The Book “My Microbes are Me”

von Ariane Zappe

Chapter 2  Little microbial puzzle

What do you think about microbes? Here are some findings from medi- cal, scientific and published studies that have greatly changed my way of thinking. Which of the two alternatives fits your world view?


1)  Lactic acid bacteria, for example streptococci, migrate into a fibroblast, a human cell that builds up and breaks down our connective tissue, thus becoming so-called intracellular pathogens. What do you think will happen?

a)  In this way, the pathogens have protected themselves from the immune system, can no longer be reached by antibiotics and damage the cell from the inside.

b)  The fibroblast then transforms into a stem cell, perhaps our most valuable cell, which can further develop into numerous other tissue cells and thus regenerate our body.


2)  Mice are treated to develop autoimmune encephalitis, which is very similar to our multiple sclerosis. What happens if the mice are also infected with the dreaded „hospital germ“ Staphylococcus aureus?

a) The mice with Staphylococcus aureus develop a superinfection that intensifies the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, accelerates the course of the disease and leads to neurological symptoms as well as severe inflammation of the respiratory tract.

b) Mice with Staphylococcus aureus are protected from inflammation in the brain, do not develop any neurological symptoms and remain healthy.


3)  Aspergillus flavus is a mould fungus, which is frequently found in apartments, but also in food. It emits dangerous toxins, including aflatoxins. A so-called aspergillosis in the lungs can be fatal just because of these toxins. What happens if streptococci are added to a culture of Aspergillus flavus?

a)  Both the moulds and the streptococci multiply rapidly, making the mould more aggressive and releasing signifcantly more toxins.

b)  In the presence of streptococci, Aspergillus flavus no longer releases toxins and behaves quietly without dying off itself.


4)  The breast tissue of women with and without breast cancer is examined and lactic acid bacteria including streptococci are found in the breast tissue. Which group contains more microbes in breast tissue?

a)  Women with breast cancer.

b)  Women without breast cancer.


5)  A mouse with pancreatic cancer, a very serious diagnosis for us humans, will be injected live streptococci (Streptococcus pyogenes), bacteria that can cause tonsillitis and scarlet fever, once into the can- cer tumor. What happens?

The cancer gets completely out of control. The already weakened mouse also suffers a severe bacterial infection.

The tumour then dissolves completely. The mouse becomes healthy.


Probably answer a) fits into your world view of „insidious and dangerous“ microbes from which we must protect ourselves. The studies which will be dealt with in this book, however, prove answer b) to every question. If you now read through the questions again with the correct answers b), what are your conclusions?

Do we have to rethink our attitude to microorganisms? Is our world view of infections and disease-causing microbes correct at all?

I have long observed in my practice that a paradigm shift must take place if we are finally able to find solutions for the chronic diseases of our time.

Ariane Zappe:


“Scientific studies suggest that
streptcocci might protect us from cancer and staphylococci from multiple sclerosis. Lactic acid bacteria apparently stimulate the development of human stem cells.


Scientific studies suggest that streptococci might protect us from cancer and staphylococci from multiple sclerosis. Lactic acid bacteria apparently stimulate the development of human stem cells.


Don‘t we urgently need a profound re-thinking in dealing with microbes?


No microorganism is evil per se. Microbes, especially bacteria, viruses and retroviruses, are part of a million-year-old symbiosis in evolution. Only WITH microbes have we become what we are today. Germs and humans work symbiotically together everywhere in the organism, even in the brain. This is not only about joint survival, but above all about further development. That‘s what I call ImmunSymbiosis.


So how can we care for our microbes and protect them? The prevention and treatment of chronic, neurological or neurodegenerative diseases can only succeed if people AND microbes become healthy.


Based on scientific studies, my experiences from therapeutic practice and research, connections between diseases and microorganisms appear to me in a completely new light. I would like to invite you as interested reader, affected patient or therapist on a journey through the world of microbes, which could fundamentally change your point of view.”

