Wednesday May 22, 2013
PTSD and ToxicologyDr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician, Toxicologist and Pharmacologist.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - When the news stories broke about miserable treatment of wounded veterans at the flagship Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. I was stunned. I thought hack 60 years ago when I was (mis)treated for a broken neck in the VA Hospital in Portland, Oregon in 1947.
They told my mother three times "we don't think your son will make it". One of my doctors who met me in 1949 at medical school assumed they had scrambled my brain. He thought I was a janitor rather than a Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology and Toxicology for Multnomah County in Portland, Oregon.
When I read about Walter Reed, I thought to myself, haven't they improved any in 60 years, since the war ended in '45, or even from WWI in 1918?
I must assert that it is even worse now. They are giving veterans medicines and even their own doctors know that they don't work and make things worse.
At any rate to get back to the subject at hand, I identify myself proudly as a Combat Infantryman, physician, pharmacologist and Toxicologist.
One reader emailed the question, What does a toxicologist know about PTSD" My one word answer is PLENTY. Not only was I a frontline infantry rifleman, I was a battalion scout, point man and forward observer.
Ask any combat infantryman. These are the most dangerous, most lethal jobs in the Army. Frontline infantrymen were less than 10 percent of the Army but suffered 70 percent of dead and wounded.
I was a lucky one - no physical wounds but I did end up with PTSD and i couldn't even talk about my experiences and tried not to think about them for thirty years.
I had a full year of college psychology before I volunteered for the Army in 1944. It didn't help at all. I had a psychiatry course in med school, it didn't help much either.
I have seen dozens of my battalion members killed and scrambled by artillery fire and I have seen too many comrades broken by "battle fatigue." Yes, I know PTSD and Toxicology.
As a pharmacologist and Toxicologist (I taught in medical schools for 26 years.) I know what the VA doctors and "fake" doctors (psychologists and social workers) are (not) doing for our disabled veterans.
I also know these "caregivers" are killing veterans by dumping lethal medicines on them. If these caregivers could be sued for medical malpractice they'd be selling used cars some place and not in hospitals.
Everybody but high ranking officers and politicians know the Army and VA are hazardous to veterans health. So far they are doing nothing about it.
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