Germ theory vs terrain theory in relation to the coronavirus

By Cressida EliasPublished on 8th March, 2020

In these uncertain times, people are wondering why some of us are more prone to disease than others. You may be wondering, why are some people suffering severe forms of this condition, while others are only experiencing mild symptoms. Some won’t catch it at all.

There is such a thing as ‘viral load’ so those working with COVID-19 patients can be infected multiple times – this can overwhelm a person, which is why healthcare workers need excellent protection. It is also a reason why sitting on trains and buses on a daily basis is not a good idea, and why social distancing and staying at home is our current guidance.

While there is no magic solution that will promise you a healthy, working immune system, eating the right foods – a balanced diet, plenty of water – and moving your body regularly – will ensure your immune system is working to its best ability. Viruses, germs and illness will always be a part of our world, but by living a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods, we are helping our immune system, building the right ‘terrain’ and creating the defence against potential threats, such as the coronavirus.

Germ theory vs terrain theory

The ‘germ theory’ vs ‘terrain theory’ is basically the argument that germs are what we need to worry about and we need to keep finding ways to kill them off. Terrain theory argues that if the body is well and balanced then germs that are a natural part of life and the environment will be dealt with by the body without causing sickness.

“Germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the cause of diseased tissue.” – Antoine Béchamp

Both theories are, in fact, important. Because of poor soils and the prevalence of toxic chemicals and metals in our foods, air and water, today’s bodies are generally weaker. Add to that the stress, insufficient diets and fast food, radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMFs), it is important that we have medicines to help us combat invading microbes if our bodies do not have a strong enough immune system to deal with them naturally. Taking precautions to protect yourself from catching the latest sickness like the Coronavirus is important such as frequent hand washing and avoiding large crowds.

“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” – Hippocrates

But what is more important, is working on the ‘terrain’, the body’s inner environment making it inhospitable to viruses and parasites etc. This is a life long endeavour but the fruits of your labour will be realised within a much shorter time. Noticing you become resistant to the lastest flu going round will prove to you that balancing your body chemistry to strengthen your immune was worth making the effort. How do you remineralise the body so that it is replenished with the correct minerals and vitamins to create a good immune, strong stomach acid, good working organs etc.?


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