On September 11, 2001 the attack and collapse of the World Trade Center towers caused an enormous release of toxic substances into a densely populated urban environment. These included asbestos, radionuclides, benzene, dioxins, poly- chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), fiberglass, mercury, lead, silicon, sulfuric acid 29 – agents associated with cancer as well as severe lung pathology, neuro- logical and cardiovascular disease, and a myriad of immune dysfunctions.
Emergency workers were exposed to unprecedented levels of these chemicals and breakdown products during the ensuing eight and one-half month rescue and cleanup effort. Daily exposures continued as firefighters, paramedics, police, clean-up crews, and other personnel continued their efforts, working long hours for over eight months after the attack. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was not always available or was generally ineffective in preventing the rescue workers from absorbing contaminants by inhalation, ingestion, or dermal exposure. There is no doubt that the tens of thousands of men and women who participated in the rescue and recovery operations were exposed to a wide range of toxins, many of which are known to accumulate in body tissues, with half-lives measured in years or decades.
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The method of detoxification developed by Mr. Hubbard is a precise protocol documented for mobilizing fat- stored toxins and enhancing their elimination while restoring metabolic balance. The protocol has long been established as safe. Previous case reports, as well as a number of non- randomized, controlled studies of exposed workers (including firefighters), demonstrate that detoxification reduces body burdens of PCBs, PBBs, dioxins, various drugs, and pesticides with concurrent symptomatic improvement. Publications over the past two decades also show that this regimen can improve memory, cognitive functions, immune parameters, and general physical condition in different study populations.
The detoxification protocol is standardized and includes the following: a daily regimen of physical exercise, immediately followed by forced sweating in a sauna at 140-180°F for two-and-a-half to five hours with short breaks for hydration to offset the loss of body fluids and cooling and nutritional supplementation centered on gradually increasing doses of crystalline niacin (nicotinic acid) to promote lipid mobilization of stored toxicants and stimulate circulation. Administration of additional vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and oils includes vitamins A, D, C, E, B complex, B1; multi-minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, and iodine; sodium and potassium; and a blend of polyunsaturated oils including soy, walnut, peanut, and safflower.
Recognizing that they had had an unprecedented exposure, a group of firefighters and union officials felt that a program should be available to rescue workers that specifically addressed body accumulations of toxins. They contacted the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE) for assistance in making the detoxification regimen available to exposed personnel.
An independent facility funded by private donations was set up in September 2002 in lower Manhattan, providing this therapy without charge. To date, more than 500 have completed the program in Manhattan and at a second facility established on Long Island. The great majority have been uniformed rescue workers, including firefighters, paramedics, sanitation workers, and police. A small number of individuals who lived or worked in the WTC or near the site have also completed the program. The primary goal of this project is to restore quality of life and job fitness to those exposed to toxic materials at the WTC site. *As previously noted, more than 500 men and women who were exposed to World Trade Center contaminants have completed the detoxification program. This report summarizes a recent review of medical folders from the 484 men and women who enrolled in the program between September 2002 and September 2005: 273 firefighters, 52 sanitation workers, 19 paramedics, 23 police officers, and 117 others. Of these, only 63 individuals left the program prior to completion. These results indicate a range of benefits that sum up to improved quality of life and job fitness.