Polio-like illness & tonsillectomy
anesthesia gases on top of the other toxic exposures...........as I don't
believe the virus causes paralytic polio as previous emails have demonstrated.
Lesson 10, Part 20 - Polio-like illness & tonsillectomy
[Media10 Sept 2004] Most tonsil operations 'needless'
Tonsillectomies have become common procedures in the West, with 45,000 in
Britain every year...Adenotonsillectomies - where both the tonsils and
adenoids are removed - were performed on 115 of every 10,000 children in
Holland, but only 50 per 10,000 in the 1998. In Britain the rate was 65 per
10,000 children. The Dutch researchers ....found rates of fever were lower
during the first six months after an operation. But from then on, there
were no differences between the two groups. Writing in the online version
the British Medical Journal, they concluded that the operation 'little
clinical benefit'. [Media10 Sept 2004] Most tonsil operations 'needless'
The paralysis associated with tonsillectomy was a type called ‘bulbar’—the
worst, involving the lungs.
Doctor’s are starting to think that the polio epidemics of the 1940’s and
1950’s may have been caused by the high number of tonsillectomies done in
the 1920’, 30’s and 40’s. They have discovered that the only area of the
body that can synthesize the antibody to poliomyelitis is the tonsils. If
you don’t have tonsils you can’t fight off polio.
"I also pointed out that the medical profession’s love affair with routine
tonsillectomies was also a factor. At the time, around 1910’ish, doctors
decided that these things which now seemed to get so pussy, were obviously
no used, so should be whipped out. And while we’re at it, why not take them
out before they became a problem. In America, by the 1950’s, every year,
2.2 million babies were born. Guess what, 2 million tonsils were also
removed. What a wonderful industry this was too. But what they didn’t
realise was that anyone without tonsils had a 600% greater chance of
getting paralytic polio, because the tonsils are the primary defence of the
body against polio virus."--Hilary Butler
"During the polio epidemics it was found that people who had their tonsils
removed were 3-5 times more likely to develop paralysis….There were many at
that time that suggested that polio was an iatrogenic disease…..we caused
thousands of cases of paralysis. We did not cause the polio , but we
converted people who would have recovered from a vial illness into people
with a paralytic illness."—Dr Mark Donohoe MB BS
I would like to refer to something that Dr. Donohoe said in reference to a
question about polio because it is such an important point and really
causes us to question whether the polio vaccine has, in fact, been
responsible for the decline in paralytic disease or if it is just another
coincidence. `How many people here had their tonsils out back in the 50s
and 60s? (the majority of the audience held up their hands) How many have
children now who have had their tonsils out? A couple. Do you ever wonder
why the medical profession drops a procedure? Certainly not because they
have paid their cars off. `There was a problem in that we were removing
tonsils from people throughout the 40s and 50s. They were taken to be extra
tissue not needed by humans, but only a source of trouble. Then, during the
polio epidemics, it was found that people who had had their tonsils removed
were three to five times more likely to develop paralysis. That does not
mean that they got the polio virus more frequently, simply that without the
protection of the lymphatic tissue in the throat, there appeared to be a
quite strong association between getting the polio virus and developing an
illness. There were many at that time who suggested that paralytic polio
was an iatrogenic ( ed note -medically-caused) disease. The medical
profession dropped tonsillectomy as if it were a hot potato, but I don't
know that it told many about that. Certainly, it did not tell me, in my
medical school, why tonsillectomies were becoming so much less popular. I
had mine removed; virtually everybody in my community did. It is one of
those forgotten truths in Australian medicine, and world-wide medicine,
that we removed tonsils at our own risk. We thought there was no problem.
The iatrogenic part of it was that we caused thousands of cases of
paralysis. We did not cause the polio, but we converted people who would
have recovered from a viral illness into people with a paralytic illness.
To this day, I don't think the medical profession has owned up to that
problem that it caused in the Australian health community.
"Dr. R. V. Southcott (Med. Jour. .Aust. 1953. ii. 281) believes that a
child whose tonsils were removed at the usual age of 5-7 yrs suffers trauma
to the nerves of the pharynx which increases susceptibility to bulbar
poliomyelitis for at least ten years. In an outbreak in South Australia in
1947-48 he found that in 35 out of 39 cases of bulbar poliomyelitis the
patient had been tonsillectomised)."--M. Meadow Bayly, M.R.C.S.,
"Doctors would be advised to suspend tonsil and adenoid operations because
there seemed to be some correlation between such surgery and the savage
bulbar variety of polio that attacked the brain and spinal cord."
