Polio, or poliomyelitis is an illness caused by the poliovirus.

According to the CDC, “Most people infected with polio have no symptoms, and many recover without complications.” (1) However, some will experience flu-like symptoms and a few people (between 1-5%) who contract the virus will experience extreme complications such as: paralysis, meningitis or death. (2)

Polio has been “eradicated” from the United States since 1979, yet to this day, children are still given the IPV at 2, 4 and 6 months, as well as 4 years old. This is to, supposedly, protect them in case a traveler brings the virus in from abroad.

There are so many myths surrounding this disease that it can become frustrating to research. A couple of quick points

First. Get this book. 

Second. Read it.
Third. Try not to have your mind blown.

Below, are some of the main ideas that Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk discuss in the chapter about polio. 

  1. The “epidemic” wasn’t really an epidemic compared to other infectious disease rates of the 1950’s (Check out this graph from Dissolving Illusions!)

  1. Before 1954, any kind of paralysis was diagnosed as polio.

         -Doctors only physically examined the patients in order to reach the    diagnosis.

         -There was no lab work.

         -Giving a diagnosis of polio was also seen as “the right thing to do,” since the patient’s healthcare cost would be covered through governmental subsidization

  1. Around the year 1955 is when doctors were finally encouraged, and able to, distinguish between the viruses responsible for paralysis. They found numerous other viruses that could cause similar symptoms to the poliovirus, such as:
  •          Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)
  •          Lead poisoning
  •          Transverse myelitis
  •          Arsenic and DDT poisoning
  •          Enteroviruses
  •          Congenital syphilis

The diagnostic criteria INCREASED, so it looked as though polio DECREASED

  1. The oral polio vaccine (OPV) that was given during the epidemic was also causing paralysis in patients, and families of patients, through the shedding of the live virus

         *This is why we no longer use the OPV in the United States. It is, however, still distributed in underdeveloped countries, where polio continues to pop up. Makes you wonder how much of the “polio” is actually the result of the live virus vaccine?

  1. Extremely toxic chemicals were used on everything during the 1950’s. At the time, no one understood just how lethal DDT and arsenic were to humans. They were used in household cleaning products and agricultural sprays, everywhere. This inevitably caused a massive amount of “polio-like” illness.
  2. The epidemic was made worse by the treatment. Doctors would often do surgery and then cast the affected limb, or limbs. We now know that this was a major factor, as to whether or not, patients with polio would re-gain the use of their arms and legs. We currently use physical therapy to help regain limb use after paralysis.

There are even more contributing factors involved in the complicated story of polio and I encourage every parent to read Dissolving Illusions so that they can have a better understanding of this disease.



An unusual case of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis

Emergence of Vaccine-derived Polioviruses, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2004–2011

Cancer risk associated with simian virus 40 contaminated polio vaccine.

Association between SV40 and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Shedding of virulent poliovirus revertants during immunization with oral poliovirus vaccine after prior immunization with inactivated polio vaccine.



Polio Disease and Vaccine

Oral polio vaccine-associated paralysis in a child despite previous immunization with inactivated virus

Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio

The Eradication of Polio

Time for a Worldwide Shift from Oral Polio Vaccine to Inactivated Polio Vaccine 



That is usually the first thing out of anyone’s mouth when I tell them that we no longer vaccinate, and I understand why! I think the image of the hospital ward filled with iron lungs is burned into everyone’s mind during middle school and that’s a difficult textbook page to get past.

No one wants their child to suffer paralysis. Unfortunately, today there are still numerous viruses that can potentially lead to paralysis and death, including Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) which has recently been in the media due to the growing number of “polio-like” cases. (3)

Luckily, we no longer use the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the U.S. because that one can just straight-up, give you polio, however the IPV is not without risk, either. The list of adverse reactions printed on the vaccine insert includes: convulsions, anaphylactic shock, with temporal associations between the vaccine and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a neurological disorder that can lead to paralysis and death.) This means that there were accounts of the IPV having been administered and shortly thereafter, children either developed GBS or died.

You can read those inserts HERE 

And the combo shot which includes DTaP, IPV, and Hib, HERE 

Considering the fact that up to 95% of polio cases are asymptomatic, (showing no signs of illness) with only 1% of cases leading to paralysis, combined with the fact that polio has been eradicated from the United States, I often wonder why we continue to vaccinate against this disease at all? 



“My baby pictured on the left was so happy, healthy and perfect. Developmentally, he was either advanced or right on par with all of his milestones. He was saying words very early on, playing peek-a-boo, always happy and laughing, walking like a champ at 11 months, his motor skills were way advanced. He was so strong and so agile!

The pics on the right was during Christmastime of 2016. 10 days after his 7 vaccines. They were Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hib, Polio, Hepatitis A, and topped off with the flu shot all at once, at 18 months of age. NOBODY can convince me that his obvious left-sided facial droop, flat affect, speech loss, staring into space, not responding to his name, sensory issues, nystagmus, and the constant illnesses that followed weren’t due to his brain injury. Which by the way, the doctors told me verbally that my son has a brain injury.

How did this happen? They don’t know. One neurologist actually said, “sometimes, things happen that cannot be explained.” How do I accept that answer? How can any parent accept that answer when there is most definitely a cause!

Vaccines absolutely WITHOUT a doubt in my mind caused my son to suffer a severe neurological injury along with immune system problems. Thankfully, he is slowly recovering. But it’s 14 months later and I still don’t know if he will ever talk again. I don’t know how his vision will be in the future due to his nystagmus. I wish I knew then what I know now. 

I never thought it would happen to my child. But the truth is it can happen, and it did happen. I would give anything to go back in time and do that day over again 12/13/16.”–AnO06tp2f6gtoo8bz1knrDh4pSmNosGGax2FEwxQnGAEuUxw9dWNWM