Jun 17, 2017

Bill Gates vaccinations in Africa – antivaccine hatred

The antivaccination cult really despises Bill Gates’ vaccinations in Africa. Not that he actually gives the vaccines, his foundation supports vaccinating kids in Africa, so that they have a better chance to survive.
There is nothing more admirable and moral than a person who has built incredible wealth, and then decides to give it back to the world in a way that cannot be measure monetarily. Bill Gates’ foundation is working to eradicate polio and HIV in countries where they are the some of the leading causes of death.
Of course, the Foundation’s support of vaccinations has caused it to be the target of the vaccine denialism movement. These attacks border on the vicious and insane–here are the worst of the worst:

  • Another antivaccination group is pushing the story that Gates is at fault for 47,500 paralysis cases after polio vaccine in India. However, the CDC has reported that there have been no cases of polio in India since 2011, compared to the 741 case in 2009. The paralysis cases were identified as non polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis, which can result from any number of non-polio viruses or bacterium. In this case, non-polio enteroviruses were identified as the cause, and not polio that resulted from the vaccines themselves. In fact, as I discussed before, polio vaccines may spontaneously recombine in the wild, and can be transmitted to other humans. However, in India with a population of 1.2 billion people, there have only been a few cases of actual polio from recombination events. If it were widespread, we’d see millions of cases, but we don’t. Debunked.

  • Uganda’s Children are Dying! Are Pharmaceutical Trials to Blame? It’s a mysterious disease, called Nodding Disease, which the anti-vaxxers immediately blame on vaccine trials (sponsored by Gates of course). Because those same anti-vaxxers have access to massive scientific laboratories staffed with huge numbers of scientists and medical professionals they were able to uncover this cause immediately. Well, actually they don’t. Real scientists are unsure of the cause, but they are running real clinical trials, providing real medical care, and are attempting to uncover the real cause. That’s science.
  • Bill Gates says vaccines can help reduce world population. And it’s Natural News at it again with Quote Mining. What Gates actually said was that the birth rate drops naturally because survival rate of children INCREASES from vaccines! Saving children is precisely what vaccines are supposed to do.
I don’t think that Bill Gates is perfect. For example, I’ve always hated Windows for many reasons, but I’m in the minority on that point. But this blog is not about Apples vs. Windows, it’s about skepticism towards pseudoscience.
Bill Gates has decided to take that money that he has earned from ruling the computer world to do some good for the planet, saving lives. The vaccine deniers are just inventing lies because Bill and Melinda Gates have made it their cause to help the people of this world live better, live longer, and live healthier with vaccines and better health care.
Not that Gates is listening to me, but keep doing it, because Vaccines Save Lives.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in August 2012. It has been completely revised and updated to include more comprehensive information, to improve readability and to add current research.
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Jun 16, 2017

Sobreviviente de Poliomielitis Mexicana.

Compartió su testimonió con todas las personas afectadas de Secuela de Poliomielitis y aún más a las que padecen de Síndrome de Post Polio, (SPP) con el intención de que los que se sientan identificados, consigan mantener, si así lo desean una comunicación directa con ella.
Saludos cordiales a todos.
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Jun 15, 2017

Drugs to Use with Caution in Post-Polio Syndrome

  • Central nervous system depressants:
    • narcotics
    • sedatives
    • tranquilizers
    • sleeping pills
    • general anesthetics, e.g. ether
    • alcohol

  • Muscle relaxants:
    • Valium
    • Soma
    • Robaxin
    • Parafon Forte
    • Norgesic, Norflex
    • Flexeril
    • depolarizing drugs (used in surgery)
    • quinine
    • quinidine
    • procainamide

  • Beta blockers -- propranolol
  • Calcium channel blockers ---- verapamil
  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Laxatives, Kaopectate
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs


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Jun 14, 2017

Why is it Taking So Long to Rid the World of Polio?

