The Polio Vaccine Myth: “The Vaccine Stopped Polio”

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Polio was a feared disease in the mid 1900’s. The disease touched many people around the world and created a great deal of fear when it was talked about. It is not surprising when you look at some of the effects polio placed on some patients. There eventually was a decline in polio cases and it created quite a debate about whether or not it was a natural decline or another vaccine success.

Whenever vaccine doubt begins to surface there is often a common response: “Look at the success of the Polio vaccine when there was Polio outbreaks in the late 40’s and early 50’s.” However, scientific data can quickly show a different story that we must take into consideration when carefully analyzing what actually stopped Polio.

The Pertussis Polio vaccine was implemented in the 1940’s and 50’s and many believed it to be the cause of the decrease in Polio cases, including the reason behind why we do not see Polio cases today. Is this the real reason why Polio has dissapeared?

First let’s understand a bit about Polio and how “dangerous” it really is. the following is stated in a paper written by Dr. Sheri Tenpenny, one of the leading researchers of vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Polioviruses are transient inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract. Up to 95% of all polio infections are completely asymptomatic. Approximately 5% of polio infections consist of a minor, nonspecific illness consisting of an upper respiratory tract infection (sore throat and fever) and gastrointestinal disturbances (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea). This influenza-like illness, clinically indistinguishable from the myriad of other viral illnesses, is characterized by complete recovery in less than a week with resultant life time immunity. Less than 1% of all polio infections result in paralysis. Most importantly, the vast majority of individuals who contract paralytic poliomyelitis recover with complete—or near complete—return of muscle function. Any weakness that is still present 12 months after onset of paralysis is usually considered permanent.

Off the top it first appears as though we may have been misled about how dangerous Polio really is. When Polio outbreaks were happening in the late 50’s and early 60’s, many of the adverse effects were due to the lack of clean conditions. The truth is over 90% of the cases where people contracted Polio, the symptoms experienced were very minute. Most symptoms included a slight fever, headache, sore throat, and vomiting. The recovery time was 24 – 72 hrs. Once recovered, the person now has a life time immunity to Polio. 5% of people who contracted Polio had less symptoms and recovery time was much less. They would see some sore throat and possibly a fever. Rare cases saw diarrhea. Then we get to 3% of people who had a bit more extreme cases where they may have seen some limb weakness and partial paralysis that would be experienced for 2 – 10 days. This only happened when areas of the brain that controlled limbs were irritated by a form of viral meningitis. All cases saw a complete recovery and life long immunity. Now we get to the worst cases of them all. Less than 2% of cases saw some form of more serious paralysis. Of that 2% though 50% saw complete recovery over time from the paralysis.

As you really begin to look at the numbers, the amount of very serious cases is actually a very very small number. Yet when we hear the word Polio today, we tend to think of an extremely dangerous illness that causes certain paralysis. This is very much similar to AIDS in that fear drives us to act in and think in ways that is worse than the actuality of the disease itself. It also seems to be the case that the fear and emotion around the disease is so strong that we have a hard time truly looking at it logically.

Let’s move onto how Polio declined and how it relates to the vaccine. Why not start with a statement of fact that will set the tone for what will be looked at below.

In 1977, Dr Jonas Salk, who developed the first polio vaccine, testified along with other scientists that mass inoculation against polio was the cause of most polio cases throughout the USA since 1961. (Science 4/4/77 “Abstracts” )

The above statement states the truth of the vaccine in a nutshell. The Polio vaccine only increased the amount of cases of Polio when it was introduced and it had no part in actually creating a decline in the disease. The decline was happening naturally and the vaccine was introduced on a down turn of Polio cases. While the introduction of the vaccine created a spike in cases, overall the disease continued to decline. Especially in countries that did not introduce the vaccine. This is strong evidence showing that the Polio vaccine is not responsible for the decline and should negate the belief and statement that the Polio vaccine demonstrates vaccine success. Below, see research that reflects what it stated above.

Six New England states reported increases in polio one year after the Salk vaccine was introduced, ranging from more than doubling in Vermont to Massachusetts’ astounding increase of 642%; other states reported increases as well. The incidence in Wisconsin increased by a factor of five. Idaho and Utah actually halted vaccination due to the increased incidence and death rate. In 1959, 77.5% of Massachusetts’ paralytic cases had received 3 doses of IPV (injected polio vaccine). During 1962 U.S. Congressional hearings, Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the Dept. of Biostatistics for the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, testified that not only did the cases of polio increase substantially after mandatory vaccinations—a 50% increase from 1957 to 1958, and an 80% increase from 1958 to 1959—but that the statistics were deliberately manipulated by the Public Health Service to give the opposite impression.(52) It is important to understand that the polio vaccine was not universally accepted, at least initially. Despite this, polio declined both in European countries that refused mass vaccination as well as in those that employed it.

As the natural decrease in Polio cases began in the early 50’s, we can clearly see that in countries where the Polio vaccine was introduced cases actually increased. In areas where Polio was non existent, Polio began to show up when the vaccine was introduced to the area. In countries that did not implement the vaccine, Polio became non existent. Eventually the natural decline of Polio meant that even though we still use the vaccine, most vaccinated will not contract the virus because there is an immunity to it. It is important to note though that cases after 1961, as shown above, are due to the vaccine itself.

