Thursday, July 7, 2016

How to get rid of a disease.....

 
 

In 1954, the government redefined polio. I wrote about this other little detail of history that has been widely overlooked in my article "Polio Wasn't Vanquished, It Was Redefined."11 Dr. Greenberg explained this classic example of government sleight of hand…

In order to qualify for classification as paralytic poliomyelitis, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for at least 60 days after the onset of the disease. Prior to 1954, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for only 24 hours. Laboratory confirmation and the presence of residual paralysis were not required. After 1954, residual paralysis was determined 10 to 20 days and again 50 to 70 days after the onset of the disease. This change in definition meant that in 1955 we started reporting a new disease, namely, paralytic poliomyelitis with a longer lasting paralysis.12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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And three decades later, they defined Myalgic Encephalomyelitis out of existence by changing the name to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
 
As Dr. Dowsett noted, when they changed the name, all research and knowledge about ME "disappeared" -- the connection was lost and we were persuaded that we had a new disease about which nothing was known, rather than that we had an old disease with decades of research.

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