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Is there any evidence that depleted uranium causes birth defects?It is certainly true that they happen without depleted uranium- they happened before the stuff was ever made.Is there a statistically significantly higher incidence in these areas. Is there some way to rule out any of a large number of other potential causese- maternal stress would be an obvious one but there are plenty of others.Sthis is a threda about depleted uranium on a scientific site. Oughtn't the replies stick to well evinced data about the stuff rather than poltics?
Well, well, well."Just as expected Borad Chemist bats for the Establishment at every chance."Sometimes the establishment is right. On the other hand I'm fairly militantly atheist. In my country the head of state is a religious figure. I clearly don't always bat for the establishment but MeSavedNobody hasn't noticed."He is a corporate foot soldier."I don't work for a corporation, nor have I ever done so, nor have I ever represented one. Unfortunately, once again MSN doesn't spot this flaw in his rant."I wish i was there to offer him some depleted uranium dust on his cereals."It's a tiny change in the risk I face, but if you could replace the normal uranium in my diet by depleted uranium my net radiation exposure would fall.Please do so if you get the chance."This justifies what i said about him elsewhere."No comment. "This is what happens when a uncritical minds looking for certainty impels it to feast on shadows."Indeed, an uncritical mind finds biased rants about depleted utranium then parrots them on sites like this. At least the DU debate is mainly a matter of being rude about the US and UK Govts (both of whom probably deserve it). In this at least it's better than the reprehensible behaviour sugested by one of his other pet causes. If you look herehttp://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=15081.0you will see him expousing the virtue of a site which recommends that people with malaria stop taking drugs that are known to work and try diluted pool cleaner instead.He's not getting the message about ad hom atacks either.
"Whatever the effect of the DU shells, it is made worse by malnutrition and poor health conditions"Sadly, war is responsible for a lot of things. The mixing of different population groups, poverty, malnutrition the colapse of the infrastructure that provides food and removes waste.Any or all of these will contribute to fetal ill health.A bunch of pictures of deformed babies is exactly the sort of image that indicates that the website will be crassly unbalanced, with no regard given to any other possible casue for the problem than the one they wish to rant about.If we are going to talk about this on a science website please can we have some science.Uranium isn't nice stuff, but it's a natural material- we have always had to put up with the stuff.A five fold rise in cancer rates isn't a good thing but it is just as "reasonable" to blame the effect on the presence of Amrericans as on DU. ("the DU arrived and the cancer rate went up" is much the same as "the Americans arrived and the cancer rate went up")Since conventional explosives are often rather toxic materials it might make more sense to blame them, but then you wouldn't know which side to rant at.
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