With winter around the corner I see many people scrambling to get their flu shot in the hope they will avoid the latest scary bug that will go around this season. Ever wondered what exactly makes us sick? That is the million dollar question, isn’t it?
I’m sure you’ve heard about Louis Pasteur’s Germ Theory, but do you know about the controversy behind it? Pasteur didn’t actually discover germs. This theory was really proposed by Girolamo Fracastoro in 1546. In the 1850’s Pasteur essentially dug up the germ theory of disease and put his name on it. It proposes that germs from an external source invade the body and are the first cause of infectious disease. This theory is what gave birth to the development of antibiotics.
Ever heard of Antoine Bechamp? His theory is in complete opposition to the germ theory and around the same time Pasteur was working on his theory, scientifically proved that bacteria and viruses (germs) are mostly the result or after effect of a disease and not the cause of the disease. What he essentially proposed is that the germ doesn’t cause the disease, but rather the environment (immune system and internal health) the germ is exposed to is what decides whether you contract a disease or not.
Tony Isaacs in his article for Natural News titled Louis Pasteur vs. Antoine Bechamp: Know the True Causes of Disease (2010) states that after some initial controversy, Pasteur’s germ theory ended up winning the day with mainstream medicine enabling big pharma to develop and hugely profit from the patented drugs and treatments for fighting germs. Imagine if Bechamp’s theory had won out. There was just as much scientific proof and validation to support it, but it would have virtually eliminated disease and ended the pharmaceutical industry.
Just imagine if health was actually within our own control and not dictated by genetics or germs. Well, Bechamp scientifically proved this to be the case. What does this really mean in our everyday lives? Your body has an inherent ability to heal itself. This ability is far superior to any mainstream medicine or drug and if one takes care of their internal environment or terrain if you will, can make it undesirable to the development of disease. Lack of nutrition (poor diet) combined with exposure to toxins (artificial and chemical ingredients in food, drugs, the water we drink and the air we breathe) is what weakens our internal environment, creates inflammation and makes us vulnerable to disease.
Food for thought – what you put into your mouth is the single biggest factor you have within your control to affect your health! Why wouldn’t you make it as clean and superior as possible? Especially if MSG or sodium nitrate or aspartame or any one of the many toxins that are added to our food has a direct adverse effect on the health of your internal environment (immune system).
To that end I want to share our Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric soup recipe with you. Carrots are packed with beta-carotene and fiber and are a good source of antioxidants. They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B8, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Folate, Potassium, Iron, Copper and Manganese.
Ginger is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory that naturally lowers blood sugars and improves heart disease risk. It can also help treat chronic indigestion and may even lower cholesterol.
Put these ingredients together in a hearty, comforting, freshly made soup and you have your very own flu shot. I recommend enjoying it with good friends and family as often as possible during winter! Bon appetite!
A note on purchasing organic produce – pesticides are poison and there is much evidence that proves an increase in toxic levels of pesticides in vegetables grown underground. Therefore, root vegetables absorb more pesticides than perhaps a pineapple for example. This is not eliminated with washing the produce before use, so it is important to purchase organic root vegetables whenever possible. Carrots, ginger and turmeric are all roots and grown in soil.
2 qt Vegetable stock (for vegan) or chicken (homemade if possible otherwise check it is MSG and preservative free)
5 lbs peeled and roughly chopped carrots
1 large yellow onion skinned and chopped
¼ C peeled and roughly chopped ginger
¼ C roughly chopped fresh Turmeric (available at most grocery stores and looks like ginger)
¼ C chopped fresh garlic
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil for sautéing
Salt & pepper to taste
Heat a large pot on the stove, add evo and then add all of the chopped items and sauté until onions and garlic are softened and yellow. Add stock, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Simmer for at least one hour or until carrots are soft. Purée with an immersion blender, food processor or standard blender. Salt and pepper to taste.
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Tracy Webster, Owner @ Deliteful. 2016, Nov 9