Study corroborates local researcher's findings on Gulf War illness
Welcome to WMNFâs Radioactivity program. Iâm Rob Lorei. Coming up today: the government has issued a report saying that Gulf War illness is real. Weâll talk with a local man who identified the cause years ago - but got no credit - until now.
An extensive federal report released in last month concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness.
GWI is a condition now identified as the likely consequence of exposure to toxic chemicals, including pesticides and a drug administered by the military to protect troops against nerve gas. The 452-page report states that "scientific evidence leaves no question that Gulf War illness is a real condition with real causes and serious consequences for affected veterans."
The report, compiled by a panel of scientific experts and veterans serving on the congressionally mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, fails to identify any cure. It also notes that few veterans afflicted with GWI have recovered.
Our guest on the first part of the program is former medical researcher Tom Tiedt who lives in Sarasota. When Gulf War illness was starting to show up among veterans in the early 1990âs, Tiedt testified to Congress and told any reporters who would listen that Gulf War syndrome was caused by a drug that hundreds of thousands of soldiers were forced to take. The drug was part of a massive experiment to try to reduce the effects of potential nerve gas attacks. Whatâs more, Tiedt says, the Department of Defense was criminally inept - because there were already studies showing that healthy people would be seriously harmed if they took the drug.
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