Benefits of Getting The Flu Part 1

(Koren Publications’ forthcoming Myth-Busting Swine Flu Report written by Tedd Koren DC,will discuss more swine flu issues. See here for other vaccination learning materials and here for brochures.)

No one wants to get “sick”.  Who needs a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, aches, pains, malaise?  Well, we may need it if we are to be healthy.  Does this make sense to you?  Read on.

For thousands of years mankind has survived in harmony with the cycles of sickness and health by understanding that acute illness often serves a purpose and that by suppressing symptoms with fever reducers and other drugs and chemicals we could be interfering with healing.

The Hygienic school of health has traditionally seen acute illness as part of a cleansing process. When managed properly acute illnesses leave a cleaner, stronger and healthier person in their wake.

Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine” understood the importance of permitting the body to express symptoms:

Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the   natural defenses of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are  the cure of diseases.”

The famous medical historian Harris Coulter Ph.D. after studying thousands of years of medical therapeutics said:

Contracting and overcoming childhood diseases are part of a developmental process that actually helps develop a healthy, robust, adult   immune system able to meet the challenges that inevitable encounters  with viruses and bacteria will present later on. Coulter HL. Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain. Washington, DC: Center for Empirical Medicine. 1990.

Acute illness protects against cancer

The benefits of permitting the body to go through a healing crisis without interruption was dramatically revealed when it was found that children that were permitted to have acute febrile infectious childhood diseases had less cancer as adults.

This study investigates the hypothesis that febrile infectious childhood diseases (FICDs) are associated with a lower cancer risk in adulthood…. The study consistently revealed a lower cancer risk for patients with a history of FICD. Albonico HU, Braker HU, Husler J. Febrile infectious childhood diseases in the history of cancer patients and matched controls. Medical Hypotheses. 1998;51(4):315-320.

Check back tomorrow for part 2 of why it’s to your advantage to get colds and flu.


Dr. Tedd Koren

Dr. Koren, originally from Brooklyn, NY, lives in Montgomery County, PA. A graduate of the U of Miami and Sherman College of Chiropractic, he writes, lectures and teaches in the US, Europe and Australia as well as takes care of patients and fights for healthcare freedom. Dr. Koren and his wife Beth have two children.


  1. Avatar Jill on August 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you! I have also been learning about supplementing with probiotics that would support this view.

  2. Avatar Barb on August 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I can only say thanks for all you do for chiropractic
    Can’t understand why people are so afraid of symptoms and not more trusting of their bodies

  3. Avatar Richie Barone, D.C. on August 17, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Tedd, keep-on-keepin-on, we need your voice and writing skills.

  4. Avatar Steve Schram DC on August 18, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Thank you Tedd!

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