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feed a cold, starve a fever

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feed a cold, starve a fever

  1. Expressing the common belief that eating more will cure the common cold, and eating less will cure a fever.
    • 1887, J. H. Whelan, "The Treatment of Colds.", The Practitioner, vol. 38, pg. 180:
      "Feed a cold, starve a fever." There is a deal of wisdom in the first part of this advice. A person with a catarrh should take an abundance of light nutritious food, and some light wine, but avoid spirits, and above all tobacco.
    • 1968, Katinka Loeser, The Archers at Home, publ. Atheneum, New York, pg. 60:
      I have a cold. 'Feed a cold, starve a fever.' You certainly know that.
    • 2009, Shelly Reuben, Tabula Rasa, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 015101079X, pg. 60:
      They say feed a cold, starve a fever, but they don't tell you what to do when you got both, so I figured scrambled eggs, tea, and toast.
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  1. ^ The Harvard Crimson. "Help Me, Harvey!" [1]. Available: [2]. Accessed: September 2, 2009.