Joel, Joel, Antoine and Louis

Joel FuhrmanThis article is about two guys in their fifties who are revolutionizing health care and agriculture – Joel and Joel. That’s Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Joel Salatin. And about a little known but profoundly important scientist – Professor Antoine Bechamp and his much more famous rival – Louis Pasteur. What the two Joel’s are doing is so profound, we really need trumpets to announce it, but I don’t have any, so I’ll make do with my humble blog. I first heard of Joel Salatin back in 1993 when a friend gave me a magazine that advertised one of his books. As the years passed, I kept hearing more about him and in 2008, went to his Field Day with 2 of my kids. Then in 2010, Joel wrote “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” and it was that book that really made me realize what a revolutionary thinker Joel really is. Joel is doing some really remarkable things with his farm. First and foremost, he’s Healing the Land. Joel is using herbivores and perennials to actually BUILD soil, in a time when the vast majority of other farmers are DESTROYING soil. That’s huge because one day if we have no soil, we won’t eat. Secondly, Joel is raising animals with no corn (cows aren’t supposed to eat corn), no antibiotics, Joel Salatinno immunizations and no chemical fertilizers. And his animals rarely get sick and he raises a lot of them. Last I heard his farm revenues were something like $2 million a year. So Joel Salatin is revolutionizing agriculture and healing the land.

Now in one of Joel’s books where he’s talking about animal health, he mentions a scientist by the name of Antoine Bechamp. And basically what Joel gleaned from Bechamp is that animals don’t need drugs to stay healthy, they just need their “terrain” to be controlled correctly. In other words, they must be fed the right food and managed the way God intended them to be managed. If they are not, then the microbes mutate and become virulent and animals get sick and die unless we medicate them heavily. So Joel took Bechamp’s advice and began moving cows around the pasture and letting them eat what they were designed to eat – grass. And since he does this, he doesn’t have to medicate and he has generally healthy cows. He takes a similar approach with chickens, hogs and rabbits. Brilliant. Why isn’t everyone doing this?

How about the other Joel? Dr. Joel Fuhrman? Well Dr. Fuhrman is basically doing with people what Joel Salatin is doing with animals – controlling the terrain properly. Dr. Fuhrman is healing people and getting them completely off meds by changing their diet, which equips the body to be strong and healthy and renders most microbes non-virulent. Why do people get colds? According to Dr. Fuhrman it’s not really because there was a “bad” bug floating around and you caught it. It’s because your body has been poisoned with unhealthy food which weakens it and provides an environment for otherwise benign microbes to become virulent. Here’s a recent research paper which explains this. NOTE: This original link is broken. Link to a cached version of full text HERE. Link to official Elsevier article offering at Science Direct HERE.

So the two Joels are implementing the principles discovered by Professor Bechamp and revolutionizing agriculture AND health care! Wow! So who is this Bechamp character and why did I not learn about him in school? Turns out he was a brilliant scientist who made many important discoveries in microbiology, the most important in my opinion being the concept of Microbe Pleomorphism. Meaning that microbes take different shapes in different environments and can be virulent or non-virulent depending on the environment. For example, if you eat the wrong sort of foods (Big Macs, Cokes and fries for example), your body will have an internal environment conducive to making certain bacteria and viruses virulent, whereas if you ate good food, these microbes would be benign. Bechamp was an intense rival of Louis Pasteur and their key difference seems to be that Pasteur believed in the concept of Microbe Monomorphism. Meaning that microbes pretty much have one shape and stick with that one shape. And some microbes are virulent in all environments and some are non-virulent.

So early in Microbiology, we had the Monomorphists (Pasteur) and the Pleomorphists (Bechamp). Which is correct? As it turns out, Bechamp was correct (as the two Joels are now demonstrating) but Pasteur’s idea won the day and gave birth to the modern idea that “germs are bad” and “we need to kill germs” and “you’d better get your kids immunized or they will get sick” and so on. I would encourage you to read up on Pasteur vs. Bechamp HERE. Please note: I have not yet investigated “microzymas” yet and there are some claims in that article that I am not sure about. But overall it’s a great article. And what I have investigated is that Pasteur’s idea of Monomorphism was wrong and that being so, antibiotics are largely unnecessary and immunizations are harmful.

Conclusion: The two Joel’s are revolutionizing health care and agriculture based on the principles of Professor Antoine Bechamp. And the world would have been better off if Louis Pasteur would have gone into shoe sales instead of microbiology.

Here’s an article on Pleomorphism.

Here’s an article discussing the four different shapes of E. coli

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