What is polio?

POLIOMYELITIS is an enterovirus (ie tummy wog) of the picornavirus family. There are 3 strains of polio Types 1, 2 & 3 – and having polio does not protect us from the other 2 strains. NB polio can be caught from the nappy of a child who has been vaccinated with Sabin (a live weakened virus) forContinue reading “What is polio?”

Carnitine and pregnancy

The Swiss based company Lonza announced that a new study observed that supplementation with L-Carnitine during pregnancy can significantly reduce the increased level of plasma free fatty acids, which is considered the main cause of insulin resistance, a major factor in gestational diabetes in pregnant women. This company- supported study conducted at the University ofContinue reading “Carnitine and pregnancy”

June 2022 Newsletter

There’s lots in this newsletter to help get you through the cold-and-flu season, as well as some very useful old-fashioned recipes and remedies. One of our office volunteers fell over at home a few weeks ago, fracturing her polio leg above the knee. Luckily she only had to wait 15 minutes for an ambulance! WhenContinue reading “June 2022 Newsletter”


Post polio literature has for many years, mentioned polio survivors experiencing fibromyalgia. In Western Australia we have been successfully treating this with large doses of supplemental magnesium chelate. Taking this with Vitamin C is helpful to control the pain and help absorption. Manganese stops the stiffness we get after sitting for a while. Magnesium, boronContinue reading “Fibromyalgia”

Digestive problems

We often think about what we eat only when we are worrying about our weight. Especially around Christmas time! Taurine can also be helpful for liver and gallbladder problems. There are some ways we can identify possible deficiencies or excesses. If you are suffering from particular digestive problems such as reflux, food cravings, or dehydrationContinue reading “Digestive problems”

Information for clinicians

J. M. Walker, PhD, PT, C. McGowan & G. VardySchool of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University Leaflet published by Nova Scotia Polio Survivors Support Group, 1996Lincolnshire Post-Polio Library version by kind permission of J. M. Walker Concerns of Polio Survivors that may require attention As a result of the polio epidemics in the 1940’s to 1961 affectedContinue reading “Information for clinicians”

Medications after Polio

Susan Perlman MD This article is reprinted from “Polio Network News”, Winter 1999, Vol. 15, No. 1, with permission of Gazette International Networking Institute (GINI), 4207 Lindell Blvd., #110, Saint Louis, Missouri 63108-2915, USA. Permission to reproduce the article must be sought from GINI. I have tried to find the source so that it couldContinue reading “Medications after Polio”