Pasteur And The Germ Theory  
                                     By: Anuradha Vashisht   

Are viruses and bacteria really as much the culprits in unleashing horrible
diseases on mankind as they are made out to be?  Is there no escape from
their scourge?  

Far from causing disease, viruses are only the scavenging agents of nature.  
In erroneously believing them to be the culprits, humanity is needlessly
suffering from diseases that can be easily defeated by following the natural
laws of hygiene.  

After all, virologists, microbiologists and bacteriologists the world over, as
well as the WHO, have admitted failure and defeat in finding a cure or an
effective prevention against seemingly deadly diseases like pneumonia,
tuberculosis, leprosy, diarrhea, malaria, measles and, more recently,

Moreover, for over two decades, no radical solution to AIDS has been found.  
An answer to the common cold too remains as elusive.  There are many other
diseases, which play havoc with human life and health, all of which the
medical science cannot look squarely in the face.  

Has Mother Nature abjured and abandoned her children and left them at the
mercy of viruses and infections?  

Well, she has not.  A definite prevention and cure for all so-called deadly
diseases exists.  But humanity has been so deafened and blinded by the
false information and propaganda down the ages that even when Mother
Nature gives clear indications of how to restore our health and protect us
from pestilence we pay no heed, and continue to suffer.  

Thus to reach the verdure and healthy pastures beyond, it is necessary to
cross over all the filth and the muck, which has accumulated on the way for
more than two hundred years.  

                                              Lift the Veil of Ignorance
It is not necessarily true that even if the whole world is going in one direction
it is the right direction.  The veil of ignorance can impair the vision of one and
all alike.  

This article tries to lift that veil and let a bit of the light of awareness filter in.  
The purpose is to lift the dread, the fear of so-called infectious diseases from
the minds of the people and restore faith in the self-healing system and
abjure dependence on drugs.  

There have been scientists and individuals earlier, and still exist today, who
have scientifically validated their research findings and concluded that facts
are absolutely different from what the world at large believes.  

And they have helped people to recover their health and save lives from
tumors, cancer and AIDS, and without dependence on drugs or any kind of
conventional medical system prevalent today.  

                Defeat of Medical Science
The WHO Infectious Diseases Report 1999 throws some light on what
modern medical science has achieved even in the last 100 years of its

“An infectious disease crisis of global proportions is today threatening hard-
won gains in health and life expectancy. Infectious diseases are now the
world’s biggest killer of children and young adults.  They account for more
than 13 million deaths a year.”  

The report is merciless in its inadequacy to lend any hope or succor to the
world against infectious diseases:

“Increased drug resistance and the unforeseen emergence of new microbes
could close the current window of opportunity for controlling infectious
diseases.  As the battle to control known infectious diseases continues, other
new threats have emerged.”  

"Old scourges such as tuberculosis and diphtheria have occurred in explosive
epidemics in Europe and other industrialized countries.  (Including a 1996
outbreak of polio in Albania, Greece and Yugoslavia.)  This is happening at a
time when the arsenal of drugs available to treat infectious diseases is being
progressively depleted due to increasing resistance of microbes to anti-
microbial drugs.”  

“Diseases once thought to be retreating have made a deadly comeback. Even
worse, new killer diseases have emerged—many of them neither preventable
nor treatable. The situation is getting worse. Over the past two decades over
30 emerging diseases have been identified in humans for the first time. During
the past 10 years, outbreaks of old foes such as plague, diphtheria, yellow
fever, dengue, meningitis, influenza and cholera have claimed many lives.”  

There is a degree of helplessness as the WHO Report affirms:

“All too often, the key determinants of health—as well as the solutions—lie
outside the direct control of the health sector.  They are rooted in areas such
as sanitation and water supply, environmental and climate change, education,
agriculture, trade, tourism, transport, industrial development and housing.  
Unless these issues are addressed, it can be difficult to prevent or even
control some infectious diseases.”

If this were true, authorities, scientists and economists can go on and on in
circles, but will fail to provide solutions or protection, since they would
always be chasing the viruses—in sewages and water pipes, on seas and in
air, in schools and in market places, at homes and in factories, in waste bins
and in junk yards.  

