Probably not the problem today
A gulf war vet from Indiana shared with me a similar experience. He said when they secured the airport early on in the war (it was a short one, anyway) that the whole group of them ran into something that made them loose bowel control, etc.
I don't really know what that was, of course, nor did he; and they were lined up and given something to help by their medics
As he talked on the thing that rang a bell for the chemical I've studied, is that he had leather skin on his upper thighs that no dermatologist had been able to help. I asked him if he ever put anything on his lap that could have spilled. He said when he cleaned his gun there were no tables and with sand all around, he put the cleaning rag on his lap. I had already been told that the troops clean their weapons daily (maybe 3 times a day) with products that contain 2-butoxyethanol. This chemical defats the skin and many times you do not see the chemical even listed on the products like CLP, however, you will see the warning ... "causes defatted skin"
Latter Chad shared that he was one that stirred the out house stuff & burned it in the small containers using jet fuel. Jet fuel is suspect of butyl ether additions, too. Bad job!
Another lady shared that after she got back from the war, a whole group of them were cleaning the equipment that came back from Saudi with DAWN. After about 10 days the whole group of them got sick and it was said to just be the effects of living in tight quarters. Now her doctor has found that she has too many immature red blood cells. So, sadly, too much exposure to even the simplest ethyl alcohol, as is in DAWN, can be too much exposure. Who would think that you needed chemical retardant gloves and goggles for cleaning. Today some troops are doing more than 30 days straight of this job. They should rotate the troops or give them some protective gear even for this job.
You know the USA cares about its soldiers, look how they outfitted them, even in this current war. However, the USA has been hoodwinked by the chemical companies who sell products too strong in 2-butoxyethanol (ethylene glycol monobutyl ether). CLP gun cleaner has been around since the 1970's and for sure no one realizes how important protective gear is for repetitive use. Dow chemical was pawning this off in nearly pure concentrations (98%) back in 1988 ... so what soldiers had to move those barrels & transport from this to that? I'd say gulf war syndrome has been around since WWII at least and it harms our general population.
Ask a doctor to order for you a 'retic' ratio (Reticulocyte Count) and ask for comment on the size and shape of the red blood cells. ... AND the Complete Blood Counts with differential (the combined tests are around $70 in our area) The headaches and neurological effects of this chemical SCREAM LOUDER but the provable harm is the fatigue caused by prematurely destroyed red blood cells.
Note a prior reply to Willkula,
I just learned that when you have too many immature red blood cells (which is what I would expect to be found) you will have an abnormally elevated white blood cell count that must be correctly read by taking it manually with a microscope, not with the computer.
Last edited by Dear Maggie; 05-06-2004 at 06:44 PM.