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European Alliance of Initiatives
for Applied Anthroposophy

Fever – an Opportunity for Healing

Dear Friends of ELIANT,

Today, all over Europe medicines designed to combat fever – the so-called fever reducers - and especially antibiotics are being prescribed "to be on the safe side". It has long been known however that these efficient primary treatments can in the long run produce results opposite to those intended.

The well known anthroposophical paediatrician Dr. David Martin, has brought anthroposophical medical understanding together with the latest fever research. In it he shows how fever stimulates an immune response and strengthens the body's own resistance. It has the capacity in most situations to regulate itself – with the support of traditional home treatments. Only in exceptional circumstances – when self-regulation malfunctions – is direct medical intervention necessary.

The large amount of almost overwhelming scientific evidence now available (see below) showing that fever is vitally important for child development, should galvanise our efforts to secure our own health and that of our children.

For that however we need a more sustainable approach to health education and a European health service that doesn't only focus on the removal of symptoms and which respects a patient's freedom of choice. Actively helping to bring this about is one of our key objectives in the field of medicine.

Without your support however - including financial support - our hands are tied. The more people there are who support our concerns the more convincing will we become on a political level.

Warm thanks and good wishes on behalf of the ELIANT team
Michaela Glöckler

Written references about the treatment of fever:

Martin DD. Fever: Views in Anthroposophic Medicine and their Scientific Validity. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2016 Online ahead of Print. ID 3642659, dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3642659

Hamre HJ, Glockmann A, Schwarz R, Riley DS, Baars EW, Kiene H, et al. Antibiotic use in children with acute respiratory or ear infections: prospective observational comparison of anthroposophic and conventional treatment under routine primary care conditions. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2014;2014(Article ID 243801).

Beispiele Internationaler Ratgeber mit vielen weiteren namhaften Referenzen:

Georg Soldner, H. Michael Stellmann: Individuelle Pädiatrie. Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Stuttgart

Michaela Glöckler, Wolfgang Goebel, Karin Michael: Kindersprechstunde - Ein medizinisch-pädagogischer Ratgeber. Verlag Urachhaus, Stuttgart 2015