by Charlie Smith
Dr. Thomas Rau’s biological-medicine approach builds up the body’s strength.
Swiss physician and alternative-medicine guru Thomas Rau isn’t afraid to utter the unspeakable.
“The main message is chronic diseases are curable,” the medical director of the Paracelsus Clinic says on the line from his office just outside of Zurich.
Rau, author of The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health: Dr. Rau’s Diet for Whole Body Healing, maintains that several chronic diseases—including multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Hashimoto’s disease — can be successfully treated by strengthening intestinal membranes and microorganisms in the gut. He even claims to have had success treating cancer patients in this way.
“We should be proseptic, not antiseptic,” he says.
At the Paracelsus Clinic, which employs 92 staff and treats 300 patients per day, staff conduct comprehensive stool analyses, examine fatty-acid profiles, and conduct environmental-toxin tests on patients. According to Rau, the goal is to determine the degree to which the patient’s body has degenerated.
Louis Pasteur, a 19th-century French chemist, is credited with discovering how bacteria cause disease by invading the body. Antibiotics work on the premise that by killing bacteria, the patient will be cured.
Rau turns that notion on its head by maintaining that a deteriorating human body provides fertile opportunities for outside pathogens to flourish. But if the body is sufficiently upgraded—and, according to him, 80 percent of the immune system’s T cells are in the gut—then these outside agents will not pack nearly as much punch. So he practises “biological medicine” by focusing attention on building up the body’s defences.
“We work for the body rather than against the bacteria,” Rau says.
He mentions that testing has demonstrated that a large number of Swiss residents of the Rhine Valley carry the spirochete bacteria that cause Lyme disease in their bodies, but show no symptoms. “They were all positive for Lyme, but they were as healthy as can be,” he says.
Rau also claims that neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, are linked to an imbalance between the body’s deterioration and its capacity to rebuild itself. “ALS is, of course, not my favourite [disease to treat] because there is not a real cure,” he concedes.
The physician and author is also a staunch critic of antibiotics because he feels that these drugs destroy the intestinal microbes. He rejects the use of anti-inflammatory medications, and says the worst are probably the anticholesterol remedies.
“We always have to integrate the intestines in all the healing processes because when the intestines are good, the upbuilding forces get better,” he says. . .