Understanding Disease, Part 2
We now have some basics from which to draw conclusions. Statements are made followed by comments. “Germs” (bacteria, fungi, viruses) cause diseases. This was Pasteur’s early idea, which is still predominant by the public as well as by many physicians. The vulnerable plaque idea is current and it largely supports the idea that bacteria cause or contribute this. The vaccination idea supports the “germ” theory. The “terrain” is all-important and “germs” are secondary. Supported by Bechamp and others. Dark Field and Phase Contrast microscopy show convincing evidence that indeed certain blood structures (microzymas) can change into different organisms which seem to suggest that they are bacteria, fungi, viruses, or molds, all depending upon the conditions of the terrain. This is not to exclude that these can come from the outside as well.
A body too acid causes degeneration and disease. Making the body more alkaline is the key to health. Too much alkalinity is conducive to many bacteria, which prefer an alkaline environment. As with point 3, we need balance. However, our stomachs are supposed to be acid (which decreases with age). Apple cider vinegar is a time-honored nutrient with well-established support in the literature. Autoimmune problems are real, and more so in present-day times. Dr. Royal Lee seems correct in his early findings of the mechanism and treatment for what we now call autoimmune diseases. Sometimes, it seems people get their book or paper published by taking a far left or a far right stand. Controversy brings attention. Some are so hung up on one idea, such as the idea of keeping the body more alkaline and totally being against the “germ” theory, that they drive every thing else into that wall also.
It is not a matter of compromising to make all sides happy; it is a matter of looking at a more total picture which then may seem to moderate the various positions. Lets try this: Bechamp is correct; Pasteur was wrong. The literature simply proves this beyond doubt. This same idea holds for the soil. So we have at least two systems proving the same point. Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites are indeed secondary (long supported by naturopathic physicians, the oldest medical professional in the world). This does not exclude the possibility that these organisms can come from the outside. One case is the flu in 1918, the most devastating illness of the 20th century, far surpassing any war in modern history. The war effort of World War I simply took too much away from the people so their diets and immune systems were weakened (the introduction of processed foods began on a large scale then). It killed in nine months more than the war killed in four years.
Whether originating from the inside (the microzymas) or from the outside, the end purpose is the same: to clean up the mess (the degenerated body tissues). Nature inexorable moves along. Toxic wastes are usually acid, which leads to a body too acid. Thus, alkaline foods (raw vegetables mostly) are in order. However, our stomachs need to be acid, which helps not only to digest foods (especially proteins), but also to kill pathogenic organisms that may have come in (we don’t live in a perfect world). It seems probable, that the microzymas are usually first in coming to clean up the mess of tissue degeneration (from whatever source, including stress induced by emotions). However, in this day and age with the onslaught of xenobiotics, drugs, and even long-term use of semi-synthetic so-called natural food supplements, we see the body tissues getting attacked by antibodies from itself.
These auto-antibodies are trying to help clean up the mess, but in a different way than did the bacteria, etc. these might be more tertiary (the “germs” being secondary). We probably did not see much of the autoimmune problems prior to 1940. After that time, we had antibiotics, vaccines, environmental pollution, and soil depletion such as we have never had before. The microzymas, doing their own thing of trying to clean up the mess, simply became less effective because of the added burden (after 1940) so the next mechanism in order was the anti bodies directed towards the body from which they came. The allergic response seems more primitive, more a signal for us to avoid the pollen, food, or whatever. It too often involves a toxic body.
Perhaps it was put in place in case we got too smart in killing all the microzymas (the secondary response) so that they would not be able to do their thing (in a positive manner). The pathogen-free pig experiments, which included C-sections deliveries, of a few decades ago in agricultural colleges were a total flop. We need bacteria and other microorganisms as a check and balance system in nature. By far the majority of these micro-organisms are beneficial. The popular idea that we need antioxidants because of the bad free radicals seems to need re-thinking. Most free radicals have a negative charge. Most cells have a negative charge and like charges repel. So if the radicals are claimed to be so damaging to cells, what is their mechanism when the charges suggest they can’t get to each other?
Disseminated intravascular Coagulation is a reaction to a stressor which involves clotting and inflammatory responses. The stressor can be bacteria, yeast, molds, electrostatic attraction, even emotional reactions. It seems to be a mechanism for tissue shut-down (a “survival of the fittest mechanism”?) DIC probably plays a major role in many chronic degenerative diseases and its acute phase could be fatal. The Definition-Disease is a result of the body’s innate reaction to preserve itself manifested as symptoms when its nutritive and immune powers have been diminished, which elicits a secondary cascade of microorganisms, from within (microzymas) or from without, or, failing that, a tertiary cascade of auto-antibodies. Allergic responses stand as an alternative guardian and signal. Nature inexorably moves forward.
1- Young, R.O., with S.R. Young. Sick and Tired? Reclaim your Terrain.Woodland Publishing, POBox 160, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062. 1999. ISBN 1-58054-030-9.
2- Logan, C.E. Medicine at the Crossroads: A Global View from Agriculture to Complementary Medicine. Cordell E. Logan, 1994 W. Carriage Ave. Riverton, UT 84065. 1993. ISBN 0-9636519-0-0.
3- Gordon, G.F. Heart Disease: America’s No. 1 Killer Surgery for the Treatment of Heart Disease is Coming to an End!Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients. Nov. 1999. #1 96- pp70-74.
4- Dr. Logan graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and had been licensed in Utah since 1981. His practice is general with emphasis on chronic degenerative conditions. He does chelation and oxygen therapies, as well as the modalities of nutrition, homeopathy, vitamin/mineral and hormone injections.