What are germs? They are generally considered to be microorganisms which causes disease.
The germ theory of disease is the currently the accepted western scientific medical theory for many diseases. It basically says that ‘germs’, also known as microorganisms or pathogens leads to disease. These varied small organisms, which are far too small to see without magnification, invade us and can cause a multitude of illnesses.
It’s considered there’s four major types of germs, which are viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. As you could probably imagine, there’s many types of each, which is beyond what is discussed in this introductory article. Never-the-less, it’s generally considered by the western scientific medical paradigm that they can all invade us in different ways and cause an array of different illnesses.
Viruses are not living things. What’s interesting is that whilst many of these germs are considered living micro-organisms, viruses do not fit the criteria as being alive. Whilst simply put, bacteria are singled-celled or unicellular organisms, fungi are somewhat like miniature plants, and protozoa resemble small worms, viruses are said to be much smaller than any of these. Scientists say that viruses are just an assembly of molecules, with various proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. It’s said, on their own they can do nothing until they enter a host living cell. Without a host cell, viruses would not be able to multiply. Therefore, viruses are not living things.
Modern western medicine has basically adopted this idea of the ‘Germ Theory’. This ‘Germ Theory’ is based on Louis Pasteur’s idea that our body should be sterile. This basically means that it should be devoid of any germs. Hence, with this notion, we would conclude that we must combat all germs to remain sterile. Therefore it’s assumed that we must to be vigilant against being exposed to all types of infections. Thus, to maintain this, the idea is that we should stop any attempt of any external microbes from ever getting inside of our body. Hence, to prevent this we need to kill all bugs that may threaten us. It seems that our modern western medicine primarily adopts the idea of doing this destruction through a range of drugs. Hence, we see the likes of antibiotics, as well as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and of course, vaccinations. Also, as a spin-off to this ‘Germ Theory’, any other preventative measures through things like nutrition are deemed basically useless. However, may consider that this ‘Germ Theory’ was most probably adopted as it seemed to be the most profitable option for the drug industry.
Investigating the Germ Theory vs the Terrain Theory.
Louis Pasteur promoted the ‘mono-morphic’ theory where as micro-organisms enter our body they always produced the same disease. However, prior to this mono-morphic ‘Germ-Theory’ approach being adopted was the more metamorphic approach.
Prior to this was the ‘Germ Theory’ was the ‘Terrain Theory’. History tells us that Claude Bernard (1813-1878) was a pioneer of the ‘Terrain Theory’. The ‘Terrain Theory’ more-so looks at the underlying cause of disease. Basically, the ‘Terrain Theory’ suggests that it’s not so much the bugs, but more-so the inner terrain that’s the underlying cause of disease. This theory sees that the bugs are mere opportunists. A contemporary of Pasteur was Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908), and through his experiments he promoted this more pleo-morphic ‘Terrain Theory’. According to Pasteur to fight illness you have to address the symptoms. However, Bechamp postulated that to treat the the disease we need to address the underlying cause of the acidic, low-oxygen cellular environment which is created by a toxic and nutrient deficient diet, toxic emotions and a toxic lifestyle.
The Terrain Theory
This theory basically considered that if the terrain (or inner-soil) of our the tissues were dirty, congested or toxic it was actually the function of the bacteria to digest this toxicity for excretion by the body. So basically, Pasteur was promoting the concept that the germs were harmful to the body and Bechamp was promoting the concept that germs were actually beneficial for the body. In his wisdom, Antoine Béchamp stated that “Germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the cause of diseased tissue.”
The ‘Terrain Theory’ basically suggests that the severity of the infection will correlate with the patient’s health status. In other words, the unhealthier the lifestyle, the more out of balance a body is, the more susceptible they will be to disease. Further, the disease will be much more severe in that person compared to a body that is physiologically stable and healthy.
Our Inner Terrain.
Essentially, our milieu in general, describes the type of inner environment in which things happen. Much of our lifestyle factors affect our inner terrain. Sadly, many modern day drugs and processed foods can adversely affect and harm our gut milieu. This can induce such as inflammatory gut milieu by compromising the mucosal barrier integrity and hence altering the gut microbiota colonization. Sadly Antoine Bechamp was merely considered a ‘quack’ by modern western medical science. With the introduction of powerful antibiotics by modern medicine to kill the bugs, they basically just laughed at the fermented sauerkraut, probiotic promotor.
Self-Care tips to improve the gut microbiome and enhance overall health. As we’ve learnt more, it’s now considered by many modern day ‘alternative’ and natural health promotors to eat fermented foods and to supplement with probiotics to help cope with the onslaught of our modern day diet. Also, eat less sugar and other sweeteners, reduce stress. Many natural therapists suggest to avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily. Also exercise regularly, get enough sleep and eat plenty of fruit & vegetables and avoid toxic environments.
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