Louis Pasteur vs Antoine Béchamp: The Germ vs Cell Terrain Theory


Science defined in the Webster dictionary is “the state of knowing”. It implies the active acquisition of knowledge. When science is not questioned, it becomes an ideology when taken to the extreme, borders on insanity. The Germ Theory is such a scientific doctrine accepted in the last 100 years by Western or modern medicine. Our fear of germs has literally gone viral. We now wage a war worldwide on an invisible terrorist code named Covid19 turning life into a surreal science fiction drama. What has happened to Science? Who are the real scientists and true doctors that we need to listen to?

Louis Pasteur (1822–1895), founder of the Germ Theory states germs are the cause of illness and disease so killing germs would be the solution to prevent and treat diseases. This laid the groundwork for today’s costly but lucrative medical treatments to track, treat, destroy and stop germs through testings, vaccinations, synthetic drugs, antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation and surgical removal of body parts and organs.

However, Antoine Béchamp (1816–1908), founder of the Cellular Terrain Theory, states that germs or micro organisms (virus, bacteria, fungi, enzymes) are inside and outside of us. They are our cell builders and destroyers. Germs are the consequence of a diseased condition that come from within our body, not the cause of it. Therefore our nutritional status, toxicity level, pH level (acid/alkaline balance) and even our stress level play an important role in healing and treating diseases. This also means that environmental conditions like chronic air pollution, water and soil contamination can negatively impact our health through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink.

Both French scientists contributed significantly to the study of microbiology and the science of fermentation. However, only one was influentially and socially well connected with the Establishment. With it came fame, fortune and recognition. Louis Pasteur described fermentation as “life without air”. He states that respiration is key for living organisms. When they are given oxygen (aerobic), they are youthful and are full of “life and health. When deprived of air (anaerobic), they become “languid” and can turn into “strange and monstrous” forms when they multiply. He found that the application of heat, i.e. pasteurization, kills microbes. Pasteur’s unwavering ambition matched his belief that every disease is caused by the fermentation of a specific germ.

Antoine Béchamp (1816–1908) who was more interested in scientific integrity than prestige, countered every disease is associated with a particular condition inside the body and the degree of its fermentation varies accordingly. He described fermentation as due to the nutrition of living organisms which is the process of absorption, assimilation and disassimilation (excretion). Béchamp was the scholarly scientist intrigued by the mysteries of nature. He dedicated his life studies to these molecular granulations which he named microzymas from the Greek words “small ferment.” He found them everywhere — air, water, soil and in all organic matter, living or dead. In his fermentation experiments, he discovered living micro organisms in ancient chalk extracted from limestone. Microbes that had laid dormant for millions of years came alive in his Beacon Experiments! He found living micro organisms in the disintegrated dust of a dead kitten he kept in his lab for 7 years. He declared they are “imperishable” and “nothing is the prey of death; all things are the prey of life”. He postulated that microzymas could turn into bacteria under suitable conditions and even back again. They are adaptable. They can evolve and mutate into different forms and shapes (pleomorphism) depending on the medium and conditions they live in. They are sensitive to movement, vibrations, light frequencies and bioelectrical or magnetic impulses. They cease to propagate with the use of antiseptics. They are vulnerable to temperature changes where in high heat, they are inactivated and in the cold, they lay dormant. It can be inferred that temperature variables in climate and seasonal changes, along with weather and humidity fluctuations, affect the changing terrain of the microzyma growth.

Béchamp also states with conviction that microzymas are unique to each organism and organ, they are not interchangeable with one another. They are unique to each animal species and though they may appear to look the same in form and structure, functionally they are different. For instance, the microbes of the kidney are different from the liver and those of a monkey different from a human. He observed in vaccine matter, the morbid evolution of the microzyma in the blood which he found disturbing and unnatural. The breeding of viruses in animal cells such as a dog or monkey kidney injected into the blood of a human and mixed with preservatives, formaldehyde or other chemicals was taboo to Béchamp. He was a vehement opponent of vaccination and its artificial invasion of the blood. It is no wonder his name had to be obliterated from history by the medical industry.

