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    http://www.wealth4freedom.com/GWI.html Gulf War Illness Probe To Advance With New Study By PAUL LIKOUDIS Dragon from art.com Tom Clancy s latest novel Rainbow
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      Gulf War Illness Probe To Advance With New Study
      By PAUL LIKOUDIS

      Dragon from art.com

      Tom Clancy's latest novel Rainbow Six rivets readers with a fictional
      account of environmentalist elites who decide that the only way they
      can save the world is to radically eliminate over 95% of the human
      population. Some of the world's leading scientists develop a strain
      of viruses, which they call Shiva after the Indian goddess of death,
      and devise an ingenious method to infect the world's population.

      Part of Clancy's plot involves the development of two antibodies to
      fight the new virus, one of which will be for the world's elite, to
      inoculate them; the other for the sick, to make them sicker.

      But there's a more riveting real-life scenario unfolding in the
      United States and around the world that puts Clancy's fictional
      thriller into the realm of the credible: the efforts of a small group
      of reputable scientists, sick U.S. veterans, and a handful of
      investigative journalists to unlock the secrets of Gulf War Illness
      (GWI), sometimes referred to as Gulf War Syndrome, which has
      afflicted between 100,000 and 200,000 military personnel who served
      in President George Bush's Desert Storm and their families, and which
      is responsible for perhaps 15,000 deaths.

      The number of military personnel who have died of the mysterious
      illness remains a classified secret, one of GWI's top researchers,
      Dr. Garth Nicolson of the Institute for Molecular Medicine, told The
      Wanderer.

      For nearly ten years, since his daughter Sharron returned from the
      gulf where she served with the 101st Airborne, Nicolson and his wife,
      Nancy, a molecular biophysicist, have waged a lonely, frustrating,
      and often dangerous campaign to discover the causes of GWI while
      working on a treatment.

      Their first big break came last week (Jan. 12, '99) when they were
      notified by the U.S. Army that their research had been validated and
      their Institute for Molecular Medicine would be one of three centers,
      with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and the University of
      Texas at San Antonio, involved in a $12 million Veterans'
      Administration funded project to develop a treatment for the
      debilitating and often fatal illness, an infection known technically
      as mycoplasma fermentans.

      Dr. Nicolson explains that slightly under one half of the Gulf War
      veterans he has tested have shown signs of infection by mycoplasma
      fermentans.

      For the husband/wife team of researchers, the army's notice came as a
      tremendous vindication after years of repeated attempts by government
      agencies to ruin their careers, their credibility, and their
      research.

      As both Nancy and Garth Nicolson wrote in the October, 1996 issue of
      Criminal Politics, since he began researching the causes of GWI, he
      has lived through a government sponsored "nightmare."

      "We were attacked by high level military physicians, ostracized by
      certain colleagues who spread rumors about our sanity, forced out of
      academic institutions by a concerted effort that involved nonstop
      administrative harassment, mail and courier theft, wiretaps, credit
      card fraud, breaking a tenure contract, computer and documents theft,
      attempts to block our scientific and medical presentations, sabotage
      our clinical samples, and undermine our employees."

      Their ordeal over the past eight years since 1991 has convinced them
      that certain sections of the U.S. government, working with what might
      be called the "eugenics elite" at the country's top research labs in
      the fields of biochemistry and genetic engineering, are testing new
      designer biologic agents on the American public, starting with
      prisoners and military personnel.

      Who They Are

      The Doctors Garth and Nancy Nicolson are not your ordinary conspiracy
      theory "nuts."

      Garth Nicolson before setting up the Institute for Molecular
      Medicine, a 501c3 corporation, in Huntington Beach, Calif. was the
      David Bruton, Jr., Chair in Cancer Research and professor at the
      University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and
      professor of internal medicine and professor of pathology and
      laboratory medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at
      Houston.

