Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Agent Orange still causing problems more than 43 years after the spraying was discontinued
You might ask yourself what this virtual "who's who" of diseases, such as AL Amyloidosis, Chronic B-cell Leukemia, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Parkinson's Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, Prostate Cancer, Respiratory Cancers and Soft Tissue Sarcomas, have in common.
The answer is simple; they are the many illnesses the U.S. government has admitted are associated with the exposure to Agent Orange. Hopefully with time, our government will admit there are other diseases caused by their spraying of herbicides and defoliants than they originally admitted to.
Some may ask what Agent Orange is and, believe it or not, more and younger people have never heard of that term even though it has caused illnesses and deaths of thousands of people.
I was at a doctor's office not too long ago and a medical assistant asked me what Agent Orange was when I mentioned that it had caused most of my medical conditions.

The term Agent Orange is derived from the combination of code names for Herbicide Orange (HO) and Agent LNX. Agent Orange was one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its chemical warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam Conflict from 1961 through 1971. And besides that, the 55-gallon drums the deadly toxins were shipped in had a big orange stripe around it.
During the Vietnam War, the United States military sprayed millions of gallons of deadly material containing chemical herbicides and defoliants in Vietnam, eastern Laos and parts of Cambodia, as part of Operation Ranch Hand. According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the program's goal was, " defoliate forested and rural land, depriving guerrillas of cover and to induce forced draft urbanization, destroying the ability of peasants to support themselves in the countryside, and forcing them to flee to the U.S. dominated cities, thus depriving the guerrillas of their rural support and food supply..."
Many are unaware the U.S. government also sprayed Agent Orange in Korea.


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