Materialistic versus Spiritual Scientific Explanation of the Origin of Infectious Diseases

By Brane Žilavec, 21 June 2021

♠ See Spiritual Science Enables Us to Critically Evaluate
the Work of the Medical Experts

From the beginning of the so-called ‘corona pandemic’ I have had an opportunity to read about the origins of infectious diseases and epidemics and the best methods to counteract them – from official medical to anthroposophical and some alternative viewpoints. As I have been studying about the questions of the human health and origins of illnesses from an anthroposophical perspective for more than two decades – and in the past year and a half intensively also about the causes of the infectious diseases and epidemics – I could notice that none of the available descriptions were in a full accordance with the Steiner’s descriptions.

This is not such a surprise in the case of the explanations of modern medicine which is based on one-sided materialistic understanding of the world, as it is in the case of representatives of anthroposophic medicine who should use the anthroposophical principles and methods of research. One would expect at least that they are aware that “the anthroposophist, among many other capacities which he must acquire, must also acquire a feeling of how matters concerning the world can be approached from many standpoints and from many different sides[1] – before one can claim to really know something. They should know that “nothing establishes man’s true and original sense of existence so firmly as a feeling for truth and truthfulness. To feel himself in duty bound first to prove all things he utters, to set due restraint on all his words – this helps to consolidate the sense of existence that is worthy of his being.” [2]

As this demand to prove things one is writing about has not been followed, in this article I will compare basic descriptions of the causes of infectious diseases from materialistic medical perspectives versus spiritual scientific ones. By means of these you will be able to make your own judgment as to what degree the statements of anthroposophic doctors about causes and nature of the so-called ‘Covid-19’ are in accordance with Steiner’s explanations and with findings of independent scientists that are presented in this article.

However, we should keep in mind that due to the extraordinary complexity of the human being – who comprises physical, etheric, astral and spiritual bodies – it is never possible to present all existing factors which contribute to the emergence of disease or maintenance of health. The first step is to become thoroughly familiar with the descriptions of the HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALING. In other articles about the corona pandemic available on this website there are descriptions of some other important aspects which need to be taken into account if we want to attain a more holistic grasp of the occurrence of an epidemic. None the less, all this is just a small part of what could be written about this topic from the perspective of anthroposophical spiritual science.

The Materialistic Explanation of the Origin of Infectious Diseases

The approach of modern medical science in dealing with infectious diseases is contained in the simple formula: “one cause for one disease that needs one medicine.” In accordance with this is the thought that “from conception to death, humans are targets for attack by multitudes of other living organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, and worms. The air people breathe, the soil they walk on, the waters and vegetation around them, the buildings they inhabit and work in, all can be populated with forms of life that are potentially dangerous.” [3] When we deal with gut parasites such as worms etc., such an outlook seems to a certain extent justifiable. But even in such cases it is legitimate to ask how changes in the body created suitable conditions for life of these parasites.

Modern medical science defines an infectious disease as “a process caused by an agent, often a type of microorganism, that impairs a person’s health. In many cases, infectious disease can be spread from person to person, either directly (e.g., via skin contact) or indirectly (e.g., via contaminated food or water).” [4]

The problem with such a simple approach is that in the case of microorganisms we do not have adequate explanation as to why we have in our body a constant colony of numerous germs without them causing any disease. And even the attempt to overcome this hurdle by distinction between so-called ‘pathological’ and ‘symbiotic’ bacteria cannot explain those cases of infectious diseases when specific beneficial bacteria turn into the pathological ones. All this indicates that the simplified formula of germ theory, established by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch – “bacteria=infection=disease” [5] – is not capable of explaining why all people who come into contact with bacteria or who have them inside their own microbiome do not become ill.

One interesting discovery is that Wikipedia is not an independent encyclopaedia, but is under the control of those who regard the pharmaceutical paradigm as the only scientific method while all other approaches are labelled as ‘pseudo-science’ or ‘charlatanism’. Among them is, of course, also the medical school that advocates the terrain theory developed by Antoine Béchamp, based on recognition that bacteria are multiplying only in a suitable environment.