But if they look a little closely, and with an open mind, they would notice that
viruses are nothing less than Nature’s own scavengers.  So important is their
role in the whole creation, that if they did not exist, the planet Earth would
resemble nothing more than a gargantuan, grotesque, stinking garbage
                   Nature’s Scavengers
Germs or viruses are nature’s tools to cleanse and clean up.  They do not
cause disease; they only come to feed on the disease-causing toxins or filth
that has been accumulated either inside or outside the organism.  They are
no more the cause of disease as flies are the cause of garbage.  Just as the
garbage attracts flies, disease attracts viruses.  Wherever there is disease,
viruses will come to feed on it, since they are nothing but the cleansing
agents of nature!  

This fact was firmly established by Professor Pierre Jacques Antoine
Bechamp, one of France’s greatest scientists, in the later half of the 19th
century.  A contemporary of Louis Pasteur, he taught in universities and
medical schools, and published widely on cell biology, disease, botany and
related subjects.  

Bechamp was the first to prove that the moulds accompanying fermentation
were, or contained, living organisms, and could not be spontaneously
generated but must be an outgrowth of some living organism carried in the
air.  This was in 1858, six years before Pasteur came to similar conclusion.  
Bechamp was also the first to determine their true nature and function, and
their origins.  

                  ‘Little Bodies’
Bechamp called his discovery ‘little bodies’ or microzymas.  He found them
everywhere, in all organic matter, in both healthy tissues and diseased,
where he also found them associated with various kinds of bacteria.  

Assisted by Prof. A. Estor, and after painstaking study, Bechamp decided
that the microzymas rather than the cell were the elementary units of life, and
were in fact the builders of cell tissues.  

He also concluded that bacteria are an outgrowth or an evolutionary form of
microzymas that occur when a quantity of diseased tissues must be broken
up into its constituent elements.  He also proved that on the death of an
organ its cells disappear, but the microzymas remain, imperishable.  

Through extensive experiments Bechamp established that bacteria can and
do develop from microzymas, and are in fact a scavenging form of the
microzymas, developed when death, decay, or disease cause an
extraordinary amount of cell life either to need repair or be broken up.  

R.B. Pearson, who has documented Bechamp’s life and work, says that he
himself thoroughly understands germs or bacteria with only one exception—
the bacteria found in man and animals do not cause disease.  They have the
same function as those found in the soil, or in sewage, or elsewhere in
nature; they are there to rebuild dead or diseased tissues, or rework body
wastes, and they will not or cannot attack healthy tissues.  They are as
important and necessary to human life as those found elsewhere in nature,
and are in reality just as harmless if we live correctly, as Bechamp so clearly

Pearson also, very tellingly, relates what Florence Nightingale, the best
known nurse in history, after life-long experience with infection, contagion
and epidemics, had to say about the germ theory, 17 years before Pasteur
put it forward:

“Diseases are not individuals arranged in classes, like cats and dogs, but
conditions growing out of one another.  Is it not living in a continual mistake
to look upon diseases as we do now, as separate entities, instead of looking
upon them as conditions, like a dirty and a clean condition and just as much
under our control; or rather as the reactions of kindly nature, against the
conditions in which we have placed ourselves?  

I have seen with my own eyes and smelled with my own nose smallpox
growing up in first specimens, either in closed rooms or in overcrowded
wards, where it could not by any possibility have been ‘caught’, but must
have begun.  I have seen diseases begin, grow up, and pass into one
another.  I have seen, for instance, with a little overcrowding, continued fever
grow up; and with a little more, typhoid fever; and with a little more, typhus,
and all in the same ward or hut.  

True nursing ignores infection, except to prevent it. Cleanliness and fresh air
from open windows, with unremitting attention to the patient, are the only
defense a true nurse either asks or needs.  

The specific disease doctrine is the grand refuge of weak, uncultured,
unstable minds, such as now rule in the medical profession.  There are no
specific diseases; there are specific disease conditions.”  

Can we still say that humanity is doomed?  It is, if it fails to understand the
actual cause of disease and continues to keep its faith solely in western
science of medicine, and doctors, who as medical students were
brainwashed of the true nature of disease.  

