However, research has uncovered something similar to particulate matter, which may also be responsible for the fact that 14% of returning veterans are diagnosed with respiratory illness.
One study analyzed dust samples from Camp Victory, Iraq, and found something surprising: tiny, sharp pieces of metal.
Carden) Download (High Res.) Tennessee National Guardsman, Sgt. (US Army photo by SPC Harold Fields) Download (High Res.) Sgt. Seals Sr., Mississippi Army National Guard, stops to chat with a local boy while on patrol in the hills surrounding Kabul. Tons of ordinance were abandon after the war with Iran and has been a source of explosives for bomb making insurgents. Army Photo by SGT Hamilton, Arthur) Download (High Res.) SPC Dominic Palammo from the 940th MP Company out of Walton Kentucky, searches a small room ,while MAJ Lawendowski from the Alaskan National Guard provides security during a joint patrole, in the town of Al Hillah, Iraq on May 14 2005.
Crisp.) Download (High Res.) Soldiers from Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, pull security during a Quick Reaction Force exercise at East River Range near Bagram, Afghanistan on June 10, 2005. 1st Class Joel Gibbons, Cavalry Scout platoon Sgt., 1st Squadron, 278th Regimental Combat Team, Task Force Liberty, stands guard while an Iraqi child passes information of a weapons cache found near the Iranian border to the commander of the unit, Capt James Hite. Army Photo by SGT Hamilton, Arthur) Download (High Res.) MAJ Lawendowski from the Alaskan National Guard, assembles a swing set for Iraqi children living in an impoverished nighborhood, during a joint patrole humanitarian aid mission, in the town of Al Hillah, Iraq on May 14 2005. 3-116 Infantry, Virginia National Guard is in Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom.
For Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, it is imperative that you report any respiratory problems to your doctor immediately.
Veterans should be on the lookout for symptoms such as: -Shortness of breath, especially during physical activities -Wheezing -Chest tightness -Having to clear throat first thing in the morning, due to excess mucus in lungs -A chronic cough that produces sputum that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish -Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis) -Frequent respiratory infections -Lack of energy -Unintended weight loss -Exacerbations—severe episodes during which symptoms become worse and persist for days or longer It is still unclear whether this metal dust is the result of burn pits, but the Institute of Medicine’s studies have concluded that the air at Joint Base Balad in Iraq had more particulate matter and 6 times more dioxins than Beijing, China, whose air quality is so terrible, it is barely inhabitable.
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1st Class Ricky Bryant boards a C-130 Hercules at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, for a flight to Forward Operations Base Salearno, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Phillip Chang, from the Alaska Army National Guard, patrols the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.
C., set the frame of a maintenance bay they are building for the company's motor pool May 3, 2005, at Camp Victory, Iraq.
Specifically, titanium, calcium, iron and silica shards less that .001 millimeters, a fraction of the width of a human hair.
Further, researchers have studied lung biopsies from returning vets who had been experiencing respiratory problems, and found the same tiny bits of metal in every single one of them.
This sort of thing happens often in everyone, but our immune systems are often adept at stopping the growth by causing the cells to “commit suicide,” or by cutting off nutrients the dangerous cells need to grow.
However, sometimes when an area is inflamed, the body believes it needs to heal the area, and sends “healing signals” that actually help the cancer cells.