First Fallacy of Modern Virology: Viruses Are Microorganisms

Even more interesting are discoveries about the systematic fallacies of the science of virology which have become a part of popular culture and without which it would not be possible to carry out the project of ‘corona pandemic’. The first systematic fallacy of modern virology is to regard the viruses as microorganisms in spite of the fact that the smallest forms of the living organisms are single celled organisms, amongst which the smallest are bacteria. Viruses belong to the group of biological molecules, such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates and genomes. [6] Although these molecules are essential for the functioning of all living organisms, this is not enough to regard them as organisms! For organism is in accordance with the definition of biology “a living thing that has an organised structure, can react to stimuli, reproduce, grow, adapt, and maintain homeostasis.” [7] While all single celled and simple multicellular organisms, plants, animals and humans comply with these conditions, this is not the case with viruses. For in spite of an obvious endeavour of virology to attribute them properties that belong to the cells, this doesn’t change the fact that viruses are molecules. [8]

Second Fallacy of Modern Virology: Viruses Are Parasites

The second systematic fallacy of modern virology is to regard the viruses as pathological parasites that are capable of inhabiting the cells and forcing them to use their own resources to multiply viruses – to cause the so-called ‘infectious cycle’. This is an obvious case of transference of that which can be seen in the relationship of parasitic animals to their hosts, to the microscopic world of cells. However, in the year 2017 this explanation was refuted in a court case in Germany when the German Federal Supreme Court decided that there is not enough scientific evidence for the claim that measles is caused by a virus. [9] Because of this the whole approach to the dealing with ‘infectious viral’ diseases should change from that year onward. However, this will not happen without strong public pressure, for we are here confronted with at least one century long history of systematic bribery of the medical experts by the pharmaceutical industry. [10] This has brought one of them in the above referred court case to claim that “one cannot provide evidence in the classical sense in biology as one can in mathematics or physics. In biology one can only gather clues, which then in their entirety become conclusive.” [11] This is an evident confession under oath that modern medicine is to a great extent pseudo-science and charlatanism!!

Third Fallacy of Modern Virology: Viruses Are Infectious Agents

The third systematic fallacy of modern virology is to think that specific viruses can be transferred (via air or surfaces or direct touch) from one person to another and to infect them. This is especially clear in the case of the virus SARS-CoV-2, the existence of which has never been proven in accordance with the valid scientific procedure that has been in use till the middle of the 20th century. [12] The logical consequences of this fact are: “the genetic sequence of something that has never been found can’t be known; ‘variants’ of something that hasn’t been shown to exist can’t be known; it’s impossible to demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 causes a disease called Covid-19.” [13]

In this case we are not only confronted with an unscientific approach, but also with the systematic purposeful deception of the public about the existence of the ‘deadly virus’ SARS-CoV-2 which is in reality an artificially created virus that exists only in the computer databases that keep data about the genetic structures of viruses. The procedure used in this creation was the following:

Just due to this disclosure the use of any vaccine against Covid-19 is nonsensical. For in reality we are dealing with a ‘computer virus’ which could not exist if people were not considering the human organism as a kind of computer hardware, and the activities inside this organism as computer programmes that can be modified as is done in the world of artificial intelligence. Such mechanistic understanding of living beings enables systematic indoctrination of a population with a theory of ‘pathological germs and viruses’. Due to this fact and much else the microbes and viruses have grown into global phantoms of fear that have power to influence the behaviour of all those people who have not yet developed a proper understanding of their own being and all factors that contribute to their health. For this is not possible to develop by means of explanations of materialistic science, but only by means of anthroposophical spiritual science.

The Spiritual-Scientific Explanation of the Origin of Infectious Diseases

Now we cannot go into the presentation of the original spiritual-karmic causes for the emergence of infectious diseases due to their extreme complexity. [15] Instead we will start with Steiner’s statement that we need to search for the causes of all internal physical illnesses in the irregularities in the domain of the of soul-spiritual life. [16] This doesn’t mean the denial of physical factors, but only that no therapy based solely on physical means will be able to bring real healing to patients. For without the awareness of the spiritual influences working in the background of the occurrence of a disease, we will not be capable of removing the original causes which are of a moral-spiritual nature.

