..”First let’s rewind a bit: to the days when Monsanto Corporation started out as the maker of killer poisons like DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange.
From 1961 to 1971, the US dropped 21 million gallons of defoliants over large swathes of Vietnam, of which 12 million gallons were Agent Orange – a herbicide manufactured for the US Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical.
Its name derives from the colour of the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped. There were other colours in the ‘rainbow herbicides’, but Agent Orange was by far the most widely used.
The use of Agent Orange was an experimental form of chemical and biological warfare, designed to strip foliage and deny the enemy jungle cover – and to deprive enemy forces of their food supply (directly spraying rice-fields, for instance). Experimental in this instance meaning no idea of the long-term effects of this deadly herbicide, which can release dioxin – one of the most potent toxins known to mankind.
According to the post-war Vietnamese government, 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects.
And now, five decades later, with the cooperation of the US government, Monsanto is knocking on Vietnam’s door with another potentially carcinogenic herbicide: Roundup. GMO seeds are considered dangerous not only because they are modified, but also because they are designed to work with the chemical herbicide Roundup, Monsanto’s market-leading glyphosate brand.
The build-up of glyphosate in crops is suspected as a leading cause of a spike in cases of autism, cancer, and long-term illnesses in America. Not to mention a possible link with bee colony die-offs. The use of Roundup is highly controversial and it has already been banned in a number of countries around the globe”.
AGENT ORANGE: THE CONTINUING APOCALYPSE, 3rd GENERATION
***A WARNING FOR THE SENSITIVE: THERE WILL BE EXTREMELY GRAPHIC VIDEOS AND PHOTOS BELOW OF THE EFFECTS ON CHILDREN OF AGENT ORANGE.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE HYPERSENSITIVE, IT WILL BE BEST IF YOU READ NO FURTHER AND DON’T VIEW THE VIDEOS AND THE PHOTOS.
THOSE FILMS ARE TERRIBLE TO SEE, BUT, FROM HERE ON, WE WILL LOOK AT HARSH REALITY AND THAT CAN BE VERY HARD TO SEE, VERY DISTURBING, BUT SEE IT WE MUST.
SO WE DON’T FORGET.
SO WE CAN PERHAPS NEVER LET THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO DO SUCH THINGS CONTINUE CREATING NIGHTMARES FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS.
BECAUSE INNOCENCE DESERVES A CHANCE TO LIVE WITHOUT SUFFERING. ***
AS I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES HERE, CHILDREN ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL BEINGS TO PROTECT FROM HARM.
I VALUE THE LIVES OF ALL CHILDREN.
IT GRIEVES ME THAT SO MANY BECOME VICTIMS OF INSANE WARS.
THIS BLOG CAME ABOUT AFTER A TEARFUL PHONE CALL FROM A DEAR, DEAR FRIEND WHO ASKED ME IF IT WAS TRUE THAT THE EFFECTS OF AGENT ORANGE ON A FATHER COULD BE PASSED ON TO THE THIRD GENERATION…TO HIS GRANDCHILDREN.
BUT MY HEART KNEW WHAT SHE WOULD SAY…
IT WAS HER GRANDCHILD, JUST BORN…WITH SERIOUS BIRTH DEFECTS.
THEIR SON HAD BEEN “MILDLY” AFFECTED BY AGENT ORANGE, DIDN’T MARRY UNTIL AGE 38.
BUT NOW HIS SON WAS SO BADLY AFFECTED THAT THE CHILD MIGHT NOT LIVE TO SEE HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY.
“WHY DIDN’T THEY TELL ME THIS WHEN MY SON WAS BORN?” SHE WEPT.
“IF WE HAD KNOWN, HE WOULDN’T HAVE HAD CHILDREN.”
WE TALKED ABOUT THE DECADES OF DENIAL, HOW SOME STILL DENY THAT THESE THINGS CAN HAPPEN, HOW THE FIELD OF GENETICS HAS ADVANCED SO FAR SINCE THEN.
SHE SAID, “I’M GLAD P__ DIDN’T LIVE TO SEE THIS. BUT PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW! EVERYBODY NEEDS TO KNOW!”
