- uploaded: Jan 29, 2013
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Journalist Gary Matsumoto discussed his research into a dangerous anthrax vaccine that has been administered to US soldiers since 1991, and which he contends is the cause of a host of maladies known collectively as Gulf War Syndrome. The experimental vaccine was rushed into production during the run-up to the Persian Gulf war because the military feared the existing anthrax vaccine would not effectively protect soldiers against Saddam Hussein's biological weapons, he explained. In addition, the pre-1990 vaccine required six doses over a period of 18 months in order to confer protection against the disease -- time the military did not have, Matsumoto noted. Research at the time showed promise in a new vaccine that could protect soldiers from Hussein's aerosolized anthrax with only three injections given over the course of one month, he continued. The experimental vaccine, referred to as "Vaccine A", used an oil called squalene as a supposed 'safe' delivery vehicle for the injection's main ingredient and as an immune system stimulant. According to Matsumoto, the injected squalene closely resembles oils found in the body and as a result, the body's immune system starts attacking itself. Matsumoto believes this reaction is why Gulf War veterans suffer from increased incidents of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Scientific studies have demonstrated the same cascading autoimmune response in animals, and Matsumoto's own investigation ...