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Gulf War illnesses

House of Lords Hansard: 19 Oct 2006, Col.WS87-88

Written Statement by Lord Drayson

Gulf War Illnesses

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Derek Twigg) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

A central principle of the Government's approach to addressing the health concerns of veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict is that there should be appropriate research into veterans’ illnesses and factors that may have a bearing on these.

As a key part of that research, the Ministry of Defence has sponsored a vaccines interactions research programme into the possible adverse health effects of the combination of vaccines and tablets given to troops to protect them against the threat of biological and chemical warfare. The programme, which has been overseen by an independent panel of experts and veterans representatives, consisted of three main studies. The first examined the interaction of certain vaccines in mice and reported last year on 21 July 2005 (Official Report, House of Commons, 117 WS).

The second, and main, study has been undertaken at Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (Dstl) Porton Down and involved monitoring marmosets for up to 18 months following the administration of vaccines and/or pyridostigmine bromide (the active ingredient in nerve agent pre-treatment tablets). Partial results from the study, covering cognition, muscle function, general health and sleep, were announced on 20 July 2006 (Official Report, House of Commons, 37 WS). Papers reporting the remaining final results on the immunological aspects of the study have now been published online in the journal International Immunopharmacology and can be found at The papers report that the immune system had not been compromised by any of the treatments and that there was no evidence of adverse health effects due to the administration of vaccines and/or pyridostigmine bromide. The study findings have been independently endorsed. Donald Davies, Emeritus Professor in Toxicology at the Imperial College, London, who chaired the independent group which oversaw the study, has commented that the study was well designed and conducted. Together with the expert immunologists from the panel, he supports the conclusion that the animals suffered no adverse health effect, despite exposure to exaggerated doses of vaccines.

The final study examined whether staff from Dstl Porton Down who received multiple vaccinations during their employment have higher levels of sick leave than their unvaccinated colleagues. The findings, which are being made available today on the MoD website, show that staff at Porton Down who had received multiple vaccinations suffered no excess sick absence.

The overwhelming evidence from the programme is that the combination of vaccines and tablets that were offered to UK forces at the time of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict would not have had adverse health effects. This has been a key area of concern among Gulf veterans and the results of the research should be reassuring to those veterans who have been concerned about the safety of the medical countermeasures that they were given. I hope, too, that it will reinforce confidence in the countermeasures that are offered today and in the future.


It is still interesting that the testing regimen for pharmaceuticals issued to members of HM Forces is never discussed. One might expect that Class A medicines would have a consistent effect. The question is whether Class B pharmaceuticals could also be expected to produce similar results. We will probably never know the answer to this of course without access to samples of the original batches used on affected personnel.
Oh that's ok then, pheeew! so glad that the report from our egg heads are at odds with the best their opposite number in the U.S. can muster.

Any one else reassured by the shite that comes from those in the pay of our very own "Big Brother".

Absolute fcuking scandle.

The mod mandarins have taken the word "lie" into an art form-tossers.


War Hero
Although my interest is primarily the effect of heavy metals on human mental and physical health, vaccination is very much a part of that as many vaccines have thimerosol as a preservative. Thimerosol is mercury, a heavy metal. However a book I read recently has some very interesting information on vaccination and the title really says it all,

[align=center] VACCINATION
Social Violence
and Criminality

[align=center]Sub title; The Medical Assault on the American Brain[/align]
[align=center]by Harry L. Coulter
ISBN 1-55643-084-1

The claim that vaccinations had no effect on the troops in Iraq I view with strong doubt
I had every vaccination that was available at the time and only turned down a later batch after it was leaked in the press what we were getting. My medical book still raises a few eyebrows when you have been vaccinated with Plague and anthrax. I have never met anyone suffering from psychological problems from that time but I did suffer myself in an albeit relatively minor way which was directly attributable to the vaccinations, however it was not a lasting problem and easily sorted.
I do know of a couple people who'se kids had birth defects but of course there is no way you can pin that on the gulf war cocktails.
Bottom line for me was the threat of a nasty death from chemical weapons and nerve agents or a set of dubious vacs. I went for the jabs, a judgement call that I don't regret.
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