[HER HUSBAND, YOU SEE. HAD DIED FROM THE EFFECTS OF AGENT ORANGE, CANCER.
HE FOUGHT TO LIVE AND TO MAKE THE MILITARY ACKNOWLEDGE WHY HE WAS ILL FOR ALMOST 12 YEARS.]
YES, EVERYONE DOES NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S STILL HAPPENING BECAUSE OF AGENT ORANGE…TO INNOCENT CHILDREN WHO ARE BORN 30-40 YEARS AFTER THE LAST SPRAY REACHED THE GROUND.
FOR YOU, BELOVED FRIEND, I WILL TELL ALL WHO READ HERE AND THOSE WILL KNOW AND, HOPEFULLY, WILL TELL OTHERS.
NOT TO “BASH AMERICA”, NOT TO THROW STONES AT GHOSTS, BUT TO INFORM.
WHILE MANY, TOO MANY, AMERICAN VETERANS YET SUFFER THE HORRORS OF AGENT ORANGE, THEIR CHILDREN, AND THEIRS, EVEN MORE VIETNAMESE VETERANS, CIVILIANS AND THEIR CHILDREN MAY SUFFER.
DOES IT MATTER WHO SUFFERS MOST?
THAT ONE SUFFERS ALONE, WITH NO HOPE, IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, IS IT?
SO, FOR YOU, FOR THE NEW LIFE YOU AND I PRAY WILL FIND A “MIRACLE”, MY FRIEND, THIS.
(WITH ALL MY LOVE ~ WW)
WHAT YOU SEE BELOW ARE REAL, UN-RETOUCHED PHOTOGRAPHS OF REAL CHILDREN.
THEIR IMAGES CAN BE FOUND IN SEVERAL DOCUMENTARY FILMS, BOOKS AND ARTICLES.
SOME OF THESE BIRTH DEFECTS ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BELIEVE…THE MANY BORN WITHOUT EYES, EVEN WITHOUT EYE SOCKETS… THE CONJOINED TWINS WITH EVEN MORE HORRIFIC DEFORMITIES OF LIMBS, EXTERNAL ORGANS… THE MANY SUFFERING FROM HYDROCEPHALUS, NEURAL TUBE DISORDERS, ANENCEPHALY…. TOO MANY TO NAME ON ONE PAGE. THEY ARE REAL CHILDREN AND WHAT THEY SUFFER IS LINKED TO AGENT ORANGE, BUT THE CHEMICAL COMPANIES WHO ‘INVENTED’ AND PROVIDED ‘ORANGE’ TO THE U.S. MILITARY AND THE MILITARY AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALL DENY THESE EFFECTS, ALTHOUGH WE SEE THE SAME DEFECTS AMONG ALL WHO WERE EXPOSED TO THIS ‘AGENT’.
VETERANS IN EVERY NATION THAT FOUGHT IN VIETNAM HAVE HAD CHILDREN, AND NOW GRANDCHILDREN, WITH THE SAME IDENTICAL DEFECTS AND DEFORMITIES.
THE COMMON LINK IS AGENT ORANGE.
WE DON’T KNOW YET HOW MANY GENERATIONS WILL BE AFFECTED AS THESE ARE.
note.. we re publish here some of the victims’ photos to show how bad the effects of Agent Orange can be, not as a source of morbid curiosity!
ABOVE: MANY WHO WERE STILLBORN ARE PRESERVED IN FORMALDEHYDE FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE RESEARCH AND TO REMIND ALL THAT THE EFFECTS OF CHEMICAL WARFARE ARE TOO TERRIBLE TO RISK. SOME HOSPITALS HAVE SHELVES LINED WITH THESE PRESERVED TINY BODIES.
Some defects had no known name because they had never been seen before, may be caused from multiple gene damage in utero.
This child and others appear in one of the videos which shows ‘normal’ children peering through the bars seen behind this child, laughing at the children with these birth defects..Some in that video make one wonder how they can live and have such horrible deformities.
The US army dumped Agent Orange on a third of Vietnam during the war.
