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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:37 PM

A question that needs to be answered & that will require further research is, have the deformities been handed down to other generations of these Veterans should they have or intend to reproduce as is their right to do so?

If so what legal redress would they have?

Would they be covered by depending on which year they were conceived?

NZ veterans exposed to insecticide should be compensated - study


By Rebecca Quillam
5:28 PM Friday Jul 27, 2012

New Zealand Malayan Veterans Association secretary Hiro Hamilton says the report was a long time coming. Photo / Stephen Parker

Veterans who served in Malaya during a guerilla conflict 50 years ago say New Zealand soldiers who were exposed to a toxic insecticide while serving there should be compensated for their children's health problems.

A new study, printed in the New Zealand Medical Journal, found children of the veterans had a higher incidence of genital deformities and breast cancer.

New Zealand Malayan Veterans Association secretary Hiro Hamilton said soldiers were ordered to smear the pungent smelling dibutylphthalate (DBP) on the seams of their clothes to stop ticks, leeches and other insects from attacking them.

The study said it had long been known that the chemical could lead to feminisation in male laboratory animals, but it wasn't known what effect it had on humans because exposure to it had been rare.

However the study, by Matthew Carran and Professor Ian Shaw of Canterbury University, found exposure to the substance could interfere with the metabolic production or destruction of hormones in people.

It found that the risk of genital deformities in soldiers' sons was up to eight times higher than the rest of the population, and their daughters were more than eight times more likely to develop breast cancer.

Mr Hamilton told APNZ the study was "a long time coming".

"It's 57 years overdue."

Soldiers were allowed to take their wives with them to Malaya and many started families over there.

He said the association would be lobbying for compensation from the Government for soldiers who had children affected by the insecticide.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:39 PM

Chemical linked to soldiers' children

Last updated 05:00 27/07/2012

The children of Kiwi soldiers exposed to an insecticide in Malaysia are more likely to suffer from deformed genitals and breast cancer.

A Canterbury University researcher has found a link between exposure to dibutylphthalate and certain diseases during the Malayan Emergency.

Professor Ian Shaw's
research has this month been published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

About 3500 New Zealand soldiers were deployed during the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960, fighting communists.

The soldiers based in the jungles of Malaysia brushed the insecticide on to the seams of their uniforms to kill ticks and lice to avoid bush typhus. Shaw said the soldiers would have been in "constant contact" with the chemical dibutylphthalate, known as DBP.

The soldiers' children had experienced higher rates of hypospadias [deformed penis], undescended testes and breast cancer, Shaw's research found.

"While the numbers are small in terms of absolute numbers, the statistical difference between normal people and those exposed to DBP is very significant."

Shaw sent questionnaires to about 250 veterans but the response rate was low because they were elderly or unwell and some had died.

Shaw said the boys born with reproductive deformities underwent successful surgery as children. "But obviously breast cancer is very different," he said.

"Nobody knows how many generations will be affected and I would hope to be able to look into that."

Shaw said the chemical altered the male hormone testosterone, which was passed on to children through sperm. "It doesn't mutate the gene itself but something to do with its control has changed."

Redcliffs resident Ray King-Turner served in Malaysia as an air force radio technician.
"I didn't use the stuff because I wasn't based in the jungle but through the veterans' association we knew that some of the guys were having problems but we didn't understand why."

He said the association hoped to approach the Government for compensation.

"We want the descendants of our soldiers to be cared for . . . so it's only right that if this chemical keeps affecting people down the chain, that they are looked after," King-Turner said.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:41 PM


New Zealand Malayan war veterans’ exposure to dibutylphthalate is associated with an increased incidence of cryptorchidism, hypospadias and breast cancer in their children
Matthew Carran, Ian Shaw


It is well known that the endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) dibutylphthalate (DBP) inhibits testosterone synthesis and can lead to feminisation in male laboratory animals. Moreover, it has long been speculated that human exposure would result in the similar effects, but this is difficult to study because specific human exposure cohorts are rare.

We report increases in the incidences of hypospadias (p <0.05), cryptorchidism (p<0.05) and breast cancer (p<0.05) in the children of New Zealand soldiers who served in Malaya (1948–1960) and were exposed to DBP applied daily to their clothing as an acaricide to prevent tick-transmitted bush typhus. In addition, we modelled absorption of DBP from the soldiers’ clothing and using published data for skin absorption, and calculated a large theoretical absorbed dose of 64 mg/kg body weight/day which is similar to DBP’s lowest observed adverse effect level (LOAEL) of 50 mg/kg body weight/day and thus indicates a biological effect is possible.

This is the first report of a multigenerational developmental effect following DBP exposure in human males.

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:26 PM

The insecticide Foray 48b used on Auckland(1996/7 and 2002/4) and Hamilton contained chloramphenicol. Chloramphenicol is a deadly genotoxin, which for some people is toxic at any level of exposure. Hence the ban by Food Safety down to the limit of detection! My daughter and daughter in law were affected by Foray 48b. My Daughter in law's first baby had to be terminated because of neural tube defects. I got some Vitamin D into her to detoxify the chloramphenicol. Her next two children- boys were born with a tongue mutation and the oldest also had undescended testes. My daughter had a girl with rickets. Both her and her daughter are on Vitamin D now.
There is a link between chloramphenicol and 2,4-d and 2,4,5-t. These ingredients of Agent Orange and chloramphenicol interfere with the bodies ability to process benzene based chemicals. So the body has trouble with chemicals like the salicylates in vegetables and folic acid and PABA.
The effects of chloramphenicol are suspected to be heritable just like Agent Orange and it looks like this chemical used in Malaya to.

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