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Researchers find evidence of DNA damage in Vets with Gulf War illness

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  1. Nielk

    Nielk

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    Read article here -
     
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    Learner1 Forum Support Assistant

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    Of course, this means they need psychiatric help, rather than treatment, right?:bang-head:

    Thanks for posting. So frustrating that this good work was so long in coming for these patients.
     
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    "In a separate 2014 study of 46 Veterans with GWI, Golomb and her colleagues reported promising results for the nutritional supplement coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) as a way to address the fatigue created by mitochondrial dysfunction. CoQ10 is thought to promote healthy mitochondria.

    VA recently launched a three-year trial to determine if treatment with ubiquinol, a form of CoQ10, improves the physical function of Veterans suffering from Gulf War illness.

    The study is being carried out at four VA medical centers: Miami, Boston, Minneapolis, and the Bronx, New York. Officials there are recruiting 200 Veterans with GWI for a double blind placebo study. The initiative is based on data supporting the need for methods that repair mitochondrial function and that replenish depleted antioxidant stores related to the illness, according to the principal investigator, Dr. Nancy Grace Klimas of the Miami VA Healthcare System.

    Antioxidants are substances, such as vitamin C or beta carotene, that remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism."
     
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    do they have to be on Coq10 for life to remove it or is it just a temporary detox?
     
  5. Marky90

    Marky90 Science breeds knowledge, opinion breeds ignorance

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    Interesting.. Personally i would not be surprised if ME subgroups ended up needing genetic engineering
     
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    Great to see the Gulf War work of Drs. Nancy Klimas and Maryann Fletcher covered in the article!
     
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    DNA mutations are not likely to repair, so yes, I suppose it's for life...

    CoQ10 is not a detox supplement, it's a support of mitochondrial oxydative phosphorylation (OXPHOS).:)
     
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  8. jorans

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    do you know if this would help for vietnam vets too?
     
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    I read that TCDD induces oxydative stress in mitochondria and mitoDNA damages, so it probably can help.
     
  10. Learner1

    Learner1 Forum Support Assistant

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    TCDD?
     
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    pattismith Senior Member

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    "About Dioxin: Its chemical name is 2,3,7,8-tetrachloro-dibenzo-para-dioxin, or TCDD. It is a persistent organic pollutant that contaminated Agent Orange and some of the other color-coded herbicides when the production of one of their components (2,4,5-T) was accelerated during wartime.[ii] TCDD is the most toxic of about 419 types of similar toxic compounds, which include PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). The chemical companies that produced the Vietnam-era herbicides say they were not fully aware of how toxic the dioxin contaminant was."
     
  12. Learner1

    Learner1 Forum Support Assistant

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    Ah, thanks! No dioxin for me, please!:eek:
     
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  13. pattismith

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    you are already a kind of "war vet", you don't need more toxic compounds!
     

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