Fifty years on there are 800,000 third generation victims of the spray.The patients at Friendship Village (seen in the above video) suffer from constant sickness and physical defects. And there’s no cure. “It saddens me…I can’t do anything about it”. A Vietnamese war Veteran adds, “The Americans don’t want to acknowledge the damage!”. And now a fourth generation of Agent Orange victims is about to endure the consequences of the terrible disfigurements imprinted in their genetic material.
THIS IS A SMALL GALLERY OF PHOTOS OF SUCH CHILDREN.AGENT ORANGE PHOTO GALLERY…not for the faint, but for the REALIST, for any who deeply care, it needs seeing.
From 1962-1971 Agent Orange caused over 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and led to at least 500,000 children being born with birth defects.THESE SMALL ONES, THESE INNOCENTS’ LIVES ARE FOREVER RUINED BY SOMETHING THEY NEVER SAW FALL FROM THE SKY.
October 21st, 2015
MSAVLC (Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia)Hoa Binh Peace Village is part of Tu Du Obstetric and Gynaecological Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Since it was founded in 1990 it has been home to some 400 children, most of them suffering from the effects of Agent Orange.
Some children are orphans, and others are so severely disabled that they could not be cared for by their families at home. Many parents have several children suffering from disabilities and they just cannot cope. Some children have been abandoned in the grounds of the hospital by these desperate families.
It is estimated that today still 1.5% of babies born at this hospital are affected by Agent Orange, and there is a room at the hospital which contains the preserved bodies of about 150 hideously deformed babies, stillborn. Some have two heads; some have unbelievably deformed bodies and twisted limbs. They are kept as a record of the terrible consequences of chemical weaponry.
In 1969, Bionetics Laboratories in Yorktown, Virginia, was hired by the Federal Government to conduct a study on the toxicity of herbicides used in Agent Orange. Their findings stated that Agent Orange contained a contaminant called 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), a DIOXIN that caused increased rates of stillbirths and birth defects in pregnant rats exposed to it.
The next year, 1970, the US Surgeon General’s office reported that 2,4,5-T, the component of Agent Orange that contained the TCDD contaminant, “MAY” be hazardous to human health.
In 1974, a second committee that traveled to Vietnam, formed by the National Academy of Sciences and by the US Congress, confirmed that the dioxin contaminant, TCDD, in Agent Orange was extremely toxic to laboratory animals and caused chloracne, an inflammatory skin disease, in humans.
THEY KNEW THEN AND CONTINUED TO USE IT.
NEITHER “STUDY” ADMITTED THAT AGENT ORANGE WAS CAUSING ALL THE BIRTH DEFECTS THEY FOUND IN VIETNAMESE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE.
TO ADMIT THIS WOULD HAVE OPENED THE DOOR TO THE U.S. BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE, LIBEL, AND PERHAPS EVEN TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT BEING CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.
NO ONE WAS WILLING TO RISK THAT AND THE U.S.GOVERNMENT IS STILL FIGHTING TO KEEP FROM ADMITTING, DESPITE ALL ENSUING EVIDENCE, THAT “ORANGE” WAS TO BLAME FOR MUCH OF ANYTHING EXCEPT DEFORESTATION.
IT TOOK OVER 20 MORE YEARS FOR THE V.A. (VETERANS ADMINISTRATION) TO ADMIT A “LIKELY”, A “POSSIBLE” LINK BETWEEN AGENT ORANGE AND ONE SINGLE BIRTH DEFECT IN HUMANS.
DURING THAT TIME, THE OFTEN-DISHONEST CDC (CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL) SIDED WITH THE MILITARY.
Two studies conducted by the CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, investigated whether Agent Orange exposure was linked to birth defects: the 1983 Birth Defects Study and the 1988 Vietnam Experience Study. In the 1983 Birth Defects Study, CDC researchers studied if Vietnam veterans were more likely to father children with birth defects.
The researchers studied two cohorts of children born in the metropolitan Atlanta area between 1968 and 1980, one with birth defects and the other without.
They determined that in each group, the percentage of fathers who had served in Vietnam was approximately nine percent, suggesting that veterans were NOT at increased risk of fathering infants with birth defects.
The researchers also attempted to measure Agent Orange exposure of the male veterans through military records and interviews, finding that veterans with more exposure reported more birth defects in their offspring.
