Fear Of The Invisible
By: Janine Roberts August 2008
Excerpt From The Book
How A Continuing Polio Epidemic Is Being Hidden
I have been told again and again by health authorities that the polio vaccine
is a marvelous lifesaver - and I had accepted this on trust. As no one I knew
doubted this, I had no reason to question it.
I knew however that it is easy to invent history. If a false history is repeated
often enough, the chances are that people will believe it.
It is simply a matter of most of us not having time to check all the facts for
But - now I knew of the possibility that pesticides might cause polio, I had a
very clear question to answer.
There were no great American polio epidemics after 1956. What stopped
them: the withdrawal of the pesticides - or the introduction of the vaccine?
Most modern histories of the polio vaccine say its launch went smoothly -
although many mention a brief hiccup early on called the Cutter Incident,
describing this as a simple error that was quickly rectified.
But what I learnt from reading contemporary newspapers and medical
reports was very different.
I found the triumph and relief accompanying the launch of the Salk vaccine
was extremely short-lived.
A medical historian of the time, Dr. M. Beddow Baily, reported: "Only 13 days
after the vaccine had been acclaimed by the whole of the US press and radio
as one of the greatest medical discoveries of the century, and 2 days after the
British ministry of health had announced it would go right ahead with the
manufacture of the vaccine, came the first news of disaster.
Children inoculated with one brand of the vaccine, the Cutter, had developed
poliomyelitis. In the following days more and more cases were reported,
some of them after inoculation with other brands."
Within two weeks nearly 200 vaccinated children had gone down with polio.
This produced near panic in the White House. It was not yet summer. Polio
normally did not strike at this time.
President Eisenhower had publicly endorsed this vaccine and did not want
any failures on his watch. US Health Secretary Oveta Hobby thus went to see
the Surgeon General to sternly say the president needed to be spared further
Within days, on 8 May 1955, the Surgeon General suspended the entire US
production of the vaccine and called for emergency meetings with Salk and
They then agreed that these cases were caused by polioviruses surviving the
formaldehyde poisoning by being inside "lumps in the vaccine".
The manufacturers agreed to stir their vaccine better, the public were told
they had no further need to worry, and the distribution of the vaccine
resumed after only a five-day break.
However this was not the end of the trouble. It was now reported by the
media that the vaccine still seemed to be causing a polio epidemic rather than
In Boston during the next 4 months, more than 2,000 of the vaccinated went
down with polio- yet in the previous year there were only 273 cases. The
number of cases doubled in vaccinated New York State and Connecticut, and
tripled in Vermont.
There was a five-fold increase in polio in vaccinated Rhode Island and
Wisconsin. Many children were paralyzed in the vaccine-injected arm.
In June 1955 the British doctors' union, the Medical Practitioners' Union
reported: "These misfortunes would be almost endurable if a whole new
generation were to be rendered permanently immune to the disease. In fact,
there is no evidence that any lasting immunity is achieved by vaccination."
The following month Canada suspended its distribution of Salk's vaccine.
By November all European countries had suspended their distribution plans
all that is apart from Denmark.
As I learnt of this, I remembered what went into this vaccine. I could not
presume these cases were caused by the poliovirus in the vaccine.
These children were having a host of potential toxins and viruses injected
into their arms, for anything smaller than a virus could not be filtered out. Did
this explain why many were paralyzed in the arm vaccinated?
The New York Times of May 11, 1956 reported the ‘Supplement No. 15 of the
Poliomyelitis Surveillance Report' for that year revealed there was 12% more
paralysis in 1956 than in 1955.
By January 1957 seventeen US states had stopped distributing the polio
vaccine. The New York Times reported that nearly half of all polio cases
reported were in vaccinated children.
Polio cases rose from 300 to 400% in the five states or cities that made the
Salk vaccine compulsory by law. The following table gives their results.
North Carolina: 78 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots; 313 cases
afterwards in 1959.
Connecticut: 45 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots; 123 cases
afterwards in 1959.
Tennessee: 119 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots; 386 cases
afterwards in 1959.
