Instinct ? the most sophisticated mechanism for achieving harmonious existence; the sum of evolution and adaptation manifested as a behavior, action, or tendency.
Humans come into the world, before we learn much or develop our ability to reason, acting purely on instinct ? like that of a wild animal. Our instincts have developed over the millennia to give us the best possibility of survival. What we are naturally inclined to do as infants is essential to life and optimal development.
As we grow and learn our instinct begins to take the back seat and our reasoning takes over our actions. We are unique as a species because our ability to dominate instinct with reasoning is common. This is such a powerful thing that we sometimes even depart from the strong physiological signals that are sent to our bodies when our minds are in disagreement. An example of this was brought up in Let’s Get Physical, as we are the only creatures that, because of a change in attitude about health, often try to exercise as much as possible while eating as little as we can bear.
But reasoning can backfire when the information we have is inaccurate. Just like eating less and exercising more because of a false belief that doing the opposite makes us fat, we have apparently done the same with what are commonly called germs.
Prior to our knowledge of germs we interacted with them freely and obliviously just like every other creature on earth. And because these behaviors were instinctual, we adapted and evolved accordingly to depend on this interaction. Instinct is incapable of being improved upon. It’s not like there is an up side and a down side to instinct ? it is as perfect as it gets. Reason pales in comparison, and when wrong can get us into trouble.
We are getting ourselves into trouble with the false beliefs that are held about germs as we speak. Even alternative health practitioners are still referring to ?good? and ?bad? bacteria, as if such a thing as good and bad exists in nature. Dividing microbes into good and bad categories is like saying sunshine is good and rain is bad, when, in the absence of either one, life on earth would vanish.
There are organisms inside of us and outside of us that can make us feel sick. Humans often label sickness as bad and any organisms associated with that sickness as also bad. Wrong on both accounts. Getting exposure to all organisms we would normally have contact with if oblivious to their existence is essential, all of those organisms are essential for life on earth, and getting sick is essential for good health. None can be circumvented and result in benefit without consequence. Nature simply doesn’t work that way. It is a system comprised of everything that is and is dependent on everything that is to maintain balance.
Louis Pasteur is considered the great discoverer of germs. He considered germs to be an enemy that invades and infects, and if the germs can be eradicated all will be well. The philosophy of modern medicine and the food industry is built upon his view: germs bad, sterilization and germ-eradication good. However, one of Pasteur’s contemporaries at the time, Antoine Bechamp (who accused Pasteur of plagiarizing some of his work repeatedly), would call Pasteur’s theory (paraphrasing to today’s lingo) ?flippin? retarded.
Bechamp was a much better, more thorough, and more highly regarded scientist than Pasteur at the time, but he was too busy in the lab making amazing discoveries to promote his work publicly and aggressively like Pasteur. No different than today, the information that is correct and logical was lost and meaningless because the majority embraces and accepts what makes it to television, scientific journals, and newspapers, and if there are two opposing viewpoints, the viewpoint that is shouted the most wins, no matter how dumb that viewpoint may be.
Bechamp’s amazing discoveries are as follows:
Pleomorphism is Bechamp’s discovery that small particles inside of organic matter which he called ?microzymas? can become active and spontaneously become fungal, bacterial, or parasitic. In other words, you’ve got all you need inside of you to develop ?infectious? illness. The microzymas transform into pretty much whatever they choose, and do so instantaneously if conditions are favorable for their existence. Thus, if a certain environment is created within your body, then ?pathogens? appear as if out of thin air. No outside exposure necessary. He called this process vibrionien evolution, a term I’m using for the sole purpose of attracting search engines to my site! Busted!
This discovery, which has been validated by the works of Royal Rife, Wilhelm Reich, Guenther Enderlein, and Gaston Naessens, who has documented the full 16 stages of pleomorphism, is now unquestionable in terms of its validity. It’s just that hardly anyone knows about it because no one in the entrenched microbe-phobic world can consider this line of thinking for a moment without gears grinding in their brains and smoke coming out of their ears. Even most of the above names listed discovered this phenomenon without knowledge of others who had made the same discovery. Only Enderlein supposedly knew who the hell Bechamp was.
