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Epistemological Disaster(1)

Janine Roberts:  Fear Of The Invisible (book, 2008)
Ch 5, "Polio and Pesticides", page 62

Abstract:  On page 62, Roberts falsely sums up Jim West's position on pesticides and polio, as if he did not realize that polio was being redefined.  This serves as a transition to the the next Chapter 6, "The Hidden Epidemic", where Roberts falsely solves the riddles of West's supposed limitations.  Roberts book Chapter 6 is based on Roberts' article (The Ecologist, 2004) of the same title, "The Hidden Epidemic". 

Here is last page (p62) of Chapter 5 of the book, the transition to Chapter 6.

Roberts' Transition To Chapter 6 Jim West Comments
1 Jim West has reported, "The decline of polio actually occurred after heated discussions regarding the dangers of DDT that began with in-house government/industry reviews of DDT in 1951, following Biskind and other's criticism of pesticides which began in 1949. These discussions were followed by a phase-out through industry compliance, a huge shift of sales to third-world countries, a phase-in of less-persistent pesticides, which was facilitated by legislation in 1954 and 1956, a renewed public image regarding the proper use and dangers of pesticides, the cancellation of DDT registration by 1968, and eventually the official ban of many of the persistent organochlorine pesticides by 1972 (in U.S. and developed countries). " Roberts completely misinterprets West by omitting West's nearby sentence,

"Central nervous system diseases other than polio continue in the U.S. and throughout the world: acute flaccid paralysis, chronic fatigue syndrome, encephalitis, meningitis, muscular sclerosis, and rarely in humans, rabies."

in order to set up the following critique of West (at left/down).


I was not convinced that the pesticide theory gave a full answer...

But had polio stopped?  I had another riddle to resolve that goes to the heart of the credibility of modern virology.  Despite all the work done to regulate pesticides, DDT is still widely used in the world.  So, why don't we have polio epidemics in the countries still heavily using it?

Roberts was obviously already aware of West's views that polio is a political construct, and that polio is toxicological, because Roberts had already copied West's analysis of two historical articles on the 1908 polio epidemics in Massachusetts, where West quotes Janeway and Emerson,

"We stand between Scylla and Charybdis. In the presence of an epidemic we are likely to call everything that bears the slightest resemblance to poliomyelitis a proved or almost proved case; and in the absence of an epidemic we are almost certain to fail to recognize cases which are perfectly definite examples of the disease." (Dr. Janeway, replying to Haven Emerson. From "The Recent Epidemic of Infantile Paralysis", which Emerson read before a meeting of The Johns Hopkins Medical Society, November 6, 1916) Today we know that no symptom (silent polio), the common cold, flu, fever, gastro-enteritis, meningitis, encephalitis all can be regarded as different stages of poliomyelitis, which at any stage can be regarded as abortive, if it does not continue to the more acute stage.

In that analysis Roberts had erased the above paragraph and all other signs of West, giving the impression Roberts discovered the included articles.  Both of those historical articles were written at a time before poliovirus causation was the dominant theory.  Roberts published text with West scrubbed out, to a prominent position in Roberts' "Polio Library", website page, with no credit to West.  Later a URL link was appended to West, and then the article removed.

Roberts then used West's unique toxicological analysis of the 1908 epidemics in Roberts' article for The Ecologist, and in Roberts' book ("Fear Of The Invisible"), while faking discovery of a toxicological cause for the 1908 epidemic, as if West never existed.

  [Roberts begins Chapter 6, "The Hidden Epidemic"] Roberts' article in The Ecologist article is a false statistical source.  See review of the "Hidden Epidemic".
1. Definitions of plagiarism are well stated, and thus apply as an element in a wider discussion.


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