Modern Medicine, COVID, Gut Health and Your Immune System

Governments and people around the world have placed their trust in modern medicine’s approach to keeping us healthy, especially during this pandemic. But is this trust deserved?

I think it’s time to step back and take a bigger picture view of our health and question what we are being told.

Let’s ask ourselves…

  1. Does modern medicine really know as much about health as they think they know?
  2. Do they have alternative motivations for promoting a specific approach to medicine?
  3. Is avoiding a virus even possible?
  4. Is our focus on hand sanitizer and sterile environments healthy or harmful?
  5. What are we missing in our modern life that used to be a standard part of health?
  6. Why are some illnesses primarily present in developed countries more so than in developing or primitive countries.

I am grateful!

I want to start off by stating that I am extremely grateful that I live in a time and place with excellent healthcare. I am grateful for my doctor. I rest easy knowing that if anything happens to me or my family, a world-class hospital is only minutes away. Our wonderful healthcare system has saved my life after a motorcycle accident, has ensured the health of my newborn baby and has saved loved ones from serious problems.

At the same time, however, I recognize three things…

FIRST, our medical community doesn’t know everything, not even close. There are many aspects of health they’re just starting to figure out, and even more that they have no clue about.

SECOND, while science is supposed to be logical, analytical, non-biased and fact-based, it has become highly manipulated by money and politics. Scientific “consensus” is not the same thing as a fact, yet it is treated as such.

THIRD, I recognize that my health and the health of my family is my decision and my responsibility. I have freedom and personal responsibility. I can do research on the different experts in a field and choose who to trust, I can get a second or third opinion, and I can pray for guidance. I can decide whether to listen to mainstream medicine, or seek an alternative expert whom I feel is more in tune with the big picture of health.

Our Gut Bacteria is Poorly Understood.

One area of study that cutting edge medical researchers are just now starting to understand is gut bacteria and its powerful impact on our health and immune system, but this awareness has not yet filtered through to the main medical community. Indeed, widespread awareness of the gut biome by mainstream doctors may never happen because if people had healthy guts it would eliminate the need for many of the most popular prescriptions.

I’m not referring to simple probiotics. The study of our gut biome has taken some really interesting steps forward. One of the doctors at the forefront of this study is Dr. Robynne Chutkan. She has written some amazing books, and has adopted the motto, “Live Dirty, Eat Clean” to encourage us to get dirty (literally), while eating good, organic food and drinking clean water.

She points out that modern medicine still sees humans as separate from our environment; that bacteria, parasites and even viruses are bad, thus the need to constantly chlorinate the environment and lather up with hand sanitizer.

The truth, however, is that we are in a symbiotic relationship with our little microscopic friends and that our bodies have evolved to deal with our environment. Stress to our immune system is not a bad thing, and in fact can be a very necessary aspect of life. Even some organisms that have been previously viewed as harmful parasites are now shown to have positive health effects. The hookworm, for example, can cure the symptoms of Celiacs disease, and whipworm is being used to treat MS with remarkable results.

“When we consider immune health, it’s really about how healthy the host (ie, us) is that determines who gets really sick and who doesn’t. While the virulence of the pathogen is important, the health of the host is also really important. If the host terrain is strong and rooted, the pathogen has little chance to take over; if the terrain is weak and imbalanced, the pathogen can pose a serious threat. What I’m describing is what’s referred to as Terrain theory – the concept that a rich and balanced gut microbiome can protect us against harmful pathogens and prevent us from getting really sick; versus Pasteur’s germ theory  – the conventional idea that the virulence of the pathogen is what determines whether or not we get really sick. Where our health is concerned, so much is in our power, and the power comes in the form of the lifestyle choices we make – Live Dirty, Eat Clean!”

Q&A With Dr. Chutkan On The COVID-19 Pandemic by Dr. Robynne Chutkan

Please take some time to watch this interview with Dr. Chutkan. I guarantee that you will get a lot out of it!

At the beginning of this article I asked, “Does modern medicine really know as much about health as they think they know?” From what I have observed from how the world has dealt with COVID, the answer is a shocking “no!”

As you saw in the video, gut bacteria is a crucial part of our immune system. Yet we are told to lather up with hand sanitizer, chlorinate every possible surface, and avoid touching people, which could actually make us more susceptible to illness.

