The BBC tells us that more than 400 people have died recently from an encephalitis outbreak in Uttar Pradesh province in India. For some strange reason, they don’t know what kind of virus is causing it. The only sure thing is that it’s a water-borne disease and the symptoms are clearly encephalitis.
Polio is a type of encephalitis and is symptomatically indistinguishable from any other type.
Unreported in mainstream media is that polio has also been diagnosed in Uttar Pradesh—and that victims have been vaccinated as many as 7 times. The province has been a center of polio vaccinations in children. The policy is to vaccinate all children every year to assure that nearly everyone is vaccinated. Of course, the vaccine campaigners express grave concern over nonvaccinators, but they have nothing to say about the vaccinated coming down with polio, nor do they have any comments about the encephalitis outbreak.
The claim, of course, is that the vaccine has dramatically cut the number of polio cases. However, the claim is being made in the face of a mass encephalitis outbreak that delivers the same symptoms and the same permanent neurological defects as polio. Isn’t it odd that the outbreaks of both polio and some unknown form of encephalitis would break out in the same area at the same time? Could it be that they “don’t know” the type of encephalitis because it might be polio?
Polio is, in fact, encephalitis. Encephalitis is a group of diseases with the same symptoms, the primary one being inflammation of the brain. The term, encephalitis, comes from Latin and Greek. Ceph is from the Latin word for head, and itis is from the Greek word for inflammation. The disease is simply a description of the symptom. Polio is the name of a virus that causes encephalitis.
It’s claimed that encephalitis caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus was an annual problem until 2005. But it suddenly disappeared, though the annual problem remains—but they can’t seem to figure out just what virus is causing it.
Now, here comes the “strange” coincidence. Starting in 2005, India started a monovalent polio vaccine campaign, and intensified it in Uttar Pradesh in 2007(1). Since the vaccine campaign started, they’ve reported huge drops in the rate of polio, and a new type of encephalitis—mysteriously resistant to diagnosis—has developed.
To make matters worse, India has reported on a new polio that’s a mutation of the vaccine virus. It’s particularly prevalent in the Uttar Pradesh province. Officials claim that these cases occur only in people with deficient immune systems. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But what do they blame all the encephalitis cases on?
Of course, they also claim that the polio vaccine is preventing nearly all other polio, and that they’re close to its eradication. Well…with the exception of those people who have enough money to have their children tested and find that their particular cases of encephalitis are caused by polio.
Additionally, officials also recommend that areas that have no polio outbreaks now switch to using the killed virus vaccines, but that Uttar Pradesh should continue with the attenuated (weakened) version. Yet, Uttar Pradesh is where the most cases of mutated polio have occurred, not in the wealthier provinces.
What is it about Uttar Pradesh that makes it a center for polio and this mysterious new encephalitis? The answer is really quite simple—and it clearly demonstrates the truth of the claim that vaccines are not the primary reason so many diseases have become rare in the modern world.
Polio and viral encephalitis are water-borne diseases. Although most in the United States have the false impression that most polio cases are passed person-to-person, that’s not generally true. They’re usually the result of contact with either polluted water or the mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water.
So, it should come as no surprise that these outbreaks are happening in Uttar Pradesh during the rainy season in a desperately poor area with inadequate sanitation.
Of course, vaccinations have been given credit for the eradication of many diseases, in spite of the evidence simply not fitting the facts. Many diseases, including ones for which there are still no vaccines, nearly disappeared in wealthy nations over the course of the 20th century. What the promoters of vaccines ignore is that these diseases had largely faded away by the time the vaccines were developed, and that good health from adequate food, water and sanitation far more closely coincides with their fade-out.
The same thing has been true of polio in India, with the vexing exception of Uttar Pradesh. When the vaccinators went into the area in force, they did the same thing that was done in the United States: changed the definition of the disease. In the US, what had been diagnosed as polio pre-vaccination was called something else post-vaccination, usually coxsackie virus.
In Uttar Pradesh there’s now an annual massive outbreak of crippling encephalitis that coincides with the wet season, just as polio used to coincide with the wet season. It’s expensive to diagnose polio because it requires expensive tests and often utilizes a spinal tap—something not available to most people in that area.
Is it truly conceivable that this “new” encephalitis remains a mystery year after year in the face of today’s ability to obtain spinal taps and examine them for viruses? Or does it make more sense that polio is simply being given a different diagnosis in the face of ongoing outbreaks in people who are not just “fully” vaccinated, but massively vaccinated?
You can decide.