      He was also adjunct professor of comparative medicine at Texas A&M
      University. Among the most cited scientists in the world, having
      published over 480 medical and scientific papers, edited 13 books,
      served on the editorial boards of 12 medical and scientific journals,
      and currently serving as editor of two (Clinical & Experimental
      Metastasis and the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry), he has been the
      recipient of numerous research grants from the U.S. Army, the
      National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, the
      American Cancer Society, and the National Foundation for Cancer
      Research. In 1998, he received the Stephen Paget Award from the
      Cancer Metastasis Research Society and the Albert Schweitzer Award in
      Lisbon.

      Nancy Nicolson, a molecular biophysicist, was on the faculty at
      Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Immunology and
      Microbiology.

      Both scientists have been nominated for a Nobel Prize for their
      groundbreaking work in nucleoprotein gene tracking.

      In 1987, Nancy Nicolson believes, she was deliberately infected with
      mycoplasma incognitus because she refused to participate in research
      on biological weapons and germ warfare, and had, in fact, publicly
      spoken in opposition to such research programs which are, in fact,
      banned by international treaties of which the U.S. is a signatory.

      She became deathly ill, becoming partly paralyzed; her thyroid was
      affected and she contracted meningitis. But during this illness, she
      found the antibiotic Doxycycline helped her regain health.

      In 1991, six months after the Nicolson's daughter returned from the
      gulf, Sharron came down with an illness remarkably similar to what
      Nancy had just recovered from: chronic fatigue, aching joints,
      diarrhea, vomiting, and fevers. The symptoms seemed similar to
      mycoplasma infection, and so the Nicolsons recommended treating her
      with Doxycycline.

      Sharron then began contacting her veteran friends, who were reporting
      similar problems, and of the 73 who tried the treatment, 55 reported
      an improvement in health.

      Now the plot thickens.

      That same year, Garth Nicolson began receiving reports of a "mystery
      illness" spreading among the employees of the Texas Department of
      Criminal Justice in Huntsville. Using gene tracking, the Nicolsons
      discovered these prison employees tested positive for mycoplasma
      fermentans infection.

      Prisoners in Huntsville, Palestine, and Victoria, Texas, had been
      given experimental flu vaccines purportedly developed by Tanox
      Biosystems on Stella Link in Houston, a company with close ties to
      Baylor, and the testing was part of a U.S. Army sponsored program run
      by biotechnology firms.

      The inmates at Huntsville then began spreading their disease to the
      prison guards, who passed it on to family members and others in the
      general population, who then started coming down with symptoms
      similar to those of such dread diseases as Lou Gehrig's Disease, MS,
      and Guillian Barre Syndrome.

      As Garth Nicolson reported his discoveries, he encountered increasing
      hostility from his peers, including Dr. Charles LeMaistre, a friend
      of George Bush and the past president of the M.D. Anderson Cancer
      Center; Dr. George Young, chief of the VA in Houston; and Dr. Robert
      M. Couch, head of the Baylor Influenza Program, because his findings
      implied illegal testing.

      Among Tanox's investors are George Bush and his former Secretary of
      State and fellow Texan James Baker III.

      As opposition rose, so did their understanding of M.D. Anderson's
      deep involvement in biological weapons research and testing since the
      late 1970s, and that M.D. Anderson was specifically engaged in
      research on mycoplasma fermentans as a biological weapon.

      Garth Nicolson resigned under pressure from M.D. Anderson in August,
      1996, and was ordered to remove all his research equipment and
      materials from M.D. Anderson, where he had served as senior tenured
      professor and department chairman for 16 years.

      "The administration was trying to restrict our activities in the area
      of GWI and I resigned because of my stand on academic freedom and my
      right to pursue that particular line of investigation. I had
      unanimous internal clinical review board approval for the research,"
      he told The Wanderer, "but I suspect that then Major General Ronald
      Blanck, currently surgeon general of the army, was pressuring the
      M.D. Anderson administration to stop our research."

      Spreading The Disease

      In dozens of research reports for professional medical journals, and
      in four separate, sworn testimonies before congressional committees,
      the Doctors Nicolson state their belief that Gulf War Illness was
      caused both by the vaccines soldiers sent to the gulf received and by
      airborne chemicals released when U.S. troops destroyed tons of Saddam
      Hussein's chemical weapons.

