Neuropathy (nerve damage)
and Other Problems
it happened and what can be done for relief
Almost 20 million gallons of
herbicides were dumped on Vietnam between 1962 and
1971 to kill jungle foliage with the aim of exposing
enemy targets. It was used to prevent the
communist forces from using the jungle for cover, to
destroy their food supply and to clear areas of the
jungle for U.S. occupation.
The U.S. Army
heavily sprayed areas of inland forest in the
demarcation zone, along the borders of Cambodia, Laos
and South Vietnam and areas north and northwest of
Saigon. There was also heavy spraying in the mangrove
forests on the southernmost peninsula of Vietnam and
along the major shipping channels southeast of Saigon.
Shortly following their military
service in Vietnam, some veterans reported a variety
of health problems and concerns which some of them
attributed to exposure to Agent Orange or other
Agent Orange contains
dioxin, which has known biological and physical
Both Vietnamese citizens and war veterans
have experienced health problems as a result of Agent
Orange exposure. Health problems include birth
defects, skin diseases and peripheral neuropathy.
Agent Orange may also be responsible for some
instances of Parkinson's and heart diseases.
Neurological Effects of Agent Orange
According to the World Health
Organization, short-term exposure to high levels of
dioxins causes skin damage and altered liver function.
Long-term exposure causes immune system impairment and
damage to the nervous, endocrine and reproductive
systems in developing fetuses. Dioxin is also a known
According to the VA, there are several diseases
associated specifically with Agent Orange exposure,
including Hodgkin's disease, chronic lymphocytic
leukemia and type 2 diabetes. Agent Orange also causes a neurological disorder known
as acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy.
Agent Orange has recently been linked to an elevated
risk for Parkinson's, another neurological disorder.
Symptoms and effects of Agent Orange exposure may take
months or even years to appear.
Acute and Subacute
Peripheral neuropathy is
damage to the peripheral nervous system, which
consists of the nerves that transmit information from
the central nervous system to the rest of the body.
The peripheral nervous system carries sensory messages
and motor impulses. When this system is damaged, it
can cause numbness and weakness in the limbs and nerve
pain. The peripheral nervous system also controls the
heartbeat, and damage to this system could result in
heart rate irregularities.
are many Agent
Orange Support Groups
You can find a list with this group.
you do have Neuropathy from Agent Orange.
What can you do about neuropathy or nerve damage?
Treatment for Neuropathy
There are many medications, and other remedies that can bring you relief, you can read about them in this article Neuropathy. Go to Neuropathy Treatment Section.
What can you do?
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None of the various neuropathy treatments will build healthy nerves. You can cover up the symptoms and you can increase circulation and you can make a person feel less pain, etc., but if you build healthy nerves, there will not be any symptoms (healthy nerves don't hurt, tingle, burn, are not numb, etc.) and the relief will be lasting.
Building Healthy Nerves
Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are not painful. Healthy nerves means that they communicate and don't send wrong signals such as burning, hot and cold, tingling when there is no reason for it. Healthy motor nerves mean that they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly. Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.
The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to build healthy nerves.
It may not give immediate relief (although many do feel changes in the first week) as the vitamins are working at a cellular level, but it does address the actual problem, builds healthy nerves and brings lasting relief.
(For temporary relief while building healthy nerves, go to Pain Relief Formula)
What can be done for lasting relief?
Find out how to build Healthy Nerves
Agent Orange or is it a Fungal Infection from Viet
information on this comes from a Viet Nam vet who was
very sick when he got back. He was exposed to
Agent Orange but didn't have any adverse reaction to
it. He started researching and found that fungus
was the cause of his problem. He was
exposed to fungus in Viet Nam.
his website and the Science
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