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PTSD, infertility and other consequences of war

PTSD GRIEF BANNERPTSD and its effects on U.S. soldiers and their families is a ghastly story with no end. PTSD is, in large part, though, an entirely Pentagon, or American war machine, inflicted wound.

Boot camp and combat is bad enough; and such forced inhumanity as committing war crimes against civilians causes soldiers to suffer the mental trauma of PTSD. In addition, there is an unseen agent or disease vector at work here as well.

There, on the battlefield, the happy boys sent off to war by Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Fleet Week – an event responsible for a big chunk of the enlistments in the U.S. Navy and Marines – will probably come in deadly contact with another San Francisco Bay Area product: depleted uranium, aka DU, and weaponized ceramic uranium oxide gas and aerosols, UO.

Iraq and virtually all the rest of the Middle East and Central Asia have been continually dosed for almost 20 years with hundreds of thousands of tons of weaponized ceramic uranium oxide gas, also known as “depleted uranium.”

When used as directed, the depleted uranium bullets, shells and bombs become a lethal uranium gas or aerosol. The poison uranium oxide gas aerosols last for billions of years and never stop indiscriminately maiming and killing, which is a war crime in itself.

The deadly radioactive poison was developed by the Manhattan Project in 1945 when they were making the first atomic bombs. The Manhattan Project became the Bay Areas’ two nuclear weapons labs.

San Francisco’s Rep. “Nuclear Nancy” Pelosi and her friends at San Francisco-based Bechtel are all set to make more atomic bombs, too. Bechtel is a nuclear capable corporation and manages the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab.

Depleted uranium is called “depleted” only because less than one half of 1 percent of the uranium isotope 235, the bomb making isotope, is removed when the U.S. government makes atomic bombs. The currently remaining billion and a half pounds of uranium isotopes are often given free to politically connected arms manufacturers. That radioactive uranium is then used to make bullets, shells, missiles, mines and bombs to sell to the U.S. government a second time.

San Francisco based lawyer Karen Parker is an expert in the International Law of Armed Conflict, commonly called “war crimes” law. The law and treaties require that weapons can be “turned off” after the battle is over.

Simple as that. Anything else is a war crime, punishable by hard labor in prison or death by hanging.

Army and civilian researchers have shown that uranium oxide (UO) poison gas particles migrate right up the olfactory nerve to the brain. This is when the uranium poison gas weapons are used by soldiers as directed by arms manufacturers and military regulations.

In addition, UO particles are small enough to go through combat uniforms and penetrate the skin of soldiers. Once inside their bodies, the poison uranium gas is drawn to their brains, bones, and testicles or ovaries. Of course, this applies to civilians and animals as well.

Over a million U.S. soldiers have been on the ground in Iraq and Central Asia. The medical disability rate is over 60 percent and “PTSD” is a common diagnosis. Soldiers from the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy report similar medical problems as well.

One milligram (mg) of uranium oxide poison gas is about the size of one of the periods at the end of these sentences. When soldiers can absorb UO through their skin, there is nothing to limit their exposure to one milligram or a thousand. That goes for civilians too.

Each tiny milligram shoots about 1,251,000 powerful radioactive bullets a day with a range of about 20 cells of the human body for thousands or even billions of years. This is according to noted mathematician and radiation expert, Rosalie Bertell, Ph.D., GNSH.

She should know, Dr. Bertell serves on several Pentagon radiation committees and has for decades.

Uranium munitions, containing weaponized uranium oxide gas and aerosols, are used by presidential order in U.S. war zones. Privates and corporals do not decide to use these poisonous uranium gas weapons on their own. No, that order comes from the American president.

Uranium oxide gas weapons are called “genocidal weapons.” They maim and kill millions of people, their animals and their land. The actual targets by the U.S. Expeditionary Forces are the populations of Central Asia and the Middle East, about a billion people.

The U.S. Expeditionary Forces are quite successful in targeting and dosing these large populations. In so doing the soldiers poison themselves with depleted uranium too. The American presidents don’t care. Should we care if the president doesn’t?

There is a Middle Eastern country that requires all 18-year-olds to join national service for several years. This country even has a roughly comparable health care system to America for a population of 7,233,701, according to the CIA World Factbook. The country is Israel.

All Israeli soldiers donate a sperm sample that is immediately frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored in a sperm bank at University Hospital in Jerusalem. Recent professional analysis shows Israeli sperm concentration has declined by 40 percent in less than 10 years.

This is a dangerous and precipitous collapse in human sperm concentration. While opinions differ as to the causes, Israel is swimming in a sea of uranium oxide gas partly from its own and American uranium oxide weapons. The DU attacks the sperm and eggs of male and female soldiers. Civilians and animals too.

In addition, Israel borders the Mediterranean Sea, as do 21 other countries. For 20 years, a branch of the Italian Mafia called ‘Ndrangheta in the South of Italy, next door to Sicily, have grown a thriving nuclear waste disposal business into an estimated 2007 US$65 billion a year “legal illegal business,” as Mafia operations are called in Italy.

The infamous “EcoMafia” load derelict cargo ships with high level nuclear wastes and used reactor cores, then sink them in the Mediterranean and along the African coasts. As a result, Israelis swim in a radioactive sea.

Since 20 percent live sperm is considered to be the beginning of infertility, Israel will be sterile in less than 10 years at this rate of decline. The estimated 7 million Israeli Jews will have no more children soon after that. This catastrophic development has already occasioned legislative hearings in Israel’s Knesset. The hearings were covered by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Israeli sperm concentration is just an example of what is happening to human sperm all over the Middle East and Central Asia, by the choice and force of will of successive U.S. presidents.

