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The Rising Threat of Infections and the Holistic Alternative

According to “The Rising Threat of Infections Unfazed by Antibiotics,” a recent article posted by the New York Times (dtd 2/26/10), New York City hospitals have become the global breeding ground for another drug-resistant Gram-negative germ, Klebsiella pneumonia—perhaps due the large numbers of patients they treat. More than 20 percent of the Klebsiella infections in Brooklyn hospitals are now resistant to virtually all modern antibiotics.  And those super germs  are now spreading worldwide.

In this  situation—tragic yet unfortunately predictable—people are dying despite the fact that they can afford the strongest antibiotics and the best doctors that money can buy. Money itself cannot combat disease, and cannot buy health and resources that are nonexistent. Furthermore, this growing problem of antibiotic resistance is only going to worsen as more antibiotics are used.  Herein lies the problem with western medicine: it revolves around a fundamental lack of understanding of bacteria and their place in our world and in our bodies.  Western medicine suffers from an inability to think and respond holistically to any such problems.

Let’s be clear: bacteria don’t cause diseases anymore than flies cause garbage.  But where there is garbage you will most assuredly find flies.  Does that mean that the flies are the ones responsible for the garbage being there?  Every time we find bacteria in the body we must then conclude that they are there for a reason and we have to adopt a more holistic response in order to bring the body back to health.

Or, look at this way.

Say you have ants and roaches running rampant in your kitchen.  (I know, I’d freak out too).  So you rush to the local store and get a can of Raid or similar product.  You come back home and you spray the Raid in all possible directions, killing all the tiny invaders.  You take the Raid and stash it away under the cupboard, feeling satisfied that your job is done.  However, it won’t be long before you find that the ants and roaches have returned.  No matter how much Raid you spray or whatever stronger versions you use, it still will not solve this fundamental error to your approach.   Predictably, you will have the same results every time.  The ants and roaches always return.  And what’s more fun? Now they are becoming themselves more resistant to the sprays that you are giving them.

What to do?  Examine the source of the problem. Big surprise, but if you scatter the food that the ants and roaches eat on the floor and countertops then you will eventually find that the ants and roaches return.  This is metaphorically what is occurring in the body.  Unfortunately the doctors and hospitals don’t have a way of dealing with this issue because their process is not holistic.  Instead, it is this thinking that drugs alone can solve your problem. And it is this thinking and approach that will have even more dire consequences for the public at large.

People die not only of their infections, but they also die from the treatment protocol.  It is well-known that antibiotics cause kidney damage, kidney failure, liver damage and cancer.  The word antibiotics literally means “against life.”  It is essentially a form of poisoning.  The idea is that it should do its job killing the bacteria before it kills you.  Sometimes, this happens. Sometimes, people don’t make it.  And sometimes, they do survive, but thereafter suffer irreparable damage to their health.

Anytime that the cure is worse than the disease, consider that a red flag. It’s time to rethink our approach.

But rethinking our approach is something that we don’t do when it comes to western medicine.   Because so many people have a financial interest in the continuation and success of this industry,  it will likely be many years if ever before something changes. But so it goes. Every change is gradual, but it needs to begin somewhere.

The definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing while expecting a different result.  That seems exemplify rather well the approach that we have had thus far to “health care.”

I will tackle that larger topic in a moment, but first allow me to continue dissecting the issues of those rising infections. The first impression that I get when going to a hospital or doctor for anything is that the folks there seem to give antibiotics like it is candy.  Everything from acne to bladder infections are routinely given  antibiotic treatment, although no actual tests are taken to even see if the antibiotic and the dosage is the effective amount.   Supposedly in our lifetime, it is not uncommon for a person to take antibiotics from 20-100+   times to two to three  or more every year of their life.  That is a startling and slightly terrifying statistic.

Antibiotics are also widely used in food production.  It was in the 1940s when the use of antibiotics became quite popular. It was discovered that the animals gained weight when routinely given antibiotics.  And when humans ate the animals and drank their milk, they ate the antibiotics as well.  Eventually, the bacteria that are exposed to the antibiotics become resistant to its bactericidal effect.  So continually taking antibiotics and eating antibiotics indirectly makes the organism—the bacteria—that you are trying to kill even stronger.

