Infection is derived from the Latin "inficere" which means to ignite. In relation to infection printed media often talk about "killer bugs". At first sight it appears as if nature wanted to eliminate mankind. Therefore, we have to fight against nature (survival of the fittest).
If we try to make use of our brains (Sapere Aude!) we will easily find out that we ourselves are part of that "dangerous" nature. Hence there is no use in fighting ourselves. Insisting on fighting ourselves will result in suicide or homicide, finally. In addition there is one important biological fact to remember:
- a human individual consists of 10*13 cells
- the interior and exterior of our body contains 10*24 microorganisms
Are these microorganisms pathogens being permanently at war with us or simply germs?
Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925), the founder of anthroposophy stated in one of his numerous lessons:
"When you observe a beautiful green pasture with many well nourished cows on it, will this observation form your oppinion that these cows must have flown in from somewhere and made the pasture as green as you find it?"
Some people will object that Rudolf Steiner was not a physician, which is right.
However, one of the most renowned German physicians, Rudolf Virchow (1921 - 1902) gave a similar example:"Micororganisms are seeking their natural environment, the diseased tissue, however, they are not the cause of the disease as mosquitos are not the cause of a slough, which they need and join to multiply but which are not the cause of the slough."
These two men did not only share the same christian names but were in a position to make use of their common sense.
Microorganisms can be nothing more than germs. Therefore, to understand an infection means dealing with the soil germs need to thrive, in other words, it is mandatory to understand the human being suffering from infection who serves as "soil" for the germs bothering him.
All bacteriologists are well aware of the importance of media to grow microorganisms on. (A profitable market for companies offering those media.) All farmers know the phenomenon of soil indicating plants. They will tell us what quality of soil there is just by having a look at the plants flourishing there. This is what ecology deals with, the supraorganismic relation of living entities and their relation to environment. This is the only key to the understanding of infection, in my experience.
At times mosquitos have to be killed. However, it is wise not to allow sloughs to form. At times we have to use antibiotics, however, we should try to understand the underlying cause of an individual infection first to prevent further infections to come. Otherwise we will easily get lost in action and counteraction (problems of resistence we have to face) At last but not least it is important to look after the gut flora after antibiosis and to support it if necessary.