Ida learned to curse the disease which had stolen her loved ones and vowed that when she became financially able she would plow as much money as she could into cancer research, but that was before she fell prey to the disease herself.
In the early 1990's Ida worked for the State of Illinois, as a Research Economist, where she was responsible for writing technical reports on various health care initiatives. During her employment with the State of Illinois, she learned about the disparity in the disease rates of blacks versus whites and found it disturbing.
Ida's career was shattered in 1992 when she fell ill to myelodysplasia, a disease of the blood, an "ultimately fatal disease," aaccording to Lange's Medical Diagnosis & treatment, 1992. Her sickness, coupled with a departmental layoff, left her vulnerable. What treatment would she seek? Based on her research bone marrow transplantation was only thirty percent effective and cost in excess of $150,000 even in 1979; for this reason it was not a viable option, for her.
When Ida learned about a natural approach to treating illness utilized by Dr. Harold klassen, the naturopathic physician on whom this story is based, she decided that would be her choice. Her health was restored for less than ten percent of the cost of bone marrow transplantation. The excitement was something she couldn't keep to herself.
When Dr. Klassen's office was raided on February 2, 1995, Ida was still under his care. This would become the basis of her book Silent Storm.
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The grand jury had begun. Kyle Burton's fate was now in their hands; it could mean the difference between life and death for many of his Natrogenics clinic patients.
The raid on Natrogenics on February 2, 1995, prompted and FBI/FDA interrogation. Kyle willfully consented to the interrogation, without first consulting his attorney because he was convinced that the agents would soon realize that he had done nothing wrong and the ordeal would be put behind him. But that was nine months ago.
Dr. Burton, a naturopathic physician, had immeasurable success treating children with cystic fibrosis using alternative therapies. This success had threatened the very existence of Pulmonary Central Hospital, the cystic fibrosis treatment capital of the world. Burton would have to be stopped.
Frantic hospital staff contacted the FDA. Shortly thereafter, the FDA mandated that all naturopaths within a 300-mile radius of Pulmonary Central hospital be shut down. Natrogenics was in the path of that tornado.
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"This book is a must read for anyone who takes pharmaceuticals with little or no results. Silent Storm is informative, yet has a human interest, story-like approach. It strokes the heart with sympathy for the sick, as well as 'Mr. Burton,' the man who could unlock the mystery of illness but was forbidden by law to do so. I recommend this book for those uninformed about the benefits of Naturopathic Treatments. Thanks to Silent Storm there is finally hope for people who have lost hope." --Heidi Burge, former star basketball player for the WNBA Washington Mystics