As we celebrate Veteran’s Day and look for ways to support those that have served, it’s important to better understand the medical conditions that plague them because of their service.
Few know about Gulf War Syndrome – a chronic, multi-symptom condition similar chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia that seems to affect veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War – and even fewer know how to treat it.
Watch as a retired Major from the United States Airforce explains his battle with Gulf War Syndrome.
I’m a retired Major from the United States Airforce. I’ve had Gulf War Illness for about 20 years, unbeknownst to me until about 5 years ago. The VA told me to leave my family and friends and my CPA practice in Colorado Springs, CO and to move home and be with family and friends. To me that was a death warrant. I became pretty desperate at that time especially after going to the War-Related Injury and Illness Center in Palo Alto and being confirmed – chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, IBS, muscle spasms, spondylosis, stenosis – I was very desperate.
On my own I just started “googling” because the VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) told me there really wasn’t any treatment and they didn’t believe in Gulf War Illness being from chemical and biological warfare. When I “googled” online I found Holtorf Medical Group, specifically under “Gulf War Illness treatment”. That’s when I started reading. Of course, I was elated because they were fairly close to where I was.
How did you feel when you were told by the VA to go home because they could not help you?
Needless to say, I was desperate, but when your life is on the line and you think you’re dying, but you still want to live, you will do anything you can for yourself and your family. I didn’t know what Gulf War Illness was. I couldn’t get any information other than going online and doing my own independent research. I was able to go onto YouTube and find other veterans that were like me, but they didn’t tell me about treatment. So, I had to find treatment on my own and I didn’t care if it was through TriCare – which I have because I’m retired. I didn’t care if it was through the VA. Ultimately, they didn’t pay for anything – TriCare paid just a little bit, but it’s out of my own money. When you think you’re going to die, you will do anything you think you need to do and that’s what I did.
What therapies have worked for you?
My blood was very coagulated. My hormones (testosterone) was way down, below what the normal level should be, and the VA didn’t even know that! Dr. Wightman immediately diagnosed me with low-thyroid – hypothyroidism – and I was also low on Vitamin D and other minerals that your body really needs and for some reason the biological and chemical weapons take it out. It impacts your whole immune system and endocrine system; that’s what happened to me.
For one thing, the bloodletting – which I thought was very unusual – helped. I even tried doing it on my own because I live a little ways away, but I couldn’t even find anyone to do the bloodletting. Even the bloodletting gave me headache relief. It was phenomenal! I did that every three months.
The testosterone – although I should really be on HGH – is a low-cost way of keeping my muscle mass up.
The thyroid has been very helpful! I’m not in bed anymore. I can actually do some things although I’m still tired.
The Ozone Therapy has been phenomenal! It’s really reduced the pain. I’ve reduced the number of pain pills I’m taking. I still have to take some like anti-inflammatories, but I feel much better.
If I can add anything, I think that if veterans – that’s just one niche of people – now that they have the choice card, I think they should thoroughly investigate Holtorf Medical Group, find out if they can use their card, and come here because the research has already been done. The VA says that they still need to do research. They have found that CoQ10 works (which it does), but that after half a billion dollars in research. If you come here, you’ll find out that the research has already been done. There’s plenty of different therapies that are available. So, treatment is available and veterans should actively seek it if you’re like me.
For even more information on Gulf War Syndrome and its treatments, read this!