What is Disease Being at the threshold of winter, it might be appropriate to discuss what afflicts us all, sooner or later. Since I learned about the purpose of disease, I have been baring my flu's and colds without complaining so much, here is why….. What is Disease? (By T.C. Fry) In physiological terminology, disease means deviation from normal. In a state of disease the body has rechanneled or redirected its energies so that it has less than usual energy for functions normally engaged in. There are 2 distinct types of disease. The first type of disease serves a purpose and the second type serves none. The first type is constructive disease often called ACUTE disease. The second type is called DEGENERATIVE. This results from organic impairment in which organs, tissues, bones, or other faculties have undergone destruction, distortion, or irreversible impairment. Everything that affects any part of the body affects the whole organism. Disease serves an important body purpose, the body when bodily integrity is compromised or threatened by an accumulation of uneliminated materials initiates it. The level of vitality and extent of the overload determine the type of crisis. Given high vitality as in infants, a very low level of toxicity is tolerated. In infants, colds are frequent. Given low vitality as in most older people in our society, colds are infrequent. Because so few older people maintain vital bodies, the toxic overload drags them down into chronic diseases, and unsuspected pathology that leads to degenerative disease. The body must be in a toxic state before it will institute a crisis. Neither bacteria nor anything else starts and sustains a crisis. Microorganisms are incapable of unified action- in fact they cannot exist where there is no food (soil) for them, and living cells are not soil for bacteria. An "invasion" by bacteria such as we imagine in contagion never takes place. The bacteria that proliferate in a crisis are with us all the time. We harbor uncounted billions of Microorganisms in our intestinal tract, our skin, in our mouth and nose and other body cavity. Thus the body is the ONLY actor in the crisis of elimination or cleansing called disease. Bacteria and viruses cannot be blamed for disease, it is just an easy way out of carrying the responsibility of one's health. The body creates a crisis in response to a body need to free itself of toxic matters and repair damage. Consequently, the body withdraws energy from normal body activities and redirects then to the healing crisis. The body will reject anything that is irritating. For example, if dust is put into your nose, the body will secrete mucus to surround and eject the dust irritant. Or you may sneeze. In both cases, the body is acting defensively. Thus all remedial disease is body-defensive action. Bacteria can in many cases do what bears and many other animals do - hibernate or become dormant. Bechamp was a French scientist who took what he called microzyma from the chalk cliffs of France. He found that, upon furnishing water, warmth and other nutrients, the microorganism, which had been entombed for 10 million years of dormancy, proliferated. So bacteria have certain qualities for survival that most people are not aware of. Bacteria do not invade organisms for they're always within the organism. Maybe it is appropriate to say " pity not the man who has caught bacteria; pity the bacteria who was caught by the man " This is to say that humans furnish a very rough environment for bacteria. The body keeps them restricted within certain bounds. The body controls bacteria at all times. The body is master of its domain. Next week- the different stages of disease.