Friday 3 june 5 03 /06 /Jun 22:05

Hello all,

 

     Been doing a lot of research this week on the chemicals that make up Agent Orange.  This chemical was used in the Vietnam War to clear out the jungle growth so our troops could see where possible enemy threats were hiding.  Like many people that are from my generation and before our fathers either fought in the jungles of Vietnam or know someone that served in one of the United States military branches during the war.   There has been many medical issues that our soliders from this war have due to their exposure to this chemical.  Also many medical issues that have been found in these soliders children and possible can affect their grand children.  Below is a timeline of the usuage of Agent Orange.

 

 

A timeline of Agent Orange use:

Early 1940s: During the Second World War, University of Chicago professor Dr.
E.J. Kraus discovers an acid called 2,4-D. Kraus observes it could kill certain
plants.
1950s: The U.S. Army successfully experiments with 2,4-D in Panamanian and
Malaysian forests and adds it to their chemical arsenal. Scientists note a mixture
of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-D can cause an immediate negative effect in plants.
1954-57: French colonial army defeated, Vietnam split in two by peace
settlement. North Vietnam attacks South Vietnam. U.S. aids South Vietnam in
fight but denies official involvement until Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964.
1961: Chemical herbicides shipped to Vietnam, including Agent Orange, Agent
Blue and Agent White, among others. They were named so because of the
colour-coded stripes on their barrels.
1962-71: The U.S. military launches Operation Ranch Hand to defoliate the
dense Vietnamese jungle and take cover away from the enemy. Over the next
nine years, over 80 million litres of herbicide was used in southern Vietnam. Most
of this was Agent Orange.
1965: Dow Chemical's scientists express private concerns about Agent Orange's
effect on humans.
1966: The U.S.military douses parts of CFB Gagetown with Agent Orange to test
its effects. Canadian soldiers were on the ground during the aerial spraying.
1969: Bionetics Research Laboratories exposes dioxin, a by-product of the Agent
Orange manufacturing process, as the cause of deaths and stillbirths in
laboratory animals. The Food and Drug Administration releases the report and
the White House ordered a partial scale-back of Agent Orange use in Vietnam.
1971: The U.S. Surgeon General regulates Agent Orange use at home. Agent
Orange use officially ceases in Vietnam.
1973: Vietnam War ends for American troops.
1981: Canadian committee finds no evidence of health problems due to Agent
Orange use at CFB Gagetown. The media are invited to view the sprayed areas.
1984: Seven American chemical companies pay $180-million to settle a class
action suit by U.S. veterans, who claimed the defoliant caused cancer and birth
defects.


1990: The Zumwalt report to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finds some
links between Agent Orange use and thousands of Vietnam veterans who
complained of health problems.
2004: The Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs quietly awards disability
compensation to two former soldiers at CFB Gagetown.
2005: After years of trying to get compensation for its citizens, a U.S. court
throws out a class action lawsuit on behalf of millions of Vietnamese who claim
they were affected by Agent Orange use during the Vietnam war.
May 2005: Canadian officials publicly admit the compensation claims and
subsequent lack of publicity. They also admit not knowing how many people are
affected and urge soldiers who served at CFB Gagetown during the spraying to

 

     I am sure each of you reading this are thinking ok so what does this have to do with me or PsA.  Below Is a list of illnesses that are linked to Agent Orange in Veterns and their children.

 

http://agentorangelegacy.com/reported-illnesses/

 

REPORTED ILLNESSES

This is the list of birth defects, illnesses, diseases, mental health issues etc. reported by our members as of June 2010.

This list also includes symptoms reported which remain undiagnosed (many of the children suffer from symptoms which are unexplained or remain untreated.)

We are still working on the list. More information will be added as it becomes available.

