- The microzyma is that which is primarily endowed with life in the organised being, and that in which life persists after the death of the whole or in any excised part.
- The microzyma being thus the fundamental element of corporate life, it may become morbid through a change of function and thus be the starting point of disease.
- Only that which is organised and endowed with life can be susceptible to disease.
- Disease is born of us and in us.
- The microzymas may undergo bacterial evolution in the body without necessarily becoming diseased.
- In a diseased body, a change of function in the microzymas may lead to a morbid bacterial evolution. Microzymas morphologically identical with and functionally different from diseased microzymas may appear without a microscopic distinction being possible.
- Diseased microzymas may be found in the air, earth, or waters and in the dejecta or remains of beings in which they were once inherent.
- Germs of disease cannot exist primarily in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, or in the water we drink, for the diseased micro-organisms, unscientifically described as ‘germs’, since they are neither spores nor eggs, proceed necessarily from a sick body.
- Every diseased microzyma has originally belonged to an organism, that is, a body of some sort, whose state of health was reduced to a state of disease under the influence of various causes which determined a functional change in the microzymas of some particular centre of activity.
- The micro-organisms known as ‘disease germs’ are thus either microzymas or their evolutionary bacterial forms that are in (or have proceeded from) sick bodies.
- The microzymas exist primarily in the cells of the diseased body and become diseased in the cell itself.
- Diseased microzymas should be differentiated by the particular group of cells and tissues to which they belong, rather than the particular disease condition with which they are associated.
- The microzymas inherent in two different species of animals more or less allied are neither necessarily nor generally similar.
- The microzymas of a given morbidity belong to one certain group of cells rather than to another, and the microzymas of two given species of animals are not susceptible to an identical affection.
Such, in summary, are the propositions that form Béchamp’s basis of pathology. Needless to say, he put none forward as an untried theory; each was founded upon precise experimentation and observation.
In spite of the hold of Pasteurian dogma over the Medical Faculty, scientific minds here and there confirm fragments of Béchamp’s teaching, without knowledge of it, from their independent studies.