What follows is the continuation, in serial form, of a central chapter from my book A Primer in the Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science.
SCAM NUMBER SIXTEEN: Conduct spurious diagnostic tests on possible victims of internal contamination and then use the inevitable negative test results to falsely reassure the patients that their dose was nonexistent or inconsequential.
Despicable and unconscionable are adjectives too tame to adequately convey the gravity of this scam. Nevertheless, it is currently being used against ailing American veterans returning from combat duty. Due to the controversy over depleted uranium, many vets suffering from Gulf War Syndrome want to know whether DU contamination is a factor in their symptomatology. The standard diagnostic test administered by the military is to collect a 24-hour urine sample and measure the total concentration of uranium within the sample so as to ascertain whether uranium levels are elevated above normal. This sounds perfectly reasonable. A veteran, not adequately informed, will greet the inevitable negative tests results with relief, assured that internal contamination with uranium is not a factor in his illness. A casualty of misplaced trust, he will remain ignorant that he has been a victim of a medical hoax intentionally perpetrated by the Pentagon to hide from the world the consequences of uranium weaponry. Measurement of total uranium in urine is the wrong diagnostic test. When a human being assimilates soluble uranium compounds into his body, almost all of that uranium remains mobilized within the body and is rapidly eliminated through the urine in a matter of days. Thus, the total concentration of uranium in the urine will quickly return to normal levels. The tiny percentage of uranium lodged in tissues of retention, such as bone, will slowly leach into the circulation and then into the urine. This uranium will mix with the naturally present uranium in the body and is unlikely to elevate total uranium concentrations beyond the normal range. Consequently, it is evident that unless a urine sample is collected within days of exposure, this test will provide no information as to whether or not the soldier has been internally contaminated. This, however, is not the whole story. It is quite possible that a GI on active duty will inhale a medically significant quantity of insoluble uranium compounds. These may become immobilized in the lungs or trapped within the tracheobronchial lymph nodes, irradiating surrounding tissue for years or decades. Slow to leach into the general circulation, this contamination may go undetected because it does not significantly elevate uranium levels in the urine above normal. Quite obviously, a different diagnostic test is required to prove contamination with battlefield uranium. The fact that the ratio of uranium isotopes is different in depleted uranium from that in the uranium naturally found in the body, the only legitimate test is one that measures the composition of the various isotopes of uranium being excreted in the urine. (A fuller description of this procedure appears in the later chapter, A Primer in the Art of Deception.)
This author, in full cognizance of the responsibility of his words, stands before all mankind and unhesitatingly declares that the Veterans Administration is perpetrating medical fraud on ailing military personnel. Further, the Department of Defense of the United States is endorsing this medical malpractice to deceive the entire world on the health implications of battlefield DU. Military physicians, if they keep abreast of the scientific advances in their field pertinent to their profession, know with certainty that they are prescribing the wrong diagnostic test. They cannot use ignorance as an excuse.