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mary garvey
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2000 - 12:41 am:   

what do you recommend for both female and male veterans who were exposed to agent orange in Vietnam?

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Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2000 - 02:29 pm:   

Dear Mary and others with this question,

I really believe in synchronicity because only a few days ago, it was announced that Round Up, the Monsanto herbicide (and allegedly the same as Agent Orange), is being touted as a new wonder drug for fighting cancer. I believe it is Proctor and Gamble that wants to buy the rights to produce Round Up for chemotherapeutic use.

I am shocked. A few weeks ago, Thalidomide was reintroduced as an anti-cancer drug, and now Round Up. I don't know what is happening in this world.

I do, however, know some Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. Many are very ill and qualify for government programs. I also know some who used bloodroot internally. What happened was that within minutes, hours, or days (it varied from person to person), the skin broke out in terrible eruptions that were deemed to be cancerous. I am not certain the diagnoses were correct, but I do believe that the skin broke out.

I will post this question to a few colleagues to see what experience they have with Agent Orange. My gut feeling would be to use very gentle demulcent (mucilaginous) herbs along with mild detoxifiers. If the toxins are stirred up quickly, they could create havoc. Since the exposure was so long ago, whatever is residual in the body is probably fairly deep in the tissue by now. Gentle liver and kidney regeneration along with steady use of blood and intestinal cleansing herbs would make sense, but let me ask some colleagues to join in this discussion.

Good luck,

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Cathlyn McCullough
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 04:33 pm:   

I am also interested in herbs and alternative treatments for nerve damage from agent orange which among other things causes leg spasms at night.
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Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2004 - 03:23 am:   

Oh, this is probably very difficult. Spasms are generally caused by trace mineral deficiencies, especially magnesium, but you can take a good supplement. I personally use pravalmoti from India. It is made from very finely powdered coral and pearls.

The Hawaiians used awa root (kava kava) to regenerate nerve endings, but it must be the fresh awa which retains the tangy volatile oils, not the dried out stuff in capsules.

One needs to detoxify the body so that the chemical residues cease to act as irritants to the nerves (not to mention liver and blood) and then one can undertake the long process of regenerating the nerve sheaths through use of extremely high quality oils, those high in essential fatty acids. It's a process but well worth the effort.

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