by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes.

snipshot_e4b8i96pj21.jpgPut aside your issues with Tom Cruise for a moment, including any gripes with Scientology, and understand that for the police, firefighters, paramedics, and other volunteers that assisted with the 9/11 recovery and clean-up efforts, life has been less than healthy. It’s a reality that workers were exposed to large amounts of toxins while working at ground zero; and since have had breathing difficulties and other related issues.

Cruise co-founded the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project in 2002 to help deal with this problem. The program is based on principles developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard but does not include any proselytizing or religious rhetoric. The goal from the beginning was to make it a secular organization.

Obviously, there will be those who think this promise is paper-thin, but the fact remains that over 785 workers have been treated — and with great success. Each worker is given vitamins and nutritional counseling and participates in daily exercise and sauna sessions. The program takes about 30 days to complete. Scientology or not, seems like a nice way to detox to me. Said Cruise, “Nearly six years later, many are still paying a price for their heroic service at the World Trade Center. This is a profound injustice,” the 44-year-old actor said in a statement to The Associated Press. “This project has demonstrated that recovery is not only possible, but an incontrovertible fact.”

You can see a video someone managed to film of Cruse speaking at a fund raiser for the org this past Friday below. What do you think? Is this a positive philanthropic effort or a religious hand-out with strings attached?

Thanks to Linton for the tip!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • nancy newman

    Dear Sir,
    The world is in such a state today that people of good will and effective help need to be recognized by one and all or we will not have a future civilization. Tom Cruise is wealthy far more than myself or most critics of this program. He doesn’t owe anyone help or have to help you know! People who can not help and have failed to help are always suspect of anyone trying to truly help. Sadly they just do not have effective ways to help, have failed to help in their own ways and do not think help is actually possible, but it is and it is good.

  • jason hartley

    Hubbard’s “Purification Rundown” is all this NY Detox thing is – it also is peddled by Scientology as a secular drug detox “Narconon” – not to be confused with Narcotics Anonymous, or NarcAnon.
    Hours in a sauna, running, toxic doses of niacin and other vitamins, and drinking cooking oil – yes that’s right, cooking oil – is supposed to ‘run’ toxins out of your body. Sadly, it is not based in medical reality. – see how many places have kicked out Narconon for not being what it said it was. So where IS all the money raised going?

  • Joxe Arkaitz

    I have done the detox program and it works great! I used to have sinusitis and it went away with the program – so thorough was the cleaning. I also could think much clearer. My memory improved a lot and my spirits are much higher now. I can only tell good things about it and all the people I know who have gone through the program can tell you only good things too. It’s remarkable that only people who have never done the program will put it’s efficiency in doubt… Well, you can think what you want about Scientology but definitely the program works and that’s what counts for people who need true help.

  • Carolyn Pierce

    My uncle who is an EMT worked at Ground Zero for 3 weeks. I mean worked as all the hero’s did 20 hours on 4 hours off. He became very ill 3 months later. He had Bronchitis that wouldn’t clear up it layed him up for 2 months after it had turned to pneumonia. His skin broke out several times, he no longer slept more than 3 hours a night and he was terrified he was going to die. He pushed all of us away. 3 Specialist tried to treat the symptoms…but it got worse. He ended up doing the NY Detox program 16 months ago and the result is he is back at work symptom free! He is back to saving lives and doing what he loves and is a part of our family again. We can not thank the Detox program enough or Mr. Cruise for chosing to support this program. It gave us OUR hero back and has saved hundreds of others lives. Oh, and for anyone who cares, my Uncle is Catholic and goes to Church again each week with our family. IF that is what Scientology can do for people, then I say, “Peace be with you All!”

  • Melissa

    I receive about 50 spams a day from companies and individuals that want me to swallow their drugs. ANY effort at detox in this country is a good one.

  • Songbird

    I was gifted with a 4×6 photo album containing the ‘before’ and ‘after’ comments of the first graduates of the NY Detox Program. It also had a photo of the group w/ Tom. (Mr. Cruise’s hair was still long from the film “The Last Samurai” that’s how long ago he started the pgm). I was impressed with each and every story in this precious photo album. The most common descriptions of their physical problems PRIOR to the ‘Detox’ was nightmares, difficulty breathing, depression and a feeling of hopelessness. Some were withdrawing from their families emotionally and physically. AFTER the program, one for one they were more alive, didn’t have to take tons of meds (most came off of them fully while others reduced their meds down to 1)and their families were full of joy at having their dads, husbands and moms back. There are no words to describe what it might be like to restore a firefighter or EMT’s physical wellness. No words at all. Except for two… Thank You! That goes for Tom Cruise and all of the doctors and staff at each of the several Detox Centers.

  • Tracy

    Tom and Katie, thank you for taking responsibility and caring about your fellow man. I had pneumonia three times and chronic bronchitis before undergoing the sauna detoxification in 1985. I also was dull and apathetic after experimenting with drugs for several years prior. The purpose of the detox program for me was to handle the residual effects the drugs had on my life. I had no idea or intention of resolving my bronchitis and related health problems. During the program my bronchitis reactivated off and on during the program and the doctor watched supervised my program closely. Since completion of the program the symptoms are gone and I’ve been truly free of all these things dragging the life and energy from me. I feel for the 9/11 rescuers. And you know what I would love to see Tom and Katie, is a detox program for vets who are still suffering from the effect of Agent Orange.

  • Anonymous

    This Scientology sock account hasn’t been used in two years.

  • Anonymous

    Another single-use Scientology sock.

  • Anonymous

    ^^Scientologist, as if it was not obvious.