The Remedies of War Part 2

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The symptoms may vary between individuals. And, although I am not advocating isopathic medicine for the exposures about to be mentioned, I feel it is important to state clues that may lead to a clearer etiology to help find their correct remedy. Perhaps this could be likened to viewing a plague or epidemic in the past. Hahnemann, from his Organon of Medicine, aphorism.

“…the exciting cause as being injurious influences to which they were particularly exposed. These causes can be from excessive amounts or insufficient foods, severe physical impressions, strains, physical irritations, mental emotions. For example, when many are attacked by very similar sufferings from the same cause (epidemically). These diseases generally become infectious (contagious) when they prevail among the thickly congregated masses of human beings, i.e., fevers arising of a peculiar nature and because the cases of disease have an identical morbid process. The calamities of war, inundation and famine are not infrequently their exciting causes and producers — sometimes they are peculiar acute miasms which recur in the same manner.”

So perhaps in exploring the symptoms of an “acute miasm”, we can better understand what these veterans share. Each soldier that has served in any war has fought his own unique war from what they brought from them and the experiences and influences that come to each one. We are weighing the individual’s response with the epidemic’s familiar symptoms that far too many experience collectively.

Between 1962 and 1975 the United States sprayed more than 10.6 million gallons [40 million liters – Ed.] of herbicide on Southeast Asia to defoliate the dense jungles. The height of the spraying came from President Johnson’s “Operation Ranchhand” in the mid-1960’s. In general the Agent Orange sprayed in Vietnam was twenty times more contaminated with dioxin than that banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There was only 370 pounds (167 kg) of dioxin in totality of the over 10 million gallons of Agent Orange. However, a dose of one part of dioxin per 20 billion ingested by a young male rhesus monkey killed it in twelve days!

Inhalation of dioxin can cause a burning sensation in the nose and throat, migraine headaches, dizziness, nausea with vomiting, stomach cramps, joint pain, acne, abnormalities of the liver, pancreas, circulatory and respiratory system. Blood in the stool is a common symptom reported even 30 years after exposure. Dioxin accumulates in the adipose tissue, the blood, and is passed through breast milk and has an extremely long half-life. In fact, dioxins are now being considered as an “environmental hormone”, according to Karen Schmidt from Science News.

It can suppress the immune system 100 times more effectively than cortisone. It is also a carcinogen. She stresses greater concern about the much lower exposures to dioxin that may result in adverse health effects subtly and being very difficult to detect (perhaps homeopathic principles are catching on). Its immunotoxic effects occur in extremely low doses. Many are dying from the insidious side effects of Agent Orange. Symptoms can appear weeks or years after initial exposure. One soldier reported that the water tasted so bad that he was grateful when the bitter slime-like substance was palliated in the mess hall by Kool-aid to kill the dreadful taste.

He would see men choking and having violent convulsions after exposure. He passed if off as battle fatigue then. If a bomb crater full of water was found, soldiers would just scoop it out and drink it no matter how brown or scummy it looked, if there was nothing else to drink.

Often these men would be covered with rashes, experience dizziness, be nauseous, suffer from migraine headaches, stomach cramps and black depression. If soldiers were on a spray mission, surveying an area, or were in combat, they often lived in the same clothing for days or even weeks. Protective gear was not issued nor even considered.

One veteran, whose skin on his hand had shriveled up over the years had been working with substances he called Agent Orange, Agent Blue, Agent Red, Agent Yellow.

He handled many different barrels of chemicals daily with no knowledge of the toxic effects to his body. Agent Orange cannot be singled out, though, as a major factor in causing symptoms whent he mental state has also been so deeply inflicted upon. Post-traumatic stress syndrome is typical in people who experience a disaster or traumatic event in either military or civilian life. A “typical” traumatic event in the life of a soldier is being in combat and having life-threatening experiences or seeing others die. These symptoms are often re-experienced traumatically and repeatedly for years to come.