Polio or poliomyletis to give it its full name, is a viral infection (poliomyelitis) that can cause a wide range of symptoms, ranging from general mild illness to paralysis.
Mild symptoms, which primarily occur in younger children, include sore throat, fatigue, fever, headache, and vomiting that usually occur three to five days after exposure to the virus and last for 24-72 hours.
Severe symptoms, which primarily affect older children and adults, include fever and muscular paralysis. Central nervous system symptoms can also occur, such as deep muscle pain, tingling and hypersensitivities of skin, meningitis (inflammation of the outer coverings of spinal cord and brain), severe stiff neck and backache, fever, severe headache, generalized muscle aches, and possibly widespread muscle twitching. These symptoms can arise very rapidly and result in serious weakness and/or muscular paralysis. The lower limbs are the most commonly affected. If the infection spreads to the brain, there may also be difficulty in swallowing and in breathing.
Note: Recovery from minor polio is total and lasting, whereas recovery from major, paralytic polio only occurs in approximately 50 per cent of cases. Of the remaining cases, 25 per cent suffer from minor residual muscle weaknesses, 15 per cent are left with severe muscular disabilities, and 10 per cent eventually die. Years later, even in patients who have totally recovered, a relapse called a “post-polio” episode can occur, with accompanying muscular weakness and pain.
Caution: Polio is not a disease that can be treated alone. Seek prompt medical attention.
The exact causes of post-polio syndrome (PPS) are unknown. The main theory is that PPS may be caused by the gradual deterioration of nerve cells in the spinal cord (motor neurones), which were damaged by the polio virus.
PPS is not contagious. The theory that the polio virus may lay dormant in your system after the original infection has been disproven.
Motor neurone cells are used by your brain to send signals to your muscles. These cells are targeted by the polio virus.
A polio infection can damage motor neurone cells, leading to a shortage of motor neurones. To compensate for this shortage, the body will enlarge the remaining motor neurones, leading to a recovery of movement in the affected limbs.
It is thought that the high use of these enlarged motor neurones may weaken them and, over many years, the cells may start to break down. This leads to the symptoms of muscle weakness, muscle wasting and fatigue.
This theory would also explain why PPS can take years to appear, and often has slow and progressive symptoms with periods where normal activity is possible.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
Eat an organic, whole foods diet with foods rich in magnesium, such as dark green leafy vegetables.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
The following nutrients can help relieve polio symptoms: magnesium and niacin (taken four times daily to keep blood levels high and to increase muscular strength and motion, and to decrease pain). Take for two weeks, then stop taking niacin for one week, and repeat this cycle as needed.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Ayurveda offers a healing regime that repairs the damage wrought by the disease.
This takes two forms – herbal remedy and intensive Ayurvedic massaging.
The herbal remedies can eradicate internal disorder and strengthen the immune system.
Massage alleviates the on-going pain and any paralysis that may have occurred. In this instance intensive massages repair the dead and wasted muscle.
Massaging also allows the affected area or joint to receive nutrients which can expel toxins.
This method is known as Pindasvedka or Navarakizhi.
This treatment revitalizes mainly the skin and is also used with Ayurvedic anti-ageing treatments. However in achieving this it also rejuvenates dead and wasted muscles which is why it is used as a remedy for paralysis, which is why it used on polio sufferers.
Pindasvedka or Navarakizhi is a simple remedy consisting of medicated rice.
The rice provides carbohydrates which rejuvenate the affected areas when applied.
A fine cloth of the medicated rice solution is placed upon the patients’ body. This creates gradual warmth and is applied until the patient builds up a great sweat. The act of sweating expels the toxins and in doing so begins to rejuvenate the affected areas.
The Ayurvedic way to alleviate the pain caused by polio and to treat it is mainly massage-based.
But the imbalances caused by the pitta-vatta-kamba shift that disrupts the internal systems of a polio sufferer can be put right by ingesting certain herbs and spices.
They can be added to cooking and will aid the healing processes of paralysis sufferers.
The herbs and spices recommended in the Ayurvedic cure for polio are:
- Black pepper
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Acupuncture has proven beneficial in alleviating symptoms . In TCM, the following herbs are also used in the treatment of post-polio syndrome: Herba Epimedii, Ramulus Cinnamomi, Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae, Rhizoma seu Radix Notopterygii, Scorpio, Ramulus Taxilli, Radix Paeoniae Rubra, Bombyx Batryticatus, Lumbricus.
Dang Gui and Hua Tou Jia are also sometimes recommended.
The anti-viral essential oils used for the treatment of polio include Lemon, ylang ylang, frankincense, wintergreen, birch, myrtle, Cyprus, myrrh, tarragon, sage.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Lathyrus has been successfully used as a preventative measure.
The following herbs are often used and recommended for treating post-polio syndrome:
Arillus Myristicae, Elephant Creeper, Nutmeg, Saffron, Serpentine.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong –I s a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Bodywork: The Feldenkrais Method is often recommended for the treatment of post-polio syndrome
Fasting: This can be beneficial but should be carried out under the supervision of a licensed practitioner
Hypnotherapy: This can be valuable in increasing motivation for rehabilitation
Vitamin C cured polio during the 1948-1949 Outbreak: www.naturalnews.com/035696_polio_vitamin_C_history.html
World Polio Day: www.britishpolio.org.uk/news/latest-news/world-polio-day.html
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Untested vaccines causing polio epidemic: www.naturalnews.com/035627_polio_vaccines_paralysis_India.html
The lie about the polio vaccine: www.naturalnews.com/031564_Jonas_Salk_medical_experiments.html
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Essential Oils www.amoils.com