Opportunity And Risks: An Emergency Approach
The strategies for Polio eradication will work when they are fully implemented. This is clearly demonstrated by India’s success in stopping Polio in January 2011, in arguably the most technically challenging place, and Polio-free certification of the entire South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization occurred in March 2014.
However, failure to implement strategic approaches leads to ongoing transmission of the virus. Endemic transmission is continuing in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Failure to stop polio in these last remaining areas could result in as many as 200 000 new cases every year, within 10 years, all over the world.
Recognizing both the epidemiological opportunity and the significant risks of potential failure, the new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 has been developed, in consultation with polio-affected countries, stakeholders, donors, partners and national and international advisory bodies.
The new plan was presented at a Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at the end of April 2013.It is the first plan to eradicate all types of Polio disease simultaneously, both due to wild Poliovirus and due to vaccine-derived Polio viruses.
Future benefits of Polio eradication
Once Polio is eradicated, the world can celebrate the delivery of a major global public good that will benefit all people equally, no matter where they live. Economic modelling has found that the eradication of Polio would save at least US$ 40–50 billion over the next 20 years, mostly in low-income countries. Most importantly, success will mean that no child will ever again suffer the terrible effects of lifelong Polio-paralysis.
Diet is major factor in Polio Prevention
A theory concerning a major cause for human infection with Polio has been advanced by Dr. Benjamin P. Sandler, of Asheville, N.C
Dr. Sandler, a recognized authority in nutrition research, was the first doctor to transmit Polio to the rabbit, believed to be immune, a test he completed in 1938.
His theory is two-fold, he believes he has found a major cause for Polio in humans, and he believes that preventive measures are simple, easy and quickly applicable.
Dr. Sandler believes that the major cause is the low blood sugar in the human body, caused, paradoxically as it may sound, by eating too many sweets and starchy food.
The preventive measures
Cut out foods containing sugars and starches.
(1) Eliminate from the diet sugar and foods containing sugar, such as soft drinks, fruit juices (except tomato juice), ice cream, cakes, pastries, pies, candies, canned and preserved fruits.(Saccharin may be substituted for sugar.)
(2) Cut down the consumption of starchy foods, such as bread rolls, pancakes, potatoes, rice, corn, cereals and grits.
(3) Substitute for such starch foods and starchy vegetables, tomatoes, string beans, cucumbers, greens, lettuce, turnips, carrots, red beets, cabbage, onions and soya beans.
(4) Do not eat fresh fruits or melons more than once a day, and then only in small quantities.
(5) Eat more protective protein foods, such as eggs, pork and beef products fish (fresh or canned), poultry milk, cream and cheese.