 JUNE 12, 2017, BY UPDATED AT 03:28PM, JUNE 12, 2017

The estimated 22,000 attendees of the Rotary International Convention were quick to their feet Monday morning in Atlanta.
Inspiration for the many standing ovations came not only from the encouraging words of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, professional wrestling star John Cena, Rotary President John Germ and famed Microsoft founder Bill Gates. It was also the sight of observers in wheelchairs lining the middle rows of the Georgia World Congress Center auditorium that moved the crowd to rise from their seats again and again.
The Rotarians, wearing glowing LED bracelets, came to Atlanta to commit once again to the elusive goal they first outlined in 1985: a world free of polio, the highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. The disease can be prevented by a safe vaccine, which can protect a child for life when given multiple times.
“Your involvement started over 30 years ago, and since then, (you have) faced challenges that no one would have predicted,” said Gates, who was speaking on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Though he praised the Rotarians’ hard-won achievements, he also addressed the hard question on the minds of most attendees.
The original plan was to end polio by the year 2000, come and gone: Why is it taking so long?
‘Tremendous partnership’
When first deciding to rid the world of polio, Rotarians knew that it would have to be a team effort, explained Germ, whose fundraising efforts earned him White House honors in 2013.
“That’s how the Global Polio Eradication Initiative came into being, as a tremendous partnership between Rotary, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF,” Germ said. In 2007, he said, the initiative gained a fifth partner: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Germ described the original “deal” proposed by the Gates Foundation: “If we could raise $100 million for polio, they’d match it.
“We surpassed it.”
After the initial match, the Gates Foundation next pledged an additional $250 million in 2009 if Rotary could raise another $100 million. Once again, Rotary rose to the occasion.
Though money may be “very critical,” Gates said, it’s “only one piece of the story. This is harder than any of us expected.”
To eradicate polio, he explained, all 7.5 billion people on the planet must be free of the disease.
“That includes places where there is war. That includes countries where public health systems are virtually nonexistent,” Gates said. It means reaching children in the “most difficult places on Earth, not just once” but as many times as necessary to ensure that they are protected.
Persistence also includes innovation, new ideas and adapting to unforeseen circumstances, Gates said. He lauded the volunteers and health workers who sacrificed their lives in conflict areas of political, religious and social division to get children vaccinated.
“I’m thinking of people like Marie-Irène Richmond Ahoua, who lives in Ivory Coast,” he said.
After a coup years ago, Ahoua, a member of the Rotary Club of Abidjan-Biétry and president of the Commission Nationale Polio Plus, appealed to the new military ruler, who canceled a national immunization day. She told the general, “children should not suffer because of conflict created by adults,” Gates recounted. Days later, the general himself presided over a rescheduled immunization day.
In Pakistan, where distrust of health providers ran high, Gates said, Rotarians worked with Islamic scholars and other religious leaders to gain endorsement and encourage vaccination programs among their followers.
“These efforts have helped reduced polio in Pakistan from 306 cases in 2014 to just two cases so far this year,” Gates said, praising Nigeria’s religious leaders, including the Emir of Kano, who publicly drank an entire vial of vaccine to assure people that it was safe.
The Atlanta audience cheered as a snapshot of the Emir knocking back a vial loomed on the monitors behind Gates.
Another reason the polio eradication goal has not been met is down to the challenge of “knowing where the children are who need to be vaccinated,” Gates said. Lack of a simple item we take for granted in the West — detailed maps — has stalled progress in the effort to find “the last vestiges of the virus.”
“We need to know where it is hiding,” Gates said, explaining that one innovative idea is finding paralyzed children and testing their feces to see whether polio caused their impairments.
The 200,000 yearly stool samples from paralyzed children test negative for polio “99.9% of the time,” Gates said, yet the mere fraction of positive results tells health care providers where to focus their efforts to stop polio from spreading.
Similarly, researchers in high-risk areas analyze sewage system waste to identify whether polio exists in the environment before it paralyzes a single child — an innovation that “will get us to the goal of eradication,” Gates said. In Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, more than 125 environmental detection sites are in operation.
Though the world is not yet polio-free, great progress has been made.
Persevering to the end
In 1985, when eradication of polio became Rotary’s top philanthropic goal, Germ said, the disease paralyzed more than 350,000 children in 125 countries where the disease was endemic, or common, every year.
Today, the partnership has immunized 2.5 billion children worldwide. More than 16 million people are walking today who otherwise would have been paralyzed by polio, according to Germ.
Gates said, “In 1994, the Americas were certified as polio-free. In 2000, the Western Pacific region was certified as polio-free. In 2002, Europe was certified as polio-free. In 2014, Southeast Asia including India was certified as polio-free. This year. we’re down to a handful of cases in just three countries: Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.”
Fewer than 40 cases were reported for all of 2016, Gates said, largely because over 10 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been administered by an “army of global volunteers” and “thousands of health care workers” since 2000.
“Not only are you eradicating one of the worst diseases in history, you’re also helping the poorest countries provide their citizens with better health and a better future,” he said, explaining that the infrastructure developed throughout the world has helped nations confront other deadly diseases, such as Ebola, and will help with others, including yellow fever and malaria.
Yet, Gates explained, all the hard-won successes could easily be lost if polio is not eradicated.
“Even when we get to zero, we have to go three years without a new case,” he said. “We don’t have any other option, because if we fail, polio will return to countries where it has been eliminated.”
Losing the battle could mean up to 200,000 new cases in the next decade.
An additional $1.5 billion in funding will be necessary to complete the job of ridding the world of polio, Germ said. The good news is that Canada, Japan, Germany, Australia, the European Union and the United Arab Emirates have all stepped up with new pledges, while the US continues as the largest government funder of global polio eradication. All told, an additional $1.2 billion in funding was pledged at Monday’s event.
The polio eradication effort has been a “great reminder to people we can accomplish great things when we’re bold, determined and when we work together,” Gates said. “People are living longer lives, healthier lives. When we have ended polio, it will be another triumph for mankind.”

