May 19th, 2011
Yep, don’t say “DU!
They talk about cigarette smoke like that could cause 7X more problems than here… it’s the poisons of war…. and the infants in these places, the ones we’re supposedly fighting for, are 10X or 100X or even more susceptible to these poisons than even our young men and women are, because being 18 or 20 is a lot better than being 18 or 20 DAYS old, for instance, when in comes to the body’s ability to resist (or at least survive) biological, chemical, and radioactive poisons.
Every war these days is a war on humanity. War is incredibly unclean. Among the first things we bombed in Iraq were sewage treatment plants, for goodness’ sake! That’s germ warfare right there, just done in such a way as to make it legal and “legitimate” We bombed electrical generating stations (would we have skipped nuclear ones, or wouldn’t it have mattered if we destroyed the grid and caused them to melt down anyway?). We bombed hydroelectric plants, dikes, power distribution stations, and even transmission towers, causing widespread disease, suffering, hardships and “collateral” deaths.
Is this the “good” war we’re told our soldiers are fighting? And what gets thrown in a “burn pit” anyway, that would be considered hazardous waste here?
At 04:12 PM 5/19/2011 -0700, viviane lerner sent:
Just don’t say DU…
Iraq, Afghanistan wars spawn new disease
Published: May 18, 2011 at 8:01 PM
DENVER, May 18 (UPI) — Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are at risk of a new disease researchers say they have named Iraq-Afghanistan War lung injury.
Dr. Anthony Szema of Stony Brook University Medical Center and Dr. Cecile S. Rose of National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado in Denver are leading a session at the American Thoracic Society in Denver that describes the ailment among soldiers deployed to these countries in the Middle East and Asia.
“Not only do soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan suffer serious respiratory problems at a rate seven times that of soldiers deployed elsewhere, but the respiratory issues they present with show a unique pattern of fixed obstruction in half of cases, while most of the rest are clinically reversible new-onset asthma, in addition to the rare interstitial lung disease called non-specific interstitial pneumonitis associated with inhalation of titanium and iron,” the researchers say.
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans face numerous respiratory threats including: dust from the sand; smoke from burn pits; aerosolized metals and chemicals from bombs; blast overpressure or shock waves to the lung; outdoor aeroallergens such as date pollen, indoor aeroallergens such as mold aspergillus, vehicle exhaust and tobacco smoke, Rose says.
Making it harder for researchers is that “there is a lack of pre-deployment lung function data, making it impossible to determine the extent of the damage that these exposures can cause, Rose says.
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