However, the CDC researchers stated that their study was not sufficient to determine a DEFINITE link between Agent Orange exposure and the occurrence of those birth defects.
In 1996, the US National Academy of Sciences reported that there was “evidence” that suggested dioxin and Agent Orange exposure caused spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord develops improperly.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs’ subsequent provision of disability compensation for spina bifida-affected children marked the U.S. government’s first official acknowledgement of a link between Agent Orange and ANY birth defects.
[King, Jesse,, Chou, Cecilia, “Agent Orange Birth Defects”. Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2017-03-07). ISSN: 1940-5030]
It is now 2017, and spina bifida and related neural tube defects are STILL the ONLY birth defects the V.A. admits “are likely” associated with Agent Orange.
The U.S. has maintained that something the mothers did or didn’t do during their pregnancies could have caused these deformities, these birth defects, or that the source of dioxin could have come from the Vietnamese themselves, or that other genetic factors had come into play.
They disallowed testimonies that the ONE thing all these parents had in common was exposure to ‘Orange’ and said they could be lying about their exposure.
They said the SAME thing about our own returning troops and their wives.
Though Veterans Affairs compensated the families of veterans for specific birth defects related to MATERNAL military service, they insist that studies have yet to establish a link between those birth defects and PATERNAL Agent Orange exposure.
LET US REMEMBER THAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SAID THE SAME THING ABOUT RADIATION EXPOSURE…THE SAME THING ABOUT DEPLETED URANIUM EXPOSURE…THE SAME THING ABOUT THE VACCINES THEY GAVE OUR TROOPS THAT HAD MERCURY AND ALUMINUM IN THEM…THE SAME THING: “IT IS NOT OUR FAULT. THERE IS NO SOLID PROOF.”
THERE WOULD BE PLENTY OF “SOLID PROOF” IF AMERICAN TESTING LABORATORIES WEREN’T AFRAID OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THEY REVEALED THE FACTS, THE WHOLE TRUTH.
THOSE WHO OWN INDEPENDENT LABS HAVE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS TOP “GOVERNMENT WHISTLEBLOWERS”, THOSE WHO DO TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH.
THOSE ARE MALIGNED IN THE MEDIA, HAVE THEIR REPUTATIONS SHREDDED BY COLLEAGUES, LABELED AS FRAUDS, LIARS, ARE BANKRUPTED, OR WORSE.
I WOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO WAGER THAT A GOOD COLLEGE GENETICS STUDENT COULD PROVE THE LINKS TO ALL THOSE DEFECTS AND CANCERS IN UNDER A YEAR, GIVEN LAB ACCESS AND BEING UNAFRAID TO REPORT HIS/HER FINDINGS.
“Lien in Me Linh” or “War and Its Crimes” by writer-director Jean Marc Turine denounces the U.S. use of toxic chemical Agent Orange and its serious effects on the lives of millions of Vietnamese people.
The film provided documentary information regarding the period from 1961 to 1972 when U.S. troops sprayed over 80 million liters of defoliant, mostly the highly toxic Agent Orange, over a quarter of the area in southern Vietnam.
It was chemical warfare on the largest scale ever seen in history, destroying many generations of Vietnamese and the country’s environment and ecological system as well, and causing birth defects in the families of soldiers from many nations who were “boots on the ground” during the Vietnam war: Americans, Australians, British, French, Russians, Chinese, Japanese. Laotians. Cambodians…it was a long list.
They all took Agent Orange home with them inside their bodies.
The Dark Shadow of Agent Orange | Retro Report | The New York Times
[This also has a short video attached to the article.]
Britain was the first to use defoliants as a war tactic in Southeast Asia. That was in the early 1950s in Malaya, then a British colony, before it became the independent Malaysia. British planes sprayed Malayan jungles with chemicals to strip trees bare and deprive communist guerrillas of cover. They also destroyed crops that the insurgents relied on for sustenance. A decade later, in what was then South Vietnam, United States armed forces resorted to precisely the same methods on an enormous scale in their long struggle against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese fighters.
No need for alarm, Washington officialdom and chemical company executives insisted at the time.
Agent Orange did not harm humans, they said.