Yet, in one of the most unfortunate episodes of human history, a very vital
and important fact about the cause of disease (especially infectious) has
been distorted and wrongly explained to the masses.  And this falsehood has
continued over decades and is still persisting with a degree of obstinacy that
is difficult to obliterate.  

                    Cause of Disease
Once the focus shifts from viruses as the cause of disease, one automatically
thinks about how and from where infection or disease comes.  Disease does
not exist external to the human body nor does it come from outside to attack

When we fail to live by the laws of nature and aggressively violate the
principles of life force, unsanitary conditions develop within the system.  A
failure to maintain internal hygiene accumulates filth inside the body and
slowly depletes our natural immunity.  

Acharya Lakshmana Sarma, acclaimed as the father of nature cure in India,
says in his magnum opus, Practical Nature-Cure:

“Health alone is real as such, and not disease, which is only a symptom of a
fall in one’s health level.  Disease is not a foreign entity invading the body
from without but a vital process initiated by Nature herself.  Through the
disease process, life is making an effort to re-establish lost health.

Diseases are not many.  There is only one disease all through life from birth
to death.  But this one disease appears again and again out of an inward
abnormal condition, each time having a new form; and each time doctors give
it a new name.”  

Dr Henry Lindlahr, MD, in his fascinating book, Nature Cure: Philosophy &
Practice (1922) attributes disease and premature death of the physical body
to three primary causes:

• Lowered vitality due to overwork, night work, excesses, over stimulation,
poisonous drugs and ill-advised surgical operations.  

• Abnormal composition of blood and lymph due to improper selection and
combination of food, especially the lack of organic mineral salts and other
essential nutritional elements.  

• Accumulation of waste matter, morbid matter and poisons due to the first
two causes, as well as to faulty diet, overeating, the use of alcoholic and
narcotic stimulants, drugs, vaccines, accidental poisoning and to the
suppression of acute diseases (Nature’s cleansing and healing efforts) by
poisonous drugs and surgical operations.  

                        Follow Natural Laws
According to Dr Lindlahr, disease and everything else that we designate as
evil are the result of transgressions of natural laws in thinking, breathing,
eating, dressing, working, and resting, as well as in moral, sexual and social
conduct.  A view endorsed by Acharya Sarma, who independently reached a
similar conclusion.  

While Dr Lindlahr was based in the US, Acharya Sarma did his pioneering
studies in India in a small town of Padukkottai in Tamil Nadu.  For over 50
years, till his end in 1964, he helped thousands of people get rid of dreaded
disease conditions after they started living by basic laws of nature as
propounded by him.  

Dr Lindlahr further states:

“Germs cannot be the cause of disease, because disease germs are also
found in healthy bodies.  The fear instilled by the bacterial theory of disease is
frequently more destructive than the micro-organisms themselves.”  

Because of so much violence to human health over the years, there is much
poison flowing along with blood in the veins of the human body today.  
Hence mothers give birth to babies who are born bereft of natural immunity
or what Acharya Sarma calls Life Force.  Thus the body organs of these
hapless infants fail to work efficiently or eliminate the toxins in their delicate
systems.  No wonder they are born with noxious diseases like AIDS.  

AIDS is acquired through persistent violence to the system and not from any
virus, and it is the total breakdown of the natural immune system.  A sincere
attempt to build up the natural immunity would defeat AIDS, or any other
deadly disease for that matter.  This has been amply proved and successfully
achieved by determined and sincere individuals, including doctors, who lived
by natural laws and rid their own or their patients’ bodies of toxins.  

One of the many living examples today is Dr Lorraine Day, a physician from
the US, who once suffered from breast cancer:

“I refused mutilating surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the treatment
methods all physicians are taught, and got well by using God’s natural
remedies instead,”
she says.  

She insists that physicians are more afraid of cancer than patients are

“because doctors know that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are NOT the
answer to cancer”.  

Today she hosts a website and is helping many others to recover from
cancer without any dependence on drugs or any other medical treatments.  

Others in India and abroad have recovered from diseases like AIDS or
cancer, by following Nature’s laws alone.  Allopathy does not boast of a
single case of cancer or AIDS, which has fully recovered and is living a
healthy life thereafter.  

