MIL Depleted Uranium: U.S. Soldiers Are Sick of It - Wired

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  1. ParTyBoy

    ParTyBoy New Member

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    This is an older article that got pushed up on reddit today.

    Given the increased usage of depleted uranium munitions by branches of the US military since Operation Desert Storm along with a significant increase in "Gulf War Syndrome" symptoms, I was curious how military personnel view the use, exposure, and long term effects of DU?


    http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2006/08/71585?currentPage=all
     
  2. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    Very old news - and I haven't heard shit about it since I got here.
     
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    I'll probably punt this out of here in the next day or so...to On-Topic or whatever...
     
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    I was starting to wonder if anyone was going to reply. :o Is this a taboo subject to discuss? :hs:
     
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    Someone gets worked up over this now and again. The hazard from DU isn't the radioactivity, it's the chemical toxicity. You wouldn't want to inhale a bunch of uranium dust any more than you would a bunch of lead dust.
     
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    Well put. The real problem is the toxicity of heavy metals. And the primary reason for complaint would be that the government seem to be denying any and all ill effects from using DU shells, including effects from drinking in the air/water full of toxic metal particles.

    For those of you who think breathing in lead/uranium dust only causes asthma, (I know there are few) heavy metals are absorbed into the human system and cause in birth defects and general degradation symptoms superficially similar to radiation poisoning, and just as deadly.
     
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    I am curious to see the list of those 311 polluted sites the UN E.P. made in 2005.
    Anyone seen it?
     
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    I've heard rumors of all the things they are pumping me full of....

    The same people tell me about how tap water and diet pop are dangerous :mamoru:
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    It isn't taboo. But you will probably get a more active debate/discussion in another forum. I can't speak for everyone, but whenever I see a title like the one on this thread I get defensive.
     
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    I actually just got done talking with a few friends from work about this, one of which has 9 yrs TIS, and he has a large bald spot on the back of his head. This happaned right after a deployment to I believe uzbekistan. He and another guy had the same thing happen after seperate deployments to the same place. The dr's say its alopecia he has been told by some spec ops people with high clerances that he needs to keep up on his check ups.
     

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