Thank you for your service
As far as vaccines...I keep comparing all to the then (Faroe Isles MS epidemic) and the now (Gulf War) studies. Yes, there were some of the same vaccines given the soldiers, but not to the either of the indigenous, in comparison.
Anti-malarials? Mefloquine is not pretty. When I was diagnosed, my husband had just MOB'd to HOA for nearly a year. He, and others, began experiencing extreme reactions to it. Definitely not ideal for long-term prevention. So, what were they switched to, as an alternative? Doxycycline. One of the same ABX that I am treating my MS with, right now.
MRE and SRATs? Yes, in that recent studies (such as what I posted) seem to provide some evidence that bad cholesterol makes one susecptible to and/or exacerbates infection such as CPn.
When the VA's MS centers of Excellence were first putting up their websites a few years back. I was among the first to register and ask "questions Veterans ask". Many are still there. They include: # of Gulf era vets with MS, Shotgun vaccinations overwhelming immune systems, exposure to the depleted uranium ammunition that Ships working parties ALL got their hands on at one time or another. Doc's tried to tell me only the dust from fragmented exploded shells was bad. (I smell a rat), and of course some kind of viral or parasite exposure in those particular parts of the world.
Am so glad that you have asked such questions! I will look for them. Here is the URL for others, should they wish to read too:http://www.va.gov/ms/
Because of the then and nows (there was none in the Faroe Isles); I just can't adhere to various conspiracy theories of germ warfare. Yet, because so much really does point to infectious causation; does research really need to be complicated beyond necessity in so many other directions?
If you check out that VA website, one thing that rings through all the "experts" replies was this: We have no proof linking military service with MS! Same out of the DOD.
Wonder if you posted the URL for this site, there, if it would be deleted? If not, perhaps Arron would create a forum for Vets.
The fact that I wasn't exposed to the Sarin, oil well fires etc. and only "came down" with MS screams volumes for the even more unfortunate brothers and sisters who were exposed to those on top of it and came back with ALS!!
My best guess is that all such things exacerbate/make one susceptible to infection. ALS really is the absolute worst!
Can't imagine holding as critical a job, as you did as a soldier, only to be stricken with this damned disease. Great that you are able to ride, in spite of it all!