Well now that sounds like a $10,000 question for me !
My father was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, and died from a rare lung disease at the age of 47 (I was 11). Even the government admitted that he death was "connected to his time spent in the service".... but never went so far as to use the exact words "agent orange". Instead, it was like, just be quiet about everything, and we will take care of you......
Now, sorry to throw a wrench in your theory, but after I tell you the next little fact, please read on... their is much more...
I was adopted. So what dif that my father had been exposed to agent orange, right ?
Skip forward a few decades, and at the age of 21, I found myself working at the Ortho division (pesticides) of a Chevron refinery. We were pressure washing equipment, pipes, fittings, etc, that had been contaminated with a hideous chemical compound called Difolitan. This is a defoliant which kills not only any plant life, but most animal life it comes into contact with > JUST LIKE AGENT ORANGE ! In fact, chemically speaking AO and Difolitan are both very closely related. Hmmmm.
It had the weirdest, funkiest smell ! It was like, you could barely smell it, but when you finally got the faintest whif, it made you want to run and vomit ! And if it got on something, cloths, boots, whatever, you might as well just throw it away, because nothing would remove it.
Oh, another "fun fact" about Difolitan.... It was not made "on purpose", but rather, was the by-product of some other hideous crap that was being made. And it was SOOO toxic, that it was not legal for use, or sale in the US. So, how to get rid of it ? Why simple... just barrel it up, and send it to 3rd world countries that don't have the strict environmental and health guidelines that the US does.... probably for the cost of shipping :(
One time while working around this stuff, my throat started swelling shut. Me and my co-workers also started having all kinds of weird mental stuff start happening... depression and such. That's when we all agreed, "Ya' know what ? No more of this $#!+.....
Sometime within the next year is when I developed Fibromyalgia and IBS. That was 26 years ago.
Simply a coincidence ??? You decide.
Post Edited (Fishchris) : 2/23/2013 9:51:04 AM (GMT-7)