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Gulf War illnesses: complex medical, scientific & political paradox

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By Nicolson GL, Nicolson NL • www.ProHealth.com • April 26, 1998


Gulf War illnesses are a collection of disorders that for the
most part can be diagnosed and treated, if effective
programmes exist to assist veterans, and in some cases their
immediate family members. Although these illnesses are complex
and have multi-organ signs and symptoms, a proportion of these
patients can be identified as having Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and/or
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). Although there are many possible
causes of CSF/ME/FMS, chronic infections can explain, at least
in a subset of patients, the apparent transmission of these
illnesses to family members and the appearance of chronic,
multi-organ and auto-immune signs and symptoms. Unfortunately,
many veterans who have been diagnosed with chronic infections,
such as mycoplasmal infections, cannot obtain adequate
treatment for their condition, resulting in their reliance on
private physicians and clinics for assistance. This lack of
response may ultimately be responsible for the transmission of
the illness to non- veterans.




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