The Spinal Column ~ “I don’t believe in the Germ theory.”
Dec 05, 2015 12:23PM
“I don’t believe in the Germ theory.”Dr. Redmond: I remember laughing at the absurdity of this statement when I was in chiropractic school. After all, this is something we learn about from birth! We get exposed to a germ, it infects us, and we get sick. Done deal. Simple. There were actually people who claimed they “didn’t believe” in this simple concept. Really? How could they be so ignorant? But one day, I decided to put my pre-programmed dogma aside and really think about this idea.
Microscopic organisms (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungal spores, etc.) cover every surface we come in contact with. They even cover our skin and line the walls of our digestive tract. They reside in every orifice of our body. Many of them are beneficial and necessary to our survival. This means that, more than likely, we are actually exposed to the critters that cause colds and flus almost every day of our life! Staph and strep are regular residents on and in our body.
So why don’t we all have staph and strep infections all the time?
The answer lies in our extremely effective immune system! Our body is constantly working to keep our little ecosystem in balance. This is why a group of people can all be exposed to the same infected individual, yet they don’t all get sick.
So it really isn’t as simple as just getting infected, is it? There are many things we can do to strengthen our immune system to help fend off invaders. If our body is properly cared for, we can defend ourselves. Aren’t we amazing creations?!