depleted uranium: what is the status quo?

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Ronwer, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. Ronwer

    Ronwer Guest

    Hi,

    I have studied a number of reports published on the internet
    on the possible adverse health effects of depleted uranium,
    but keep bumping my head on a brick wall.

    There are enough "parties" stating that they have proof that
    a number of different illnesses occurring among US and other
    soldiers is due to exposure to depleted uranium.

    Different opinions exist whether this is due to radiological
    and/or chemical toxicity.

    Others maintain there are no adverse effects at all, and
    call the alleged connection between DU and the so-called
    "Gulf Syndrome" a scam.

    I have the feeling that reliance on either party is
    arbitrare and unjustifiable.

    My guess is that as usual the long-term effects are hardly
    known, and any such claims are unproven, even if supported
    by means of either statistics or medical reports.

    The sheer complixity of human chemistry makes it in my
    opinion impossible to ever be sure. Sudden reactions may
    result from the interaction of different agents, even if the
    absorbed quantities seem below a safe level.

    Anyway, the problem is that the period of time in which the
    medical research was done, is far too short to say anything
    sensible about the effects in 30 years or so.

    My understanding of low-dose radioactive exposure, tells me
    that in a living being even a single ray might be your last.
    Of course, even though not necessarily the first one needs
    to be fatal. Not even the next so-and-so-many MilliSievert.
    But one lousy hit on a chromosome that doesn't repair
    correctly, and you might be in trouble.

    So, I am convinced that radiotoxicity is a factor.

    But I am more interested in the chemotoxicty. Uranium is an
    extremely heavy metal, and one but expects all kind of
    strange interactions with the human body.

    Known for sure is that uranium can lead to kidney damage.
    Though the assumed necessary dose is supposed to be much
    higher than the levels the US and other soldiers have been
    exposed to. Or what the Iraqies, Serbs, Bosniers etc. have
    been exposed to.

    Reports of leucemia and other illnesses might be related to
    DU, but at the same time others deny this vehemently.

    On the internet there have been pictures of babies
    supposedly born in Iraq after the first Gulf War that showed
    a wide range of exotic mutations.

    An other aspect that is in my opinion neglected, is the
    toxicity of the other explosives used in wars. These are
    highly unstable compounds, and should in general be expected
    to be poisenous. Also all kind of exotic compounds that
    result from the high temperatures and pressures during the
    explosion would be expected to be poisenous.

    The interaction of all previously mentioned factors, should
    lead to all kind of strange effects in the human body.

    Is there anyone who has something sensible to add to this?
    If any of you has sufficient medical expertice I would be
    grateful for a response with hard facts, if possible with
    links to relevant websites.

    Thanks!

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    Ronald Werner Norway
     
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