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[casi] Child Radiation Victims of War Fund sets up

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