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Posted by Steve Knight on September 07, 2000 at 18:02:40:

In Reply to: To Wendy Davis & "Get A Grip Lady" Paul !!!! posted by Freda H. Babinski on September 04, 2000 at 04:03:33:

Hi Freda...all...

For anybody else out there who has Pauls' apparent misconception about GWS, it's important to keep in mind that the actual root cause (or causes) of this illness have not been conclusively proven...or if they have, then this information has not been made publically available.

Although it's called 'gulf war syndrome', we do not know for a fact that what started this whole thing originated in the actual war theater, from environmental hazards in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Inoculations with vaccines could be a contributor to the GWS epidemic. Gulf war vets are by no means the only soldiers who have been recieving inoculations...including some questionable vaccines, like the anthrax vaccine.

If you've been following the news, you should have heard about the mandatory vaccinations which the DoD has been attempting to force soldiers to submit to...Despite serious concerns about the safety, as well as the necessity (and effectivness), of doing so.

If inoculations are playing a role here (and I believe it is likely), then it should be no surprise when new groups of soldiers start showing simmilar symptomes and diseases.

...but it is still the same basic thing, regardless of what instigated the contraction of the illness. There is not tangable difference here, just because I recieved the shots because I was being sent off to serve in the gulf war, while another soldier was merely following orderes to accept the shots.

As Freda pointed out, there is also the issue of contagiousness. There are enough examples of this on record, to be able to conclude that GWS is contagious.

As such, you don't even need to have been in any branch of the service, much less fought in the gulf war, in order to be suffering from what is being refered to as 'gulf war syndrome'.

Don't let the name 'gulf war syndrome' throw you off...It's just a label. It was noticed in us gulf war vets first, and that war may very well have been the birth of this illness...so it was named after that war...

IMO, anybody could potentially contract this illness...even if only by repeated exposure to a GWV who has GWS.

Steve Knight

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