Friday, November 21, 2008

GULF WAR SYNDROM RECOGNIZED—WHAT ABOUT AID FOR US WHO LIVE HERE IN KUWAIT AND IRAQ? By Kevin Stoda Gulf War Syndrome is real but residents of the Pe


By Kevin Stoda

Gulf War Syndrome is real but residents of the Persian Gulf region --including millions of expatriates--are not kept up-to-date on medical research on a disease that bares their region's name.

Dear Kuwaiti and Iraqi residents,

I noted during this past week, the following headline was placed at the top of the front page in the ARAB TIMES on Wednesday here in Kuwait: “Report to Congress: Gulf War Syndrome is Real”.

The particular article originated from L.A. Times and can be read in full here.
The authors of the L.A. Times article, Mary Engle and Thomas Maugh state, “Contradicting nearly two decades of government denials, a congressionally mandated scientific panel has concluded that Gulf War syndrome is real and still afflicts nearly a quarter of the 700,000 U.S. troops who served in the 1991 conflict. The report cited two chemical exposures consistently associated with the disorder: the drug pyridostigmine bromide, given to troops to protect against nerve gas, and pesticides that were widely used – and often overused – to protect against sand flies and other pests.”

The 450-page report was presented to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake and claimed, "The extensive body of scientific research now available consistently indicates that Gulf War illness is real, that it is a result of neurotoxic exposures during Gulf War deployment, and that few veterans have recovered or substantially improved with time."


Unlike this past Spring when the shipment of tons and tons of uranium and led tainted sand from Kuwaiti, i.e. from the old U.S. military base named Camp Doha northwest of Kuwait City, had created a stir in Kuwaiti newspapers and blogs, there has been next-to-nothing mentioned in the Kuwaiti media nor newspapers about the effects of the Gulf War on the local populations living here in the Persian Gulf, i.e. where longtime environmental health hazards have risen after three major wars in the past three decades.

The headline on page 1 of the ARAB TIMES on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 combined with the relative silence over the three subsequent days, leads me to make the following observation:

(1) Kuwaitis and Kuwaiti residents are worried about continuing lingering effects by the same sources of Gulf War Syndrome suffered by war victims around the world, e.g. such as experienced by American soldiers since 1990.
(2) Kuwaitis continue to desire not to make a big public fuss about their health concerns as long as it relies on the U.S. as its nuclear or military umbrella.

To help Kuwaitis, I offer this background on how to begin to investigate the syndrome. The next step would be to discuss the matter with your doctor if you have been suffering.

According to the American legion, here are some of the lasting and long term symptoms of GULF WAR SYNDROM as described by victims or patients in the U.S.A.
Symptoms of Gulf War Illnesses (according to the American Legion) include:

• Chronic Fatigue
• Signs and symptoms involving skin (including skin rashes and unusual hair loss)
• Headache
• Muscle pain
• Neurologic signs or symptoms (nervous system disorders which could manifest themselves in numbness in one's arm, for instance)
• Neuropsychological signs or symptoms (including memory loss)
• Signs or symptoms involving upper or lower respiratory system
• Sleep disturbances
• Gastrointestinal signs or symptoms (including recurrent diarrhea and constipation)
• Cardiovascular signs or symptoms
• Menstrual disorders

This is an incomplete list.

Others around the globe have been monitoring and researching the Gulf War Syndrome for nearly two decades. Here is a search of academic articles dating back to the mid-1990s (available on Google Scholar):
Brain abnormalities are among many of the other types of symptoms studied in recent times. offers this link:

Here is another site that describes the syndrome as being related to virus.

Interestingly, the U.S. report comes over five years after the UK began to recognize the Gulf War Syndrome as a real disease and, therefore, made it easier for military personnel to make claims.

I would suggest that both Kuwaiti and Iraqi residents look into these matters with their own doctors as the need or symptoms arise.

One way to keep up on the research would be to follow what the U.S. and British armed forces are acknowledging--now that both countries no longer deny the reality of the Syndrome.

By the way, the full 450-page report identified in the L.A. Times piece is here.

Perhaps, you could print it out and send it to your physician or the Kuwaiti or Iraqi ministries of health.


Stoda, Kevin, “Depleted uranium Strikes Again, This Time in the U.S.”,

Stoda, Kevin, “More than Just Bad Memories: Depleted Uranium Weapons still not Spoken about in Kuwait” ,

Stoda, Kevin, “Uranium and Led: Kuwaiti’s Sand Shipped to Idaho”,



Blogger Kevin Anthony Stoda said...

This is a comment from one of my other blogs.

Farmer, peaknik, nonviolence advocate, camper, and health freak.

Bush and Cheney knew very well

Bush I and Cheney knew they would cause hell to pay with sickness from depleted uranium weapons. All they had to do was read the Pentagon's own documents, beginning with the Groves memo of 1943. As uranium enrichment produced DU during the Manhattan Project and the human health risk coefficients were arrived at for all the new radionuclides that could be used as dirty bombs as well as explosives, the pinheaded generals proposed insane military policies like permanent terrain contamination. You can read all about it in the formerly classified document. Just prior to Gulf War I, SAIC also issued a report to the Pentagon warning of numerous health problems concerning DU, but many field generals in that war were never even told that radioactive uranium weapons were being deployed. Barry McCaffrey strafed the retreating column of Iraqi soldiers and created the Highway of Death, which advancing US troops came upon in a smoldering horror show of charred Iraqi soldiers and their families Taking pictures of each other in tshirts atop the burned out radioactive vehicles many of which later set off geiger counters at some 200 Becquerel, grunts such as Carole Picou absorbed DU smoke dust, poison dust, and were only warned later when McCaffrey showed up in a MOPP suit with a respirator. Of course General Barry was later deployed by the Clintons as DEA czar to attack the cannabis coffee houses of Amsterdam, the way things work in Warshington.

Flagrant negligence, treason, crimes against the planet, war crimes, capital crimes! And their imbecile son Dubya has spread this poison in the troops and civilians once again while MSM is eager to report that GWS is due to shots or flu or pesticides or anything other than what it so obviously is, intentional permanent radioactive terrain contamination.

Thanks for getting things correct and putting it up on opednews.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Kevin Anthony Stoda said...

Jenny Miner also wrote:

Nothing has been said

about the anthrax vaccines given to the troops that contained the adjuvant squalene, an adjuvant that causes the body to literally attack itself, an autoimmune disease. Gary Matsumoto writes about it in his book, "Vaccine A". Gary wrote that these scientists who developed the vaccine knew that squalene was dangerous, because it has been tested for over 50 years on animals, all which showed decline.

What's more, it was an executive order that allowed untested medicines and vaccines be given to our servicemen and women without their consent or knowledge.

Is this another coverup? Are "they" preparing more vaccines in the future with squalene as Gary suggests? Why are they still putting thimerosal in flu vaccines, when many suspect and know that this mercury preservative is what caused their child's autism, after receiving vaccinations, esp. MMR?

How long, O Lord, before you take the maggots from the planet.

4:58 PM  

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