[ RadSafe ] RE: birth defects in Basrah

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 19 10:34:30 CDT 2007

Yes, that is why folic acid is added to bread in this


--- Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com> wrote:

> April 18
>          Thank you for posting this, John.  Good
> questions.
>          I don't see how birth defects could only
> have shown up in Basrah, 
> as Salsman claims.  Or at least he says (below) they
> were only reported in 
> the vicinity.  His original question (RADSAFE, Apr.
> 3) said:  "Are there 
> any alternative hypotheses for the birth defect
> increases in Basrah, U.S., 
> and U.K. troops which have not been ruled out?"
>          Wasn't DU used in more places than around
> Basrah?  Even it had 
> only been used there, the anti-DU partisans seem to
> be saying the windblown 
> DU has spread all over Iraq.
>          My guess is that the reason someone keeps
> posting stuff about 
> folate is that folate appears to be effective in
> decreasing birth defects, 
> especially spina bifida.  It goes back to the poor
> diets of the Iraqi 
> people during the 1990s.
> Steven Dapra
> At 10:15 AM 4/18/07 -0700, John Jacobus wrote:
> >Was that the only city reported on?  Have
> >epidemiological studies been performed in other
> large
> >cities?  What were the birth defect rates 5 years
> ago?
> >  You need to validate all of the data, not just
> >cherry-pick the stuff that supports your position.
> >
> >As noted by the Michigan Department of Community
> >Health at
> >

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-- John F. Kennedy 

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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