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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 12:37 AM
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DISGRACE: Doctor Details 9/11 Workers' Illnesses
WASHINGTON (AP) Doctors treating sickened ground zero workers offered Congress a detailed diagnosis Wednesday of the ailments still affecting thousands after the Sept. 11 attacks, but warned that there's no way to determine how many more may become afflicted with life-threatening illnesses.

Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine described three months of recent medical treatment to a House panel examining how many of those who toiled on the toxic debris pile are still sick or may get sick.

Thousands of people "are still suffering," Landrigan said a day after the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Their ailments range from runny noses to laryngitis to lung disease, he said.

"Respiratory illness, psychological distress and financial devastation have become a new way of life for many," he told the House Education and Labor Committee. He advocated leaving Sept. 11-related medical programs in place to try to determine how many workers might develop long-term diseases.

"We call them heroes but treat them like chumps." - Bill Maher

"The air in lower Manhattan is safe to breathe." - Christine Todd Whitman, September 18, 2001

"The air is safe as far as we can tell, with respect to chemical and biological agents." - Presidential candidate and erstwhile "America's Mayor", September 13, 2001

"Our tests show that it is safe for New Yorkers to go back to work in New Yorks financial district." - OSHA press release, September 16, 2001

"The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog says White House officials pressured the agency to prematurely assure the public that the air was safe to breathe a week after the World Trade Center collapse. " - CBS News, August 22, 2003

"White House ordered EPA to LIE about 9/11 pollution data." -, August 23, 2003

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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 03:06 AM
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1. It's even worse than
people think.
There is a doctor in Texas, Dr. William Rea who treated some people injured by the pollution of 9/11. Their health improved. Now, he is under investigation by the Texas Medical Board because of anonymous third party complaints filed over five patients. The patients do not agree with the complaints.
This is part of an attack on doctors who dare to treat people hurt by environmental events - large and small.

It is supposed that the complaints started when an insurance comapny (all patients had the same insurance) had access to medical records. Insurance companies do not want to pay for treatment period.
They are likely being assisted by a band of doctors who have been doing this around the country. They work the medical boards, bankrupt the doctors and run them out of business, leaving people without knowledgeable medical help.
Agent orange vets, Gulf War vets, 9/11 workers, oil cleanup workers in Alaska, farm laborers exposed to pesticides, people living near toxic waste sites, people with contaminated drinking water and more.

Landrigan is exposing himself to very real danger by standing up for the sick people. If he were to come up with viable treatments he will be toast.
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quickesst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 05:31 AM
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2. But....
I have it on good authority, that this is the only thing the government lied about. Really. Thanks.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 02:11 PM
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3. K & R. nt
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