Agent Orange doesn’t need much explanation today. With thousands of military veterans exposed, the symptoms, the effects, the diseases are pretty well documented.
Second generation effects are now being seen. Children born to veterans exposed to Agent Orange are born with a high possibility of having Spina Bifida. Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the development of the spinal cord.
Veterans who can prove exposure are eligible for government compensation for medical bills.
“Agent Orange” was the name dubbed the herbicides used to clear the thick jungle foliage because it was stored in big barrels marked with a large orange stripe. Agent Orange was just one of the herbicide combinations used in what was referred to in the military as the Rainbow Herbicides program. There were other blends called Agent White and Agent Blue. But, Agent Orange was the blend most widely used during1961 to 1971 in Vietnam.
The United States Military was not the only ones using the Agent Orange mixture. As late as March 16, 2011, the Toronto Sun reported Ministry of Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey announced that world renounce expert, Dr. Leonard Ritter would lead a panel on a fact-finding mission to determine where the deadly toxin, Agent Orange, was used in Ontario and who may have been exposed to it.
“The revelation that the infamous herbicide had been used starting in the 1950s and possibly as late as 1980 to clear forests and to keep back unwanted vegetation at the sides of highways and in farms has spawned concerns for the health of the workers who applied the chemical and the general public.
”I think there’s probably many (provincial government) ministries that may have used it on their lawns, around the outside of the buildings or any public venue people likely would have used,” Jeffrey said.”
Toxicology Prof To Lead Agent Orange Probe
by By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief
There Are No Tests For Agent Orange Exposure
Screening physicals for Agent Orange exposure are given at VA Medical Centers, but the test is nothing more than a general physical. This record is kept on file and can be used to document the onset or progression of symptoms, but the physical itself does not detect Agent Orange exposure.
Sophisticated research tests, not available to everyone, can measure dioxin levels in the blood and fatty tissues. They are not done by the VA, and only a few laboratories in the world are able to do them. They usually cost between $500-$2000.
The National Geographic paid for tests like these to be done on Investigative journalist, David Ewing Duncan.
Duncan stated: “Now I'm learning more than I really want to know.”
Duncan was tested for 320 chemicals suspected in the foods we eat, the things we drinking, the air we breathe, the close we wear, and products we put on our hair and skin. The test would also detect chemicals that accumulate in the body, such as DDT and PCBs, heavy metals and dioxins (the unwanted byproduct in Agent Orange); pesticides and plastic and flame retardants. But the tests did not test for ‘chemical cocktails, a mixtures of harmless chemicals, when alone do little harm, but when mixed are toxic.
The results were startling and hard for Duncan to understand. When he showed it to his internalist, he assured him he was healthy and that most Americans, if tested, would show similar results.
The Pollution Within
It is the Dioxins that we are concerned about here. Dioxins are by-products of various industrial processes not just in the herbicidal compound found Agent Orange.
According to the Agency of Toxic Substances & Disease Registry:
Dioxins are not intentionally produced and have no known use. They are the by-products of various industrial processes (i.e., bleaching paper pulp, and chemical and pesticide manufacture) and combustion activities (i.e., burning household trash, forest fires, and waste incineration). The defoliant Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War, contained dioxins. Dioxins are found at low levels throughout the world in air, soil, water, sediment, and in foods such as meats, dairy, fish, and shellfish. The highest levels of dioxins are usually found in soil, sediment, and in the fatty tissues of animals. Much lower levels are found in air and water.
Dioxins Can Be Passed On To The Unborn
Dioxins can be passed on to the unborn child from a toxic mother.
The online Wikipedia prints that low levels of dioxins can also be problematic. In developing animals and children, more cleff palates, problems with tooth development, sexual development and endocrine development have been well documented. Adults experience liver damage and diabetes.
Even if you are not a Vietnam Vet, you should consider the symptoms below:
- Nervous system conditions that causes numbness, tingling, and motor weakness
- Abnormal protein, (amyloid) in tissues or organs
- Chemical sensitivity causing an acne-like condition on the skin
- Uncharacteristic blistering of the skin with sun exposure
- Most all kinds of cancers, including cancer which affects white blood cells Hodgkin’s Disease and Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, cancers associated with the lymph system, liver, spleen and progressive anemia
- Type II diabetes and high blood sugar levels which does not respond insulin.
- Parkinson’s Disease, a nervous system disorder that affects the muscles
- Chest pains caused by reduced blood supply
- Liver damage
Public Health Virginia
What To Do If You Suspect Dioxin / Agent Orange Contamination
Until recently, when Dioxin poisoning has occurred, there was little to be done.
Sufferers have found only marginal relief through alternative, nutritional or medical avenues. Getting the dioxins out of the body has been a near impossible job ...until now.
The natural compound zeolite has been used by many Vietnam Vets to relieve their Agent Orange symptoms.
Others have used is high doses of injectable methylcobalamin, a form of Vitamin B-12.
Most other treatments consist of treating the conditions caused by Agent Orange contamination.
- The most effective treatment seems to be a combination of zeolite, nutritional, alternative and medical solutions. By doing this, Agent Orange contamination can be alleviated and many Vet find they can become largely drug free. The micronized zeolite seems to be the missing key.
Cold War Nuclear Disaster Clean-up Success
In the Cold War days of 1986,Clinoptilolite one type of zeolite, was used to clean up the nuclear disaster surrounding Three Mile Island in the Ukraine. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploited and released at least 5% of its neclear radiation. 30 Chernobyl plant workers died from radiation exposure.
The clean up efforts consisted of:
- Over 500,000 tons of Clinoptilolite zeolite was dropped into the reactor to absorb radioactive contaminants.
- Cattle were fed zeolite to help keep radioactive ions out of milk.
- Zeolite "cookies" were baked for children to help reduce radioactive absorption.
12 year latter, In 1998, the National Academy of Sciences published a paper titled "La Roca Magica:
Uses of Natural Zeolites in Agriculture and Industry
in which this fact were published:
Tests taken on plants grown in Cesium and Strontium contaminated soil resulted in NO uptake of either contaminants.
To see the full paper, and go to the section titled Nuclear Waste and Fallout.
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