My comment is that I agree with you completely. We are finding that "better living through chemistry" is anything but that, especially when combined with nutritional deficiencies in our over-processed foods and junk foods and our produce from mineral-depleted soils. Health and illness begin at the cellular level, which is another way of saying what you have done such a good job of telling us: It's all about the terrain. Bechamp knew as did those who followed his footsteps and expounded on his work - such as Claude Bernard, Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, Gunther Enderlein, Gaston Naessens and Arthur Kendall.
As those notable figures could tell you, disease begins from the inside out and not from the outside in via the introduction of some kind of bug (pathogen). Pathogens such as viruses are constantly being introduced to our systems. In some instances there are viruses that virtually all of us carry within our bodies all of the time. Why then do only a minority become ill in most instances? Genetic pre-disposition, certainly and, as the topic you introduced infers, increasingly. Genetic predispostion or not, in most instances disease occurs when viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc, find an unhealthy terrain ripe for exploiting.
In addition to toxins and unnatural radiation combining with nutritional deficienciencies, those unnatural harbingers of illness are also causing changes in our genome altered which create even greater susceptiblity to disease, as you pointed out.
There have been so many vaccines and other drugs, along with thousands of largely untested manmade chemicals, introduced into our environment and bodies with so little understanding of how they may interact or what long-term effects may be. We are all living - and dying - experiments and I suggest that the weakened immunity, lessened fertility and sperm count, increases in chronic illness across all age groups, and, quite recently, signs of lifespans beginning to decline, are evidence aplenty of what some of the effects are.
Mainstream medicine, which has thoroughly bought into the highly profitable Pasteur germ theory, believes that there are no fewer than 10,000 different diseases and conditions which have to be uniquely treated or prevented with drugs and other mainstream procedures. They are taught virtually nothing, and thus advize virtually nothing, about the importance of proper nutrition, cleansing and avoidance of toxins which will create a healthy terrain which will naturally ward off disease and illness. There's no profit in doing so. It is virtually certain that their unnatural vaccines and other drugs which are supposed to prevent disease and treat disease are ultimately causing disease by the introduction of their own unnatural toxins whose results are both direct disease and indirect disease by altering our cellular terrain as well as altering our genetic makeup.
Combine all the above with a medical and social paradigm which rewards survival of the weakest, and it is easy to envision a dire future unless we somehow wake up and begin treating our bodies, our food and our environment as sacred temples instead of refuse bins.
Thanks for posting the topic - it is a vital one.
As an adjunct topic: To what extent do you believe that genetic damage and changes might be reversed? We can perhaps to a great extent COMPENSATE for genetic changes and damage by adaption of a healthy diet and lifestyle and cleansing and such but one has to wonder to what extent we can REVERSE it? Certainly not 100%.
Think about the damage from vaccines to infants and young children when they are most vulernable and their brains, central nervous, immune and other systems are developing. I don't think you ever reverse that damage completely - you just try to do as best you can and compensate for what you cannot reverse. The same likely holds true for most genetic damage regardless of our age which has resulted from toxins and radiation combined with under-nourished and underprotected cells. Some, perhaps most, of the genetic damage remains and gets passed on - both downways and sideways.
Modern age man has long had the erroneous and naive presumption that whatever our screwups, science will be able to come along and save the day. How well has that worked out for nuclear waste and fallout, hmmm? Modern science has proved itself either incapable or unwilling to even produce medications which are side-effect free to begin with. How can we expect them to clean up their mess?
Surely every effort should be made to clean up our messes - provided that the solutions do not involve still more unnatural toxins. However, I think that the evidence is compelling that for the large measure we had better stop hoping for a scientific magic genie to come along and put Pandora back in the box and instead focus on stopping future damage and living with the damage that has already occured.
I wholeheartedly agree that if someone is taking supplements they should try to take those derived from whole foods. In general, I think that larger amounts of supplements, including herbal ones, should be taken over a short term to address deficiencies and health issues (such as cancer, for example) with the goal of eventually relying on natural diet and lifestyle for proper nutrition and health support. Of course, "short term" can be relative when using nature to address root causes and cure. Unlike mainstream drugs which act quickly to force the body to function unnaturally (and with all the pitfalls and future illness that often causes), nature often works slowly, yet effectively to reverse deficiencies and disease and restore the body to normal healthy function.
In some instances, it may be wise to continue supplementation for preventive as well as supportive reasons, for the most part people should not become dependent upon supplements any more than they should become dependent on mainstream drugs. Myself, I alternatve taking superfoods powder, sea vegetables, and that great organic nutritional product intraMAX. I figure that pretty well has me covered. I'd do it from diet alone if possible, but I don't see how that can be done given today's mineral depleted soils and food choices, without having the land and devoting a significant portion of my time to growing, raising and processing food.
One other note: supplementation is about the only way possible for someone to have too much magnesium. Most of us (variously estimated from 70% to as high as 95%) are deficient in magnesium. Without enough magnesium, a whole host of things don't work right - including proper assimilation and utilization of other important minerals and nutrients.