We have been sold on the premise that avoiding COVID-19 is the way to not get sick from it, but in fact, avoiding a virus is basically impossible and the CDC knows this. Viruses are extremely small, much smaller than the holes in face masks and they are ubiquitous, meaning that viruses are everywhere.

Never before in history have we tried to hide from a virus, nor have we quarantined healthy people, which is actually not quarantine, but it is house arrest (quarantine is when you separate the sick people from healthy people).

The common sense answer for today’s situation, in my opinion, is to do everything you can to keep your immune system strong. That’s what I’m doing. I’m eating good food. Drinking clean water. Avoiding toxins. Getting fresh air. Laughing, enjoying life and reducing my stress. And I’m reading Dr. Chutkan’s books and developing a strong gut. I’m happy to shake people’s hands (if they are open to it) and give them a hug. The virus doesn’t scare me in the slightest.

Just to be clear, I am not providing medical advice, nor am I suggesting that you don’t wear a mask or use hand sanitizer. But I do encourage you to do your research and think about this issue in a different way. Question what you are being told.

Scientists and doctors are not the end-all, be-all for how to deal with situations. They are simply people; they can be deceived and manipulated, and they can also be the deceivers and the manipulators. They can be subject to group-think, they are especially sensitive to peer pressure and they have good jobs that they don’t want to lose. They don’t want to rock the boat, especially when they see doctors who have come forward get pummeled by the media and the social media mob.

Science and medicine are influenced by powerful forces, such as the pharmaceutical companies which make gobs of money by ensuring their vision of medicine wins. In addition, there are tremendous political powers at play using this situation to create fear, place blame and take away our freedoms, and this fear mongering will become more intense from now until the election.

Believe what you want to believe, but please think about what I’ve said. Do what you can to get healthy, and question the practices of becoming too sterile. I want to again remind you of Dr Chutkan’s motto of “Live Dirty, Eat Clean”.

Please tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

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21 Comments

  1. Pedram Shojai (aka the Urban Monk) put out a docuseries about 2 years ago called Interconnected. It was all about the microbiome. It was one of the most fascinating, information packed docuseries I’ve ever watched!

  2. Excellent article. Once again you’re spot on. We must question question question and then make up our own minds. I will not be afraid of others. We are each responsible for our own health. Did. Zach Bush is someone I respect and listen to. Triple Board certified and incredibly knowledgeable on the microbiome.

  3. Your information, and that from Dr. Chutkan, about building our immune system through our microbiome is very essential, and thank you for leading us in that direction. But it is also essential to keep in mind that those who understand and practice these healthy principles are a small percentage of the population of urban (and probably most of rural) areas. Therefore, the medical precautions are meant to protect as much as possible the vulnerable ones, and prevent the hospitals from being overwhelmed, as they are presently where under-educated or irresponsible people are a majority. We who know better, and act better, will be justified by choosing to stay healthy as possible, without the help of the strictest precautions.

    1. Thanks Lynne. I understand what you are saying, and each to their own, but I don’t agree. I think the recommendations we are getting are specifically counter to good health. The campaign to over sterilize everything is hurting our health. I don’t believe we should be lathering up with hand sanitizer, and turning every surface into a chlorinated germ-free zone, and I don’t believe we should be wearing masks and limiting contact with others, except maybe the extremely vulnerable. Modern medicine is directing us in a way that is counter to how the immune system works.

    2. I want to clarify my earlier point Lynne. I don’t want to sound like an absolutist on this. Maybe there is a middle ground, and I certainly believe that everyone should have the freedom to choose for themselves. My problem is that everyone is drinking the Koolade and this common sense perspective is not being heard at all.

  4. Great article! Thank you. In college I took Microbiology 101 – Intro Course. I learned alot! When I took the class, I was thinking that this type of information – at least some of it – could and should be taught from first grade through high school – and possibly mandatory – so that our kids actually get the information out there regarding what is out there – but with common sense and proper education to not produce fear but have an educated schooling so that knowledge can have power over the unknown, so to speak. Plus, the parents would get educated, too. I can’t remember the saying or even if there is one – but the one about kids playing in dirt – at least good dirt, so to speak – not infected-type dirt. That it is good for them and builds up their immune system.