One final piece of information that is important to note is that the Polio vaccine used had traces of the SV 40 virus which is directly linked to the creation of cancer within the body. Speculatively, one of the main purposes behind vaccines is to inject the population with ‘codes’ that open the body up to the ability to contract diseases much more easily. The science behind vaccinations has long been proven to be completely ineffective and the continued use of vaccines only shows the real purpose behind them.

One step we can all take to not subject anyone to vaccines is by simply not getting them anymore and education others. For parents of newborn children, be sure to read the following article to find out how to legally get out of “mandatory” vaccinations. Not a single vaccine is necessary in any human body.

The MERCK Manual
Dr. Sheri Tenpenny (various sources)

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  1. very interesting stuff. For those of us that received several vaccinations when we were younger, is there a way to undo the effects of whatever codes one has already been injected with?

    • Go see a Naturopath, that’s what I did for my daughter

    • Wrapping your head in tinfoil will do it.

      • Terry

        You never become immune from Whooping cough! I have seen the evidence of this.

        I have a compromised immune system. I have been immunized. I was not old enough for the chicken pox vaccine and now live with debilitating symptoms akin to shingles. Nothing so far stops this condition and unless you have been there shut up.

        I have the flu vaccine every year and hope that others do the same because if they dont they can kill me!

        But then hey you dont care!

        • kalikitty2000

          my grandson got the chicken pox vac and he still somehow got shingles! so yeah, didnt really matter much for him now did it?!

          • It is unforturnate but having chicken pox does not confer an immunity to shingles as they are caused by the same virus. Once you have chicken pox, you carry the dormant virus within your nerve cells. Why reactivation of the virus happens is unclear; however, as we get older, some researchers think the immune responses holding varicella zoster virus dormant weaken.

        • A person can lose their immunity to everything — that’s what happens with AIDS among other diseases. I knew a person who had chicken pox as a child, and then again in college due to a compromised immune condition.

          Vaccines help when there is a compromised immune system, but not as well as with healthy people.

        • Diana Adare

          I never had the vaccine Chicken Pox and none of my friends did either, too young. I also contracted chicken pox when I was around 5 or 6 and then soon after Shingles. Which is rare and I have a scar on my chest from it. I am fine now. I would have to say that as you are an adult I am sure your diet is related. Do you eat sugar, wheat flour, processed foods? These are the things that will compromise your immune system. Try eating vegetables and rice and see how much your immune system improves. All the best to you.

    • claire

      No. A vaccine isn’t any sort of “code” or something like that. And you wouldn’t want to undo them. All a vaccine does is promote your immune system being able to fight a particular disease off should you come in contact with it. Often, as in the salk vaccine, you are given a killed bacteria or virus. This let’s your body look at it and begin mounting a defense without being at risk of actually getting the disease. The reason polio cases increased from the salk vaccine was because, at the time, there were no real quality checks and the virus was not killed properly. This was not a fault of the vaccine. Vaccines are nothing more than training sessions for your body. Think of it as an immune system self defense class. I’m a biologist with a focus in this sort of thing, not some Joe Blow. Don’t let this kind of hype scare you.

      • Yeah, and you biologists and scientists brought us Thalidomide. Scientists are saying GMOs are safe, and chlorine and flouride in water is safe. Excuse me for not buying into your bullsh*t.
        Let scientists play with rockets, I’m letting nature, and only nature, into my body.

        • Archangel

          Looks like there’s going to be a run on tinfoil at the grocery

          • I don’t understand the tinfoil thing… where did it come from? Why not duct tape, since I DO remember when we were told that it would protect us from anthrax?

        • Sean Padden

          Every single ‘organic’ fruit or vegetable that you eat has been genetically modified by selective breeding for generations. There is nothing ‘organic’ about it. If you want true organic go out into the woods and find the natural counterparts of what you can buy in the grocery store. I will guarantee that you will find them hard to tolerate.

          • Casper

            Oh please, can we lay off with this false claim that selective breeding is the same as injecting foreign genes from other species into plants.

            Try selectively breeding a bacteria that produces toxins to insects with another plant, and let me know how it goes.

            Selective breeding is NOTHING like gene splicing and gene insertion from foreign species.

            They are not the same, and the fact that you say they are the same means means only one of three things:

            a) You are lying
            b) You are ignorant
            c) You are both lying AND ignorant


      • Doctorate in IMMUNOLOGY, not HEALTH

        Right on Claire. Exactly right. Shame that no one here seems to understand basic immunology but I have run into that quite a bit recently. Oh well. I guess that’s where education is headed…

        • George D Smokey

          Basic Immunology is wrong. That’s the point!

      • Actually, Claire, your training in biology comes from a mix of true, honest information, and bought-and-paid-for hampered or fixed results. Vaccines are helpful ONLY for those who are born with a weak immune system…but even then not totally necessary because there are ALWAYS natural remedies, natural immune-system boosters, that do not involve inflicting physical pain on a newborn or child and injecting them with harsh chemicals and poisons (along with bacteria/virus that might not be completely dead).

