Germ theory represents the soul of modern medicine. The idea is that disease and illnesses are contracted when pathogens like bacteria and viruses enter the human body and start replicating. You ‘catch’ a cold or you ‘get’ cancer. But that isn’t the full story.

A Harvard University publication entitled Contagion: Historical Views of  Diseases and Epidemics stated, “Germ theory encouraged the reduction of diseases to simple interactions between microorganism and host without the need for the elaborate attention to environmental influences, diet, climate, ventilation, and so on that were essential to earlier understandings of health and disease.”

Ty Bollinger in his books, The Truth About Cancerstates that the root cause behind disease has been simplified down to “just disease-causing pathogens entering the body, the basic tenets underpinning germ theory would help propel to the forefront a whole new paradigm of medicine that would quickly become the standard by which doctors treated patients: symptom management through the use of patented, petrochemical-based drugs.”

But the truth is more complicated. It turns out that it isn’t the bacteria being the cause of human ailments. It’s the terrain on which bacteria gain a foothold that determines whether people get sick or not. All bacteria are not bad. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria. It turns out that you need both. Bacteria are responsible for the fermentation process which is critical in many good foods. Our GI tract requires an ongoing rivalry between good bacteria and bad bacteria. If one side wins (and it doesn’t matter which side that is!), we lose. War games are critical in our gut to prime the pump of activity needed to digest our food.

Looking at bacteria as all bad leads to things like pasteurization where you kill all the bacteria. But pasteurization yields sterile food that is actually not nutritionally beneficial. It has a long shelf-life because all the living things in it have been destroyed. Raw milk has living enzymes, vitamins and bacteria we need. UHT pasteurized milk can sit on store shelves for 6-9 months and doesn’t have to be refrigerated (they do refrigerate it because Americans wouldn’t buy it in a box on a shelf!).

“What allows germs to proliferate isn’t the germs themselves, he [Pierre Jacques Antoine Bechamp] realized, but rather the environments in which these germs exist. Bechamp also recognized that germs and bacteria have to originate from somewhere, and don’t just spontaneously appear as Pasteur erroneously believed…Bechamp learned that germs are pleomorphic, meaning they can change size and shape depending on their environmental conditions, whereas Pasteur believed germs remained constant–again, the former focuses on the terrain,  while the latter focuses on the germs.”

Pasteur actually conceded that he was wrong on his deathbed. The terrain is everything he said. Rudolph Virchow agreed stating, “If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat–diseased tissue–rather than being the cause of the diseased tissue; e.g., mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant.”

Maintaining a healthy internal terrain within our bodies is our first priority and boosting our immune system is second. This is why eating whole, plant-based food that keeps us less acidic and more alkaline, eating fermented food to encourage probiotic activity and supplementing with real vitamins, minerals and sugar nutrients will serve to support our internal terrain and promote our health. We have ten times the number of bacteria in our gut as we have cells in our bodies! Keeping the internal harmony and flow of our bodies (the terrain) is critical.

Cancer patients are not told today about the “importance of maintaining a healthy terrain for optimal immune function. For the most part, they’re being told that developing cancer is just a gamble, and that people who get it have no choice but to undergo intensive therapy treatments that, much in the same way that Pasteur dealt with germs, attempts to destroy the cancer cells with toxic substances rather than repair the damaged terrain that they’ve penetrated.” We are not victims to germs or cancer and we can change our diet in preventative ways that will promote health and wellness.

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