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Is the Door Closed on Squalene and Gulf War Syndrome?

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I remember hearing about the Gulf War Syndrome when I was a kid. There were fears Iraq had employed chemical weapons that were causing things like chronic fatigue, rashes, hair loss, muscle pain, and neurological / neuropsychological signs. We had won the war, but there seemed to be fear in the back of everyone’s minds that the worst was yet to come.

Then, it disappeared. I didn’t hear anything about it. I was young and not particularly active in seeking out news on this sort of thing, but clearly I would have heard something if it turned out hundreds of thousands of soldiers were suffering from the effects of chemical weapons.

On the contrary, it appears people still don’t know what the deal is. Some people think the whole thing is made up. The government’s website says the evidence is unclear, but a huge report released in 2008 by the federally mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses states: 25% of the 697,000 Persian Gulf veterans have the condition and the evidence leaves no question “Persian Gulf War illness is a real condition with real causes and serious consequences for affected veterans.”

One interesting portion of the government report is more than 25 pages investigating vaccines and vaccine adjuvants. There is a good amount of information there on one of these adjuvants: squalene. Apparently, a number of studies have been done investigating the correlation between squalene antibodies and Gulf War Syndrome issues – most notably one in 2000 by Dr. Asa and Tulane University. The government report notes many points that both support and detract from the correlation in that study, but in the end still concludes:

The Asa/Tulane studies may have correctly identified excess rates of squalene antibodies in ill veterans, whether or not they were caused by vaccines, by vaccine contamination, or by clandestine use of an unapproved adjuvant. It is important to determine whether the observed association between squalene antibodies and Gulf War illness is supported, or refuted, by more definitive research.

Now that the swine flu vaccine is making the rounds, people are taking different positions on the use of squalene. Canada has included squalene in their H1N1 vaccines – and some there are making the claim that the squalene links to the Gulf War Syndrome “have been shown to be false.” I found conflicting information on whether or not there will be squalene in the U.S.-distributed vaccines, but it’s clear some think it could make the vaccine more dangerous than the flu it is supposed to protect against.

And then you have the World Health Organization saying things like, “The absence of significant vaccine-related adverse events following [over 22 million] doses suggests that squalene in vaccines has no significant risk.” With so many potential long-term adverse effects (e.g., arthritis, alzheimers, diabetes) and without studies available, how can they feel comfortable making that sort of claim? (It reminds me of an insert I recently read the insert accompanying a diptheria/tetanus vaccine, where the practitioner was advised of many potentially serious side effects – and to not administer the vaccine if the patient had experienced any of them in the past. That’s it. Where does that leave those being vaccinated for the first time? And what if the serious consequences take longer than a few months to show themselves?)

Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems to me the door is still very much open…

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AspartAme by Occams

I heARD A THEORY THat the syndrome was put down to driking too much diet coke. That “aspartamne will kill ou”http://www.aspartamekills.com/

Watch the video.

I doubt ththat this is sicence, probably just marketing.

Maybe we should drop diet coke to the Taliban.

Check out this recent FactCheck.org article on vaccines.

A couple points from it:

  • Vaccines given to troops prior to / during the Persian Gulf War didn’t even contain squalene.
  • flu shots in Europe have used squalene emulsions as an adjuvant since 1997
  • the H1N1 vaccine being administered in the U.S. could not contain a squalene emulsion, because there are no approved U.S. vaccines with a squalene adjuvant. And as it turns out, this vaccine, like the seasonal flu vaccine, has no adjuvant at all.

some think it could make the vaccine more dangerous than the flu it is supposed to protect against.

Those “some people” who think that, and especially the kind that make sensational and fact-free websites like the one behind that link are ignorant (at best) and dangerous.

Seems you may not have come across the 2 Control Group proof that flawed vaccinations (anthrax) were the major cause of GWS.

Briefly

2 Control Groups:

a) French troops served in the same theatre of operations as Allied troops but the French troops were not similarly effected … reason being the French Commander was not satisfied about the vaccines and the French Troops were NOT VACCINATED.

b) Allied troops stationed in Germany were vaccinated but never went anywhere near the theatre of operations because the war ended. These troops suffered the same symptoms.

You should read The Lloyd Report on Gulf War Illness and see the table of what vaccines were given by which countries to their troops.

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