DDT/Polio: Virology vs Toxicology
The DDT/Polio thesis represents the major historical turning point for political criticism of the sciences of environment, epidemiology, and germ theory. It was brought to the public by the independent research of Jim West, first published in The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, June 2000. With three original articles published circa 2000, and with current (2014) updates, annotations and commentary, the author unearths a disconnected, buried science of polio, i.e., the 1950s arcana of Biskind, Mobbs and Scobey. With modern epidemiological graphs, with toxicological and virological insights, the thesis describes a human disaster resulting from the massive application of persistent pesticides circa 1945-1972. The oft-maligned Rachel Carson is effectively and simply defended. The author introduces strong arguments that enable a clear separation of science from politics within the areas of toxicology, virology and environmentalism, and the related topics, vaccination and immunology.