Friday, June 1, 2007

First responders exposed to the cocktail of toxins

www.kansascity.com | 06/01/2007 | World Trade Center crews face new round of afflictions: "

World Trade Center crews face new round of afflictions

Some 9/11 rescue workers are developing a cancer usually seen in older people.

NEW YORK | Some of the first responders exposed to the cocktail of toxins produced at the World Trade Center collapse are developing a form of cancer often seen in much older people.

One doctor calls it the “third wave” of disorders to emerge from the World Trade Center disaster.

Robin Herbert, co-director of the WTC Medical Monitoring Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said a range of medical conditions had been detected since the program began in 2001, after the attacks on Sept. 11 of that year.

She and her colleagues are overseeing the health of 20,000 men and women who worked at the site in the weeks after the attack. Among them are firefighters, police officers, rescuers and construction workers.

Speaking Thursday in an interview aired online by The New England Journal of Medicine, Herbert said the medical conditions had been typified by specific disorders.

“The first wave is the acute respiratory problems that now in many have persisted,” she said. “The second wave is what seemed to be the interstitial lung diseases such as sarcoid granulomas.”

Sarcoid granulomas are small nodules on the lungs characterized by inflammatory cells.

“We are worried about the third wave, which is the possibility of cancer down the road,” she added, saying that some of the malignancies had already begun to appear.

“The group of cancers we’re most concerned about and that we’re focusing on right now are cancers of the hematologic system and lymphatic system, such as leukemias and lymphomas,” Herbert said.

“The kind of thing that worries us is that we know that we have a handful of cases of multiple myeloma in very young individuals, and multiple myeloma is a condition that almost always presents much later in life. So that’s the kind of odd, unusual, troubling finding that we’re seeing already.”

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cell in the blood and is an incurable disease, but symptoms can be treated.

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wcbstv.com - New Study Links Blood Cancer To Ground Zero Toxins

wcbstv.com - New Study Links Blood Cancer To Ground Zero Toxins: "

New Study Links Blood Cancer To Ground Zero Toxins

Mt. Sinai: 'Third Wave' Of 9/11 Illnesses Appear

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Marcia Kramer
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(CBS) NEW YORK A new study has emerged that raises serious concerns about 9/11-related illnesses. For years, scientists reported that it was too soon to link cancers to the toxins that workers were exposed to at Ground Zero after 9/11. But new research is finding a link between Ground Zero toxins and certain types of cancers.

They've already suffered from the World Trade Center cough and from chronic lung diseases. Now doctors say 9/11 responders could face debilitating blood cancers from breathing the toxic air.

The scary reality hit retired firefighter Lee Ielpi hard when he was told he had a rare blood cancer. "I didn't have any words, I was speechless," said Ielpi, who spent nine painstaking months at Ground Zero as he searched for the remains of his son Jonathan, also a firefighter. "My mind -- it ran the gamut of fear, anxiety, my family."

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The first wave of illnesses was considered to be that stubborn, dry "World Trade Center cough," which was first noticed in the months following the attacks. The cough was likely caused by workers inhaling pulverized cement in the air while working downtown.

The second wave largely involves chronic respiratory diseases that cause lung inflammation and scarring.

The cancers are being called the �third wave� of sickness.

Ironically, the latest findings could be welcome news for some Ground Zero workers. These newly released findings could help the case for a lawyer representing more than 100 workers, who claim they got cancer by working at Ground Zero.

�It shows the peeling away of denial -- first the air was safe, then it wasn't. They lied about it,� said attorney David Worby, who represents 105 people who responded to the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero, and got cancer.

Worby is not surprised by the latest medical findings that establish a link between breathing the mix of toxic chemicals at Ground Zero and getting blood cancers.

He just wonders what took doctors so long.

�The final layer to be peeled away is the fact that hundreds of people who spent thousand of hours at Ground Zero have cancer -- and many more will get it,� he said.

More than 100 of Worby's clients in a class action suit against the city have developed blood cancers.

One of them is only 30 years old. Most range in age from 35 to 40.

