Polio Joins the War on Terror
BreakForNews.com 4 August, 2004
by Fintan Dunne, Editor
In case you hadn't heard, polio has joined George Bush's War on Terror. The disease is resurgent in the Muslim north of Nigeria, which currently has the largest polio outbreak in the world. Early last year Muslims in India were stricken. And polio is now a concern in the Darfur area of Muslim-run Sudan.
The chart shows how the incidence of various neurological diseases
called polio, tracks the production of persistent pesticides such as
DDT, BCH and older lead and arsenic pesticides. Graph: Jim West
in the early 1950's, some scientists had argued the case for a pesticide cause
of polio --but they were sidelined and eventually refused publication.
Then the medical establishment of the time claimed the fall in the polio rate was due to the hastily introduced vaccination campaign --even though polio was already diminishing before vaccination began.
In one fell swoop the case for mass polio vaccination was established.
The DDT-polio issue could have been the 1950's equivalent of the modern era's "Big Tobacco" lawsuits. But DDT did not become infamous for what Dr. Morton Biskind, in the American Journal of Digestive Diseases, called the “most intensive campaign of mass poisoning in known human history."
Instead DDT became notorious for its effect on the environment. It was an emphasis convenient for the pharma-chemical industry. Birds cannot sue over DDT, whereas humans can.
The same dynamics arose again in the 1980's, when neurotoxic organophosphate insecticides triggered the mass outbreak of "Mad Cow" prion disease in Britain --following the government's warble fly eradication campaign.
And so we come back to northern Nigeria and the polio vaccination controversy. In the light of the above information, can there be any certainty that a vaccination program will alleviate polio incidence in Nigeria?
Despite the above indications, we should be wary of implicating DDT in the current Nigerian outbreak. For example, another organochlorine pesticide could be involved. The pesticide Lindane(BCH) has a human toxicity even greater than DDT. Other similar compounds could be involved.
Of course medical orthodoxy claims science has isolated the polio virus and it is infectious, transmissive and known to cause polio. Fine.
Shall we then simply ignore DDT's neurotoxicity and its symptomatic and histological similarity to polio? Shall we simply ignore the DDT/Polio graph?
Or must we concede that at least some "polio" has a toxic origin? If so, we can find answers in toxicology --not in virology.
Before jumping to hasty conclusions, let's take stock of modern Western medicine.
There is now a disturbing scarcity of toxicologists in an era of toxic assault on health. Pardon the poor pun, but toxicology is medicine's palsied limb.
Probably because its diagnostic conclusions are highly actionable at law against the same pharma-chemical interests which escape scrutiny due to our toxicological incapacity.
And virology is medicine's 'Clever Hans'. This was the horse who could supposedly do math --tapping out correct answers to sums with his hoof.
In truth, Hans was just picking up subtle human body language --but hadn't a clue what was going on.
Just like virology. So inept that a primitive piece of HIV genetic code is supposedly able to defeat it. Virology buries its head in a nosebag of high-tech funding, but it's a cliché that it cannot cure the common cold.
Maybe there is a good reason why.
Western medicine has a strong tendency to attack symptoms of disease not causes. Fever? Here's a drug to lower it. Let's ignore the fact that the fever is the body's clever response to a current infection. In other words, a symptom.
Here's the big question: is the virus always the cause of the disease, and never the symptom? Or could it even be a bit of both?
We know that under oxidative stress or toxic assault, cells express "viral" packages of genetic code.
These then "infect" other cells.
Let's drop the emotive terms "viral" and "infect," and rephrase the above in terms appropriate to this information age: under oxidative stress or toxic assault, cells exchange information packets.
Communication, in other words.
What are these cells talking about? In what language are they speaking? Clearly it is one we do not yet understand. Yet we identify particular "sounds," call them viruses; decide they are invading enemies. And we try to kill them.
In the process of which the patient's body becomes --as usual-- a battleground, with predictable "collateral damage." It's war!
Hold on a second.
Is medicine the waging of war, or the restoration of balance?
is terrorism the cause or the symptom? Is it alleviated by balance in international
relations or by waging war against the symptom?
Oh Africa, beware our Western mindset. We see enemies everywhere.
We always have. When we imperialists came first to Africa, the old-style missionaries spoke of demons from which only they could save you. They used Latin --the language of the oldest Western empire.
Now we come to you again, with a new priesthood of medicine speaking of viral demons from which only their science can save you.
But in the USA, experts estimate that between a half a million and a million people unnecessarily die each year, from drug side effects [including vaccines], doctor error and the unquestioned warlike mindset of the "battle" against disease.
And doctors still prescribe in Latin --the language of the oldest Western empire.
Our Western medicine --with its neo-Puritan impetus-- struggles to conquer the heartbeat of life and death instead of accommodating it. We wage war on disease because we seek a clinically clean, Puritan world --where not alone death, but even discomfort, have been vanquished by mechanical means.
Our inevitable failure haunts us.
Thus, everywhere are demons: the War on AIDS; the War on Cancer; the War on Drugs; the War on Terror, and the War on Polio.
Take care Africa, that you don't suffer collateral damage.
Perhaps you do not need a war on disease, but a peace of good health.
4 August, 2004
Jim West's Polio Research at:
UNICEF Nigerian Polio Vaccine
Contaminated with Sterilizing Agents Scientist Finds
This is not the first time UNICEF has been embroiled in a controversy over sterilizing agents in vaccines.
The Catholic Women's League of the Philippines won a court order halting a UNICEF anti-tetanus program because the vaccine had been laced with B-hCG, which when given in a vaccine permanently causes women to be unable to sustain a pregnancy.
The Supreme Court of the Philippines found the surreptitious sterilization program had already vaccinated three million women, aged 12 to 45.
Similarly-laced vaccine was also found in at least four other developing countries.
Nigeria: Polio Vaccine Found Contaminated
Dr Haruna Kaita: " The results were very interesting because I and some other professional colleagues who are Indians who were in the Lab could not believe the discovery.
I thought at first something was wrong with my calculations, then we repeated it again and again, and again, it kept giving us the same results of contaminants.
Some of the Indian scientists who were in the lab also wondered how come a polio vaccine had such contaminants that were not supposed to be there.
Some of the things we discovered in the vaccines are harmful, toxic; some have direct effect on human reproductive system. "