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During Operation Desert Shield Desert Storm other service-members including myself received a series of two shots We were told to protect us from anthrax These inoculations were never recorded in our medical records We were even told by the medical staff that these shots were experimental and non-FDA approved For several years now the government have been trying to explain or cover-up the truth of The Gulf War Syndrome The inoculations that veterans received for anthrax are linked with the symptoms of The Gulf War Syndrome This past April I was reading an article in the Seattle Times Our representative the Honorable Mr Jack Metcalf was reported on releasing information that showed that service-members received some shots Since this article I wrote a letter to Mr Metcalf and pursued to investigate this further for my own personal interest These inoculations were used with an experimental adjuvant without the FDA approval An adjuvant is an ingredient that enhances or modifies the action or effectiveness of a medical treatment All inoculations and medication contains an adjuvant The adjuvant normally used is aluminum based or alum-based According to the article these shots contain an experimental adjuvant called squalene Squalene is a fatty substance found in minute amount within the human liver This type of adjuvant is experimental and is used to speed up the immune system The government had a couple of motive for using squalene adjuvant on its veterans Through reconnaissance and espionage our intelligence discovered that the Iraqis had an arsenal of anthrax From Iraqs war with Iran it was concluded that if possible they would deploy this weapon Prior to this time there were no requirement for being inoculated for anthrax In order to be successfully inoculated with an alum-based serum would require a series of three shots over a six-month period Obviously this did not fit the time frame of the crisis Using squalene adjuvant serum we could receive two
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