Understanding the True Meaning of Disease

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 by: Mike Donkers
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(NaturalNews) There are no diseases, only disease. Singular, not plural. Disease should be perceived as life itself: an infinite number of shapes and forms, springing from the same primordial well. Disease is like life itself because it is a part of life, in the same way that death is part of life, forming a never-ending cycle in which energy is never lost but used time and again. He who understands life, understands disease.


The concept of pleomorphism was developed by French biologist Antoine Béchamp, Louis Pasteur's largest counterpart. It was Pasteur's claim that pathogens attack us from the outside and it's therefore essential that we kill them before they kill us. By viewing pathogens as external organisms, a war mentality is created, which causes one to adopt an anti-position and declare micro-organisms to be an enemy. This bellicosity is evident in our terminology. We 'fight' or 'battle' disease, 'kill' bacteria and a medicine can be 'antiviral'.

Béchamp demonstrated that this is not only a highly simplistic but also very unwise position to take. In true Pasteurian fashion, he declared war on pathogens in his experiments and battled them with all necessary means. Under the microscope he discovered that micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites possess the ability to transmutate, i.e. change form. In response to being attacked, a fungus would morph into a parasite, a bacteria into a virus, etcetera. The possibilities seemed endless. He also found they could team up together. The more vicious the attack, the more efficient micro-organisms became in warding off the attacks.

Béchamp identified 16 different forms. The American Royal Rife was later able to identify four. In my opinion the true number is infinite, because life will find a way no matter what. An Italian former oncologist (disbarred due to his controversial opinions) named Tullio Simoncini claims cancer is a fungus. There are, however, also viral forms of cancer and cancer has as well been linked with parasites. I hold the view that cancer is all of these and more and that cancer is therefore pleomorphic in character. It's for this reason that cancer will metastasize when hit with chemo or radiation therapy, a mindless approach which is only anti-disease and not pro-life.

The environment of the cells

Pathogens and micro-organisms are part of life. They are the original life forms and they fulfill a very complex function. All forms of cellular life on earth share genetic links. Humans are genetically linked to so-called pathogens, or micro-organisms. We actually consist of bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and other micro-organisms and they form part of our system. Plants and animals are also made up of these. Béchamp discovered that if he stopped fighting micro-organisms and instead improved what he called the 'milieu', the environment of the cells, the so-called 'pathogens' did not disappear but actually aided in repairing the cells. By not focusing on the disease but on healing instead, Béchamp witnessed the pathogens doing the same. When he concentrated on the disease, however, and literally tried to combat it, the pathogens proved themselves to be the worst enemy. He showed that micro-organisms are the bridge between life and death, and the stage in between -- disease.

Béchamp successfully demonstrated that micro-organisms are genetically coded to clean up weaker organisms, because nature no longer considers them viable. However, this is generally a slow process and life offers every cell the resilience to recover and become stronger. The same micro-organisms have then been shown to possess the genetic code to help the cells remain viable. All of this is not caused by the micro-organisms themselves, but by a change in the cells' environment. This means that besides cell degeneration there is also the very real possibility of cell regeneration.

Yet the foundation of modern medicine did not become Béchamp's theory, but Pasteur's. As a result, we now have pasteurization, vaccination and medication, all of them based on keeping out 'intruders'. This leads us to fight ourselves. By pronouncing micro-organisms to be the enemy we are essentially putting ourselves outside of nature. Going against nature instead of working with it has created the wrong basis for medicine as we know it. Fighting life is nothing but death energy, leading to endless death, disease and toxic medication. It's a road into oblivion.

The intelligence of life

Did you know that salmonella and E. coli were once favorable gut bacteria which as a result of pasteurization have become potentially deadly pathogens? Did you know that when you drink unpasteurized, raw, organic, grass-fed milk you consume these bacteria, thus naturally protecting yourself by befriending the bacteria instead of turning them into enemies? Did you know that natural, unprocessed milk possesses a synergy of bacteria, fats, proteins, sugars and other substances in which salmonella and E. coli play a favorable role instead of being the dangerous pathogens we make them out to be? Do we really think we can 'beat' these primordial life forms which have been on this earth a few billion years longer than us? The force of nature, of life, is infinitely stronger and it's very dangerous and even arrogant to think we're above all this.

And that's just the example of milk. The same is true for all natural, unprocessed foods. Natural, unrefined sea salt, for example, is a mineral complex of no less than 84 minerals, among which are some very poisonous elements such as mercury, aluminum, arsenic and lead. In their isolated form these elements can cause sickness and death, but in synergy with the other 80 minerals contained in natural sea salt they are not only harmless but even necessary. Only nature has the intelligence to provide the necessary balance to make this possible. Life works according to complex wholes, never the isolates our reductionist and mechanistic 'science' likes to work with. By trying to force out bacteria with antibiotics (literally: anti-life) we have even created super bacteria like the MRSA and staph bugs in hospitals, making the very places that are supposed to make us better, a true haven for deadly pathogens! Diseases we thought we had eradicated are coming back with a vengeance and there is no vaccine or medicine that can protect us. Except when we improve the environment of our cells, our immune system. Herein lies our future, not in Pasteurian medication and vaccination.