The new research linking blood cancers to Ground Zero was published in Thursday�s New England Journal of Medicine, based on studies done by the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program at Mount Sinai, which has been studying 20,000 responders.

The concern is that those who worked at Ground Zero will be diagnosed with blood and lymphatic cancers because of their exposure to the air at "The Pit," which exposed them to asbestos, dioxine, benezine, and other carcinogens.

Dr. Robin Herbert, the co-director of Mount Sinai's World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program, described the latest findings in an online audio interview.

"We know we have a handful of cases of multiple myeloma in very young individuals. And multiple myelomas usually present later in life. And that's the odd, unusual and troubling finding we're seeing already," Herbert said.

More than 20,000 responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks have been examined by doctors at Mount Sinai's World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program

Although some people already have cancer, what Herbert is worried about is the possibility of others developing cancer down the road. "

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Truth and Rememberance: No history or evidence of 9/11 anywhere on the WTC site

Truth and Rememberance at the WTC « Capt. Billy Burke: "

Capt. Billy Burke

Monday | May 28, 2007

Truth and Rememberance at the WTC

"The zeal, bravery and god behavior of the officers and men of Sept. 11 was commendable to the extreme. A heavy task was before them, they were equal to it and we will remember with pride that at the New York City they did their country much service."

But not at the $500 million dollar, federally funded, six acre memorial at the World Trade Center site. There, Mayor Bloomberg, as chairman of the WTC Memorial Foundation has ruled it inappropriate that any of the 343 men of the FDNY who gave their lives be identified by their department (FDNY), company (i.e., Eng. Co. 21, Ladder Co. 3, Rescue Co. 1, etc.) or their rank.

In fact, the Foundation, which is currently asking all Americans to contribute toward the building of the memorial has ruled there can be no history or evidence of 9/11 anywhere on the WTC site "in order to preserve the integrity of the memorial."

Recently, Mayor Bloomberg told several thousand 9/11 families that the victims of 9/11 cannot, at the memorial, be identified wth any reference to 9/11 because, "The memorial is not just for the families but for America."

So, America's memorial cannot and will not include any reference to the terrorist attacksupon America, Sept. 11, 2001. No remnant or artifact of the WTC; no segmant of the facade, no Koenig Sphere, no crushed fire trucks, no American flag. None of that can be restored to where they stood, Sept. 11, because that "would tell us what to think."

The least we can do, the very least, is not compromise on how we honor those who gave all.

Phillips:60 Architects Support WTC7 Controlled Demolition Theory

Phillips:60 Architects Support WTC7 Controlled Demolition Theory:

"Phillips:60 Architects Support WTC7 Controlled Demolition Theory

Documentation at: www.ae911truth.org...

