The germ theory is what modern medicine hangs its hat on as the major cause of disease in the world. Many people today believe that viruses, bacteria and other pathogens cause most of the diseases in the world today. What if there were exceptions to that theory? If there are exceptions to the “facts” then how does it continue to have merit? Exceptions to the rule make it just that, a rule, not a law.
When the germ theory was first being proposed in the nineteenth-century by forerunners Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur, it was very controversial and had many detractors within the scientific community. One critic was so convinced that the theory was wrong, he purposely gulped down a glass of water that was mixed heavily with vibrio cholerae, the bacterium believed to cause cholera. Astounding his colleagues, he was completely unaffected by the pathogen. The magazine Science published an article in 2000 describing the incident stating: “For unexplained reason he remained symptom free, but nevertheless incorrect.” (DiRita2000)
“Rude facts destroy pretty theories.”- Reggie Gold, DC
I think that sums up the arrogance of the modern scientific and medical communities today. If they claim that vibrio cholerae causes cholera and this example clearly showed that the man avoided cholera- how can he be “incorrect”? Instead of trying to delve deeper into the question of why didn’t he become ill, the medical and science community blatantly ignored this exception so it could hold on to its “pretty theory.”
DD Palmer, the Discover of Chiropractic, also questioned the germ theory early on: “One question was always uppermost in my mind in my search for the cause of disease. I desired to know why one person was ailing and his associate, eating at the same table working in the same shop, at the same bench, was not. Why? What difference was there in the two persons that caused one to have pneumonia, catarrh, typhoid or rheumatism, while his partner, similarly situated, escaped? Why?”
It must be clear that by disagreeing with the germ theory doesn’t mean you don’t have to stop believing in germs! Microbes that are labeled “germs” are part of the intricate balance of our ecosystem and make up the majority of life here on Earth. For the first 3.8 billion years of life on Earth, bacteria such as vibrio cholerae were the only organisms that comprised the planet’s biosphere. There are at least 10 times as many bacterial cells found on our skin and in our digestive system than human cells in the body. Some microorganisms though do have a scavenger mentality and can overpopulate in certain environments. It is only when our body’s environment encourages these scavenger germs to overpopulate that disease process can set in.
The general term for garbage of the body is called a toxin. A toxin is a chemical that is known to have harmful effects on the body. Toxins can come from chemicals used to grow or prepare food, from polluted air that we breathe and even from a dysfunctional body system. Our bodies even create toxins during metabolism, the natural chemical reaction required to sustain life. Our body processes and filters out those toxins through organs like the liver and kidneys. Those toxins are then eliminated in the form of sweat, urine, and feces. Certain scavenger germs can thrive off of these toxins.
Visualize a garbage can that is over filling with garbage and it is infested with flies. The flies represent scavenger germs and the garbage represents an overflow of toxins from depleted body function. Some might go out with some kind of bug spray and treat the garbage by dosing it with a harsh chemical to kill off all the flies. You walk away from the garbage coughing and sputtering from inhaling the harsh chemicals- but at least all the flies are dead. A little while later though, what happens? The flies are back and in even greater number. That is the mentality of the medical community- to treat the effect. What is the one sure-fire way to keep the flies away for a longer period of time? Clean out the can by removing the garbage. Your body as a whole does a great job of throwing out its garbage when it can function at its optimal. That is the general idea behind chiropractic- remove the cause.
So, if germs aren’t the cause of disease, then what is? I like Dr. Fred Barge’s take on this question: "There is but one cause in disease; the bodies inability to comprehend itself and/or it's environment. There is but one cure in disease; the bodies ability to heal itself. And there is only one thing that any doctor can do for a patient. And that is to remove an obstruction to healing thus facilitating it."
And that is exactly what I do at OHIO Specific Chiropractic for my patients- remove the obstruction. What is the obstruction I deal with? A vertebral subluxation. The body uses the nerve system to comprehend itself and its environment. The brainstem area of nerve tissue is the functioning control center for the nerve system and body. A vertebral subluxation puts added pressure on the brainstem, thus effecting its ability to transmit functional information clearly. There is a reduction in the body’s ability to comprehend itself and/or its environment.
The brainstem and nerve system make sure that the liver, kidneys and all the other organs are functioning properly. The kidneys can work at 100%, filtering out all the chemicals at their best, if they are receiving 100% of their electrical potential information from the brainstem and nerve system. If a kidney is only receiving 95% of its electrical potential due to a vertebral subluxation, it can only work at 95% of its potential.
Hypothetically, let’s say we give the kidneys a test to measure its functional capability to filter out 100 toxins for one minute. After one minute, the kidneys filtered out 95% of the toxins- an “A” in many grading respects. That means it didn’t filter out 5 toxins during the one minute. Missing 5 might not seem like a big deal for a minute, but let’s test it for two minutes. Now it missed 10 toxins out of 200. How about for 5 minutes? 25 toxins out of 500. What about for a 24 hour day period? There are 1440 minutes in a day and the kidneys came across 144,000 toxins during that day but it missed 7,200 toxins. It adds up fast doesn’t it!? Certain germs thrive in these situations and will multiply once in that type of dysfunctional environment.
How can you make sure your kidneys or any other organ in your body is functioning at its best? Have your nerve system analyzed at OHIO Specific Chiropractic. HIO Specific chiropractors such as myself, are the only chiropractors who have extensive training in locating nerve system “obstructions” at the brainstem level. Once the obstruction is located, a highly scientific chiropractic adjustment is utilized to help remove that obstruction so healing will facilitate and health can be obtained.
- Dr. J