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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Dear all, some members of this list have created a working group that needs funds. Perhaps CASI could help, because I think this is an excellent initiative, and an extremely important issue, and independent from political and military pressure. Thanks for the efforts, Jo & Felicity. This message has been sent to me by Davey Garland of the Pandoraproject. This organisation has been acting against the use of DU for a long time. Greetings. Dirk Adriaensens. www.irak.be CHILD RADIATION VICTIMS OF WAR. Aims to give grassroots support to communities suffering from the radiological and toxicological effects of war. Constitution: Working group: Joanne Baker Mabel Sumner Sanaa Al-Khayyat Abdul-Haq Al-Ani Beatrice Boctor Felicity Arbuthnot Overview: The Environment and War. Modern warfare leaves a serious radiological and toxic legacy. This is due mainly to the deliberate targeting of nuclear and chemical sites and the use of uranium or depleted uranium metal in conventional weaponry. No clean up of target areas is offered and vital information regarding the location of sites and the nature of the weapons used in generally withheld. This has resulted in health crises in Iraq and surrounding countries, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Why Children? Children are most susceptible to radiological and toxic assault at a cellular level because of their fast cell growth. Many are also affected within the womb. Pre and post natal screening and support would be offered to women in exposed areas. Project Iraq During the 1991 Gulf War around 350 tons of depleted uranium was used in southern Iraq and many chemical facilities were bombed. Shortly after the war a German professor noted disturbing health trends amongst the Iraqi population. These included : 1. A considerable increase in infectious diseases caused by most severe immunodeficiences in a great part of the population. 2. Frequent occurrence of massive herpes and zoster afflictions, also in children; AIDS-like syndromes. 3. A hitherto unknown syndrome caused by renal and hepatic dysfunctions. 4. Leukaemia, aplastic anaemia and malignant neoplasms. 5. Congenital deformities caused by genetic defects, which are also found in animals and plants. 6. Cancer rates in Iraq have now increased 10 fold, with the incidence of cancers and leukaemia among children in Basra rising 384.2% and 300%. respectively There has also been a substantial increase in genetic disorders including neural tube defects which have had a notable 55% rise between 1998 and 2000; a staggering 250 000 increase in eye deformity and a 4.5 increase in Down's Syndrome births. The ammount of uranium or depleted uranium used by U.S.-led coalition forces during their attack on Iraq in March and April is unknown but may have been between 1000 and 2000 tons. The looting of nuclear sites and chemical sites is also posing a longterm health crisis. Aims of the Project: 1. Aim to support doctors and health workers on the ground in Iraq. Learning from the Chernobyl experience! Scientists at the Research Institute of Radiation Medicine and Endocrinology in Minsk, Belarus, have looked at many ways of treating children exposed to radionucleides. One such study has been on the use of Spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is a 60% all-vegetable protein, rich in beta carotene, iron,vitamin B-12 and the rare essential fatty acid,GLA. It offers a striking profile of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It is potentially a valuable means of self-help for Iraqi people. The following studies have been made: a. Spirulina- natural sorbent of radionucleides. By L.P. Loseva and I.V. Dardynskaya. Sep 1993. Research Institute of Radiation Medicine, Minsk,Belarus. 6th Int'l Congress of Applied Algology, Czech Republic. Belarus . Spirulina, a natural food supplement, reduced urine radioactivity levels by 50% in only 20 days. This result was achieved after giving 5 grams a day to children at the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk, Belarus. The Institute has developed a program to treat 100 children every 20 days. This 1993 report confirms 1990-91 research on the beneficial health effects of spirulina on children with radiation sickness. It concludes: "Use of spirulina decreases radioaction dose load received from food contaminated with radionuclides, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90. Spirulina is favorable for normalizing the adaptative potential of children's bodies in conditions of long-lived low dose radiation." b. Means to normalize the levels of immunoglobulin E, using the food supplement Spirulina. by L. Evets, et al. 1994. Grodenski State Medical Univ. Russian Federation Committee of Patents and Trade. Patent (19)RU (11)2005486. Jan. 15, 1994. Russia. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) of children living in highly radioactive areas is greatly above normal. Studies with 270 children show that consuming about 5 grams per day of spirulina tablets normalized IgE within 6 weeks. Children not consuming spirulina did not change IgE levels. No side effects were observed. Spirulina lowers the amount of IgE in the blood, which in turn normalizes and reduces allergies in the body. c. Spirulina platensis and specialties to support detoxifying pollutants and to strengthen the immune system. by L.P. Loseva. Sep 1999. Research Institute of Radiation Medicine, Minsk, Belarus. 8th Int'l Congress of Applied Algology, Italy. Belarus. Main purpose of the study is researching the influence of spirulina platensis on the immune system on normalization of peroxide lipid oxidation and anti-oxidant activity, also on the content of long-life radionucleides. In the studies were involved children and teenagers residing in the areas with radiant pollution and people injured by the Chernobyl catastrophe. To achieve desirable results with spirulina it is recommended to take it during 3 months and if not continued, this course should be repeated in half a year again. Possible therapeutic mechanisms: (i) The natural combination of nutrients supports the formation of non-absorbable complexes of radionucleides through analogues such as calcium, potassium, etc., and promotes their excretion. (ii) the general intake of easily digestible micro and macro elements of spirulina has a positive influence on many functions of the immune system. 2. Spirulina Farming Aim to establish sustainable production and distribution routes within Iraq. 3. Try to send self-help structures for small communities to co-operate to produce clean water. 4. Educational support at a grassroots level. People are seriously at risk because they are not aware of the dangers of internal radiation. Children play on the burnt out tanks and bomb craters. They play with DU penetrators and other scraps of metal. These they may collect and take back to their homes. During the recent looting of nuclear sites, containers of uranium hexafloride were emptied and used by families to collect and store water in. This water is being used to drink and bathe in. 4. Testing for anthropogenic uranium within the body. 5. Support to pay for both emergency treatment and long term medication. 6. Study and research new ways to combat ecological pollution, especially radioactive pollution. If the Iraq project is successful, it could be extended to countries such as Afghanistan and the Balkans. For more details contact: Beatrice Boctor at: email@example.com Web address: www.desertconcerns.org For those who want to send donations: BANK DETAILS: Child Radiation Victims of War Sort Code: 40-16-07 Account No: 61164643 HSBC 58 Chesterton Road Cambridge CB4 1EW _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk