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Gulf War Syndrome

Tuesday 20 January 2009

United States Department of Veterans AffairsSomething we’ve not mentioned on the website before is Gulf War Syndrome.

Although originating from the effects of military conflicts in the Middle East, many of Gulf War Syndrome’s symptoms are remarkably similar to ME/CFS.

To that end, we offer what we think is the most comprehensive overview of the disease. It comes from The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses:

The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses was created by Congress in 1998, and first appointed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi in January, 2002. The mission of the Committee is to make recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on government research relating to the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War.

According to its charter, the guiding principle for the work of the Committee shall be the premise that the fundamental goal of Gulf War-related government research is to improve the health of ill Gulf War veterans. Research priorities will be judged against this standard.

[source: The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses website]

It’s a document that details all aspects of the disease and offers many recommendations:

Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans: Scientific Findings and Recommendations (PDF, 7.01MB)

It may take you a while to wade through – the document is 465 pages long – but it’s interesting and very pertinent to people with ME/CFS.



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