For a real understanding of infectious diseases we need to start with the FOURFOLD HUMAN BEING. First we have the physical body – that is, the outward physical form of the body – which is built up out of mineral substances and which is for that reason visible to us. Then we have the invisible etheric body which enables our life processes and functions. The next invisible body is the astral body which enables us to have feelings and perceptions. The highest supersensible body is the ‘I’ or Ego, our essential self, which enables us to be conscious of ourselves as individual beings among other beings.

In one of his lectures Steiner classified physical diseases into the following groups: [17]

This classification helps us to grasp why infectious diseases are appearing in large numbers of people in the case of epidemics; for the physical body is that part of the human being that belongs to all humanity. In comparison to this the characteristics of the etheric body differ in regard to nationality and the characteristics of the astral body in regard to family (which is a modern form of tribal communities). Only ego is that part which belongs to one single man and enables him/her the development of individual characteristics. This differentiation manifests also in the area of human health.

For a better understanding of infectious diseases we need to look first at the anthroposophical explanation about the causes for the emergence of childhood infectious diseases. The first physical body is the result of inherited characteristics of mother, father and previous generations. For that reason “the organism of the newborn child is really still the sub­stance of the mother, into which the individuality is drawn with the first breath, incarnating itself and literally being bound to the flesh. It is only in the course of the first years of childhood that the ‘received’ protein is transformed to corre­spond to the individuality. In general, this process of adaptation happens as a gradual part of development, but it can also proceed dramatically in a short time: in this case, it manifests as fever or childhood disease in which the fever is the instrument of the ego in dissolv­ing the ‘old’ corporeality. For this reason, each fever is both a kind of rejuvenation and a new connection of ego and body.” [19]

It seems that people are not aware enough that within them there is a continually evolving process of dying of the specific number of cells which are replaced with newborn cells. This means that on average in a period of seven years we get a new body. And as the parts of our physical body are continually dying, it might attract – if there are present other necessary conditions – the various microorganisms whose task in nature is the recycling of organic matter. [20]

Hence it should be clear why Steiner again and again stresses that bacteria are not the primary cause for the emergence of infectious diseases, but are only the consequence of more hidden happenings in the human organism which are the result of the cumulative effects of karmic causes and the spiritual, astral and etheric radiations that constantly stream down on the Earth from cosmic constellations. To this we need to add the spiritual-psychological influences of materialism, selfishness, fear, hatred, social isolation, etc. – all of which have such power to take possession of large groups of people to such a degree that this triggers in them biochemical reactions that enable ‘infection’ and consequently the spread of epidemic. [21]

Therefore it should be acknowledged that “it is one of the most superficial views to regard the flora of the human intestines – and also the microscopic fauna found there and elsewhere in the human organism – as anything to be called the cause of sickness. It is really quite appalling, in the course of examining the literature on pathology today, to find in every chapter the refrain: In cases of this disease we have discovered such and such a bacillus, in cases of that disease, another bacillus and so forth. Such facts are of great interest to the study of the botany and zoology of the human organisms, but as regards the condition of disease they have at best only the significance of indicators, indicators enabling one to conclude that if this or that form of disease is present, the human organism thus affected offers appropriate soil for the growth of this or that interesting vegetable or animal microorganism. They mean this and nothing more.” [22]

The logic of thinking behind such explanations of modern medicine is the following: “Suppose for example you discover a landscape, in which you find numerous extremely well fed and healthy looking cattle. Would it occur to you to say: All that you behold in this countryside is as it is, because the cattle have somehow descended from the air and have infected the district? Such an idea would hardly occur to you; rather will you be obliged to inquire, why there are industrious people in this district, why the soil is specially favourable for this or that form of pasturage, and so on. You will probably exhaust all the possible reasons for well-fed livestock, in your mental review; but you would never dream of putting forward the theory that the countryside has been infected by an immigration of well fed cows! This however is exactly the train of reasoning displayed by medical science today, in respect of microbes” and other microorganisms which are found in the internal human ‘ecosystem’. However, “these remarkable creatures simply prove, by their presence, that there in the body is a certain type of medium or substratum favourable to them, and attention should accordingly be directed to the study of this substratum.” [23]

