PasteurWasWrong
Alternate disease origins, from the standard of being sneezed at
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No, this is not about how if you leave milk out, it will never rot. That's Indestructible Edible.

Way back at one point, Pasteur had major rivals such as Antoine Bechamp and Pouchet. Several of them are, to put it lightly, a tad resentful.

Bechamp

Bechamp held that there were substances called microzymes, which responded to environmental factors, fermenting inside the body to produce illness. In plain English, this means that a person who was perfectly healthy, would not get sick, no matter how many people sneeze in his face. Only when a person eats improper food, starves, or overeats, goes without sleep, or gets dehydrated, does one disease or another have an opportunity to infect the host or become susceptible to infection from others.

Pouchet

While some alternative medicine specialists actually believe in Bechamp, hardly anyone believes in Pouchet. This may be because Pouchet believed in spontaneous generation, the belief that life could arise from nowhere, or at the very least, life could spawn from things like compost piles and decaying matter.

While there are merits to this in the field of fermentation, it makes much better science fiction (monsters generating from nowhere, people getting sick with apparently no cause).


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  • In Rumbling Hearts, two of the major chharacters develop a cold. One develops it by sitting outside moping in the rain, and the other one while at first seems to be aversion, had already skipped sleep due to constantly visiting a girl in a coma.
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  • Popeye had the title character regularly eating green veggies, and thus able to take on the resident bully. Wimpy on the other hand, ate nothing but burgers and fast food, and as a result had a weak system and wasn't capable of saving anyone.

Real Life
  • There are some practical examples of this, such as the hygiene hypothesis, which says that a sterile childhood environment can actually hinder the immune system by weakening the body's tolerance.

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