Jun 13, 2017



Susan L Fish MAPT
During recent years, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with patients experiencing the late effects of polio. Many times I have detected some frustration and anger regarding my professionals’ lack of experience in treating Post-Polio patients. I write this brief article now for two reasons.
  1. To explain and help you understand this lack of knowledge on the part of many of my colleagues.
  2. To provide some guidelines regarding Do's and Don'ts when seeking physical therapy.
Most Physical Therapists (PT's) (Physiotherapists in UK) working today weren't even alive during the major polio epidemics. Their formal education regarding poliomyelitis was more historical than factual, with little more than definitions of pathology and no clinical experience. Post-Polio Syndrome is only recently being recognised and its existence is still questioned in some medical circles. Both acute polio and post polio syndrome present clinical pictures which are unlike any other neuromuscular condition. Without the experience of working with acute polio patients and with little documented information regarding the treatment of Post-Polio Syndrome, it is not surprising to find professionals lacking in knowledge.

Although, there may be reasons for a lack of knowledge, a responsible professional should NOT treat any condition that he or she is not confident and knowledgeable in treating. You may be able to direct a PT to appropriate resources. Please see the resources at the end of this article and I would be happy to help also.
Reasons for seeking physical therapy will vary. You may be referred to a PT to help you with your Post-Polio Syndrome. You may be referred for rehabilitation following corrective surgery for a polio related condition. You may also be referred for a condition not necessarily related to polio at all such as arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, fractures, osteoporosis, low back pain, stiff neck, etc, etc. Your physical therapist is well trained to treat these other conditions. However, your post polio status should be taken into consideration when designing a program. Here is some advice.

Do's and Don'ts to keep in mind when going for physical therapy.

Do trust yourself and the knowledge you have gained over the years about your body.
Do be willing to alter your lifestyle.
Do avoid fatigue.
Do get enough rest.
Do pace your activities rather than discontinuing them.
Do conserve energy. It may make more sense to spread your activities out, allowing for rest periods, rather than eliminating interests and activities.
Do recognise that your body is aging and some physical changes will occur which are not related to post-polio. There IS a normal aging process even though post-polio may be a part of it.
Do respect your feelings. This may be a difficult adjustment time for you; seeking emotional as well as physical guidance may be a wise thing to consider.
Don't follow advice regarding physical exercise if you become fatigued while doing it.
Don't become short of breath with exercise.
Don't do more than your body feels comfortable doing.
Don't cause pain with activity or exercise.
Don't gain weight.
Don't reject using aids and assisting devices without giving them serious thought. (They are meant to conserve energy and preserve anatomical structures, i.e. joints, muscles, tendons, cartilage and ligaments.) Most are delighted and surprised by the increased endurance and energy they have with the use of canes,wheelchairs, motorized scooters or the many other easily found assisting devices.
  1. Dean, Elizabeth.Clinical Decision Making in the Management of Late Sequela Poliomyelitis.Physical Therapy Oct. 1991, Vol 71; 10 752 - 761.
  2. Weiss, Marianne R.Becoming an intelligent Consumer of Physical Therapy Services, Polio Network News Winter and Spring 1993, Vol. 9 Nos. 1 and 2.

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Jun 12, 2017

6 Ways the Fight Against Polio Is Transforming Global Health

When the largest Ebola outbreak in history swept through West Africa in 2014, health workers used methods refined in the fight against polio to keep the virus from gaining a foothold in Nigeria: replicating a polio outbreak Emergency Operations Center, identifying and monitoring contacts of Ebola patients, and engaging in extensive public communication.
Social mobilization teams reached out to at-risk groups and key community leaders to dispel rumors and teach people how to prevent the spread of Ebola. The rapid response limited the outbreak in Nigeria to only 19 confirmed cases and halted widespread transmission. The successful containment was proof positive that lessons learned in the battle to eliminate polio are transforming global health care.
Polio may soon be a thing of the past, but the innovative methods and infrastructure developed to eradicate it will have a lasting impact. In addition to ensuring every child receives a polio vaccine, health workers are also working on other public health efforts. The polio network is being used to immunize children against other diseases, fight outbreaks and respond to natural disasters. New medical technology such as robot blood testers and needle-free devices utilized in the fight against polio will continue to be used to address other health issues. 

