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「Germ Theory」and「 Terrain Theory」

Updated: May 5

If you understand the mechanism of infection, you shouldn't have to be overly afraid or anxious about viruses and bacteria. Understand the mechanism and take proper countermeasures!

Keywords: virus, cold, influenza, anxiety, irritability, fear, viral infection, bacterial infection


This blog is excerpted from the newsletter sent on August 2, 2021.

London's lockdown further progressed on July 19th, and many people began to come and go around the city. Covent Garden is now livelier with the return of performers and many tourists.

 Even on the subways, advertisements that read "Fine for not wearing a mask'' have been removed, and legally it is now possible to not be fined even if you do not wear a mask. However, many people are still wearing masks...

"Germ Theory'' and "Terrain Theory'' were often talked about during this virus outbreak. When I learned homeopathy, there was a lecture at school.

#1 - Background about these theories

In Collins English Dictionary, "Germ" means "a very small organism that causes disease", "Terrain" is "an area of land or a type of land when you are considering its physical features."

Before I talk about this, I would like to go back a little bit to the history of microbial discovery... Do you remember studying "Pasteur's Law" during science class? Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and bacteriologist who was famous for discovering that infectious diseases are caused by bacteria.

Discovered lactic acid bacteria, butyric acid bacteria, etc. "Revealed that fermentation and putrefaction are caused by microorganisms, denying the "spontaneous theory'' that had been believed up until then.'' His theory is commonly referred to as the "Germ Theory".

Later, his research led to the discovery of various bacteria and viruses and the creation of vaccines. Germ Theory states that "microorganisms cause disease, and the solution is to kill them, avoid contamination, and protect them from them.'' On the other hand, in the same era, there was another chemist and bacteriologist from France named Antoine Bechamp. He suggested the "Terrain Theory".

He proposed the idea that "soil toxicity causes disease.'' and "Bacteria change depending on the environment and host".

"Terrain Theory'' states that "By changing the host (the soil, our bodies, and the environment), which includes improving our lifestyle habits, especially our diet, the environment we live in, and balance our bodies and emotions, and change the state of those environments. Therefore, the infection is affected.'' However, it is said that Pasteur plagiarised Béchamp's theory to justify his theory, even though the theory at that time required some correction in modern times. It is said that, before his death, Pasteur later admitted that his theory was wrong and that Béchamp's theory was correct.

Even after that, the scientists around him, and the scientists who followed him, told him that it was dangerous to convert science into business.

It seems that Pasteur was very good at "business'' and "going about the world.'' at that time.

#2 - Remember your childhood

With the above in mind, think back to your childhood and take a look. In Japan, when I was in elementary school, even though classes were closed every winter due to influenza, there were some kids who got the flu and others who didn't, right?

This is largely due to the difference in host (host: our body's environment). Children with strong immune systems may not have contracted the virus even if others around them had the flu because their bodies could fight off the virus.

#3 - First Year Baptism

Also, when I worked at a hospital, we called it "first-year baptism.''

New graduates who have recently started working or individuals who have returned to work after a hospital environment often experience colds or illnesses during the winter months and end up taking days off during their first year on the job.

Patients with various infectious diseases come to hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics every day. When exposed to bacteria or viruses, the body's immune system fights to protect itself. People who have been working for a long time and are used to it know how to fight their bodies, so their immune systems are trained, but new graduates cannot do that.

However, from the second year onwards, workers no longer catch colds as often. The reason why medical workers are physically fit and strong is probably because their immune systems are trained every day.

#4 - Living with microorganism

We also live in symbiosis with bacteria. There are "intestinal bacteria" in the intestines, and you often hear the terms "good bacteria" and "bad bacteria."

It is said that in a healthy person, the intestines contain a balance of 70% good bacteria and 30% bad bacteria. When this balance is disrupted due to changes in lifestyle or stress, and the proportion of "bad bacteria" increases, it is said that various symptoms such as diarrhoea and candida can occur.

Bacteria also exist on the skin. Our skin remains healthy because these balances are maintained.

Fermented foods, which are currently attracting attention, have been around for a long time, and we are reaping the benefits of nature. If you think about it this way, you already realise that "elimination is not everything." In this crisis, are we focusing too much on washing hands, wearing masks, disinfecting, sterilising, and isolating? Also, when people feel fear, their immune system declines.

Please refer to the blog "Relationships between Emotions and Vibrations''.

Yes, even if we focus on getting rid of germs, if the host (our body) is not healthy and strong, the chances of infection increase. While it is important to maintain a certain level of hygiene, it is also important to review your lifestyle in order to manage your health. Keep your surroundings clean, sleep well, eat natural foods that are good for your body and do not contain additives, exercise appropriately, avoid stress, do things you are happy and passionate about, and live each day. By trying to have fun, our physical environment will change. Whatever you do, keep in mind "moderation and balance."

In conculusion...

From my standpoint, I am often asked, "What do you think about vaccination?'' Many people are wondering whether to do it or not.

As a homeopath, I respect your choice. My job is to respect the person's choices and support them in achieving the health they desire. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, preached that homeopaths should be "non-prejudiced observers''. I'm sure those who are involved in awareness-raising activities and those who are called activists have a lot of information. I focus on supporting the health you desire.

In the homeopathy world, a series of webinars have been held over the past year, and the information is being updated daily, with remedies that were previously minor gaining attention for their effects and new remedies emerging. I also do my best to feed back that information to my clients as much as possible.

If you would like to have a consultation, please make a reservation using the button below.

If you feel anxious, please refer to the content of my previous blog, ``Homeopathy for Anxiety and Worry.''

Love and gratitude


Reference :

  • Trevor Gunn (2009) Comparing Natural Immunity With Vaccination (3rd Ed.) The Informed Parent Publications. pp9-12

  • Robert O Young (2016) Who Had Their Finger on the Magic of Life - Antone Bechamp or Louis Pasteur? International Journal of Vaccines and Vaccination 2016, 2(5):00047

  • Alan J Salerian Was Pasteur Wrong? Human Cells May Generate Bacteria. BioMed J Sci & Tech Res 4(5) 2018.BJSTR. MSJD.001127. DOI:10.267 17/BJSTR.2018.04.001127

  • Ethel D. Hume (1932) Bechamp or Pasteur? : A Lost Chapter in the History of Biology (2nd Ed.)

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