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Gulf War Illness-Evaluation of an Innovative Detoxification Program

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Technical Report,27 Sep 2010,26 Sep 2015

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State University of New York Albany United States

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Approximately 25 of military personnel who served in the 1990-1991 Gulf War developed a syndrome of symptoms, now known as Gulf War Illness, characterized by chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia, gastrointestinal symptoms and altered nervous system function. Although the cause of Gulf War Illness remains uncertain, exposure to toxic chemicals from nerve gases, air pollution from oil fires and other sources remains one of the most likely explanations. This study was designed to determine whether a program of daily exercise and sauna therapy with administration of a variety of supplements including increasing concentrations of crystalline niacin for a period of three to six weeks would result in an improved quality of life and better cognitive function. The basic hypothesis behind this intervention is that toxic chemicals remain stored in the body of Gulf War veterans, and that this intervention might facilitate their release from the body and improve health.

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