To understand the history of bacteria and their association with illness, think back to Louis Pasture and Antoine Béchamp.  They were two pioneers in microscopy and in the development of the “germ theory.”

Louis Pasture explained that diseases are caused by the bacteria or germ. On the other hand, Antoine Béchamp suggested that disease is a result of the environment.  It wasn’t long before it became convenient to think that if an illness or disease was caused by a certain bacteria, then all you would need to do is develop a drug to kill the bacteria. Viola, problem solved! What really happened was that this approach gave drug companies and allopathic medicine the foothold they needed to be promoted as the only way to really deal with the problem of “the rising threat of infections.”

Reportedly, Louis Pasture did acknowledge right before his death that Antoine Béchamp was correct in that the environment caused diseases. By then, of course, it was too late.

Fast forward several hundred years and you have this theory continually being played out, to the point that doctors have run out of options in solving the problem of “the rising threat of infections.”

Let’s begin to look at the situation more holistically. We will find the solution to what ails us.

To visualize it better, think of a simple metaphor. If you have a swimming pool or hot tub and want to keep it sanitized and free of bacteria, one of the things you will have to do is check the ph balance of the water.  If the ph is too acidic then it means that you have to add some alkalizing mineral salts in order to raise the ph balance of the water.  This is a basic tenet and understanding of anyone trying to maintain a swimming pool or a hot tub.  It’s not enough to say just keep adding chlorine. Other factors must be considered. And thus you act accordingly.

Consider your blood stream, then, like that swimming pool or hot tub.

If your blood ph is trying to maintain itself at 7.3 ph ( slightly alkaline)  and you are continually putting things in your body that are acid-forming, this will lower your blood ph down to the effect that bacteria will be able to manifest more easily in your blood stream.

Understanding ph is confusing.  Most people don’t know what you mean when we talk about ph.  They think that by acidic I mean things like tomatoes, and fruit. That is not what I am talking about.  So to understand ph you must have a better working knowledge of nutrition and its effect on the body. Just so for your body, you must be informed in order to keep it at its most healthy and efficient state of being.

To reiterate, the problem in going to doctors and hospitals is that they feed you the very food that has contributed to your problem. When bacteria are growing rampantly in your body it is because they have food to eat.  Bacteria are doing a job that we would never allow, had we better understanding and wisdom. Bacteria are there to eat the acidic waste that has accumulated in the body. So we actually should give thanks for bacteria. We don’t need to fear them; like most anything else, they are here to perform their purpose.  And they do it quite well.  The only thing is that you have to be smarter than them (or at least as wily!) if you want to coexist peacefully with them.

Ignorance is sometimes bliss; other times, it can mean sickness, accidents, or death. Most people spend their entire lives eating at least 70–90% acid-forming foods.  So it’s not at all surprising that this is a problem.  Why do you think that the American Cancer society has recommended more fruits and vegetables? But when you are trying to deal with an immediate problem such as this, it requires a complete and total change in one’s approach.

Remember, Einstein once said: “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” You must change your mentality.

Most doctors do not understand ph.  Not when it relates to nutrition and to bacteria. They don’t, for instance, measure your ph over the course of several days, thrice a day, to get a better understanding of where your body balance stands.  All they are looking for are quick answers, quick results, and a more powerful drug.  By the time you form a drug that is that is powerful enough to kill every bacteria in your body, you will have destroyed your kidneys and liver, thus making the treatment even more devastating than the disease.  A cure that kills, in other worls. If the doctors and hospitals understood the relationship of ph and bacteria then they wouldn’t feed you the very food that caused your problem in the first place.

Doctors have only two things to offer you: drugs and surgery.  It’s not a holistic approach. It doesn’t take the spectrum of all things into account and as a result it enjoys only a limited amount of success in such intervention.

There are other aspects that should be included and understood, as in the Holistic Alternative.  Isn’t it true that every doctor takes an oath to do no harm to any fellow creature? And yet they are all harming the patients when they give the patients drugs that have the potential of harming them, and even killing them!