Fortunately, Antoine Béchamp’s name and writings have been rediscovered and revived by truthseekers in natural healing and functional medicine. His book “The Blood and Its Third Anatomical Element” embodies a culmination of his life’s research on the Cellular Terrain or Microzymian Theory but also exposes Pasteur’s deceptions. In another book, “Béchamp or Pasteur?: A Lost Chapter in the History of Biology”, by Ethel Hume, the author went so far as to call Pasteur a “plagiarizer” and “imposter”. In Pasteur’s infamous public demonstration in 1881 of his anthrax vaccine at Pouilly-le-Fort, France, Hume speculated “he could have injected the unvaccinated sheep with a slow poison and used sterile water in a pretend injection of the vaccinated sheep”. True or not, subsequent complaints years later from various towns in France and Hungary reported thousands of sheep died from the anti-anthrax “preventive” vaccines that were meant to save them. The counter argument was made that the preparation and stabilization for mass production and distribution of the anthrax vaccine was at fault and needed some fine tuning — like any growing business. Pasteur, the shrewd business man, owned a “monopoly on the vaccine strains and on their technical know-how protected by secrecy.” He also patented many of his discoveries that applied to agriculture and the agri-food industry. After his death, his Germ Theory legacy catapulted into a money making Germ Industry encompassing agriculture, biotechnology, food processing, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries while keeping science laboratories well funded and researchers busy working. Alas, at the expense of hundreds of millions of animals who have suffered and died in lab experiments all over the world in the name of “science” to this day.

Antoine Béchamp’s teachings revealing the interconnectivity of life and its cycle resonates in me. He should be regarded as the true Father of the Microbiome, a field of science that has gained more recognition only in the last decade. The “little bodies” that Béchamp found inside cells are actually the organelles and enzymes, the building blocks of cells which have been scientifically proven by modern science (see my Medium articles on Human and Plant Cells). I had never heard of Antoine Béchamp before researching this article on the Germ Theory. Inspired by him, I did my own fermentation experiments — with food. It’s a great way to add fresh probiotics to one’s diet.

I started with kombucha (fermented tea) using scary looking SCOBY, which stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” bought online. Then I googled how to ferment vegetables and found many home recipes online. I used vegetables grown organically in my backyard, fertilized by the compost soil from my food scraps placed in my compost bin filled with big, juicy earthworms. I cut up red cabbage, green chillis and tomatoes, placed them inside a small bottle with filtered water and added a generous sprinkle of Real Salt harvested from the Redmond Rocks of Utah. I found a small rock buried in my backyard, washed it thoroughly and pressed it on top of my cut vegetables to hold them down. Then I covered the top with cloth, placed it in a dark corner of my room and let them ferment for a couple of days. On Day 3, I sampled a chunkful of my dubious looking fermented vegetables, anticipating an uneventful time at home in my toilet. Day 4 — I woke up alive and well, eureka, I survived!

We breathe in and touch thousands of germs on surfaces 24/7 that we cannot see with our naked eye. It is impossible to kill the “bad” germs without killing the “good” germs. It is akin to declaring war on an enemy government and dropping bombs on its city, annihilating innocent lives, too. Our obsession to kill germs has to my mind led us into this pickle with modern diseases and the current viral pandemic. I embrace germs and have no fear of them. I’ve learned to make peace with them on the health journey that I started more than 5 years ago, from sickness and lethargy to health and vitality. On the other hand, I do fear chemicals in the form of drugs and inoculations, government control over our bodies, and mindless sometimes dangerous propaganda telling us how to take care of our health.

Louis Pasteur died of a second stroke, at age 72. It has been said that the last words of Pasteur were “Le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout!” Translated in English, “The germ is nothing, the terrain is everything!” He was hailed a national hero and “supreme benefactor to humanity”. Little was known or said about how he falsified some of the results of his experiments to make them fit his theories.

Antoine Béchamp, died of a natural death at age 91. Even though he was recognized as an important scientist in France at that time, he was written out of modern history as a relative unknown, accused of being a quack and heretic. The spiritual aspects of Béchamp’s science, his reverence for Nature and its mysteries have a common thread in Eastern philosophy and medicine that have been practiced for centuries of years. His scientific beliefs also echo the beginning and end of God’s creation in the Old Testament “…all are from the dust, and to dust all return” (Ecclesiastes 3:20)

Germs can be our best friends or our worst enemies depending on how we treat our internal and external environment. In fact, Béchamp maintains if “we live correctly, they will not or cannot attack healthy tissues”. His is the true science I listen to and as a matter of fact, I’ll take Dolby over Fauci anytime.

Ex Nerd turned Hot Yogi Fitness Buff and Seeker of Truth in Health and Wellness.

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