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In the last column I related how the white blood cell count
of dairy cows raised in the manner of modern agricultural scientific
practices had, at the time I was a practicing veterinarian, a
count of approximately 200,000-250,000 white cells per cubic centimeter
(cc) of milk. Whereas the milk of cows raised using organic methods
of composting and recycling of waste matter back into the soil
to grow the cow's feed of hay and grains was around 12-15,000
white cells per cc of milk.
To understand why there is such an immense difference in these
figures it is helpful to have some knowledge of modern scientific
agricultural practices, remembering that I am writing about what
I saw over 20 years ago, and, from my perspective, the situation
is a lot worse today.
Modern farming practices are primarily based on artificial chemicals
used in all phases of animal husbandry. Massive amounts of chemical
fertilizers are placed in the soil followed by spraying the growing
crop with herbicides and pesticides. The resulting crops are then
made into hay or silage if the crop is grass, or, if soybeans,
wheat and barley, are ground into flour to be made into feed.
The making of feed includes the addition of the by-products
of oil refining as well as antibiotics, worm-killers, hormones
and steroids. In addition we have the modern practice of biotechnology,
which, far from producing super foods, will only succeed in producing
sick plants, animals and humans. If you want to learn first hand
of modern agricultural practices, particularly as it applies to
beef production, go to this website
http://www.madcowboy.com/, or read Howard Lyman's book MAD COWBOY
(Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat) By Howard
F. Lyman With Glen Merzer . ISBN: 0-684-84516-4.
These modern products of agriculture are then fed to the cattle,
sheep and pigs, poultry etc., and the same methods are used in
the production of all vegetables. Also, EVERYTHING we eat that
is found on the supermarket shelf also undergoes intensive chemicalization.
The primary food substances undergo further chemicalization with
the addition of all kinds of chemicals, including homogenizers,
stabilizers, dyes, vitamins and mineral supplements, artificial
coloring, and so-called "natural flavorings", which
are as far from natural as you can possibly imagine.
In essence, the modern cow eats the bovine equivalent of a
junk food diet, like many hundreds of millions of people eat devitalized,
denatured, artificial, refined and processed, synthetic non-food
White blood cells are one of the elements of the immune system
of the body. In addition to the production of white blood cells
by the lymph system, the immune functions of the body also involve
the functions of the liver, spleen, kidneys and, most importantly,
the large intestine.
The significance of an increase of the number of white blood
cells in the blood is it means that the lymph system is producing
more white blood cells in response to the presence of pathogenic
bacteria and viruses in the body. The higher the white blood cell
count, the greater is the number of pathogenic organisms.
The significant questions are, what are pathogenic bacteria/viruses,
where do they come from, and why are they doing what they do?
Bacteria and viruses are present everywhere in the normal
course of everyday life, they are in the soil, in the air, in
water, on meat and vegetables, on our skin, and most significantly,
they are in our intestines. In fact, the intestines, both large
and small are the sites of a numberless amount of bacteria.
The "average" American; that is, the one eating
his or her daily "meat and chemicals" diet, carries
in their large intestine alone 4-4 1/2 lbs of bacteria, or 1x10
18 , that is, more bacteria in their large intestine than there
are cells in their body!
The fact is they are there because the internal environment
of the modern "junk-food" intestine is suitable for
their germination and growth and they flourish there. In other
words, the modern junk-food diet and life-style literally promotes
the flourishing of numberless bacteria and viruses because the
environment in the intestines produced by the modern junk-food
diet is a dead, decaying and toxic environment.
For what is the purpose of bacteria and viruses? Among other
functions, they consume and mop up dead and decaying matter.
What I am relating here is not new. Over 100 years ago, two
of the most eminent scientists of their day had a fierce debate
over the problem of illness and the role "microbes",
as they were then called, play in its development.
One of them was Claude Bernard(1813-1878 AD), a physiologist,
who maintained that the relationship of the microbe to the body
is analogous to the relationship of a seed to the soil in which
the seed is planted. Whether or not the seed (microbe) germinates
and flourishes in the soil (body) depends on whether or not the
condition of the soil (body) is suitable for the seed (microbe)
to germinate and flourish.
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895 AD), on the other hand, maintained
that " the microbe is everything, the soil nothing"
and urged that we study the microbe in order to destroy it and
therefore do away with illness. Of course, modern medicine has
taken the course advocated by Pasteur, and the war on microbes
(bacteria and viruses) has proven to be no contest, the microbes
are winning it, hands down.
