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Navy Researcher Links Toxins In War-Zone Dust To Ailments

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Subject: [VeteranIssues] Navy researcher links toxins in war-zone dust to ailmentsDate: May 12, 2011 10:28 AMAttachments: image001.jpg image002.png


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By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY

U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait

have inhaled microscopic dust particles

laden with toxic metals, bacteria and fungi

— a toxic stew that may explain everything

from the undiagnosed Gulf War Syndrome

symptoms lingering from the 1991 war

against Iraq to high rates of respiratory,

neurological and heart ailments

encountered in the current wars, scientists


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    David Furst, AFP/Getty ImagesMarines in
    Afghanistan are engulfed in dust researchers

say could contain harmful particles.Enlarge

By David Furst, AFP/Getty Images

Marines in Afghanistan are engulfed in dust

researchers say could contain harmful particles.

"From my research and that of others, I

really think this may be the smoking gun,"

says Navy Capt. Mark Lyles, chair of medical

sciences and biotechnology at the Center for

Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War

College in Newport, R.I. "It fits everything —

symptoms, timing, everything."

Lyles and other researchers found that dust

particles — up to 1,000 of which can sit on

the head of a pin — gathered in Iraq and

Kuwait contain 37 metals, including a

luminum, lead, manganese, strontium and

tin. The metals have been linked to

neurological disorders, cancer, respiratory

ailments, depression and heart disease,

according to the Environmental Protection

Agency. Researchers believe the metals

occur both naturally and as a byproduct of


Researchers in and out of the military say

the particles are smaller and easier to inhale

than most dust particles, and that recent

droughts in the region have killed desert

shrubs that helped keep down that dust. The

military's heavy vehicles have pounded the

desert's protective crust into a layer of fine

silt, Lyles says. Servicemembers breathe the

"Keep on, Keepin' on"

Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan"

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