Images Of Poliomyelitis
A New Definition
After having criticized orthodox images of poliomyelitis it is apropos to suggest a new definition of polio:
1. Toxic Damage: Common neurotoxins such as chlorohydrocarbons which cause polio-like physiology and symptoms, begin to accumulate in the body. According to the rate of accumulation, and susceptibility of the victim, such as is with infants, sub-microscopic damage first occurs throughout the body, with critical damage most obvious in the central nervous system. This accumulation of poison and the subsequent nerve damage can be subtle, pervasive, and novel, and thus, during this cumulative stage, the body would not necessarily react violently or obviously to the influx of poisons.
2. Post-polio: Immediate emotional and somatic reactions occur in former victims of polio, because, though the accumulation of poisons and accompanying toxic damage may be subtle and pervasive, it is not novel to these persons. Thus the body, in its cellular tissues, with the advantage of recognition of prior toxic/polio experience, immediately responds with the SOS Response, proliferating viruses and engaging in the normal process of gene shuffling. This quicker reaction to "the second time around" is due to learning processes within cellular tissue itself (a phenomena, fundamental to behavioral science). Viral populations increase as part of the natural process of genetic recombination that cells undergo during critical damage. The fatigue associated with postpolio is due to the dedication of the mind and body's energies to these survival processes.
3. Attempted Catharsis: Occasional colds, flu symptoms, fevers, and allergies are signs that the body recognizes the influx of poisons. Occasionally, periods of increased microbial flora occur, as damage is encountered during inflammation. Catharsis and system adjustments attempt to keep the body functional as cells destruct and adjacent cells assume their functions. When damage become critical and immunity is deficient, microbe populations increase, feeding upon damaged matter that is created faster than the body can dispose. Diarhheal disease is present. Fever and vomiting occur.
4. Final phase: In the acute and final phase, critical damage becomes obvious to the bodily systems, as sodium ion channels in the axons of nervous tissue become unable to close, causing a constant open state and a corresponding buildup of excitatory neurotransmitters, such as quinolinic acid. These chemicals, at overly high levels, add to the ongoing dysfunction and disintegration of the nerve axons already caused by poisons.
5. Paralysis: If, through catharsis, the body is unable to avoid critical damage, then this level of damage to the nervous system becomes apparent to everyone, even medical diagnosticians, who promptly announce poliomyelitis, and recommend warm compresses, massages, and iron lungs.
6. Industry Response: If enough polio is present in the population, then an epidemic is proclaimed, a war is declared against rogue nucleic acid (viruses), mosquitoes, and flies. Media, government, poison and medical industries optimize their positions.
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