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Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.

Gulf War Syndrome and IBS

By April 12, 2010

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The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has just announced the publication of a report entitled "Gulf War and Health: Volume 8. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War". According to the press release, the committee behind the report sought to address the issue of the fact that many of those involved in military service in the Persian Gulf War suffer from ongoing multisymptom illness. The numbers are staggering: "nearly 700,000 U.S. personnel were deployed to the region and more than 250,000 of them suffer from persistant [sic], unexplained symptoms." Currently, the cause of these ongoing problems is unknown, and the committee theorizes that there may be an interaction between individual genetics and the environment that these vets were exposed to. The report calls for continued efforts to identify, understand, and treat these multisymptom illnesses.

IBS is one of the more prevalent of these multisymptom illnesses. This falls in the category of "no good deed goes unpunished". The silver lining to this dark cloud is that the focus on causes and treatment of these Gulf War symptoms may filter down to a better understanding of IBS itself, something that would be of help to all sufferers.

Click here for a free PDF download of the report.

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"Gulf War Service Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Multisymptom Illness, Other Health Problems, But Causes Are Unclear" News from the National Academies Press Release April 9, 2010.

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April 14, 2010 at 8:50 am
(1) Alvin Pritchard says:

In a nutshell, Gulf War Syndrome was real all along.
Also real all along was the British and American governmental “cover up” that has been employed over the last 20 years on this matter!
In my opinion the people responsible for this “crime against humanity” should be hung.

April 15, 2010 at 4:48 am
(2) Ian Moulding says:

I would agree with everything that Alvin has commented on short of the hanging. As an Brit ex-squaddie that was fortunate to have not been involved with the Gulf wars as I left in 1987. However, I do have some understanding of the problems that our Service personnel are experiencing by fighting terrorists in Northern Ireland for 2 years. My support for these people is 100%. and always will be.

No 2 wars are ever the same but we learn from them except when it involves the treatment by our politicians. A great deal of new techniques have been born from hostilities in wars that have gone on to help Doctors deal with civilian casualties i.e. burns treatment and gun shot wounds. So if the problems caused by IBS goes on to help not just service personnel but civilians also, then it can have a positive outcome. I hope so. In the mean time we still keep fighting for the recognition that our Political Elite can’t grasp with regards to other problems in the relation to PTSD.

There are STILL American ex-soldiers suffering from the aftermath of the Viet Nam War. The British respnse to dealing with our sevice men and women is to put some of them behind bars.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6848238.ece

Thanks to all at About for the information that you keep highlighting and bringing to ALL our attentions. Thank you again.

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