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Detoxification Studies and Projects: A Timeline



1983

A project organized by FASE evaluated the impact of detoxification on a group of Michigan residents with elevated levels of PBBs, victims of the “Cattlegate” incident in which fire retardants were mistakenly sold as cattle feed.

1986

In cooperation with the World Health Organization, the U.S. EPA, the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the Commission on the European Communities, FASE presented a study regarding the detoxification of HCB (hexachlorobenzene)-exposed workers at an international symposium in Lyon, France.

1987

In cooperation with the University of Ljubljana Medical Society and the Slovenian Science Foundation, FASE researchers examined the benefits of detoxification for a group of Slovenian and Croatian workers with long-term exposure to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), electrical coolants long banned in the United States.

1991

FASE associates participated with scientists at the Medical Radiological Research Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (in Obninsk, Russia) in a study evaluating the benefits of detoxification for persons whose health was harmed by the Chernobyl disaster. Findings were presented at U.S. EPA conference on post-emergency response to radioactive incidents.

1995

FASE helped organize the First International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification in Los Angeles, CA. Case histories from the U.S. and Russia were presented. The conference was one of the first to consider similarities between the toxic impact of environmental chemicals and residues of pharmaceutical and illicit drugs.

1995

FASE and FASE Associates organized the Second International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification in Stockholm, Sweden. Scientists from the Medical Radiological Institute of the Russian Academy of Scientists reported on a wide range of findings regarding the benefits of detoxifcation for individuals exposed to radiation as a result of the Chernobyl disaster.

1998

Case studies regarding Gulf War veterans whose condition improved following detoxification were presented by FASE associates to a Presidential Oversight Board addressing the problems experienced by Gulf War Veterans.

1998

Presentations by FASE Associates at a conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) led to an official recommendation by CDC that detoxification be studied as a treatment option for Gulf War veterans.

2002

In partnership with rescue workers, unions and healthcare providers as well as other public sector partners, FASE helped to establish a project in New York City that has provided detoxification services to more than 900 men and women exposed to toxic smoke, dust and gas during the WTC rescue and recovery operations. These services have been provided on a humanitarian basis, at no cost, under the direction of local physicians. The Foundation remains engaged in this work, facilitating scientific meetings and research projects to document the reductions in symptoms and improvements in work fitness that have been accomplished in hundreds of cases.

2005

FASE and FASE Associates organized the Third International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification at Hunter College in New York City. Presentations focused on results from detoxification services provided to World Trade Center Rescue and their ramifications for other first responders. A Russian delegation reported on findings of a follow-up study that compared the health of Chernobyl-exposed initividuals who had completed detoxification ten years ago to the health of those who had not done the program.

2008

The Foundation provided assistance to the Utah Meth Cops Project, an initiative created with support from the Utah state government to bring relief to police officers suffering the effects of toxic exposures during raids on illegal methamphetamine labs.

2011

FASE Associates examined case histories of cleanup workers and others exposed to toxic substances as a result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and prepared a summary for presentation at a meeting of environmental and environmental health groups in the region.

2014-present

FASE has provided assistance to a healthcare facility in Annapolis, MD that is providing humanitarian detoxification services to local rescue workers and veterans, including guidance in establishing a system for monitoring and documenting symptom severity and quality of life measures before and after detoxification.

2016

FASE representatives visited Vietnam to consult with health professionals overseeing the delivery of detoxification services to victims of Agent Orange exposures regarding the scientific background of the program and the history of pilot projects and published papers relating to it.

2017

The Toxic Effects Inventory is developed as a means of routinely characterizing exposures and symptoms of individuals seeking relief from health effects from chemical exposures and documenting the benefits of rehabilitative therapies.

Profiles of Program Completions

Toxic Effects Inventory

Maintaining Health in a Toxic World

Studies and Projects

A Timeline

Publications