|The quantitative analysis of depleted uranium isotopes in British, Canadian, and U.S. Gulf War veterans.||Estimate
of the Time Zero Lung Burden of Depleted Uranium in
Persian Gulf War Veterans
|BALLISTIC PROPERTIES OF DEPLETED URANIUM AND BIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES||
WHO ‘suppressed’ scientific study into
depleted uranium cancer fears in Iraq
|DISCUSSION ON THESE SCIENTIFIC REPORTS|
quantitative analysis of depleted uranium isotopes in British,
Canadian, and U.S. Gulf War veterans.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St.
purpose of this work was to determine the concentration and ratio
The urine samples
and separated into isotopic dilution
of the Time Zero Lung Burden of Depleted Uranium in Persian Gulf War
Estimate of the Time Zero Lung Burden of Depleted Uranium
Publication: Military Medicine, Vol. 168, August 2003, pages 600-605.
Abstract: The aim of this study was to
amount of DU in the
An NOW for something completely different:
JOURNAL OF BATTLEFIELD TECHNOLOGY, VOL 5, NO 3, NOVEMBER 2002 5
BALLISTIC PROPERTIES OF DEPLETED URANIUM AND BIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES
William S. Andrews, Edward A. Ough, Brent J. Lewis and Leslie G.I. Bennett
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Royal Military College of
Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7K 7B4.
Abstract. Over the past quarter century, depleted uranium (DU)
[du-list] Fw: [downwinders] The quantitative analysis of depleted
uranium isotopes in British, Canadian, and U.S. Gulf War veterans.
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 18:40:06 -0700
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isotopes in British, Canadian, and
Below === line is a proof that some
engage in cover-ups of
adverse health effects of uranium weapons, called DU (depleted uranium)
weapons, although it is a scientific fact that other alloys of uranium are
also being used.
It is simply a lie that "Canadian testing
not been able to identify
elevated levels of DU or even natural uranium in urine, hair or bone samples
of veterans." Compare, for example, with peer-reviewed paper below ----
line, by researchers Durakovic, Horan, Dietz, and Zimmerman from the
independent Canadian Uranium Medical Research Centre. They found over 2000
times higher levels of depleted uranium in urine of exposed Gulf War I
veterans than in unexposed veterans from the same war.
"Researchers" Andrews, Ough, Lewis and
at the Royal Military
College of Canada and the journal that published their rubbish comply with
the infamous Dan Fahey's "standard" of scientific scrutiny and honesty. Only
ignorants still believe that the military would be able to produce objective
information on a most incriminating topic.
Ough is the Head of the Gulf War I
radioisotopic analysis program
in Canada. Cynically, he and other people, like Fahey in the US, pretend to
stand for the ill veterans' intersts but put their loyalty to the military
first. Let's hope the ill veterans and families of the deceased will tell
Ough and Co. where to go.
Why testing by the US Department of
(DOD) and Canadian Department of
National Defense (DND) is unable to detect any hazards -- see March 2003
article titled "12 years too late?" www.umrc.net/12yearsNotTooLate.asp
by Tedd Weyman, Deputy Director, Uranium Medical Research Centre, which
states in conclusions:
"The constructing of follow-up and
programs that persist at
refusing to conduct isotopic analyses on veterans whose medical symptoms and
deployment histories suggest a high likelihood of inhalational exposure to
DU is a distinct contradiction with other government policies and a slap in
the face to veterans."
Weyman's is one of a few texts drawing
to the extreme hazard of
nuclear waste recycled into uranium alloys for manufacture of "conventional"
weapons. The most hazardous additive are so-called transuranics, which are
tens of thousands of times more radioactive than pure Depleted Uranium (DU,
mostly Uranium 238, some U234 and 235) or pure, Non-Depleted Uranium (Virgin
"The contents of recycled uranium are
more radioactive than
pure, Virgin Uranium and pure Depleted Uranium. This mix of materials
contains “transuranic elements, fission products, spent fuel products and
nuclear activation products” of plutonium 239, 241, 242, uranium-236, and
neptunium (and a host of other elements...)
...Both independent and government radiological analyses of DU penetrators
collected from DU battlefields have detected trace amounts of
transuranics, including plutonium-239 in the metal. Independent studies have
detected traces of uranium-236 in veterans’ urine; adding a new dimension to
the inhalational exposure risks to veterans from recycled uranium elements."
"The degree of increase of the internal
dose from transuranics has
not been examined beyond theoretical calculations  . DOD and NATO
defense departments have been sponsoring studies to draw conclusions that it
is not present, and if it is, its not relevant. DOD’s failure to even
consider the possibility of transuranics contamination in the Follow-Up
program protocols suggests that there is more than DU to worry about."
Weyman exposes the insidiuous methods of
by official "studies"
under DOD and DND control:
"By their own admissions, DND’s and DOD’s
screening and follow-up
programs have not been conducted by laboratories and researchers reliably
able to measure DU in veterans. Instead, multi-millions of research dollars
are diverted to gratuitous studies  of laboratory animals to examine
irrelevant anatomical mechanisms and questionable biological pathways --
body hair, shrapnel, “nose-only inhalation”, and “nose-brain barriers”.
The outcomes of these studies will be meaningless for the majority of Gulf
and Balkan veterans.
Inadequate and inconclusive radiological,
programs mean no proofs
(one way or another) of DU contamination for deceased, ill and dying
veterans or the possible links to mutagenic effects of this contamination on
their children. This means the largest population of battlefield DU exposed
veterans will not be recognised – even if they have, in fact, been
contaminated. Research into pathways of tertiary medical interest will not
examine the causal relationship between DU inhalational exposure and its
affects on health. Nor will it examine the primary mechanisms of exposure
and environmental transport vectors coinciding with veterans’ deployment
histories or civilians present in the Persian Gulf and Balkan theatres."
Writing from collective expertise of
of the independent Uranium
Medical Research Centre, Weyman suggests the right way of testing and
"A responsible approach by DND and DOD
be to set-up technologically
competent screening programs for all veterans presenting with symptoms of
uranium internal contamination, coincident with deployment histories in
known DU battlefields. Where DU and possibly transuranics, are conclusively
detected in veterans’ urine, research can begin relevant biological and
clinical studies of the target organs, metabolic pathways, radiation dose
models and systemic effects of uranium internal contamination via
inhalation. Contrary to DND’s and DOD’s programs, independent research and
even the military’s own, recent admissions are proof that there is still
time and the available technology to measure DU in veterans. Twelve years
in not too late for this to be done right."
counterstart: August 22, 2002