Among numerous primary reasons that can bring about the occurrence of suitable conditions for the multiplying of microorganisms “the really decisive factor is a certain unbalanced interaction of the upper and lower spheres in man, which may disturb or destroy their correct and normal relationship.” [24]

Let’s take for example diphtheria; medical science is regarding it as “an infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae.” [25] In opposition to this is Steiner’s explanation which is much more complex. It starts with revelation that “the human being himself produces slight animal poisons all the time. The faculties possessed by animals are due to the fact that they produce these poisons in themselves; if they did not, they would have no intelligence at all. The human being produces poisons very similar to the animal poisons, especially in organs situated near the head – but again in tiny quantities of which the body can make use. If the poisons are produced too vigorously there may, of course, be an excess of such animal poisons in the organism. This is what happens, for example, in diphtheria. Diphtheria is caused by animal poisons which have been produced by the human being himself.” [26] In comparison to this modern medicine thinks that “the symptoms of diphtheria are due to a toxin produced by the bacterium.” [27] This means that it is not able to distinguish between causes and consequences.

Such reversal of the order of precedence is evident also in the case of viruses. In the time of the ‘corona pandemic’ even anthroposophic doctors started to adopt the official explanations of the virus being the cause of the new infectious disease – in an obvious contradiction to Steiner’s statement that microorganisms are not primary agents of infectious diseases. Besides, if we study his explanations about the causes of infectious diseases we will find that they are radically different from the simplified formulas of modern medicine. With help of these explanations we can also comprehend why in the case of epidemics it is so easy to manipulate that part of public which has neither interest nor wish to invest any effort into the grasping of their own being and many factors that influence human health or contribute to the occurrence of diseases. [28]

On the Dangers of Over-Medicalisation
from a Spiritual Scientific Perspective

After we attain a spiritual scientific understanding of the origin of infectious diseases, we certainly may wonder if the vaccination of the whole population makes any sense. For among the population there are many people without any imbalance that enables the occurrence of an infectious disease. The logic of preventive vaccination of all people is the same as would be if we tried to prevent an ‘epidemic’ of high blood pressure with the preventive distribution of medicines that lower the blood pressure. In such a case it is obvious that all those who have normal blood pressure – and even more those with low pressure – would experience worsening of their health.

But even in the cases when we vaccinate people who have preconditions for development of a specific infectious disease this is not without negative consequences. This is evident from Steiner’s description of diphtheria which is triggered by an imbalance between two life streams – one that comes from outward through the skin and another that moves from the kidneys upward and outward from the body. “The heart occupies a position in between and is highly sensitive to too much activity from outside or inside. The heart can sense when the kidneys begin to be overly active, and it also senses when the skin’s activity begins to be too strong or too weak.” Diphtheria occurs when “the skin suddenly becomes weak and subdued. The activity of the skin is too weak, so a person with diphtheria suffers from too little exchange of air through the skin.” In such a case “the heart can no longer restrain the activity of the kidneys, which shoots upward.” And “because the skin activity is no longer working effectively from outside, superfluous [unneeded] skin forms on the inside” [29] in the throat – as one of the typical symptoms of diphtheria.

