Germ Theory: And Why We Should Be Grateful For It.


Theory  scientific definition-  a coherent group of tested general propositions,commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for class of phenomena:

Einstein’s theory of relativity.

often confused with

Hypothesis (scientific)- 1.a proposition, or set of propositions, set forth as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, either asserted merely as a provisional conjecture to guide investigation (working hypothesis) or accepted as highly probable in the light of established facts.

2.a proposition assumed as a premise in an argument.
3.the antecedent of a conditional proposition.
Theory & Hypothesis in common usage– a mere assumption or guess. <——————————–Not a scientific Theory

 Germ Theory-in medicine, the theory that certain diseases are caused by the invasion of the body by microorganisms, organisms too small to be seen except through a microscope. The French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, the English surgeon Joseph Lister, and the German physician Robert Koch are given much of the credit for development and acceptance of the theory.

(Thanks Encyclopedia Britannica)

Germ Theory– In technical or scientific use, Theory, principle, and law represent established, evidence-based explanations accounting for currently known facts or phenomena or for historically verified experience: the theory of relativity, the germ theory of disease, the law of supply


So for those of you that read the above definitions germs are a theory and will continue to be so. Hey maybe in 2134 well discover that little martians inside micro organisms cause illness but until then its the best we got.

Any way, as to why we should be grateful for our knowledge of Germ Theory let me tell you. Its the reason that even the most uneducated person in America could tell you why washing your hands before you eat is a good thing (even if they don’t so it themselves).

People here have no concept of germs and how to mitigate the transmission of germs. Many people here still believe there are witches that make you sick or that illness just happens. They don’t understands that vectors that spread disease. In the real world this translates into gaping wounds being left uncovered to fester and rot, preventable diarrhea, and other infections that would never happen with a little soap with water and a clean rag.

So far I’ve seen children with 3rd degree burns just walking around with charcoaled skin, festering sores, and minor cuts turn into big infections. Just from a lack of basic first aid knowledge like.

These things may be small but they translate into bigger problems like Pink-Eye outbreaks…

In training village about 1/3 of everyone (around 2000 people) got pink-eye because they would shake hands with infected people and then NOT WASH their hands and then wonder why they have pink-eye.

cleaning a wound with soap (or some kind of disinfectant)

keep the wound covered until it heals…

Basic stuff.

So be glad you live in a place where if you slice your hand open you don’t just leaving it uncovered and then go pet the dog.

That people don’t sneeze in your face or wipe their nose on a rag and then clean and apple with it…

Yes, be very grateful that you live in a place where the local doctor washes their hands between patients.

Get down on your knees and give thanks to Louis Pasteur andJoseph Lister for modern attitudes towards cleanliness.


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