Germs are our unseen allies. Without bacteria, it's impossible to digest food, yet they are blamed for the epidemics of history.
Conventional medicine revolves around controlling infection - infection supposedly caused by microscopic organisms.
You and I have been taught that there are so-called friendly and unfriendly bacteria - but our knowledge is based on a long-standing yet unproven theory.
Lots of alternative health practitioners pursue their craft successfully without the use of antibiotics, and lots of individuals live happy, healthy lives without the use of antibiotics.
Organisms by the billions inhabit our bodies all the time. We are constantly exposed to minute organisms from a lot of different sources outside our bodies, but the same organisms are most likely already present within our bodies.
We can hardly go through a day without some horrifying news about an outbreak of a deadly virus or other microbe caused epidemic.
The latest one is the huge scare regarding Ebola.
Here in Denver, one of the radio stations made the mistake of interviewing a local doctor who tried to quiet the frenzy by exposing some truth, but the masterful person in charge of editing cut away before very much could come out.
I was driving yesterday when I heard the very brief soundbite in which the doctor used the words, greatly exaggerated to describe the ability of the Ebola virus to be communicated between humans.
But as she attempted to give more detail, she was cut off by the editor.
If we enter some form of the phrase, truth about ebola, into a search engine, a huge number of responses come up.
Everything from more fear mongering to accusations of racism - and if we go far enough into the vast number of sites listed, maybe we'll find some clues as to how political organizations and governments thrive on this stuff.
It's very difficult to find the truth about viruses in general, let alone this giant politically tainted specific virus, Ebola.
This relatively short webpage can't begin to adequately cover this complex topic. But I'll give it a shot.
Are viruses germs?
I imagine that most of us would include the virus under the general category of germs if we're talking about disease-causing organisms.
Typically, though, an organism is a living entity.
The scientific community is divided, or at least, has been divided for decades over the question as to whether a virus is a life form.
For me personally the question arose during my undergraduate years at San Diego State College.
As a music education major, I had to select and take an advanced science course. I had been lucky enough to test out of some of the basic math and science classes.
So I took microbiology - which proved to be extremely interesting.
More than 50 years have gone by since then - so there are only a few things I remember from the class. Very important things, however.
Maybe the most important point made repeatedly in lectures was that viruses are not living organisms.
During all the disastrous epidemics such as the Bubonic Plague of the 14th century, millions of people got sick and died. But many did not get sick and die.
How many times has each one of us been exposed to bacteria being spread by people coughing, sneezing or wheezing - and yet we don't become ill?
I don't know about you, but I rarely become ill, for any reason - and I'm sure I carry as many "dangerous" organisms as anyone.
I also know that I'm not exceptional. Many more people stay healthy than become ill.
A few decades ago, I occasionally became ill with a cold or flu. Sometimes I experienced an elevated body temperature, or fever - an accepted symptom of infection.
Now, unless I eat something I shouldn't eat, I don't get sick.
The various microbes are still present, I'm sure.
Many people all around the globe experience the same disease-free existence.
The theory commonly accepted by the medical folks, along with most members of western society says that disease is caused by unfriendly bacteria, fungi, protozoa, or a virus.
But another theory, one which has been around just as long as the prevalent theory, says that disease is caused by the environment in which the organism lives.
My guess is that most of us have read or heard about Louis Pasteur, the scientist who is given credit for formulating the prevalent theory of disease.
Very few, by comparison, have heard of Antoine Bechamp - another scientist who lived at the same time as Pasteur - although Bechamp lived longer than Pasteur.
Back on my Alternative Health Care page, I mentioned my encounter with Physician by Richard Leviton.
I enjoy Mr. Leviton's style of writing a lot, but reading his books is demanding time-wise.
Huge amounts of information are presented and documented. Bibliographies at the ends of chapters are lengthy - offering the opportunity for a lot of additional reading and study.
At first glance, Leviton's ideas seem radical, and they are certainly contrary to accepted, mainstream thought.
But therein lies their great value.
We must consider other possible explanations for the epidemics of history, which have already revisited during modern times.
One of the many pieces of challenging information is the comparison between the monomorphic theory which seems to come as a result of Pasteur's work and the pleomorphic theory introduced by Bechamp.
The monomorphic germ theory holds that species of bacteria are few in number, and that each species is static, or unchanging in form and identity.
The pleomorphic germ theory says that species are more numerous, and that they are unstable and capable of changing form depending on the environments in which they exist.
So if my body becomes unhealthy because of bad nutrition, or fatigue or stress, some of the huge population of microbes living in it morph into scavengers to clean up the mess.
Neither theory has been proven. Neither theory can be proven.
Historically western medicine has piled onto the monomorphic theory bandwagon.
The reasons this has happened are several - mostly having to do with political and economic considerations.
You and I have a lot of personal reasons to seriously question the validity of medicine's overpowering impetus for treating illness with antibiotics.
All over the planet huge numbers of people are very healthy as a result of turning their backs on conventional medicine with its overuse of antibiotics.
There are lots of doctors who, having started their careers as
products of medical schools, have drastically changed their practices. This often happens as a result of a health crisis in the practitioners personal life.
Germs are indispensable to us. They make it possible to continue living.
So we need to provide a ph-balanced, or slightly alkaline environment within our bodies. We do so through our diet and exercise habits.
If I allow my body to become acidic by eating too many high carb foods or by ingesting too many toxic substances from processed foods, or by using prescription or over-the-counter medicines, I become susceptible to sickness and disease.
Those who stay with the right foods, exercise, and avoid medicines can be assured of always being healthy. The billions of germs living and thriving inside every healthy body continue to help us thrive.Return to Alternative Health Care from Germs