On PBS tonight I watched “The Polio Crusade
”. It’s a half hour show and what an amazing story, what a similar fight as with CCSVI. Looking for awareness, funding, testing and answers. It was enlightening to me, I was only vaguely aware of Polio because I was born in 50’s so the scare was over but was still on our folks minds and I do have a bump on my left arm from my Polio vaccine shot. But I had no idea of the struggle and how “a single dime from each American” added up to the March of Dimes, and millions of dollars to fund the research that ultimately brought about the cure
Basil O’Conner - Was a man who was determined to find an end to Polio, he founded the March of Dimes as a way to raise the needed research money. He had two promising doctors doing the research with two very different ideas on how to approach the research, and what type of vaccines might work and just how and when to administer the vaccines.
Dr. Albert Sabin - Was working on a Live Vaccine that contained live polio and wouldn’t be ready for 5 to 10 years
. He felt that Dr. Jonas Salk was proceeding too rapidly. Dr. Sabin does everything in his power to undermine the work of Dr. Salk. He even goes so far are to say, “Vaccinating patients with Dr. Salk’s vaccine is a “Threat to human life”
and felt that testing on human patients was “ill-conceived
” and they should wait for his oral vaccine to be ready.
Dr. Jonas Salk - Was working on a Killed Vaccine which he said would stimulate the creation of anti-bodies in patients. He went on to vaccinate patients (They were called, Polio Pioneers
!) and after two years when they were re-tested, indeed they had anti-bodies present and had not contracted Polio.
If you get a chance to watch the segment, I think you’ll see the similarities in the struggle for research funds and answers in a timely manner!! Maybe someday the CCSVI Alliance
will be able to raise millions for continuing research.