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Gulf War Syndrome Treatment – Ozone Testimonial

25th March 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized


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Joyce Riley vonKleist, R.N., B.S.N.
Captain, USAF inactive Reserve

To the Forgotten Warriors:

Was the character of my valor less intense than those at Lexington?
Was the pain of my wounds any less severe than those at Normandy?
And was my loneliness any less sorrowful than those at Inchon?
Then why am I forgotten amongst those remembered as “heroes?”

-George L. Skypeck , Captain U.S. Army


Journal articles are usually written with the expressed purpose of providing answers to questions posed that pertain to a given topic. However, due to the nature of the information and documentation that appears here, it is likely that more questions will be raised than answered. As one begins to delve deeper into the subject of Gulf War Illness, it becomes increasingly evident there is much more than meets the eye.

Historically, when faced with a dilemma that threatens the well being of a population, the public and private sectors combine resources to determine a solution to the problem. Such is not the case with respect to the issue of the Gulf War Illness. For whatever reasons, the United States government has refused to acknowledge the existence of the diseases and withheld meaningful treatments or protocols from the service members. To compound this growing problem, attempts to find any meaningful answers to the source of these maladies have been met with arrogant condescension, denial and in some cases reprisal.

For six years Gulf War veterans have given testimony and first hand accounts of what actually transpired on the battlefield with respect to chemical, biological warfare and the much debated vaccinations. They have testified in Washington and at senate hearings in an attempt to have their voices heard as it relates to their symptoms, disease processes and chronic illnesses. Their voices have fallen on deaf ears in Washington. It is understood that much of the documentation presented will most likely be contrary to the steady diet of “news” presented by the Pentagon and mainstream media, some may find the information contained herein to be unpalatable if not difficult to digest.

The research utilized for this report has come not only from Senate Reports, Congressional Hearings, and government documents, but also from personal experience as well as thousands of letters and interviews from the veterans themselves who, after serving their country, suffer from a series of maladies that the United States military says “doesn’t exist.”


Having served as a USAFR flight nurse in the late 1970′s, the advent of Operation Desert Storm/Shield served to inspire me to return. I was placed on world-wide status receiving all the inoculations required for a Flight Nurse position. The cease-fire occurred and I remained stateside flying missions from Alaska to Cuba. My civilian position at that time was a heart, liver, kidney transplant nurse at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. My health status prior to 1991 was excellent. Subsequent to serving in support of Operation Desert Storm from January to July, 1991, I became ill to the point of hospitalization in December 1991 with a possible diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. This was later changed to “unknown central nervous system disorder.” The primary objective findings were an abnormal spinal tap and six spots of demyelination of the brain and spinal cord. The subjective findings were parasthesias, numbness and muscle pain.

The treatment consisted of oral tapered steroids and intravenous ACTH. I was re-hospitalized in 1993 with mycoplasma pneumonia and in 1995, tested positive for Mycoplasma incognitus with forensic Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center by Dr. Garth Nicolson. Treatment with Doxycycline 100mg. BID and Acyclovir for three courses was completed. Though able to function, I was still hampered with chronic fatigue, night sweats, debilitating endometriosis, joint and muscle pain. To treat the remaining problems, I underwent Ozone therapy. This much debated and often criticized treatment by the mainstream traditional medical community brought me relief and returned me almost to my original state of health with on remaining symptoms of significantly impaired eyesight and joint pain. Dr. Gerald V. Sunnen, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of New York University reports that as early as World War I, ozone’s bactericidal properties were used to treat infected wounds, mustard gas burns and fistulas.1 According to Dr. Sunnen, ozone has a long history for use in water purification.

Ozone’s properties are being investigated for applications in various medical fields.
The ability of ozone to destroy toxic or noxious industrial impurities (phenols, cyanides, tetraethyllead among others) and to inactivate bacterial contaminants in sewage has made it an attractive alternative to chlorination. Wiesbaden, Germany became the first city to use ozonation for purification of its drinking water (1901), followed by Zurich, Florence, Brussels, Marseille, Singapore and Moscow (the largest installation in the world), among others.2

Having heard from many physicians who utilize ozone, plus my personal experience, it appears that ozone therapy should be further investigated by clinicians as a potential treatment for Gulf War veterans.

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