Founding Director of the SOF Health Initiative Program at Task Force Dagger Foundation
Since 2001 the United States of America has been fighting relentlessly in the Global War on Terror. Our service members have been deployed into hostile, polluted environments with extreme climates for the past 14 years. As a result of this lengthy war, suicides, cancer and other “undiagnosed” or “hidden” injuries are plaguing the Department of Defense service members and their families. The causes of these “unexplained illnesses” are not “unexplained” or “hidden”. The causes of these illnesses are a result of being overexposed. These exposures include: Stress, sleep deprivation, blasts, pollutants (heavy metals/dust/smog/burn pits/industrial waste/chemical weapons), climate, Radio Frequencies (Jammers/Radar/Radios), processed and refined foods, prescription drugs and poor lifestyle choices. This past decade of war has contributed to hundreds of thousands of injuries and unprecedented exposure to stressors that have resulted in the worst epidemic of suicide, cancer and chronic illness in our country’s history.
The effects of these injuries and exposures are well known and documented in scientific literature. Doctors have a duty to learn about this information and connect the dots to better serve their patients. Cancer, suicide and chronic illnesses are all preventable and are all linked together. PTSD and TBI are both downstream effects of broken upstream mechanisms throughout the body. TBI and PTSD are not cut and dry, service members might have similar sets of symptoms but the pathophysiology of each individual service member will be slightly different. Providers need to stop looking at PTSD and TBI as a disease or disorder. PTSD and TBI are a dysfunction and to treat and fix them, you need to have an individual personalized treatment plan for each patient based on their bio individuality and their history of illnesses and injuries. Read More >>>