Monday, August 25, 2014

SIGN THIS PETITION! - Release all of the US Navy ship names that carried or housed Agent Orange

For over 50 years our veterans have been dying from the side effects of the herbicide called Agent Orange, with next to little or no help from the Department of Veterans Affairs simply because the Department of the Navy and DOD will not release the information of the ships that carried Agent Orange.
Every few years the Department of the Navy and DOD release a few names of the ships that carried Agent Orange, but by that time there's already been several service members who have been killed by Agent Orange. My father is dying from a rare heart condition that can only be caused by www.gofundme/myoung and we desperately need the funds for medical equipment ( Medical bed lifts shower stand wheelchair in-house nursing ect.) and medical care. On that matter no US Navy aircraft carrier has been added to the Agent Orange list to this day. It is beyond time for The Department of the Navy and Department of Defense to release the names of the ships, so our veterans can get the care that they desperately need and have rightfully earned. DEMAND change and DEMAND integrity and honor from our government! We can use all the help we can at Please sign my petition to hold our government accountable for our veterans who have been grossly neglected. Please help me help the thousands of US Navy veterans who do not have a fundraiser or a advocate and who are dying right now.
Agent Orange, which includes several side effects. My father has experienced strokes, heart attack, heart condition, blindness, and multiorgan failures. This is just what my father has experienced there are many many more side effects. As you can imagine the medical bills for dealing with this is staggering, currently we are over a million dollars in debt and counting with no help from the VA because my father is not service connected because his ship ( The USS Oriskany ) has not been added to the Agent Orange list. We do you have a fundraiser for my father at

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Hypothyroidism and Pesticide Use Among Male Private Pesticide Applicators in the Agricultural Health Study
Thyroid disease is common with a prevalence of approximately 7.5% in the US population. This may be an underestimate because some studies have reported an additional 9% of adults with unidentified clinical or subclinical disease.1–3 Known risk factors for thyroid disease, such as age, genetic predisposition, and female sex,4 are nonmodifiable, making the identification of modifiable risk factors for thyroid disease all the more important. Thyroid disease is less common in men than in women and has been less studied, so there is a paucity of data regarding risk factors in men.
Some pesticides have been reported to act as endocrine disruptors with effects on many systems, including the thyroid.5–7 Studies focusing on the effect of pesticides on the levels of circulating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) or thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), have found conflicting results.8–10 Mechanisms for thyroid disruption may include interference at the level of the hypothalamus–pituitary–thyroid axis, inhibition of iodine intake in the thyroid gland by the sodium–iodide symporter, increased synthesis of uridine diphosphate glucoronyltransferase, altered binding of the transport proteins resulting in increased excretion of thyroid hormone, decreased cellular uptake of thyroid hormone, alteration in the expression of deiodinases, altered transcriptional activity of thyroid hormone receptors, and up- or downregulated expression of thyroid hormone–regulated genes.11–13 Nevertheless, not all pesticides have been classified as endocrine disruptors, and those that have do not all have the same effect on thyroid function or have the same mechanism of action.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Judge’s Surprise Ruling On Veteran’s Exposure to Toxic Chemicals On U.S. Military Base Called “Turning Point”
For the past decade, U.S. Army veteran Steve House has been on a mission. Riding the highways of America from Oregon to Virginia on his Harley, he has visited dozens of fellow vets and medical and military experts to hear their stories and collect information to bolster his claim that he is entitled to disability payments after being exposed to toxic chemicals during his service in the late 1970s. 
House, 56, a burly, deep-voiced man with a long beard and ponytail who was stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea, suffers from diabetes, liver disease, glaucoma, neuropathy and other illnesses. He has been locked in a bitter, protracted battle with the Department of Veterans Affairs over his claim that his illnesses are linked to his work burying 250 barrels of Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant, in 1978 -- three years after the last Marines left Vietnam.
House has doggedly pursued any information that might help get his claim approved and prove to VA that he’s not fabricating his exposure. His claim was repeatedly denied by the VA until last week, when a judge with VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) acknowledged that House’s suffering resulted from chemical exposure at Camp Carroll, though it stopped short of naming Agent Orange.
“I was determined to show that I was telling the truth about why I’m so sick,” House said. “I gave up countless hours of my life, including years of my vacation time that I should have spent with my family, digging for facts. I have a very understanding wife. I had to do what I had to do.”
The VA portrayed the ruling as a single administrative finding that applies to this one man. But House and others who have long alleged a government cover-up regarding Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals say it is an acknowledgement of the malevolent consequences of veterans’ exposure to those chemicals, even if, at this stage, it is unclear how the ruling will affect cases that are specifically about Agent Orange.
Rick Weidman, executive director of government affairs for Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), called the judge’s decision on House’s claim historic. “It’s a precedent, a real turning point that we haven’t had before,” Weidman said. “Despite the fact that VA is still not saying that Agent Orange was buried there, virtually no one to date has gotten recognition for exposure to toxic chemicals, Agent Orange or otherwise, outside of the war zone. VA finally admits they sprayed Agent Orange along the DMZ [in Korea], but as far as toxins harming veterans at any other location, they very rarely admit it.”

