Claims that polio was caused by toxins (e.g. pesticides) have obvious flaws.
Maybe we can learn something from this:
BTW, is there a "tame" version of Polio? Why do the keep talking about "wild" polio?
If it's true that some polio vaccine campaigns, such as the ones of Bill Gates, caused some polio, it would also be odd if they did not contain DDT, or, assuming they also have only typical adjuvants, why other vaccines containing the latter don't seem to produce polio (enough to be noticed).
Can I digress a little bit - what happened to Jon The Cynic, he is not on Substack anymore? Do you maybe know something?
Forgive my lack of specifics here as it’s a while since I read about polio, but isn’t the explanation for the effectiveness of polio vaccines put down to a change in diagnostic criteria. I thought it changed from something like ‘any paralysis for any time as short as a few hours/ a day’ to something like ‘paralysis for over a month’. I’m presuming I read this either in Dissolving Illusions or The Moth in the Iron Lung.
What is your guess as to why infections seemed to surge in the last graph? Was that a change in diagnostic criteria?
On a separate note, if cats haven’t been proven, then what exactly are the four furry things that patrol my house day and night making objects fly off surfaces onto the floor poltergeist-like, and who is it that keeps depositing dead mice in my hallway?
viruses have not been proven? you can't be serious. What is measles, flu, small pox, covid, common colds caused by?
I am not in the US, but didn’t kids go back to school in September in early 20th century New England ? If they were getting poisoned by pesticides on apples then this would have been the August windfalls (which I presume you get in New England like we do in England). My apple tree has edible apples from mid August until now. The last few are blowing off in the storms.
Not saying I have a strong view on either theory, but there is some oddness to polio that neither a virus or pesticides can explain fully.
Sorry I didn’t read it all. Your articles are interesting but I find the style impenetrable at times.
I need to reread this a few times, but something I've been thinking about is that there appears to have been a large era where misdiagnosis was occurring and that scientific evidence was heavily muddied, but rather than consider that there's so much information out there that may not be accurate given limitations at the time, it seems like we're milking hypotheses out of whatever we can draw.
I mean, even when writing about my black widow post there were comments that the abdominal pain and symptoms following a bite led to unnecessary surgeries. There's a ton about medicine that was not known at the time, and even now there's a ton that's still not known. It's sort of weird that we consider that we have reached some precipice in medicine/science and that we know all there is to know.
It's great to see all theories be challenged. But the virus theory is also being challenged. You're not exactly saying it WAS a virus I understand that. Let's just keep asking questions and seeing what pans out.