Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) has been credited as the father of the germ theory. Prior to this, infectious disease was considered the result of bad air or an unknown malady. Louis postulated the existence of microbes as the underlying cause of disease. A contemporary and rival of Louis at the time had a different theory.
His name was Antoine Bechamp (1816–1908). Antoine proposed that it wasn’t the microbes that were the cause of disease, but the soil that the microbes grew in. In other words, our bodies. All of our current medical practices are based on Louis‘s germ theory. But what if… that was incorrect or a very limited way of looking at it? What if all these years later we got it wrong?
The truth is your own body contains more microorganisms than your own biological cells:
There are 30,000-40,000 known species of bacteria, 5 million species of Fungi, and 10³¹ Viruses that exist in the air, soil, and ocean respectively. (That’s 10 with 31 zeros after it!)
Kinda makes you wonder who you really are, right?
One of these particular microbes that is currently at epidemic proportions is called Lyme’s disease. Lyme’s disease is not just one microbe but many. These coinfection’s (Bartonella, Borrelia, Babesia, etc.) often cause as much havoc as the Lyme’s disease itself. Current estimates for Lyme’s prevalence in the United States, are about 300,000 cases per year. The CDC believes this to be vastly under reported as very often there are no signs that you’ve been infected with Lyme’s and the telltale bull’s-eye rash only shows up in about 50% of the people.
As our climate continues to warm and the ticks spread further and further north, people are becoming sicker and sicker. Lyme’s disease is very difficult to diagnose and treat. There are things you can do to avoid being bitten by a tick, but going back to the germ theory paradigm shift: wouldn’t it be a better long-term strategy to increase the vitality and balance of your body- mind allowing your immune system to function optimally, thereby taking care of any infections before they actually start?
As we explore the underlying causes of disease, I think it is crucial to have an understanding of the assault our bodymind is currently undergoing. The environmental toxins, EMF’s, lack of proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, chronic stress, and so on create the perfect “soil”, for pathogenic microbes to flourish. One viewpoint is that the microbes are there to help us pay attention to what is "not right" in our bodies through the process of pain and disease. If we choose to continue to not listen to these messages the process escalates (gets louder!). Our immune systems are overwhelmed, and in some cases completely hijacked.
Perhaps what is most important is the overall health, balance and vitality of your body, mind and spirit, allowing your immune system to function optimally? Scientists like Dr. Zach Bush and others have begun to explore the possibility that maybe we are meant to live in harmony and balance with the microbial world and not be at war with them.
To me, it makes sense to optimize your immune system through the harmony and balance of your body mind (nervous system). Your nervous system is primary in this equation along with, nutrition, exercise, sleep, diet, etc. All these things play a factor in your overall health and wellness and your ability to adapt. Remember, care for your nervous system = Network Care!
Let’s step away from living in fear of microbes and move towards taking our power back!
Optimizing not only our health, but our very purpose here on this planet.