Maj. Mike Chagaris led a team of medical professional to unravel the mysteries of Gulf War Syndrome. (Photo by Craig Roberts)

Has this man conquered Gulf War Syndrome?

Maj. Michael J. Chagaris emphasizes that he didn’t do it to save humanity. The Fort Bragg company commander and registered nurse makes it clear that his four-year campaign to find the cause of and cure for Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) – also known as Gulf War Illness (GWI) – was driven by a desire to rid himself of the chronic fatigue, weakness, pain and distress that had plagued him since he finished an evening meal in Iraq back in 2007.

Now, however, Chagaris wants the world to know what he calls his “incredible team” of health-care professionals have learned about one of the most baffling diseases to have ever plagued soldiers and veterans. “Considering how I felt for just a few years, it is unimaginable to what some have been going through for, maybe, 20 years. I want them to know about this," he said.

“This”, as it happens, is Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin G Seronegative Q Fever, a variant of a disease so common in the Middle East that is passes through native children largely unnoticed with fewer symptoms, if any, than those exhibited in American kids polka dotted with measles or chicken pox. Q Fever in a western adult, most especially certain military veterans, is a different matter, however. For them, the consequences of infection can cause a lifetime of serious sickness and suffering for which there has been no cure.

Chagaris presented his findings to attendees of The American Legion Washington Conference on Feb. 25. His talk and accompanying slide show was necessarily brief and greatly simplified, but boils down basically to this: GWI or GWS, at least in Chagaris’ case, is caused by a bacterium called Coxiella Burnetii. This germ proliferates in the waste and birth products, such as the placenta, of animals that commonly share space, including living quarters, with people in areas of Southwest Asia such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The bacterium is extremely hardy and can survive in the soil for weeks, months, even years. It contaminates clothing, water and food and is so powerful that the invasion of even one bacterium can cause illness. It is stealthy and hides inside the infected person’s cells, thus evading detection and resisting treatment.

In Chagaris’ case, the infection apparently came via a meal in Iraq. In fact, the Army soldier at first suspected he’d suffered food poisoning or had simply eaten something that didn’t agree with him. But, his symptoms didn’t go away after a couple of days, or even a couple of weeks. In time, he experienced – as he lists on a PowerPoint slide -- weakness, fatigue, joint pain , difficulty sleeping, gastrointestinal distress, vision disturbance, skin rash, swelling of spleen and liver, low blood platelet count (causing internal bleeding), leg pain and memory problems.

Over the years, some of these symptoms would come and go, Chagaris said, but the weakness and fatigue were constant. Assembled, this collection of GWI and GWS symptoms affect as many as a quarter of a million military veterans and have been reported by deployed troops today.

As thousands have, Chagaris sought medical help. At first, no effective treatment was offered because health-care professionals simply did not know the cause of his distress. Predictably, and commonly, a couple of doctors came to the conclusion that Chagaris’ problems were in his head. “But,” he says, “I knew that a psychosomatic illness couldn’t make by liver and spleen swell.”

Doggedly, Chagaris pursued the disease, building a small network of health-care professionals who, through aggressive research, determination and an extraordinary bit of luck, tracked down the bad guy germ and -- equally importantly – the fact that military personnel’s common exposure to certain chemicals such as Pyridostygmine Bromide (a nerve agent antidote), Permethrin (an insecticide), DEET (the insect repellent) and JP-8 fuel made bad matters worse, causing the disease to remain undetectable and, thus, resistant to treatment.

In the end, Chagaris and his team, including a “fantastic” practitioner at the VA medical center in Durham, N.C., and a “terrifically talented” private physician in Alexandria, La., unraveled the mystery, identifying the mysterious culprit as Q Fever. Accordingly, in January 2011, Chagaris began following the Centers for Disease Control protocol for the disease and began an 18-month course of two antibiotics taken in tandem.  Relief came quickly, and he has remained disease free since.

