Old ideas die-hard. Great thinkers have, from time to time, come up with "the" unified theory of disease. Here is developed a "partially unified" theory of disease because there is no reason to think at this time that we have all the answers. A hundred years from now, or less, our ideas about medicine will probably be relics for cobwebs. Most people still think Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was right in saying that germs cause disease. However, even he admitted on his deathbed that he was wrong and that Claude Bernard was right. Bernard (1813-1878) said the body's tissue, that is, the "terrain," is all-important. If the body is healthy, diseases will not occur under normal circumstances. A contemporary of Pasteur was Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908).
Bechamp did extensive research and published several papers on his work; however, Pasteur got much of the credit. Bechamp, as did Bernard, recognized the importance of healthy cells in preventing the invasion of pathogenic microorganisms. With his microscope, he could see organisms in a drop of blood, which he called microzymas, change form depending upon the state of the tissue (the body). From this, the word pleormorphism was coined. This infers that microorganisms can indeed change form. His findings have been repeated by many other independent researchers (Gunther Enderlein, 1872-1968; Royal Rife, 1888-1971; Virginia Livingston Wheeler, 1906-1990; Gaston Naessens, 1924-; and others). Bacteria, viruses, and fungi are secondary manifestations of a weakened terrain.
There are researchers who claim that bacteria, or other micro-organisms, appear to be a major factor in many diseases. The public has been informed that stomach ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori. Inflammation is now believed to be a major contributor to heart disease. This, along with an associated infection, lead to what is called vulnerable plaque. Indeed, the plaque, which can be seen by standard tests, can be reversed by diet, proper nutrition supplements, exercise, and intravenous chelation. However, the vulnerable plaque can form quickly after some stressor, and lead to a blood clot which can result in a heart attack, stroke, or death quickly. This unstable plaque means we need to look more at the blood itself and not so at much the blood vessels.
Associated with this vulnerable plaque are bacteria or other microorganisms (parasites, viruses, yeast, mold). Thus, treatment, it is believed, must key in on treating the invading bacteria as well as on inflammatory processes. We still kick around what causes AIDS. There is no real hard evidence anywhere, which shows that HIV (the virus) causes AIDS. For an invader to be classified as causing a disease, the time-honored and proven Koch\'s Postulates and Farr's Law (not detailed here) has to be met. HIV has failed these tests. The same goes for the so-called "slow viruses" idea. The public got real scared about the Ebola virus. It was first announced that the Ebola virus, which killed 245 people in West Africa was over.
Are vaccines the answer? Or was this merely a stage we have gone through as we coped with normal disease cycles (and then they mostly missed the peak of the cycle)? Deaths of children under age 15 due to scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, and measles declined 90 percent from 1850 to 1940. Antibiotics and so-called compulsory vaccinations did not start until about 1940. A doctor at the Center for Disease Control admitted that almost every case of polio in the United States between 1980 and 1994 was caused by or related to the oral vaccine itself. Allergic reactions originate with some initial challenge, which the body is not geared to cope with. It is thought that molecules below a certain size (around 20,000) cannot elicit allergic reactions, and protein type substances are often implicated.
That some people seem to overcome their allergies by cleansing and correcting their diet seems to imply that allergies may be at least sometimes related to toxic overburdens. However, there is at least one more mechanism, which the body uses as a reaction to toxic challenges; that is covered in the next paragraph. As the final background before we pull together some kind of a unified theory of disease, we need to study closely the works of Dr. Royal Lee (1895-1967). Why has this humble man, a dentist by medical training, been obscured? Many patents in engineering and in the health field are from him. Dr. Lee studied what happens when unnatural forces stress body tissues, and how it reacts to this. He hound that certain cellular structures, which he called "natural killer antibodies" came about as a result of these stressors.
Indeed he noted that the body was attacking itself. He called this idea protomorphology. This was in the 1940's. Now we call this autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is not a result of an overburdened immune system but a reaction to bad cellular debris. Dr. Lee listed major contributing causes of the autoimmune process as starvation of the organ, poison, toxicity, xenobiotics (unnatural foreign substances), carcinogens, infection, dehydration, hormone imbalances, and drug actions. He noted that many common bacteria live best in slightly alkaline conditions so said a body, which is too alkaline, could also cause autoimmune problems. This is an interesting statement when others insist that acidity is the cause of disease.