The Terrain-Centered Paradigm, Part 2
Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN
The idea that “germs” cause disease was developed in the 1880s by French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur. It was a radical notion. Going against a large body of research, Pasteur’s theory insisted that microbes cause change but don’t change themselves. The idea had to deny any role of the terrain, or Milieu intérieur as French physiologist Claude Bernard called it. Translated, it means the “internal environment” – the extracellular fluid environment, which ensures stability of the tissues and organs that make up the whole organism. As Bernard explained,
The living body, though it has need of the surrounding environment, is nevertheless relatively independent of it. This independence which the organism has of its external environment, derives from the fact that in the living being, the tissues are in fact withdrawn from direct external influences and are protected by a veritable internal environment which is constituted, in particular, by the fluids circulating in the body.
Later 19th century researchers continued to challenge Pasteur. Hueppe, Kruse, Gruber and others held tightly to the concept of bacterial variability, as did medical doctor, doctor of chemistry and master of pharmacy Antoine Béchamp.
[He] maintained…essentially that bacteria change form and are not the cause of, but the result of, disease, arising from tissues rather than from a germ of constant form. This has also been called the cellular disease theory, in that scavenging bacteria are supposed to arise from what he called microzymas. “Micro” meaning small and “zymas” referring to a special class of immortal enzymes. [sic] He postulated these microzymas to be normally present in matter (including tissues) and that they had either a life or death giving quality depending on the cellular terrain.
This is the Doctrine of Pleomorphism (“pleo” = many, “morph” = form), which German bacteriologist and serologist Guenther Enderlein soon confirmed. His detailed microscopic analysis of live blood found limited microorganisms at different stages of development. He observed that in early development phases, these microbes live in harmony with the body’s own cells and perform functions that support good health. If the internal environment is disordered, however, they respond by evolving into advanced forms to ensure their survival. Eventually, they turn pathogenic, causing disease. Under certain conditions, a single microbe can appear in different forms and stages of development, ranging from ultramicroscopic particles to a fungus.
So which comes first, the pathogenic microbe or the disordered terrain?
The terrain. And if it’s left in disarray, no treatment can cure anything – just suppress or subdue symptoms for a while. But establishment medicine, oblivious to the terrain’s role, ignores this and simply labels the patient as “resistant to treatment.”
To be continued on Friday
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