Chagaris is now campaigning to “get the word out” about his experience and the findings of his medical team. He strongly encourages Gulf War and OIF/OEF veterans suffering from long-term, unexplained, multi-symptom illness to “have a conversation with your doctor about this” and health-care professionals to read his peer-reviewed medical paper on the subject. It was published last year in the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and it titled: “Chagaris, M.J., Smith, R.C., Goldstein, A.L. (2012), Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin G Seronegative Q Fever: A Hypothesis for Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Chronic Multi-symptom Illnesses. Journal of Special Operations Medicine.”

Last August, Chagaris made his presentation to the Department of Defense Medical Health System Research Symposium. To date, no medical experts have found fault with the findings. “In science,” says the again-healthy soldier, “the absence of disproof is proof.”

28 Comments

  1. Had nearly the same experience, but after returning from VA Manila, I ended up in a ER on Mindanao, where I live. They say it's micro tearing of muscle groups, with small nerve damage. They never heard of a Gulf War Illness, didn't care, they just killed most of it off with an 11 day antibiotic drip. appears lots of things cause fibromyalgia conditions. Many types of bacterium hide in the micro tears when they heal (chronic pain). activity agitates the tissue around the bacteria, causing mild swelling and pain. During Acute episodes a Potassium shot brings acute, and chronic pain to zero. Maybe I should get checked for some of the bacterium. The docs say in a year, while on light meds the bacteria can be killed off into remission with a single light chemo treatment. Doubt I'd do the chemo,it appears the underlying cause that sets up the micro tearing of muscles and small nerves, my be low dose, longterm, multi-chemical exposures. I'm told the tears can be seen on a micro tissue biopsy, they bacteria sealed within any healed over tears.
  2. The NATIONAL CFIDS FOUNDATION has now been funding the number 1 researcher in the World on Radiation sickness she has now submitted for Publication replicating the Chernobyl experts Published work on internal ionisation radiation injuries it should be out very soon she is from Hamilton Ontario Canada at McMaster University she believes this is the cause of these fatigue type illnesses I know countless who are now Positives to uranium or plutonium...Other links now are we all have been Poisoned by Antibiotics such as Cipro/Levaquin etc etc some links can be seen here on this site plus also on Facebook some have recovered their health using supplements including special diets...A lawsuit has been filed in NYC against the former FDA Commissioner she has also been indicted on Rico Rakatearing charges as well its seems her & her husband made Millions off of Stocks on Levaquin with Johnson & Johnson in 2012 it is reported she made over $120 Million dollars not counting all the other years she profited in these Stocks the FDA has now recently put out the strongest warnings ever on these types of Antibiotics saying not to be used in simple infections...My own Brother had also a bad reaction from these Antibiotics so have countless people all across the globe documenting their illnesses started after taking these toxic time bombs..I also heard there are thousands of cases now settled out of Court the average settlements were about $1.85 Million in damages to civilians Poisoned...Here is the link on this site floxiehopeDOTcom These Governments are lying to everyone of us & getting away with this Murder in the first degree some say Johns Hopkins can actually diagnose Levaquin Toxicities using a Skin Punch Biopsy technique...They actually mark down 'Levaquin Toxicity' on their diagnosis now...The CDC NIH FDA including the Pentagon are lying to everyone of us...
  3. Only problem with all this is that non-deployed are 3 x's as sick as in country soldiers. We only got called up & to Germany then it was over. But we did get all the special shots for a new desert environment. It was a revenge attack on the USA via poison in the shots. There might be a serum though. Can't wait to bring them to justice. M1 tankers rule!
  4. I finally had testing at the VA for Q Fever and Brucellosis antibodies through LabCorp, and it was reported as Negative for each. Even though the night sweats, fatigue, and episodes of vertigo seem similar to Q Fever, whatever this is, it is not detectable on current phase 1 and 2 testing protocols. The Q fever test was reported as negative, whereby a titer value was not provided. Could it be some other similar strain, that is sero negative, or a different biological agent, who knows. Perhaps low dose Sarin. Or related to Anthrax vaccines or IGG injections? Whatever it is, the immune system is not producing detectable antibodies toward it.
