And during his flashback on Super Bowl day of January 23, 2002, only Sean Donahue knew the price he had paid during his heroic 36 hours as a rescuer at ground zero on September 11 and 12, 2001no protective equipment, a flimsy mask that retained far more dust than it shielded from his lungs, and a makeshift potpourri of about 20 military personnel of diverse nations working side-by-side with the FDNY in a frantic search-and rescue operation. Just a few weeks later, in October of 2001, Seans symptoms would begin their escalation to a rage, this National Guardsman and highly trained Army pilot finding himself not only jobless and energy-less but confused, unable to breathe, and with chronic rash and diarrhea. His body was, quite literally, rejecting itself, its immune system sensing the foreign toxins but unable to remove them, the normally beneficial immune response now clogging his airways, ripping the lining from his stomach and colon.
Enter the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project http://www.nydetox.org. Not right away, mind youfor the burly, muscular, 210-pound Sean would need to first wend his way through traditional medicine, gaining over 40 inactivity-pounds in the process, while losing his flight certification and teetering on the precipice of a very early retirement. Certainly, most medical personnel knew, the degradation in Seans health was traceable back to those two fateful days of September 11 and 12, hunting for life within a graveyard of death, his body finding only PCBs and heavy metals like lead and mercury. These toxins clung to his adipose (fatty) tissue, triggered the crazed self-attack by his immune system, and squelched key enzymes in his brain cells, stultifying his cognitiona computer networking specialist struggling to make a living. What no one knewuntil Donahue was finally referred to Jim Woodworth and his charitable organizationwas what to do about it.
The MDs at NYCs Mt. Sinai Medical Center had done all they couldthe albuterol, the steroids, and many other drugs had palliated Seans symptoms enough to keep him breathing at all. But the docs were stymied. I figured, what the hell, I was healthy before nine-eleven . . . there had to be a way to clean out the toxic junk; I dont think taking a bunch of prescription drugs is the issue, Sean thought aloud to his physicians. Fortunately, a physicians assistant heard his plea and recommended himunofficially, of courseto NY Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, an organization grateful for much of its funding to actor Tom Cruise. The therapy was simple but brilliant, an L. Ron Hubbarddeveloped down-home detox strategy based on sauna and exercise (first reported on OpEd news at http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_fritz_ru_060417_nyc_neglects_9_11_re.htm
Nothing, Sean knew only too well, facing retirement in his thirties and a potential life as a cripple. I couldnt think straight, couldnt do anything, he recalls.
So Sean met organization president, Jim Woodworth, for the first time. Unfortunately, at first I didnt believe anything he had to say, Sean confesses, but he did take the advice of an ex-Marine named Joe Higgins and surrendered to the detox therapy.
Subsequently, working with both Jims organization and with the Armys PT program, Sean progressed steadilyrecovering his health, his flight certification, and his life. Today, Major Sean Donahue serves with his beloved Louisiana National Guard, having plunged himself, selflessly, into the rescue operation for Katrina in 2005. When youre raised to serve, you dont renege on any opportunities, no matter how daunting, how dangerous.
Sean Donahues story is but one of hundreds that bear witness to the fantastic and quasi-miraculous rehabilitative medicine of the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project (Please consider contributinghttp://www.nydetox.org Its important to emphasize the logic of their detoxification procedure. There are numerous illnesses in which toxic substances are ingested (swallowed, inhaled, or skin-contacted), and where physiological mechanisms are unable to remove these substances. For example, while the immune system can locate, identify, and remove many bacteria by killing and disintegrating them and recycling their component molecules, metal particles (like beryllium) or metal ions (like lead or mercury) are, for a variety of reasons, resistant to such processes and to other mechanisms of excretion (removal from the body). Because they are foreign substances (antigens), they can provokeeither directly or through specific immune responsesinflammation, a normal mechanism that provides white blood cells and blood proteins improved access to foreign substances. But in this case, the inflammation does not remove the foreign substances and, instead, causes the swelling, mucus production, and other changes that bring with them the symptoms of asthma, chronic diarrhea, skin rashes, etcetera. And while treating the patient with anti-inflammatory drugs (such as steroids) and airway-opening drugs (like albuterol) will help him breathe & reduce inflammation, it will NOT cure the underlying problem.
By contrast, the Hubbard method, using sauna and exercise to speed up metabolism and provoke the body to excrete toxins through its various routes of elimination (sweat, urine, feces) clearly is successful at actually removing the source of the problemthe toxins that are provoking the inflammation in the first place. Whatever the exact physiological mechanism, it is difficult to argue with clinical successhundreds of cures to date.