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04 April 2009

Gulf War Syndrome Forever

from Strategy Page

Over two years ago, the American National Academy of Sciences (NAS), acting at the behest of Congress, completed its study of the "Gulf War Syndrome" and found that the condition does not exist. 

What does exist is a large number of illnesses resulting from Americans visiting an area containing many diseases and dangerous conditions that are unfamiliar to science and American medical practitioners. Similar situations occurred every time U.S. troops went to exotic locales in the past. It happened during the Spanish-American War (1898) and World War II (for troops in the Pacific, North Africa, the Persian Gulf, India and so on.)

1 comment:

  1. I suggest you check out the more recent congressional report entitled "" and found at http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/ published in Nov of 2008

    A few fun facts from the summary alone:

    - "Gulf War illness, the multisymptom condition resulting from service in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, is the most prominent health issue affecting Gulf War veterans, but not the only one."

    - "Gulf War illness is a serious condition that affects at least one fourth of the 697,000 U.S. veterans who served in the 1990-1991 Gulf War."

    - "Gulf War illness fundamentally differs from trauma and stress-related syndromes described after other wars."

    And to avoid the confusion, page 23 the reads that the media labelled it syndrome and whilst the government calls it illness. It is same thing, just semantics in naming.

    I am also a medically retired vet who served from 88 through 91 in the 82d, in theatre from Aug 90 from the start to Apr 91. I served again from 94 to 99 when I was medically retired for a slew of health issues all listed in this report.

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