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Posted February 25, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Public health officials in California report a polio-like paralysis among as many as 25 children that has doctors perplexed. This nerve-paralyzing malady strikes after a brief illness and kids lose their ability to move their arms or legs.
Health officials say it definitely isn’t polio and they suspect it is caused by an enterovirus (stomach virus). Beyond that, doctors appear to be clueless. This story is making headlines worldwide.
So what could it be? Could it be a vaccine like the Swine Flu vaccine that caused a nerve paralyzing disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome in 1976? But Guillain-Barre produces a whole different set of symptoms.
Could it be something in foods that only attacks kids’ vulnerable immune systems? So far it’s not linked to any food common among those affected.
The very idea of a virus paralyzing kids by an unknown virus for which there is no known effective treatment is certainly scary.
But it took this journalist about 5 minutes to determine its most likely cause – Reye’s syndrome.
The National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE PLUS describes Reye’s syndrome as a malady that strikes young children who have been given aspirin to calm a fever during a bout of chicken pox or the flu.
Among symptoms commonly produced by Reye’s syndrome are “muscle function loss or paralysis of the arms or legs.”
Reye’s syndrome is known to stump the best medical investigators.
This reporter has linked Reye’s syndrome with a depletion of essential nutrients, particularly vitamins C and D, induced by the use of aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol). The use of these two fever-reducers is also linked to childhood asthma.
Some of the children treated for this new mysterious paralyzing viral outbreak have been treated with intravenous steroids which further depletes vitamin C and makes matters worse. The paralysis appears to be irreversible.
I pointed out in a report I wrote in 2009 that the 50 million deaths attributed to the 1918 Spanish flu were more likely caused by overdoses of aspirin during that time that depleted vitamin C. No flu virus has caused so many deaths since that time.
Don’t let your kids run out of vitamin C. It can be deadly or lead to permanent damage. Don’t use aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for fevers. High-dose vitamin D and/or ginger root will usually quell most fevers rapidly, without side effects. © 2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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