The University of Texas
Department Of Tumor Biology
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April 29, 1996
Candler, FL 32111
I enclose some new information and publications on Gulf War Illness and the role of mycoplasmal infection in GWI. Some feel that the mycoplasma issue is rather controversial. The only reason that this issue is controversial is that our DoD and the British MoD refuses to acknowledge that soldiers suffering from GWI might have been exposed to infectious microorganisms during their service in Desert Storm, and they are doing everything to discredit credible scientists who have published results to the contrary. I believe that this is to protect their own secrete, illegal BW program involving weaponized mycoplasmas and other bacteria and their illegal BW testing programs in prisons and psychiatric hospitals where patients died during these illegal tests. A retired US Army officer has now detailed these programs to us, and some of the microorganisms tested appear to be the same microorganisms that we are finding in the blood of GWI patients. I enclose some peer-reviewed medical publications on our work on GWI, a disease that has almost identical signs and symptoms to myalpic encepthalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue/immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) (Nicolson, G.L. and Nicolson. N.L. Chronic fatigue illness and Operation Desert Storm. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 38: l4-l7, 1996).
We have found that about about one-half of the GWI patients (and 2 out of 2 British GWI patients) have an invasive not a benign mycoplasma infection that can be successfully treated with antibiotics, such as doxycycline (Nicolson, G.L. and Nicolson, N.L. Doxycycline treatment and Desert Storm JAMA 273: 618-619, 1995), ciprofloxacin or azithromycin. We have developed new diagnostic procedures for analysis of the types of mycoplasmas found in GWI, published our studies on the successful treatment of GWl, and indicated that these tests and treatments may also be useful and informative for civilians with CFIDS (Nicolson, G.L. and Nicolson, N.L. Diagnosis and treatment of mycoplasmal infections in Gulf War Illness-CFIDS. Intern. J. Occup. Med. Immunol Tox 5: 69-78,1996). Tests are performed free for Desert Storm vets and their families. Many of subjects in these peer-reviewed medical publications are entire families, where the spouses and children have come down with GWI. The U.S. and U.K. Governments don't seem to get it; we are dealing with infectious microorganisms that are beginning to spread in the population, and by continuing to cover this up, the entire population of the United States and Britain are now at risk.
Garth L. Nicolson, Ph.D
David Bruton Jr. Chair in Cancer Research
Department of Tumor Biology
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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