Gulf War Veterans : Second Urgent Medical Alert for February 2011


Second Medical Alert for Gulf War/Desert Storm Veterans for February 2011

The Dr. Chia research article from Journal of Clinical Pathology on enterovirus and a cancer needs to be shared widely at the Department of Veterans Affairs and circulated to all health care providers.  Our only chance with beating cancer is TIME.  Adequate diagnostic tests to rule out cancers for our Desert Storm Veterans and our newest veterans from OIF/OEF is a must and we all must be proactive and knowledgeable and that includes our patients and their family members! 

There is an urgent need for new SOPs at the VA to distribute new research findings for Gulf War illness to researchers, medical care providers, and the patients.  This has to be a full team effort!  As a Desert Storm Veteran and Nurse officer who has served as a veterans’ advocate for more than 20 years I get calls, emails, contacts from our veterans and keep my eyes on research and reports.  I am taking bold steps to alert community of veterans and health care providers of problems being seen and doing all I can to save lives and improve veteran lives.

Another health warning for our gulf war/desert storm veterans I am getting more info on Cancers and yes GI.  Please do not just suffer in silence if you have health problems please be sure they rule out any cancers first.  Yes Gulf War illness, irritable bowel, CFS/ME is baffling and complex.  But tell them at least rule out known illnesses including any cancers.  If you have any problems I am here for you!  Email me at [email protected] way we can talk more or get on phone.   Research Abstract Below: 

J Clin Pathol. 2011 Jan 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Carcinoid tumour associated with enterovirus infection.

Chia J, Chia A, El-Habbal R.

EV Med Research, Lomita, California, USA.


Enteroviruses commonly infect the gastrointestinal tract, and replication of enteroviruses has been well documented in the Peyer patches of the small bowel. Chronic enterovirus infection has been found in the stomach and terminal ileum of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. The authors report the unexpected finding of enterovirus VP1 protein, by immunoperoxidase staining, in carcinoid tumours found in one patient with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and another patient with chronic lower quadrant abdominal pain, and suggest a possible association between enteroviruses and tumorigenesis.

PMID: 21278394


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