Saturday, October 20, 2018

Paralyzing Illness Incidents Spike in Children in 2014, 2016, and now 2018

AP (2018, October 17). Cause unknown: Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 U.S. states
NEW YORK – U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern.  At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 additional illnesses in those states are being investigated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016.

I first started seeing news reports on the "mysterious paralyzing illness" found in kids in 2014 but back then it was linked to Enterovirus 68.


The New York Times had a report Oct 2 2014 that summarized "expert" knowledge at that time regarding the the paralyzing disease

In that report, the Times interviews an enterovirus expert from Columbia University, Rafal Tokarz of the Center for Infection & Immunity at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Biographical notes describe Dr. Tokarz "as an enterovirus expert who has studied previous outbreaks of the disease, including a cluster of cases that he and his colleagues identified in New York City in 2009."

In the transcript, the journalist (A. O'Connor) asks Dr. Tokarz what distinguishes the outbreak:
Anahad O'Connor (2014, October 2). Enterovirus 68: What Experts Are Learning. The New York Times,
Q. Why is this outbreak so different than others? Is the virus evolving?
A. Absolutely. It is evolving. A hypothesis of mine is that the strain that’s circulating now probably is a novel variant. It may have mutated into something that’s more easily transmissible and more pathogenic. The virus is mutating, and there are a lot of different variants circulating around the globe.
We don’t know much about this particular strain because that data to my knowledge hasn’t been released yet by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But enteroviruses do change over time fairly rapidly. If you look at the strains that were circulating in the past, the strains from 10, 15 or 20 years ago, they’re very different genetically.
Ok so in 2014 a mutated form of enterovirus was suspected to be responsible for the terrible but low incident paralyzing condition.


The disease was reported again in 2015 and in 2016. Here is a sample article from 2016 as The Los Angeles Times describes a sudden spike in childhood paralysis cases linked to Enterovirus D-68:
Soumya Karlamangla. October 21, 2016. Her toddler suddenly paralyzed, mother tries to solve a vexing medical mystery. The Los Angeles Times,
Enterovirus D-68 was incredibly rare, almost never seen after it was first discovered in 1962 in four California children who had pneumonia. Though a cousin of poliovirus, it was only supposed to cause a runny nose and cough.... Between August 2014 and January 2015, 120 children in 34 states were diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, according to federal health officials. The median patient age was 7.
So, between August 2014 and January 2015 120 kids in 34 states were diagnosed with the median age of 7. The disease was then linked to Enterovirus D-68.


Now in 2018 reports of a "mysterious paralyzing" disease, with a median case age of 4, are disconnected from any discussion of the mutating enterovirus held accountable in mass media reports from 2014-2016.

As evidence of my claim, I present below the top 3 search results for a google search conducted this morning 10/20/2018 at 9:35 (AZ time). None of these results included discussion of the enterovirus-68 or Enterovirus D-68 as responsible for the disease paralyzing children (most detailed account offered by USA Today):
I wonder why the paralyzing illness has been disconnected from the enterovirus in the dominant mass media representations?


The CDC offers this information in an article titled "AFM Information
From August 2014 through September 2018, CDC has received information on a total of 386 confirmed cases of AFM across the US; most of the cases have occurred in children... 
CDC has tested many different specimens from AFM patients for a wide range of pathogens (germs) that can cause AFM. To date, no pathogen (germ) has been consistently detected in the patients’ spinal fluid; a pathogen detected in the spinal fluid would be good evidence to indicate the cause of AFM since this condition affects the spinal cord. 
The increase in AFM cases in 2014 coincided with a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness among people caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Among the people confirmed with AFM, CDC did not consistently detect EV-D68 in every patient. 
During 2015, CDC did not receive information about large EV-D68 outbreaks in the United States, and laboratories reported only limited EV-D68 detections to CDC’s National Enterovirus Surveillance System (NESS). During 2016, CDC was informed of a few localized clusters in the United States. Learn more about EV-D68.
What We Don’t Know 
Among the people who were diagnosed with AFM since August 2014: 
The cause of most of the AFM cases remains unknown. 
We don’t know what caused the increase in AFM cases starting in 2014. 
We have not yet determined who is at higher risk for developing AFM, or the reasons why they may be at higher risk. 
We do not yet know the long-term effects of AFM. We know that some patients diagnosed with AFM have recovered quickly, and some continue to have paralysis and require ongoing care.
So, the CDC suggests a link to the enterovirus but does not confirm it because of insufficient evidence.


I conducted a quick search of articles on enteroviruses. They are nasty and prone to mutation. Their effects include neurological ones, even with seemingly benign diseases, such as hand, foot, and mouth disease which is attributed to Enterovirus-71 (

The Wall Street Journal just reported on East Coast universities' efforts to contain a disease outbreak of Enterovirus-71, with John Hopkins reporting more than 100 cases ( ). 

So, there is an outbreak of Enterovirus-71 with possibility of  an Enterovirus-D-68 outbreak, although not yet confirmed by CDC so dropped from national news reporting.


Mutations in RNA and DNA occur randomly and in response to environmental exposures, especially exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

The precarious dance of life has always been energized and disrupted by radiation. Any increased level of radiation will disrupt precarious balances.

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster increased background radiation levels in the atmosphere significantly in 2011. Data from actual fallout samples indicate that the Fukushima produced a plume of cesium that was two to three MAGNITUDES higher GLOBALLY than the background levels caused by routine emissions, atmospheric testing, Chernobyl, etc:
Masson, et al (2011) Tracking of Airborne Radionuclides from the Damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Reactors by European Networks. Environ. Sci. Technol, 45 (18), 7670−7677.

