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Gulf War Syndrome (GWS)
and the Chemically Injured

Is it not likely, that GWS and MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) are fundamentally connected, due to chemical injury?

Due to a lack of a case definition for MCS, (see News MCS Case Definition Still Needs Support) it is impossible to get agreement to this statement from a scientific standpoint. However, what I have heard about GWF, and when I read the articles posted below, common sense tells me that both groups are fundamentally the same because they are brought about by chemical injury. (Editor)

Chemically Induced Diseases: Synergistic Effects and Cumulative Injuries caused by Toxic Chemicals -- Understanding the Gulf War Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity [MCS] Richard Alexander. A major breakthrough in understanding the toxicological impact of multiple chemical exposures has been discovered by researchers at Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Duke University Medical Center.

Research on Gulf War-Associated Neurologic Illness, By the Division of Epidemiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Robert W. Haley, M.D., Director. Epidemiologist Dr. Robert Haley of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has been saying Gulf War Syndrome exists. His research indicates that some people have an enzyme that protects them from nerve gas, while others do not. For summaries of the published research:

Frontline Interview with Dr. Robert Haley. Last Battle of the Gulf War. Learn about some differences between the toxic effects of acute and low level exposures to pesticides from researcher of the Gulf War Syndrome, Dr. Robert Haley.

Though not proven yet, Washington State University, Biochemist, Martin Pall, studies a link. "MCS has overlaps with other medical conditions of uncertain mechanism including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress disorder, and Gulf War syndrome." WSU Biochemist Suggests Vicious Chemical Cycle May Cause Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, 9/16/2002

National Gulf War Resource Center, Inc. 8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone: 800-882-1316 x.162 E-mail: Website:

Research Explores Nerve Gas Effects
ATTN: Gulf War Veterans Peer-reviewed Study shows link between illnesses and Sarin Exposure. Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press. Posted: 2002-12-22 15:45:17.000

Gulf War Veterans Exposed to Sarin Nerve Gas Peer-Reviewed Studies Show What we have been saying for years. Michael D. Woods. Posted: 2002-12-22 16:52:27.000

Soldiers Exposed To Sarin Chemical Warfare Agent in Persian Gulf
Peer-reviewed Research Shows Brain Damage As a Result of Low-Level Exposure. Steve Robinson. Posted: 2002-12-22 23:08:00.000
Gulf War-Associated Neurologic Illness. Division of Epidemiology Research, Southwestern Medical School of the University of Texas, Robert W. Haley, M.D., Director.
Court Case
Court finds for Gulf Illness Veteran (High Court in London), Guardian Unlimited, by George Wright and agencies. Friday June 13, 2003.,11816,976973,00.html
Medical Reports and Information
Environmentally-Caused Illness: The Negligence Continues, By Meryl Nass, MD.
April 15, 2002
Co-infections in Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Other Chronic Illnesses, By Prof. Garth L. Nicolson 12-20-2002.
The Institute for Molecular Medicine. 15162 Triton Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1401.

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your experience, and/or any other comments about this issue.
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If we are both affected by chemical injury, wouldn't it be advantageous to organize and combine efforts for recognition and treatment?

The need for public and political recognition is evident to anyone with MCS or GWS. It would benefit both groups to increase numbers by comembership in an organization, still retaining our separate identities. This would allow us to share information about treatment and diagnosis of the multiple conditions and diseases brought about by chemical injury. I wonder how adequate is the treatment offered to GWS veterans, especially due to the fact that MCS may be involved.
Mary Kempf, MCS
January 2003
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I think this webpage is long overdue! Thank-you for putting it up. The government and public need to know that this illness is not just hapenning in military personnel but in the general population too! Have you ever read the letter from Dr. Nass where she compares MCS to GWS? (See below). I first e-mailed her a couple of years ago and suggested she check out the similarities. She has written about what she has discovered. I think if she dug a little deeper she would discover that the overlap is closer to 100%. I believe that the ones who are the sickest from GWS were the ones who responded to her questionnaire that they did not know of any sensitivity to chemicals. I believe that these very ill people are under constant exposure, and therefore, do not know what is causing their symptoms. If they were put into a clean environment for a week or two, to get totally cleared of their reactions, (called unmasking) they would then be able to tell immediately when they were exposed to something.
January 2003
Environmentally-Caused Illness: The Negligence Continues, By Meryl Nass, MD.
April 15, 2002
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The following link was offered for information about the other illness that MCS persons and GWS persons have. For instance, the incidence of Mycoplasma infection is shared by MCS and GWS persons.
Co-infections in Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Other Chronic Illnesses, By Prof. Garth L. Nicolson 12-20-2002.
The Institute for Molecular Medicine. 15162 Triton Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1401.
Contributed by MCS  person
January 2003
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Our soldiers had gas masks in the first Gulf War, but the chemical alert systems didn't work and/or the soldiers were told to ignore them.   A report on National Public Radio--Democracy Now! yesterday spoke of what happens when researchers get too close to addressing  any area of causation of GWS--in this case, depleted uranium.    The transcript is probably available from Democracy Now!   The researcher lost his job, by the way.  As I recall, the bacterial/parasitic theory was quite some time ago.   Studies by Dr. Robert Haley of Texas and Dr. Abou-Donia of Duke University are quite interesting. 
Here are some recent articles on GWS from CNN (considered to be a credible mainstream media source by many):
Last week CNN-TV reported there were about 209,000 US Gulf War soldiers asking for help due to something called Gulf War Syndrome (out of approximately 700,000.)  The figures speak for themselves.  Naysayers contend that these soldiers are malingerers, just as some contend that the MCS/CI population is.   The truth/reality is that there is no profit in any way, shape or form in being poisoned.  An eye opening lesson can be learned by joining the Gulf War Syndrome listserves and/or interviewing Gulf War and Vietnam (Agent Orange) vets. 
In preparation for the possibility of a new war with Iraq, deployed soldiers are being vaccinated with the smallpox vaccine. This is known to have a deadly repercussion for those at risk.   Those with various health problems who come in contact with the recently vaccinated are also at risk.   Future plans for civilian vaccinations will come to fruition when the war "officially" begins according to the administration.    Our community is at major risk from this vaccine, by the way.   Read Mayo on the subject:
(Editor's Note: Good explanation of the risks of small pox vaccine exposure to immune compromised persons.)
The anti-malaria vaccine, Lariam, is causing quite a stir due to its psychosis-inducing side effects, which include suicide and homicide.  The maker, Roche, has recently changed their warning label--which, of course, doesn't alter the dangers.    A controversial trial is currently taking place about the servicemen vaccinated with Lariam, who committed murder and suicide when they came home from a tour of duty.  
I suppose being "for" something, is a matter of perspective.   I am for not destroying the Earth, human and civil rights, justice and recognition for an emerging group of chemogenic disorders, that are currently being ignored or discredited.
Contributed by MCS  person
January 31, 2003

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