Foundation Publishes Provocative Article Suggesting a Need To Review Poliomyelitis Eradication Efforts

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Chronic Illness Research Foundation

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Chronic Research Illness Foundation (CIRF) released an article today entitled
 "Will the Poliovirus Eradication Program Rid the World of Childhood
 Paralysis?" (http://www.chronicillnet.org/articles/summary.html)  In this
 article, author Neenyah Ostrom comments on the failure of the poliovirus
 eradication program to rid the world of childhood paralysis.  According to one
 international paralysis tracking website, thousands of cases of childhood
 paralysis continue to be reported worldwide each year with no apparent
 association with the poliovirus.
     James Tuite, CIRF's Director for Interdisciplinary Sciences whose 1993 and
 1994 reports to the US Senate Banking Committee led to the discovery of the US
 government's mishandling of Persian Gulf War syndrome, calls this article
 "deliberately provocative."  He says in his commentary that, as a result of
 20th century efforts to eradicate polio, "countless lives have been spared,
 and nothing can undermine that accomplishment.  But though the world may be
 nearly scoured of poliovirus, it is not free from troubling increases in acute
 flaccid paralysis ... ."  Tuite adds, "Given the importance of the
 poliomyelitis eradication effort it is long past time to subject this old
 disease to new scrutiny using the tools of modern biotechnology."
     Howard Urnovitz, Ph.D., CIRF's Science Director, says, "As we apply the
 new technologies of genome science to the field of chronic diseases, we may
 find that the role played by environmental poisons has additional or even
 complementary impact in affecting the development and progression of these
 diseases similar to those properties once assigned exclusively to viruses."
 
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    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 Chronic Research Illness Foundation (CIRF) released an article today entitled
 "Will the Poliovirus Eradication Program Rid the World of Childhood
 Paralysis?" (http://www.chronicillnet.org/articles/summary.html)  In this
 article, author Neenyah Ostrom comments on the failure of the poliovirus
 eradication program to rid the world of childhood paralysis.  According to one
 international paralysis tracking website, thousands of cases of childhood
 paralysis continue to be reported worldwide each year with no apparent
 association with the poliovirus.
     James Tuite, CIRF's Director for Interdisciplinary Sciences whose 1993 and
 1994 reports to the US Senate Banking Committee led to the discovery of the US
 government's mishandling of Persian Gulf War syndrome, calls this article
 "deliberately provocative."  He says in his commentary that, as a result of
 20th century efforts to eradicate polio, "countless lives have been spared,
 and nothing can undermine that accomplishment.  But though the world may be
 nearly scoured of poliovirus, it is not free from troubling increases in acute
 flaccid paralysis ... ."  Tuite adds, "Given the importance of the
 poliomyelitis eradication effort it is long past time to subject this old
 disease to new scrutiny using the tools of modern biotechnology."
     Howard Urnovitz, Ph.D., CIRF's Science Director, says, "As we apply the
 new technologies of genome science to the field of chronic diseases, we may
 find that the role played by environmental poisons has additional or even
 complementary impact in affecting the development and progression of these
 diseases similar to those properties once assigned exclusively to viruses."
 
     Chronic Illness Research Foundation is a non-profit foundation in San
 Francisco, California.
 
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