And what is Steiner’s recommendation for a therapy? In spite of saying that “treatment with modified virus vaccine is effective in the case of diphtheria, because the body is thus given a strong impulse to become active,” he at the same time warns that it has also unfavourable after-effects. “Particularly if a child is treated with vaccine, it will later suffer a hardening of its organization,” it will suffer from the sclerotic impact of vaccination. “One therefore must strive actually to replace treatment with vaccine with that of bathing” – such as a rosemary bath [30] – which has a stimulating effect on activity of the skin and thus establishes a healthy balance in the human organism. What is essential in such treatment is that “the forces of healing must be summoned everywhere within the body itself.” [31]

Among the basic principles of anthroposophic medicine in dealing with physical illnesses is a distinction between inflammatory diseases and sclerotic diseases. As one of the typical attributes of infectious diseases is the occurrence of fever, it is obvious that they belong to the ‘hot’ illnesses which have opposite tendencies in comparison to ‘cold’ sclerotic illnesses. [32]

This principle helps us to comprehend why in the cases of infectious diseases there are effective vaccines which are the polar method of the medical intervention. [33] But this is valid only in the case of real infectious diseases and if there is a proper vaccine – what is not always the case. For in our times we have many cases of invented ‘viral’ epidemics. [34] And even in cases of real epidemics it is necessary to add proper ‘spiritual vaccine’ – that is the knowledge of the spiritual aspects which have contributed to the emergence of a disease with the aim that we overcome our weaknesses and past errors. [35]

Awareness of the above polarity of the physical illnesses helps us to understand why modern humanity is confronted with the large increase of sclerotic diseases. “Every febrile illness brings about a radical change in the constitution of the human organism. The fundamental polarity of inflammation (fever) and sclerosis (abnormal deposits) is influenced by every process in the warmth organism. This means that any suppression of a fever or inflammation pushes the balance in favour of a disease lying on the sclerotic side.” [36] And because there exists in the case of infectious diseases an almost pathological state of fear of these diseases, we are witnessing in modern times their systematic suppression without any consideration of negative consequences in the form of increase of sclerotic illnesses. 

The prevalent use of mineral medicines and vaccines is not the only influence that contributes to an increase of sclerotic illnesses. To this are contributing all impulses of materialistic science in the area of education, medicine and food production. These are the Three Main Culprits for the Present Worldwide Health Crisis. And the healing impulses of spiritual science have the power to counteract these negative influences on human health.

Only through a much more holistic approach to the questions of human health and disease can we avoid the dangers of a continuous increase of the use of mineral medicines and vaccines which is leading towards the continuous increase of sclerotic illnesses which are nowadays the real global ‘epidemic’. That which distinguishes this ‘epidemic’ of sclerotic diseases with the epidemics of inflammatory diseases, is their more hidden harmful effect which is not so strong and dramatic as with inflammatory diseases. In spite of this sclerotic diseases are by far the main causes of death on the global level.

For that reason it does not make sense to contribute to their increase with the systematic spreading of the fear of infectious diseases and with the consequent campaigns of vaccination. This is good only for the profit-driven investors in the pharmaceutical companies and all the rest who are getting a substantial income from the advertising of medicines and vaccines, from patents on inventions, from production of new technological devices, and so on.

Therefore what we really need is a better understanding of the nature of human health and all methods that contribute to its maintenance without serious adverse effects. We urgently need true implementation of the principle of the free market where – instead of state regulatory institutions under the control of Big Pharma – findings of independent science, preferences of the users of medical services and the success of therapies themselves will be the decisive factors in the choice of medical therapies. 

For additional perspectives see:

Are Viruses and Microbes the Real Culprits in the Emergence of Deadly Epidemics?

A Spiritual Scientific Perspective on the Origin of Viruses and the Nature of Viral Diseases


