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For those of you who contacted us asking where you could get more information on reporting esposure to depleted uranium while serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or in the first Gulf War,  please visit this site for reference materials, support and information. 

http://ivaw.org/dufactsheet

Iraq Veterans Against the War Depleted Uranium Fact sheet

What Is Depleted Uranium?

 

Depleted Uranium (DU) is a toxic, radioactive, heavy metal that is the waste byproduct of the uranium enrichment process when producing nuclear weapons and uranium for nuclear reactors. Because this radioactive waste is plentiful and 1.7 times more dense than lead, the United States government uses DU in munitions/ammunition which are extremely effective at piercing armored vehicles.  However, every round of DU ammunition leaves a residue of DU dust on everything it hits, contaminating the surrounding area with toxic waste that has a half-life of 4.5 billion years, the age of our solar system, and turns every battlefield and firing range into a toxic waste site that poisons everyone in such areas.

 

DU dust can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through scratches in the skin. DU is linked to DNA damage, cancer, birth defects and multiple health problems. The United Nations classifies depleted-uranium ammunition as illegal weapons of mass destruction because of their long-term impacts on the land over which they used and the long-term health problems they cause when people are exposed to them.

 

How Do I Know If Have Been Exposed to DU?

 

DU is used throughout Afghanistan and Iraq, mostly in aircraft, tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle ammunition. You can be exposed to DU by coming into contact with any area that has been fired upon by DU munitions, any equipment that has been exposed to DU dust or anywhere DU dust has settled.

 

What Are The Symptoms of DU Exposure?

 

Depleted uranium has two different effects on the body, chemical poisoning and radiation poisoning. Symptoms are similar to those described as Gulf War Syndrome.

 

DU may also cause respiratory problems and is known to elevate the risk of lung cancer and leukemia.

 

• Chronic Fatigue

• Neurological signs or symptoms

• Signs or symptoms involving upper or lower respiratory system

• Menstrual disorders

• Kidney problems

 

How Do I get Tested For DU Contamination?

As of now only a few states in the USA care enough to provide soldiers with DU testing.

 

Connecticut and Louisiana have passed such legislation. However, you should keep a detailed set of records on when and where you may have been exposed, report symptoms and information to a physician and get them on record. If they persist, do not be discouraged by military doctors who seem to brush them off.

 

If you are still on active duty, you should immediately register with DOD by calling 1-800-796-9699. Those who have left active military service should call the Veterans Administration at 1-800-PGW-VETS.

 

Resources:

 

National Gulf War Resource Center, www.ngwrc.org

The United Nations, www.un.org

The World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs257/en/index.html

 

http://ivaw.org/dufactsheet

Busting the Anthrax Myth…….(Another USDA tall tale bites the dust)

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I was back on the www.naisStinks.com  website again!   The article below is important to the continued threat from the USDA about bio-terrorism.  This one really puts perspective on the use of fear-mongering and crisis creation where little or no crisis exists.  Marti

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Busting the Anthrax Myth
<http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/busting_anthrax_myth>
July 30, 2008

<http://www.stratfor.com/>

By Fred Burton and Scott Stewart

Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge, chief medical officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told a congressional subcommittee on July 22 that the risk of a large-scale biological attack on the nation is significant and that the U.S. government knows its terrorist enemies have sought to use biological agents as instruments of warfare. Runge also said that the United States believes that capability is within the terrorists’ reach.

Runge gave his testimony before a subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology that was holding a field hearing in Providence, R.I., to discuss the topic of “Emerging Biological Threats and Public Health Preparedness.”

During his testimony, Runge specifically pointed to al Qaeda as the most significant threat and testified that the United States had determined that the terrorist organization is seeking to develop and use a biological weapon to cause mass casualties in an attack. According to Runge, U.S. analysis indicates that anthrax is the most likely choice, and a successful single-city attack on an unprepared population could kill hundreds of thousands of citizens.

Later in his testimony, Runge remarked that many do not perceive the threat of bioterrorism to be as significant as that of a nuclear or conventional strike, even though such an attack could kill as many people as a nuclear detonation and have its own long-term environmental effects.

We must admit to being among those who do not perceive the threat of bioterrorism to be as significant as that posed by a nuclear strike. To be fair, it must be noted that we also do not see strikes using chemical <http://www.stratfor.com/chemical_threat_subways_dispelling_clouds> or radiological <http://www.stratfor.com/dirty_bombs_weapons_mass_disruption> weapons rising to the threshold of a true weapon of mass destruction either. The successful detonation of a nuclear weapon in an American city would be far more devastating that any of these other forms of attack.

Read full article with links to greater information here:

http://naisstinks.com/index.php?con=Busting_Anthrax_Myth

 

Note from Darol Dickinson:

In the last 5 years USDA has alleged that an Anthrax or Hoof and Mouth outbreak, staged by terrorist, could devastate the US livestock industry “over night.” USDA proposed the largest numbering and surveillance system in world history of all US livestock, as the protective method—- called NAIS.

At first blush, livestock producers have largely believed government projections of worst case pandemic scenarios. As facts on world terrorism are more understandable, Anthrax is economically controlled with available vaccines, and Hoof & Mouth disease was eradicated in 1929, the whole NAIS costly concept is clearly of no profit in relation to costs. The crying wolf pandemics are, in fact, only one old snaggled-toothed dog barking below the USDA window.

For scientific information on Anthrax, read below. For more info on NAIS go to http://www.naisSTINKS.com <http://www.naisSTINKS.com>

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