Thursday, August 5, 2010

Army Shifts Treatment of Ill Burn Pit Soldiers Diagnosed With Constrictive Brochiolitis

The US Army has shifted the treatment location of the returning soldiers who have been exposed to burn pit fumes and dusts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans Today reports that the patients under the care of Dr. Robert Miller, Associate Professor of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University, are now being shifted from Fort Campbell, KY to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Dr . Miller has diagnosed  more than 50 returning soldiers with "constrictive broncholitis," a condition he reports is related to toxic environmental exposure caused by burn pit smoke.  Dr. Miller has performed open lung biopsies to objectively confirm his findings and has published several studies and has testified before Congress over this serious  health concern.

“I think this is a way to get control of an issue,” Miller said. “They [US Army] can control the discussion by keeping it internal.” But Col. Lisa Zacher, pulmonary consultant to the Army surgeon general, said she greatly admires Miller’s work, and that the change came purely for business reasons.

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