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The Moral Obligation to Take Care of 9/11 Respondents

The claim that the dust and debris hasn't caused cancer in emergency rescue volunteers isn't common sense.

It seems that a group of scientists have objected to the "notion" that exposure to the dust and debris of 9/11 caused anyone's cancers.

You know, I have heard a lot of balderdash in my lifetime, but this may rank as close to the top of the BS list as anything I have ever heard.

These geniuses don't think that there is any proof that the dust can be scientifically linked to 50 types of cancer seen in first responders and volunteers who risked their own lives and limbs to rescue and recover the victims of the most heinous attack in our history and clean up the site of the tragedy.

I hate to make a gigantic leap to a conclusion here, but I think this might have more to do with money than it does with "science." The bill has passed to care for the living victims of 9/11 as well it should have. I wonder about scientists who can't see the cause and the effect of working with tons of toxic waste day after day. I wonder what their agenda might be.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to deduce that exposure to dust and debris filled with mercury, asbestos, powdered concrete and vaporized human remains, might cause cancer. Cancer is not the only malady that our heroes are suffering from. There are those who are having kidney and liver failure, COPD and emphysema, chronic depression and PTSD.

Did we forget so soon that all were told it was "safe" to go down there by the EPA? Guess what? It wasn't safe. My  eldest daughter volunteered with her church to spend time down at the Trade Center and feed the hundreds of volunteers, police and firemen who were valiantly searching through the remains of the Towers.

Months  after the disaster, the smell of burning electronics, concrete and paper, filled the air. Several of the parishioners, including a young priest, were overcome by the fumes, and they were blocks away. My  daughter had headaches for weeks. Ask anyone who lived  or worked in the area. It was unbearable.

So is it really such a stretch to conclude that breathing all of this and having it touching your skin day after day, might just cause you to become ill down the road? Not to my way of thinking.

If we have warnings on cigarette packs telling us that smoking causes cancer, if we have concern that polluted air and water are killing us, is it so farfetched to think that breathing in pulverized particles of glass and asbestos and concrete for a year might possibly do the same thing? Can anyone called a "scientist" here just use a little common sense?

Cancer is my particular nemesis. It's a disease that destroys so many lives and families I hate it with a passion. We have thrown billions of dollars into research and yes, there have been strides, but not enough. As Naturopaths, we believe that cancer is a disease of imbalance amongst other factors. Those other factors are environmental. We also believe that the body can heal itself of any disease if the right path is followed. I know it.  I've seen it.

I'm going to go out on a limb and tell you I don't really care what the scientists say, we have a moral obligation to care for these heroic men and women who went downtown, risked their own lives and worked at the most horrifying job anyone can imagine without complaint and with a zeal and fervor to honor our sacred dead such as we have rarely seen.

Are we such a pathetic society that we  would withhold treatment and care for them when they fall ill with strange cancers and diseases that cannot be explained otherwise? I think not. We can certainly dispense our financial largesse to people thousands of miles away whose primary pursuit in life seems to be gleefully killing as many of us as possible. This is like taking off your child's shoes and sending them down the street to another child whilst your's goes barefoot.

We have a sacred duty to care for those who fight for us, protect us and respond to our disasters. It's pitiful that there are those in the so-called scientific community who seem to have no understanding of either morality or the nature of illness whatsoever.

Dr. Kleine regrets she cannot give advice by phone or e-mail.  For an appointment, call 631.472.8139 or e-mail us at Drfootsi@myway.com

