Louis Pasteur, Antoine Bechamp and the True Causes of Disease
by Tony Isaacs
Mainstream medicine believes that virtually all illness is caused by germs or genetic hereditary weakness, as well as deformities and trauma injuries. Their solution and strategy is to have us believe that there are over 10,000 different diseases and that each of these diseases requires outside intervention from drugs and surgery. The truth is that almost all illness is due to cellular malfunction which is caused by cellular toxicities and cellular insufficiencies (malnutrition) and that such illness can be avoided and overcome with nature and a healthy lifestyle.
It was Louis Pasteur, the so-called “father of modern germ theory” so widely revered by mainstream medicine, who was largely responsible for germ theory being a primary precept of today’s medical practice. Few people are aware of the controversy which surrounded Pasteur in his early days or of the work of a more esteemed contemporary whose works Pasteur plagiarized and distorted. That contemporary was fellow French Academy of Sciences member Antoine Bechamp, one of France's most prominent and active researchers and biologists whose theories and research results stood in stark opposition to Pasteur’s germ theory.
Pasteur essentially dug up the germ theory of disease and put his name on it. It wasn't a new idea. The concept, which theorizes that many diseases are caused by germs, had actually been outlined by other people many years before, Pasteur nevertheless claimed to have "discovered" germs. Bechamp, on the other hand, proved through original research that most diseases are the result of diseased tissue and bacteria and viruses are largely after-effects instead of causes of disease.
Antoine Bechamp was able to scientifically prove that germs are the chemical by-products and constituents of pleomorphic microorganisms enacting upon the unbalanced, malfunctioning cell metabolism and dead tissue that actually produces disease. Bechamp found that the diseased, acidic, low-oxygen cellular environment is created by a toxic/nutrient deficient diet, toxic emotions, and a toxic lifestyle. His findings demonstrate how cancer develops through the morbid changes of germs to bacteria, bacteria to viruses, viruses to fungal forms and fungal forms to cancer cells.
After some initial controversy, Pasteur's germ theory ended up winning the day with mainstream medicine - owing in large part to the fact that the theory enabled mainstream medicine to hugely profit from the patented drugs and treatments for fighting germs. After all, had Bechamp's discoveries been incorporated into current medical curriculum, it would likely have meant a virtual elimination of disease and the end of the pharmaceutical industry.
The germ theory of medicine stands in stark contrast to thousands of years of man looking to nature to nourish and heal it, dating back to ancient Chinese medicine which treated the whole body instead of the symptoms of illness. As Hippocrates, “the father of medicine” observed over 2400 years ago, “Nature is the physician of man.” Hippocrates also advised, "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pots if you can cure your patient with food."
The current practice of medicine led Orthomolecular Medicine editor Andrew Saul to observe, ""Modern medicine" may well be defined as "the experimental study of what happens when poisonous chemicals are placed into malnourished human bodies."
Though mainstream medicine might have us believe otherwise, the simple truth is that no one ever became ill due to a deficiency in pharmaceutical drugs. Neither is anyone absolutely destined to become ill due to a genetic predisposition. Lack of nutrition combined with exposure to toxins (which often cause genetic alterations) is what causes us to become ill.
Someday, germ theory, unnatural drugs and other practices of modern medicine will be relegated to the science junk pile where they belong and man will re-discover the value of a nutrient dense organic diet, avoidance of both nutritional deficiencies and toxins and a healthy lifestyle. When that happens, the words of Thomas Edison may prove to be a welcome prophesy:
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
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