Times Beach, Missouri: Abandoned City Demolished due to Dioxin Exposure
At over 2,000 miles from coast to coast, it’s no wonder that the United States is a repository of abandoned cities and settlements, from Wild West ghost towns like Bodie in California to modern ruins such as Centralia, Pennsylvania. And just as Centralia became a ghost town after suffering a strange underground mine fire which still burns today, the city of Times Beach, Missouri was abandoned just 60 years after its founding in 1925 due to the worst case of civilian exposure to dioxin in U.S. history.

Located just 17 miles southwest of St. Louis, Times Beach was a thriving resort town during the Roaring Twenties, an easy escape for urbanites looking for a break from the big city. But when summer homes became less practical following the Great Depression and post-World War Two petrol rationing, the city declined into a low income community supported by a small store and gas station serving travellers along Route 66, the historic highway connecting Chicago to Los Angeles.

Though the first several decades since its founding brought economic woes to Times Beach, the ailing city’s final death knell was dealt in the 1970s due to an environmental disaster of epic, if local, proportions. Plagued by dust problems due to miles of unpaved roads, a contractor was hired to spray waste oil onto the area’s highways to contain the spread of dust. And thus came the beginning of the end.


Dioxin cleanup downstream from Dow Chemical to enter next stage
The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan for cleaning up soil contaminated by dioxins along the Tittabawasee River floodplain. The floodplain extends along 21 miles of the river below the Dow Chemical plant in Midland.
The EPA says the dioxins, which can cause cancer and other serious health effects, came from waste disposal, emissions and incineration from the plant.
The EPA has been directing Dow to do temporary cleanups around people’s homes whenever the river floods.

“The issue is, when it floods, is the water comes up, it takes the contaminated sediments out of the river; and it deposits them in their backyards, under their swings, under their trampolines, in their gardens, in their chicken coops, on their farm fields,” - Michelle Hurd Riddick, community activist  says.
Hurd Riddick is a member of an environmental group in Saginaw called the Lone Tree Council.
Hurd Riddick says they’ve been doing those temporary cleanups until they can get to this proposed cleanup of the Tittabawasee River floodplain.
The EPA did not provide an interview for this story. But the EPA’s plan says the agency will not clean up the entire floodplain. Instead, federal and state agencies will evaluate each property and work with the homeowner if cleanup is needed.
Dow Chemical will clean up properties under the EPA’s supervision.
Riddick says her group is concerned that not enough properties will get cleaned up.
“Our problem is, even though they’re telling us what they’re going to do, there’s a lot of things we’re not sure about the direction yet and I don’t think EPA’s articulating it well enough.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"I gotta tell ya..." George Claxton's "Smoking Gun" Studies

Effects of endocrine disruptors on the human fetal testis
The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AHR) as a Mediator of Adverse Immune Reactions
Evolution of sperm quality in men living in the vicinity of a municipal solid waste incinerator possibly correlated with decreasing dioxins emission levels
Developmental Exposure of Mice to Dioxin Promotes Transgenerational Testicular Inflammation and an Increased Risk of Preterm Birth in Unexposed Mating Partners
Agent Orange exposure and cancer incidence in Korean Vietnam veterans: A prospective cohort study
Agent Orange exposure and disease prevalence in Korean Vietnam veterans: The Korean Veterans health study.
Liver Tumor Promotion by 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin Is Dependent on the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor and TNF/IL-1 Receptors

Monday, August 18, 2014

For the children, grandchildren, and future generations...

