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A talk with investigative journalist Arnold Mann about mold, environmental illness, and MCS

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Arnold Mann

You get into the Gulf War Syndrome. Obviously this was a high-profile long-term conversation nationally. The Department of Defense and the VA really tried to sit on this stuff.

The main problem, it would take about six months from the initiating exposure before they would develop this thing, where Gulf War vets suddenly couldn’t find their way home from, let’s say, work, or they couldn’t remember that they were going to work. They started developing all these problems. The VA was looking at this as a stress-related problem. They didn’t want to look at this as an exposure-related problem. The DOD was sitting on this thing, denying there were even chemical weapons over there, or that people were exposed to them. We were the ones that originally supplied Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons when he was our pal and was fighting the Iranians. Now when we go over there we’re sending our troops into a very toxic battlefield. The military didn’t want the American public knowing that it was us, really, that provided what was making our troops sick.


And we’re sending them off with these massive shots, the anthrax vaccine and everything else. Can you describe that?

That was probably the most toxic battlefield of all. You had the anthrax vaccine, which normally takes 18 months for it to become effective. So they had to give it a booster, and they gave it a Squalene booster to stimulate the immune system and make it much, much quicker. What happened was, in the words of one of the physicians who was one of the troops there, he said, ‘It just boosted the immune system too much.’ So what did we wind up with? There were large numbers of vets showing up developing lupus and other auto-immune diseases. And that might have been attached to that vaccine. The pyridostigmine bromide tablets that were given to protect them against the nerve gases over there. Those too have been implicated in Gulf War Syndrome. As well as organophosphate pesticides. They were bombing the inside of these tents that the troops were sleeping in the minute they set them up, and then the troops would actually have their uniforms sprayed with pesticides, and they were told to sleep with flea collars. And then there were the Kuwaiti oil fires which burned the skies completely black for months. One fellow told me you could not distinguish between the sun and the moon in the sky, whether it was night or day. And there was depleted uranium. We were firing depleted uranium rounds, mostly anti-tank stuff, and our men and women were being subjected to those types of exposures as well.


And then it’s taking several months after they get home to develop symptoms. Sort of like at the Southwest processing center.

That’s right. In the Southwest building, let’s say a person was becoming sick as a result of mold exposure, it can take several months, it can take several years at low levels before someone starts getting sick. The Gulf War vets, maybe it took them a year before this thing went into full bloom. It’s a neuroimmunological assault by a toxin. The title of the book is “They’re Poisoning Us,” and the reason I titled it that is because so many people kept telling me, “I feel like I’ve been poisoned.”

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