Tom Cowan, who was previously on my podcast in which he discussed his book The Contagion Myth and why germs don’t cause disease, is a doctor and author of multiple books challenging current medical paradigms, specifically relating to illness and optimal wellbeing.
He joined me for a conversation on why there is no such thing as an immune system, which is a logical argument if germs don’t cause illness.
The conventional argument (which is what I was taught) is more or less the following.
Imagine the body as a kingdom and the immune system is like an army that protects the kingdom from invaders.
White blood cells are like the soldiers of the army. They have special powers to recognise and fight off germs, like bacteria and viruses, that can cause sickness. When the germs try to enter the body, white blood cells jump into action to defend the body.
Antibodies are like secret weapons that help the body remember the germs it has fought before. When one gets sick, the body learns how to make specific antibodies to attack that particular germ. This helps the body fight off the same germ faster if it tries to attack again in the future.
Tom argues that the above is nonsense because germs don’t “invade” and, as such, a “defence system” is irrelevant.
Instead, what causes illness is an unhealthy terrain which can be triggered by a variety of environmental (and other) factors.
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