  1. Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, 02.05.1910; The Christ impulse and the Development of the Ego-Consciousness,
  2. Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 19.01.1923; Truth, Beauty and Goodness,
  3. Britannica Online Encyclopedia/Infectious disease, April 2021
  4. As above
  5. See Review of the book Virus Mania.
  6. The classification of viruses as microorganisms is even more questionable if we compare them with genomes of human cells which are extremely large organic molecules, containing whole genetic transcription, while viruses contain rather short chains of DNA or RNA. For example, the human genome is 300.000 times larger than the AIDS virus; in spite of this it is not regarded as a microorganism as is done in the case of this and all other viruses.
  7. Source of definition: Internet
  8. In the chapter Was Steiner Really Not Able to Differentiate between Bacteria and Viruses? there is a short summary of the changing comprehension of the nature of viruses.
  9. See the chapter There Is No Scientific Evidence That the Foreign Viruses Are Causing ‘Viral Diseases’ where there is a description of the scientific procedure which is supposedly proving the ‘infectious’ nature of viruses.
  10. For those who wish to become familiar with the state of corruption in medical science I recommend the article by Dr. Pascal Sacré, Politics and Corruption at the World Health Organization. And those who wish to know more see the books: David L. Lewis PhD, Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits, 2014; Judy Mikovits, Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science, 2020
  11. Dr Stefan Lanka, The Misconception Called Virus - Measles as an Example, Wissenschafftplus Magazin, January 2020
  12. For a better understanding of the modern procedures of demonstration see selection of articles of other authors About PCR Tests and Protection.
  13. Sally Fallon Morell, MA, Dr. Tom Cowan, MD, Dr. Andrew Kaufman, MD, Statement on Virus Isolation, 7.04.2021
  14. The quote of dr. Andrew Kaufman from the article by Makia Freeman, SARS-CoV-2: The Stitched Together, Frankenstein Virus, 25.09.2020
  15. For those who would like to know about Steiner’s descriptions of the spiritual and karmic causes for the emergence of epidemics I recommend Two Collections of Steiner’s Extracts on Infectious Diseases and Epidemics.
  16. See introductory text PHYSICAL vs MENTAL ILLNESSES.
  17. Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, 10.11.1908; The Being of Man and His Future Evolution,
  18. As above
  19. Friedrich Husemann, Otto Wolff, and others, The Anthroposophical Approach to Medicine, Vol. I, Anthroposophic Press, 1982
  20. See the chapter Parasitic Forms of Microscopic Life as the Great Benefactors of Natural Ecosystems.
  21. In the chapter In Reality We Can Get Infected Only on the Soul-Spiritual Level there is a description of the conditions for it and the nature of infection.
  22. Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 24.03.1920; Spiritual Science and Medicine,
  23. Both quotes in the paragraph: Same source as above
  24. See note 22
  25. Wikipedia/Diphtheria, May 2021
  26. Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 19.01.1924; Cosmic Workings in Earth and Man,
  27. See note 25
  28. For an additional description see the chapter The Imbalances of Our Internal Environment as the Primary Causes of Infectious Diseases.
  29. All quotes in the paragraph: Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 20.01.1923; Health and Illness, Vol. II,
  30. We need to clarify that the most suitable therapy for an infectious disease depends on the diagnosis of causes of an internal imbalance. As the nature of this imbalance is different in various diseases it should be obvious that Steiner is not saying that herbal baths are always the most suitable therapy for an infectious disease. We need to clarify that the most suitable therapy for an infectious disease depends on the diagnosis of causes of an internal imbalance. As the nature of this imbalance is different in various diseases it should be obvious that Steiner is not saying that herbal baths are always the most suitable therapy for an infectious disease. Nevertheless, it is obviously evident that the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t have any financial incentive to replace diphtheria vaccines with herbal baths!
  31. All quotes in the paragraph: Same source as in the note 29
  32. See introductory text 'HOT' vs 'COLD' ILLNESSES.
  33. This statement refers to the polarity of therapies which makes sense only when we give consideration to the esoteric explanation of the origin of illnesses indicated in the main image. As there exists a polarity of ‘hot’ versus ‘cold’ illnesses, so there are ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ therapies. All mineral drugs and vaccines belong to the group of ‘cold’ therapies which stimulate the processes of contraction of physical forms which are necessary for the functioning of our organism. This means that the use of these medical drugs can be useful if they are used in the cases of ‘hot’ diseases where there exists the danger of excessive dissolution of organic forms. But in a case of over-medicalisation it will stimulate occurrences of various sclerotic diseases.
  34. See Review of the book Virus Mania.
  35. For a more detailed description see The Spiritual Impacts of Vaccines and Drugs on the Future Development of Humanity.
  36. Friedrich Husemann, Otto Wolff, and others, The Anthroposophical Approach to Medicine, Vol. I, Anthroposophic Press, 1982