Detoxification Studies and Projects: A Timeline
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To further examine and understand growing concerns about toxic exposures on the battlefield, a phenomenon that some have characterized as "chemical wounds," the Foundation created a Veterans Health Project.