ADD

ADHD

Addison's Disease

Allergies

Anemia

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Anxiety

Aolpecia

Areata

Arnold Chiari Malformation

Arthritis

Asbergers

Asthma

Autism

Autonomic Nervous Dysfunction

Bipolar Disorder

Blindness

Brain Tumors

Bulged discs

Cerebal Palsy

Cervical dysplasia

Chronic Angioedema

Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Headaches

Chronic Lyhocytic Thyroiditis

Chronic Sleep Deprivation

Cleft Lips & Palate

Club Foot

Compromised immune system

Connective Tissue Disorder

Conversion Disorder

Cornelia de Lange syndrome

Crohn's Disease

Common Variable Immuno Defieciendy

Cystic Fibrosis

Debilitating muscle spasms

Depression (includes chronic also)

Deformed Fingers (multiple at birth)

Deformed Sinuses

Deformed Toes (multiple at birth)

Degenerative Disc Disease

dextrocardia Deviated Septum

Diabetes Type I

Diabetes Type II

Diagonal Earlobe Crease

Digestive Disorders

Diverticulitis

Double Uterus/Cervix

Double Uvula

Dysautonomia

Ear Infections/problems

Eczema

Endomertil Cancer

Endometriosis

Epilepsy

Familial Tremor

Felty's Syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Foot Deformity

Fragile X Syndrome

Fused veterbrae

Gall Bladder Disease

Gastritis

Gastrointestinal Problems

GERD

Gluten Intolerance

Growth Hormone defficiency

Growths of the Skull

Hashimoto's

Heart Attack

Heart Disease

Heart Failure

Heart Murmur (newborn)

Hemangioma

Hernia

High Blood Pressure

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia (congential)

Hylan Membrane

Hypertension

Hypoglycemia

Hypospadias

Hypothyroid/Hypothyroidism

Hysterectomy

IBS

Imperforate anus

Infertility

Insomnia

Insulin Resistance

Interstitial Cystitis

Intestinal pseudo-obstruction

Intracranial hypertension (rare disease)

ITP platlete disorder

Joint & Muscle Pain

Keratosis Pilaris

Kidney Cysts

Kidney Disease

Knee Dysplasia

Lateral Mycrotia

Learning Disabilities

Leukemia

Loss of Skin

Pigment

Lung Problems

Lupus of the skin

Lymphatic Tumors

Lymphoma Cancer

Macrodactyly

Major Depression

Malformation of both Feet (Severe)

Memory Retention Problems

Mental Health Issues

Mental Retardation

Migraine headaches

Miscarriages

Missing digits

Missing Limbs

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mullerian Aplasia

Multiple Sclerosis

Musco-skeletal Problems

Nasal Polyps

Neuralgia

Neuropathy

Night Terros

Numbness of the Hands (chronic)

OCD

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Osteoarthritis

Osteopenia

Osteoporosis

Ovarian cysts

Pallet Problems

Pancytopenia

PCOS

Poland Syndrome

Primitive Neuro-Ectodermal Tumor

PSOD

Psoriasis

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic Rheumatoid Arthritis

PTSD

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

Renal Failure

Reproductive Problems

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Salpingitis isthmica nodosa (SIN)

Sarcoidosis

Scoliosis

Seizures Severe Chronic Neutropenia

Sinus infections & problems (chronic)

Skin Cancer Skin Problems

Skin Rashes (newborn)

Sleep Apnea

Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida Occulta

Spinal Cord Disease

Spinal deformities

Spondyloarthropy

Spondylolithesis

Spondylolytis

Strange Growths

Subglottal Stignosis

Syndactyly

Syringomeylia

Tachycardia

Tendinitis

Thyroid Cancer

TMJ

Joint Disease

Tourettes

tracheoesophageal fistula

Tumors

Urinary Tract Infections

VACTERL/VADER Association

 

      Trust me I am not blaming what I have on this but it does make me wonder why only my father and myself are the only two people in my entire family that have PsA.  I either have or had several other issues listed on here besideds the PsA.  This is just a little food for thought, however I would really like to hear from anyone that had a parent serve in the Vietnam War or that could have been exposed to Agent Orange.  I am just wondering how many of us are out there that have this in common.

 

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