  5. I was negative for Q-fever but found to have four of the five organisms found by Prof Garth Nicolson, PhD in Gulf War vets. Check out immed dot org and look and the Signs and Symptoms page, then go to Clinical Testing page for a list of organisms that he recommends testing for. Many of the complaints/symptoms that I'm reading about here overlap those attributed to the infections detected by Prof Nicolson: Mycoplasma Pneumonia &/or Mycoplasma Fermentans, Incognitas Strain (our government holds the patent), Chlamydia Pneumonia, HHV-6 (also allegedly govt-made), Cytomegalo virus, and most important, Borrelia Burgdorferi, better known as Lyme - or Chronic Lyme, if you have had it for years, which is extremely difficult to diagnose by testing alone (false negatives are common, such that Clinics Diagnosis the standard); so finding a LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Dr) is crucial, as is researching the illness. It took me 20 years to get diagnosed after numerous doctors told me that it was psychosomatic, and I had all but one of the organisms (but don't recall if my doc checked me for C. Pneumonia). CDC recommended tests are extremely unreliable, especially once Lyme become chronic, so doing you're homework before getting tested is critical. He has labs he recommends for each organism, but I have noticed over the years that after he recommends a particulat lab, there seems to follow a change in the lab (either they're shut down, bought out or quit offering the testing). Bartonella (a common Lyme co-infection) not on his list is said to be rampant over there. That being said, however, it's worth noting that many Gulf War vets who were immunized but not deployed also got sick,as did their family members. It's particularly noteworthy that President Bush authorized the use of experimental vaccines during that time, likely not knowing the intent of those who were doing the experimenting. It's not the first time vets have been used for guinea pigs.
  6. I was seen at the VA, and the PA was familiar with this and the Q-Fever. I explained sleeping with the dead sheep, and the well sites used to water the nomadic herds of sheep and goats. I had a coxiella burnetii and brucellosis titer drawn. Titers for Q Fever Igg with 1/800 are usually associated with chronic Q fever infections. If a strain of coxiella exists that is seronegative, then it seems that an unusual strain would exist that is not reactive with current anti body testing. It seems that Mayo Clinic has been developing PCR testing. Q Fever spores which can exist from months and even up to 2 years, could also be responsible for those who became ill when cleaning equipment and vehicles. Project SHAD which sprayed coxiella on naval ships in the 1960's also tested decontamination solutions of phenol, alcohol and hypochlorite. I will wait for the test results, which should be completed within a week.
  7. After researching the CDC Guidelines concerning Q-Fever and Brucellosis bacteria, and the chronic complications involving malaise, myalgia, sweats/chills, myocarditis, hepatic inflammation and central nervous system complications. It would seem that environmental exposure in the middle east or even weaponization of coxiella strains could have led to elevated instances of these ricketssial bacteria infections in soldiers deployed to the region. Brucella melitensis bacteria from sheep, goats and camels can also be inhaled and display similar symptoms and long term complications. Even one organism of Q-Fever coxiella can result in an infection, so it is considered an excellent biological weapon. It is hard to imagine that the DOD and VA were not aware of this possible infection? The CDC states that the use of prophylactic antibiotics only extends the incubation period by several days, but will not prevent infection from occurring. Those areas where dead sheep and camel carcasses were common, were most likely contaminated with the bacteria. And the military movement of vehicles and equipment, most likely disturbed the sand and soil as to assist in airborne dust contamination of vehicles, pumps, hoses and open water containers. In some cases the water was pumped from the underground well, and into an open water container, that was then syphoned off into a reverse osmosis unit. Bacterial filtration and chlorination would have hopefully eliminated the bacteria and spores. Water samples and testing by the medical command was performed. The use of the weekly Chloroquine antibiotics would have only extended the incubation period, and may have even promoted resistance within the strain of rickettsia. The soldiers who developed abdominal symptoms, rashes and urinary problems, could have been treated with doxycycline. If the medical commands were aware of the elevated risk at certain areas, then they most likely minimized panic and only treated the worst case infections which would have been life threatening, or required medical evacuation. Q Fever is considered an excellent bio weapon due to it's contagious nature. There were medical commands in the Log Base areas, it would be interesting if any physicians or nurses were aware of any possible Q Fever or Brucellosis infections during Desert Storm? Were there memos or discussions concerning Q Fever, blood testing or environmental testing, and possible prophylactic antibiotics or the effectiveness of Immunoglobulin Serum injections? Did Iraq have a Bio Weapon program involving Q-Fever and rickettsia bacterial spores?
