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Health Scientist / Homeopath
Mark Bethune
BHSc, Adv. Dip HSc (Hom), FIIAH
According to some reports an adult comprises approximately one quadrillion living entities or single cells.

Of all these cells only 10% could be identified as 'human' and the other 90% of 'your' cells are other single cell micro-organisms.

Many of these 'other' cells are derived from our environment including from our parents especially mothers.
Each single cell has approximately 400 billion molecules and trillions of atoms with millions of processes between them. And that doesn’t account for the energy systems within and between atoms. It has been estimated (yes, some people have time to sit around and do these calculations), that the human body completes one septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) different processes simultaneously. Within a millisecond your body actions ten times more processes than there are known stars in the universe. Your body does this so well you are free to ignore it, and wonder instead what’s for dinner.
Back in the 1700’s when Dr Samuel Hahnemann was publishing his findings and formulating what he eventually called Homoeopathy, he and some scientific type people had some inclinations about cells, micro-organisms, molecules, atoms and energies but they had yet to be discovered. He used the well-known concept in those days of Vital Force in his works to outline the idea of the dynamic nature of a person’s existence. It is a term that was used to encapsulate all that complexity of one septillion processes every millisecond. Who or what is managing all your processes every millisecond?

Imagine how many different cells, chemicals, molecules, atoms, energies your body has to deal with at any given moment and during and after eating or drinking? It’s amazing how the body deals with all that stuff you throw into it at lunch or any other time of the day or even how you feel hungry or like or dislike certain foods?

Hahnemann gave a great deal of attention to ‘food’ and environment. In fact in his practice he gave his patients a list of ‘foods’ and substances, environmental and emotional situations he preferred that his patients avoid. Following on from Hahnemann over the years outlined in homeopathic texts Doctors have recorded many references to ‘foods’ under many different therapeutic substances under headings from aversions to cravings to a variety of symptoms experienced from ‘food’. Today the benefit of good air and water, sunshine, exercise, rest, play and proper nutrition which includes consuming beneficial bacteria and appropriate vitamins and minerals are well established.

Ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat?” It has traces back to 1826 when Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in his book translated from French, “tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are”. It was followed by Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach who wrote in his book in 1863 translated from German “man is what he eats”. Another common saying is “one person’s food is another person’s poison”. These simple sentences have become common sayings today and they are a common observation by their writers that sometimes the ‘food’ a person eats may influence a person’s state of mind and health. When you consider one septillion different processes simultaneously perhaps these writers weren’t that silly after all.

There are many examples of one person consuming some type of food with no ill effects and another person becoming ill on the same thing. It’s not confined to adults either, in August 2012 in Australia, some parents claimed an infant formula’s new recipe was giving their babies rashes, dark green diarrhoea and causing them to cry constantly.

The word or idea of ‘food’ has many connotations and many different health problems are associated with ‘food’ and the problem is not just confined to additives or contaminants. When you consider the complexity of the human body, it’s amazing that we don’t have more problems than we already have with the amount of stuff that we not only ingest but that we also come in contact with, if you think about it too much it can boggle the mind.
From our birth and throughout our lives we consume and seed bacteria that we come in contact with. We are all walking petri dishes, being more bacteria than anything else.

Most of these micro-organisms are doing lots of necessary things and without them the collective of ‘human’ cells could not survive. It makes you think about what being ‘human’ really means because we talk about the micro-organisms as being something separate, but in reality they are us.

You can even take it a step further as presented by Paul Hawken, in his address at the University of Portland, ‘You are brilliant and the earth is hiring’.
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