Viruses – how afraid should we be?

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As I began to write about the marketing of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, I remembered that I had a book on my shelves called Fear of the Invisible written by Janine Roberts in which she asks if we should be afraid of viruses and vaccines.

I think that before any reasonable discussion can be undertaken about how the public has been sold the idea that the human papilloma virus causes cervical cancer and that the way to prevent this cancer is to protect yourself with the HPV vaccine Gardasil, we need to understand the nature of viruses.

What are viruses? Should they really be of any concern to us? Do viruses cause diseases or even cancer? If they are harmless then why have we given so many vaccines to our children?

Warning the following story might make you  rethink everything  you’ve ever believed about diseases such as measles, polio and HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer.

Janine Roberts is an investigative journalist who became interested in viruses, after a friend of hers with a son who had become severely brain-damaged after the MMR vaccine, asked for her help in finding out if the vaccine was to blame. Her research into viruses led her to the great hunt for the poliovirus and the development of the polio vaccines.

In her chapter ‘The hunt for the polio virus’, Janine Roberts explains that polio was not new to the 20th century. In fact, poliomyelitis had been around for centuries and was associated with metalworking.  The virus we now blame for polio is a common gut virus that is not connected to metal working but produced by human cells and spread from us to the soil. Human infants acquire lifelong immunity to it as soon as they go out and play in the dirt.

We have been told that polio at its worst causes paralysis of children’s chest muscles and that those affected go on to die unless supported by ‘iron lungs’.  However, in most cases of the disease, the paralysis has been temporary and minor. The major polio epidemics climaxed in the summer of 1952 and occurred around harvest time with 3000, mostly middle-class children affected.

One of polio’s victims was the American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt who became paralysed after swimming in polluted water. His illness ensured that the fight to understand and prevent polio was well-funded. So the hunt was on for an unknown virus with the public warned to kill flies as they were suspected of being carriers. It was in the mid-1950s that a new branch of science was established- virology and along with it the eager virologists whose job it was to fight the war against viruses. Simultaneously we were instructed to fear viruses and consequently the vaccine industry has flourished.

All of this was happening despite powerful evidence being presented to the US Congress linking the summer polio epidemics to summer-used heavy metal pesticides. The scientists presenting this link also suggested remedies and reported curing polio, but they were ignored and instead parents were told to fear a virus.  These dissenters blamed the new powerful pesticides that were sprayed on crops during the summer months. These were neurotoxins that killed insects by paralysing them. Were they doing the same to humans, wondered Roberts.

Roberts quotes the Journal of Immunology:   Neurotoxins are known to directly damage or kill neurons, including: lead, mercury. This made the author pause as she remembered that both lead and mercury are found in metalworking. If these neurotoxins damaged neurones, could these have caused the paralytic illness in metalworkers? And could these sprays be causing paralysis in humans?

The belief in harmful viruses stems from the ‘germ theory’ first considered in the 16th century when a Venetian called Girolamo Fracastoro blamed diseases on rapidly multiplying, minute, infectious bacteria. In the 19th century Louis Pasteur further developed the germ theory of disease with his idea that microorganisms in milk caused disease leading to the modern process of pasteurisation. But once again there was much disagreement with the French Academy of Science Professor Antoine Bechamp claiming that it was environmental factors that caused disease. Regrettably the belief in the germ theory brought about fundamental changes in medical science and allowed governments to avoid issues of poverty and equality and insist that nothing more was needed than quarantine and disinfection.

The more that we learn about viruses and in particular the polio virus the more we must surely become enraged. It was in the late 1940s that scientists came to identify a particular virus with polio and this is described by Roberts as ‘another failed experiment’. Scientists at the New York State, Department of Health claimed to have isolated a virus that might  cause polio in the faeces of sick children. They diluted the excrement of polio-victims and injected it into the brains of mice with the result that the mice became paralysed. But what this had proven was only that mice could be paralysed when injected with human excrement into their brains, not that the virus caused polio. Unbelievably, this result became the basis for the development of the polio vaccine with Dr Jonas Salk developing the first commercial polio vaccine with the virus found in the ‘pooled faeces’ of three healthy children.

With the virus theory firmly entrenched in the public psyche, the production of polio vaccines eventuated. Roberts explains how crudely the polio vaccines were made. To make the Salk polio vaccine, thousands of monkeys had their kidneys and testicles removed. These organs were then mashed to make a ‘substrate’ of separated cells that were to be persuaded to produce the needed virus. The minced organs were ‘seeded’ by being mixed with a polio virus -rich fluid ( from an earlier culture). This was to be kept in an incubator for 3 days, then filtered with the resultant fluid, the polio vaccine. The idea was that the dead poliovirus in the vaccine would stimulate the children’s immune system to give protection from polio. Incredibly, at the same time as this crude experimentation was taking place many scientists were finding that the poliovirus, the gut virus, was absent in many polio victims. This should have been the end of the matter. Obviously the vaccine trials should have ended then, but the vaccine scientists such as Salk and Sabin couldn’t bear the idea that they might have got it wrong. From what Janine Roberts understands the health authorities decided just to forget this most inconvenient report and vaccine making continued.

