9/11 Toxicity and Lapdog Journalists of New York
Majid Ali, M.D.
On the tenth 9/11 anniversary,
the following questions must be considered in the
context of the health-related consequences of the
* Was 9/11 dust expected to cause
* Can problems caused by
chemicals be solved with yet more chemicals?
* Did doctors at 9/11 registeries
consider nondrug nutrient, detox, and spiritual
measures to prevent and treat 9/11-related illnesses
among rescue workers and others exposed heavily to
* What, if any, attempts, were
made by registry doctors to seek advice from
physicians who practice nutritional and
* What, if any, lessons were
learned by doctors from chronic illnesses and deaths
that occurred as a result of heavy exposures to 9/11
In September 2001,
New York magazine
published a special double issue entitled "One Day,
Ten Years." It reported on a host of 9/11-related
issues alphabetically. I went straight to the letter
"C" to see what it might say about the ten-year
consequences of chemical toxicity of 9/11 dust.
There was no entry for chemicals. Next I went to
letter "E" to look for items about the effects of
9/11 toxicity on fundamental cellular energetics.
There was none. Then I went to the letter "L" to
look for material on the effects of 9/11 dust on the
liver chemical detoxification systems. I found none.
Next I looked up letter "M" to see any references to
the damage to human metabolic pathways that might
explain some aspects of 9/11-related illness. The
magazine was silent on that issue as well.
Journalists are supposed to be
watchdogs for the society. One would reasonably
expect that the journalists of New York magazine
would have explored at depth the questions I raise
above. Sadly, in reporting on health hazards of
environmental toxicity, mainstream journalists have
long been lap dogs rather than watchdogs—lapdog
Joes, in my terminology. So I cannot say I was
surprised to find such lapdog Joe behavior among the
writers of the magazine.
Lap Dog Joes Miss the Main Point
I had one last hope: the letter
"T" for toxic 9/11 dust and toxicity of human
tissues caused that day. New York magazine included
the word "a hazmat situation" used by a CDC
official, the EPA’s Whitman’s celebrated quote
"their air is safe to breathe," and the words
"Anyone one who declared things were bad was
declared unpatriotic" spoken by an official of the
New York Environmental Law and Justice Project.
Anthony DePalma, then a New York Times reported,
wrote in his book entitled "City of Dust" that "It
wasn’t a cover up." In all this, lapdog Joes at New
York magazine missed the main point: the complete
neglect of officials to take preventive measures for
expected 9/11 toxicity.
Toxicity Treated With Toxicity
In October 2001, Dr. Philip
Landrigan, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine warned
that thousands of New Yorker and others were at
risk. That was the time I started writing my book
entitled "September 11, 2005" to predict the
development of diverse and prolonged illnesses in up
to 250,000 people exposed to 9/11 dust. It was
published in early 2002. I proposed robust programs
of detoxification and nutrient support for such
individuals. It fell on deaf ears. The New England
Journal of Medicine pooh-poohed 9/11 toxicity by
advising its readers not to "medicalize" it. The
city doctors and health officials were sympathetic
to those afflicted by 9/11 dust and generously doled
out prescriptions for drugs.
Simplistically I thought that the scale of terror,
suffering, and disease unleashed by the 9/11
apocalypse will force drug doctors to begin thinking
ecologically. Of course, that never happened.
I was being simple-minded.
On the tenth anniversary of
September 11, 2001, the lapdog Joes of New York
magazine completely missed the main story of terror
and toxicity of that day. The magazine was content
in printing a double page photograph of of 9/11 dust
thickly covering everything on a city street.
Long live lapdog Joes!
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