  8. Well, I went to the VA Clinic, and basically the physician was in doubt of a chronic coxiella burnetii rickettsial infection, related to the exposure of dead sheep carcasses within the tent. Night sweats, Neuropathy, vertigo and degenerative joint disease would most likely not be associated. The lab testing for phase 1 and phase 2 titers, were not available on his computerized list of common labs. He did refer me for a Gulf War Registry consult, so I will be driving to anther outpatient clinic about an hour away, scheduled for a month from now. I have heard that it is basically a questionnaire. It seems that the DOD has rapid reagent testing for Q-fever and brucellosis. The VA clinicians seem to be unaware of environmental exposures in the middle eastern theater, and even less aware of problems associated with Gulf War I, and Desert Storm. The Functional MRI exams also seem to draw a negative reaction. The focus now is on Gulf War II veterans, and Vietnam Agent Orange veterans. I will most likely have to request Q-Fever testing from a private physician or infectious disease clinician. Chronic infections seem to be treated with up to 18 months of Doxy. It almost seems similar to Lyme and tick based rickettsial infections. I will request the test during the registry exam, and see what happens?
  9. After researching this, I have changed my opinion. I was Northwest of Hafar Al Batin at a Water Well site. There were numerous dead sheep carcasses exposed within the camp perimeter. Which was a berm bulldozed up 10 feet high in a circle around the well and water bag farm. We actually set up our GPM in February and had a dead sheep rise out of the sand as the temperature changed. We moved the tent, and another carcass rose from the sand across from my sleeping bag. We did have soldiers seek medical care for abdominal cramping, and it was disregarded as dehydration. We also experienced 3 explosions appx Feb 18-20th 91, whereby we were in chemical posture. The Detachment SSG was medically evacuated the next day. We were instructed not to talk about the incident, and it is not listed in the Gulflink documents or Reports of missile launches near Hafar Al Batin. In this case, the coxiella burnetii or brucellosis bacteria would have most likely been inhaled within the confines the sand and tent. We were also instructed to take Chloroquine malaria tablets, even though it was an arid and remote area without mosquitos. There were black flies, which carry microfilaria and river blindness. But they also instructed us to continue the tablets once we were home. I stopped them after a week. On my exit physical, the physician noted crackles to the R lung, as abnormal, then crossed out CXR, and wrote note needed. No lab tests, and my temp, blood pressure and hearing were perfect? Which I had noted hearing loss, from my exam 2 months prior. They had us fill out a questionnaire toward chemical weapon exposure, and I noted " Don't know". Which was never questioned. I had the physical copied since I was a reservist. But after discharge I had episodes of night sweats and extreme diaphoresis. In 2002 I began to have episodes of vertigo, neck pain, parathesia to my ulnar ring and small fingers, and leg weakness. I had 2 MRI's, Neck MRI's with Degenerative joint disease at 40 yrs old, and EMG's with ulnar neuropathy. I had blood cultures, Lyme tests and a series of lab tests which were inconclusive. But Q-Fever and Brucellosis are not covered under routine blood cultures. I am now going to see if a blood titer for these bacteria could be obtained, and evaluated toward a chronic infection. Q-fever has been a CDC reportable disease since 1999. Other members of this water point have had medical problems, and some have since passed away. Current studies and research using Functional MRI, (fMRI) have displayed a lost of white matter in desert storm veterans. The exposure to Q-fever, can be from airborne contamination, and inhalation. And this is most likely what occurred at the water well which was used by nomadic herders to water their flocks. It's ironic, that even the battalion commander became sick. Chronic Q-fever can result in endocarditis, vegetation on the heart valves and neurological effects. The US Army neglected to inform or evaluate soldiers toward the risk. And the VA clinicians are not trained, or purposely neglect to perform blood titers or evaluate toward the chronic long term effects of this rickettsia bacteria. It would be interesting to see how many Gulf War I and II, soldiers have antibodies to coxiella burnetii. I am in the process of trying to have laboratory testing done, and if the VA refuses to perform the testing then I will seek a private provider who will order the proper tests. It has also been over 25 years, since the events of Desert Storm, and the documents, unit logs, after action reports and NBC analysis of all the missile attacks should be released. The majority of Desert Storm documents have not been released to the public. just as Agent Orange exposure was to Vietnam Veterans. It would not surprise me, if chemical and biological weapons were utilized during Desert Storm and down played to the soldiers and American public. The truth is out there.