As the 1960s wore on, those assurances increasingly rang hollow. Researchers found evidence of birth defects in lab animals. American scientists and others began to speak out against the spraying. Opposition to the herbicide campaign mounted, arm in arm with spreading protests against the war itself. In 1970, the Agent Orange spraying stopped. Other chemicals continued to be used until Jan. 7, 1971, when the entire herbicide program was scrapped after a final Ranch Hand run.
But Agent Orange’s legacy was only beginning. More than 40 years later, it still casts a long shadow.
Here at home, the war has not ended for many of the 2.8 million servicemen and women who went to Vietnam.
These ailing veterans are convinced that their cancers and nervous disorders and skin diseases — not to mention congenital maladies afflicting some of their children — are a result of their contact with Agent Orange. Often enough, that linkage has not been established incontrovertibly. Studies on Agent Orange’s effects tend to use language that is less than absolute. Certain illnesses, for instance, are said to be “associated” with dioxin exposure. Or there is a “presumptive” connection.
Perhaps no two people embodied the moral complexities and the agony of Agent Orange more graphically than Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. and his son Elmo R. Zumwalt III. Admiral Zumwalt led American naval forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970, before he became chief of naval operations. He ordered the spraying of Agent Orange. The son was in Vietnam at about the same time as the father, commanding a Navy patrol boat. Years later, doctors found that he had lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease.
He died in 1988 at 42. His son, Elmo IV, was born with congenital disorders.The older Zumwalts wrote about their experiences in a book, “My Father, My Son,” published in 1986 and later made into a television movie. Also in 1986, they collaborated on an article for The New York Times Magazine. The son could not scientifically prove that Agent Orange was responsible for his suffering and that of other veterans, he wrote in The Times.
For his part, Admiral Zumwalt, who died in 2000 at 79, wrote that even knowing what he had come to learn about the chemical’s effects, he “still would have ordered the defoliation to achieve the objectives it did, of reducing casualties.” All the same, he became a strong advocate for ailing veterans and the national obligation to compensate them. In 1990, he wrote a report on Agent Orange for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also testified before a House subcommittee, strongly denouncing previous studies that described the chemical spray as harmless. “That was, of course, the conventional propaganda of the time,” he said.
I DOUBT VERY MUCH THAT MANY OF THE VETERANS WHO ARE CURRENTLY STILL LIVING WITH THE EFFECTS OF “ORANGE” OR THEIR FAMILIES OR THEIR AFFECTED OFFSPRING WOULD AGREE WITH THE ADMIRAL.
I MUST ALSO INTERJECT THAT WE DID NOT ACCEPT THE WORN-OUT PHRASES. “I WAS JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS” OR “I WAS UNAWARE OF WHAT WAS REALLY GOING ON” FROM THOSE AT THE NUREMBERG TRIALS.
MANY WHO USED THOSE EXCUSES WERE HANGED.
From The Ohio State University Pressbooks Sites:
The Use and Effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
In Vietnam, an estimated 4.8 million people came into contact with Agent Orange.
From News Australia:
Vietnam’s horrific legacy: The children of Agent Orange
According to the Red Cross of Vietnam, up to one million people are currently disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange, 100,000 of which are children.
But it’s not just families in Vietnam that are affected.
Here in Australia, where almost 60,000 troops served in the war, a growing number of veterans, their children and now grandchildren believe they’re battling with the effects of Agent Orange exposure.
Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk, a retired senior scientist, adviser with Hatfield, and Agent Orange specialist, warns that “countless more generations could be affected in the future”. Research suggests that another six to twelve generations will have to pass before dioxin stops affecting the genetic code.
JAPAN HAS SAID THEIR PEOPLE WERE AFFECTED ON OKINAWA.
There is an English language version of their film “Defoliated Island”, a Japanese
award-winning documentary about the usage of Agent Orange on Okinawa
during the Vietnam War.
Produced by Okinawa TV station, QAB, it won national acclaim in Japan when it was first aired in May 2012.
WE WERE NOT AT WAR WITH JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, LAOS, CAMBODIA…OR WITH CHILDREN, WERE WE?
WHAT ABOUT THE INNOCENT VICTIMS?
WHY HAS AMERICA FOUGHT SO HARD TO DENY THE OBVIOUS…RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE BROKEN LIVES?
