Viruses. Another Inconvenient Truth."
The following excerpt is from the talk by Dr. W. John Martin, MD PhD,
at a Conference "Autism Hope and Treatment," held in Madera
CA, March 30-31, 2007. Dr. Martin is Director of the Institute of
Progressive Medicine. The talk was entitled "Stealth Adapted
Viruses. Another Inconvenient Truth."
The talk began with an overview history of poliomyelitis and the
development of polio vaccines. It identified several missteps in this
process including the decision to use freshly cultivated kidney cells
from monkeys, rather than a well characterized cell line, for vaccine
production. The issue of SV40 contamination of vaccines
produced in kidney cells of rhesus monkeys led to a switch in 1961 to
the use of African green monkeys.
In 1972 it was realized that African green
monkey kidney cell cultures were commonly contaminated with simian
cytomegalovirus (SCMV). Industry and the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) chose not to make this information public arguing that many
millions of doses had been used without signs of an acute CMV illness.
The possibility of SCMV causing chronic illness was seemingly not
considered even though other viruses were known at the time to become
latent in the body.
In 1991, Dr. Martin isolated a cell damaging virus from a patient with
the chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The virus was shown to be an
atypical CMV and, unequivocally, to have been derived from SCMV. The FDA
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were notified
of this finding with the clear inference that the virus probably came
from a contaminated polio virus vaccine. The virus caused a severe
illness in cats without evoking any inflammatory reaction; the usual
hallmark of an infectious disease. Dr. Martin reasoned that the virus
had possibly lost or mutated the relatively few viral genes that provide
the major target antigens for the cellular immune response. An analogy
is a terrorist who avoids homeland security by not wearing military
insignia. The terrorist can still cause extensive damage, as can viruses
that go unseen by the cellular immune system. Dr. Martin introduced the
terms "stealth" and "stealth
adapted" to characterize a generic grouping of viruses lacking
components for effective immune recognition. Many patients with complex
neurological and psychiatric diseases were shown by blood cultures to be
infected with stealth adapted viruses, some of which were unequivocally
derived from SCMV. As predicted, DNA sequencing of the stealth SCMV
virus confirmed the loss or mutation of the three major genes that code
for antigens normally targeted
by the cellular immune system.
The FDA and CDC were unwilling or unable to accept the concept of
stealth adaptation and have seemingly been hesitant to criticize
vaccines. By 1998, however, the decision was made to switch from using
live polio virus vaccines (Sabin type) back to formalin inactivated
killed polio vaccine (Salk type). Finally in 2002, FDA did examine older
lots of polio virus vaccines for DNA of SCMV. Three of 8 lots from the
mid-1970's clearly contained SCMV DNA. More extensive and similarly
positive results were obtained in British studies on their vaccines.
Human CMV is the most common infectious cause of infant deaths in the
United States, far exceeding that of infant AIDS (400 vs. _50).
Moreover, it is a common cause of mental retardation and/or hearing and
visual impairment, with an estimated 8,000 children affected annually.
Congenital CMV has been linked to several cases of autism. It is
negligence that FDA and CDC have not followed up on the finding of SCMV
DNA contamination to screen some of these children to determine if their
CMV is always of human and not simian origin. FDA has simply argued that
they could not culture virus from these old vaccines and yet, for
proprietary reasons, can not provide the contaminated vaccines for
independent virus culture studies.
Dr. Martin has reported isolating stealth adapted viruses from autistic
children. Congenital infection is consistent with the biochemical
evidence of neurological damage at birth in children who subsequently
become autistic. A viral infection can cause the diverse symptoms seen
in autistic children and can explain some of the illnesses seen in other
family members, including mothers. An underlying viral infection would
also be expected to predispose an individual to heightened
susceptibility to various toxins and to be also influenced by various
nutritional and genetic factors.
Dr. Martin expressed criticism of the "business of autism"
with the selling of products and services at excessive profits;
performing irrelevant laboratory tests; and the over hyping of various
supposed therapies. Few specialists are well qualified to address autism
as a potentially infectious disease of the brain. Unfortunately, some
practitioners are also engaging in financial kick-backs with little
regard for rigorous science and clinical validation.
In spite of the absence of an effective immune response, the body is
able to counter stealth adapted viruses through an alternative cellular
energy (ACE) pathway. Indeed, autism can be simplified to a problem of
insufficient cellular energy for optimal brain functioning. Various
natural products with ACE activity are available for clinical trails.
In summary, Dr. Martin expressed his strong belief that i) stealth
adapted viruses exist and can explain the increasing incidence of many
types of diseases including autism. ii) That the body has an auxiliary
defense mechanism that extends beyond the immune system that can provide
cellular energy for healing. iii) Enhancing this alternative cellular
energy (ACE) pathway will be useful in the prevention and therapy of
autism. Additional information on this talk and copies of the presented
slides are available at www.s3support.com E-mail enquires are welcome at
Please learn from our mistake and educate BEFORE you vaccinate!
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[Note UK did not cancel oral polio &
reinstate Salk injectable until c. 2004.
When I did locum in New Zealand in c.1986 GPs had been told to check
patients with ?ME, headache with swollen glands etc for cytomegalovirus
well as Epstein Barr virus as many were found positive for CMV. Does
mean NZ had oral polio contaminated with SCMV like UK & USA????? -
Dr Dick van Steenis]