  10. I was a 12 b at that time attached to 7 th group 702nd trans batt as shotgun on convoys. Msr route. If any fellow vets of Desert storm dealing with the long term affects of gws or have any good info. Im at z28kevin yahoo.c. U know the rest. Also looking for anyone that was in a building in transport from airstrip to port of Dammam area and a scud was shot down over our building. Warehouse. Approx jan 24 2200/0300.
  11. Im wondering if they(drs) can unequivocally prove that it was q fever from 1991? Im going to ask civilian DR tomorrow as VA just puts everything on ptsd. Tired of feeling like shit. This ended my military career and I struggle to work at all. I have the liver issues and every symptom. Cant drink or take meds its so jacked.
  12. As far as CDC Data on Q-Fever is concerned, it can be inhaled, and it can be carried in airborne dust for miles. I'm sure the Army has now obtained soil, sand and dust samples from various areas during the first Gulf War. It is common in barns, ranches and where sheep and goats graze, urinate and defecate. Iraq also had Bio Weapon dispersal units, basically tankers to apply local agents. I'm sure these vehicles were designed to look like commercial tanker trucks. And they most likely crossed areas of the Arabian border early in the conflict and dispersed agents at key facilities. Soviet doctrine called for missiles with a mix of nerve, blister and biological toxins. Request a titer for chronic Q-Fever coxiella and a titer for Brucellosis bacteria antibodies. The treatment is a long term course of antibiotics such as doxycycline. It is a rickettsial based bacteria similar to tick infections. A routine blood culture does not pick it up, so it must be the specific IgG, Antibody test.
  13. It was from a meal in Iraq in 2007, the majority of meals consumed during Desert Storm were MRE's. Could count on my fingers the hot meals eaten in February 91, and those were cooked on a pot bellied stove in a canteen cup. My exit physical consisted of a questionnaire asking the side effects of chemical weapons, a blood pressure, temp and pulse. Listed the malaria tablets, anthrax vaccine and injuries. No blood tests. The Physician noted crackles to lung bases, and CXR, which was crossed out with a line, and written "not needed" next to it. I obtained copies of the physical and SWA questionnaire along with my vaccine record, since I was considered a reservist. I doubt the physical ever made it into my military medical record. It was entirely inadequate and not to the community standard of care. A chronic bacterial infection would most likely result in an elevated WBC, sedimentation rate, C reaction protein or positive blood culture. But then there is the elusiveness of Lyme disease and other chronic viral syndromes. Entomologists were even present, and insect samples were obtained and sent to back to the states. Another strange thing happened after combat operations ceased, whereby the commands issued insecticides to be hung in soda cans in the tents. They also came through and sprayed the tents, sleeping bags, and duffle bags. The insecticide placed in the red coke cans was so strong that a fly would merely fly over it and drop dead. A suspicion is that a purposeful effort was made to use insecticide as a measure to minimize the actual sarin contamination. The dead animals buried at well sites in the neutral zone would most likely have died as nomadic tribes would have traveled through the desert with their herds. It was also suspected that Iraqi special operations used the disguise of nomadic herders, to monitor allied troop movements and sabotage facilities. If the French, British and Egyptian forces declassify their records, then a realistic portrait of Gulf War Syndrome could be visualized for what it is, and the "mystery" could be solved?
