We know the names of what are referred to as childhood diseases: measles, mumps, chickenpox, and whooping cough/pertussis. By the time a child is said to "catch" these diseases of childhood with their characteristic
- skin eruptions,
- fever, and
- general malaise (overall yucky feeling),
the disease is over.
The natural way people get these diseases is that germs come in contact with the mouth and throat (nasopharynx) where your tonsils, adenoids, and other immune tissues reside. They alert your body to the invaders and your immune system mounts an offense against the antigens.
Antigens: A substance that induces an immune response, usually foreign. As examples, toxins, bacteria, foreign blood cells, and the cells of transplanted organs.
The symptoms that we associate with a disease are not the disease, they are the body ridding itself of the disease waste. In the words of Hippocrates, considered the father of Western medicine:
"We call them diseases but they are the cure of disease."
The disease is actually over; the body has confronted the germ invaders, has won the war, and is cleaning up and detoxing.
The symptoms we associate with the disease are really the discharge of waste after the disease is over. The wastes leave through the skin via
- rashes, and
are burnt up by fever, discharged by diarrhea, and take our energy so we feel fatigued and other unpleasant body expressions. We may dislike those symptoms, but they are good for us. The result is a healthier, stronger, cleaner person.