Rosemary Jacobs June 23, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Are your degrees recognized by NY State? You did get them from Clayton College of Natural Health didn't you? http://www.manta.com/c/mmcmmdn/kleine-yvonne-dr Do you agree with the information in this article about Clayton? http://www.skepdic.com/skeptimedia/skeptimedia101.html Common sense isn't always right. You don't do anyone a favor by assuming that something causes a disease because you think it should. If you really want to help people, you have to investigate and see if your common sense conclusions are accurate. I've had cancer and take it very seriously. I don’t appreciate having people guess about what causes it. Rosemary Jacobs
Yvonne Kleine June 24, 2012 at 05:02 AM
I am PROUD to be a graduate of a college that PIONEERED the field of natural healing education. I am also a PH.D Nutritionist, fully accredited in NYS. I conceal nothing about my fully accredited education or my beliefs. I have been in practice for over 17 years and I have helped many people to stay alive after being told to go home and die. I charged NO FEE. Some of their doctors were actually angry that they were still alive. Amazing! Naturopathy is not licensed in N.Y. but is in 11 other, more enlightened states and all over the world. Queen Elizabeth's doctor is a naturopath. Gosh, we're good enough for the Queen of England! didn't she just celebrate 60 years of reign? If you don't think the toxins of 9/11 contribute to cancer, by all means live in your fool's paradise, but there are those who would strongly disagree with your conclusions. As for "guessing" as to what causes cancer, medical doctors "guess " a great deal of the time. After their "guessing" almost killed me in 1990, I turned to natural healing. I am alive today because of it. In all my years of practice there is NOT ONE COMPLAINT against me from any of my hundreds of patients. NOT ONE. I have received e-mails thanking me for writing this column. That means more than your attempt to discredit me and my education ever could.
George Ripley June 25, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I think Yvonne is only stating the obvious and I applaud her for it. I would pull some of her statements out but instead urge you to re-read it. I have long felt the same deep anger inside at the culture of denial of what is so self evident. We want so much to trust our government, yet the reticence of our government to do the morally righteous thing is quite clear. The way they treat our veterans is just as contemptible. It isn't just the EPA, agency after agency designed to protect the general welfare has instead begun to focus on protecting corporate interests at the expense of the people to the extent that the general welfare has become almost a matter of contempt. At least we are no longer in denial about the cause and effects of our fast food addiction. To be in denial of the environmental causes of cancer is part of the illness. Too many families are being hurt by it.
Rosemary Jacobs June 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM
What school is your PhD in nutrition from? Naturopaths, NDs, are licensed in about 17 states including the one where I live, Vermont. They have a state sanctioned formulary here that includes silver, the natural substance that disfigured me over 50 years ago. They erroneously believe that taking silver internally offers benefits, that it is a natural antibiotic and essential mineral when in fact it is a heavy metal toxin that no one should ever consume. http://rosemaryjacobs.com/naturopaths.html NDs terrify me. They are dangerous. http://rosemaryjacobs.com http://rosemary-jacobs.blogspot.com
Rosemary Jacobs June 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM
BTW, I've dealt with many NDs who have graduated from "4-year accredited naturopathic medical schools" which are the only kind of NDs that the states that recognize the profession will license. These NDs believe that licensing is necessary to protect the public from people who call themselves naturopaths who have not graduated from accredited ND schools. I disagree. I think those coming from the accredited schools are far more dangerous because they erroneously believe and claim that their educations are the equivalents of MDs when that is not true. Rosemary Jacobs
Bern June 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Hi Rosemary, N.D.'s are not dangerous, they are the right way to help and heal. It is only an alternative, not the only way. Your ingestion of the silver was a bad choice by you and your Dr. We have to be our own advocates and do research to what we are being prescribed/suggested. Dr. Kleine is a great ND and nutritionist...........she has helped me tremendously! I was to the point that I could barely muster the strength to speak due to an extreme endocrine fatigue. I went to countless M.D.'s and specialists to give me Rx's that didn't work and caused bigger issues. Dr. Kleine did a very thorough intake of my past medical history and provided feedback to what was happening with me. It took close to a year to get my health back on track. She is incredibly intelligent and very knowledgeable about our body and how it works.............and it WORKED!!! I am a living, breathing example of her work!!! I think everyone that is reading this needs to remember that illness doesn't just go away with a pill in a few days or weeks. Don't insult our bodies by thinking this way, it takes a while for our multiple and complex systems and organs to regenerate from the damage that was done.
