Why Are People Ill?

If the ’germ theory of disease’ were correct, there’d be no one living to believe it.

B.J. Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

The people themselves are more like the Egyptians. Plagues won’t convince them. A mother with all her own and her neighbors’ children sickening about her would walk miles in a burst shoe to fetch the doctor or a big bottle of medicine, but she won’t walk three yards farther than usual to draw her house-water from the well that the sewer doesn’t leak into. That is a fact, not a fable; and, in the cases I am thinking of, all medical remonstrance was vain. Uneducated people will take any thing in from the doctor through their mouths, but little or nothing through their ears.

Juliana Ewing, Jan of the Windmill (1876)

People are ill because there is a new toxic load in our environment.

"Had it not been for the mass selling of vaccines, Pasteur’s germ theory of disease would have collapsed into obscurity," observed E. Douglas Hume in her book Bechamp or Pasteur? A Lost Chapter in the History of Biology. And naturalist John Muir discovered the truth in Hume’s book on his own life’s journey, distilled into the statement, "I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found."

Doctors, scientists, philosophers, and even individuals on their own have been aware of the same basic truths of health and medicine from the time of Hippocrates in 400BC, to Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800’s, to Florence Nightingale in the 1900’s, to Theron Randolph and Ivan Illich in the 20th century, up to present day holistic and environmental physicians. It’s the thread of truth that Arthur Clough describes in the poem linked above.

"Thy food shall be thy medicine."    - Hippocrates (460-370 BC)

Illness and pain are due to "prolonged exposure to avoidable noxious influences," and "These self-inflicted disturbances go away on their own with improved living conditions if no chronic miasm is present, and they cannot be called chronic diseases."    - Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), founder of homeopathy

"Is it not living in a continual mistake to look upon diseases as we do now, as separate entities, which must exist, like cats and dogs, 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?"    - Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

"If he listened to the patient, they would eventually tell the cause of their chronic illness.…If they avoided certain foods they eliminated the illness."
- Theron Randolph (1906-1995)

"The medical establishment has become a major threat to health."
- Ivan Illich (1926-2002), Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

"They can control the incidence [of CoVid-19]. The way they can control is the more spraying, the more glyphosate, the more toxins in the air, the more 5G, and the more testing there will be the more cases. We cannot buy that. You cannot leave the incidence of this up to people, …[who] may not have our best interests at heart."   - Dr. Thomas Cowan

So two paradigms of health are at war with each other today, the Disease Paradigm and the Holistic Paradigm. A paradigm is an interpretation of what's happening when you look at a set of facts. For example, the sun in the sky is a fact. But according to Ptolemy, the great Egyptian astronomer, the earth was the center of the universe. Then Copernicus created a Paradigm Shift, by placing the sun at the center.

Our conventional medical system is based on the Disease Paradigm of health which stems from the work of Louis Pasteur. Pasteur proposed that a single agent causes a single type of disease and that a specific therapy can be used to treat that disease. Towards the end of Louis Pasteur’s life, he confessed that he was wrong saying, "seed (germ) is nothing, terrain (vitality) is everything."

The Disease Paradigm of health is mechanistic and views the body as separate parts, each part with its own specialty. Pharmaceutical drugs are used to make symptoms go away, like taking a hammer and smashing the warning light in your car when the light goes on. Conversely, natural medicine is based on a Holistic Paradigm of health and views the body as a whole. Illness is defined as an inability to detoxify fast enough the many demands on your immune system. The Holistic Paradigm views all symptoms of illness as an individual’s unique response to this one problem. Chart of differences between paradigms.

The truth that our health is "under our control" as Nightingale observed has been systematically covered up by media and the education system. Our self-sufficiency is discouraged early on in school where we are taught that, "Good people wait for a teacher to tell them what to do. This is the most important lesson of all…" observed John Taylor Gatto, author of Underground History of American Education.

In the early 1900’s most doctors earned the same amount as a college professor or high school principal. As part of the takeover of medicine, doctors’ salaries were raised to the current inflated state. Fifty-six percent of professional self-made millionaires today are doctors. With money and prestige as motivation, normally intelligent and caring people can be enticed to follow the dictates of the controlled medical system and the flawed Disease Paradigm of health.

Forty-five percent of the American population are chronically ill, and 60% of all bankruptcies happen through the conventional medical system. Yet physicians become wealthy and successful despite the fact that they often do not cure their patients or their patients become more ill. The success of the physician and the health of the patient have no correlation with each other.

"…a military officer with a similar record of performance would be relieved of his command, and a restaurant or amusement center would be closed by the police. No wonder that the health industry tries to shift the blame for the damage caused onto the victim, and that the dope-sheet of a multinational pharmaceutical concern tells its readers that ’iatrogenic disease is almost always of neurotic origin.’"
-Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

"Medical capitalism persuades governments and patients that health is something to do with consuming services," writes Andrew Papanikitas in the foreword to Illich’s book.

Since we as a population have not understood that our health rests on pure air, food and water, and thought it rested on pharmaceutical drugs, we have allowed our natural capital to be eroded. Now what used to be relatively affordable for most people in the US - pure air, food and water - has become expensive and unfortunately labeled by the conventional medical system, social services, and insurance providers as products for the elite or for those who can afford to have aristocratic tastes.

"I went to a health food store and it is not lost on me that people on a limited income cannot eat healthy. And I hope we work to change that in the future," observed comedian John Pinette in one of his performances.

So what can people afford to do to stay healthy? They can minimize the load on their immune system.

There are four categories of environmental factors that contribute to the total load on your body and immune system. A reduction of the load in any category allows your body to deal with a greater load in any of the other categories. And an overload in one category leads to less tolerance in other categories.

(1) Chemical factors: Examples

(2) Physical Factors: Examples

(3) Biological Factors: Examples

(4) Psychological factors: Examples

At any one time, your body is dealing with factors from each group and maintaining healthy well-being. Depending on your genetic make-up, nutritional status, and individual biological factors you can tolerate more or less of a total load. When the load becomes too great for your body to keep up with, illness results. When you take off enough of the toxic burden, wellness returns.

There are many helpful sites on the Internet that teach how to reduce the toxic load you are exposed to in your home.

10 Ways to Create a Non-Toxic Home
Healthy Home Improvements
EMF Safety Network: Reduce EMF’s to Feel Better