9/11 claimants: toxic dust caused 387 illnesses

Much like the controversy over Gulf War Syndrome, the argument that those who rushed to ground zero after the collapse of the Twin Towers have been poisoned by air loaded with toxins will never be settled. As Jeff Stier of the American Council on Science and Health notes in the New York Post, the plaintiffs, who have just had a settlement agreement tossed out of court because it wasn’t large enough, claim that  387 different diseases or conditions result from the expoure, including “multiple forms of cancer, skin ailments, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, asbestosis and asthma.”

The problem is that there is no way that science can even begin to prove this level of causality. Asthma? Dust, says Stier, can aggravate asthma, but not cause it in adults. More to the point, the studies being used to advance some of the claims have been designed to do so:

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