Polio Vaccine: Myth or miracle?
>>> Part 2
by Dr. John R. Riker
Zinsser's textbook of microbiology tells us that there are three types of
poliovirus Types 1, 2 and 3. It also tells us that Types 1 and 3 were
responsible for almost all of the paralytic cases of polio worldwide. Some
authorities have said that these two Types were responsible for 97% of the
paralytic cases, with Type 1 being responsible for 85%, Type 3 for 12%, and
Type 2 for the remaining three percent. It was proven that the Salk vaccine
did a marginal job against Type 2 polio virus and a poor job against Types
1 and 3.
Herald R. Cox, M.D., former director of research at Lederle and president
elect of The Society of American Bacteriologists makes the following
statement: "We are now learning (1960), not only in the United States but
in Israel, England and Denmark, that the killed product (Salk vaccine) does
a fairly good job of producing antibodies against Type 2 poliovirus. But
Type 2 represents only about three percent of paralytic cases throughout
the world. The killed vaccine does a poor job against Type 1, however,
which causes 85% of the paralytic cases, and against Type 3, which causes
12%. In other words, the killed vaccine is doing its best job against the
least important Type." It is important to remember that at its best it was
only doing a "fairly good job."
Another fact that further refutes the efficacy of the vaccine is the report
of outbreaks of paralytic polio among vaccinated populations.
In 1959, there was a Type 3 polio epidemic in Massachusetts in which there
were more paralytic cases in the triple vaccinates than in the
unvaccinated. In 1958, an analysis of 1,100 people in northern New Jersey
and southern New York showed that there was no appreciable difference in
protection against the disease between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.
In Minnesota, 1959, 20% of the paralytic cases occurred in the triple and
quadruple vaccinates, this is to say nothing of those who had received one
or two doses of the vaccine, especially since the medical people were
claiming that two doses of Salk vaccine was 83% effective in preventing
There is yet another reason why the incidence of polio seemed to decrease
with the advent of the vaccine, and that reason is something we are all
guilty of: human pride. With all the positive publicity the medical
profession had received as a result of the Salk vaccine, it became very
difficult for a medical doctor to make a diagnosis of paralytic polio in
someone who had already been vaccinated. After all, it was the work of
medical doctors that made the vaccine a reality and it was difficult for
many of them (as it still is today) to admit that it really didn't work as
well as people were led to believe.
In addition to this human pride factor, it should also be known that even
with the advances in diagnostic technology it was still difficult to
distinguish polio infection from that of other viruses.
Dr. Greenberg makes the following statement: "There is still another reason
for the decrease in the reported paralytic poliomyelitis cases in 1955-57.
As a result of the publicity given the Salk vaccine, the public questioned
the possibility of a vaccinated child developing paralytic poliomyelitis.
In fact, I am certain that many health officers and physicians will
routinely ask if a child has been vaccinated with signs of poliomyelitis
are present during the summer months."
Dr. Cox continues by saying: "I should like to emphasize Dr. Greenberg's
remarks on the changing concepts of polio. It is now extremely difficult to
get a Minnesota physician to make a preliminary diagnosis and report of
nonparalytic polio. We now know that aseptic meningitis has a broader
etiology than poliovirus. In 1956, in much of our so-called nonparalytic
polio, the etiology turned out to be Coxackie B-5 virus. It is no wonder
that the average doctor does not want to make a diagnosis of polio in the
absence of frank lower motor neuron flaccid paralysis. As a result, the
only polio that is being reported today (1960) are cases of frank paralysis."
So many cases of polio that may have, in fact, been polio by
pre-vaccination era standards were now going unreported -- and with this
the incidence of polio was diminishing.
"It is commonly believed that the Salk vaccine was responsible for halting
the polio epidemics that plagued American children in the 1940s and 1950s.
If so, why did the epidemics also end in Europe, where polio vaccine was
not so extensively used?" -- Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.
Iatrogenesis is a term that many medical people do not like to hear. When
broken down, we have the term "iatric," which is defined as referring to
medicine, the medical profession or physicians; and "genesis," meaning the
origin of something. Hence, the term "iatrogenic disorder" is defined as
any adverse mental or physical condition induced in a patient by effects of
treatment by a physician or surgeon. When speaking of this term in
conjunction with the polio epidemics of the past, there are two common
medical procedures that should come to mind: tonsillectomy and vaccination
Tonsils are defined as a mass of lymphatic tissue located in the
depressions of the mucous membranes of the fauces and the pharynx. Their
function is to act as a filter to protect the body from invasion of
bacteria, and to aid in the formation of white blood cells. A common
childhood ritual, which is still being performed today, is a procedure
known as tonsillectomy or removal of one's tonsils.
