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  Germ theory of disease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2 Reception of the Germ Theory of Disease
John Snow applied the germ theory to an outbreak of cholera, in opposition to the prevailing miasma theory of cholera.
The germ theory of disease was a theoretical foundation of epidemiology, the development and use of anti-microbial and antibiotic drugs, further vaccines after the empirically derived one for smallpox, hygienic practices in hospitals, and public sanitation.
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 Germ Theory of Disease
The germ theory of disease is the single most important contribution by the science of microbiology to the general welfare of the world's people, perhaps the single most important contribution of any modern scientific discipline.
The theory that microorganisms may be the cause of some or all disease.
This was critical for refutation of the concept of spontaneous generation and the for development of germ theory of disease.
www.mansfield.ohio-state.edu /~sabedon/biol2007.htm   (1308 words)

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The Watchtower's theory of disease was dangerous because it encouraged people not to take the steps necessary to deal with dangerous pathogenic organisms that kill and which have been responsible for the major plagues throughout history.
Pathogenic germs were even pushed into the patients' sinuses, swabbed on their nostrils and rubbed on their tonsils but "in spite of coaxing, coddling and urging, they refused to produce a solitary sign of meningitis in the eleven tests made" (Fraser 1939: 27).
In discussing their theory that "germs follow disease" they state that those who accept the germ theory include the "less intelligent physicians" who are part of the "more radical branch of medicine" and that the laymen get their "misinformation" from these "germ theory cause disease" believers (Wilson 1926: 751).
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Pasteur admitted that germs were "ordinarily kept within bounds by natural laws, but when conditions change, when its virulence is exalted, when its host is enfeebled, the germ is able to invade the territory which was previously barred it." This is the premise that a healthy body is resistant and not susceptible to disease.
This completely contradicts the germ theory that states that diseases are due solely to invasion by specific aggressive micro-organisms.
The germ theory shifts our personal responsibility for health and well being onto the shoulders of the medical profession who are the ONLY ones who supposedly know how to kill off the offending germs.
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 Bio. 315 _515@ Towson: Germ theory of disease   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-07-20)
In 1876, Robert Koch established an experimental procedure to prove the germ theory of disease.
Kochs postulates not only proved the germ theory but also gave a tremendous boost to the development of microbiology by stressing a laboratory culture and identification of microorganisms.
Some of the diseases are inherited or are caused by abnormality in chromosomes.
www.towson.edu /~wubah/medmicro/Germ_theory.htm   (1323 words)

 timelinescience - penicillin (germ theory of disease) - resources
Pasteur showed that the killer disease anthrax was passed from animal to animal by infectious organisms ('germs') and used these to produce a vaccine.
The vaccine had a major effect on farming for generations to come - but the proof it gave of the germ theory of disease was to have even greater implications for the health and well being of people all over the world.
By the end of the 19th century the idea that infectious diseases were caused by germs was almost universally accepted.
www.timelinescience.org /resource/students/pencilin/germ_th.htm   (1059 words)

 Chapter One
Thus though on the brink of discovering the germ theory of disease, scientists were thrown off the scent by the scientific advances of the 18th century.
Germs and insects seemed immaterial as Lavoisier, Priestly and others showed that the gas all living things breathed could be measured and analyzed.
He reported that the disease was endemic and not contagious in the West Indies, but that outside the islands, as was the case in Philadelphia in 1762, when it "spread like a plague, carrying off daily for some time, upwards of twenty persons," yellow fever was highly contagious.
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 The Germ Theory
Disease occurs as these endobionts are transformed from the microbe stage to more virulent forms of life.
If the germ theory were founded on facts, there would be no living being to read what is herein written, for germs are ubiquitous-they exist everywhere.
You see, the symptom is not the disease, but conventional medicine insists on calling the symptom the disease because that way it can treat the symptom and claim success without actually addressing the underlying cause, which remains a mystery to modern medicine.
www.vaccinetruth.org /the_germ_theory.htm   (8503 words)

