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Study: Soil Dust Suspected in Illnesses Among Iraq Vets

 32Comments	     A     A A soldier ducks the prop wash of a helicopter taking off near Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2010. Research is showing that toxins in Iraq's soil dust may be causing serious lung issues in some veterans. A soldier ducks the prop wash of a helicopter taking off near Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2010. Research is showing that toxins in Iraq's soil dust may be causing serious lung issues in some veterans. (Agence France-Presse)


A soldier ducks the prop wash of a helicopter taking off near Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2010. Research is showing that toxins in Iraq’s soil dust may be causing serious lung issues in some veterans.
A soldier ducks the prop wash of a helicopter taking off near Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2010. Research is showing that toxins in Iraq’s soil dust may be causing serious lung issues in some veterans. (Agence France-Presse)

By Patricia Kime

 

When Army Sgt. Jayson Williams deployed to Iraq in 2003, he was a healthy 33-year-old who enjoyed the outdoors, running and playing with his son.

When he returned home, he found he couldn’t do routine chores without becoming exhausted or needing to take deep breaths.

He deployed twice more, and his condition worsened. First thought to be emphysema, his diagnosis later was changed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. And after having an invasive lung biopsy, he received even grimmer news — constrictive bronchiolitis, an irreversible lung disease that robs a patient of lung function.

Williams thinks his condition is the result of smoke from a burn pit near his barracks and fumes of a sulfur mine fire that raged for a month near Mosul, spewing toxic materials into the air.

But a growing body of research indicates another factor may contribute to long-term respiratory diseases of veterans like Williams: microscopic dust particles containing heavy metals and other toxins.

A long-term study has found that 14 percent of deployed troops reported chronic respiratory symptoms such as cough, bronchitis, shortness of breath and asthma, compared with 10 percent who did not deploy. The results suggest specific exposures, rather than long exposures, may play a role — particularly among ground troops who deployed to the desert environment of the Persian Gulf.

Navy Capt. Mark Lyles, professor of health and security studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., began warning of potential health hazards from fine dust particles in 2003.

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5 Responses to "Study: Soil Dust Suspected in Illnesses Among Iraq Vets"

  1. LC  March 6, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Yes- DU is all over-

    I reported recently that a returning Iranian physician told me that DU contaminated Iraqi dust is all over Iran & has been making its population ill for years. Sometimes they get what the call radioactive rains!!!

  2. 60sstreetpunk  February 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Regarding the Hormel plant and Iraq, there is no connection. What I meant to state was that when brain particles get aerosolized they get in our lungs and go into our bloodstream and get distributed throughout the body. Likewise, what we breathe in the air in Iraq and anywhere gets into our lungs and some or a lot gets into our bloodstreams. Some foreign items such as chemicals and body tissues cannot be healthy.
    This may relate to some people getting autoimmune diseases as well as brain changes.

  3. 60sstreetpunk  February 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    The air was bad in Baghdad. I do not know what it was like in northern Iraq. The cigarettes sold in the mideast (non US imports) have a strange “toxic” taste and may be from fertilizers.
    Some years back Mexican workers at a Hormel plant in Minn, developed brain and spine neurologic disease when the brains of pigs or cows was aerosolized, so one can easily see that there are multiple sources for body damage in the air in Iraq. Consider burn pits and everything thrown in them, DU, and the blowing dirt in areas /bases not held down due to a lack of topsoil. We inhale this stuff. It gets in our bloodstreams.
    Despite all the publicity for Iraq, Kandahar Airfield may be worse.
    For fun one can take pictures at night. Of course, you need to take them with light in the background, then look for round gray dark particles. This is what is in the air. Try it in your area. Try it in a clean place then take pictures where there is blowing sand or dirt or chemicals.

  4. williammartin  February 25, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I did download a *PDF from one of the VA websites. I found it when researching Camp Doha and its fire that ignited 600+ rounds of Depleted Uranium. It took the NBC units 3 days to get into there yet the MIL site said there was 70+ NBC units in Iraq. Probably looking for the WMD Hoax? So for 3 days the boys were cleaning up the camp which had to eventually remove 6700 tons of soil. Importing that soil to Boise Idaho.

    25 miles away the NBC units detected the DU. Perhaps why Kuwait told the US to clean it up?

    The VA report said, “30% – 40% of ALL US Ground forces were exposed to DU.

    I asked a Gal from the Red Cross, “Who was their biggest donors of Blood?” She said, “The Military was! I then asked her, “What they screen for in the blood?” DU was not listed of the 10 she named.

    I then told her of the report on what DU does, and how Soldiers were getting multiple cancers and asked her how she felt about poisoning the blood supply? She paused for about 30 seconds and then told me to go “F Myself.”

    If the US Government will allow 58,000 American boys to die over a LIE in Vietnam, nearly 9,000 in Afghanistan and Iraq over another LIE. What makes anyone think they care as the dump the remains of 274 soldiers in a landfill?

    This is like believing that the U.S. suddenly cares about the religion or burial rights of Bin Laden or Arab’s and Muslim’s when they drone to death countless wedding parties, schools and children as a matter of U.S. Military POLICY?
    *****http //www.militarytimes.com/news/2012/12/marine-taliban-kids-120312w/

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