HOW MANY MORE WILL WE SEE, FOR HOW MUCH LONGER?
WHAT BEGAN AS ‘OPERATION HADES’ CHANGED ITS NAME TO ‘OPERATION RANCH HAND’, BUT HELL IS WHAT THEY UNLEASHED...Operation Ranch Hand, whose motto was “Only We Can Prevent Forests” (a shameful takeoff of Smokey the Bear’s admonition), was a desperate, costly and ultimately futile effort to make it a little harder for the National Liberation Front soldiers from North Vietnam to join and supply their comrades-in-arms in the south. Both the guerilla fighters in the south and the NLF army had been fighting to liberate Vietnam from the exploitive colonial domination from foreign nations such as imperial France (that began colonizing Vietnam in 1874), then Japan (during WWII), then the United States (since France’s expulsion after their huge military defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954) and then against its own nation’s US-backed fascist/military regime in South Vietnam that was headed by the brutal and corrupt President Diem.
[The military’s operation] consisted of spraying a variety of highly toxic polychlorinated herbicide solutions that contained a variety of chemicals that are known to be (in addition to killing plant life) human and animal mitochondrial toxins, immunotoxins, hormone disrupters, genotoxins, mutagens, teratogens, diabetogens and carcinogens that were manufactured by such amoral multinational corporate chemical giants like Monsanto, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Diamond Shamrock (now Valero Energy).
All were eager war profiteers whose CEOs and share-holders somehow have always benefited financially from America’s wars.
Such non-human entities as Monsanto and the weapons manufacturers don’t care if the wars that they can profit from are illegal or not, war crimes or not; if they can make money they will be there at the trough.
They are however, expert at duping the Pentagon into paying exorbitantly high prices for inferior, unnecessary or dangerous war materiel. One only needs to recall Vice President Dick Cheney’s Halliburton Corporation and that company’s no-bid multibillion dollar contracts that underserved U.S. soldiers during the past three wars, but enriched any number of One-Percenters.
Agent Orange in Vietnam, “Apocalypse Still”.
The Children of War Bear Silent Witness to the Scourge.
August 03, 2015
According to Vietnamese estimates, the millions of gallons of Agent Orange that soaked Vietnam during the 1960s eventually killed or injured 400,000 people and reportedly contributed to birth defects in 500,000 children.
Chillingly, its effects are still being felt, not only among older Vietnamese, whose cancers and other illnesses are often linked to Agent Orange, but among second- and third-generation children of the war, whose twisted bodies and crippled minds bear silent witness to the scourge.
AS WE’VE SEEN IN MY PREVIOUS BLOG, AMERICANS HAVE BEEN SPRAYED WITH AGENT ORANGE CHEMICALS HERE, INSIDE AMERICA.
WHY WOULD A GOVERNMENT DO THAT TO ITS OWN PEOPLE AFTER VIETNAM?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN CIVILIANS BECAUSE OF THIS DEADLY TOXIN?
AS MY FRIEND AND I TALKED THE OTHER DAY WE BOTH REALIZED SHE NEVER KNEW WHAT TO LOOK FOR AS SYMPTOMS IN HER SON BEYOND THE MOST OBVIOUS THAT MOST MOTHERS WILL NOTICE WHEN “SOMETHING ISN’T QUITE RIGHT” WITH THEIR CHILDREN.
GIVEN THAT, I HOPE YOU WHO MAY HAVE LIVED, OR LIVE NOW NEAR U.S. FOREST LANDS THAT HAVE SOLD TIMBER, OR WHO HAVE USED THE DEADLY CARCINOGENIC PRODUCT ‘ROUNDUP’ OR OTHERS LIKE IT THAT CONTAIN THE STILL-IN-USE CHEMICAL KNOWN AS
2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).
PLEASE GO SEE THE LONG LIST OF PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET TODAY THAT CONTAIN 2,4-D LISTED BY THE EPA <HERE>. THERE ARE 12 LONG PAGES OF THESE PRODUCTS…12 PAGES!
AVOID THOSE LIKE YOU’D AVOID THE PLAGUE.
TO SEE A VERY SHORT LIST OF MONSANTO-OWNED COMPANIES, MERGERS, ETC, GO <HERE> AND FOLLOW LINKS TO EVEN MORE.
