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Vets fight new report that calls for halt to research on 'Gulf War Illness'

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Ecoclimber, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Ecoclimber

    Ecoclimber Senior Member


    Vets fight new report that calls for halt to research on 'Gulf War Illness'

    Anthony Hardie, 48, who suffers from Gulf War Illness, is pictured here in 1991. (FoxNews.com)
    The scene U.S. forces encountered as they entered Kuwait in February 1991 to end the Iraqi occupation was a hellish inferno, with hundreds of oil wells set ablaze by Saddam Hussein's army to send a choking, black smoke billowing into the skies.

    Now, as the troops who served in the Gulf War mark its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, they are fighting a different battle. A new report once again casts doubt on the legitimacy of Gulf War Illness, an ailment afflicting hundreds of thousands of veterans of the war.

    "We were appalled at the new Institute of Medicine report, although not surprised," James Binns, former chairman of the federal Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, told FoxNews.com.

    Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that "further studies to determine cause-and-effect relationships between Gulf War. After 10 years, 9 IOM reports, the BPS school screwed these wounded warriors royally.

    This is what happens if you don't become vigilant and fight the BPS paradigm of psychophysiology. The clash between two paradigms or schools of thoughts and the biomedical reductionist are winning!!

    Fortunately, we learned from the nine GWI IOM reports to fight the IOM so that we could have accurate representation by ME/CFS researchers on our panel instead of dentists and psychs. Another Wessely win that destroyed a patient community. Once the momentum starts, it is very hard to reverse.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016
  2. Justin30

    Justin30 Senior Member

    Sad state of affairs with all these illnesses.

    I truly hope the NIH finds something in there ME/CFS stidy and this will spark further investigations into vaccine related and chemical exposure cause of CFS/ME.

    The psychobable BS and ineffective methods of treatments for "All" patients has got to stop.

    Its time to start looking, testing and experimenting to try to get us well.
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  3. shannah

    shannah Senior Member

    This provides even more reason and motivation to battle to remove Brian Walitt and the other naysayers currently connected with the NIH Post Infectious CFS study.
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  4. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

    Pretty sad. And a sobering reminder of what could have (and could still) happen to us if we do not have any say in the people involved in studying our disease. Here is the overall summary of the report, bolding mine:

    How easily those same statements could be applied to us.
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