 Germ Theory
Through his experiments he showed that the vital characteristics of cells and germs are determined by the soil in which their microzyma feed, grow and multiply in the human body.
He stated, "The presence in the body of a pathogenic agent is not necessarily synonymous with infectious disease." Pasteur was aware that fermentation (which he studied extensively while formulating his germ theory) only occurs in injured, bruised or dead material, and that bacteria are a natural result of fermentation, not the cause.
Nonetheless, the germ theory is still believed to be the central cause of disease, because around it exists a global supportive infrastructure of commercial interests that built multi-billion-dollar industries based upon this theory.
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 Germ Theory Calendar - Introduction
The Germ Theory Calendar (GTC) is a web-accessible database, intended as a source of information on the historical development of the “germ theory” of disease, i.e.
It deals primarily with diseases of humans and other animals (these being at the center of attention during the evolution of the germ theory) but also includes some diseases of plants.
The essence of the germ theory was that certain diseases are not merely correlated with the presence of germs in the body, but are actually caused by the germs.
germtheorycalendar.com /intro.htm   (1101 words)

 The Amherst Student Online
Though it might seem obvious that diseases which affect people when they are young or of child-bearing age have a negative impact on their ability to reproduce, that does not mean that the same should hold for older people.
Diseases like chicken pox, which are clearly transmitted by human contact, are obvious candidates for infectious diseases.
If chicken pox germs were acquired at age ten but did not manifest themselves until age sixty, scientists might need fifty years before they could to prove that chicken pox had infectious causes.
halogen.note.amherst.edu /~astudent/2000-2001/issue14/news/02.html   (1225 words)

 The Panda's Thumb: Why isn't the germ theory a "religion"?
Disease was often thought to be due to moral failings, and specifically, excesses: too much anger, jealousy, gluttony, or sex, either in an individual, or in the population.
To dismiss the germ theory of disease as a “faulty model” because it’s often more complicated than a simple “one germ–>one disease” correlation is beyond naive, and demonstrates a lack of understanding of the process scientists go through when investigating these issues.
Germ theory is not problem for even the most traditional of Christians because one can both believe that a disease is caused by germs and that it is the result of divine displeasure.
www.pandasthumb.org /archives/2005/07/why_isnt_the_ge_1.html   (7658 words)

 Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
This hypothesis, called the germ theory, was followed by many elegant experiments that showed unequivocally the existence of microorganisms and their effect on fermentation.
The germ theory was the foundation of numerous applications, such as the large scale brewing of beer, wine-making, pasteurization, and antiseptic operations.
After studying the characteristics of germs and viruses that caused diseases, he and others found that laboratory manipulations of the infectious agents can be used to immunize people and animals.
www.accessexcellence.org /RC/AB/BC/Louis_Pasteur.html   (707 words)

 LIFE Online: Millennium
DISEASE WAS ONCE thought to be caused by evil spirits.
Koch's work with anthrax and tuberculosis established the germ theory of disease and had immediate implications for diagnosis and treatment.
The 1882 report of his discovery of the microbe that causes TB proved the disease's infectiousness and also outlined his famous postulates, still used today, that link a given organism to a specific illness.
www.life.com /Life/millennium/events/06.html   (186 words)

 Common Health Problems and The Cause of  DIsease
- The Theory of Unity of cause of disease
The hygienic theory is that, the body which was conducting the disease process, of eliminating the toxins, now has a greater problem on hand.
The Theory of Unity of Cause of Disease
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 Augusta Georgia: technology@ugusta: Researchers push germ theory for heart disease 11/10/97
Overall, death rates from heart disease have been on the decline, thanks to interventions such as angioplasty, the technique in which blocked arteries are opened with a tiny balloon that forces an opening through the blockage.
As the American Heart Association began its 70th Scientific Sessions Sunday in Orlando, Fla., a renegade group of scientists was laying the groundwork for the germ theory of heart disease.
While Bodenheimer does not think most cases of heart disease will turn out to be caused by microorganisms, infections could ultimately count as a significant risk factor in coronary artery disease, especially in cases in which patients have normal cholesterol profiles and considerable, inexplicable artery blockage.
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Re: Homeopathy and the germ theory of disease
disproves the germ theory of disease at the scientific level.
theory of disease is valid or it is not.
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 Germ theory of disease   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-07-20)
Note that germ theory, like the more complex theory of evolution, can't be proved directly.
Germ theory led to the discovery of fungi, bacteria and ultimately viruses.
Koch's postulates are a set of rules for isolating microorganisms and proving that they cause disease.
www.geocities.com /lclane2/germ.html   (98 words)

