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Polio: Past and Present

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Maybe you have grandparents, aunts or uncles, or even parents who have told you of the horrible outbreaks of polio around 1916 and the 1950’s. You may have heard stories of paralysis, permanent crippling, iron lungs, and devastating epidemics in rural areas. Polio (along with tetanus…see the newsletter from February 11, 2013) is probably the one disease most parents worry about when making the choice to be vaccine free.

It’s possible that this is one of the vaccine conversations you most dread when trying to explain to parents, grandparents, and friends and family at large why you are choosing to be vaccine free. The response from well-meaning people is likely to be, “How could you possibly consider putting your baby/child at risk for polio? You want them to be paralyzed?” Of course you don’t want that for your child, but how quickly does the guilt, shame, and lack of information to support your choice show up? It’s a slippery slope.

But what if everything you and everyone before you were told about polio was inaccurate and not the whole story? What if there was a medical doctor (a kidney specialist) who spent a year researching this very topic and came up with scientific research and documentation that concluded that the eradication of polio might not have anything to do with the vaccine? Who also concluded that the epidemics of polio had more to do with agricultural practices and changes in breast feeding/formula feeding, processed foods, and a huge increase in tonsillectomies.

Dr. Suzanne Humphries is that internist and nephrologist (kidney specialist). In 2009, after the kidney dialysis ward was mysteriously filled with patients who had sudden, rapid, intense (fulminant) kidney failure and no previous personal or family history of kidney problems, she started to dig into what was causing this ‘outbreak.’

All of the patients had recently been vaccinated with the seasonal flu and H1N1; these vaccines were the only common link among the patients that might explain kidney failure due to toxicity. Her immediate response was to research published papers on vaccine safety…and found none. While there were some studies, she was quick to point out that the studies were all on efficacy and not safety. And as my mother would say, “She knows her onions!”

You are busy…I get that…but please make time to watch Dr. Humphries’ presentation; it will be the single best hour you spend. She is really that good and the information is remarkable! What will you learn?

  • How the name polio was shortened from ‘poliomyelitis,’ which simply means ‘inflammation of the gray matter of the spinal cord’ to meaning a disease caused by poliovirus.
  • Provocation polio around 1916 – was it connected to the Rockefeller lab developing the most virulent strain of polio they could?
  • History and the ‘perfect’ paralysis storm.
  • Changes in breastfeeding (breastfed infants were exempt from polio), condensed milk and bottle formula introduced, DDT use, tonsillectomies, use of arsenic, refined white sugar and white flour in the 1950’s – and how they all contributed to the susceptibility of getting polio.
  • How polio was changed in name to ‘aseptic meningitis’…voilà! No more polio!

Ads of the day… Around the same time as the polio outbreaks in the early 1950’s.



In her presentation, Dr. Humphries also shows a video clip of children being sprayed with DDT that’s ‘so safe,’ they can eat their lunch at the same time. So I thought I would do a little research of my own and see what other DDT videos might be out there. Have a look at this YouTube video and see what DDT does to the fly. Listen to the emphasis on ‘paralysis.’ Sound familiar? So let’s see…DDT is deadly for the fly but completely safe for babies and children? Safe enough to paper the baby’s room, spray your food, and digest it with your meal?

And finally, a direct quote from Dr. Humphries’ presentation, taken from the Centre for Disease Control website:

“CDC estimation of morbidity and mortality after infection of polio virus…95% infected have no symptoms…4-8% have minor symptoms such as fever, fatigue, nauseas, headache, flu-like symptoms, stiffness of neck and back, pain in the limbs which resolves completely…fewer than 1%(of the 4-8 %) result in permanent paralysis of the limbs, usually the legs and only 5-10% of that 1% die when it affects the respiratory muscles…what other vaccine targeted illness do you know of that is 95% -98 % asymptomatic.”

How could a person/parent possibly know if their child’s symptoms are the beginning of polio or the flu or poisoning?

Here is a quote from the American Journal of Psychotherapy (1949) found on the website:

“Although DDT produces serious functional and morphologic (structural) changes in virtually every organ of the body, among its most disturbing and debilitating manifestations are those of the nervous system.
… Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea usually associated with extreme tenesmus (straining). Coryza (runny nose), cough and persistent sore throat are common, often followed by a persistent or recurrent feeling of constriction or of a ‘lump’ in the throat; …Pain in the joints, generalized muscle weakness and exhausting fatigue are usual; the latter are often so severe in the acute stage as to be described by some patients as ‘paralysis.’ Pain and stiffness in the back of the neck is a frequent complaint.”

Sounds like the symptoms of polio, doesn’t it?

And sounds like the flu, too… You already have some terrific at-home, homeopathic remedies for influenza. Gelsemium comes to mind for the paralysis, the pain at the back of the neck, the weakness, and fatigue. In fact, Gelsemium is one of the top remedies for exactly these symptoms.

The other top remedy for Polio is Lathyrus sativa. If you look over the descriptions of the remedy, you can easily see how the Lathyrus remedy picture looks very similar to the disease picture of polio. Lathyrus is used by some homeopaths as a preventative for polio when parents are vaccine free and want an alternative.

My heroine, Dr. Suzanne Humphries

And her talk on Polio: Smoke, Mirrors and the “Disappearance” of Polio

Polio: The Disease, the Vaccine and the Controversies

Some trivia facts about Polio


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