Health versus Wellness

There has always been a battle between traditional western medicine and so-called alternative approaches to wellness. The most traditional on the one side say that alternative methods (like massage or energy work) might feel nice but they don’t do anything. The more radical on the other side say that doctors only know what the drug companies teach them.

Before I go any farther, I need to tell you that I am a massage therapist and I am very interested in energy work. I have friends who are doctors and I believe in their desire to do good. Western medicine is excellent when it comes to critical life and death situations, such as stitching you back together again after an accident or something. I think their education is lacking when it comes to everyday health, or wellness. Now I know why and I am going to share that with you.

Back in the 1800s there were three scientists with three theories as to the cause of disease. Everyone knows the name of Louis Pasteur but few people have probably heard of Antoine Bechamp or Claude Bernard.

Louis Pasteur pushed the idea that disease is caused by germs.  As you well know, his ideas won out and now we have all sorts of drugs to deal specifically with bacteria and viruses.  We also have things like antibacterial soap to wash our hands, Lysol to kill anything that might be moving on the counter-top, and chlorine to kill your water.  I don’t need to go further into his theories because we live them everyday.

Antoine Bechamp promoted the theory of pleomorphism. He held the view that microorganisms can go through different stages of development and they can evolve into various growth forms within their life cycle.  More simply put, cells can change and become germs which cause disease.

Claude Bernard also believed that microbes can change and further stated that it is the environment that the microbe is in that causes the change.  So, according to Bernard, the environment in our bodies is the cause of all disease, not the microbes themselves.  This is the basis of the wellness field.  Massage, chiropractic, energy healing, sound healing, meditation, you name it, the focus is on improving the environment inside the body.

The thing that you don’t hear about is that Louis Pasteur, before he died, admitted that Claude Bernard was right all along.  Germs don’t matter.  The environment is what’s important.

This gives you a new perspective on chronic conditions like cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimers and other similar disorders .  I’m not a doctor, but take a step back and look at any health problems you may have and think about them from the environment perspective.  Maybe we really are responsible for our own health.

This is why it is important to drink good water, get a great night’s sleep, get enough exercise, meditate, take time for yourself, alkalize your body and all those other things that therapists and healers tell you to do.

I won’t cheapen this with links to products or anything like that because this information is too important.  You can find them if you read my other posts anyway.  I would like your comments though.  What do you think about this?  Let’s start a dialog and see where it goes.

Wayne Woodworth
Wellness Consultant

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6 Responses to Health versus Wellness

  1. girlygirlgoesgreen says:

    I agree that it is very important for individuals to drink good water, get a great night's sleep, get enough exercise, actively seek quiet time, whether it is in prayer, meditation or whatever as well as to take good care of yourself. However, I do not believe that we are responsible for ALL medical conditions.

    Regardless of the environment, many medical conditions are hereditary. For instance, some families have many relatives who have heart disease. Is it purely coincidental that all the men in this family have had heart attacks? Most importantly, did each male in this family not take care of his health and did he cause his own heart condition?

    How about cancer? Is it possible that individuals who receive the diagnosis of cancer have only themselves to blame for poor health? Did they choose the wrong foods to eat or practice a lifestyle that promoted the diagnosis of cancer? How about the female who never smoked, she ate healthy and she took care of herself, yet, she died of lung cancer?

    What about the millions of individuals who suffer with an auto-immune disease, such as Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease or Sjogren’s Syndrome? Is it just all in their head or could these medical conditions be “real”? Are these individuals responsible for their auto-immune disease?

    I am not a medical doctor, but I do have a medical background working in the operating room and assisting in surgery. In addition, I have been practicing alternative medicine for over 12 years. I truly believe that the foods and beverages that we consume, the lifestyle that we lead as well as quality sleep and regular exercise do have a large impact on our health.

    Keeping that in mind, I can NOT say that I believe that we are 100% responsible for our health and wellness. Hereditary plays an important role, but the environment and our culture does have an influence, too.

  2. I agree with you that some people have a genetic tendency for certain diseases. High blood pressure is a common one. I believe that once they know that they have that bias they can control their environment enough to reduce its impact. For example, a nurse I know has a genetic tendency for high blood pressure. Her 4 siblings all have it. She knows that so she takes additional precautions to control her cholesterol. She stays away from foods that increase it and eats more of the foods that decrease it.

    I have had pollen allergies since I was a year old. Obviously I cannot be held to blame for that but I can take the responsibility for controlling it. I have found foods that reduce my allergies to almost nothing.

    I agree with you that we are not 100% responsible for the causes of our health problem but I believe that we can be responsible for finding ways to address them. Name any disease you want and if you look hard enough, you can find someone who overcame it. If one person can do then so can everyone else. I don't believe that we are here to suffer.

  3. Ilka Flood says:

    Hi Wayne,

    Very interesting article! I believe that in part we are responsible for our own illnesses. If you eat junk food, are a couch potato and party through the night don’t be surprised if you get sick. I know that’s a bit extreme, but a lot of disease (imho) can be prevented just by living right. It’s never to late to change your lifestyle.

    “Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed. The mind and the body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and the strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.” -Jim Rohn

    Of course it can’t be helped that sometimes we get genetic disease passed down from our parents and grandparents. For example, I have high cholesterol, always had it from when I was very young. But I rarely eat junk food. Go figure. But what can I do but try to live as healthy as I possibly can by eating the right foods and exercise. (Admittingly, I could do better on the exercise 🙂 )

    Excellent post, thanks for sharing it!


    • Thanks for reading and commenting Ilka. Jim Rohn not only said it, he also lived it. If you don’t mind my asking, do you manage your cholesterol completely through diet and lifestyle?


  4. Ilka Flood says:

    I try to, Wayne, although that is not easy in my busy world. I do not take any medication for it though, although my doctor tried. I take nutritional supplements instead and eat foods that naturally lower cholesterol, like fish, nuts, beans, berries, veggies, whole grains, etc. Very little red meat. Very little sweets, although I do love chocolate. But thank goodness there’s a healthy kind 🙂

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