posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 06:18 PM
Regarding Medical Research and Experimentation on Military Personnel
A great deal of valuable data has come from simple statistical analysis of medical information collected from military members. Health data of all
kinds is compiled and analyzed. It is an incredibly valuable resource that has advanced medicine both within and outside the military. The results of
many of these studies are publicly available, and are often cited in medical literature.
On the darker side, there have been several involuntary trials of a variety of things on service members, including vaccines, pathogens, exposure to
hazardous substances and environments and yes, administration of performance-enhancing drugs.
In fairness, without any exception I am aware of, extensive research and testing is performed before widespread trials are elected. However, it would
be dishonest to assert that such trials are without risks, and such decisions are not made casually. Having said that...
ADVISOR: Check your family history. If no one else related to you has been diagnosed with, shown symptoms of or has been suspected of having
metabolic problems, that is worthy of note. If you have continuing contact with other members of your former units, ask them about this, and see if
you can discern a pattern. Those two things alone can answer a lot of nagging questions you may have.
Even the most cynical program manager will be mindful that tests on service members are tests on human beings -- many of them exceptional human
beings, and that there are typically several layers of oversight for both voluntary and involuntary programs.
The really exotic stuff has been confined to small, voluntary programs, and rest assured, significant testing is performed in simulations, in vitro,
on animals and typically on non-military humans before tests involving military members are performed.
Most of the time, subjects are aware of what they are doing, and are advised of the risks before they consent with their signatures. They may not be
told the precise nature of the drugs or methods being tested to avoid skewing the outcomes, but they will be advised that they are part of a test.
Before, during and after the test, they will be carefully examined and closely monitored. That is the way it is supposed to be done.
Some unnamed heroes (all unmarried) have even volunteered for programs that have precluded their return to the civilian world ever again. To their
relatives, they are dead, but to the few who know, they are immortal. God bless them.
Shamefully, this has not always been the case, and "consent" in some programs has consisted of waivers being handed out with orders from the CO to
"sign this", with no indication of the actual nature of what service members were waiving. Sometimes, the "general waiver" that is incorporated in
the thick pile of documents signed during induction processing has been considered adequate to establish "consent".
Needless to say, I have tremendous difficulty accepting the rationale behind such decisions, but I have never been in a position to make them, thank
God. Every man has his reasons, I suppose.
Having said all that, there have been some amazing successes in these programs, but nothing is free. Drugs which enhance metabolism tend to cause
undesired effects such as adrenal fatigue and organ failures. Stimulants which can increase stamina, quicken reflexes and accelerate mental activity
also tend to cause psychosis. Nutrient "cocktails" which can combat fatigue can also have toxic, even cancerous side effects.
Hypnotic suggestions and psychological conditioning which can counteract fear and inhibitions and bolster a soldier's ability to fight can also lead
to excessive self-injury or violence against friendly assets. Sensory enhancements can ultimately lead to sensory deprivation. Genetic alterations can
open a Pandora's box of unforeseen and unfavorable consequences. Electrochemical and electromechanical enhancements can result in superior
performance in specialized applications, but prove crippling in others.
Combinations of these techniques can overcome the limitations of some of them, but can also multiply their liabilities as well.
The human body is amazingly complex, and what is unknown dwarfs what is known. Nonetheless, progress has been made in this field, and progress
Everything I have mentioned above has been pursued and tested. Some results have been very promising, and some methods are in use today.
Love it or hate it, research in this field will proceed, and advancements will continue to be made.