- If you received a polio vaccination in the 50's, you
may have gotten more than you know...
- It was 1956. I was only six years old and attended grade
school in Springfield, Massachusetts. I was too young to recollect the
first round of polio vaccinations, but I have a few memories. I remember
that my first grade class was escorted to the school gymnasium. There was
a peculiar smell in the air. I think it was probably rubbing alcohol. And
some of the other kids were crying. The shot itself wasn't so bad. I didn't
cry, but my best friend did. At the end of the ordeal we all got a lollipop.
- A few years later, when we marched again to the gymnasium
it was different. There was no crying and no alcohol odor. Instead, there
were long tables bearing neat rows of small paper cups, filled about half
way with a liquid that tasted like bitter orange juice. White clad Nurses
watched as each child drank the vaccine. There was no lollipop and, after
we handed back the cup, we simply returned to class.
- The government had initiated the mandatory polio vaccination
programs in 1955. Prior to this, polio had killed or crippled thousands
of children and adults all over the world. Attacking the central nervous
system, this viral infection was transmitted by human contact, sewage and
even by contaminated milk. Victims who contracted polio would incubate
the virus in their intestines, where it would multiply and enter the lymphatic
system. Eventually the virus would penetrate the nerves and travel along
nerve paths, destroying neurons and rendering the muscles connected to
- The polio epidemic reached its height in 1952. It turned
thousands of victims into cripples and confined countless children to large
pressure chambers called "iron lungs," which helped them to breath
when their diaphragm muscles were stilled. There was and still is no treatment
for polio. Aside from attempts to maintain life functions, the disease
must run its course.
- And so, in 1955, just one year before I received it,
Jonas Salk had performed no small miracle when he successfully mass-produced
an effective polio vaccine by growing a form of the virus on the kidneys
of rhesus monkeys. This virus would be harvested, killed, and given to
healthy children like me, who would then develop antibodies which would
kill any future invasion of the body by the polio virus.
- This happy story of medical marvel has a deadly glitch.
And it is especially deadly if, like me, you received your vaccinations
in the 1950s, in certain states like Massachusetts.
- In 1960, researchers discovered that the polio vaccine
distributed to certain states was infected with another virus called "Simian
Virus 40." SV-40 is a monkey virus that is not normally found in humans.
Unknown at the time, it was present in hundreds of rhesus monkeys that
were used to grow and harvest the polio vaccine. Injected into research
animals, the SV-40 virus causes brain and lung cancers. Now, some forty
years later, its effect on humans is just being investigated.
- SV-40 has appeared in 61% of all new cancer patients
-- patients too young to have received the contaminated vaccine being administered
forty years ago! Michele Carbone, Assistant Professor of Pathology at Loyola
University in Chicago, has recently isolated fragments of the SV-40 virus
in human bone cancers and in a lethal form of lung cancer called mesotheliomas.
He found SV-40 in 33% of the osteosarcoma bone cancers studied, in 40%
of other bone cancers, and in 60% of the mesotheliomas lung cancers. Dr.
Carbone believes this study explains why 50% of the current mesotheliomas
being treated were no longer occurring in association with asbestos exposure,
their traditional cause.
- Researchers from the Institute of Histology and General
Embryology of the University of Ferrara, lead by Dr. Fernanda Martini,
discovered SV-40's presence in a variety other tumors. They found the rhesus
monkey virus in 83% of choriod plexus papillomas, in 73% of ependymomas,
in 47% of astrocytomas, in 50% of glioblastomas, and in 14% of meningiomas.
- SV-40 also has been found in 23% of blood samples and
45% of sperm fluids taken from normal individuals! Researchers have determined
the SV-40 virus can be transmitted sexually and through blood transfusions.
- Even more shocking, SV-40 has appeared in 61% of all
new cancer patients -- patients even too young to have received the contaminated
vaccine being administered forty years ago! How could this happen?
- My second vaccination was from a cup. This was the brainstorm
of the FDA. Instead of getting the "dead" virus in an injection,
the Federal vaccination policy mandated that children should be given the
new live "oral polio vaccine" (OPV). This decision was based
upon the belief that the OPV recipient would "shed" the virus
through body contact with other non-vaccinated children and adults, thereby
spreading the "live" virus throughout the population. Since the
infection was extremely small, it would produce the desired antibodies
while posing no threat of contracting polio. This, it was thought, would
assure the total immunization of America and the eradication of the disease.