Microbes, both ?good? and ?bad,? have coevolved with us. Over the millennia humans have had exposure, from birth to death, to all kinds of microorganisms. To think that we didn’t also simultaneously adjust and adapt to depend on this exposure is outrageous. Nothing in nature is definitively good or bad, but has a full spectrum of benefits and drawbacks, all of which are essential components of the perpetuation of the life cycle.
Outside infection and exposure are important because we’ve adapted to depend upon it. If we weren’t meant to be exposed to germs, then we wouldn’t have evolved to come into the world and grab everything we can possibly get our hands on, and without discretion, shove absolutely all of it into our mouths. That adaptation serves us. It is not a cruel Kutcher-esque prank to kill us off and make us sick.
Furthermore, as mentioned before, we can’t circumvent illness without consequence. Based on my own personal experiences, when getting a ?bug? from time to time from an obvious outside source, and allowing whatever symptoms arise to be fully expressed and come to completion, we are left healthier, stronger, cleaner, and more balanced than before. If anything, illness is an attempt to heal, and suppressing symptoms of illness by any means, even with vitamins, results in a greater need for illness to develop. Antibiotics are the best for stopping healing from taking place. Instead of continuing to discharge and rebalance, the body stops the process and continues to accumulate.
And if we have constituents within us that can spontaneously evolve to suit the surrounding environment, then the further we create an unhealthy state, the more we will create systemic ?pathogens. Instead of having an invader that comes and cleans us out and is discharged, we will become overrun with illness-causing organisms and be more chronically and debilitatingly ill.
Does this really happen? One of the most fascinating examples of how poor overall health is a more significant factor than exposure in manifesting disease is Pottenger’s cats. Francis Pottenger, several decades ago, did a study on cats comparing raw food diets to cooked food diets. The cats on raw diets had literally perfect health and NO PARASITES! NONE! The cats on cooked food had rampant illness of all kinds and were thoroughly inundated by parasites. Many parasites and other pathogens were obviously destroyed by cooking, and their exposure to parasites and other pathogens was exceedingly less than the raw comparison group. Not only is it evident that lack of exposure wasn’t helpful, it suggests that lack of exposure may even be harmful. Regardless of whether or not that’s the case, the study proves that the inner ecosystem of the body is often the primary determinant in disease risk.
Thus, the best thing we can do for good health is to get plenty of exposure to germs while putting the focus on keeping our bodies as close to homeostasis as possible. This is done primarily through proper sleep and balanced eating that doesn’t cause hormonal fluctuations ? common-sense stuff that your mom always told you. The result of homeostasis is that we seldom feel ill from outside germs no matter what our exposure may be, our microzymas do not evolve into unhealthy organisms to match our inner state, and when we do rarely feel ill it is not severe and the duration is very short. And by the way, never ever getting sick isn’t necessarily a sign of health.
Reason Going Awry?
Science is now beginning to be able to link many chronic diseases with ?pathogenic? organisms. With any degenerative disease they often are able to establish a connection to some type of microbe. A clear cut example would be HPV, a virus, and cervical cancer, but this is only one well-established example. There are many others. What’s unfortunate is that, with our current misunderstandings based on Louis Pasteur’s germ theory, this heightens our level of paranoia. Government agencies, which see themselves as responsible for our health (no thanks!), are foolishly trying to kill and sanitize more and more and more (and more and more and more and more and more).
A special note: I’m not saying that you need to eat shit. An exception however may be if you are a proponent of pasteurization, sterilization, and irradiation of foods that we’ve eaten for millennia in their raw state. In that case, if given the opportunity, I’d tell you to do precisely that. And die!
By the way, Rethinking Pasteur’s Germ Theory by Nancy Appleton is a must read.
For more read Termites Don’t Eat Healthy Trees.
Things that might make you sick more often, and more severely:
1) Taking antibiotics in a non life-threating situation
2) Taking other acute, infectious illness symptom-suppressing drugs or seeking symptomatic treatment of holistic or allopathic variety in a non life-threatening situation
2) Excessive alcohol consumption
3) Refined sugar consumption
4) Caffeine and other stimulant consumption
5) Drug and narcotic use
6) Not getting enough sleep
7) Not getting enough sunlight
8) Not getting any exercise at all
9) Exercising too hard, going beyond your normal limitations
10) Living in an overly sterile environment ? animal studies have proved that no creature can thrive in a totally sterile environment
11) Eating only fully-cooked and pasteurized food
12) Chronic mental or emotional stress