 Aetiology: In which I quit my job and rally against the germ theory of disease
I mean, these people are alive and healthy today because of public-health measures predicated on the germ theory of disease, measures that their families have benefitted from for generations.
A person who thinks that we must reject the germ theory of disease wholesale is as reasonable as one who thinks we must reject the idea that different masses fall at the same rate.
I do not recall addressing germ theory with him during his earlier science education, though to his credit, his interest is in physical science rather than biological, and he does have a handle on Darwin and evolution.
scienceblogs.com /aetiology/2006/07/in_which_i_quit_my_job_and_ral.php   (8243 words)

Disease arises from micro-organisms within the cells of the body.
Every disease is associated with a particular condition.
Hence, the condition of the host organism is the primary causal agent.
www.whale.to /v/germ.htm   (139 words)

 Anthrax Used by Koch and Pasteur to Prove Germ Theory of Disease in 19th C. - Washington Times 14oct01   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-07-20)
Anthrax Used by Koch and Pasteur to Prove Germ Theory of Disease in 19th C.
Two 19th-century scientists, Robert Koch (1843-1910), a German, and France's Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), used anthrax to prove the germ theory of disease — that is, the belief that micro-organisms caused maladies.
Although Koch's main responsibility was to care for humans and not farm animals, he conducted anthrax experiments in his small, four-room apartment, using a microscope his wife had given to him and the remains of livestock that had died from the disease.
www.mindfully.org /Health/Anthrax-Koch-Pasteur.htm   (581 words)

 Louis Pasteur, Germ Theory of Disease - Timeline Index
Louis Pasteur was born on December 27, 1822 in Dole, in the region of Jura, France.
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.
Second, he discovered that weakened forms of a microbe could be used as an immunization against more virulent forms of the microbe.
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 Amazon.com: Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease: Books: Paul Ewald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-07-20)
In both books, Ewald uses cholera as an example of a germ that has evolved to benignness in countries with clean water supplies, but is still a killer in countries with bad plumbing.
The dramatic message of this book is that chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis, are not necessarily caused by an inherent and inevitable breakdown of the human body, but by the action of infectious agents and by the immune response to those agents.
Ewald's theory is still fighting for recognition, but there are so many factors that are "right" about it that it has to prevail (like evolution.) The big questions are about how effectively we can fight quietly acting micro-organisms whose effects don't show up for years or decades.
www.amazon.com /Plague-Time-Germ-Theory-Disease/dp/0385721846   (1866 words)

 The Panda's Thumb: In which I quit my job and rally against the germ theory of disease
What you can’t show is that bacteria and viruses are all that cause illnesses, that the macro-germ theory of disease is truly warranted.
The drug companies and atheists have a stranglehold on medical practice and remedies for diseases, and they insist that mindless agents that they can kill are responsible for sickness and death.
If Demon Sickness Theory is correct and a malevolent intelligence is responsible and indispensable for certain diseases, then it makes no sense to try to ape your method of connecting the dots.
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 Best Book Buys - Germ theory of disease Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-07-20)
The Discovery of the Germ: Twenty Years That Transformed the Way We Think About Disease
Germ Theory and Its Applications to Medicine & on the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery
The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life
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 Page 8 - Homeopathy and the germ theory of disease
It has NOTHING to do with the germs mutating in the people, and a
>many words, that, it is not the germ that is the problem, it is the
He can't give you the name, the book, or even the alleged quote.
www.cyclingforums.com /t-258442-15-8.html   (1834 words)

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