The ocean is contaminated daily with Tritium, Radioiodine and Strontium, among other likely radionuclides, as TEPCO struggles to capture and contain unprecedented volumes of contaminated water at the site.

The Fukushima disaster is but one source point for increased electro-magnetic radiation exposure from human technologies. 

It has long been understood that viral mutation increases with increased levels of radiation exposure.

MORE research is urgently needed to study effects in real-world environments.



  1. No mention of diet as though what is eaten is incidental to health. Or of the water drunk or the air breathed. Perhaps these children were physically weak to begin with and contaminated by the usual processed foods.

    1. Yes for some reason these kids were vulnerable given the overall low incident of the paralysis syndrome. Their vulnerabilities are as of yet unknown but certainly other environmental stressors could well play a role....

  2. Thanks Weez. Yes, if the cause of an increasing disease trend cannot be attributed to "lifestyle" than it too often remains obscured....

  3. This graphic is incidence of myalgic encephalomyelitis in the 1980's. It is a chronic enteroviral infection of the nervous system. See how the previously existing epidemic spiked in 1986 with Chernobyl.

    1. Super interesting Bobby1. I have a grad student who is studying ME right now. I'll share your hypothesis.

    2. Aylward, R B;Hull, H F;Cochi, S L;Sutter, R W; et al (2000). Disease eradication as a public health strategy: A case study of poliomyelitis eradication. World Health Organization. Bulletin of the World Health Organization;
      2000; 78, 3; p. 285. Retrieved ABI/INFORM Collection October 26, 2018.

      Between, 1988 and 1999 there was a reported 95% decline in number of poliomyelitis cases globally, with an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to a significantly reduced ”estimated maximum of 20,000 in 1999, with the elimination of wild poliovirus from three of the five continents where it was endemic” at the outset of the World Health Assembly adoption of it eradication in 1988 (page 286).

  4. Trump to use emergency powers in October to mandate the bailout of nuclear power and coal power. It will force ratepayers to pay much higher rates as a mandate of supposed national security

  5. The worst case scenario has already occured in Japan. It can happen in America. What makes you foolish people think it will not?

    A fuel pool fire and or a meltdown. America is already inundated with radionuclides but, a flood will push it over the top. There will be a 60 thousand tons of high-level waste in New Mexico, by next year. Poorly stored in badly assembled cask. The lids of those said casks are not even sealed properly. 3 similar casks exploded in Idaho. What will happen, when a hundred explode outside in the Texas sun?

    It is like organ reserve. We are born with two of everything and a big brain and liver. When the creep goes to far, you just die or get cancer. It can happen here. The whole country a huge inflamed cancer cluster, irrevocably riddled with high percentages of birth-defects and sterility, like some towns in the United States, already are.

    There is the gate keeping propaganda, that Japan dodged a bullet. Many people here and there no otherwise. Minimizing, cover-up at it’s worse! It has always been that way with the nucleoapes
    There are enough radionuclides in Japan to wipe-it out 100 times over! It will not happen overnight. A slow hideous death-knell.

    The latest and largest nuclear waste scam in the USA is owned by Henry Kissinger, the worst neocon in history. Encoraged by Trump and Perry. Henry Kissinger NWO king. The b.s. memes do not even make sense anymore. It is a huge unregulated and poorly managed scam waiting to be catastrophic.

    Japan is a terrible mess.
    Watch Busby’s video about Cesium 137, in an apartment airfilter in Tokyo. Look at Kaltofen’s numbers, from car and air filters tested in Tokyo and Yokohama!

    There are many-many sick people in Japan. People get acute radiation sickeness with dust-storms and when it rains in Yokohama.
    It is getting worse.
    3 reactors, discharged their contents into the environment . 1 or more fuel pools with zirconium-clad rods, caught fire. A thousand times, worse than Chernobyl can be extrapolated simply by the volume of material released!
    Maybe it did not kill the Pacific all the way. It left hot spots

    The pacific is already badly damaged and, over-fished.
    The massive Fukushima tragedy did not help! The pacific is poisoned, from years of bomb testing, chemicals and, dumping of other radioactiive trash into it.

    The Pacific is big but, not too big to be affected by Fukushima.

    On the other hand, Japan is screwed. Most people with any sense would not visit Japan or a lot of places in Russia, China, even India but, most people are stupid or brain-washed or have short memories.

    Your fuhrer-man Trump is set to pass emergency legislation, to make it mandatory to subsidize coal and old- crappy reactors. Whether before or after the election. He has backed out of the nuclear treaty that banned medium range nuclear weapons!

    Trump is good biddies with Abe. He does nothing to block millions of tons of radioactive water, from being dumped into, the already sick Pacific Ocean.

    Trump always supports the proud boy browns shirts to go to the streets to foment racism and violence.

    If people protested nuclear in cities he would round them up and prosecute them with the rule-of-law. His supporters call for military tribunals on people like real antinuclear advocates. They are called instigators.

    Proud antinuclear advocates like Helen Calddicott are derogatorily referred to as Social Justice Warriors because, they talk against turning more areas in the USA and world into Nuclear- Industrial-Sacrifice zones.

    I guess the proud trump supporters calling for Tribunals, will have to extradite people like Caldicott and Busby. Why do so many of you people buy into those lies and that evil bullshit?

  6. Hospitals throughout the United States and Canada reported surges in patient volumes and resource utilization from August to "October, 2014. In the US a total of 1,153 infections were confirmed in 49 states, although this is an underestimate of the likely millions of cases that occurred but were not tested. "
    Fukushima, yes but also WIPP on 2/2014

  7. Clarification: The above reference was related to respiratory illness caused by the Enterovirus D68 during 2014




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