Ohio: 17 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots; 52 cases afterwards in
Los Angeles: 89 cases in 1958 before compulsory shots; 190 cases
afterwards in 1959.
From contemporary reports there were nine times more polio cases in 1957
than in 1956, and that they were more serious than ever before.
In the first 8 months of 1957 the Public Health Service reported, out of a total
of 3,212 polio cases, there were 1,055 cases of paralysis, or 33.5% of the
From January 1st to August 1958 there was a total of 1,638 cases of polio,
with 801 of them paralytic, or 49% of the total. This was, as far as I can
discover, a far higher proportion of serious cases than had ever been
These contemporary accounts were utterly unlike what I had expected, for
today the polio vaccine is said to work extremely effectively.
It is perhaps also relevant to note that the immediate profits made from the
vaccine were very considerable.
Wyeth's profits went up 50% between 1955 and 1956, all on the back of the
Salk vaccine. Merck's profits went up from $16 million to $20 million. Eli Lilly
nearly doubled its profits from $16 million to $30 million.
But by 1964 very few cases of polio were being reported. So, what happened
after 1959 to make the polio vaccine effective?
I do not know how to express convincingly what I found when I looked into
this. I avoid conspiracy theory as too many chance events are thus
explained - but this does not mean that some conspiracies have not
I found firm evidence that the regulatory authorities had employed from 1960
another weapon from their armory to bring down the numbers of reported
polio cases. They promulgated new regulations that rewrote the rules for
polio diagnosis, effectively wiping polio nearly out of existence by simply
changing the rules for polio diagnosis.
In 1956, the health authorities instructed doctors that they were in future only
to diagnose polio if a patient has paralytic symptoms for 60 days or more. As
polio was diagnosed previously if there were just 24 hours of paralytic
symptoms, and as the disease in milder cases frequently lasted less than 60
days, this automatically meant vastly fewer cases of polio would be reported.
Furthermore, it was now decreed that all cases of polio occurring within 30
days of vaccination were to be recorded, not as possibly caused by the
vaccine, but as "pre-existing". This regulatory change also ensured that far
fewer cases of vaccine failure would be recorded.
Another regulatory change had an even greater impact. Most polio
diagnoses during the epidemics had not involved paralysis but muscular
weakness and widespread pain.
In many cases this was produced by inflammation of the membrane that
protects the brain and spinal neuron cells. The CDC described such cases
as "serious but rarely fatal".
But doctors were now instructed that all such cases must no longer be
diagnosed as polio but as viral or aseptic meningitis. The Los Angeles
County health authority explained: "Most cases reported prior to July 1 1958
of non-paralytic poliomyelitis are now reported as viral or aseptic meningitis' in
accordance with instructions from Washington."
As a result, the number of cases of meningitis diagnosed went from near zero
to many thousands while polio came down equivalently. Between 1951 and
1960 in the United States 70,083 cases of non-paralytic polio were diagnosed
- and zero cases of aseptic meningitis.
But under the new diagnostic rules this was reversed. Over the next twenty
years over 100,000 cases of aseptic meningitis were diagnosed and only 589
cases of "non-paralytic polio".
Extraordinarily, non-paralytic cases were now to be renamed as meningitis
even if the poliovirus were present! In future, the reported figures for polio
were officially to exclude "cases of aseptic meningitis due to poliovirus or
These changes did not go entirely unnoticed. Dr Bernard Greenberg, then
head of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina,
testified at a 1962 Congressional hearing that infantile paralysis cases had
increased after the introduction of the vaccine by 50% from 1957 to 1958, and
by 80% from 1958 to 1959. He concluded that US health officials had
manipulated the statistics to give entirely the opposite impression.
This change was not only in the US. In Canada, the Dominion Bureau of
Statistics issued in June 1959 an official bulletin entitled Poliomyelitis Trends,
This noted; data shown in this report are confined to paralytic poliomyelitis
only. It may be noted that the Dominion Council of Health at its 74th meeting
in October 1958 recommended that for the purposes of national reporting
and statistics the term non-paralytic poliomyelitis be replaced by "meningitis,
viral or aseptic."
