May 31st, 2007
I read an interesting article in the NEW YORK TIMES last week. As many people are at least anecdotally aware (especially me), there seems to be a correlation between exposure to environmental hazards and certain health issues. Although the sufferers of those issues are more than convinced, the mainstream scientific data for these issues is shall we say less than mounting. An interesting thing happened last week…There was a women in New York who was exposed to dust from the Twin Towers who developed a mysterious illness. Initially, she has a severe respiratory issues (…sounds familiar…), but after a few months these symptoms gave way to undiagnosed internal problems (…twilight zone fades out…). She died 5 months later apparently undiagnosed and untreated.
Mrs. Dunn-Jones, a 42-year-old lawyer whose office was a block from the trade center. She developed a troubling cough weeks after fleeing the attack and died in February 2002.
While it seemed obvious I’m sure to her friends and family the cause of death, the medical examiner initially reported it as a natural cause. But last week, that decision was overturned. Their post mortem assessment was that they believed beyond a reasonable doubt that her death was caused by environmental issues and the cause of death was officially changed from natural causes to MURDER.
“Most people are fine,” Dr. Reibman said yesterday, “and if they haven’t developed symptoms by now, I doubt very much they will.” Still, she said, those who have respiratory, gastrointestinal and other problems that might be related to the dust should seek medical help.
While there is still a LONG way to go in elucidating the internal malfunction that led to her death, the ruling could definitely be considered PROGRESS…