I call him a health champ, but it’s not just because the word “champ” is in his name. He truly was a brilliant health champion. His name was Antoine Béchamp—a health pioneer who’s known for his “terrain theory,” which says disease comes from inside—not outside—the body. More specifically, Béchamp believed that the inner health and condition of your cells, tissues and organs—your terrain—determines whether or not disease will develop or spread in the body.
I’ll take that a step further. If disease springs forth from an unhealthy terrain inside the body, then it stands to reason that health can also be fostered from the inside out.
Now, back to Béchamp. . .
You’ve probably never heard of him, but he was one of France’s most prominent researchers and biologists who held degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, pharmacy and medicine. Béchamp was a contemporary of famed Louis Pasteur, but Béchamp’s research concluded the exact opposite of what Pasteur’s studies did.
While Pasteur’s “germ theory of disease” stance says that disease comes from outside the body and is what conventional medicine and pharmaceutical use is founded on, Béchamp’s terrain theory research is based on the premise that the inner health and condition of your cells, tissues and organs—your terrain—determines the course of disease genesis and infiltration in the body. For instance, we all know people who are exposed to the same germs—breathing the same air, touching the same objects, eating the same foods, etc.—and some of those people get gravely ill, while others are completely unaffected. Why is that?
Béchamp would say that, for those who escaped ill health, the body’s terrain was strong enough to ward off any of those invaders—and for many years, he used scientific methods and experiments to prove that disease didn’t occur solely from outside germs attacking the body. Instead, Béchamp noted that keeping yourself and your terrain strong through what you ate, drank, breathed, etc., were what would determine your body’s inner terrain condition.
In short, if you had a healthy terrain, then you were most likely healthy and would remain that way no matter what you were exposed to. In fact, Béchamp discovered that what he called “microzymas”—something he believed were the basic structures of all living material—could transform themselves into different forms, depending on the environment they were exposed to. As far as the cause of disease, these same microzymas could be triggered to become disease forming, or pathogenic, in nature as a result of one’s inner terrain environment.
Béchamp’s research uncovered that a disease-ridden, acidic, poorly oxygenated cellular environment, or terrain, can come into play from a nutrient-deficient or toxic diet and an unhealthy lifestyle. Béchamp is believed to have even documented how cancer cells formed—and morphed—in an unhealthy internal terrain.
Ultimately, however, Pasteur’s way of thinking won the battle and remains the cornerstone of the medical community today. In short, that theory is to “kill the bug; kill the disease.” However, if that were the case and Pasteur’s theory fully worked, then we’d be seeing less—or no—disease.
If you ask me, people are more susceptible to disease because they lack a healthy terrain, not because they come up short on pharmaceutical drugs.
So, foster the health of your inner terrain. It can bring health from the inside out.