        Naturally, our immune system is designed to do what you claim the vaccines help with on it’s own. The more it does this, the stronger and more efficient it gets. The problem with doing it manually (relying on vaccines to do the job) is the immune system then sits back and says “oh cool I have help” and loses its efficiency and strength. The body then becomes reliant on the manual fix to do the work, rather than knowing how to do it on its own. Think of it like a child making a mess: if you clean up the mess for the child all the time, the child will not learn how to clean up after itself. If you teach the child to clean up its own mess before doing anything else, the child will from then on know how to clean up after itself.

        • Archangel

          Yeah, tell that to the thousands killed and the many more times that paralyzed by polio before Salk – the immune system works against what it’s seen before and has attenuated to attack – if hit with a disease it’s never seen and which slams the body faster than the general untargeted defense your body will attempt to throw up can find a hook, you lose – mother’s milk, washing your hands, and wishful thinking doesn’t stop the really damaging and deadly stuff

        • Sean Padden

          I guess those 40% to 60% death rates in the 1700 and 1800’s from respiratory and gastrointestinal illness were just to cull the weak gene pool then. The immune system is not a muscle, it is a chemical / biochemical response. It never gets ‘stronger’ it gets ‘better trained’.

        • Nice answer :) I’m a Holistic Therapist, self taught Nutritionist, & Poison control for my Family & anyone who wants to read what I’ve read. I appreciate this article & the comments as my 3rd Granddaughter is growing right now, will be here before Christmas, & I am scared of what they are putting into everything now, Claire with her “the virus was not killed properly” the little accidents that are irreversible, it feels like she is completely detached from Peoples suffering. But you don’t think they are accidents once you’ve read everything properly, you tend to believe most Conspiracy Theories, I don’t want it to happen to my Babies Baby, JACQUE FRESCO is our only hope, we have to change everything & it can be done with his Psychology Designs & technology..

      • Wake Up

        Misinformed response. Vaccines are not training sessions for your body, they contain other things that are harmful. Do a little more research. And yes, there are ways of counteracting the negative effects of vaccines like:


        Biochemist over here. 100% agree with Clair. Well said

        • Doctorate in HEALTH, not pseudoscience

          You really don’t understand immunity then. The way these vaccines even INVOKE an immune response in our bodies is due to all the toxins they dump into them. Otherwise, if it was just the bacterium or virus, the body would have next to 0 immune response towards it. Plus, you need to research the physiology behind immunity. There are different ways we become immune to these diseases (launching different, specific cellular responses) we vaccinate for, and almost all of them are only recognized by the body when they enter our airways and come in contact with our mucous membranes (it’s how the body detects it and launches its attack), not direct contact with our blood.

          Seeing as you think being a biochemist gives you credibility, I have my doctorate in the health field and must say you don’t know what you are talking about and have been fed incorrect information without research and only regurgitating now.

          And since someone mentioned “why do you hide your identity” (because I’m going to do the same), I like to keep my privacy as I’m sure you do. I don’t use my real name on almost anything on the internet aside for my business.

          • Archangel

            “Doctorate in the health field”?? That’s like comparing an acupuncturist to a neuroscientist, a chiropractor to a brain surgeon, or a mail order “earth science” PhD to a Cambridge trained astrophysicist – your grasp of real science is clearly limited

          • Sean Padden

            Yes, there are agents in the vaccine used to stimulate the immunological response. This is only logical in order to maximize the effectiveness of the vaccine. Some vaccines are delivered with a shot, others are delivered via mist or orally. The body’s immune system can respond in all manners. Just think of having an infected cut. That leads directly to your circulatory system. Nose, that is blood infused mucous membranes. Your stomach is constantly bombarded with immunological stimulating events. We’re experts at eating fungi, molds, bacteria, virus that are in us, on us, and all around us all of the time. So our immune systems has response in all the different circumstances. And yes I am using my real name, for my information is real and correct.

          • Steven

            “…and almost all of them are only recognized by the body when they enter our airways and come in contact with our mucous membranes (it’s how the body detects it and launches its attack), not direct contact with our blood.”

            But, your mucous membranes are in direct contact with your blood. Now please stop lying about being a doctor.

        • if you are true about what are you saying . .why did you hide your identity . . .Biochemist ?? Please Enlighten us . . . .

          • Geez, the biochemist not only didn’t hide his identity, he gave his email address as his identity. What more do you want Dindo?

  2. Very interesting article, well written. What were the sources for this. It is as I said a great way to increase the odds of a pandemic occurring. Reducing the trust of the public’s trust in medicine is a step the Globalists have used successfully around the world in less educated nations. There are very powerful people at work out there devising way’s of eroding public trust. There are many governmental forces involved in these conspiracies, and are willing to use Americans as guinea pigs. Our government’s had involvement in reducing global populations, using infiltration in citizen networks, disinformation, and fear of anything that is believed to be safe. I am a doubter in this theory involving vaccinations for the reasons mentioned. I never trust one source.


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