1. Diversifying the polio network's mission

When the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was formed in 1988, poliomyelitis paralyzed more than 350,000 people a year in 125 countries. Since then, history's largest internationally coordinated public health effort has reduced the number of polio cases by an astonishing 99.9 percent.
Led by national governments with five core partners — The World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — GPEI, with the help of more than 20 million volunteers worldwide, has saved more than 16 million people from paralysis. Today, the virus is endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. In 2016, only 37 cases were reported worldwide.
In the 21st century, diseases have the potential to spread farther and faster than ever before. Since March 2014, at least 140 serious outbreaks in 107 countries have received global attention: Ebola, Avian Flu, MERS, Zika. Polio workers are stepping in to share their expertise. In Ethiopia, polio staff have worked to control cholera outbreaks, and in Angola, health workers relied on communications infrastructure set up by polio teams to monitor and control an outbreak of Marburg fever.
During a door-to-door national immunization campaign, a polio team vaccinated migrant children living in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, Pakistan.
A polio team vaccinates migrant children living in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, Pakistan. © UNICEF/UNI144168/Zaidi

2. Cross-country coordination

Two countries, one team. Afghanistan and Pakistan share a border — and a lingering polio problem. As migrant groups travel freely between the two countries, the virus moves with them. Since 2015, polio teams on both sides of the border have closely coordinated their immunization strategy to be certain that no child in the region is left unvaccinated. An integrated communications campaign uses weekly radio health shows and soap opera storylines emphasizing polio and children’s health to educate Afghans and Pakistanis on the importance of immunization. Methods developed to synchronize polio eradication services and messaging between countries will be invaluable in other public health initiatives around the world.

3. Strengthening surveillance and knowledge

International consultants are stationed around the world in the countries most vulnerable to polio. To coordinate their efforts, consultants use a cellphone data reporting application, Survey123. The app captures data in real-time to track the virus, record immunization coverage, identify immunity gaps and support vaccination campaigns to fill them. The polio lab and surveillance network currently includes over 140 labs and is linked to the global measles/rubella and yellow fever lab networks.  Polio field workers have led the march in reporting and responding to other priority diseases. Nepal’s polio eradication program, for example, has been reporting on cases of measles, rubella, neonatal tetanus and Japanese encephalitis since 2004.
A member of a team of UNICEF volunteers records data in chalk on a wall noting the polio immunizations conductied in Tashan Damboa, a ward in Gwoza local government area in Borno State, Nigeria.
A volunteer uses chalk to record polio immunization data on a house wall in Tashan Damboa, Borno State, Nigeria. © UNICEF/UN036826/Abubakar

4. New uses for robotic technology

The CDC's Population Immunity Team uses automated laboratory machines to test blood samples for poliovirus antibodies through a process called serological testing. These robots have significantly expedited the number of samples processed — from 20,000 to 30,000 in two decades combined to 100,000 samples in 2012 alone. The machines not only accelerate the rate of sampling, they also produce more accurate test results. The robots have the potential to benefit other disease programs, including measles and Zika.

5. Adapting innovative delivery systems

New needle-free devices and micropatch needles are revolutionizing the way polio vaccines are administered. The PharmaJet Tropis needle-free device delivers vaccines intradermally through a narrow, high velocity stream of fluid that penetrates the skin without the use of a needle. While health workers will still need special training, the use of these devices could make their lives easier, and they can be used for other vaccines as well.
Micropatch needles are also being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the CDC. Each patch, about a square inch in size, contains 100 solid, conical microneedles made of polymer, sugar and vaccine, each the diameter of a human hair. When pressed into the skin, the needles dissolve, leaving only the patch backing. Researchers are also studying microneedle administration of the measles, influenza, rotavirus and turberculosis vaccines.

6. Leveraging vaccination teams

In parts of the world where the health infrastructure is weak, polio vaccination teams deliver other much-needed health care services at very little additional cost. In remote villages, they screen children for malnutrition, administer routine immunizations and distribute vitamin A, which gives a general boost to immunity and helps children fend off a range of infections. To date, an estimated 1.5 million childhood deaths have been prevented through the systematic administration of vitamin A during polio immunization activities.  
Nurses prepare to vaccinate children against polio and measles and administer deworming pills and Vitamin A at the Madina Health Center in Guéckédou, Guinea.
Nurses prepare to vaccinate children against polio and measles and administer deworming pills and Vitamin A at the Madina Health Center in Guéckédou, Guinea. © UNICEF/UNI183268/Bindra
Thanks to the innovative and carefully coordinated efforts of heath care workers worldwide, polio's eradication is at last in sight. The knowledge, resources and infrastructure developed to end polio will continue to prove invaluable in protecting children from other diseases and improving their lives for decades to come. 

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