Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Iraqi Walkabouts

One thing about the fishmongering mercury book by Dr. Jane Hightower, "Diagnosis: Mercury - Money, Politics, and Poison " it certainly once again shines light on an age-old problem, the chemical company ambulance chasers, A.K.A. the walkabouts.

During the Great War, military medical corps got their first look at a new nervous condition, shell shock. It drew it's name from the mental changes noticed in some troops typically after 'too close for comfort' shell explosion. Victims would unearth themselves and rise with hardly a scratch on them, but would regress into either uncontrollable comotional distress or an apparent mind-numb mutism. So after the shell they went into shock, an adult on-set Autism.

According to veterans of WWI, it wasn't long after the first cases of shell shock appeared and some began to ascribe this strange sickness as a form on "monoxide poisoning", queerly, private interests observers began to appear in camp.

These civilians said little or nothing. They stayed long enough to eye-witness, if possible, a nerve-stricken troop emerging from the smoke. One way or the other would soon depart. They were noted for poking around camp, but did nothing to arouse much suspicion.

It was years after the war, these "civilian observers" became the focus of discussion in the legion halls where World War I vets began to connect the dots, these poindexters with leading chemical companies.

Many WWI vets did fight to find the truth about the environmental cause of shell shock. They wrote letters of appeal to governments and even the 'merchants of death' chemical companies, asking them, begging them to provide better conditions for their fallen mates, and research concerning the effects of mercury used in munitions and to provide answers concerning the large volume of mercury used in medicinal preparations.

Some, who witnessed the sadistic surgeon treatment and poor living conditions at so called 'nerve' hospitals' pushed officials for answers on behalf of their shell-shocked comrades as part of their service in the famous 'Bonus Army'.

From the pages of Diagnosis:Mercury we learn keen interest in Iraq's mercury poisoning epidemic cranked up with a letter published in the March, 1972 British Medical Journal. In it Iraqi medical officials made an international appeal for assistance with what they called a mercury poisoning epidemic caused by Granosan-M, an ethyl-mercury fungicide.

A common myth is Iraqi health officials were clueless. Mercury poisoning was not new to the Iraqis. They never expected a third mercury fungicide poisoning event to happen.

Iraq had two previous outbreaks of mercury poisoning related to the consumption of mercury-fumigated grain, Iraqi health officials discovered that mercury-laced seeds purchased by the government for new crop planting had instead been used as food. It seems the organo-mercury compounds coating the seeds were breaking down into harmful inorganic mercury with significant lethality.

Soon after the letter calling for help treating the victims appeared in BMJ, what might have looked something similar to the Florida dispute of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election took place. Operatives from the chemical companies arrived. They took pictures of fungicide bags. They camped out at the Iraqi hospitals, hung around the health ministry, and apparently deliberately mercury poisoned Iraqi farm animals to see what would happen.

Among the ambulance chasing chem reps wandering around Iraq on a mission from big business chemical companies was University of Rochester Tom Clarkson, M.D., a man not exactly unfamiliar or un-infamous with today's Thimerosal moms and dads.

Yes, the same influential Tom Clarkson, M.D. who was caught ring-leading the top secret Simpsonwood meeting June 7-8, 2000, the same Tom Clarkson M.D. who testified against vaccine-injured American children in vaccine court from an undisclosed location, was in Iraq during the mercury crisis hoping to try out a mercury-eliminating resin he developed with Dow Chemical.

The resin sucked royally, but Clarkson and Dow remain unchallenged by UK tabloid journalist Brian Deer to this very day.

To call the the 1971-2 Iraqi mercury poisoning epidemic solely a methyl-mercury poisoning based on information provided by clearly conflicted individuals might be an obfuscation of other important facts namely the actual mercury compound that caused the poisoning.

Thanks to Dr. Hightower's Diagnosis:Mercury we know that University of Rochester researchers did not report finding the Granosan compound, but they did suggest the Iraqis may have added other mercury fungicides locally.

We know this wasn't a sole-source uniform act of charity by the United States. This was a world record size grain order placed by the Iraqi government with western business. Multiple grain vendors likely contributed seed and used a variety of mercury compounds.

We know that Dow had distinct methyl-mercury pollution liabilities in other parts of the world. Their research work done in Iraq should be questioned foremost as biased, protecting corporate interests back home.

While the scale of the two previous mercury poisoning epidemics may have been much smaller, Iraqi officials saw this as mercury poisoning based on symptoms and experience. It was their first call this was another ethyl-mercury epidemic caused by the same mistake.



It sure looks as if the inappropriately imposing figure named Clarkson may have had a hand in "redefining" what exactly happened in Iraq. The Iraqis seem to have been practicing good old fashioned reluctance to release data in order to prevent the traditional corporate obfuscation from taking place. Imagine a murderer conducting his own criminal investigation. It was western mercury. It was western grain. It was western companies beating on their door for evidence.

I don't think it is a necessity to test Clarkson for trace amounts of Dow's whiz bang "mercury-eliminating resin" at this point, but any parallel testing the conflicted Rochester school ran in relationship to Iraq 1971-2 is apart from official. Any results obtained by Rochester are effectively tainted by competing interests including the fact that Dow had multi-million dollar's worth of methyl-mercury liabilities and Clarkson was in Iraq to protect company interests.


Incredibly, the chemical company ambulance chasers wrote reports and had them published with conclusions so maudlin, that despite clear symptoms of mercury poisoning, any mercury toxicity damage under a certain level was claimed to be caused 'by something else'.

The authors of the following 1976 review do not bombastically, repetitively DOGMATICALLY refer to Iraq as solely methyl-mercury poisoning.

http://whqlibdoc.who.int/bulletin/1976/Vol54/Vol54-No1/bulletin_1976_54(1)_101-112.pdf

Again, the character in question here is the same Clarkson busted for ring-leading International Vaccine Rescue at Simpsonwood, and the same Clarkson who testified against Thimerosal-damaged children in vaccine court undoubtedly from the comfort of a government-sponsored undisclosed location.

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