S.2738 replaces S.1602--Introduced by Senators Moran (R-KS) and Blumenthal (S.CT)

  2d Session
                                S. 2738
To establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis and 
treatment of health conditions of the  descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during 
service in  the Armed Forces, to establish an advisory board on exposure to toxic substances, 
and for other purposes. 

                             July 31, 2014

Mr. Blumenthal (for himself, Mr. Moran, and Mr. Begich) introduced the  following bill; which was read 
twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


                                 A BILL
To establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis 
and treatment of health conditions of the  descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances 
during service in  the Armed Forces, to establish an advisory board on exposure to toxic substances, 
and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in 
Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014''. 


"Mortality study of civilian employees exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: a retrospective cohort study"
On August 13, 2014 the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) journal article "Mortality study of civilian employees exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: a retrospective cohort study" was published (
The purpose of this study was to determine whether potential exposures to the drinking water contaminants at Camp Lejeune are associated with increased risk of death from specific cancers and other chronic diseases among civilian workers employed at the base. The study evaluated specific causes of death in 4,647 full-time workers who were employed at Camp Lejeune during 1973-1985. ATSDR also evaluated a comparison group of 4,690 full-time workers who were employed at Camp Pendleton during 1973-1985 but were not employed at Camp Lejeune during this period. The Camp Pendleton workers were not exposed to contaminated drinking water.
This study is one of several health initiatives that ATSDR is expected to complete in the next several years. For more information about these studies, visit or call (800) 232-4636.
Since 1991, the Marine Corps has supported the health initiatives conducted by various scientific agencies. We are also working diligently to identify and notify individuals who, in the past, may have been exposed to the chemicals in drinking water. For more information about these efforts or to update your contact information, please see:, call (877) 261-9782 or e-mail
To contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about health care benefits, please visit or call (877) 222-8387 (Healthcare) or (800) 827-1000 (Benefits).
The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Program

Four decades later, following the trail of Agent Orange
Remember the Agent Orange controversy?
For 20 years after U.S. military veterans returned from Vietnam — where the notorious herbicide and similar exfoliants were used to expose bombing targets — claims that they and their children experienced side effects from this new giant step in military warfare were shunted aside for lack of scientific evidence.
It wasn't until the Agent Orange Act of 1991 that Congress took veterans' concerns seriously enough to order an independent evaluation of what toxic chemical reactions might have occurred back in the jungle. Eventually, strong links were identified between the highly potent form of dioxin used in Agent Orange and certain types of cancers, and the public spotlight moved on.
Now, as our Vietnam vets are swiftly joining the ranks of our elders, I was surprised to learn that the research begun in 1991 has quietly continued. Every two years, the Institute of Medicine — an independent advisory organization that is part of the National Academy of Science — has been publishing exhaustive updates as more is learned about the health effects of herbicide exposure.
The latest is "Update 2012," more than 1,000 pages of scientific scrutiny that adds strokes to the list of outcomes with "limited or suggestive evidence of an association" to chemical exposure.

Top US general visits dioxin cleanup in Da Nang
Top US military officer Martin Dempsey said in Da Nang on Friday that he was impressed by the progress being at a dioxin cleanup project being conducted at a former US airbase.
Dempsey, the first US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to visit Vietnam since the war, said the project represents an important milestone in bilateral relations.
The US Department of Defense will continue to support the initiative, he said.
The US$84-million project, funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to eliminate the extensive dioxin contamination at the former airbase.
The former airbase served as a primary staging site for the US' indiscriminate use of toxic chemical defoliants throughout the war.
The first phase of the project, which started in August, 2012, involves heating 45,000 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated excavated soil in a temporary treatment structure at 335 degrees Celsius.
The high temperature will destroy the toxin.
The second phase of the project began last February and will treat 35,000 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated excavated soil.
Dempsey stopped in Da Nang during his four-day official visit to Vietnam.

Friday, August 15, 2014

International Agent Orange Day fundraiser at Addison Rd Centre
Please find in this youtube a glimpse of some of the remarkable events that took place in Sydney to mark the International Agent Orange Day on August 10.
Agent Orange was first sprayed in Vietnam on August 10, 1961. It went on for 10 years.
Our deep gratitude to Addison Road Community Centre for the enormous support that it has given us to make this series of activities and events possible and with such fantastic results.