                      Food as Medicine
Delhi-based Acharya S. Swaminathan, who has helped thousands of people
in the last half a century to reach a level of health where they could defeat
deadly diseases, asserts:
“Food is the medicine of the healthy; medicine is
the food of the sick.”  

According to him, food alone is capable of creating defenses against
diseases—food which is fresh, natural, wholesome and hygienic.  He insists
that to maintain a high level of health at all times, and to be free from any kind
of disease, 80 per cent of our food should include fresh, seasonal and raw
vegetables, lightly cooked vegetables and fresh, seasonal fruit.  

In fact, so much is the importance laid on food and the manner in which we
take it, that he has helped people to recover from diabetes, hypertension,
blood pressure, TB, arthritis, etc, merely by effecting changes in their food

There are examples where people recommended heart surgeries by
specialists are now living normal lives and without any medication
whatsoever.  They are confident they will never require the surgeon’s
scalpel now.  

According to Swaminathan, disease is in reality a diminution in health level
and cure lies in restoring that level back to normalcy.  He says:

“Those who live by the eternal, immutable and inviolable laws of Nature
governing physical and mental health will remain free from disease.  Any
violation will result in lowering of the health level.  Everyone knows and
agrees that there is an innate capacity in the human organism to resist the
onset of this or that type of disease.

This power of immunity is there in its fullest extent possible in a person
enjoying high levels of health.  The immunity is steadily lost as man indulges
in unhygienic ways of living.  Hygienic implies both external and internal

Though Swaminathan uses the word immunity, he does not seem
comfortable with it.  He explains that the key lies in the digestive system.  
Fresh natural foods eaten with proper care alone can maintain and sustain
the internal sanitation.  

“All disease springs from faulty digestive processes, which weakens
important body organs over a period of time.  If the organs of assimilation
and the organs of elimination in an organism are not working to its optimum
efficiency, there will be an accumulation of residual waste matter inside
the body.  

Over the years this waste matter putrefies and clogs body tissue.  In reality
every type of disease implies that there is tissue uncleanliness inside the
organism.  It may be skin tissue, nerve tissue, muscle tissue or any other
tissue.  When it becomes unclean then alone a symptom-complex can
develop, and one or other organ can falter in its function.”  

He says that while wrong choice of food and wrong way of eating it causes
indigestion and accumulation of waste in the body tissue, intake of refined,
processed and packed foods builds toxins in the system.  These cannot be
eliminated from the system since the organs of elimination are already
overtaxed.  This becomes a fertile ground for any disease to breed.  

                      Nature’s Healing Power
Interestingly, once the waste is accumulated in the body to an extent that a
cancer-like condition erupts, nature’s healing power alone can help to rid the
system of poisonous substances.  No medical system in the world can
scrape clean the clogged tissues and body cells.  

“Nature ‘care’ and not nature ‘cure’ alone can help in such a situation,” says
the Acharya.  Thus help from the five vital elements-ether, air, fire, water,
earth-is taken to nourish the body back to health.  Here, ether, which implies
fasting, is the tool most effectively used in acute, chronic as well as
destructive diseases.  

Wincing at the thought of immunization to confer immunity on people, he

“It is common sense that those who live hygienically already have a natural
immunity, and those living un-hygienically cannot have immunity bestowed
on them.  If so many in the modern world become victims of infectious
diseases it is not the ‘ability’ of the infecting agents but the internal
susceptibility of the victims.  Diseased mothers bear children with weak
constitutions and the vicious cycle goes on.”  

Lately, sufficient research and incriminating scientific evidence has emerged
to prove that vaccines are deadly and health destroying.  They are
increasingly being considered to have played a vital role in later upsurge
of fatal diseases like cancer and AIDS.  

Continuous studies have linked vaccines to autism, cancer, heart failures
and other killer diseases.  Far from providing immunity to any living
organism, they are alleged to drastically weaken and ultimately destroy
natural immunity.  

Ironically, a cross-section of doctors, microbiologists, homoeopaths or even
ayurveda practitioners and so-called holistic healers firmly believe that
disease is caused by external factors and we need protection through
vaccines.  And while all of them agree that natural immunity does protect
from disease they fail to commit how one can enhance this immunity.  

Says, Dr Namita Jaggi, a microbiologist:

“Diet has a small role to play in immunity.  You either have natural immunity,
or have to acquire immunity.  And vaccines is the only way you can get it.”  

However, she asserts that she does not have full confidence in drugs and
agrees that medical science has failed to provide definite answers to
diseases today.  

Dr Ravinder Tuli and wife Dr Poonum Tuli gave up their conventional medical
practice almost 15 years ago to embrace acupuncture and other natural
healing systems.  Both insist that Allopathy does not have answers to all the

Dr Vivek Bagga, pediatrician, too is wary of prescribing drugs.  He is open to
ideas, and, given a choice, would explore other options to prescribing
harmful medications for little children.  

However, medical fraternity across the board continues to believe that
disease is something external to the human body, caused by viruses, which
need to be killed by toxic drugs.  

According to Dr B.S. Johri, homoeopath, the understanding of disease in
homoeopathy is almost the same as in Allopathy, but the methodology of
treatment and cure differs.  

                     Life Force at Work
Swaminathan elaborates that the universal and basic cause of all disease is
the toxemia in the organism brought about by defective elimination resulting
from enervating living habits.  

When the toxemia within is at a comparatively low level, and the life force
within is fairly abundant, the organism develops acute diseases like diarrhea,
dysentery, common cold, cough, boils and minor types of fever.  

The life power within, which is responsible for all actions in the body,
eliminates toxins vigorously or acutely, hence the acute disease, which
normally lasts 2-3 days.  Once the offending matter is eliminated health level
goes up.  

He explains that measles, an acute disease, is merely an eruptive fever.  Life
power is helping the individual to clear foul matter and there is nothing to
fear.  If treated hygienically, applying the principles of natural hygiene without
medication, measles clears fast.  It cannot kill, nor can dysentery or diarrhea
in their original form.  

In his book, Toxemia Explained, Dr John H. Tilden M.D. emphasizes:

“Measles is the manner in which a child’s body throws off toxemia.  When
children are cared for improperly, they become toxemic, and their skin
eliminates toxin to a greater degree than does the skin of grown people.  

Frequent feeding will often kill nursing children of a year or two of age.  
Mothers will nurse them until the rotting process set up in the intestine brings
on a state of congestion of the lungs that ends fatally.  These cases are given
food when they really want nothing but water.”  

Elaborates Swaminathan:

“It is only when these minor acute diseases like measles, diarrhea or
dysentery in their simplest forms are treated with medication, and in addition
the individual commits the twin mistake of wrong choice of food and wrong
mode of eating, that they take the form of dreaded diseases like cholera,
                                         Hygiene is the Key  
“Fevers like pneumonia, malaria and typhoid are preventable through natural
 Swaminathan says. “It is only when an individual keeps on
subjecting himself to unhygienic habits that he can develop asthma,
bronchitis, sinusitis, angina, etc.  When any of these diseases is suppressed
through medication, health level goes further down and the possibility of
developing TB, AIDS, tumors, cancer, SARS, etc, becomes pronounced.   

Fresh natural foods eaten with proper care alone are the answer.  They alone
can sustain that internal sanitation”
maintains Swaminathan.  “All kinds of
refined, processed, pasteurized, packed, tinned or bottled foods are highly
unhygienic and toxic for the system.  They are difficult to digest, which directly
affects the proper functioning of body organs, resulting in a low level of

He shows the ray of hope as he reminds that natural hygienists the world
over have radically cured many chronic and destructive diseases through
correcting habits of the patients without resorting to medication.  

“But first, and foremost, it is important to remove fear of disease, because fear
will enervate.  Nerves and glands function better if there is no fear.  There is
absolutely no cause to fear from any disease, since all disease can be treated,
provided the patient agrees to return to natural hygiene.”  

Thus we see that a very simple and common sense solution to all the world’s
diseases, especially infectious, exists.  All one needs to do is to listen intently
and sensitively to what the body says, and help Nature’s healing power to
recuperate us and not interfere with its work by further injecting poisons into
our bodies when it is relieving us of the accumulated toxins.  

By: Anuradha Vashisht  

Pasteur And The Germ Theory