"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"
"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"