According to a report compiled by the Secretary of the Interior in 1958, said polio became a problem after the 1940s, when chemical companies began to produce and use large amounts of DDT, heptachlor, dieldrin, tetraethyl pyrophosphate (TEPP), malathion, benzene hexachloride (BHC) and other pesticides on agricultural crops. Prior to that time, polio was not as virulent or problematic. As DDT and other pesticides were eventually phased out, cases of polio declined along with improvements in sanitation that played a major role in eradicating polio.
The first polio epidemic in the Philippines came with the introduction of the pesticide DDT near the end of WWII when American military sprayed DDT to combat flies. People living in the unsprayed areas of the Philippines remained polio-free. In 1944 we knew DDT damaged the spinal cord as in cases of infantile paralysis. The US military sold its DDT supplies and DDE after the war to the public who sprayed it near and far. Large amounts of DDT were found in cow’s milk, which cows including their udders were washed in, BUT the milk was blamed. The worst polio epidemic occurred in 1952 as a result of pesticide-contaminated milk, much of which ended up having to be quietly pulled from store shelves in subsequent years. This contaminated milk was said to be a primary CARRIER of the poliovirus.
Milk-induced disease outbreaks were responsible for the later creation of milk pasteurization mandates. But it was the pesticides TOLERANCE of the polio VIRUS, not the fact that milk was raw, that was responsible for spreading disease.
Right around the time that dangerous pesticides were being retired and sanitation was being improved, authorities released a polio vaccine to “eradicate the disease.” Revisionist history continues to fuel the myth that vaccines are responsible for eradicating disease. POLIO VACCINE caused many of the paralysis symptoms associated with polio. In India there has been a 1,200 percent increase in vaccine-associated polio paralysis (VAPP) since the massive polio vaccine campaigns throughout the country.