  14. This is similar to the rumors of soviet weaponized mycoplasma, from more than 15 years ago. After taking E-Mycin , I felt no better, and continue to have problems. Treatment with Doxy is inexpensive. But the current imaging techniques using PET scans will most likely confirm that nerve agents are the most likely cause for those who were present in the 1990 through 1991 period. Avoid pesticides, alcohol and petro chemicals, maintain a high intake of antioxidants, such as green tea, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and fresh fruits and vegetables. Exposure to nerve agents also alters the permeability of the blood brain barrier.
  15. That sounds great but how being poor and sick and labelled a ptsd nutbag by va to avoid compensation would you get someone to do a pet scan? Ive had many mri for ms like symptoms. I truly want the proof so I can shove it right up the lying va's ass once and for all. Sick n tired of being sick n tired.
  16. New studies show abnormalities in brain white matter using a Functional Brain MRI (fMRI), this could be associated with Sarin and nerve agent exposure, similar to the Tokyo Subway incident. The damage to white matter and the hippocampus results in the rerouting of pathways in the brain. Specific Antibody testing toward rickettsial coxiella burnetii or Brucellosis bacteria would have to be obtained. A routine blood culture does not pick it up. Also, put in a FOIA request to your local congress person, as to release Unit Logs, and records. It has been over 25 years, and the Desert Storm records can now be released. The GulfLINK records were only a minimal release of events. The VA exists to protect the military, they are not your friends, and even the veterans who work there eventually go along with the group think or end up at the bottom of the pile as everything rolls down hill. It's amazing how the Veterans Groups do not call for the release of records? Very few Desert Storm soldiers actually end up with presumptive compensation, since many of the medical records were destroyed. The majority of records from Desert Storm can be FOIA requested, from ACEN-IM-P/FOIA, CENTCOM, 1 Gabreski Dr. Bldg 1947,Shaw Air Force Base, SC, 22315. Request you unit logs, after actions, NBC reports and Casualty Reports before they're shredded and burned.
  17. The black flies of the Middle East are usually associated with microfilaria, and river blindness. In one trip to a refugee area outside Hafir Al Batin, a dumpsite had so many flies rise up from the garbage, whereby they were a swarm, whereby you could not see or breath without flies entering your mouth, perhaps a fly every square inch. We had to flee the area, whereby the flies even swarmed into our truck, and left us no option but to drive through the desert at high speed flailing our hands trying to wave them out the open windows. Blowing black flies out of your nose, and trying to pull them out of your ear canals is not enjoyable. We never went back to that dump site. Sleeping with a towel over your face was common as to keep the flies from crawling into you mouth or nostrils. The Medic at the 312th Medical Evac Hospital in Saudi Arabia documented my vaccination record with "Vacc A BW Rogers MI MD". The enemy spider holes on the Southern Iraqi littered with decon and atropine bulb syringes, and abandoned uniforms would seem to form a hypothesis that the forward deployed chemical forces were destroyed and Iraqi soldiers performed a hasty decontamination and withdrawal from the area. The declassified Centcom command daily field logs are absent many events in the western movement of forces. The vaccine logs are also absent. The medical triage logs are also unavailable. The water samples evaluated by medical command are also unavailable. Blood titers for anthrax antibodies are not obtained to verify inoculation status. The chemical alarm systems used in various encampments within the bases where constantly alarming, to the point, they were eventually ordered to be turned off. The use of chemical weapons during Desert Storm, by independent Iraqi commanders and their destruction by air strikes, MLRS, and attack helicopters is most likely still classified. The officers and NCO's who are aware of the destruction and release of the agents are most likely still bound to keep the information classified, or risk imprisonment, reduction in rank, and a loss of their pensions or lives. To say that each Desert Storm soldier can be treated with doxycycline or erythromycin for a Q fever, mycoplasma or bacterial infection would be providing a false hope to those who were exposed to nerve agents. Recent technology in brain imaging could easily verify those who have lost white matter and experience similar symptoms to those exposed during the Japanese Nerve Agent exposure. If the combat action and after action intelligence data is released, it would be most likely display that Sarin was released in many areas as a last ditch effort by Iraqi commanders, and as a secondary action of US engagement.