  5. Hi Glen, I’m not sure if this “new” information is something you’ve encountered fairly recently or not, perhaps you’re only just now writing about it. I’ve known about the microbiome and healthy gut perspective for many, many years now (10+?) but have just finished a book that might be an even greater paradigm shift for you than this perspective is: The Invisible Rainbow A History of Electricity and Life by Arthur Firstenberg. I wish the world would read it but alas, people don’t want to know this information. You seem the curious, open, courageous type…I’d love to see a post on it if you decide to take the dare (haha). You posed some great introspective questions, and have a knack for easing people into things. Well done.

    1. I want to clarify my earlier point Lynne. I don’t want to sound like an absolutist on this. Maybe there is a middle ground, and I certainly believe that everyone should have the freedom to choose for themselves. My problem is that everyone is drinking the Koolade and this common sense perspective is not being heard at all.

    2. Hi Tonna, thanks for the note. Yes, we’ve known about gut health for a long time, but the amount we know now is growing every day and the proof is undeniable. But with all of that, modern medicine is still ridiculously far behind, as is evidenced by what they are telling us to do to respond to COVID, which is, IMHO, totally wrong. Regarding the electric fields, I totally agree. I think this is an area that modern science has no clue about. While I haven’t read that book, I have read “The Body Electric” which is also a great book.

  6. I was the typical Florida Kid that ran barefoot in the summer and played in the dirt and caught tadpoles in the ditch after a rain. That stopped when the 50’s Polio scare came about. And yes, I had pinworms from digging in the dirt. However, I did survive and am now 77 and still love to dig in the dirt. I am a big proponent of clean water and eating as healthy as possible. I am very aware of knowledge of the gut microbiome and stay as far away as possible from pharmaceuticals as possible. Another person who tries to educate about the gut microbiome and good health is V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai. Dr. Shiva is a PHD from MIT and is running for senate in Massachusetts. If you are not aware of him you may want to check out SHIVA4SENATE. he is running on the republican ticket, but is for neither party, but is for THE PEOPLE. He has called out Dr. Fauci and feels like what we are being told about COVID-19 is totally wrong. It is nice to know that another voice agrees.

    1. Hi Tonna, thanks for the note. Yes, we’ve known about gut health for a long time, but the amount we know now is growing every day and the proof is undeniable. But with all of that, modern medicine is still ridiculously far behind, as is evidenced by what they are telling us to do to respond to COVID, which is, IMHO, totally wrong. Regarding the electric fields, I totally agree. I think this is an area that modern science has no clue about. While I haven’t read that book, I have read “The Body Electric” which is also a great book.

    2. Thanks Carolyn! I think I’ve seen Dr Shiva, and I think I remember the mainstream press trying to destroy him because of his position on COVID.

  7. Another great book is “Regenerate” by Sayer Ji, which is also based on The New Biology. I believe Bruce Lipton headed the movement in this direction with his “Biology of Belief” at least 20 years ago. Science is often quite slow to evolve with new information that shatters the old paradigm.

    I realize we need to be respectful of other people’s fears but we also must stand for personal freedom. The mandates are wrong and I am living in a state — Oregon –where the rules are strict and set to stay in place until at least September. When I workout in my complex’s Fitness Center I have to wear a mask even if I am the only member there! So to end my “rant” here is one of my favorite quotes by Walt Whitman: “Re-examine everything you have been told . . . and reject whatever insults your soul.”

    Thank you always for your wisdom, Glenn.

  8. Glenn, I know you are not a doctor and can’t give medical advice. That is understood. But, I am still interested in your opinion. For example, in this time of COVID-19, if you get into a conversation with someone you personally know that is 70+ years old, would your advice to them still be the same as what you have written here in your article? Or do you think elderly people are a special situation and they should do all the “conventional things” that we constantly hear from “the experts” such as doctors, news media, etc? (things like: regularly using hand sanitizers, wear a face mask, don’t shake hands, stay home and don’t go out, etc).

    1. Yeah, that’s a tough one Randy. I never said that I don’t think COVID doesn’t exist, and I do think it can be more dangerous to elderly, especially if they have other problems. My parents were in self-quarantine for a couple months, and I certainly respected their concerns. I was never too worried about them, but if something happened it would have been terrible. They are living a normal life now and are not quarantining themselves, although I think they’re being more careful. I guess all I can say is that if I was 70+ I would try to live my life as normally as possible. I would not be scared of it, personally.

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