AS CBS NEWS REPORTED LAST YEAR (2016) REGARDING ‘ROUNDUP’ BEING ADDED TO THE “POSSIBLE CARCINOGENS LIST”:
[C]ourt documents suggest Monsanto planned to ghostwrite a positive report on glyphosate and get experts to back it up were released to the public.
A scientist wrote in an email “…we would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names.”
BELOW IS AN EXCERPT FROM AN IN-DEPTH ARTICLE ABOUT ‘ROUNDUP’/GLYPHOSATE.
In March 2015, using research on both glyphosate alone and the complete formulations of Roundup and other herbicides, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen. The IARC report noted an association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and glyphosate, significant evidence that the chemical caused cancer in lab animals, and strong evidence that it damaged human DNA.
Independent scientists have been reporting since at least 1991 that pesticides containing glyphosate along with other ingredients were more dangerous than glyphosate on its own. More recently, two papers — one published in 2002, the other in 2004 — showed that Roundup and other glyphosate-containing weed formulations were more likely to cause cell-cycle dysregulation, a hallmark of cancer, than glyphosate alone. In 2005, researchers showed that Roundup was more harmful to rats’ livers than its “active ingredient” by itself. And a 2009 study showed that four formulations of Roundup were more toxic to human umbilical, embryonic, and placental cells than glyphosate by itself.
WRITTEN FOR VETERANS, THIS CAN BE ACCESSED BY ALL WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO EITHER CHEMICAL IN AGENT ORANGE.
What you can expect if exposed to Agent Orange chemicals.
The USDVA presumes that 14 different diseases and disorders are related to Agent Orange exposure when diagnosed in “boots-on-the-ground” veterans and certain other veterans groups. Certain birth defects in the children of Vietnam veterans may also be the result of Agent Orange exposure.
Early diagnosis and treatment are a veteran’s best hope for cure or successful management of an Agent Orange-related disease. This website provides a list of the diseases and disorders presumed by the USDVA to be related to Agent Orange exposure and the symptoms associated with these diseases:
Symptoms, dependent on various diseases diagnosed: fatigue, anemia (low red blood cell count), weight loss, numbness and tingling in limbs; excessive oiliness of the skin and the appearance of numerous blackheads, often accompanied by fluid-filled cysts and dark body hair; fever, night sweats, itching, loss of appetite, swelling in the lymph nodes in neck, armpits, and groin also may occur; bone pain, unexplained bone fractures, repeated infections, weakness or numbness in the legs, abnormal proteins in the blood or urine and high level of calcium in the blood; abdominal pain or swelling, chest pain or trouble breathing; blisters on areas of the skin exposed to the sun such as the face, arms, and hands followed by crusting and scarring; hyperpigmentation; increased hair growth on areas exposed to the sun; and liver damage; a new cough, dry cough, or cough that doesn’t go away, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, chest pain, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, voice changes, sore throat or earache, feeling of a lump in the throat.
The fatty tissues of exposed Vietnam vets, even decades after exposure, continue to have measureable levels of dioxins.
Just as there is no safe level of mercury or aluminum (both of which are in many injected vaccines) there is no safe level of dioxin or Agent Orange.
Parts per trillion are considered toxic! For those victims of chemical-induced disorders, such as those who are exposed to other toxic substances in the medicine cabinet or the environment, herbicide exposure may represent the tipping point that leads to ill health – and the other way around.
Dioxin’s chemical name is TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachloro-dibenzo-para-dioxin). It has no commercial value but is an unintended and undesirable by-product of the industrial-strength manufacture of polychlorinated pesticides, PVC plastics, the burning of municipal waste and the wood pulp/paper industry (in the process of bleaching of pulp wood products by chlorine – as has been the case with the generations-long contamination of the St Louis River with various toxic chlorocarbon by-products from various paper mills).
WHERE ELSE COULD WE HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO CHEMICALS IN AGENT ORANGE?
Included in the class of “dioxin-like” compounds are PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) which were once widely used as coolant fluids in electrical transformers, cutting fluids for machining operations, carbonless copy paper and in heat transfer fluids and are now commonly found in fish and other animals.