Another prominent individual in the early development of the
Germ Theory, Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902 AD), a pathologist, who
is recognized as the founder of cellular pathology, said toward
the end of his life that if he could live his life over again,
he would devote it to demonstrating that microbes do NOT causes
diseases of the flesh, they attack diseased flesh.
For years I have sought for a suitably graphic image to illustrate
the relationship of microbes to the body. One day not so long
ago I saw it in my backyard. I was out there and I spotted a dead
mouse on the grass. I went over to take a closer look and it was
teeming with a swarm of ants.
Now, no-one in their right mind, in seeing the body of a dead
mouse covered with thousands of ants, would ever conclude that
the swarm of ants were responsible for killing the mouse. No,
the ants are eating and cleaning up and removing the decaying
flesh of the already dead mouse.
Conversely, no-one on their right mind would conclude that
if we pour some insect killer on the swarm of ants in an attempt
to eliminate them would restore life to the dead mouse.
Yet, it is thought axiomatic today, in the scientific medical
community, that if evidence of the presence of viruses or bacteria
are found in an ill-person's body, that the virus or bacteria
is the cause of the illness. This is analogous to concluding that
because we find a swarm of ants consuming the body of a dead animal,
the ants killed the animal.
Therefore, finding more and more powerful antibiotics or anti-viral
agents to kill the bacteria or virus will do absolutely nothing
to help promote the revitalization and regeneration of the decaying
organ or tissue being "mopped-up" by the bacteria or
The proper approach is to determine what causes the organs
and tissues to develop a pathogenic condition, as it is the pathogenic
condition which is the suitable environment which attracts the
viruses and bacteria. We need to think of bacteria and viruses
associated with various illnesses not as the pathogenic agents
causing the illnesses, but as one of the indicators or symptoms
that an organ or tissue is undergoing pathogenic changes, the
causes of which have little to do with the presence or absence
of the viruses or bacteria.
Thus, the definition that pathogenic organisms are the causative
factor in the illnesses to which they have been attributed is
erroneous. The definition of pathogenic organisms, be they bacteria,
viruses, worms, spirochetes, flagella, amoebae, etc., is that
their presence in an organ or tissue indicates that pathogenic
changes are occurring in the organ or tissue. In many instances,
furthermore, these pathogenic changes have been going on for many
years and it is only toward the latter stages of pathogenic decay
that these organisms make their appearance.
Of course it will be clear to you that the creation of a suitable
bodily environment for the germination and flourishing of bacteria
and viruses has to do mainly with our daily diet.
I must point out here that the human intestine does have and
does need the presence of bacteria for the processes of digestion
to occur properly. We have in our intestines the possibility of
creating an environment which encourages the growth and flourishing
of healthy bacteria or creating a pathogenic condition in our
intestines which encourages the growth of pathogenic bacteria
which flourish in an unhealthy, toxic environment.
Healthy bacteria are needed to help with digestion as they
produce enzymes which, help to break down food. Some species of
bacteria also produce B Complex Vitamins and assist in their assimilation
by the intestines. Healthy bacteria also perform "house-cleaning"
duties like helping to repair the intestinal mucosa lining the
These features of bacterial life in the intestines is the
focus of scientific investigation in the discipline of "gastro-ecology".
It is recognized that there are "good bacteria" and
I have already pointed out that what causes the flourishing
of countless trillions of pathogenic bacteria is a toxic and decaying
intestinal environment created by eating the modern " meat
and junk-food" diet. So, what causes the creation and flourishing
of a stable population of "good bacteria", signifying
a healthy condition of the intestines?
A daily diet of eating cooked whole grains and vegetables
supplemented with some fruit, beans and certain specialty foods
like miso(fermented soy bean paste), sea vegetables and pickles,
based on macrobiotic principles.
The third experience as a veterinary surgeon I said earlier
I would relate is that the last summer I spent as a practicing
veterinarian, 1978, I noticed for the first time, or rather, the
observation struck me as a major insight for the first time, that
when the cows were out at pasture in the summer I rarely if
at all saw any sick cows. Whereas, when the cows were indoors
in the winter and being fed the bovine version of a modern "junk
food diet", I was visiting sick cows 16 hours a day. It was
this insight which gave met the complete conviction that macrobiotic
principles and ideas on illness and health are sound whereas those
of modern scientific medicine are not, and I resigned from the
veterinary profession soon after.
Now, you may ask, what has all this got to do with hepatitis,
as the pathogenic organisms connected to Hepatitis C, Hepatitis
B, etc, are viruses, not bacteria?
I will answer this question in my next column, in which I
will also describe "chi" and the relationship of the
large intestine to the liver in its terms. I will also describe
the anatomical connection between these two organs.
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