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AFM Polio

Watch out for the EV-infected feces of waterbirds!

   The recent reappearance of a new "Polio-like" illness in America should not be a mystery to anyone. In the 1950s, many local ponds and lakes were overrun with large populations of Mallard ducks, and it became a popular pastime on weekends for parents to drive their children to a local pond or lake to "feed the ducks" pieces of stale bread. Before long many young children fell victim to a paralytic muscle disease known as Polio. Polio soon began crippling or killing thousands of children across America. This disease produced general paralysis of major muscle groups within the body. If this disease attacked the muscles of the diaphragm, breathing could be negatively affected and result in the victim being confined within an "Iron Lung" machine. The original source of this epidemic was never identified.

   Doctors were not aware that when America's duck hunters were sent off to fight in WWII, populations of ducks along duck flyways in the U.S. started to expand exponentially, and nature was forced to step in with a plague to reduce duck numbers. Before long, the water in local ponds and lakes was polluted by the feces of tens of thousands of infected ducks and only a noseful of water ingested by a young child swimming at the local beach could produce paralysis of the limbs of an unsuspecting victim of this paralytic duck plague lurking in American ponds and lakes. (Polio = Duck Plague).

   In a similar incident that occurred two decades later, children in the southwestern part of Connecticut were falling victim to another zoonotic (animal-hosted) disease identified as "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis." It seems that New York City liberals were relocating into southwest Connecticut in large numbers, and a campaign against the killing of deer by deer hunters was quickly initiated. Soon Whitetail deer began to overpopulate that portion of the state. When this epidemic of "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis" began to spread eastward, some doctors in the small town of Lyme, Connecticut decided to investigate this epidemic, and soon determined that in all the cases the child involved had been bitten by deer ticks just prior to developing the disease. An overpopulation of White-tailed deer in southwestern Connecticut had forced nature to respond with a deer plague to bring the deer population back into balance with its available food supplies. Unfortunately, the same ticks that were so efficiently spreading the disease though the deer herds were also biting children who played outside. (Lyme Disease = Deer Plague)

   It seems that we now find ourselves in the same position as our European ancestors in the 1300s, who did not realize that unsanitary conditions in their cities had resulted in an overpopulation of rats. Nature activated the natural mechanism of disease to reduce rat numbers, but unfortunately the fleas that were so efficiently spreading the plague through the rat populations, also bit humans as well. The resulting rat (Bubonic) plague killed over a quarter of the human population of Europe. Today we sometimes look back upon the ignorance that was responsible for the deaths of over 70 million people in the rat plague epidemic of the 14th century. But what has changed? In the 1950s, doctors never figured out the original host animal for Polio. If they had, they'd have warned America's mothers to keep their children away from the EV-infected feces of the waterbirds at the local pond. In 1952 alone their ignorance was responsible for the deaths of over 3000 innocent children and adults.

   Today those same ponds that contained hundreds of Mallard ducks in the 1950s do not have a single resident duck. Whether this current AFM-Polio epidemic is the result of a current overpopulation of Canada Geese or Seagulls, still remains to be determined. But unlike Mallard ducks, these waterbirds poop not only in the water, but also on the sand of the beach. Mothers should beware of infected waterbird feces wherever it is found. It is unfortunate that modern medical professionals still remain blind to the workings of God's natural world and the vital role that disease mechanisms play in nature, and so have not been able to identify the original host animals for these modern zo-onotic episodes. If you want to learn more about how zo-onotic diseases can be avoided, click on the link below to order your book by Edward OLiver.






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