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Germs VS. Environment

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Since we are in the heart of the “cold and flu season”, we at Transcendent Lifestyle Center thought it’d be a great time to ask, “Why do we get sick?”

What is your answer to that question?  Have you studied your answer and proven its truth?  Or have you accepted it as truthful because that is what your mother/father/preacher/teacher told you?

For most people, the answer is they believe what they believe because that is what someone else told them to believe.  Let’s look at facts and see what Reason says is truth.

The prevailing belief is that people get sick because of germs.  This is the Germ Theory.  It states that we are surrounded by germs at all times and must do our best to protect ourselves from them.  We do this by washing our hands every time we cough, refraining from eating a carrot that falls on the floor and stays there for longer than the “5 second rule”, and by keeping an aseptic environment.  According to the Germ Theory, and it’s founder Louis Pasteur, if we don’t do these things, we will get sick,  “catch a cold”, or “catch the flu”.

I, Dr. John Bartemus, am here to tell you that the Germ Theory is false.  This is not my epiphany, it was actually advocated by Louis Pasteur’s contemporary and scientific arch-rival, Antoine Bechamp.

Bechamp championed (pun intended) the Terrain Theory.  The Terrain Theory promotes the idea that it is not germs that make us sick, it is a weak and susceptible body ecology (or internal environment) that causes us to “get sick”.  In other words, germs don’t cause sickness, poor living does.  It is a poor lifestyle in terms of physical activity levels, nutritional choices, emotional states, and nervous system coordination and integration of these things that allow us to “get sick”.

You see, as the Germ Theory advocates, there are germs around us all the time.  But if the Germ Theory were true, we’d be sick all the time, regardless of our attempts to maintain an aseptic environment (see hospitals where superbugs like MRSA run rampant for proof).  I don’t know about you, but my family and I are rarely sick.  I don’t know anyone who is literally sick all the time.  By simple observation, the Germ Theory is false.

Let’s dig deeper though.  When is “cold and flu season”?  In the winter.  When do you typically exercise the least, eat the poorest, and get most sullen?  In the winter!  Add to that the fact that the winter is the time of year when you get the least Vitamin D from the sun (a KEY immune system booster), and these 4 ingredients add up to a sub-optimally performing nervous system and an internal environment that is in a very weakened state.  The perfect situation for an opportunistic germ to invade and seemingly cause you to be sick.

It isn’t the germ that makes you sick, it is the poor lifestyle leading to the poor terrain that makes you sick. I get adjusted regularly, I exercise daily, I eat the Innate Diet, and I have positive, healthy internal dialogue.  I haven’t had the flu in over 8 years.  Any sniffle or cold I develop is gone in 2-3 days.  My terrain is solid.  Germs can try all they want, I don’t believe in the Germ Theory.

Do you?

(As a final note, it is common knowledge that on his death bed Louis Pasteur was quoted as saying, “Bechamp was right!”)


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What is your first thought when you wake each day?

This is an important question. As I’ve touched on before, thoughts become things. One of the most important thoughts of the day is your first one. Why? One word…Momentum.

If thoughts become things, and the first thought leads to the 2nd, and the 2nd to the 3rd, and so on; don’t you think the first thought should be the right one? Me too. So what should the first thought be?


Start the day of with gratitude. Be thankful for another day, be thankful for a loving family, be thankful for your health, or the ability to change your health by choice. Be thankful that you live in a free country, be thankful that you have a job, be thankful that you have a creative mind that can get you a job.

The point is, if your first thought is a thought of gratitude rather than a thought of stress, then your day will start off with positive momentum. Hopefully you will leverage that momentum to make it a positive day as a whole. Take that positive day and turn it into a positive week, and so on.

Eventually you have a life that you are happy with and everyone around you can see it. Then you become a positive role model and you change their lives for the better.

Gratitude, pass it on.

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February 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

Summer Camps For Kids Age 7-13

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This summer we will be running camps for children ages 7-13.

We will be sponsoring and operating the camp called LKN Fit Kids through the Cornelius Park and Rec Department.

Check out our blog at for more information and updates!  It’s going to be a blast!

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January 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Chiropractic Positively Affects ADHD

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The 2010 Proceedings of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) Research Conference recently published a case study involving the response of a 7-year-old child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to chiropractic adjustments over the course of a year.

Approximately 8 million children in the United States are labeled with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD and generally are being medicated for this condition.  ADHD is a childhood mental disorder with onset before 7 years of age and involving impaired or diminished attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The behaviors must be excessive, last for at least six months, and cause a problem in a social environment, such as at school or home.

Ritalin is a common prescription given for ADHD, but since medications offer risk as well as possible dependencies, alternative options are worth investigating.  Especially since Ritalin is in the same classification of drug as Cocaine.  Do we really want our children on a drug this powerful?

A male child was diagnosed by a psychiatrist at age 3 with ADHD, due to behaviors such as uncontrolled violent outbreaks, difficulty following directions, and inability to function in social situations.  From 3-7 years the child was prescribed anti-psychotropic medications, which only moderately controlled the patient’s behavior.  His parents were under extreme stress attempting to cope with their child’s aggressive behavior and sought chiropractic care as a last resort at age 7.

Within one month of care the patient demonstrated significant behavior improvements. The parents reported the child was significantly calmer, “less defiant,” and had reduced aggressive behavior.  Working with the psychiatrist after 5 months of chiropractic care the child was able to be weaned off all psychotropic medication without any relapse of prior behavior.

This is crucial, no longer is the child on a Cocaine derivative and subject to addiction, violent outbreaks, and suicidal tendencies!

Chiropractic care of children with ADHD has evidence in the published literature and it is possible that a mechanical and/or neurological dysfunction could be contributing to a patient’s presentation as well as explain the success of chiropractic care with some cases.  Greater results have been seen when combining nutritional changes and chiropractic care for pediatric patients presenting with ADHD.

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Bartemus at Transcendent Lifestyle Center, PC.

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January 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

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