  18. Interesting, while at Log base echo there were numerous dead animals that would resurface from under the heat within a tent over the sand, even moving the tent resulted in another dead sheep surfacing from under the sand. During Febuary 18th 1991, there were three large explosions and chemical alerts, and days before missiles destroyed a housing complex in Hafir Al Batin which I personally stood in the crater. The Southern Iraqi entrenchments also contained piles of uniforms and used soviet style atropine injector bulbs. Coupled with anthrax vaccines at the 312th Evac hospital, the combat operations along the Saudi and Iraq border were filled with variabes. Returning from Kuwait City in March one of our detachment soldiers did develop a rash. The destroyed tanks and vehicles that littered the Kuwait landscape were also contaminated with depleted uranium dust. In 2011 one of our members passed away. I myself have experienced episodes of vertigo, leg weakness, neck and shoulder pain and ulnar neuropathy, which began around 2001. After returning from the Gulf, and discontinuing the malaria tablets, I experiences night sweats. I have had EMG's, Brain MRI's and blood cultures, and continue to experience elusive symptoms that seem to only baffle my physician. I did not apply for compensation, and paid for all my medical testing< MRI's and labs out of pocket. The analysis of the Sarin Gas plume was done years after the war, and some areas not included in the study were the water wells. The possible Iraqi deployment of forward base chemical artillery and frog missiles was not included in the evaluation. The possible air strikes and destruction of Iraqi chemical assets in a forward deployed posture, is not included in the Sarin plume studies. There is more to the Gulf War, than will ever be known in the next 50 years.
  19. I have responded well to 300mg doxycycline treatment since 1998, so I do believe that some Gulf vets have a germ form of illness. Microbiologist Garth Nicolson, PhD found several germs while studying ill vets returning from the first Gulf War, including his daughter who was in Air Assault and came down with the illness. Q Fever may be part of the problem, or perhaps a recent addition, but it is not the whole story.
  20. Lets consider something here ladies and gentlemen cynics. The symptoms of seronegative q fever are EXTREMELY similar to the symptoms of Gulf War Illness. If Gulf War Illness were viral, chemical or nuclear in nature then patients being treated for their illness would NOT respond to treatment with antibiotics. If they do respond and can gain a better quality of life then Mr. Chagaris' hypothesis deserves consideration. I started on treatment of doxycycline alone and had more energy and clarity of thought with ten days of treatment than I have had in the twenty four years since the war. I have since relapsed in part due to not being on the doxycycline longer than ten days. Mr. Chagaris' asserts that hydroxychloroquine helps the doxycycline treat the bacteria because it resides within an acidic vacuole inside the host cell. I have EVERY intention of pursuing this course of treatment and if it works like I believe it will, I will let you know. I would rather try something than nothing. Interestingly, this course of treatment is the same as the treatment for many other mycoplasmic infections so, in my opinion whether the bacteria is Coxiella Burnetti or some other bacterium no one even knows about, I'll take my chances that my condition will improve. I have nothing to lose but the extreme exhaustion I have had for twenty four years since the war. Thank You Dr. Smith and Mr. Chagaris for this encouraging postulate.
