It is the *first part* of this article may be of interest to ill Gulf War veterans and their medical care providers.
The end of this article, however, is sadly focused on the"stress" theory of causation for Gulf War veterans' illnesses. The presence of the long ago discredited "Stress" theory in this otherwise important article is indicative that the old forces in DoD, VA, MoD, and beyond that we Gulf War veterans have been fighting since the get go remain alive and well.
It should go without saying that stress can play a supplementary or synergistic role in Gulf War Illness, as well as in any other known physical, psychological, or psychosocial condition ranging from cancer to workplace violence to heliobacter pylori stomach ulcers. Everything is made worse by stress; few conditions have stress as the primary cause.
For stress to even be mentioned as possibly the primary cause of Gulf War veterans' physiological illnesses (in the case of the majority of ill Gulf War veterans' who are not also concurrently suffering from PTSD) is an insult. Its inclusion in this article suggests its proponents have either been living under a rock for the last two decades or are blissfully or willfully ignorant of the large and growing body of medical evidence of the intricate details of the physiological nature of the chronic multisymptom illness plaguing as many as one in three U.S. veterans of the 1991 Gulf War, as well as other U.S. and other military forces.
It would be an outrage if MedPage Today's editors were to publish an article that, without reliance on any disease-relevant medical research, explicitly stated that multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's, or any other neurological disease could have "stress" as a primary cause. It is no less an outrage in this instance, and serves only to suggest that MedPage Today may not be a fully credible source of scientific news.
Source: MedPage Today