[ RadSafe ] Birth defects with Basrah fear and malnutrition - not DU
hflong at pacbell.net
Sun Oct 2 12:10:47 CDT 2005
Do not assume DU association means DU cause.
I would expect increased birth defects wherever (as in Basrah)
there has been starvation and terrorizing.
Saddam killed 100/day for years (visez mass graves)
and dried up the marshes of the Marsh Arabs.
Malnutrition makes birth defects. Especially neurologic defects
are caused by deficiency of folate (greens, as grown in marshes).
Fear (as with heliocopter slaughter) disrupts circulation,
digestion, hormones, etc. These two proven causes are
far more likely than DU.
DU has never been associated with birth defects
where there were not better explanations.
like extreme malnutrition or fear, to my knowledge.
Howard Long MD MPH (epidemiology)
James Salsman <james at bovik.org> wrote:
Prof. Otto G. Raabe wrote:
>... the issue ... is not about birth defect rates but
> about activist-conceived health effects from uranium
> and unspecified toxicants....
Why is the issue not about birth defect rates?
If anyone is capable of identifying a teratogen other than
uranium(VI) which could explain the observed increases in
birth defects in Basrah as well as U.S. and U.K. troops,
then there would be two issues. However, so far only
uranyl is the only teratogenic substance to which all
three populations were known to be exposed. Does anyone
know of any alternative hypotheses?
What I object to is the attempt to obscure the time series.
As a taxpayer, I want to know whether the exposed vets are
getting better or worse over time. There are no prior
human uranyl exposures from which to estimate. The
scientific value of the Naval Health Research Center's
Birth and Infant Health Registry database is huge, and
crucial to anyone who must plan for uranium fires, such as
those in transportation, uranium end-users, and other
affected parties such as the exposure victims.
Treatment for white blood cell and gonocyte chromosome
decay seem essentially pointless unless the amount
occurring over time, and the extent to which it is
accelerating or decelerating, is known. There is also
no way to quantify the number of birth defects resulting
from exposure without understanding the long-term trend.
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