HEALTH OF THE HOST

Health of the Host

Why a virus doesn't make everyone sick

The above video is one section of Module 1 in a 12 Module Course we created to help your young people learn REAL Health.  If you are interested in more information on our courses, click here.

Health of the Host

Why a virus doesn't make everyone sick

We don't always get sick when we encounter a virus.  Why not?  Sometimes the most important thing is not the virus we encounter, but how healthy the host is.

What if you are the host.  Your body is the host to trillions of bacteria - more bacteria than you have cells in your body!  Did you know that is true?  Keeping  the balance of bacteria in your body to favor the beneficial bacteria is what keeps us healthy; this is what,  in my opinion is more important than the virus you may be exposed to.  Here's an example from our mini-farm to demonstrate why...

Do Antibiotics prevent coccidosis?

We were told to use antibiotics in the chick feed... but we chose a more natural route...

When our family got chickens.  Learning to care for them naturally was a priority.  We wanted to have healthy chickens, but we were told antibiotics were necessary to prevent problems.  We decided to do all we could to promote beneficial bacteria and none of the things (like antibiotics) that could destroy beneficial bacteria in order to strengthen the health of the host - our chickens' hosts.  Read on to learn what happened!

What is Coccidosis?

Coccidosis is  not an issue with proper management practices...

Coccidosis has been shown to be a parasite that feeds on the host of a particular animal.  For example, with our chickens, coccidosis caused a couple to die in the early years.  But we found that over time by focusing on a variety of animals in our yard.  Coccidosis is the biggest problem when a parasite can jump from one host - or chicken - to the next host.  Because we didn't have hundreds or thousands of chickens at one time, and they are free to roam a relatively large area, natural management practices made coccidosis on our mini-farm a non-issue.  Giving our chickens room to roam and promoting beneficial bacteria, we never had another health issue with our chickens over the 15 years we had chickens.

health of the host Management Practices

Ways you can encourage beneficial bacteria in your yard.

Pay Dirt by J.I. Rodale is an amazing book because it helped me to make the quantum leap to thinking about gardening in terms of how healthy I can make the soil. Traditional gardeners and farmers think about how to increase N-P-K values to raise better crops. A beginner in organic gardening thinks in terms of N-P-K in the addition of bat guano – bone meal – ash. Pay Dirt helped me to grasp that the quantity of these elements is not as important if the soil is truly healthy. Creating compost from a variety of materials can provide the microorganisms and “biologic life” that is what makes uptake of nutrients in the plant so much greater ~ even when less N-P-K is measurable.  Could it be that, just like in the soil, the beneficial bacteria or biologic life in our bodies keeps the "bad bacteria" in check and plays a larger role in our level of health than previously believed?!  Promoting beneficial Bacteria is just one way we keep our host healthy!


For another way to avoid what might kill beneficial bacteria, see "Grow Your Own"

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For specifics on Antibiotics and 5 reasons we need probiotics...