The public was never informed that this national health strategy was being
implemented, despite several cases of polio which were directly attributed
to the vaccine.
- By 1963, the estimated number of tainted polio vaccinations
was estimated to be upwards of 98-million! The SV-40 virus that contaminated
the oral polio vaccine quickly spread from child to child and from child
to adult, crossing state lines and national boundaries. By 1960, when the
virus was first detected, it was already too late to prevent its dissemination
throughout the population. The FDA quietly and gradually instituted a program
to eliminate rhesus monkeys, who harbor the SV-40, and replace them with
African Green monkeys that are free of the virus. By 1963 the monkeys had
been replaced but the estimated number of tainted polio vaccinations was
estimated to be 98-million!
- According to the National Institutes of Health, high
levels of SV-40 were identified in polio vaccines in Washington, Oregon,
Wyoming, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania,
Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Low levels of SV-40 were found
in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska,
North Dakota, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio,
and West Virginia. Polio vaccines in the other states show no SV-40 present.
This revelation has only recently come to public attention. Many people,
like myself, were unaware that a potential for cancer had been implanted
in their body. Researchers say that, by age fifteen, the virus stops shedding
to others. I cannot but wonder how many people I contacted between the
age of eight and fifteen... Did I shed the SV-40 virus to my mother, who
eventually died of brain cancer? Will I contract brain, lung or bone cancer?
Many other people in my age group are asking similar questions. A number
of public statements have been made by the National Cancer Institute in
the past few months, attempting to put their spin on these disturbing revelations.
In an statement published in the January (1999) New England Journal of
Medicine, the institute states that there is no evidence of an increase
in humans of the types of cancers found in laboratory animals that have
been injected with SV-40. But other researchers remind us that SV-40 has
already been found in a wide variety of other tumors. It has been shown
that individuals who received the tainted oral vaccine demonstrate a higher
occurrence of these cancers.
- For example: people who lived in Massachusetts and Illinois
in the 1950s, and received identified lot numbers of the contaminated oral
vaccine, are now contracting osteosarcoma bone tumors at a rate of ten
times more than those who received the vaccine free of the SV-40. But the
National Cancer Institute has been silent about these facts. There needs
to be more demographic studies to explore the relationship of SV-40 to
adult onset cancers. Not surprisingly, the US government and its agencies
are reluctant to pursue this matter. In fact, requests to the National
Institute for Health for grants to study the SIV and simian cyto-megalovirus
(SCMV) were recently denied. Microbiologist Howard Urnovitz, Ph.D., may
have an explanation as he stated in the Boston Globe:
- "that almost 100 million Americans were exposed
(to SV-40) through a government sponsored program, but for over 30 years,
there has been virtually no government effort to see if anyone's been harmed
by the exposure." He added, "The government will not fund science
that makes it look culpable." Another method used by the National
Cancer Institute to divert public concern is to issue statements that "many
of the cancers under suspicion were contracted by people who are too young
to have received the tainted vaccine in the 1950s." This argument,
although true, ignores the potential of spreading the live SV-40 by "shedding"
through personal contact. The oral polio vaccine was designed to be transmitted
to non-vaccinated individuals by this very method. In fact, this was the
reason that OPV was preferred over injection. If SV-40 is still being spread
by contact today it is not surprising that these cancers are now affecting
- Regardless of blame, severe damage to world health has
already been done by the unsavory practice of growing vaccination products
in animals. An example of these horrors was presented by Dr. Urnovitz at
the Eighth Annual Houston Conference on AIDS.
- Dr. Urnovitz revealed significant evidence that human
immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is a monkey hybrid virus which was
produced when 320,000 Africans were injected with polio virus contaminated
with live simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in the late 1950's. Apparently,
viral fragments combine easily with other viruses to produce these hybrids
called "chimeras." Prior to this revelation, health officials
were blaming AIDS on the habit of certain Africans to consume monkey flesh.
What can be done now? "Make it in anything but animals," said
Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center, which criticizes
- "We have the technology to make vaccines in human
cell lines that are clean," said Dr. Michele Carbone of Loyola University
Medical Center, one of the first to discover SV-40 inside human tumors.
- Until then we can only hope that researchers continue
their work, regardless of the repercussions. Millions of people are already
infected with SV-40 and are in danger. Many cancers do not develop until
mid-life. Future generations must be protected. We must prohibit any future
contamination of the world population, whether for our own good or not,
by well-meaning governmental agencies.
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