E. Douglas Hume: The Manure Pile Theory Of Disease

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The Manure Pile Theory of Disease In 1932, E. Douglas Hume published the book, Bechamp or Pasteur?, and it chronicles the work of one of Pasteur’s contemporaries, Antoine Bechamp, from the University at Lille, the most respected researcher and teacher in France at the time. Bechamp was an intent research scientist, so he wasn’t into the politics of medicine nor fanfare, and he was a university professor and serious researcher until his death at the age of 93. Bechamp believed that the swamp gave rise to the mosquito; the mosquito did not give rise to the swamp. In his view, microbes didn’t cause disease. The internal terrain of the host in which they lived caused them to become pathogenic. Louis Pasteur is largely credited with the Germ Theory of disease, a monomorphist theory that became entrenched in modern medicine, which is highly ironic, since conventional medicine has been blind to the fact that microorganisms could possibly have anything to do with causing cancer - until quite recently. Louis Pasteur was destined to be right in his time. Pasteur studied at the Ecôle Normale in Paris, and, in 1843, he became a research chemist, where he developed such a highly-esteemed reputation, that, in 1854, at the age of 32, Dean of the Faculty of Science was conferred upon him at the University of Lille. (Lille was the French center of alcohol manufacturing.) In 1856, Pasteur was visited by a man named Bigo who worked at a local sugar-beet alcohol factory. Bigo’s vats of
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