I'm a bit of a research junky. I particularly enjoy reading about historical medical theories that have been discarded but maybe shouldn't have. I was delighted to find a copy of Elie Metchnikoff's "The Prolongation of Life" at a used book store this past summer. Metchnikoff is the father of probiotics. He was a zoologist during the late 1800's that studied the effects of lactic acid producing bacteria on eliminating bowel putrefaction. Metchnikoff believed that eating cultured foods rich in lactic acid producing bacteria would improve digestion and prolong one's life. We are only now coming to understand the full scope of what he hinted at the time.
The late 1800's and early 1900's are a particularly interesting time period to me. This was also the time period in which Dr. Weston A. Price, Antoine Bechamp, Louis Pasteur, Francis Pottenger, Linus Pauling, Gunther Enderlein, Royal Raymond Rife, and many other fascinating theorists produced some of the most interesting pieces of work. Most people don't realize that going to a homeopath, naturopath, eclectic practitioner, or herbalist was as common as seeing a medical doctor such as the kind we see today. A lot changed though in just a few decades so that natural health was almost wiped completely out. This wasn't due to its obsolescense so much as a concerted effort of those in power to promote certain medical theories and discredit others.
The greatest difference between the medical paradigm and that of naturopathy is the Germ Theory as proposed by Louis Pasteur. The Germ Theory is the belief that all disease is produced by an invading microbe from the external environment. The opposing theory at the time as proposed by Claude Bernard and Antoine Bechamp was that disease was produced when the terrain or health of the individual declined to such a degree that it supported the growth of pathogens. They believed that improving the health of the individual through diet and lifestyle would limit the ability of pathogens to cause disease.
Even more interesting to me is that Bechamp believed that disease producing microbes did not come solely from the external environment but that they co-existed within the human body in a normally benign or even beneficial role until the health of the individual declined to such a degree that the microbe morphed into a pathogenic form such as a bacteria, fungus or virus and began to break down cells. He called these pleomorphic organisms microzymas.
What if Bechamp was right? Would it makes sense that living inside our blood and even in our very cells we have microorganisms that co-exist with us and will participate in the degeneration of our bodies if our bodies no longer provide them with the oxygen and nutrients they require to survive? My experience with dark-field microscopy seems to support this idea.
I've also been reading a lot about probiotics and how they communicate with our immune system to coordinate immune response against disease and invading pathogens. In the book Probiotics: Protection Against Infection by Casey Adams it states:
"...microorganisms and cells produced weak levels of radiation that could be measured using sensitive equipment. The radiation was in the ultraviolet and visible spectrums - which classified the radiation as being light.... Furthermore, these types of radiation were observed during significant biological events - metabolic events that required coordinated efforts of many cells or colonies of microorganisms."
Does this communication through light waves between cells and the microorganisms explain how energy based therapies such as Reiki, Homeopathy, and Color and Sound Therapy work? Is this the Vital Force of the body? Are we in essence communicating with the microzyma and encouraging their return from a pathogenic state back to a supportive role?
Does this also explain why our emotions and thoughts affect the physical body? By thinking that we are going to die do we send a message to the microzyma to begin the process of degeneration? This idea goes along well with the German New Medicine idea from Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer of how a traumatic emotional event might be the trigger for certain forms of cancer.
These are fascinating concepts that I hope to continue to explore in future posts. If you are familiar with any of the individuals and the theories I have mentioned above I'd be interested to hear your thoughts as well.
To Your Health!
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.