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ISBN: 978-3-9819157-2-3

Publisher: SophiaMed
Date of Publicattion: 18.2.2020
239 Pages, Hard Cover
Price: € 25.-

Table of Contents

1  The day after the seminar 7

2  Little microbial puzzle 13

3  What does „microbial“ mean in this book? 17

4  Reverse thrust on all engines 29

5  ImmunSymbiosis 57

6  Why does it no longer work with microbes? 65

7  Streptococci, my heroes 89

8  Fortunately, staphylococci are so stubborn! 97

9  Mycobacteria and tuberculosis 111

10  Viruses, retroviruses and giant viruses are also me 131

11  How we become friends again with our microbes 153

12  Implementation in therapeutic practice 185

13  Neuroinflammation – smouldering fire in the brain 191

14  After the seminar is before the seminar 223

15  Symbiosis in medicine 227

16  Addendum 231

Chapter 1 The day after the seminar

It’s October 14th, 2019, the day after my first ImmunSymbiosis Seminar. For weeks I tried to squeeze my findings and experiences from practice, my new thoughts and ideas, the scientific studies that underpin them, into three days of lectures.


I am on the road with our two dogs in the forest. I love to roam through nature in a pack, but I hardly have the time to do so. The practice remains closed today, we have reserved this day for recreation. For weeks I was looking forward to this day and promised our two Flat Coated Retrievers that we would finally go on a longer tour again.

Being part of the pack is a fantastic feeling. A pack is a single organism, everyone cares about everyone. There are rules, and everyone likes to keep them, because they make sense for the whole. Everyone has his assignment and everyone is respected. There is no better or worse part of the pack. But everyone has fun with their task and everyone wants to have tasks and fulfill them. Dogs do not want to be lazy and eat themselves fat and round at the expense of the other herd members. Microorganisms also not, without exception! If we see dogs, which are no longer socializable, then humans have abused these dogs in some way, consciously or unconsciously. The dog itself joins the pack with pleasure and likes to follow a leader who decides confidently and calmly for the best well-being of the pack. It is my deepest conviction that microbes in us and around us behave in the same way, without exception. There are no evil microbes, there never were. It is about the development of the whole organism. In the course of evolution, our body has become so incredibly complex that it can only be controlled if many instances work together symbiotically.


Today everything fits: The weather is enchantingly beautiful, the sky is bright blue, the sun blinks through the trees. In the forest an unbelievable variety of mushrooms shines in huge quantities and in the most different and most varied colours. I am very grateful to my mother for passing on her knowledge about the most important edible mushrooms to me. Today I don’t know most of the mushrooms in the forest and I haven’t seen them  this size and beauty before. 2019 was a mushroom year! Mushrooms are also such a wonderful example for the omnipresent symbiosis in nature.

I inhale the air deeply in the forest. It is full of healthy microbes. Our lungs need these microorganisms. It is not only the oxygen that we so urgently need, it is also and especially the microbes. Each grain of dust carries thousands of microbes. They enrich and support our biofilm in the lungs.


The picturesque and relaxed atmosphere in nature actually corresponds to what is going on in me. The tension of the last weeks has evaporated. So often before the seminar I asked myself whether I was completely wrong with my thoughts and models and whether the participants of the seminar would go home shaking their heads and disappointed. 50 therapists, patients and other interested parties had registered for a three-day seminar that had never been held before – what a leap of faith! But the dynamics of the last three days far exceeded my wildest expectations. My thoughts were not only accepted, they sparked a joy to think so, they felt right and true to the listeners and everyone felt a desire to think them further. Many insights became even clearer to me when I explained them to myself during the seminar. It makes sense to listen to oneself from time to time! The sum of the ideas and new thoughts resulted in a huge wave that caught all of us. It was just unbelievable fun.


I wanted the day after the seminar to be exactly like this. A deep satisfaction and joy about this rousing wave together with a lot of peace and relaxation accompany me. What I did not expect are the many simms? in my head. What is so quiet and peaceful outside in the forest stands in stark contrast to the clutter of voices in my head, which all babble about in confusion: “You have to write this down, you have to reach more people with it”, it sounds from one corner of my head, while the first chapters of a new book are already being formulated in other corners.


I haven’t had a day off in weeks. If I think about it carefully, I haven’t really had a day off since I started my first book almost four years ago and opened the big practice in Kaufbeuren. My family had to do without me a lot and another book is out of the question. That’s the only voice that can’t prevail on this day…



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