When I was in school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, I learned something that absolutely floored me. It was what Louis Pasteur, the scientist who influenced everything about the current food system, said on his deathbed:
“Bernard was right…the pathogen is nothing; the terrain is everything.”
Damn. Pasteur invented pasteurization and shifted worldwide understanding of what makes people sick, and here he was, recounting his life’s work. (Bernard was his contemporary who argued for a healthy biological terrain—we’ll get into that more below.)
Before Pasteur, we didn’t know bacteria existed. When people got food poisoning they were treated by extreme measures such as bloodletting. Yup–let the evil spirits out.
This was not that long ago. Less than 150 years is a mere blip in the 10,000 year history of food cultivation.
Pasteur contributed a lot to our world, but his method for dealing with bacteria using heat kills off both the good and the bad, and the practice has drastically altered our food system and our bodies. The process uses heat high enough to damage the food’s nutrient availability, enzymes, and natural antibacterial properties, but that temperature is not high enough to kill typhoid, E. coli, TB, or Salmonella. (Dr Ghislaine Lanctôt, The Medical Mafia)
I’m not trying to *dis* Pasteur. He was the forerunner to the work I do now. Like me, he was a seeker of knowledge who set out to fix a problem that was affecting the entire world.
‘The terrain is everything’ means that harmful bacteria can’t survive in a healthy gut. If you don’t have the right probiotics your terrain is shot. This is why some people eat super healthy and still have health problems stemming from poor digestion, and live in a state of constant exhaustion.
It’s now clear that the terrain is the key to everything else. It’s not the only component to being healthy, but it is absolutely the foundation.
So how do you create a healthy terrain? When I found the answer to this question it became the seat of my personal theory of healing. Creating a healthy biological terrain is a new methodology of healing.
I also jumped for joy. That understanding led me from getting sick 4-6 times a year to getting sick only once every 4-6 years.
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