Viral Link to AFM Sought in University of Alabama Study

Viral Link to AFM Sought in University of Alabama Study

The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) a five-year $10 million contract to study the polio-like condition known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), also sometimes referred to as acute flaccid paralysis (AFP).1 2

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “As part of the contract, UAB will organize and implement an international, multi-site study to learn more about the incidence and distribution of AFM and to better understand how the disease develops and progresses in children.” Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland is co-leading the study.1 2

The two principal investigators for the study are David Kimberlin, MD, professor of pediatrics at UAB and Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, MD, professor of neurology and pathology at Johns Hopkins.1 2

“Knowledge gained from this study hopefully will provide the foundation for future treatment studies of antiviral drugs. We hope to better understand why acute flaccid myelitis occurs and which children are most at risk, and to develop the biorepository and associated clinical database to understand what we can do about it in the future,” Dr. Kimberlin said.2

I am struck by the fact that Dr. Kimberlin apparently has already concluded that AFM is caused by a virus and is hopeful the study he is conducting will confirm the validity of that assumption. … “Knowledge gained from this study hopefully will provide the foundation for future treatment studies of antiviral drugs.”

Isn’t this a bit premature? The contract runs from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024 and the lead investigator is already saying that he hopes the study will confirm that the cause of AFM is a virus so that the U.S. government and pharmaceutical industry can come with an antiviral drug or vaccine to either prevent or cure the presumed viral infection. This should come as no surprise, given that Dr. Kimberlin’s fields of professional interest include “antiviral therapies, viral diseases, clinical research and trials design.”3 4

With such a remark by the person in charge of the study, the conclusion that the culprit behind AFM is a virus seems pre-ordained. If that isn’t enough, then consider that the focus of the study is to “review serious and life-threatening viruses in pediatric populations that could be connected to AFM cases.”2

In other words, this is not a broad study to investigate all possible causes of AFM, including environmental chemicals and vaccines, which can also cause paralysis. The study is not about finding the cause of AFM but rather finding a way to establish why a particular virus must be the cause of this devastating paralytic condition. Therefore, the UAB/Johns Hopkins-led study starts out with a clear bias.

This bias is difficult to explain in light of the CDC’s recent confirmation that in more than 99 percent of the confirmed cases of AFM identified in the U.S. since 2014, no virus was detected in the spinal fluid of the patients that could confirm a virus such as enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), as the cause of the paralysis. Despite this, EV-68 continues to be often mentioned as the most likely cause of AFM.5

The bias is also strange, given comments by the CDC’s Nancy Messonnier, MD that AFM “seems to be more of an autoimmune syndrome, as opposed to a direct result of a virus.” It is a “destructive disease of the neurological system,” she said. “If this virus (EV-D68) was causing this damage, we’d expect to be able to find the virus in the spinal fluid of most of these patients, and we’re not.”6 7

Dr. Messonnier, who is director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, has compared AFM to what happens with the autoimmune neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), in which the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system.6

GBS has been found to be causally related to vaccines, notably the inactivated influenza vaccine and the MMR II (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine. Cases of GBS have also been reported after hepatitis B, meningococcal polysaccharide, tetanus and polio vaccinations.6

So why such a heavy bias in favor of a virus as the cause of AFM? This is not the way a study is supposed to be conducted according to the scientific method. It is certainly not the way the scientific process is meant to work.


References:

1 Press Release. NIH awards contract for acute flaccid myelitis natural history study. U.S. National Institutes of Health July 23, 2019.
2 Koplon S. Researchers awarded $10 million to study acute flaccid myelitis. The University of Alabama at Birmingham July 23, 2019.
3
Definitive Contract HHSN272201600018C. GovTribe.com June 25, 2019.
4
David W. Kimberlin, MD. Children’s of Alabama.
5 Cáceres M. EV-D68 Virus Pushed as Cause of AFM Paralysis. The Vaccine Reaction July 29, 2019.
6 Cáceres M. AFM Compared to Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 21, 2018.
7 Cáceres M. AFM Not Transmissible from Human to Human Says CDC. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 7, 2018.