      Their testimony is that soldiers were exposed to five possible
      sources of exposure: vaccines, some of which were questionable and
      were contaminated by microorganisms; blowback from destroyed
      biological and chemical weapons; factories and bunkers which stored
      the agents; approximately 60 Italian made biological weapons sprayers
      that were fully deployed in southern Iraq and Kuwait; as well as
      airburst SCUD missiles equipped for delivery of chemical and
      biological weapons.

      Prior to deployment, the army administered vaccines, ostensibly,
      against weaponsborn anthrax, to 150,000 soldiers, often eight or nine
      shots at a time. Eighty-five percent of soldiers were told by their
      commanders that they could not refuse the vaccines, under threat of
      courtmartial, and 43% experienced immediate side effects.

      Together, the vaccines and Saddam's chemical weapons produced a toxic
      cocktail producing GWI, the symptoms of which include: aching joints,
      chronic fatigue, memory loss, night sweats, headaches, skin rashes,
      depression, muscle spasms, dizziness, nausea, vision problems, sex
      problems, urination problems, hair loss, bleeding gums, vision
      problems, and eye pain.

      Perhaps the most frightening facet of GWI is that a large fraction of
      it is a communicable disease caused by the biological weapons which
      Gulf War vets have passed on to their wives, their children,
      including those in utero, and even to pets.

      IN HIS CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY, DR. GARTH NICOLSON STATED THAT THE
      GULF WAR WAS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT VACCINE RECORDS ON THE
      TROOPS WERE CLASSIFIED AND REMAIN CLASSIFIED TO THIS DAY. THE
      DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS ADMITTED, HOWEVER, THAT OVER 400,000
      RECORDS HAVE DISAPPEARED.

      Former Air Force Captain Joyce Riley, a Gulf War vet and another
      major figure working to expose the causes of GWI, has concluded that
      medical records of approximately 70% of all Gulf War vets are listed
      as "missing."

      ANOTHER BIZARRE TWIST TO THIS TALE IS THAT THE ARMY'S MEDICAL RECORDS
      FROM THE GULF WAR WERE IN STORAGE AT THE MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING IN
      OKLAHOMA CITY WHEN IT WAS BOMBED.

      What has alarmed the Nicolsons, and other researchers, is that
      mycoplasmal infections are often relatively benign, but preliminary
      investigations of some mycoplasma found in some Gulf War veterans
      contains the HIV1 envelope gene, a component of the AIDS virus which
      renders the mycoplasma invasive, enabling it to spread throughout the
      body, alter DNA, and cause birth defects.

      Another frightful scenario is the possibility that some vets, who
      have been infected with the mycoplasma disease but as yet show no
      symptoms, may be donating blood, and thereby infecting the larger
      population.

      This is the view of Dr. Patricia Axelrod, one of the first to speak
      out about Gulf War Illness. In a Dec. 12th, 1996 Montel interview,
      she said: "We are dealing with bacterial warfare agents. We are
      dealing with chemical warfare agents. We are dealing with radiation
      poisoning. . . . The Department of Defense is covering this up."

      Already, as Life magazine reported in 1995, an abnormally high
      percentage of children with birth defects have been born to Gulf War
      vets.

      More Mysteries

      On Feb. 9th, 1994, former Michigan Sen. Don Riegle, Jr., took to the
      floor of the U.S. Senate and reported:

      "Records available from the supplier for the period from 1985 until
      the present show that during this period, pathogenicbiologic agents
      meaning poisonous and other materials were exported to Iraq pursuant
      to application and licensing by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

      "Records prior to 1985 were not available, according to the supplier.
      These exported materials were not attenuated or weakened and were
      capable of reproduction. Thus, from at least 1985 through 1989, the
      United States government approved the sale of quantities of
      potentially lethal biological agents that could have been cultured or
      grown in large quantities in an Iraqi biological warfare
      program. . . .

