One of the first things proponents of vaccination point to in support of vaccination is the eradication of polio. Even if they agree vaccines come at a risk, they believe the risk is well worth it because of the eradication of many infectious diseases, especially polio. But does the reward really outweigh the risks?
The only way the rewards for vaccinating could outweigh the risks is if there were actually rewards to begin with. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with polio. Yes, almost everyone believes that vaccines eradicated polio. But that doesn’t make it true. In fact, just about everyone that I’ve talked to didn’t know much about polio before I told them what I’m about to tell you. The only things that most people know about polio is:
- vaccines eradicated polio
- polio causes paralysis
- one of our presidents was paralyzed from polio
Why are people so limited in their understanding of polio, yet feel so strongly that vaccines are what eradicated polio?
A Few Important Things To Know About Polio
- Polio thrives in fecal matter, which is how it’s primarily transmitted
- Polio often times isn’t paralytic
- Most cases of paralytic polio go away within a few days
What Really Eradicated Polio
- Changes in the diagnostic methods
- Improved sanitation
- Discontinued use of toxins that damage the central nervous system (such as DDT)
The CDC Changed How Polio Was Diagnosed
By simply changing how polio was diagnosed, they changed the rate at which it was diagnosed. The CDC made 2 radical changes in the diagnostic parameters and to the labeling of the disease based on symptoms.
Pre-vaccine, you only had to have paralysis for one day in order to be diagnosed with polio. But they changed that diagnostic parameter to 2 months after the vaccine was introduced! That means that all of the non-paralytic cases of polio were instaneously reclassified as something else. And most paralytic cases of polio went away within a few days so those didn’t count either. Those 2 categories of polio cases (non-paralytic & paralysis of short duration) amounted to about 85% of all polio cases. The CDC eliminating those categories of polio cases from the official numbers, and that’s how polio was “eradicated,” not by vaccines.
The CDC also made changes involving analysis of cerebrospinal fluid and stool and additional testing, which inevitably made it less likely that any cases of paralytic polio would be diagnosed.
Polio-like Symptoms Were Reclassified As Other Diseases
Since most cases of polio weren’t being diagnosed as polio anymore, they had to start labeling those cases with other diseases. People with the same symptoms that would have gotten a diagnosis of polio before were now being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), viral or “aseptic” meningitis, acute flaccid paralysis, among other things.
One of the many great points I make in my post about flu shots is that even the CDC admits that the flu vaccine may cause GBS in some cases. Most people have no idea that people today still get symptoms that would have been diagnosed as polio during the days of the polio scare.
The Definition Of A Polio Epidemic Was Changed Too
Prior to the introduction of the Salk vaccine, 20 cases of polio reported per year per 100,000 population. After the Salk vaccine, it took 35 cases of polio per year per 100,000 population to be considered an epidemic. By changing the parameters for polio to be an epidemic, and changing the diagnostic parameters, they ensured there wouldn’t be another epidemic. This set the stage for the vaccine to be touted as the cause for the eradication of polio.
Plumbing and Improved Sanitation Eradicated Polio
Since polio was primarily transmitted in fecal matter, by simply improving sanitation they reduced the occurrence of polio cases. This has nothing to do with vaccines. Up until the 1800s, bathing was considered to be a potential cause of illness. Many people didn’t bathe often, and fecal matter was often discarded in any way that was convenient.
Toxins Produced Symptoms Identical To Polio
Environmental toxins such as DDT, BHC, pesticides, lead, and arsenic produced the same symtoms as the polio virus, including lesions. In the article linked to below and shown in the video above, it shows graphs with a high correlation between the use of these toxic substances and polio cases reported. This suggests that many cases of polio weren’t actually caused by the polio virus. By simply removing these toxins from our environment, we greatly reduced the chances of someone having polio-like symptoms.
Posts Featured In The Video Above
- How The CDC Changed Polio Diagnostics and Eradicated Polio With A Stroke Of A Pen
- How Plumbing and Improved Sanitation Eradicated Polio
- How Environment Toxins Contributed To Polio Cases
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