Rosemary Jacobs June 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Bern, NDs are dangerous. They routinely use substances that have never been tested for safety or efficacy. http://rosemary-jacobs.blogspot.com/2012/05/deadly-folk-medicine.html They use substances like silver that are known to be dangerous. There is no excuse for anyone to promote, use, sell or administer silver internally. It is snake oil. And please don't blame me for having been injured by a doctor when I was a teenager back in the 50s or my mother for believing a naive MD. I learned from that to do my own research. It is based on my research that I believe NDs are dangerous, but most people trust doctors licensed by states to practice medicine to have done their research for them if for no other reason than that they lack the resources, knowledge, money and/or time to do it themselves.
Bern June 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
This is the precise point that I am making, "a naive MD" made the choice.....for you and your mother. I am very sorry to hear about your situation, Rosemary. The allopathic medicine is far more dangerous than ND's........ It's a vicious circle that the AMA, pharmaceuticals and the insurance companies have on us.......the Rx's are pushed on us, they make people sick and the insurance companies make money!! It's very scary out there.........have you ever seen such sickness?? I agree that people lack the resources and I also agree that most of the Dr.'s out there prey on these people!! I was one of them and had to take matters into my own hands to find an alternative.......... Let's just agree to disagree............
Yvonne Kleine June 26, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Ms. Jacobs, I am filled with compassion for the great suffering you must endure because of the ignorance of an M.D. I cannot imagine the pain of being young and made to be so "other" and to have had your life so terribly altered. My brother took "Argyrol" in the '50's, also medically prescribed, and it changed the color of his eyes. I have no more to say to you but to wish you a peaceful heart.
Rosemary Jacobs June 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Bern, medical doctors stopped using silver internally over 50 years ago. If my MD had read his medical journals instead of the fraudulent ads from drug companies in an era when they were unregulated like the supplement companies are today, he never would have prescribed the drug that disfigured me. I have the ads and the journal articles warning doctors about them. Today it is naturopaths and other alts who use silver. There is no excuse for that. There are now many people who have gotten argyria recently because of alts, not because of MDs. Those naturopaths and other alts are as ignorant and naive as my MD was over 50 years ago! Many of the supplement companies are owned by drug companies. And who do you think owns the ones that aren’t? Mother Teresa? IMO, the supplement companies of today are as bad as the tobacco companies ever were.
Rosemary Jacobs June 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Ms. Kleine, save your compassion for the victims of alternative medicine. If you scrolled to the bottom of my link, http://rosemaryjacobs.com/naturopaths.html, you saw one of the many I personally know. It is the ignorance of naturopaths and other alt practitioners that is causing new cases of argyria today. You would make my heart a lot more peaceful if you would answer my question for the benefit and education of all your readers. Specifically, what school is your PhD in nutrition from.
Susan Rende June 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM
All I know is that I am very glad I read an article written by Dr. Kleine and decided to show my son her suggestions for his skin. He was not happy with the results of two dermatologists and had been researching on line,natural alternatives. He tried them for a week and it started to work and then he went to see Dr.Kleine for further advice and not only liked what advice she had to offer but she is also a caring, compassionate person as well. He is her client for life as she calls him because she truly cares about him. He tries what she tells him to try and she even says if it doesn't work don't use it. Every person is different. He is a happy,healthy young man well on his way with a healthy lifestyle. Thank goodness for Dr. Kleine.
Rosemary Jacobs June 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Funny you bring up caring. The doctor who injured me was a very caring person too. He truly wanted to help people and for all I know may have helped some, but that didn't lessen the damage he did by being so naive. Do you know what institution Ms. Kleine got her doctorate from? Did your son notice her diploma on the wall?
Bern July 02, 2012 at 01:22 AM
You really need a therapist............good luck!
Rosemary Jacobs July 02, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Do you think everyone who doesn't believe your claims until you present objective evidence to support them is crazy or emotionally disturbed? Do you verify the credentials that people claim they have before paying for their services and promoting them to others?

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