The Kenny Method of Treatment

Another piece of lost history (on purpose)  on the infantile paralysis  fraud of the 1950s they don't want you to know about.


Thomas Rivers, Jonas Salk and their band of liars were promoting the cause of polio by a virus They had convinced the medical profession of that nonsense, then along comes a Nurse from Australia and discovers both the cause and cure of infantile paralysis. And if you have read my page on virus you know that was not a cause of natural disease. Only when injected did the poison cause disease artificially.


From the book, straight from the source, by the scientist who made, sold and profited by lying to the entire medical profession.


If I put a word or sentence in caps, please re-read and think about it.  If I use this(  ) that comment is mine.




By Don W. Gudakunst, M.D.

Medical Director, The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.


October 1942




The Kenny Method of Treatment


While studies of the means of spread are carried on and while work is being done to find a chemical cure for this crippling infection, still other workers are striving to improve the methods of treatment.


     Much has been written about the Kenny method of treatment for infantile paralysis.(notice they are not using the word polio) Newspapers, magazines and scientific journals all have carried articles dealing with this form of treatment introduced into America by Miss Elizabeth Kenny, the Australian nurse. There still is some confusions as to what is done, why it is done and what the end results are.


      To understand how a nurse could present a form of treatment superior to that long advocated by the medical profession calls for a word of explanation about that nurse.


       Miss Kinney years ago acquired a truly remarkable knowledge of anatomy and of muscle function. This came as the result of persistent study plus a real interest in things mechanical. Miss Kenny is one of those persons with real mechanical ability. Trained in a different direction, she might well have become a famous inventor. As it is she has designed several items which are of great service.




Before the last war, while serving as a community nurse in a remote part of Australia far removed from all medical help, Miss Kenny was faced with an epidemic of infantile paralysis. She asked for medical advice and assistance. She was told to go ahead on her own and do the best she could as there was no cure. This was a disease with which she was not familiar. She did not know just what to do. She had no definite directions to follow. She therefore examined her patients, looked at them with eyes and a mind trained as a nurse but backed by that inherent mechanical ability. Looking at her patients she saw not only children suffering from pain in muscles, but she also saw a series of levers, pulleys and a mechanical system. Something had gone wrong with the mechanism of motion of the human bodies of these people. Arms, legs, hands and feet could not move.




To Miss Kenny this was mechanical, not particularly mysterious, and to her there was certainly nothing hopeless about the situation. She saw that muscles were painful and sore, that they were hard, contracted and in spasm, pulling the opposite muscles out of shape so that they could no longer function. What did she do? She applied heat. She tore up old blankets, wrung them nearly dry out of very hot water. She repeated this hour after hour and it relieved the pain. The patients felt much better when the hot packs were applied.


    Gradually the pain and spasm relaxed, but arms and legs, hands and feet could not move. Gently, very gently Miss Kenny moved them for her patients, moved them so the patients would not forget how to do so by themselves. With infinite patience she taught them motion. She was equally persistent in preventing muscles from trying to do that for which they were not intended. The paralyzed child in his tremendous effort to regain lost power would bring into play muscles that had no part in the picture, leaving the functionless muscles out of the picture entirely.




The technique of applying heat to relieve pain and the business of re-educating muscles after the pain and spasm has disappeared was not founded upon any knowledge of physiology or pathology of the disease. But it worked. Miss Kenny found that her patients recovered far better and to a greater extent than those treated by rigid rest and immobilization under the direction of the surgeons and physicians of her country. Most of her patients recovered, while many of the others after long months in splints and plaster casts remained crippled and deformed.




In 1940 Miss Kenny came to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, bearing letters of introduction from her Premier in Queensland, Australia. Later she was established at the University of Minnesota, supported in her work ENTIRELY by funds from the National Foundation. A program for the study of her results was carried out for the purpose of testing the claims advanced. And she was provided with patients so that the observers could determine if she could produce results that were better than had been previously achieved. Full cooperation was given by the University's departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Physical Therapy.


   At the end of the year a special medical committee, appointed by President Basil O'Connor, reported on these results. This report was favorable and in substance, said that Miss Kenny had  been able to do better with her patients than had anyone heretofore. More patients were made available to her and still further study was carried on at the Minneapolis General and the University of Minnesota Hospitals. At the Foundation's Annual Medical Meeting in December 1941, her work was again reviewed by the Medical Advisory Committee. To the very best of our ability we have

carried out the specific recommendations which were made at that time. They were as follows:


   "The Committee on Epidemics and Public Health and the Committee on Education recommend to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis that public health officials throughout the nation be given, as promptly as possible, information which may be available regarding the nature of the Kenny technique and its integration with other measures of treatment, and the personal available for the application in outbreaks of infantile paralysis

    ".The Committee recommended furthermore tat the training program of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis be expanded to provide additional training for considerable numbers of nurses and physical therapy technicians, and recommend expansion of the training program so as to make available additional personnel fully trained in the essentials and principles of the Kenny method.


