Cops fighting meth in Utah are dying from cancer

In January 2005, a rare form of cancer claimed Salt Lake County sheriff’s deputy Jade Pusey.

    The co-workers of those who have lost their lives or gotten sick from working on one of Utah’s drug force squads are also concerned about the risks. They have implemented a program to detox police, detectives, and other law enforcement officials who frequent meth labs in the line of duty. The program involves a vitamin cocktail followed by sitting in a sauna for several hours at a time and it is based on a treatment method that was used for Ground Zero workers. The theory is that the combination of the cocktail and prolonged exposure to heat will cause the toxins to sweat out from the body. Skeptics say it doesn’t work, but many who have participated in the program say they have gotten positive health benefits from it.

    “I can actually say I have not had a single muscle spasm and no headaches (since completing the treatment),” he said. “I can actually sleep at night. I’m feeling good about myself.” – Lt. Al Acosta, narcotics officer for 13 years in Utah.

    Who’s paying for the detox program? The Utah Labor Commission designated half a million dollars for the study of whether cancer and other diseases are the result of working conditions faced by public safety employees. If the study shows that employees are becoming sick because of chemicals encountered in their line of work, those employees would be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. They are specifically focusing on whether being exposed to meth labs can be linked to illness and death in meth lab drug officers. Fox News reported that the project has treated 800 officers so far, using a regime devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard at a Bio-Cleansing Centers of America facility in Orem, Utah.

    How many innocent homeowners of former meth lab homes will get sick and/or die quietly of cancer or other illnesses? Who will test them for toxic chemicals in their bodies? Who will offer them a detox program?

    ‘You don’t see any old meth cooks’ because they’re all dead.” – excerpt from the Fox News article


    2 responses to “Cops fighting meth in Utah are dying from cancer

    1. This is obviously cause for great concern. I am researching meth use to write a series for the paper in Vernal. Do you have any professional contacts (Doctors, etc) to back up the theory that meth labs are the cause of cancer in the police force?

    2. Hi Kristen. Exposure to meth labs by the police who are the “first in” to the meth lab scene is naturally suspect when they later develop cancer and other ailments. For your series, I would do a Google search for cancer and meth labs. There are also a list of doctors listed on the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project that may be able to point you to the right people, if they don’t have an answer for you. The people they list are:

      Robert Amidon, M.A., J.D.
      A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Georgetown Law School, Mr. Amidon is a retired Commander in the U.S. Naval reserve, which he served in high-level international duties for fourteen years. He served the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and is currently in private practice, specializing in civil and criminal litigation, commercial law, business law and employment law.

      James Barnes, C.H.P.
      Mr. Barnes is Radiation Safety Officer for Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power – The Boeing Company. Over the last several years he has collaborated with scientists at the Medical Radiological Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Obninsk and with the Veteran’s Hospital in Almaty, Kazakhstan in studies of the use of detoxification to address the public health impact of the Chernobyl disaster. Mr. Barnes is a member of the International Relations Committee for the Health Physics Society and a member of the Society’s ad hoc Committee on Homeland Security. In that capacity, he has recently been concentrating on providing assistance to volunteer organizations throughout the country, such as the Red Cross, that might have a role to play in responding to radiological terrorist attacks.

      Marie Cecchini, M.S.
      A molecular biologist, Ms. Cecchini spent a decade working as scientist for Amgen, Inc., developing diagnostic tools and clinical treatments for use in oncology and immunology. Following this, she did doctoral work at the University of Colorado in developmental neuroscience. She established and directed a physical therapy clinic in Boulder, Colorado. In recent years, she worked in the field of drug rehabilitation, at Narconon clinics in Oklahoma and Massachusetts.

      James Dahlgren, M.D., Ph.D.
      Dr. Dahlgren is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has thirty years experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with environmental and occupational exposure to toxic chemicals. Dr. Dahlgren is currently involved in diagnosis and treatment of populations with exposure to creosote, ethylene dichloride, PCB’s dioxins, heavy metals, solvents and pesticides. He is the author of numerous abstracts, publications and presentations on the effects of toxicants and the founder of Pacific Toxicology Laboratories, a leading analytical facility for assessing chemical exposure levels in humans.

      Bob Graves, M.S.
      Mr. Graves served as Executive Director of two international conferences on chemical contamination and human detoxification. Over the last two decades, he has participated in several research projects relating to L. Ron Hubbard’s detoxification program, including work in East Europe and Russia. Mr. Graves is a Senior Associate of the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE). He is also a founder and past President of ERepublic, the nation’s leading information technology research company, conferencing center and publishing company dedicated to the public sector.

      Joseph Higgins
      One of the most highly regarded firefighters in FDNY, Joe Higgins has trained almost half the current force. His father and four of his brothers have also served FDNY. His brother Timothy, lost in the collapse of the WTC’s north tower, was also considered one of the “best of the best” (It was Mr. Higgins and his brother Mike who recovered the body, after a 13-day marathon of digging at the tower’s stairwell.) He was a member of a delegation of four FDNY firefighters and two members of NYPD who traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to thank US troops for their help. Higgins, now retired from FDNY, fought more than 1,000 fires during his career. His numerous citations for bravery include the Louis Valentino Award.

      Steven Kim, Ph.D.
      Dr. Kim worked for the New York State Department of Health for nearly 20 years. For a decade, he served as Director, Information Systems and Health Statistics, managing Biostatistics, Vital Records, and information systems for public health and health system management. Prior to this position, he was Director of the Toxicology Institute, Division of Laboratories and Research. In this position, he acted as Principal Environmental Investigator for the Love Canal Project, responsible for the design and conduct of all environmental and toxicological Love Canal studies as well as the integrated Love Canal data base. Presently, he is President and CEO of Better Care, Inc., a business involved in long term care and property management.

