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I read a short article in the current (December 2016) Scientific American, page 39, “THE ULTIMATE VIRUS FIGHTER – A rare genetic mutation might inspire the first broad-spectrum antiviral.” I was confused by the wording of the article, but after several readings decided that they were saying inflammation helped get rid of viruses.

The researchers then exposed skin cells from three of the people to multiple viruses, including influenza and herpes. After 24 hours, their cells contained orders of magnitude fewer copies of viral particles than normal cells. The reason, the team explained this past May in Nature Communications, is that the ISG15 mutation knocks out a function that helps to dampen inflammation. Inflammation helps the body fight viruses, so these people “are just a little more ready than you or I for the virus that infects them,” Bogunovic says. As a result, their body fights invading viruses and develops immunity before the virus can replicate enough to make them sick.

Way back in 1994 (and copied to the internet in 2005) I published Probaway – Flu – Cure The Common Cold Using Voluntary 102° F Fevers, which used the same basic idea as the article quoted above, but applied to the whole body. Also, there was a parallel method described in Probaway – Heal – How to Accelerate the Healing of Cuts, Scratches, and Abrasions, which is for coping with skin surface wounds. I have personally used both of those techniques for twenty-two years with consistently good results.

The idea from the beginning was that raising the temperature of an area of infection helped the body’s immune fighting system to become activated to that heated area and fight the infection. There is a slight spin on this concept that is new, and that is to heat the area of skin, or organ, or whole body immediately after a suspected exposure to a pathogen. That is, it may be helpful to heat a potentially infected site even before it becomes infected, and thus to head off an infection before it becomes established, or symptomatic.

It is a good idea to maintain a normal temperature of the whole body, or the area under threat, during normal conditions, because to keep the whole body hot or even a particular organ or skin area hot all the time would defeat the warning that being hot would send to the immune system. The over-heated zone would be considered normal and thus no response would be called into action.

The practical application of this idea would be approximately like the following: Immediately after getting a scratch, or abrasion, or shallow cut, clean it up as is normally prescribed in a first aid kit, and then as soon as possible heat the injured area up to a fever heat. That would mean a comfortable 104° F for a skin abrasion. A dry heat from a hairdryer would be an effective way to do this even after a bandage was applied. The temperature of the skin is to be kept below any sensation of pain. It would be a good idea to do this twice a day for three days, until the injury has passed any chance of becoming infected.

If an injury never becomes infected it will never need antibiotics.