There are natural antibiotics that, when used in a total holistic program, can be even more effective than these manmade antibiotics. Natural antibiotics that are not chemicals, are not toxic to your liver and kidneys, and when you combine them in a total program of change then you have got your best chance at healing yourself. Naturally.  Consider another part of the Holistic Alternative picture: quite a few years back, I got a hot tub for our healing center.  I played around with the idea of using chlorine to keep it sanitized.  After about a week of that, I decided I wanted to use something less toxic.  After some research I found that I could get a liquid enzyme that could digest the organic matter in the tub, making chlorine unnecessary.  What a fantastic realization!  Light bulbs were going off everywhere.   Enzymes are now being used for everything from unclogging household drains to odor- and stain-removal from carpets.  Enzymes were used to help clean up the Exon Valdez Oil spill.  Enzymes can also be used in dealing with keeping our bodies and circulation system as naturally clean  and fresh as a gurgling mountain stream (such as the one that I am looking at right now outside my window).

All bacteria and parasites (which are a part of this whole immune suppression story) have a protein coating around their membranes.   Enzymes have the ability to digest exogenous proteins.

The problem with using a holistic approach is that rarely does someone try all of these different things all at the same time in a knowledgeable way.  They might try one thing.  And when that doesn’t work, they throw up their hands and ask for the drugs. This is why there is a need for Holistic Healing Centers, where you could get all of these modalities together, giving you a much higher success rate than if you tried any one of them separately.

If we had Holistic Healing Centers in the magnitude in which we have hospitals, and with the level of support that hospitals get from pharmaceuticals , insurance companies, the government, etc., then hospitals wouldn’t really be able to compete.  But because holistic concepts and usage have been suppressed by the doctors, as well as the AMA and their pharmaceutical allies, then most people don’t have any idea of how they can be used. Until very recently, most people didn’t have access—unless you were one of the lucky few with an open mind and open eyes to devour information such as that which is in this article—to such a comprehensive approach. It’s not widely advertised in the media, either. As a result, it’s not surprising that people turn to drugs: the common answer.  They don’t know or understand any other options.  Western doctors certainly don’t understand, and they can’t give their patients options that they don’t know of..

There are a powerful few who seek to maintain their financial interests  secure; they only want to see the status quo maintained. Most governmental agencies are only fronts for pharmaceutical companies. If you are looking to your government to save you, forget it. If you don’t want to become a victim of ignorance (and all the respective consequences) when it comes to your health, then it will take a greater understanding of your personal health and greater knowledge of the holistic alternatives at your disposal. The choices for your health and your life are in your hands alone.  Only you have the power to heal yourself and avoid becoming just another victim the moment that the doctor throws up his hands and tells you to go home and settle your affairs because there is nothing to be done for you.

Doctors and those who support them have built themselves up to be like God, the ultimate commander and decider.  Who has authority over your health is not to be questioned when you are under their surveillance.  After all, they wear white coats and seem pretty intelligent.  The problem is that they only know what they have been taught.  And they only have been taught two solutions for dealing with your problem. Drugs or death. Your choice?

You can either veer off that road and decide to take responsibility for your own health—or you can continue that same path until you are ready to declare yourself another victim and are looking for someone to blame. The choice is always yours.

By putting trust only in doctors to keep them healthy, most people become passive in their approach to their health.  They expect their doctor to know everything and to basically save them.   If the doctor says “there isn’t anything else that can be done,” then most people take it to heart and truly believe them. They have made a choice to believe them; thus then ready to die.  When you leave your doctor’s office and you die, your doctor looks up and says “NEXT.” He doesn’t have a vested interest in your survival.  If you die there are many people waiting outside his office to be served and who are going down that same dead-end street.

There is an alternative. It is the Holistic Alternative.  Only you can truly heal yourself.  Do you have any fight left in you or are you completely exhausted as a result of being  poisoned, maimed, and burned from the inside out through western intervention strategies? If you still have some fight left in you and desire to live… then all you need is a better understanding of how to do that. There is a solution to every problem.  If you don’t understand the solution then it doesn’t mean that it does not exist. It merely means you haven’t found the solution yet. Keep looking, keep asking questions. You will find it. Because now you know: Your life is in your hands.