Sunday, 22 January 2012

Gulf War Syndrome Killing Our Own

For a while, I had wondered what had become of Gulf War Syndrome. I recall the days when this first emerged and was an almost catchphrase expression, with the regular comparison to M.E. I feel very ignorant in that it turns out that Gulf War Syndrome is far from a fad expression. Having just watched an online documentary about Gulf War Syndrome (thanks to Facebook group FMS/CFS/ME Information), it seems that the legacy extends far beyond a few thousand 'fatigued' troops. Evidence now points to Gulf War Syndrome being a result of radioactive poisoning (from depleted uranium) and/or the multiple vaccines that the troops were typically administered. It turns out that a lot of the vaccines had not been properly tested, and some contained a heady mix of genetically modified biological agents that were more potently pathogenic and more readily able to supress the immune system. Mention is made of mycoplasmal infections - these viral agents were also referred to in the talk by Dr. Montoya that I discussed previously below.

Gulf War Syndrome never went away. The longer term side effects have included disabilities, and children born with high rates of rare cancers and autistic spectrum disorders. The troops receiving these vaccines were essentially guinea pigs. To add insult to injury, the US government still continues to deny what they really know about the vaccines, and have often attributed the symptoms to post-traumatic stress disorder, offering psychotic drugs to 'alleviate' symptoms.

This reminds us that many M.E. sufferers have reported their symptoms becoming onset following one or more vaccinations. In my own case, my M.E. seems to have originated somewhere between a case of broncho-pneumonia and a set of routine vaccinations administered a couple of months later. Ironically, I recall asking the nurse administering the vaccines at the time whether she felt that it posed any risk to the immune system to receive multiple vaccines in one session. She said not at all. I wasn't even 20 years old at that point, but I can remember asking that question so clearly. Although I am no physician, I feel it's just plain common sense not to have multiple vaccines administered in one session, since it overstresses the immune system. You should also research your vaccines thoroughly, and even consider not getting vaccinated at all against something that poses an unlikely risk. This is not all-out advice to ignore serious diseases, many of which ARE fatal, but I just know that from previous travel advice to get vaccinated for certain countries, for example, the reality is that having traveled to some of the regions where the advice was aimed at, that the people who gave that advice had clearly never traveled to that particular region, and had no idea of how advanced the country actually was in terms of hygiene practices. For the past few months, I have been considering getting the hepatitis vaccine set, but have now decided to not get them since there is relatively little longterm information available on the vaccine available at my clinic, and I just have to therefore be very rigid with hygiene practices. Only when I feel that I am in a more obvious risk zone will I venture into getting the vaccines again. I will also make sure that I re-research for any more up-to-date data available for the vaccine that I aiming to get.

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