An interesting scenerio is presented when reviewing the life of Louis Pasteur. In 1867 he established that putrefaction and fermentation were caused by micro-organisms thus providing an impetus to microbiology and leading to his pasteurization process for milk. Of course the advantage to using his methods as a quick fix instead of relying on a safe, sterile handling procedure allowed large cartels to profit from sales of milk. His discovery that most infectious diseases are caused by germs, known as the “germ theory of disease” is one of the most important in medical history. His work became the foundation for the science of microbiology, and a cornerstone of modern medicine. His development of the pasteurization process would present a process by which harmful microbes in perishable food products are destroyed using heat, without destroying the food.
In 1995 Pastuer’s family released his notes which ultimately labeled him as a fraud. It was declared that he had lied about his research on vaccines and germs. In the end, just before his death, he declared that the terrain is more important than the germ.The terrain is everything and the germ is nothing. However, since the germ is so profitable, the medical world has written off his final statements as the madness of a dying man. It later was revealed that Pasteur was an ambitious self-promoter. Bernard Bechamp, one of Pasteur’s contemporaries, spent years proving that germs were the consequence of disease and not the cause. Pasteur’s theory was much simpler and highly profitable. It made economic sense. It made money.
Pasteur instructed his family never to release his lab notes. After his grandson died in 1975, they were finally released and made available to the public in 1995.
One final note- Pasteurization does NOT kill ALL harmful microbes in milk and it DOES harm the milk. This is backed up with the exposure of many Salmonella and Campylobacter outbreaks in the 80′s and 90′s. The heat process injures the milk. The pasteurization destroys milk’s intrinsic germicidal properties, not to mention healthy enzymes. Also, 50% of milk’s calcium is unusable after pasteurization. I guess we can’t believe all the milk commercials either.
I have presented this information on pasteurization because recent new products are being brought to the market billed as a fresh dog food that has gone through a pasteurization process. The food is claimed to be pasteurized which is promoted to offer bacterial safety. My suggestion is that a more prudent approach is to feed it raw. Remember- we just learned that the germs are not the cause but the consequence of disease. We need the patrhogens as our janitors that are needed to clean up the decaying tissue. They are the crows and the ants in the body. The controversy regarding the feeding of raw food versus cooked foods is a hot topic because of the current pet food recalls. The interpretation of Pasteur’s germ theory holds the key to the truth. I still say that the proof is in the results. Our testimonials tell the story the best. These provide us with 32 years of proof.
posted by Rob Mueller