      "I find it especially troubling that, according to the supplier's
      records, these materials were requested by and sent to Iraqi
      government agencies, including the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission,
      the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education, the State Company for Drug
      Industries, and the Ministry of Trade. While there may be legitimate
      needs for pathogens in medical research, closer scrutiny should be
      exercised."

      AMONG THE CHEMICALS SENT TO IRAQ RIEGLE CITED WERE BACILLUS ANTHACIS,
      CLOSTRIDIUM BOTULINUM, HISTOPLASMA CAPSULATUM, AND BRUCELLA
      MELITENSIS.

      "IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE IRAQIS WERE ORDERING," SAID DR.
      NICOLSON, "THEY WERE ORDERING FAR MORE THAN WHAT THEY WOULD NEED FOR
      LEGITIMATE TESTING PURPOSES AS CONTROLS FOR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING."

      AMONG THE COMPANIES GRANTED EXPORT LICENSES TO SHIP THESE TOXIC
      AGENTS ABROAD WAS THE AMERICAN TYPE CULTURE COLLECTION OF ROCKVILLE,
      MD., AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S OWN CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL IN
      ATLANTA WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING SOME OF THE MATERIALS, ACCORDING
      TO RIEGLE'S INVESTIGATION.

      Strange Twists

      One of the strangest facts among the millions uncovered by
      investigators such as the Nicolsons and Captain Riley is that Nobel
      laureate Joshua Lederberg of Rockefeller University is on American
      Type Culture Collection's board of directors.

      Lederberg is not only one of the world's leading experts on
      cuttingedge molecular biology and genetics, but was also named to
      lead the presidential commission to investigate the Gulf War disease
      by President Clinton.

      Lederberg, a member of the Department of Defense Science Board and an
      advocate of biological warfare, has helped steer Defense funds to
      organizations working on biological warfare.

      As chairman of the government's investigators into GWI, Lederberg
      claimed that his researchers could not discover any cause for Gulf
      War Illness.

      Another Nobel laureate who figures in this drama is Dr. James Watson,
      who won a Nobel in 1962 for physiology and medicine with two British
      scientists, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilson, for his role in
      unraveling the molecular structure of DNA.

      In 1968, Watson became director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
      of Quantitative Biology in New York, where he is a leading researcher
      in the Human Genome Project.

      Watson, with other doctors, was involved in the development of the
      flu vaccine which was used on the inmates in Texas prisons.

      Meanwhile, as the Clinton administration slowly changes its official
      position that Gulf War Illness is a myth, the Department of Defense
      acknowledges its past shortcomings in handling complaints related to
      GWI and research on its causes; the Veterans Administration has
      reported that the active duty tumor rate in the U.S. military has
      increased more than 600% since 1990; there is a health crisis in the
      gulf states, with an estimated 15%20% of populations "sick" at any
      given time; birth defects and infant deaths are soaring.

      In a September, 1996 appearance at Washington University in St.
      Louis, Nobel laureate Edward O. Wilson, an environmental scientist,
      spoke on the subject of downsizing the earth's population.

      The mildmannered Harvard professor of entomology, reported The St.
      Louis PostDispatch (Sept. 12th, 1996), explained how the earth's
      population had to be brought down to "the hundreds of millions" for a
      true ecological balance. . . .

      "A single global policy on population is unfeasible, he said. But
      efforts are under way in this and other populous nations to achieve
      zero population growth and even depopulation, he said."

      The March/April, 1996 edition of Foreign Affairs published an article
      for its elite readership, "Why We Need a Smaller U.S. Population and
      How We Can Achieve It."

      The stuff of fiction? Not anymore.

      "This story gets more and more tangled the deeper you dig," Dr.
      Nicolson told The Wanderer.

      Indeed it does, especially as GWI is exploding in the civilian
      population.

      + + +

      For Gulf War vets, there is some good news, Dr. Nicolson said. "The
      Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are now
      allowing physicians to treat microplasma infections in Gulf War
      Illness patients with antibiotics, according to our published
      protocols.

      "This was not allowed just a few months ago."



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