Wednesday, November 02, 2011

What’s Choking U.S. Troops? Feds Have No Idea.

In a 2010 study of 80 soldiers who struggled to run two miles, half of them were huffing and puffing because of undiagnosed bronchiolitis.

And the feds have no idea why.

The military’s widespread use of open-air burn pits — massive heaps of Styrofoam, human waste and plastic water bottles, in flames around the clock — seemed to be the most obvious answer.

But results of a study published today by the Institute of Medicine, and commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are frustratingly inconclusive — largely because the military didn’t collect adequate data for researchers to do their jobs.


1 comment:

CI-Roller Dude said...

The "burn pit" we had in Baghdad, run but KBR, was way too close to where we lived...everyday at 1600 hours, they'd start the burn. KBR sent out a camp wide e-mail reminding troops to not through things like ammo and grenades in the dumpster...because they blew up in the fire.
burning 5 million water bottles, and all the other normal trash made in a day by an army.