   " The Committee recommend furthermore that the Committee of Medical Publications of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis consider immediately the development of a concise manual providing the essential principles and details of the Kenny method and of other applications of hydrotherapy and physical treatment in the early stage of infantile paralysis."


  PHYSICIANS HAD ALWAYS BEEN TAUGHT THAT INFANTILE PARALYSIS WAS REALLY PARALYSIS. ( Not taught to think, just believe. The same as we have all been programmed to believe in germ theory and live virus) KENNY CLAIMED THAT INFANTILE PARALYSIS WAS RARELY PARALYSIS, BUT WAS REALLY SPASM OF MUSCLES. This was an exactly opposite concept. Physicians used a method of treatment which consisted of immobilization by casts and splints. Kenny contended that these were all wrong for they merely increased the spasm and led to  contractures and permanent deformities. According to her, the thing to do was to apply heat to relax the spasm and then start very early passive and active motion followed by re-education of the involved muscles.


   Quickly, with aid from the National Foundation, men of science took this problem into their laboratories. Time has not been permitted for evaluation of all points, but certain things have been brought out showing that Kenny's CLAIMS ARE ON A SOUND FOUNDATION. 




In one laboratory equipped with delicate electrical instruments, the strength of nerve impulses was determined in both paralyzed muscles and in those in spasm. As an impulse to produce motion travels downs the course to a muscle, minute electrical currents are generated. These can be picked up and magnified, as are the waves coming to a radio receiving set. they can be measured, recorded photographically, studied and analyzed. It was found that many muscles which were unable to move were not truly paralyzed in the sense that their nerves were destroyed, but were in spasm. Nerve impulses still were being sent to them, but these did not produce motion.


   In the same laboratory, heat was applied after the Kenny manner, to some of these muscles. They showed recovery of their ability to transmit nerve impulses in a normal way and once more to have these impulses translated into useful motion. Other sick muscles were not treated. After long weeks they still showed their spasm! HERE WAS THE FIRST REAL PROOF THAT Miss Kenny WAS TREATING A CONDITION WHICH ACTUALLY DID EXIST!


    Let it not be misunderstood-there may be true paralysis. In some cases the disease is so severe and the destruction of nerve cells is so complete that there is true paralysis. Nerves are dead. They transmit no impulses to muscles. Neither the Kenny method, nor any other, can restore life to nerves that are dead. Here the damage is permanent. Only surgery and mechanical bracing with steel and leather can provide support and some degree of function in this form of crippling.


( In 1952 the Rockefeller con-artist reported 21,269 cases of paralytic polio. With a population of 167 million it was a rare condition. So how many of those 21,269 would fall into Sister Kenny's class. And the people who kept score were all under the thumb of Thomas Rivers)


  Other laboratories carried on studies. In the experimental animal, nerves to muscles were crushed or cut. This is as close as the experimenter can come to producing symptoms like those of infantile paralysis. The muscles supplied by these nerves were paralyzed, but the laboratorian  had not killed the nerve cells; he had only temporarily broken the pathway between nerve centers and muscles. NATURE REPAIRED THIS BREAK ; NERVE FIBERS REGENERATED.  Some of the experimental animals had their paralyzed legs placed in splints or plaster cast. Others were allowed to run free, moving about as best they could. The rate and degree of recovery of the two groups were compared. Those with the casts and splints, with complete "rest" of the paralyzed muscles, recovered more slowly and to a lessor degree than those that were not splinted.  ( A nice way of saying their way failed)    While theseanimals did not have infantile paralysis, and while they were not little children recovering from an acute illness, the two conditions were not two dissimar. At least it was shown that complete immobilization by mechanical means in such nerve injury cases caused damage. This offered further justification for Miss Keny's contention that splints and plaster cast should not be used in infantile paralysis.



   A great tribute must be paid to Miss Elizabeth Kenny of Australia, not only for her contribution of a new and improved method of treatment of poliomyelitis, but also for giving stimulus to a new line of scientific endeavor and research-research that may go far in supplying information to fill in the many gaps in our knowledge of this disease."


( This was the beginning of both the change in condition of the  disease. And the tribute she received was to have her method abandon for vaccines.)