Health Beat - Detoxification Clinic Offers Hope for WTC Responders


By Mary Jane DittmarSenior Associate EditorDetoxification, a process through which the level of toxic chemicals in the body is reduced, has been shown to be effective in improving the health and quality of life of Fire Department of New York (FDNY) firefighters and emergency medical personnel who responded to the WTC attacks or worked there in the rescue and recovery phases. The health and overall well-being of tens of thousands of firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and other rescue workers, have been adversely and severely affected by exposure to the multitude of toxic substances that permeated the WTC environment for weeks and months.As of December 31, 2002, 1...

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