The late Dr. Mendelsohn made the following statement about this procedure:
"For decades tonsillectomies were the bread-and-butter surgery for surgeons
and pediatricians. During the 1930s, doctors were doing between 1.5 and 2
million tonsillectomies a year. Few children reached their teens with their
tonsils intact, despite the fact that their removal could rarely be
justified on legitimate medical grounds. For millions of children, the
consequences of this purposeless surgery were emotional trauma, loss of a
natural defense against disease, and, in some cases, death. I doubt that
more than one child in 10,000 requires this surgery, yet hundreds of
thousands of tonsillectomies are still performed each year. They result in
100 to 300 deaths, with a complication rate of 16 per 1,000 procedures."
Just imagine the outcry from the medical establishment if the chiropractic
adjustment had a complication rate of only a fraction of this (which it, of
course, does not). This information is enough to discourage one from having
this procedure performed on them or their children, but it must also be
known that removal of the tonsils makes a child more susceptible to
becoming a victim of paralytic poliomyelitis.
Tonsillar tissue is one of the primary procedures of the secretory antibody
immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the nasopharynx, and since the mode of
transmission of poliovirus is oral-fecal, it is safe to say that IgA
anti-body plays a major role in the body's defense against this disease.
A study which was printed in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in
1971 showed that when a child, with intact tonsils, was exposed to
poliovirus, there was an appreciable rise in IgA antibody titer in the
masopharynx. In children whose tonsils had been removed, there was a
three-fold decrease in IgA antibody titer in children exposed to the virus
as compared to those children whose tonsils were intact.
The author of this article comes to the following conclusion: "In view of
the suggested protective role of the secretory antibody against poliovirus,
it appears that deficiency of the nasapharyngeal antibody as a result of
tonsillectomy may permit more prolonged virus replication in the
nasopharynx, and thus increase the risk of direct involvement of the
central nervous system." (emphasis added)
An article in the American Journal of Diseases of Children (July 1944)
comes to a similar conclusion: "...tonsils are absent in a significantly
high percentage of patients who have bulbar or bulbospinal poliomyelitis.
The absence of tonsillar tissue apparently increases the likelihood that
the bulbar centers will be involved when a susceptible person becomes
infected with the virus of poliomyelitis.
"Four hundred and thirty-two cases of acute anterior poliomyelitis were
reviewed to determine the relationship of the presence or absence of
tonsils to the type and to the mortality of the disease. The incidence of
bulbar and bulbospinal poliomyelitis was significantly higher in patients
without than in patients with tonsils. It is recommended that the tonsils
be no longer removed unless their removal is specifically indicated."
To my knowledge, no one has ever tried to quantify the extent to which this
medical procedure contributed to the incidence of polio in the past, but it
would be a safe bet, considering the ubiquitous nature of the virus at that
time, to assume that it was significant.
There are two reasons why the average person has a right to be angry with
the medical profession. The first is that tonsillectomy made a child more
susceptible to the most severe form of the disease, and, secondly, it was
known as far back as 1928 that this procedure increased the risk of getting
it yet, the medical authorities continued to allow this procedure to be
recklessly performed on millions of helpless children.
From: Prophylactic Inoculations and Poliomyelitis, The Lancet, April 8, 1950
“In poliomyelitis following tonsillectomy, the intervals between the
operation and onset of symptoms have ranged from three to thirty days.” “By
contrast the degree of paralysis in each limb of a control group of all
children under three (48 in all) notified during the same period as the
above 17 cases who had not received any inoculation within 35 days of the
onset; and for whom exact information as to the site and severity of
paralysis was ascertained, is also shown in table vi. It is clear that
there is a considerable increase in the severity of the paralysis in the
last-inoculated limbs of those children under three who received an
injection of pertussis vaccine within thirty-five days of the onset of
"According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, children who have had
tonsils and adenoids removed are more vulnerable to polio because of the
missing mucosal immune function that tonsils and adenoids provide."
(2) Susceptibility to polio is increased by anything that weakens or
stresses the immune system.
- Tonsillectomies were being performed on an enormous scale 50
years ago, including to healthy children (as a preventative so they would
not get tonsillitis!), until the doctors discovered that children who had
had their tonsils removed were at an increased risk of contracting
polio. This is how the medical establishment discovered that tonsils do
actually have a function after all. They are the primary site of the body’s
immunological activity against infection."
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