The American war machine has consequences. PTSD is just one of them. The poison gas cannot be contained, undone or recalled. There is no antidote; there is no cure. There is no escape.


CNN, “Who Are the ‘Ndrangheta?

Dr. Ronit Haimov-Kokhman cited by Ofri Ilani, “Study: Quality of Israeli sperm down 40 percent in past decade,” Haaretz, 11/05/2009

Google: Mafia + “nuclear waste” + Mediterranean for an up-to-date listing of thousands of articles on this crime against humanity.

Ann Garrison, “San Francisco recruits; Blue Angels over the Bay

Central Intelligence Agency World FactBook

Caleb E. Finch, “The Biology of Human Longevity


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10 Responses to "PTSD, infertility and other consequences of war"

  1. Robert L. Mason  April 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

    The real shame around PTSD is the VA first doesn’t want to hear from vets, we are only trying to rip off the VA with false claims. i have been fighting the VA every day since Apr. 1969 , I have gotten most of their mistakes corrected, but it takes years. i proved to them i didn’t have a birth defect in my spine but was hurt in the Army, this took 30.
    I don’t trust any VA mental health providors and won’t go to them IAM 100% DISABLED ON PTSD. The best reatment is stay away from the VA.

  2. john mccarthy  April 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Unfortunately for the whole world, there is no (known) antidote for Uranium Poisoning, which DU is quite good at and not discriminatory. These nano sized (one billionth of a meter) particles are on the wind. A new term has been born for this killer of all killers; Omnicidal. DU kills everything in the food chain and no one is immune. Ask yourself this simple question…… If DU is so deadly, how do the current conquerers of South Asia plan to survive in their efforts to gather all the oil without giving a death sentence to all who work there and those who carry the contaminated oil to the rest of the earth on contaminated ships? Related articles are located in the left column.

    There are photos of MIAI Abrams Main Battle Tanks parked on a rail siding across from wheat fields in Kansas. These contaminated relics if the Iraq War have Radiation Contamination signs on them……

  3. Debra Carter  April 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I am a disabled woman veteran who served in the US Army from 1971 to 1976, and I am very disappointed in what happened to me in the military. I know that while in basic training I was exposed to some chemical contamination and that it has affected my entire life and changed it beyond repair. I am now 58 yrs old and my husband and I live a life filled with depression and anger daily. After 6 early term miscarriages we stopped hoping to have a family, we filled our lives with our work and wondered why we were never able to have children. I have suffered with medical problems all of my adult life and after reuniting with my biological family realize that many of the illnesses I have had and continue to have are not hereditary, but rather from contamination in my late teen and early adult years. It has only been recently that I have found out that I was chemically contaminated by the military while in basic training and now today suffer with medical problems for which there is no family history, or early disease and medical issues that appear 20 to 30 years too early. In 2006, I had to have major surgery to repair blockages in the main artery from the bottom of my heart which caused 7 known blockages that include my intestines, bowels, and both legs. So I am permanently disabled and am on oxygen therapy 24/7, have never had any children, and COPD, and other problems that are slowly destroying my life. Everyone looks and sees the problems of the more modern veterans from OIF and OEF, but they do not realize the effect that it has had on mine and many thousands of other veterans. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences and hope that these things will be considered and restitution to me and other veterans can be forth coming.

  4. PAUL  April 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm


  5. Morton Skorodin, M.D.  April 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    and such forced inhumanity as committing war crimes against civilians causes soldiers to suffer the mental trauma of PTSD.

    Having worked for the VA for twenty years, I can corroborate this statement about a foremost cause of PTSD.

    The related information about fertility is new. We will need follow up reports, and relatively soon, because the rate of decline in sperm count is alarming.

    Very important article by Bob Nichols.

    • Cathy Garger  April 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      Dr. Skorodin, at peace rallies, I have met many veterans who do not believe their PTSD is all related to combat stress. Quite a few believe they have been poisoned with the airborne particles from the munitions. So many have other symptoms of Uranium poisoning, such as horrible headaches and chronic fatigue.

      I have read that fertility is down all throughout the world, and to read about the Israelis… it is so very, very sad. Not just the young soldiers are affected, but everyone in Israel. I have read that Uranium munitions have been used in Gaza, West Bank, Syria, and Lebanon… so between those areas plus Iraq, Afghanistan, and other nations – presumably Turkey, Pakistan, and of course, the former Yugoslavia, I’m afraid Eurasia in general has gotten a mighty hefty cummulative radiological dose.

      The powers that be who make the decision to use radiological poison gas indiscriminately (as it does not stay thoughtfully on the battlefield) are clearly out of their minds! This is omnicide and nothing less!

      Yes, I agree. Extremely important article by Mr. Nichols.

    • PAUL  April 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      Cathy your comments are surely a topic that needs to be more fully looked at….
      really good points… the unknown truly is the more dangerous element… and needs detection now, not ten/twenty years down the road ……like agent orange ….. these kids need the help now not later …..

  6. Bob Nichols  April 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    The sperm concentrations here are probably going to change. In Israel they have declined sharply four years in a row. That is not to say they will continue to decline; but, they likely will.

    It is likely caused by a lethal combination of uranium oxide and chemicals in the environment.

    Whatever the cause, this is a show stopper. Two thirds of the Israeli enlistees now are effectively sterile.

    Israel is just the “canary in the coal mine” and the sperm destruction is likely going on all over the Middle East and Central Asia.

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