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
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.
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.
READ MORE: http://health.heraldtribune.com/2014/08/15/four-decades-later-following-trail-agent-orange/