Thursday, October 2, 2008

According to the VA I Have “Normal” Uranium Poisoning

I came home today to find a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs with my urine test results for depleted uranium. “Your total urine uranium level is within normal limits.” I had no idea there was such a thing as “normal limits” for uranium in a person's urine. This was not very reassuring.

The letter also said that there was not enough uranium in my urine sample to determine if it was from “natural sources” or depleted uranium sources. After some research, I learned that there is such a thing as “normal” uranium levels from “natural sources” like air, water, and the food we eat. Fortunately, “any health effects are associated with the total amount of uranium regardless of the of the source and therefore, your normal result does not have any health consequences related to it.” That is to say, no more consequences than for the average American who happens to have been exposed to depleted uranium in their food, water, and air.

My very healthy general distrust of the government prevents me from taking much comfort from any of this. I went to Iraq and crawled around wreckage of Iraqi military equipment as part of our training. Did I dodge a bullet on this one? Maybe. I have a “normal” level of uranium poisoning, but at least I'm in good company.

12 comments:

Snowflake Seven said...

Just make sure you never shake hands with a cancer survivor.

If your normal uranium level caused a re-occurrence of Melanoma, for example, you might end up having a very unpleasant conversation with the Secret Service.

Of course I seriously doubt you'd shake that particular hand on principal alone.

Don't let it slow you down sir.

Cheers.

www.GreenvilleRoad.info said...

Well, maybe you gotta wait for the threat level to rise and then your uranium level rises with that ? Joking.. But, on the serious side I'd look into alternative treatments rather than military health & testing institutions.

Pimpin Turtle said...

According to a report by the Organic Consumers Association, a toxic chemical that is a byproduct of rocket fuel is rapidly poisoning the food and water supply in the United States. Known as perchlorate, this chemical has been found in 93% of the nation's milk and lettuce supply in a recent FDA study. It has also been found in the drinking water for at least 22 states at extremely alarming levels. Perhaps the scariest statistic is that perchlorate has been found in the breast milk of 97% of the mothers who were tested..................

http://pimpinturtle.com/2008/09/04/us-food-and-water-supply-poisoned-by-perchlorate.aspx

lightbringer said...

that news should make you ^_^

Bill Perry DAV CSO said...

They have altered the "minimum" exposure amount twice over the last 5 years... folks think the next bar (w/ a lower minimum exposure level) will be "enabled" by the 111th Congress, as the empirical evidence mounts, and the IOM and other med groups continue long term studies.
It took the original "Atomic Vets" nearly a half a century to be recognized and compensated. Most were dead by then.
Both PTSD & AO (Dioxin poisoning) took more than a decade. DU should be adjudicated FAIRLY by 2010, or so
Bill Perry
Disabled American Veterans CSO

SEO Services said...

Nice Post. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You know better, keep yourself monitored by non-military doctors.

My father worked for the DOD in the 1960's with uranium. Later died with cancer and after a lawsuit we were told something nearly identical to what you have been told. "It is not possible to determine where or when the exposure occured" - even though he wore a monitoring badge daily during this employment. Seems they now believe the monitoring badge technology is outdated and unreliable so they do not use it. Oh, then they claimed the records burned in a fire.

Anonymous said...

I just saw your speech on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbOp_9VfR6o. You're a very inspirational person, Adam. And while there is much dissatisfaction over the two party system, noone over the last several decades has been able to do anything about it. Ross Perot came the closest and his party is a non-event. Given that, don't you think you could best change the country by using the system to your advantage? That is, obviously the Republican Party as it stands is not a party which aligns to your values. With your background, knowledge, experience, and inspiration, it seems to me that you could quickly climb up the Democratic ranks... It does not mean you have to agree to everything the party stands for, but I am sure you can find some common ground for agreement. Who knows... Maybe some day, you can even become President. I am sure with a leader like you, you will be successful in bringing change to this country, the county which we love. Thanks for listening... JM

Charles said...

I've heard good things about the following and its reports claim around a 50% reduction in uranium. I'm going to start using it myself to clean out the heavy metals that have been accumulating:
http://www.scienceformulas.com/how.html

Best of luck brother, get better and keep working for freedom!

jrasmussen0 said...

You do not have to be worried.

There is a normal amount of radioactive exposure every year from background radiation from our universe that every person is exposed. In fact our body is very capable of dealing with radiation levels of 1-2 RADs a year. Whenever you fly you actually increase the number of RADs you are being exposed but you are talking an increase of .5-1.0 RADs. In Colorado, however, you get up to 2 RADs just by being close proximity to Uranium deposits.

It takes 25-27 RADs before you would feel radiation sickness and 100 RADs before you received a lethal dosage. It takes a total of 2500 RADs over your lifetime to get cancer.

brother liberty said...

Keep fighting brother. My eyes are open to your cause. May your cause be won on the path of least resistance. If that path fails you, may others rise to the occasion to help you on the fight that is not just yours to bear. May we live on as the new Patriots who refused to accept oppression and fear as our way of life.

Dead 'N' Gone 'Causa Vietnam said...

It saddens me that our veterans are treated so poorly. When the war veteran returns home he/she is ill prepared to pick up life where they left off. Public support for that same veteran wanes quite suddenly and with no remorse by those who are quick to stick a magnet on their car claiming support for "Our Troops". Most people do not understand and reject the crazed, tormented, and broken veteran when he/she becomes consumed by the horrors of war, that they would have the audacity to break down and subject the populas to this madness, is uncomprehensible to me. The Department of Veterans Affairs is legally responsible for the welfare of our veterans but unless you are a Philadelphia lawyer that remains very much the same as an empty promise. My husband died in 2005 'causa agent orange. I am sorry to say that having experienced this slow and silent terror (agent orange) reek havoc so methodically upon not just my husband but our children I can only hang my head in shame, for what our government has shown us repeatedly to be true, we are only ponds in their game.

Agent Orange Legacy is working to unite and help Children of Vietnam Veterans who are sick due to their parent(s) exposure to agent orange and other toxins while serving. Please go to www.myspace.com/agentorangelegacy or www.agentorangelegacy.ning.com or email me aolegacy@gmail.com