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Epidemics & germs Greetings, Yes, it's me again! Believe it or not, a whole week has passed since the last newsletter - frightening! We are still on the subject of epidemics and germs. "The body functions as a unit and depends on the continuous cooperation and coordination of all its parts - if one function is disturbed, the health and integrity of the organism and all its parts and functions are affected. The body ejects its uneliminated waste products by means of a crisis or acute disease, so that the toxins are expelled vicariously, or through channels not normally utilised, e.g. mucous membranes, skin, etc. Thus the disease is a process of detoxification and recovery, and is remedial and beneficial. Although it does expend great reserves of energy, it is a process of self-preservation. There is a body limitation to the vital resistance it can muster against acute disease. When the organism is continually subjected to intoxicating substances (such as tobacco, coffee, drugs, etc.) the body accommodates, and the result is impaired function and chronic disease. In general, accommodation is thought of as beneficial, but most physiological accommodations are just the opposite. The body accommodates to excessive exposure to sunlight by a deep tan, which cuts off the damaging influence of the sun. Vitamin D needed by the organism is produced in a much-reduced quantity. The skin will also become coarse and leathery because of the defensive accommodations. Normal secretions are reduced, and other departures from the ideal occur. When calluses form on the hands as a result of manual work, this adaptation is necessary - it is the body's defence against a mechanical irritant it can't escape or overcome. Such accommodations preserve life, but they are departures from the ideal. Accommodation to smoking, drugs or other poisons imposes upon the body higher level of toxins. The inevitable effect is the multiplication of the toxicity level, with the body actually accumulating additional toxins of its own, which it cannot normally excrete. The result is disease. Epidemic diseases are the consequences of the existence of such conditions in the bodies of great numbers of people. In today's world, it is probably not possible to achieve the degree of health that could be attained after several generations of healthful living. As Life Scientists, we keep striving for improvement, though the true "ideal" may be unattainable. We may have occasional crises of illness, but we must realise that sickness is not the enemy. Discomforts are our own body signals that we are doing something wrong. If we need such signals in a timely manner, by fasting and resting, instead of waiting for a full-fledged healing crisis, we will need only a mild and brief cleansing period. If we live our lives in this manner, we do not fear so-called "contagion" and "epidemics" M. O. Garten (Tomorrows Health) says, "An average healthy person, with an uncontaminated bloodstream, need not be concerned or apprehensive about being subjected to a "contagious" disease... However, this is not true with a person of low vitality and high accumulation of metabolic waste productions... Bacteria or germs of such a person stimulated into activity by the devitalised elements upon which they thrive, when transferred to the mucous membranes or tissues of another person equally toxaemic may be assumed to begin work immediately and in the same manner as on the first carrier. "This is a true explanation of 'contagion' and one may say that the germ precipitates the disease or excites it in the person to whom the germs are transferred... Germs... could be recognised as contributing factors in all toxic crisis in which the localised outside area is exposed to infection or contamination. Serums or drugs will help add to the general toxic load, and instability results in serious harm, even though the serums or drugs may apparently modify or suppress a local or general pathological process." This is getting heavy going and I think it is best to wait till next week to bring this subject to conclusion. Meanwhile I wish you, as always, good health and a wonderful week, Elise

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