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5 Responses to "Viral Link to AFM Sought in University of Alabama Study"

  1. Karen Aenlle   August 15, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Looks like it’s going to be another colossal waste of money!

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  2. Janice Curtin   August 15, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I highly recommend that everyone involved, in fact everyone interested in children’s health read The Autism Vaccine, by Forrest Maready. He had produced remarkable research on the history of metals in medicine, including the aluminum added to the early diptheria shots.
    Arsenic, mercury, lead, and aluminum have been used and were a disaster. Now history is repeating itself with the use of mercury and aluminum. Much of the book is about polio and paralysis which as noted above has many causes, including pesticides and vaccines. You will learn the history of pesticides and paralysis.

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  3. jeanne' serrano   August 15, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Starting with paragraph 5 to end of article brings up excellent points of contention, considering the KNOWN HISTORY OF CDC SCANDALS, their LIES and COVER-UPS BY OMITTING CRUCIAL DATA (i.e., why are black infants 700 times more likely to come down with autism after MMR vaccines than white infants – WHY?) The fact the CDC wants to inoculate babies in the U.S. with over 60-vaccines before being allowed access to public schools is INSANE, yet its becoming mandatory will soon be implemented. Considering nanotechnology (miniaturized computers) can now be injected into the blood stream by a vaccine’s inoculation needle should give us parents pause to question, then investigate further how mankind had survived for so long without vaccinations, yet a protocol is now in place to inject over 60 vaccines into your child’s body. ASK YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR if he can tell you EXACTLY WHAT is in those vials sent him by the CDC? Because the issue has never been “whether to vaccinate or not” but has always been DO YOU KNOW OF EVERYTHING ELSE THAT IS IN THAT VIAL BESIDES THE VACCINE? It is only the mainstream (FAKE) news media who define the whole issue as “either/or” instead of demanding an answer to the ONLY QUESTION OF IMPORT to ask. DO YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS IN THAT CDC VIAL BESIDES THE VACCINE? Research the $4 BILLION paid out by the CDC to families for causing irreparable child casualties, including wrongful death.

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  4. Nick   August 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    The incidence of AFM is said to occur most commonly in late summer and early fall. What else happens in late spring and early fall? Back to school vaccines. AFM is also listed as an adverse event on some vaccine inserts.
    It is no surprise to me that this criminal industry, that is based on fraud, is working to direct attention away from the real cause of AFM, and working to label a virus as the culprit, even though no virus has been detected in 99% of spinal fluid taken from victims of AFM. If they can get away with implying that a virus is the cause, they hide the fact that vaccines are most likely the cause, and then can also market other vaccines or anti-viral medications to profit from, without addressing the real cause of this horrific injury.
    This industry is truly evil in its operations and cover-ups of the truth, about what is happening to our children because of useless, toxic vaccines that do nothing but harm, and create a society of unwell children to further profit from.

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  5. Kimmie   August 21, 2019 at 9:23 am

    “The two principal investigators for the study are David Kimberlin, MD, professor of pediatrics at UAB and Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, MD, professor of neurology and pathology at Johns Hopkins.”
    Remember now… Dr. Carlos Pardo is the same doctor who was in-charge of all those autism brains that were destroyed during a three day weekend when TWO alarms failed, destroying 10 years worth of autism research. He’s the fox in-charge of the hen house!
    FREEZER FAILURE at brain bank hampers autism research
    “The damage to these brains could slow autism research by a decade as the collection is restored, said Carlos Pardo, a neuropathologist and associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University.
    The collection, owned by the advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks, “yields very, very important information that allows us to have a better understanding of what autism is, as well as the contribution of environmental and immune factors,’’ said Pardo, whose 2004 study of brains stored in the bank was the first to find that autism involves the immune system. “The benefit has been great.’’
    Disease Expertise: Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, Clinically Isolated Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder, Optic Neuritis, Sarcoidosis or Neurosarcoidosis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Spinal Stroke or AVM, Transverse Myelitis. http://archive.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/06/11/freezer_failure_at_brain_bank_hampers_autism_research/?fbclid=IwAR02rK6vtiXq3brxqC67vUDcdEGAQFfrLUAgVb_Dsbu5tMl3sqrLrw1L4Nw

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