At last, the case of people whose health has been seriously damaged caused by infected blood bought by a government agency is coming to the fore. But the plight of farmers, whose health suffered because government compelled them to use organophosphate sheep dips, is yet to be addressed – many affected veterans and farmers have died after long suffering.
OP-affected Richard Bruce writes: Dr Davis and Dr Ahmed wrote some informative papers on the subject. One may be read here: https://psychcentral.com/lib/what-is-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-fmri/
Allowed to sink into obscurity
In 1996 Defence minister Nicholas Soames confirmed that many of the soldiers returning from the Gulf War reporting fatigue, memory loss, weakness, joint and muscle pain and depression – a condition now known as Gulf War Syndrome, had been exposed to some sort of organophosphate pesticide.
From the archives:
1999: the US Government accepted that their veterans’ illnesses were mostly due to service in the Gulf. Of their 700,000-plus troops deployed there, 88% became eligible for benefits through their equivalent of the Veterans Agency and 45% had by then sought medical care. The US Government also accepted the extremely serious consequences of using organophosphates.
2000-2001: the UK government funded more research into the effects of organophosphate exposure and poisoning. The results of some studies provided support for the poisoning hypothesis but the research was delayed by the FMD outbreak and only completed in 2007.
2004: A study published in the British Medical Journal: ‘Overcoming apathy in research on organophosphate poisoning’, concluded that high rates of pesticide poisoning in developing countries and increasing risk of nerve gas attacks in the West mean effective antidotes for organophosphates should be a worldwide priority.
2008: the American government concluded an intensive study into the cause of “Gulf War Syndrome” Their $400,000 study found that OPs had causal responsibility for the harm inflicted. This finding was reported to the British Government by the Chief of Defence Staff [RAF].
Conflicts of interest: those campaigning for a ban on organophosphate pesticides have to face opposition from the agro-chemical industry, whose representatives sit on expert committees advising governments on pesticide safety.
As the Countess of Mar explained: There seems to be a nucleus of about 25 individuals who advise on a number of committees. The scientific community is very close-knit and because the numbers of individuals in specialties is small, they will all know one another. They are dependent upon one another for support, guidance, praise and recognition. If they wish to succeed, they must run with the prevailing ethos of their group, department or specialism Hansard 24 Jun 1997: Columns 1555-9
The Scotsman reported the findings of the 2004 independent inquiry into illnesses suffered by veterans of the first Gulf War which was headed by the former law lord Lord Lloyd of Berwick, called on the Ministry of Defence finally to recognise the existence of a “Gulf War syndrome”. It said that it was clear the cocktail of health problems suffered by an estimated 6,000 veterans were a direct result of their service in the 1991 conflict and urged the MoD to establish a special fund to make one-off compensation payments to those affected.
Is the long and inhumane delay due to the fact that the establishment of a link between Gulf War Syndrome and organophosphate poisoning would cost the MoD vast sums in compensation?
Our Secret State – 6: incidences of chemically induced disability and death are not recorded publicly in this country
A World Health Organisation list of preventable causes of death and another list of causes of death ‘by rate’, fails to mention intake of accidental or prescribed chemicals. However, following a lead from George Wescott, information was found on its Toxic Hazards page, recording that “An estimated 355,000 people are believed to die each year from unintentional pesticide poisoning”.
Philip Case, deputy news editor of the Farmers Weekly Online (left) is said to have suggested, during a phone call, that the FW’s silence on the OP situation was due to the fact that they could find no deaths recorded as resulting from OP poisoning.
The only successful legal case was brought by John Amos Hill in 1997, who died recently. He won a case for compensation against his employer and the chemical company, as this was his one and only instance of using OPs, enabling him to prove the link between using the chemical and his ill health.
Richard Bruce (background here) writes:
“Death certificates often do not state the illnesses that lead to death, citing instead organ failures such as heart or lung failure.
“When my late mother-in-law died we were able to see the original death certificate as my wife was a close friend of the funeral director. We noted with interest that the pneumonia that killed her was not even mentioned. It simply said multiple organ failure – but she had been given the pneumonia vaccine, the effects from which she never recovered. That may explain why it was not recorded. I suspect the same will be true for OP poisoning cases”. See an informal case history here.
Mr Bruce would welcome two beneficial changes:
- more accurate death certificates which include a doctor’s initial illness diagnosis.
- open reporting of the proven dangers of OPs, including those from the organophosphorus herbicide glyphosate (used on GM crops) which has been implicated in countless poisonings and suicides around the world…..
Listed elsewhere as a social crime in a PCU draft: “government obliges the pharmaceutical companies by allowing unsuitable, poorly tested drugs to be prescribed, periodically attempting mass medication via fluoride, various vaccinations, unneeded statins and so on”.
A fatal illness originated by agro-chemicals or pharmaceuticals should be indicated on the person’s death certificate, however strongly the manufacturers object.
“EU to draft rules allowing traces of unapproved GMOs in food” . . . Richard Bruce sees a familiar pattern. Richard, whose health has been seriously damaged by agricultural pesticide, replies to this report:
“The chemical companies are always using this tactic. They introduced pesticides and regulators found that it was impossible to prevent residues – so they allowed residues. . . Read on here.