating an environment in which the pathogenic bodies can flourish and your body will have a much tougher time finishing it off. Once again people, remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Your body knows what it is doing. The more you work with it and keep thing in their natural order, or the way the “ought to be” the better off you will be. I am constantly amazed by the intricacy with which we have been made and my fever is just one more example of this!

If you would like to read more on this subject check out Dr. Mercola’s info on it here.

20 minutes to establish a 1 rep max Back Squat

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AMRAP in 12 minutes of:

3 strict pull ups

6 Burpees

9 box jumps

12 Squats

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14 Responses

  1. 275# (PR by a lot, light gravity by the kid play area!)
    7 +2Box Jumps – went w/ 20 inch box to work on bounce jump – getting better on these, would not have made so many rounds w/ 24 inch.
    Fun, worked on pacing for the 12 min, boxes were my hardest. Good group this morning

  2. That was a great blog,, I have been learning so much from crossfit not just about fitness but things that should make total sense about taking care of my body I feel because of TV and Doctors we just take a pill and everything is fine. Thank you for opening my eyes and learning that just say “No to Drugs” isn’t just fo kids.

  3. 345lb. BS (30lb PR)

    9 rounds + 1 Pull Up Rx

  4. B Squat 305# (315# F)

    8r + 3 box

  5. Squat: 75lbs x3 every two mins (10-12 sets)
    AMRAP: 6 rounds + 2 Strict Pull Ups
    20″ Box Step Ups (careful, 75% pace)/inch worm burpees

    Finally… strict pull ups felt fully legit for a change. No “ish” to them. Morning crew did a great job of non-stop work this morning, only a stumble on the strict pull ups.

    • Your pull-ups have come a long way Shawn. I forsee some PRs in your future as your get your legs back up to speed. You are doing a great job of pacing your recovery. Keep up the good work!

  6. 235# Back Squat
    8 rounds

  7. 180# bs, not a pr but 15# up from the last time I tried 1 rep max
    5 rounds + 8 box jumps, day 16 of stage 1 of eating clean.

  8. “Angie”
    For time:
    100 Pull-ups
    100 Push-ups
    100 Sit-ups
    100 Squats

    My push ups still suck. I just tried to keep moving on this one.

  9. WOW the last time I had the flu like that, was 1979, New years eve!! I will never forget it. That is why you were all in my prayers!! Glad ypu are all ok and thanks for the info on fevers!! Crossfit is so much more then Crossfit!!!

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