The Gulf War is a conflict that took place in 1990 and 1991. This was the first war after the end of the Cold War, which made it one of the most high-profile wars since World War II. These congenital disabilities are still being researched today, but many people believe they are caused by exposure to toxic chemicals during this period. This article will discuss three main points: what Gulf War birth defects are, how we know they’re related to chemical exposure, and what can be done about them.
What Are These Birth Defects? They are a variety of medical conditions that occurred in veterans’ children. These children were not born with these conditions but developed them very early on after their veteran parent was exposed to toxic chemicals during the war.
How do We know They’re Related To Chemical Exposure?
We know they are related to chemical exposure because there is evidence linking chemical exposure and these congenital disability cases for several reasons. There’s a higher risk when both parents serve in the military at this time. Families have reported clusters of similar congenital disabilities in specific locations where soldiers were stationed. Scientists have proven connections between certain types of illnesses and different agents found along the route taken by many troops through Saudi Arabia into Kuwait.
- Many of these babies were born with severe health problems.
- Some of these health issues can be directly connected to the mother’s environment and stress levels during pregnancy (i.e., chemicals and other toxic substances).
- The CDC is currently researching this phenomenon to understand better the connection between these births and disease rates among children today.
What Can Be Done About It?
In most cases, these congenital disabilities are not treatable, but research continues to deepen our understanding of how these agents may affect us in the future.
- Symptoms of War Syndrome include fatigue, cognitive difficulties, headaches/migraines, muscle pain & weakness, respiratory disorders like asthma or chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal illness like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dizziness/nausea, and cardiovascular disease.
- Veterans, as well as their families who were exposed to the same chemicals during pregnancy, are at an increased risk for this War syndrome (GWS), and children of vets may also experience birth defects if they’re not adequately monitored.
We must understand what causes these harmful effects to prevent them from reoccurring or worsening with future generations.
In conclusion, this syndrome and these Gulf War birth defects are both severe illnesses caused by exposure to environmental chemicals.