“In 1942, antibiotics were released. In 1943 was the onset of the polio epidemic. There’s a panic about polio. People have still held on to that panic. Nine-hundred and ninety-nine out of a thousand people that had polio thought they had the flu. It looked like the flu. There was a very tiny percentage of patients that actually developed paralytic polio. The amount of people that had polio, at its epidemic, was two weeks of patients that have died from cancer.
So things started to get strange when they started to use antibiotics on viruses, and they knew they had to make a choice… restrict antibiotics or develop a vaccine. Polio was going up, [then] the trend [went] down. If you look at history, diseases have been cyclic throughout history. What actually stopped most of the diseases, what the doctors like to credit for, was sanitation, sewage control, refrigeration, central heat. When you watch Gunsmoke days, and you look at the nice little town, they had open sewers in that town. This was absolutely a disgusting place to live.
Those involved with the [polio] vaccine, Dr. Salk, Bernice Eddy, Sarah Stewart… these were brilliant women whose place in history has absolutely been neglected. [The] Salk polio vaccine was rushed into production. We had a president that had polio, the public was being… you know, it’s like terrorism, it’s like drugs, it’s like the swine flu… We’ve also seen these panics before, and we’re kind of getting tired of the panics.
Dr. Salk had strains, these polio strains, that would be inactivated with formaldehyde and injected in the children. Just before they did release this, Dr. Bernice Eddy, a brilliant bacteriologist at the National Institutes of Health, she was told, you’d better safety test this new Salk vaccine. She discovered faulty batches of the vaccine. What she found was the virus wasn’t dead, was still alive and able to breathe. When she tried it on her monkeys, they were paralyzed in the cages. She tried to delay the release of the vaccine. A handful of prominent doctors stepped in to throw their weight on the reputations on the side of the vaccine.
Dr. Alton Ochsner was a major stockholder and the past president of the American Cancer Society. He was so convinced of the vaccine that he pulled the entire medical staff together at Tulane University, he vaccinated his grandchildren, he killed his grandson in 48 hours, and his daughter got polio and was paralyzed. Forty-eight hours. By the way, the kid went on to sue Cutter Labs where [the vaccine] was made, and that was thrown out.
Despite that, the mass inoculation proceeded on schedule, and within days children fell sick from the polio—some crippled and some died. It was the biggest fiasco in medical history. There were lawsuits everywhere. The director of the NIH resigned. The Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare stepped down. Old tricky Dick, Richard Nixon, was given the job of restoring the reputation of the National Institutes of Health back in 1955.
Bernice Eddy was taken off polio research and transferred to the influenza department, where she meets Sarah Stewart. These become lunch partners. Sarah Stewart proved that some cancers are caused by viruses, as well as discovery of DNA recombination, which is still used today. In 1957, they named it polyoma… a virus-causing cancer was called polyoma. Sarah Stewart and Bernice Eddy discovered this virus was causing multiple cancer tumors in a small variety of mammals. It was the first time one virus caused cancer in several different species. She then took suspensions of the materials from these kidney cell cultures and injected them into hamsters, and the cancers grew in the hamsters.
Now, the problem was the vaccine manufacturers had grown their polio viruses on the kidneys of monkeys, and when they removed the polio virus, an unknown number of other monkey viruses came with it. The more they looked, the more they found… Medical science knew little about the behavior of these monkey viruses. This was a watershed event in cancer research in 1959. Now, to this day, when you go into the doctor and ask how did I get this cancer, viruses have been a major player and they can’t talk about it because of something that happened to you.
In 1959, Bernice Eddy, confronted with overwhelming evidence, came to the conclusion they had just inoculated an entire generation with cancer-causing monkey viruses. She was the first one to predict an epidemic of cancer in the future. Soon, the research identified an Asian monkey as the natural host of the cancer-causing polyoma virus, and gave the virus a less hysterical name: SV-40. You know why they called it SV-40? Cause they found 39 viruses before this one.”
— R.E Tent, DC, ND, PhD