Previous generations had their widely publicized epidemics of addiction to opium, heroin and crack cocaine. Today, prescription opiates are the media’s favorite drug-addiction demon (which is hardly to say that illegal drugs, and non-opiate prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines, don’t continue to cause problems). Although doctors have gotten smarter about prescribing with discretion,
The old adage “feed a cold, starve a fever” is only half correct: medical science says that whatever the exact symptoms, regular intake of proper nutrition will aid recovery from any illness. With a fever, the “starving” approach is a particularly bad idea, since high temperature is already driving increased loss of water and calories.