      Kathleen Kerr, M.D.
      Dr. Kerr has been in practice for more than 30 years. She is the Medical Director of a detoxification unit, and the medical director for Narconon Toronto. She has been involved in environmental health programs at McMaster University and serves on the Committee of Environmental Health for the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

      William Meggs, M.D., Ph.D.
      Dr. Meggs is Chief of the Division of Toxicology, and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the East Carolina University School of Medicine. He has served as a Medical Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and as a Professor of Toxicology, Immunology and Emergency Medicine. He currently serves as one of 12 members of the President’s Advisory Board on Gulf War Illness.

      Keith Miller
      Mr. Miller is the President of the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE). Established in 1981 as a coalition of researchers, physicians, scientists, environmentalists and other professionals, FASE produces a broad range of public interest communications and research. FASE program services also encompass scientific research and reporting on issues relating to education, health, substance abuse and the environment and the holding of scientific meetings and seminars. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Miller founded (in 1981) HealthMed Sacramento, a corporation providing consulting and administrative services for occupationally exposed workers undergoing detoxification with the Hubbard regimen. He was a member of the board of detoxification experts who planned two international conferences (in Los Angeles, California and Stockholm, Sweden) addressing the problems of chemical contamination and human detoxification.

      Israel Miranda
      Mr. Miranda is the Health and Safety Coordinator for the Uniformed EMTs and Paramedics of the New York Fire Department Local 2507. He represents the largest EMT system in the world-a group including more than 3,000 EMTs, answering more than 2 million calls per year. Mr. Miranda spent months at the WTC site during the rescue effort-the first few days at a makeshift morgue on the site, attempting to make identifications from the remains found at the site. He is an EMT Instructor for FDNY.

      Ernest Pecoraro, D.C.
      Dr. Pecoraro has over 20 years experience in managing healthcare practices in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He has been a guest lecturer as an expert on the subject of practice management at seminars and conventions across the country. He presently manages a large practice in New York City which has three locations and services close to 900 patients each week.

      David E Root, M.D., M.P.H.
      Dr. Root is a Board-Certified Occupational Medicine specialist. Prior to entering private practice, he served the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon for more than 20 years. In 20 years as Medical Director of an occupational medical facility in Sacramento, California, he has supervised the detoxification of more than 3,500 individuals suffering from the effects of occupational or environmental exposure to toxic chemicals and drugs. He has been a co-investigator in a number of published studies of the use of detoxification in treating workplace exposures.

      Reynold T. Schmidt, M.D.
      Dr. Schmidt has worked in the field of occupational medicine for the last three decades, including 20 years as corporate medical director for Unocal Corporation. He has served as medical director for a number of insurance companies, including CORE and UnumProvident. He is presently in private practice, specializing in environmental toxicology.

      Carl Smith
      Mr. Smith is the Vice President of FASE and the senior editor for scientific publications of that foundation. He is project director for the FASE Pesticide Project, and an internationally recognized expert on the export of toxic pesticides from the United States to developing countries. He has participated (as a non-governmental observer) in the negotiation of two international treaties regulating the production and trade of hazardous chemicals, and testified in Congressional hearings on export reform. In recent years, he has been invited to select and edit two special series of papers on emerging issues in international environmental policy, for publication in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.

      Ray Warshaw
      Mr. Warshaw served as Director, Pulmonary Laboratory and Research Associate, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Pulmonary Division, Department of Medicine from 1971 to 1980 and as Research Associate, Environmental Sciences Laboratory, 1973 to 1980. He was a Research Associate at the Environmental Sciences Laboratory of the USC School of Medicine from 1980 to 1997. Dr. Warshaw is active in research on the effects of occupational and environmental exposure to chemicals and the development of test protocols and equipment for assessment of impairment. He has published numerous papers examining the effects of exposure to chemicals including PCB, formaldehyde and TCE, many in partnership with James Dahlgren.

      Rena Weinberg
      Ms. Weinberg is the President of the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) International, a public benefit charity which coordinates some 850 social betterment organizations around the world. ABLE’s purpose is to rid the world of its most devastating social ills – drugs, crime, illiteracy and immorality – through the social betterment methods and principles of author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. ABLE helps promote Mr. Hubbard’s detoxification methodology especially in the field of drug rehabilitation where it is employed as a unique and effective component in the Narconon drug treatment program. Ms. Weinberg’s has enjoyed a long association with FASE and the International Academy of Detoxification Specialists as a co sponsor and participant in different international conferences on the Hubbard detoxification protocol in its different usages and settings.

      Jim Woodworth, C.C.D.C., (Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor)
      Mr. Woodworth served for 13 years as the Executive Director of HealthMed, in Sacramento, California, where he assisted over 1,300 people in completing the Hubbard method of detoxification. He is a former United States Air Force Medic and is a Certified Chemical dependency Counselor. He has delivered over 700 lectures and two dozen radio and television shows on the harmful effects of chemicals, drugs, and toxins to schools, businesses, and universities in the U.S. and Mexico. He has educated over 14,000 school children on the harmful effects of street drugs. He is presently the President of the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project.

      George Yu, MD
      Dr. Yu is Clinical Professor of Urology, George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He maintains a private clinic in Annapolis, Md., specializing in urological oncology and reconstructive surgery. Co-author of the landmark text Critical Operative Maneuvers in Urologic Surgery, he holds three patents on surgical instrumentations. Dr. Yu is a regular consultant in medical technology, work which frequently takes him to the Far East. On behalf of the National Cancer Institute, he is currently investigating nutritional interventions in cancer treatment.

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