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On Behalf of the People of the United States of America, the undersigned Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and affiliates hereby petition for, and demand, a truly independent investigation with subpoena power in order to uncover the full truth surrounding the events of 9/11/01 - specifically the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers and Building 7. We believe that there is sufficient doubt about the official story and therefore that the 9/11 investigation must be re-opened and must include a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives that may have been the actual cause behind the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers and WTC Building 7.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Architects (Degreed & Licensed) Architectural Professionals (Degreed)
Richard Gage, AIA, Architect
Walnut Creek, CA Scott Page, M. Arch / Designer
Berkeley, CA
Don Gibbons, Architect
Pleasant Hill, CA Jeffrey Tam, Architectural Professional
Oakland, CA
Jeff Arnold, Architect
Orinda, CA Oscar Cisnero, Architectural Professional
Antioch, CA
John Cole, Architect
Walnut Creek, CA Elwin Wong, Architectural Professional
Oakland, CA
David Crawford, Architect
Walnut Creek, CA Henri Tso, Architectural Professional
Walnut Creek, CA
Haluk Akol, Architect & Structural Engineer
Lafayette, CA Arthur Stopes, Planner
Berkeley, CA
John Eisenhart, Architect
San Diego, CA Ken Huthcinson, Architectural Professional
Eugene, OR
Joe Bellows, Architect
Martinez, CA Jan Leits, Architectural Professional
Berkeley, CA
John Howland, Architect
Walnut Creek, CA Michael Reuter, Architectural Professional
Berkeley, CA
Eric Douglas, Architect
Howard Beach, NY Chris Jung, Architectural Professional
Berkeley, CA
Peter Hendrickson, Architect
Santa Rosa, CA Tim Clark, Architectural Professional
Albany, CA
Osvaldo Valdes, Architect
New York, NY Jason Wilkinson, Architectural Professional
Berkeley, CA
Lily Livingston, Architect
Oakland, CA Wendy Sitler, Designer
Berkeley, CA
Chris Swigert, Architect
Oakland, CA Dominique Roddier, phD, Naval Architect
Berkeley, CA
Jim Bedinghaus, Architect
St. Petersburg, Florida Karlene Gullone, Architectural Professional
San Francisco, CA
C. Bryan Phelps - AIA, Architect
Boulder, CO Dave Heller, Architectural Professional
Berkeley, CA
Christian Mungenast AIA, Architect
Arlington, MA Kurt Worthington, Urban Planner
San Francisco, CA
Engineers (Degreed & Licensed) Engineering Professionals (Degreed)
Ken Kious, Electrical Engineer
Walnut Creek, CA Gregg Brazel, BSCNE, Constr. Engr'g
Evanston, IL
J. Marx Ayres, PE, Mechanical Engineer
Santa Monica, CA Ted Muga, BSCE, Civil Engineer
San Diego, CA
Robert Nielson, PLS, Land Surveyor
Walnut Creek, CA Kevin Ryan, BS Chem., Certified Quality Engineer
Bloomington, IN
John F. Shanahan, PE, Electrical Engineer
Rancho Cucamonga, CA Ken Jenkins, BS Carnegie Melon, Electrical Engineer
San Rafael, CA
Joseph Testa, P.E., Civil Engineer
Thousand Oaks, CA John Shinn, phD., Chemical Engineer
Pleasant Hill, CA
John L Bursill, Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Avionics
Sydney, NSW John Rexroat, Mfr. Engineer
Walnut Creek, CA
Nazareth "Blue" Lansing, Engineer
Houston, TX Tony Szamboti, BS, Mechanical Engineering Professional
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Dr. Michael Voschine, PhD., Structural Engineer
Miami, Florida Doug Plumb, EE, Elecrical Engineering Professional
Toronto, ON
Rob Tamaki, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Civil Engineer
Vancouver, BC Christopher Backus, BS, Mechanical Engineering
Redmond, WA
Jasper Tomlinson MA(Oxon) CEnv MCIWEM, Environmental and Water Resources Engineer
London Uk, London Jason Griffin, BS, Civil Engineer
Washington Dc,

Jay Easwaran, Ph.D. (Metallurgy & Materials Sci.), Metallurgical Engineer
Indianapolis, Indiana

John Sotelo, BSME, MD, Mechanical Engineer
Eureka, CA

S. Drake, Electrical Engineer
Bear, DE

Ron Wilson, Engineering Staff
Fort Worth, Texas

Crystal, Mechanical Engineer
Seattle, WA

David Gregg Ph.D., Chemical Engineer
Moraga, California

James Brooks, B. Civil Eng, University of Texas, Engineering Consultant
Austin, TX
Others and Students
Angelo Petraglia, B. Arch., Student
Jackson, NJ Ellis Goldberg BSEET, MBA, Marketing Engineering Consultant
Danville, CA
Mr. Roman Dulgarov, Student
Goose Creek, South Carolina Abhinav Dhaka, Student
New Delhi, Delhi
Sterling Weeks, Student
Irvine, CA Lloyd Hart, Construction Contractor
Oak Bluffs, MA
Peter Hinners, Realtor
Joliet, IL Dr P S Gill MD, Medical Doctor
Southampton, Hampshire
Matthew Naus, Teacher
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jason Northrup, Computer Tech/IT Consultant
San Rafael, CA
Brooke Stiltner, IT Consultant/Student
San Francisco, CA max, jr
Bozeman, MT
Johan L Golibal, Engineer
Spain, The Future Robert S. Lynch, Structural Steel Detailer
Falls City, TX
Sam Christmas, Technical Support Analyst
Brighton, Uk, East Sussex Randy Caruso, Web Designer
Beacon, NY
Rita Hill, Software Engineer
Trinidad, CO John Mustanich, Mr.
Millbrae, CA
Justin Keogh, Physics Student
Tucson, AZ Brian Kausler, Student
La Grande, Oregon
Harrison Heitman, Student
Conyers, GA See Yang, Student
Maplewood, MN
Bill Donnelly, Computer Consultant
Chico, CA Gabriella Sankovich
Richmond, CA
Thomas Spellman, Urban Activist
Lake Geneva, WI Bruce A. Scherzer, Retired Power lineman
Bay City, Michigan

