[ RadSafe ] Will Robert Cherry and John Johnson face the truth about DU?

bobcherry at cox.net bobcherry at cox.net
Wed Mar 1 15:42:00 CST 2006

You know, Jimmy, you are the first person ever  to tell me that I was cowardly. Would you care to tell me that in person?

Bob C
> From: James Salsman <james at bovik.org>
> Date: 2006/03/01 Wed PM 03:59:51 EST
> To: radsafe at radlab.nl
> CC: du-list at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [ RadSafe ] Will Robert Cherry and John Johnson face the truth
> 	about DU?
> Like Dan Fahey and Roger Helbig, I abhor misinformation from
> depleted uranium munitions opponents.  However, those responsible
> for the atrocity of pyrophoric depleted uranium munitions and
> the affect they have had on the men and women serving in the
> United States' armed forces is nothing short of gross negligence.
> I challenge those participating on this list to step forward:
> A.  Will Robert Cherry and John R. Johnson join me in calling
> for the immediate testing of uranium munitions combustion
> products for soluble uranyl ion (e.g., UO3(g) vapor) such as
> has been empirically detected by Salbu et al.[1]?
> B.  Will Robert Cherry and John R. Johnson join me in asking
> Margaret A. K. Ryan, Director of the DoD Birth and Infant
> Health Registry, to release the trend information regarding
> the congenital malformation rates among the children of
> combat-deployed 1991 Gulf War veterans, which in 2000 were
> already about two and three times the average for males and
> females, respectively[2]?
> C.  Will Robert Cherry and John R. Johnson join me in calling
> for immediate chromosome aberration analysis[3] of several
> species of mammals exposed to depleted uranium combustion
> product inhalation in order to empirically judge the genotoxic
> effects of uranium combustion product inhalation poisoning[4-9]?
> What does it say about their regard for the men and women
> serving in the United States armed forces that these so-called
> professionals and their colleagues have not already been
> asking these questions?  Are they so cowardly that they feel
> it more important to depend on a poison with as-yet-unknown
> long-term effects than to take personal responsibility for
> their actions?  I see no evidence to the contrary.  It is a
> shame that I, a private citizen with no more interest in the
> matter than my daughter's future reproductive health, must
> call them to account.
> Sincerely,
> James Salsman
> References:
> [1] Salbu, B.; Janssens, K.; Lind, O.C.; Proost, K.; Gijsels, L., 
> Danesic, P.R. (2005) "Oxidation states of uranium in depleted uranium 
> particles from Kuwait." Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 78, 
> 125?135: http://www.bovik.org/du/Salbu-uranyl-detected.pdf Abstract: 
> "Environmental or health impact assessments for ... DU munitions should 
> ... take into account the presence of respiratory UO3...."
> [2] Kang H, Magee C, Mahan C, Lee K, Murphy F, Jackson L, Matanoski G. 
> (2001) "Pregnancy outcomes among U.S. Gulf War veterans: a 
> population-based survey of 30,000 veterans." Annals of Epidemiology, 
> vol. 11, pp. 504-11: 
> http://www.annalsofepidemiology.org/article/PIIS1047279701002459/abstract 
> Abstract: "Both men and women deployed to the Gulf theater reported 
> significant excesses of birth defects among their liveborn infants. 
> These excess rates also extended to the subset of 'moderate to severe' 
> birth defects [males: OR= 1.78 (CI = 1.19-2.66); females: OR = 2.80 (CI 
> = 1.26-6.25)]."
> [3] Schröder, H.; A. Heimers; R. Frentzel-Beyme; A. Schott; W. Hoffmann 
> (2003) "Chromosome aberration analysis in peripheral lymphocytes of Gulf 
> war and Balkans war veterans," Radiation Protection Dosimetry, vol. 103, 
> pp. 211-220: http://www.bovik.org/du/chromosome-abberations.pdf 
> Abstract: "there was a statistically significant increase in the 
> frequency of dicentric chromosomes (dic) and centric ring chromosomes 
> (cR) in the veterans. group...."
> [4] Arfsten, D.P.; K.R. Still; G.D. Ritchie (2001) "A review of the 
> effects of uranium and depleted uranium exposure on reproduction and 
> fetal development," Toxicology and Industrial Health, vol. 17, pp. 
> 180-91: http://www.bovik.org/du/reproduction-review-2001.pdf Summary 
> contains: "A number of studies have shown that natural uranium is a 
> reproductive toxicant...."
> [5] Hindin, R.; D. Brugge; B. Panikkar (2005) "Teratogenicity of 
> depleted uranium aerosols: A review from an epidemiological 
> perspective," Environmental Health, vol. 4, pp. 17: 
> http://www.ehjournal.net/content/4/1/17 "Conclusion: In aggregate the 
> human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of 
> birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU."
> [6] Domingo, J.L. (2001) "Reproductive and developmental toxicity of 
> natural and depleted uranium: a review," Reproductive Toxicology, vol. 
> 15, pp. 603-9. Abstract: "Decreased fertility, embryo/fetal toxicity 
> including teratogenicity, and reduced growth of the offspring have been 
> observed following uranium exposure at different gestation periods."
> [7] Durakovic A. (1999) "Medical effects of internal contamination with 
> uranium," Croatian Medical Journal, vol. 40, pp. 49-66: 
> http://www.bovik.org/du/asaf_99.htm Abstract: "well documented evidence 
> of reproductive and developmental toxicity...."
> [8] McDiarmid, M.A., et al. (2006) "Biological monitoring and 
> surveillance results of Gulf War I veterans exposed to depleted 
> uranium," International Archives of Occupational and Environmental 
> Health, vol. 79, pp. 11-21. Abstract: "genotoxicity measures continue to 
> show subtle, mixed results...."
> [9] Miller, A.C.; M. Stewart; K. Brooks; L. Shi; N. Page (2003) 
> "Depleted uranium-catalyzed oxidative DNA damage: absence of significant 
> alpha particle decay," Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, vol. 91, pp. 
> 246-252: http://www.bovik.org/du/Miller-DNA-damage.pdf Abstract: 
> "chemical generation of hydroxyl radicals by depleted uranium in vitro 
> exceeds radiolytic generation by one million-fold...."
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