Gulf War Illness and Toxic Exposures in the Home
Gulf War Illness (also called Gulf War Syndrome) is a collection of ongoing symptoms reported by military veterans that in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. In addition to veterans from the United States, the same set of symptoms were reported by veterans from British, Canadian, Czech, Danish, Saudi, Egyptian, Australian and other Coalition Armed Forces.
By 1999, more than 110,000 American veterans of Desert Storm/Desert Shield (approximately 15% of deployed U.S. Armed Forces) reported they had developed this set of symptoms within six to twenty-four months after returning from the Persian Gulf.
The symptoms include:
- Continuous Fatigue
- Persistent Headaches
- Muscle Aches and Pains
- Neurological Symptoms – tingling and numbness in limbs
- Cognitive Dysfunction – short term memory loss, poor concentration, inability to take in information
- Mood and Sleep Disturbances – Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia.
- Dermatological Symptoms – Skin Rashes, Unusual Hair loss.
- Respiratory Symptoms – Persistent Cough, Bronchitis, Asthma
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms – Diarrhea, Constipation, Nausea, Bloating.
- Cardiovascular Symptoms
- Menstrual Symptoms
There are a number of factors that could have contributed to Gulf War Illness, including infectious diseases, biological weapons, and chemical weapons. There were also a considerable number of very toxic chemicals to which veterans were exposed, including pesticides, diesel and jet fuels, specialized paints, and chemical solutions to decontaminate gear from chemical warfare exposures.
Any of these chemicals could cause the symptoms experienced by the veterans and cause long-term damage to their bodies.
In fact, this list of symptoms is very similar to the list of symptoms reported by people who have been diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. These sensitivities are known to be caused by exposures to toxic chemicals found in everyday consumer products and building materials found in the average home.
According to the field of toxicology, the first thing to do when someone is exposed to a toxic chemical is to remove them from being exposed to the chemical—either by removing the person from the location of the chemical or removing the chemical from the location of the person.
Gulf War veterans with symptoms of Gulf War Illness have been removed from their wartime exposure to the chemicals that caused the damage to their bodies that resulted in symptoms, but they are still being exposed to similar toxic chemicals as they go about their daily lives.
And so, an essential part of recovery for someone with Gulf War Illness is to create a safe home environment where their bodies can rest from the assault of toxic chemicals found in the common home and in public places.
One solution would be to identify and remove sources of chemical exposure by swapping out toxic consumer products for safe ones, one by one. While that can be done over a period of time, a quicker solution is to get an air purifier that would remove toxic exposures in the air. This could be installed within days and bring immediate improvement to indoor air quality.
How To Reduce Indoor Air Pollution
Indoor air pollution is a major contributor to respiratory illnesses, allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivities. Currently in your home there are VOC’s and toxic vapors that are serving as triggers for various illnesses and recognizing the root cause of these triggers is just half the battle. Often we neglect the most important factors in indoor air quality standards and that is putting a system in place that can remove these indoor air pollutants from your home without the use of toxic products or products that release harmful chemicals and VOC’s back into your environment.
How you can achieve clean air in your home with an air purifier
Prior to contrary belief, there is a misconception that all air purifiers are created equal, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Traditional air purifier and room purifiers focus on particulate removal of dust, dander, and bacteria but neglect the chemical odors that are contributing to your illnesses and respiratory illness. Carbon technology is widely used and accepted means for odor removal in air cleaners but when dealing with carbon filter you will be limited to the odors and chemical odors that you are able to remove from your indoor air space. Carbon can be compared to a sponge, which can absorb the VOC’s and toxic chemicals from your indoor air space but just like a sponge can be wrung out so too can carbon release these chemical odors back into your environment.
Best Air Purifier to Remove VOC’s from your home
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Gulf War Syndrome Resource List
BOOK: Gulf War Syndrome: Legacy of a Perfect War
By Alison Johnson
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Gulf War Syndrome
The Environmental Illness Resource: Gulf War Syndrome
Gulf War Research Panel Finds 1 in 4 Veterans Suffers from Illness Caused by Toxic Exposure (2008)
The Institute for Molecular Medicine