They also now allowed for other viruses to be found in polio cases, saying
that these "specific viruses [should be] shown where known." When they
were found, these cases also were said not to be polio.
Other cases previously diagnosed as polio would in future be classified as
"cerebral palsy" as "Guillain-Barre syndrome" and even as "muscular
Some were now called "Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease" which can also
cause paralysis. And recently the Coxsackie virus was found in cases of
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which also can result in very polio-like
symptoms of paralytic muscle damage.
But this reclassification of polio cases seemingly did not satisfy the
regulatory authorities. Apparently there were still too many cases of the
worst kind of polio, "paralytic polio" - so it was finally decided that these
cases must also be removed from the polio case registry, thus eliminating
nearly all the remaining cases of polio in the world - giving the vaccine a
stunning and utterly fraudulent victory.
This was achieved by announcing that in future all patients with the classic
polio paralytic symptoms were to be diagnosed initially as having "Acute
Flaccid Paralysis (AFP)" and thus reported to the regulatory authorities.
Samples of two turds from the patient must also be sent in to them. These
turds would be inspected to see if the poliovirus was in them. If not, then
these cases are to be declared not polio - no matter that the children have all
the classic symptoms, the distress and pain found in the worst polio cases
during the great US polio epidemics.
This astonishingly revealed that the "poliovirus" is rarely to be found in these
paralyzed children. Logically, one would think that this would force the
health authorities to conclude that the virus could not be the cause of polio-
but it seems they were more interested in fabricating a victory.
Thus they triumphantly declare large parts of the world polio free, even where
AFP is common, and give the credit for this solely to the vaccine and its
manufacturers, as well as to Sabin and Salk.
I did not know how to characterize this except as an incredible act of medical
fraud. I struggle to find any excuses for those involved. It begun in the 1950s
but, I am afraid to say, it is still continuing.
This has had the most serious of consequences. One of these is that the
power to diagnose polio has been completely taken away from ordinary
doctors. Before 1958 they were taught to diagnose "paralytic polio" as they
did other diseases - by observing specific symptoms, particularly acute
paralysis and great pain.
But doctors are now instructed not to look for the poliovirus itself, as "the
virus is very hard to find."
Instead this task is to be left to WHO and the other governmental agencies
that inspect turds. This would be comical if it were not so tragically
Under these new rules, patients previously diagnosed with paralytic polio
were re-diagnosed. When patients in Detroit, diagnosed as having paralytic
polio during a 1958 epidemic, were re-tested as required by the new rule, 49%
of them were found not to have poliovirus and therefore told they did not
Should it find a case in which the poliovirus is present, the vaccine will be
administered on a national scale.
This has happened now so many times that in populous countries like India
many cases of ‘provocation' polio occur in the arm vaccinated.
"Unnecessary injections were associated with paralysis in the outbreak
reported by Kohler et al. The WHO estimates that over 12 billion injections are
given every year, and most are unnecessary.
Multiple injections can increase the risk of paralysis from OPV as well as wild-
These cases of paralysis are caused by many types of repeated injections so
are rarely called ‘poliomyelitis' this is all extraordinary.
The Detroit patients, the children with AFP today, are all ill with the same
symptoms and pain as in the earlier cases of paralytic polio. Wasn't the polio
vaccine devised to prevent such cases?
The new rules for polio diagnosis have thus proved to be the perfect way to
hide total vaccine failure -and have thus apparently served the intentions of
both the Public Health Authorities and vaccine manufacturers well.
This deceit has protected them from being sued for producing a useless
vaccine. The poliovirus is scientifically classified as a human virus that
naturally replicates only in the human gut, so the WHO excrement inspection
is surely meaningless?
Its presence in excrement is natural - and finding it there does not prove that
it causes paralysis in the motor neuron cells of the backbone.
When I went to look at the statistics provided by the World Health
Organization, I found that Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) is now a raging, but
little mentioned, epidemic in many parts of the world where pesticide use is
By: Janine Roberts, Medical Writer and Researcher, Film Maker and Author.
Article: Fear of the Invisible Excerpt From The Book
Another Article by Janine Roberts: What then can cause Polio? Pesticides?