Germ Theory of Disease
By: Gabriel Donohoe
Modern medicine is firmly founded on the
"Germ Theory of Disease" promulgated by
Louis Pasteur in the 1860's.
Pasteur's 140-year-old theory is still the
medical paradigm upon which Western
medicine fights disease as we enter the 21st
But with a huge increase today in infectious diseases and the rapidly rising
epidemic of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses; we
have to wonder if Pasteur's theory is really that sound.
Consider this alarming statistic from a report commissioned by the Nutrition
Institute of America in October, 2003: 2.2 million hospital patients suffer
Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) to prescribed medicine each year leading to
the deaths of 106,000 people.
In other words, over 2,000 Americans die each week from properly prescribed
medicine in properly prescribed doses.
This is a serious indictment of pharmaceutical medicine, which is inextricably
based on Pasteur's germ theory.
According to Pasteur:
Germs, or microbes, cause disease.
Germs invade the body from the outside, i.e., air, water, or food.
Human blood is sterile and can only be infected by outside microbes.
Germs are monomorphic, i.e., they have only one form and can be identified
Specific diseases are caused by specific germs.
Germs should be killed by pharmaceutical drugs.
In the 1870s Pasteur's germ theory was developed further by William Koch, a
contemporary and rival of Pasteur, whose proof of the germ theory are still
known today as "Koch's Postulates".
Basically, Koch's contribution to the germ theory was to prove that a specific
type of germ caused a specific disease, that the germ would be found in all
people suffering from that particular disease but not healthy people, and that
every person exposed to these germs would fall ill with disease.
However, Koch had to abandon part of his first postulate when he discovered
that healthy people could carry the germs of certain diseases and yet show no
He also had to revise his third postulate when it was shown that some people
could be exposed to virulent germs yet not catch the disease.
The "proofs" of the new Germ Theory were already showing flaws.
Still, despite being highly controversial in the late 1800s, the Germ Theory was
quickly adopted by the medical powers of the day.
This new theory about germs invading from outside the body empowered the
medical and pharmaceutical industry as guardians of human and animal
People became dependent on the fledgling medical/drug industry for
information and protection from disease. Thus, Modern Medicine was born.
A number of eminent scientists opposed Pasteur and The Germ Theory, most
notably the highly respected Professor Antoine Béchamp.
Béchamp was a reserved, modest man and a much more distinguished
scientist than the self-promoting chemist, Louis Pasteur. (It is believed today
that Pasteur stole much of Bechamp’s work and passed it off as his own.
Béchamp and other scientists believed in the theory of pleomorphism, that a
microbe could evolve through many forms from virus to bacterium to yeast to
fungus to mold and could even de-evolve back to a pre-virus again.
Béchamp could see this evolution and de-evolution clearly in his microscope.
Big Medicine rejected pleomorphism back then just as it will not even look at
pleomorphic phenomena filmed and documented by scientists today, such as
Dr. Robert O. Young in San Diego, California.
Another of Bechamp’s contemporaries, Claude Bernard, expounded on the
pleomorphic theory and said that the inner terrain or "milieu interieur" was the
cause of disease, and not microbes.
It was discovered that acidic blood and tissue provide a terrain that is ideal for
disease to develop. When the terrain becomes acidic, microbes evolve into
pathogenic forms and carry out the work nature designed them to do – as
cleaners and undertakers, scavenging inflamed or infected tissue.
The acidity or acid/alkaline balance of the blood is measured by pH, the
potential of Hydrogen, and is a very important marker for good health.
The blood will do all it can to keep its pH at 7.365, or slightly alkaline. It will
even strip alkaline reserves like calcium from the bones to buffer a rise in
acidity. (This can lead to a condition labeled by modern medicine as
When the pH drops, even by .1 the increase in acidity is interpreted by the
microbes, already present in the body in their billions, as a sign of a dead or
This prompts them to morph from benign bacteria into virulent yeast and mold
so that they can reduce the body to the dust from whence it came.
Béchamp and others in the scientific community opposed the germ theory
and advocated the theory of pleomorphism, saying:
Acidic terrain, not germs, cause disease.
Germs are already in the body by the billions and don't necessarily have to
come from without (although that can sometimes happen).
Blood is not sterile but can contain many microbial forms.
Germs are pleomorphic, i.e., they can change through many forms (Dr Gaston
Naessens identified a microbe undergoing 16 different stages of evolution).
Virtually all diseases are caused by acidic terrain.
Diseases can be prevented or reversed by increasing the alkalinity of the
What led Professor Béchamp to formulate his pleomorphic theory was the
discovery of great numbers of small grainy objects in live blood samples,
which he observed through his microscope.
Many of his contemporaries dismissed these tiny life forms as laboratory
contamination, which were of no importance. But they intrigued Béchamp.
He named them "microzymas" or "little bodies".
He found microzymas present in every cell in the bloodstream, in animals, in
plants, and even in rocks. He found them present in the remains of dead
animals many years after the animal's body had withered away to dust.
He observed that in a healthy organism, microzymas work at repairing and
nourishing all cells; but when the terrain becomes acidic, the microzymas
morph into viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus, and mold and prepare to break the
Bechamp’s work was ignored, ridiculed, suppressed, and soon forgotten.
Down through the years, some scientists discovered pleomorphic
phenomena for themselves - Enderlein, Rife, Reich, Livingston-Wheeler,
Naessens, and more recently, in the U.S., Dr. Robert O. Young (San Diego) and
Dr. David Jubb (New York).
Most had no recourse to the works of earlier scientists and thought that their
discoveries were unique to them. Like Béchamp before them, they too found
their discoveries ignored or suppressed.
All of them were fascinated with the "little bodies" that Béchamp had called
"microzymas". Enderlein called them "protits", Livingston-Wheeler called
them "Progenitor cryptocides", and Naessens called them "somatids".
But all found that they couldn't destroy these "little bodies" even when
subjecting them to excessive carbonizing temperatures or high dosage
Dr. David Jubb calls them "Colloids of Life" and says that they are
indestructible. They resist:
"Enormous heat, radiation, and chemicals and can reside in petrochemical
solution, in hot rock deep within the Earth, in meteorites and in radioactive
water inside nuclear power stations. Upon the loss of life of its host, colloid of
life return to the earth. A colloid of life is the unknown factor between the
animate and the inanimate." (Jubbs Cell Rejuvenation.)
That last sentence has quite a resonance. Dr. Jubb is saying that colloids of
life, or microzymas, are the smallest observable life forms between spirit and
We still have a lot to learn about life, medicine, and healing but we need to
approach these things with an open, inquisitive mind.
How long will it take modern medicine to accept that germs don't cause
disease but only appear as a result of disease?
Who will fund research into the pleomorphic work begun by Béchamp,
Enderlein, Rife and others? Who is brave enough to confront Big Pharma's
doctrinaire, Pasteurian approach to drug based medicine?
When a group of people are exposed to a virus or food toxin, modern
medicine examines only those who get sick.
What they should do is examine those who didn't get sick. One would no
doubt find that the sick people had acidic blood and tissue while those who
didn't succumb to the virus/toxin were alkaline. Therein lies the key to health.
Disease cannot take hold in an alkaline body. An alkalizing diet and way of
living can prevent and reverse disease. But don't expect this to be endorsed
by orthodox medicine – there's no profit in it.
Germ Theory of Disease
By: Gabriel Donohoe
About the Author:
Gabriel Donohoe is a writer, researcher and natural health therapist living in
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