Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dr. Suzanne Humphries Polio and DDT

"I love this slide. This was a TIME magazine ad from 1947. DDT was first synthesized in 1874 but its insecticidal properties were not discovered until 1939. It was used with great success in the second half of WWII to control malaria and typhus among civilians and troops. After the war DDT was made available for use in agricultural insecticide and for common household use. IN 1962 Silent Spring was written by American Biologist Rachel Carson and this began the era of awareness of DDT's many toxicities at least in the animal kingdom. Well according to this DDT could be put on your produce, your meat, near the baby, put it on anything you picked out in the field, the cattle. It was "good for me". I'm thinking there was probably a song that went with that. Can you hear the jingle now? If DDT was thought to be "good for me-e-e!" what doctor or what public health agency would list it as a cause for the paralysis that was ripping through the country in the 1950's? There were only a few doctors at the time that were publishing to this effect, but they were ignored, and they were called quacks"

"this is a graph that depicts the parallel between polio epidemics in the USA and tonnage of DDT and pesticide production in the USA between 1940 and 1970. What we see is the blue line here is polio, it's magnified by 7.7 but that's basically the pattern. and then the dotted line is DDT and other pesticide production by the ton. polio appeared to be a vicious entity. from the late 1800's until DDT was coincidentally phased out of the agricultural industries in the USA, but that didn't happen until after a vaccine for polio was well accepted as the savior for humanity in 1954. The USA was considered free of wild polio as of 1979."

"Insects were believed to spread polio outdoors and in the home. In response to this belief, fearful parents put DDT all through the house. They put it in drawers, they sprinkled it on windowsills, lunchboxes, directly on sandwiches, in water to rinse clothes, bedding, and mattresses, and painted it on the walls of childrens' rooms."

"you could even buy DDT impregnated wall paper if you wanted to. it's no wonder the well to do had such a high problem with polio is it?"

(playing a Canadian documentary video on youtube) "these are children walking to school in the morning being sprayed by DDT. walking in the fumes. at lunch, they are being fumigated while they are eating. DDT. while swimming in the summertime. DDT. "it's good for me-e-e!" dive under it. kids thought it was good for them. they wanted it. DDT was everywhere. It was in all kinds of household products that you could buy just about anywhere."

"this was just another picture that was in National Geographic magazine. DDT truck going up the beach to spray people."

"In 1951 Albert Sabin noticed that the American Military in the Phillipines had astonishingly high rates of polio. approximately 1 in 79 recruits. yet he was utterly mystified as to why that would be. and he was even more mystified why the Filipino people considered polio the white man's disease at the time. he also noted similar coincidences in China and Japan. this slide is a WWII Army poster from the collection of the national museum of health and medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This tells you how to delouse an incoming recruit with DDT. What you do is loosen all their clothes up, and you get the DDT sprayer, you go down the neck, up the sleeves, down the pants, up the pants, sit them down, fumigate their head thoroughly, flip their hat over and spray it into their hat. villages near military bases were not affected even though in many cases local people were intermixing with the soldiers and their families It's not very mysterious is it? DDT, refined sugar, flour, tobacco, and vaccines were all part of not only the American way of life, but the soldiers way of life, and we know that military recruits are heavily vaccinated often with experimental vaccines"

"DDT can be a sole cause of poliomyelitis or it can be an additive factor. DDT is known to induce symptoms that can be indistinguishable from a poliomyelitis, even in the absence of a virus. if there is one of my references that you read, please read this one, this is a fascinating paper. the other thing is DDT toxicity can give anterior horn in the spinal cord changes just like polio, it can cause respiratory failure just like polio, it causes spasm and flacid paralysis just like polio."

"aside from that DDT enhances the release and intercellular multiplication of polio viruses as we see here in this paper written by Janice Gablix in 1967. What she did is she looked at various insecticides and measured the amount of polio multiplication and release from different cells after they were treated with insecticides. she saw that the yield per cell of polio virus increased 37% and 90% in the presence of DDT. Here we have the control. here we have 20 micrograms per mL, and here we have 40 micrograms per mL incubation with DDT and the yield per cell of polio virus nearly doubles with the 40 micrograms. there were other pesticides. one was called kelthane and that induced a 4x increase in polio virus production and there was another one called kerathane which induced an 18x increase in polio production. this is in cells. this isn't in people. this is in petrie dishes. what''s the reason for this? I don't know for sure. but I think it's probably because DDT has a direct toxic effect upon mucosal and gut flora and that gave polio an adaptive advantage in the digestive tract. also perhaps because DDT greatly depletes body stores of vitamin c which is needed not only to process toxins but also viruses."

"This is a description of DDT poisoning. Tell me if you think this sounds very different from poliomyelitis? Acute gastrointeritis with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, usually associated with extreme tenesmus, runny nose, cough and persistent sore throat. followed by persistent or recurrent feeling of constriction or lump in the throat. when people presented to the hospital with constriction, or lump in the throat, or any throat problems, they thought they were developing bulbar poliomyelitis. occasionally the sensation of constriction extends substernally to the back and may be associated with severe pain in either arm. arm pain was a symptom of polio. pain in the joints, generalized muscle weakness which was another symptom of polio, apprehension and exhausting fatigue are usual, the latter are often so severe int he acute stage as to be described by some patients as paralysis. how could doctors possibly have distinguished a case that looks like this from polio? they didn't. it would have been called polio and it would have been treated as such, probably with a crippling outcome"

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