In my closet sits a framed PhD in Hospital and Health Administration my dad earned from the University of Iowa. Back then hospital administration degrees were brand-new, and dad was part of an elite handful qualified to stand at the helm of massive healthcare organizations.
He was nothing if not a healthcare insider. Some of my earliest memories involve Care Flight helicopter rides (you know, because exec’s kids can), sitting in his huge corner office while his secretary brought me snacks, or going on tours of the hospital in which I got the very clear impression that dad ran everything.
Our library bookshelf holds another relic from those days . . . a book of original prose published after he died at the age of forty-five. My dad had access to the best doctors in the nation. I’m not just saying that. He had connections. They were THE best. It didn’t help.
My dad died at the hands of his own system.
Germ Theory and Modern Medicine
A little extreme? Maybe, maybe not. “Germ Theory,” as formulated by Louis Pasteur, dominates the modern understanding of medicine.
According to germ theory, all living beings exist in a hostile environment where disease is always apparent and consistently attempting to invade our bodies (in the form of harmful bacteria).
To protect ourselves from these aggressive bacteria we wait until symptoms appear and then treat them. To put simply, if we experience a temperature and excess mucus we will seek out a remedy to nullify these symptoms. Source.
One of Pasteur’s contemporaries and critics, Antoine Bechamp, claimed that germs were the consequence of disease and not the cause.
He [Bechamp] believed that a completely healthy body would be immune to harmful bacteria and that only when the body became a welcome host for this bacteria (i.e. when our cells become weak and our immune system becomes compromised) would the bacteria have a destructive effect on the body.
In essence, Pasteur taught that disease came from outside the body in the form of bacteria – whereas – Bechamp taught that disease came from inside the body.
Pasteur = to fight illness you have to treat the symptoms
Bechamp = to fight illness you have to create a healthy body in which disease cannot develop
Bechamp was right. At the end of his life even Pasteur acknowledged it. He recanted his Germ Theory, saying “It’s the terrain [the body], not the germ.” Rudolph Virchow, known as the Father of Modern Pathology, echoed this thinking when he said:
If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat—diseased tissue—rather than being the cause of the diseased tissue; e.g., mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant.
My dad died because his doctors believed they needed to kill his cancer instead of restore the diseased tissues of his body back to health so that the cancer couldn’t continue to grow.
Why then, does modern medicine still use Germ Theory as it’s guiding principle? If you know me at all, you know I am going to say money. Drug companies can’t patent natural substances. So rather than focus on building the overall health of the body, they convince us we need to spend money on vaccinations, antibiotics, anti-virals, etc.
Just to clear one thing up: I don’t dislike doctors. I think most doctors are in their profession because they genuinely want to help people. I take issue with their tools, not their motives. If medical schools begin incorporating more than the token nutrition course into their curriculum I will change my tune.
Growing Up as a Healthcare Hobo
When my dad died my insider status was canceled. Self-employed and single (my parents were already divorced when my dad died), my mom simply couldn’t afford health insurance. While most will consider this another sad tale underscoring the need for universal health insurance, I have another take. It was knowing we couldn’t rely on the system that forced our family to begin taking responsibility for our health. Granted, all the misinformation out there made putting things into practice difficult, but it is why we began pursuing preventative health habits.
Being weaned off the system was a gift. My “healthcare hobo” status led to the rich new worlds of nutrition, chiropractic, acupuncture, supplements and herbs, natural birth, etc. I am truly grateful for the trailblazers that have led us back to the wisdom of our great-great-grandparents. The wisdom our parents generation thought we had outgrown.
Like everyone else, I am not having much luck figuring out what the new healthcare “reform” bill means for me personally. Daniel and Katie have insurance. I don’t.
Before this bill came up we were planning to get catastrophic insurance for me just in case. If I break my leg I want a doctor to set it. If I get in a car wreck, I want a doctor to sew me up. Other than that, I plan on using natural methods to restore balance when illness comes up.
I find it frustrating that I will now be forced to buy full-coverage insurance that only provides access to doctors that will prescribe drugs I refuse to take. Does anyone even read the warning labels they come with? It is my opinion that neither Merck, Abbot Labs or any other company has come up with anything better than the remedies made by God that are found in nature. Headache? Cayenne caplets work WONDERS. Bacterial infection? Garlic or oregano oil . . . take your pick. Asthma? Read my sister-in-laws personal experience with replacing Peekay for black-box meds. I have personally known people cured of Bipolar Disorder, severe anxiety, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease and more without drugs.
No more opting out, unfortunately. Now, in addition to paying for coverage I will still have to go around the system to get what I believe is best for my family via supplements. I already pay the equivalent of an insurance premium on supplements and chiropractic care each month. Now I have to pay both.
If the the new bill would pay for my real expenses I would honestly be happier right now, but I will still be upset about the bill. This is about freedom. Our freedom to choose what is best for our own families.
If the government wants to save us some money and reform healthcare I have a suggestion. Stop subsidizing cheap soy and cheap corn. Just do that one thing and you will see obesity, diabetes, heart-problems and a myriad of other diseases reduced overnight. My two cents.