WAR IS BIG BUSINESS
In past practice, it pays to go to war because the loser of the warring countries tend to see their economy rejuvenated and their cities rebuilt when war is over, but not all. So, whenever there is a chance to make money on a war, other countries come out of the woodwork and all of a sudden, it becomes everyone’s war.
The US, like many of the other countries who joined in, stood to make billions of dollars filling the demands for supplies and it was soldiers who dearly paid the price with their lives and now years later, with their health and that of their families.
Two of the largest US chemical companies were asked to fill South Vietnam’s herbicide request. However, Congress was conflicted because as part of the Geneva Convention, chemical warfare was a violation.
YES, CHEMICAL WARFARE IN VIETNAM DID VIOLATE THE GENEVA CONVENTION.
Monsanto and Dow Chemical didn’t stay conflicted for long.
The Geneva Convention says if a country requires supplies from any company in war time, then the company must supply it.
That they were paid handsomely did not go unnoticed.
THE DAMAGE IS DONE, BUT CHEMICALS (PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, FUNGICIDES, DEFOLIANTS) ARE STILL IN USE THAT ARE KNOWN TO BE CARCINOGENIC, KNOWN TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.
BUT, MAYBE BECAUSE THOSE CHEMICALS ARE PRODUCED BY COMPANIES THAT HELPED THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SLYLY COMMIT WAR CRIMES IN ASIA, THE U.S.GOVERNMENT SIDES WITH THOSE VERY COMPANIES TO PREVENT THEM FROM BEING BANKRUPTED OR PUT OUT OF BUSINESS BY PEOPLE THEY ARE KILLING?
MAYBE THOSE COMPANIES HAD SHARED THEIR STUDIES AND SHOWN THE GOVERNMENT HOW TOXIC TO HUMANS THEY WERE PRIOR TO THEIR USE IN WAR AND NOW USE THAT AGAINST THEM TO PREVENT BEING BANKRUPTED BY FULL DISCLOSURE?
SUCH HAS HAPPENED BEFORE.
AFTER 40+ YEARS, STILL NO HELP FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012.
Based on new evidence and a review of prior studies, the committee for Update 2012 did not find any new significant associations between the relevant exposures and adverse outcomes in future generations. Current evidence supports the findings of earlier studies.
I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT ONE DAY SOON THAT WILL CHANGE AND THEY WILL BE FORCED BY AMERICAN CITIZENS TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS.
IN CONCLUSION, FOR ANY VETERANS READING HERE WHOSE OFFSPRING HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY YOUR EXPOSURE TO AGENT ORANGE, THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE REASON FOR YOU TO BLAME YOURSELF OR FEEL GUILTY ABOUT ANYTHING.
YOU WERE LIED TO WHEN THEY SAID IT WAS HARMLESS, LIED TO AFTER THEY KNEW IT WASN’T, AND ARE STILL BEING LIED TO TODAY.
MANY IN THIS NATION ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE.
MANY REALIZE THE HELL YOU’RE GOING THROUGH NOW AND ONLY WANT TO HELP.
WHATEVER THOSE OF US WHO STAND WITH YOU FROM AFAR CAN DO TO HELP, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK.
YOU FOUGHT FOR US THEN, WE’RE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR YOU NOW.
FOR MY BELOVED FRIEND AND ALL LIKE HER GOING THROUGH HELL WONDERING WHAT COMES NEXT, YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
MANY ARE ALSO WILLING TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN FOR YOU TO BRING ATTENTION TO YOUR SEARCH FOR ANSWERS, FOR JUSTICE, FOR RESEARCH, FOR HOPE.
WE’RE ALWAYS WILLING TO LISTEN, TO BE AVAILABLE TO DO WHATEVER YOU NEED US TO DO TO GIVE EVEN SMALL RELIEF OR COMFORT.
TO ANY WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY WHO ARE IN THIS GREAT BATTLE AGAINST AGENT ORANGE, PLEASE BE CONSTANTLY AVAILABLE TO OFFER STRENGTH, HELP, TO LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN OR ABANDONED IN THESE DESPERATE TIMES.
LET NO ONE FACE THIS THING ALONE.