The release of this first batch of poli0 vaccines might also have been derailed if  a report by a scientist in charge of the US safety-testing laboratory hadn’t been ignored. Dr Bernice Eddy was horrified when she found that the monkeys  that were injected with the vaccine became paralysed. But it was too late for hundreds of thousands of American children who had been vaccinated. There was to be no criticism of the polio vaccine for it was about to be endorsed as utterly ‘safe’ in a major 1955 event.

Roberts again explored the idea that the disease could be caused by a toxin or an environmental factor. But what factor? Her research led her to the first medical reports on the polio outbreaks and from these she discovered that the cases of infantile paralysis occurred in families of more than one child and as no efforts were made to isolate the victim, it was deemed non-contagious. It was also noted that the parents of the affected children said that they became ill after eating fruit. In 1892, two years after lead arsenate pesticide started to be sprayed on apples to kill the codling moth, the polio epidemics began. In 1878, Alfred Vulpian experimentally determined that lead damaged the motor-neurone cells of dogs. This is the same damage that is found in  children with infantile paralysis. Lead arsenate wasn’t the only new pesticide being used and in 1907 calcium arsenate was introduced to use on cotton crops and in cotton mills and apple orchards. The next year in a Massachusetts town with three cotton mills and apple orchards, 69 children fell ill with infantile paralysis.

A toxic cause for polio would also explain why chickens and other farmyard animals were paralysed at the same time as the children. Then there were other pesticides in use that could cause paralysis such as DDT which was introduced in the mid 1940s. The National Institutes of Health reported that DDT damaged the same anterior horn cells that are damaged in infantile paralysis. But none of this knowledge led to the cessation of the usage of DDT which was commonly used in households to ‘keep the kids clean’.

But if pesticides were the cause then how could the success of the polio vaccines be explained? From the early 1950s the public were becoming aware of the dangers of pesticides particularly after reports that DDT was excreted in the milk of cows and nursing mothers. The decline of polio began to occur after the dangers of DDT began to be understood and the ban on the use of many of the organochlorine pesticides occurred.

However Roberts had one more problem with the theory of pesticide causation for DDT is still being used in third world countries but there are no polio epidemics. The answer is pretty simple: The epidemic is hidden.

From 1960 in an effort to bring down the numbers of polio cases, the regulatory authorities rewrote the rules for diagnosis. They instructed doctors to only diagnose polio if the patient had paralytic symptoms for more than 60 days. Previously a diagnosis was made if there were just 24 hours of symptoms. Also any cases of polio that occurred within 30 days of vaccination were to be recorded as pre-existing, and not caused by the vaccine. And of even greater impact on the numbers diagnosed, was the change that saw the cases of non-paralysis involving just muscular weakness and pain, and previously pronounced as polio, now being called aseptic meningitis. As a result, the number of cases of aseptic meningitis went from close to zero, to many thousands, while the cases of polio came down. Other previously diagnosed cases of polio were to be classified as ‘Guillain-Barre syndrome’ and even ‘muscular dystrophy’. Still not satisfied with the number of polio cases, the authorities decided that all those with ‘paralytic polio’ were to be diagnosed with ‘acute flaccid paralysis’ or AFP and reported to health authorities. Samples of two turds from the patient were to be inspected to see if poliovirus was in them. If not, then these cases were declared not to be polio. This revealed that the polio virus was rarely found in these paralysed children. One would think that this would have forced the authorities to finally admit that the virus wasn’t the cause of polio.

This is pretty crazy and means that the children in Detroit who have AFP today are ill with the same symptoms as in the earlier days and would have been classified as paralytic polio. Roberts concludes that the new rules for polio diagnosis have proven to be the best way to hide the fact that the vaccine is a failure. The poliovirus is a human virus that replicates in the gut, so the excrement inspection doesn’t prove anything. Its presence is natural and it’s presence in excrement doesn’t prove it causes paralysis.

From World Health Organisation figures, Roberts has found that acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) is now a raging epidemic in countries where pesticide use if high. In the east Asian/Pacific region the number of cases of AFP between 1994 and 1998 went up by 50% in China , 400% in Malaysia and 1,500% in the Pacific Islands. In 2007 the WHO inspected 156,795 excrement samples from patients with acute flaccid paralysis finding only in 2320 the wild polio virus and in 5631 the polio virus spread in the Sabin vaccine. The remaining severely paralysed children, about 190,000 children have symptoms that were once considered severe polio and are now abandoned without a cure while WHO boasts to all that it has nearly conquered polio.

The WHO website states that  ‘there is no cure for polio’ but this totally ignores the results by doctors who have treated many of the ill with antitoxins.

Roberts asks how can she possibly go on after this. She asks what about other vaccines? Are they any better?

Sadly the answer is they are no better. Take the HPV vaccine,  Gardasil responsible for over 32,000 adverse events and 148 deaths. And once again, the vaccine is given against a virus that doesn’t cause the condition for which it is supposed to protect.

Like Janine Roberts, I also have to wonder how we manage to keep going in face of all the lies and the deceit.

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