  21. Our Water Unit outside Hafar Al Batin, took Chloroquine weekly, even though there were no mosquitos in the barren desert well site. There were numerous dead sheep around the camp, and even carcasses in the tent. Would not doubt that antibodies to these bacteria are present, and it may be similar in nature to Lyme disease. Even chronic Lyme complications and testing can be elusive. I have had 2 Lyme tests by my private physicians over the year that were negative. The fatigue, neurological and joint pains seem to be similar to Lyme. How do the sheep become infected with coxiella, is it insect or arthropod acquired?
  22. Terry have you started this protocol with the 2 antibiotics mentioned above & if yes have you continued for the 18 total moths which is the CDC requirement for Chronic Q Fever infection...Please let me know I have thought about doing this full course protocol myself...Has anyone else heard anymore about this Soldier is he still fully recovered or did he simply relapse after stopping these medicines? I also believe in Garth & Nancy Nicolson's work on Mycoplasmas with Doxycycline treatmets...I am also hearing now that these fatigue illnesses are actually 'undiagnosed' Ehlers Danlos Syndrome type(s)with their numerous complications...A genetic Born mutation of Collagen deficiency the bodies 'Glue' See Wikipedia Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & EDS U.K. website...EDS runs also in families it can be passed on from either or both Parents there are numerous types the Vascular is the most serious all are Chronic, the Hypermobility type has no genetic blood test plus some can be found in muscle skin biopsies some reports out MCAD Mast Cell Activation Disorder Dr Anne Maitland Immunologist New York is involved 2 tests at home can be done online called 1.Breighton Score 2. Beighton Score also some EDS types have 'crossovers' & MRI Brain Spine Supine tests are useless standing/upright MRI is best to detect abnormalities...Also some EDS can have as well 'partial incomplete' Marfans Syndrome or they do not have EDS they have 'full' Marfans Syndrome there is also a Measurement Scale online for Marfans it also is classified as a connective tissue disorder as well as EDS it involves an Aorta problem this could also be this Soldiers original diagnosis above that could be possible...Some patients report SIBO success plus on Youtube Dr Mark Hyman MD USA treats IBS now successfully he mentions a Woman sick 33 years recovering plus elimination diets Milk, Corn, Gluten, Starch etc etc he is using a certain antibiotic short term with Fungal medicine & good bacteria supplements as well...Be well soon blesses to all the Vets who are ill now I wish all of them a speedy Cure recovery soon...
  23. Interesting, since now the VA is sending Gulf War Vets packets on entering a Genetic and mitochondrial DNA study. I got one a couple months ago, but it may be an attempt to just study the remaining veterans and any possible chemical and biological agent effects. Or research the immune status of previous inoculations and vaccines. It stated nothing about how the veteran would be educated toward the results. Damage to DNA can also result from radiation and microwaves. But they would most likely contribute it to smoking special bedis, and drinking boot leg alcohol, sent over in a Listerine bottle within a care package with some chap stick and KY-Jelly.
  24. Good for him. What about the rest of us as the article mentioned that have been suffering for over 20 years? Why do medical professionals rely solely on blood tests that are unremarkable/normal and say we "have nothing abnormal"? Why do the medical professionals refuse to put GWI/GWS in our medical records? I have been on the Gulf War registry for over 15 years. However, the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) does not acknowledge this for service-connected disability. I would like to know more about this treatment and the treatment for the Mitochondrial failure-disease that has been linked to GWI/GWS through research at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Is anyone getting care for this?
  25. So by the articles own admission he was suffering from Q fever not Gulf War Illness as first stated. This article is misleading in it's claims in the very least. If not down right fraudulent. Utter drivel and whoever released this article should be ashamed!.
  26. Agreed, Kerry; The answer to the question posed is a resounding 'NO.' I appreciate the article, especially regarding the chance of Q Fever being responsible for some illness/affects, but Q fever does not explain all or possibly even most GWI conditions. It is something that should definitely be explored but shame on the writer for even using such a byline when so many of us are suffering and desperate for an answer. Meanwhile, we wait for the VA to give us proper ratings and treatment for GWI, per law and policy, and are generally left disappointed (and on appeal) as we die by inches.
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