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Detoxifying from Gulf War Illness


Have you ever heard of “Gulf War Illness”? If you served in the Gulf War, or know someone who did, you may know this illness and its effects all too well. For years the symptoms associated with Gulf War Illness have had no explanation or retribution. However, due to discoveries over the past few years, Gulf War Illness is now being recognized as a serious medical condition. Let’s take a closer look at this debilitating condition . . .

Have you ever heard of “Gulf War Illness”? If you served in the Gulf War, or know someone who did, you may know this illness and its effects all too well. Symptoms such as extreme fatigue, memory loss, splitting headaches and unexplained moodiness are just a few of the many that you might be experiencing on a daily basis. And for years those symptoms have had no explanation or retribution.

Even before the Gulf War was over, the medical establishment and others denied the fact that such symptoms were a result of serving in the War. Essentially some of the medical community refused to believe Gulf War Illness even existed. However, due to discoveries over the past few years, Gulf War Illness is now being recognized as a serious medical condition.

What causes Gulf War Illness? Who was affected? Is there any way to get relief from symptoms? Let’s take a closer look at this debilitating condition . . .

What causes Gulf War Illness?
During the war, many soldiers were exposed to nerve agents, pesticides and pills containing acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs).  According to a new scientific review conducted by researchers at the University of California at San Diego, the AChEIs are directly linked to Gulf War Illness symptoms, including fatigue, memory loss, severe headaches, respiratory and skin ailments, mood-cognition problems and musculoskeletal symptoms.

Who was affected?
An estimated 32 percent of the military personnel deployed in the Persian Gulf developed chronic health problems with a variety of symptoms similar to what is seen in agriculture workers exposed to pesticides. An estimated 250,000 soldiers who took a high amount of carbamate pyridostigmine bromide (PB), a medicine containing AChEIs designed to counteract possible exposure to nerve agents, had a higher incidence of symptoms. In addition, over 41,000 service men and women who were overexposed to pesticides in the line of duty and 100,000 military personnel exposed to the nerve gas sarin experience one or several symptoms of Gulf War Illness.

Is there any way to get relief from symptoms?
For anyone exposed to poisonous chemicals, a detoxification of the system may help. Consider these natural detoxifiers:

Burdock root. Reputed for its ability to cleanse the blood, this herb is good for symptoms that manifest themselves in the skin, bladder and kidneys.

Cayenne. This spice is legendary for its weight loss and system-clearing properties, specifically in the circulatory digestive, and respiratory systems.

Celery seed. A natural diuretic, celery seeds help to flush toxins out of the body and can also reduce inflammation.

Echinacea. This flowering herb boosts the immune system and fights off infections.

Garlic. The antioxidant powers of garlic fight damaging free radicals. Supplementing with garlic pills can help people avoid the “garlic breath” that can result from eating fresh garlic.

Thank goodness Gulf War Illness is now being given the attention it deserves. If you suffer from Gulf War Illness, you are no longer alone in your fight . . . you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore.



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