simian virus 40, polio vaccines, and cancer
I take no pleasure in these essays that expose the poor judgment and even recklessness of the US medical establishment. But, facts are facts, albeit unpleasant in many instances.
(Update: Summer, 2014. We have recently heard that the introduction of anti-biotics in the early 1940s also seems to have played a role in the increase of polio during the 1940s in the US. Anti-biotics kill the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and this allows the polio virus to enter the body through the intestines. The beneficial bacteria would normally destroy the virus. This seems plausible.)
This past weekend, we heard of reports that the CDC recently had for a very short time on its website a news item that as many as 98 million Americans vaccinated for polio had been exposed to SV-40 (simian virus 40). Apparently, the CDC took this unpleasant admission down from its website rather quickly. (Does the CDC acknowledge the dangers in the Gardasil regimen for HPV? Not to my knowledge. The CDC is not a “transparent” entity and actually does not practice full disclosure of health risks. Not surprising when one considers they are a part of the government.)
I cannot speak to the accuracy of the 98 million figure. (This figure is cited in the linked article at bottom.) However, this is not really news. The medical establishment in the US has known about this for decades. Even me, not a doctor, was aware since early 2000 that polio vaccinations between 1955 and 1963 were tainted with this simian virus (from monkeys). (This is from an article in the Atlantic Monthly magazine read in a public library in early 2000. Link to online version at bottom of essay.)
So, why does this matter?
When you culture the polio vaccine in the organs of infected monkeys, you get tainted vaccines containing an animal virus that is now a known human carcinogen. This virus is adept at fooling the human immune system and thus is dangerous to a human’s health.
Why was this done? Good question for which we do not have very good answers. But, tainted vaccines were knowingly distributed throughout the country because the doctors believed at the time that animal viruses posed no health threat to humans, that the virus that harms monkeys could not harm humans. Stunning, when you stop and think about that! Rabies infects animals and destroys their nervous systems (including brains) and does the same to infected humans. So, humans are not immune to all viruses and all bacteria that also attack and harm animals. Such animal to human illness vectors were known prior to the polio vaccine being developed.
Does this mean that all the Americans inoculated with tainted polio vaccines will get cancer? No. But, these individuals do have an increased risk of getting some cancers. Since, the estimates range widely from 30 to 98 million people being exposed to SV 40, the reality is that there will, over time, be more cases of cancer than if they had not been exposed to this animal virus. Given the large number of individuals exposed, it would not be surprising if such exposure caused thousands or even tens of thousands (or more) cancers.
In the engineering profession, there is a principle of conservatism (it may not be actually called that, but this concept is used by engineers in their construction designs). This means that you err on the side of caution. For example, bridges are often built to withstand or bear 2 times the expected load to insure that the bridges will not collapse. Why do US doctors not practice a similar principle?! It is unconscionable, and unforgivable, that they allowed tainted vaccines to be widely distributed and used on small children from 1955 to 1963. Did they stop this after 1963? Can we know? One wonders about the doctors’ code of professional ethics.
But, there is another thing to be aware of here. Why were we having so many cases of the terrible scourge of polio in the US in the first half of the 20th century? Some have speculated that the increased incidence of polio in the US may have been caused, at least in part, by all the tonsilectomies routinely performed during that time period. You see, the tonsils are the only organ of the body that is capable of manufacturing anti-bodies to the poliomyelitis virus. Coincidence? Perhaps, perhaps not. (See the other linked article at bottom.)
We see much lack of knowledge on the part of US doctors. Being ignorant of the role the tonsils play in human health, these doctors thought nothing of removing them. Their ignorance, or dishonesty, was responsible for tainted polio vaccines being used for years. But, as I have written before, doctors are not willing to admit their errors. For that reason alone, we need to be wary of them and what they prescribe. We are usually behind the curve in the US when it comes to medicine and health related issues. Common sense is in short supply.
Okay, I am not a big fan of tainted vaccines or vaccines that have harmful side effects. Here is my advice for our readers. You cannot undue the vaccines forced on you when you were a child. But, you can be careful what you do to your children, or should I say what you allow these doctors to do to your children. (The surging rates of autism in the US may be linked to tainted vaccines in recent years. Do you know what is in some vaccines? That may be a topic for another essay, but it would be incendiary for some readers, so we may never write it.) As well, you do not have to queue up each autumn or early winter for a so-called “flu shot”.
Do you really need the heavy metals in such shots? No, as many of these metals accumulate in the organs of the body and can harm your health. The doctors take a guess at what strains of influenza they think will be prevalent in the coming winter and that is what the shots are designed to boost immunity against. Sadly, they rarely guess correctly and the strains of influenza are known to mutate. Thus, your flu shot is largely a placebo for peace of mind that does not really protect you from coming down with any of a number of strains of influenza.
I’ll tell you this. I have never, and will never, get one of these shots. I cannot recall the last time I came down with influenza, but it has been at least 15 years or longer since I have. Head colds with sinus congestion, and chest colds, yes, maybe every couple of years I get one of them.
Do yourself a favor and say no to the flu shots. Here are better things to do to lessen the chance of getting ill during the winter. If when on public transit, some one is coughing or sneezing near you, get up and move to another part of the bus, or the train. (I used to give up a seat and even stand in another part of the train or street car to reduce my exposure.) Wash with soap, or if not practical at the time, at least rinse your hands after you touch likely germ infested surfaces. Such surfaces include shopping carts, doors to public buildings and rest rooms, and a big offender, the gasoline dispenser when you fuel your car. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables and even supplement with multi-vitamins to get more vitamins C and E. (Capsules and even softgels are better absorbed and are much more effective than tablets.)
A healthy skepticism of the doctors (who are not all-knowing) and some common sense can help you protect your health and the health of those you care about.
About tonsils and polio, here is one link. You can search for other related articles online.
Here is the online version of the article I read in early, 2000. Note especially the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs.