Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Polio Vaccines Now The #1 Cause of Polio Paralysis

Sayer Ji, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

The Polio Global Eradication Initiative (PGEI), founded in 1988 by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, holds up India as a prime example of its success at eradicating polio, stating on its website (Jan. 11 2012) that "India has made unprecedented progress against polio in the last two years and on 13 January, 2012, India will reach a major milestone -- a 12-month period without any case of polio being recorded."

This report, however, is highly misleading, as an estimated 100-180 Indian children are diagnosed with vaccine-associated polio paralysis (VAPP) each year. In fact, the clinical presentation of the disease, including paralysis, caused by VAPP is indistinguishable from that caused by wild polioviruses, making the PGEI's pronouncements all the more suspect.1

According to the Polio Global Eradication Initiative's own statistics2 there were 42 cases of wild-type polio (WPV) reported in India in 2010, indicating that vaccine-induced cases of polio paralysis (100-180 annually) outnumber wild-type cases by a factor of 3-4. Even if we put aside the important question of whether or not the PGEI is accurately differentiating between wild and vaccine-associated polio cases in their statistics, we still must ask ourselves: should not the real-world effects of immunization, both good and bad, be included in PGEI's measurement of success? For the dozens of Indian children who develop vaccine-induced paralysis every year, the PGEI's recent declaration of India as nearing "polio free" status, is not only disingenuous, but could be considered an attempt to minimize their obvious liability in having transformed polio from a natural disease vector into a man-made (iatrogenic) one.

VAPP is, in fact, the predominant form of the disease in developed countries like the US since 1973.3  The problem of vaccine-induced polio paralysis was so severe that the The United States moved to the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) in 2000, after the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended altogether eliminating the live-virus oral polio vaccine (OPV), which is still used throughout the third world, despite the known risks.

Polio underscores the need for a change in the way we look at so-called "vaccine preventable" diseases as a whole. In most people with a healthy immune system, a poliovirus infection does not even generate symptoms. Only rarely does the infection produce minor symptoms, e.g. sore throat, fever, gastrointestinal disturbances, and influenza-like illness. In only 3% of infections does virus gain entry to the central nervous system, and then, in only 1-5 in 1000 cases does the infection progress to paralytic disease.

Due to the fact that polio spreads through the fecal-oral route (i.e. the virus is transmitted from the stool of an infected person to the mouth of another person through a contaminated object, e.g. utensil) focusing on hygiene, sanitation and proper nutrition (to support innate immunity) is a logical way to prevent transmission in the first place, as well as reducing morbidity associated with an infection when it does occur.

Instead, a large portion of the world's vaccines are given to the Third World as "charity," when the underlying conditions of economic impoverishment, poor nutrition, chemical exposures, and socio-political unrest are never addressed. You simply can't vaccinate people out of these conditions, and as India's new epidemic of vaccine-induced polio cases clearly demonstrates, the "cure" may be far worse than the disease itself.

1 Cono J, Alexander LN (2002). "Chapter 10: Poliomyelitis" (PDF). Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Manual.
3Strebel PM, Sutter RW, Cochi SL, et al. Epidemiology of poliomyelitis in the United States one decade after the last reported case of indigenous wild virus-associated disease. Clin Infect Dis 1992;14:568-79.

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Anonymous said...

Can you find the paralytic disease rate before the vaccination program? That would be VERY helpful.

Anonymous said...
please read this article

Jorgon Gorgon said...

Yes, the statistical mojo here, not so strong, it isn't...:) Pre-vaccination rates of both occurrence of polio--and paralytic outcomes--were orders of magnitude higher than today. 180 cases is tragic, but silly to compare even to the 1980's in India and is a drop in the bucket compared to the actual number of vaccinations. And, of course, there are ways to differentiate between wilt-type and VAPP. With all due respect to your site (which contains some excellent information) this piece is a bit too silly...

Anonymous said...

@Jorgon the point is the use of proper hygiene is far more effective than using vaccinations that have the actual live virus in them which ends up giving people polio. The elite eugenicists would rather keep people poor and living in filth so they stay sickly and need to get vaccinated and or medicated by the government or other aid programs which lines the pockets of the elites.

Anonymous said...

Proper hygiene? Pray tell, what "proper hygiene" do you think would prevent polio?

TomTS said...

If proper hygiene could prevent polio in the developing world, can you explain outbreaks of polio epidemics in the developed world pre-vaccination, given that good sanitation and hygiene were the norm there?

I think that there has been some very carefully cherry-picking of statistics to support the author's preconceived belief about vaccines.

I do agree, however, that the very best vaccines should always be used. However, the use of live-virus vaccine for polio isn't some sort of global conspiracy against the poor as this article suggests. There are good medical reasons for it. From the website "Every country in the world except two (Sweden and Iceland) used oral polio vaccine (OPV) to eliminate polio and continued using OPV, usually until the late 1990s, when some switched to inactivated polio vaccine due to progress towards polio eradication (when the risk of wild poliovirus was diminished). Most countries use OPV as it has a unique ability to induce intestinal, local immunity, meaning that it can actually interrupt wild poliovirus transmission in an environment. This is not possible with IPV, an inactivated polio vaccine, which induces only very low levels of immunity to poliovirus inside the gut, and as a result provides individual protection against polio, but unlike OPV, cannot prevent the spread of wild poliovirus."

But I guess the conspiracy theorists would think, "Well, they would say THAT, wouldn't they."

Anonymous said...

my brother born 1953 suffered temporary paralysis upon his vaccination as a baby

Lisa S said...

My brother also got a very high fever at the time

Olli Kingelin said...

How about these interesting claims?

Direct correlation between pesticide/insecticide use and polio? Polio epidemics appear in western countries along with pesticide use, with no known polio epidemics before ca. 1887? Evidence of contagiousness of natural polio doubtful altogether? Hmm?

Anonymous said...

I am a polio survivor. I was given the live polio vaccinations when it was first available in 1963, which put me in contact with all 3 types of polio. Needless to say they have crippled my body with post polio syndrome. Post polio syndrome is known as the 'second strike' of the virus, living within the body after initial exposure, which manifests itself 20-30 years later and can be more debilitating than the initial exposure. What they do not want you to know is EVERYONE that has received the live virus "the purple drops" has a greater than 50% chance of having the post polio syndrome. Of course, they will call it by another new name, However, if you do your research you will know what it is. Polio is transmitted through the feces of an exposed individual, babies, so moms disinfect with the diapers so as not to transfer the disease to yourself and others. If you are already exposed, there are polio support groups which are valuable beyond words.Thanks for reading, spread the knowledge. All should know.

Anonymous said...

no polio vaccines in 1953. This was not yet the drugged country that it is today. Too bad you are not going to tell people the dangers of post polio syndrome. There are millions affected by it that will never know what is wrong with them and the fact that they and their children are nothing but the rat in the experiment. I will unsuscribe as you censor information and call your site activiest. Whats that about big brother????

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