There are numerous examples of the intelligence of life both inside and outside ourselves, which defy Pasteurian logic. For instance, if fungi and viruses were really ruthless pathogens destroying everything in their path, then we would be facing cruel death squads which must be carpet-bombed before they annihilate our entire system. This seems to be the vision held by science with regard to these micro-organisms. Scientists do attribute some form of intelligence to them, though. They have identified that these micro-organisms are in fact so small they're able to 'fool' the immune system and even appear to be smart enough to lock themselves inside the nucleus of a cell. Some micro-organisms are also capable of surviving in both an aerobic (oxygen-rich) and an anaerobic (oxygen-starved) environment. If micro-organisms are really capable of surviving in so many different ways and fooling the immune system, then what is that saying about the intelligence of our immune system? This brings us to labels such as 'auto-immune disease'. An immune system that attacks itself is not very smart, is it?

Or does this apply to the people that develop these theories? Could it be that fungi and viruses are in fact very intelligent, intelligent enough to selectively clean up only those organisms which are too weak to live? Could it be that our immune system deliberately lets these micro-organisms through to carry out their job unhindered? Shouldn't we be grateful to both our immune system and these 'pathogens', even if they can weaken and maybe kill us? Wouldn't it be a better idea to ask ourselves why these 'pathogens' are systematically cleaning us up and focus on strengthening these weak spots? Life wants to go on and shows incredible resilience. If you work with this power and give your body the substances it needs to build itself back up, it will set out immediately to regenerate the cells. Life is not a war, it's a dance. The word 'uni-verse' means 'one song'. All we have to do is to sing and dance along.

Some examples of the intelligence of micro-organisms from nature:

There are mushrooms (fungi) which grow on dead or half-dead tree trunks. Their job is to clean up these tree trunks. If nature were really reckless, wouldn't the fungi in their appetite for destruction clean up the entire forest? Did you ever wonder why that rose bush in your garden is eaten by lice and the plant next to it isn't? If insects were that gluttonous, pretty soon you wouldn't have much of a garden left! You may choose to spray the lice with some chemical substance that kills everything in its path and in the short term, that will do the trick. It won't make your rose bush much healthier, though, because now it also has toxins to deal with. Or you can choose not to concentrate on the lice but instead on the plant's health by administering the roots and the soil the proper nutrients. Eventually the lice will decide to move on to another weak plant and your reward will be the most beautiful roses.

The same is true for your body. Nature rewards when you cooperate with her. Through fermentation, Japanese scientist Teruo Higa developed a synergetic complex of some 80 micro-organisms, among which are acids and fungi, which he calls EM, Effective Micro-organisms. EM has been used successfully in agriculture to enrich soil life, but it also appears to have purifying qualities for water. Not only that, it is drinkable for people and can enhance their immune system, particularly people with Crohn's disease and other bowel disorders. Interesting, isn't it, when you consider that our bowels are our 'soil', our 'roots'? In the same way, root vegetables and herbs are beneficial to our liver and guts. A healthy liver and healthy guts (soil, roots) promote healthy growth of the whole. Another parallel we have with nature.

Disease as a teacher

Love is the healing power of nature. Unconditional love is defined as giving without taking. This is the force of nature: she gives without ever taking back. Don't be misled by stories about 'nature's revenge' or other tales of doom. Only by giving to yourself and loving yourself including your disease and concentrating on your soil and roots, the environment of the cells, are you able to really heal. By seeing yourself outside of the disease and by hating the part of you which is sick and declaring war on it, you hate that part of you which you don't like and declare war on yourself. This goes against the universal force of love, with ultimately death as a consequence.

Disease is life and death at the same time and every day we can make a choice between negative, sickening death energy or positive, life-creating energy. Disease offers us a unique chance to ponder our ways and make the necessary change in the way we feed ourselves, both physically and emotionally, energetically and spiritually. It's the whole package: mind, body and soul. Disease is a teacher. Learn the lesson well and you learn to find the love in yourself and others. If you don't learn the lesson well, the disease will lick you and you should try again in another life.

Here's that lesson:

True growth starts at the bottom and the only way is up. The only intelligence we value is academic intelligence, the intelligence of the thinking brain. We reward this with status in the form of money and other material things, all of it external stuff. This means a lot of energy is going to the top, to our heads, causing us to be stuck in rational thought. But rational thought is amoral and often immoral, which means we can reason away anything and everything. Some of this reasoning is in our history books, which tell us the atom bombs thrown on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 were 'necessary because they ended the war and saved a lot of bloodshed'. Anyone with a heart couldn't possibly say this.

Translated to our organs, the energy is top-down: from the head to the heart to the guts. That is exactly the wrong way around. Have you ever watched a flower, plant or tree grow upside down? Think also about the route our food takes: we digest it in our bowels, it is then transported to the heart, which pumps the blood around, and only then does it reach the head. Isn't it interesting to observe that our body does not give priority to our head and the extremities when it comes to the transportation of blood, but instead gives priority to the vital organs in our abdominal and chest cavities? If our bodies follow that order then why don't we? Instead, we're stuck in thought and are unable to develop feelings about our experiences, let alone digest them.

Being inside our heads is disease number one in the western world. No wonder there's so much depression, heart disease and bowel complaints! You can free yourself from this today by deciding to make changes in your life. The closer you are to nature, the closer you are to your own nature. Disease is a reminder that you are too far removed from nature. This is the true meaning of disease.

About the author

Mike Donkers is an English teacher from the Netherlands who started taking care of his own health in October 2006 because doctors couldn't help him. His interest in the connection between food and health has led to more in-depth research, particularly in the role sea minerals can have in the regeneration of cells. He is also a self-taught guitarist and singer. He is the songwriter and frontman of his own band, The Mellotones (

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