and by Active Participation

We cordially invite all Architects, Engineers, Interns and affiliates to JOIN US in this worthy patriotic cause. We welcome everyone who has an interest in contributing to the success of ongoing investigations into the WTC building collapses on 9/11. We want to hear about your interests, background, and what type of contribution you may be well-suited to make. Please let us know the kinds of activities that would appeal to you the most, such as forming/participating in a committee, local speaking arrangements, authoring statements, presenting lectures, appearing on radio, etc. in Section IV on the join form.

With our deepest appreciation,

Richard Gage, Architect
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ground zero deaths could add to 9/11 toll - Los Angeles Times

Ground zero deaths could add to 9/11 toll - Los Angeles Times:

Ground zero deaths could add to 9/11 toll

The addition of a lawyer who died later fuels families' claims.
From the Associated Press
May 25, 2007

NEW YORK — Ground zero workers who died after breathing in toxic dust from the collapsed World Trade Center ought to be officially recognized as victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the workers' family members say.

The official list of victims grew by one this week after the city agreed to include a New York attorney who died of lung disease months after the attack, confusing Sept. 11 family members about what distinguished this death from the scores of others attributed to the aftermath.

The city medical examiner's office said Thursday that Felicia Dunn-Jones' death was the only Sept. 11-related fatality it had been asked to review and definitively link to the twin towers' collapse.

Spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said the medical examiner will review future cases if a family makes such a request.

"We certainly never turn anybody down," she said.

That raises the prospect of an ever-increasing death toll nearly six years after the attacks. The count now stands at 2,750 after the inclusion of Dunn-Jones. It's up to Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch to decide whether to reclassify any deaths.

"It's his definition that we will follow in this city," Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.

A police union leader said rescue workers at ground zero who later became ill and died should be added to the city's official victim list.

"First responders who expired as a result of their 9/11related injuries should in fact be given that same honor," said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Assn.

Those responders would include 34-year-old James Zadroga, a police detective who became sick and died of respiratory disease after he worked hundreds of hours in the ground zero cleanup. A New Jersey medical examiner has ruled his 2006 death was "directly related" to his work at ground zero and exposure to toxic dust.

Zadroga's father said he wanted the city to review his son's case.

"I'm going to go through the process, definitely," Zadroga said. "All these guys were heroes there. They're all dying."

David Reeve, whose wife, Deborah, died last year of an asbestos-related cancer after working for months around ground zero and at the morgue, said he would like her to be recognized as an attack victim.

Attorneys wondered whether the official listing of Dunn-Jones, a 42-year-old civil rights attorney who fled the collapsing towers from her office a block away, would make a difference in lawsuits accusing the city of negligence for failing to protect workers and residents from toxic air at the site.

"I have clients who are starting to call saying, 'Should we dig up the bodies and have autopsies and have tissue samples?' " said David Worby, who represents 10,000 plaintiffs in a negligence lawsuit against the city. He said at least five of his clients recently died of sarcoidosis, the disease that killed Dunn-Jones.

Bloomberg said Dunn-Jones' case was different from those of workers who toiled for months at the site.

"This one case … the woman was killed as a result of being there at the time of the attack," he said. "Think of it as though somebody had gotten — had a beam fall on them and it just took a little while for them to succumb to their injury. Not somebody who was injured the next day if a beam fell on them during the cleanup. That's a very different situation."
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