Teddy’s Return to the Senate Elicits Cheers and Tears

Teddy\'s Back!

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., followed by Caroline Kennedy, enters the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)


Senator Edward Kennedy got a standing ovation from his colleagues as he returned to the US Senate Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Democratic icon showed up for a vote on the Medicare state health program for seniors during a break from radiation and chemotherapy treatment, after undergoing surgery on a brain tumor last month.

He walked slowly from a car into the US Capitol building, then was greeted with a standing ovation from Republican and Democratic senators standing in the well of the Senate as he cast his vote.

“Aye,” the 76-year-old Kennedy said in a loud voice, smiling broadly and making a thumbs-up gesture as he registered his vote.

Spectators in the galleries that overhang the chamber burst into cheers — a violation of decorum that drew no complaints.

Kennedy made his way into the Senate on his own power, appearing little the worse for his illness. A patch of scalp was clearly visible through his familiar white hair, although it was not clear whether that was a result of surgery he underwent or the effects of chemotherapy or radiation that are part of his treatment.

He walked into chamber accompanied by Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, his party’s presidential nominee-in-waiting, as well as fellow Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and Kennedy’s son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island.


“I return to the Senate today to keep a promise to our senior citizens and that’s to protect Medicare,” Kennedy, the patriach of the Kennedy political dynasty, said in a written statement.

“Win, lose or draw, I wanted to be here. I wasn’t going to take the chance that my vote could make the difference.”

Seated in the Senate gallery were Kennedy’s wife, Vicki, and Caroline, his niece. As the tourists and senators alike rose in a standing ovation, Vicki Kennedy wiped away tears.

So did many of Kennedy’s colleagues and several Senate clerks.

Kennedy’s dramatic return gave Democrats the impetus they needed to free Medicare legislation from gridlock. It had received 59 votes on an earlier test, one short of the 60 needed to advance. Kennedy made 60, and when Republicans saw the outcome was sealed, several of them joined Democrats to pad the margin.

Obviously, Teddy’s vote did make the difference today. After taking care of Senate business, Kennedy flew back to Boston for his scheduled weekly cancer treatment.

Doctors at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina said last month that Kennedy’s brain surgery had been successful and was a first step in a treatment plan.

Kennedy was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 17 after suffering a seizure at his family’s compound in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

Following results from a biopsy, doctors diagnosed Kennedy with a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe, an area of the brain which controls speech, among other functions.


Doctors have not publicly offered a prognosis for Kennedy. But the US National Cancer Institute has said the outlook for such a diagnosis is poor, with average life expectancy depending on the stage of the tumor, from a few months to up to five years.

About 13,000 Americans die annually from malignant tumors in the brain or spinal cord, comprising 2.2 percent of all cancer-linked deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Survival has improved over the past decade due in part to new drugs.

The tumor kills 50 percent of patients during the first year after diagnosis and few live beyond three years. Without treatment the tumor grows back between two to three months after being surgically removed.

The brain tumor diagnosis sent shockwaves through the US Congress, where Kennedy has been a dominant figure for nearly half a century and is a champion of causes such as health care, education, workers rights and immigration reform.

Kennedy’s eighth six-year term in the Senate expires in 2012. The Senator’s nephew, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., has been mentioned in recent weeks as one family member who might eventually pick up the liberal lion’s torch in the U.S. Senate.


AFP and the Associated Press contributed to this report.



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2 responses to “Teddy’s Return to the Senate Elicits Cheers and Tears

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  2. Jack Mosel

    “Dr. Charles A. Brusch, former personal physician to President John F. Kennedy, stated Essiac is a cure for cancer, period. Brusch treated the son of Senator Edward Kennedy. He was being treated by the Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Farber didn’t know how to save him, because no-one had ever lived with this type of sarcoma. Brusch made the suggestion to put him on Essiac after which he didn’t have a cancer cell anywhere in his body; but this information has been hidden from the general public.” Taken from internet 07/10/2008 from: http://darrendixon.supanet.com/essiacrattigan.htm

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    All I know for brain cancer is ozone. Ear insufflation has had excellent success with brain tumors of all types. Daily, 15 minutes per ear, 1 – 3 times per day. It kills parasites, candida, reverses Parkinson’s, and brain fog also. It helps repair damage done by radiation & helps repair nerve damage. The brain uses 15% of the body’s oxygen supply, being only 2% of the body, so it will love extra oxygen. The ozone goes through the ear drum, into the sinuses, and through that thin spot behind the nose & into the brain.
    But see Budwig Brain Cancer Cure Testimonials.

    Q 16 Why did you mention using ozone as a possible brain cancer treatment? Is there any proof that ozone can diffuse through the eardrum in medicinal quantities, waft its way down the Eustachian tube to the sinuses and then diffuse through “that thin spot behind the nose into the brain.” Or evidence that the ozone or its extremely reactive decomposition products can ignore healthy tissue and find its way to maybe half a trillion tumor cells? I doubt that even a single molecule of ozone could make it to a brain tumor, and if it did then it would be like attacking grazing rhino with a pea shooter. Also should be examined the extent that the process works on comatose patients with cancer (both primaries and metastatic) in the brain. This would help separate out those patients who benefit from a placebo effect.

    It never ceases to amaze me why people think they know something about it without ever even using it.
    You asked what proof there is that ozone can penetrate the eardrum. Have you heard of “sick house” syndrome before? This is where a building gets mold, or fungus growing in it to the point where it becomes unhealthy to live in the house any longer. It can make you sick, or kill you. Now guess what is used to solve this problem? Besides totally tearing out the walls infected with the mold, ozone. They come in and apply ozone throughout the house, because ozone penetrates paint, mud, sheetrock, insulation, and wood. Truth is ozone can penetrate everything except Teflon, silicone, glass, Kynar, & Viton, which are inert to ozone. Ozone cannot oxidize fluoride either. My experience with the penetration of ozone is with my house. I live in Washington State where it rains a lot. One side of my house never sees the sun. One year after painting the cedar siding on my house, mold started coming through the stain I used. We bought a cheap ozone generator in October 2001 the first time my wife had cancer. We didn’t know too much about ozone then, and decided to get as much ozone into her body as possible. We just about had the generator on 24/7, and drank lots of ozonated water. Within three to four months she was cancer-free. That next spring we happened to notice the mold on the outside of our house was gone. The ozone had gone all the way through our walls to the outside of the house and killed the mold. I ask you, which do you think is more dense or easier to penetrate, a wall in your house, or a thin highly porous membrane that has been heated so the pores are open even more? I have ozonated my ears, and trust me, ozone penetrates the eardrum. For me, after about two months a clear liquid started coming out of my ears. This liquid is lymph fluid carrying toxins out of the body. My ears drained so much at night that my pillow was soaked through to the bed. I started noticing I could think clearer also. When I first started “cupping”, I wanted to cure this itching head thing I had for about 20 years. When my ears started oozing and my head started itching, I quit doing the ears and just applied ozone to my head. My head oozed a lot and had bumps all over it for about 10 months. I ozonated my head once a week to once a month. So after about 30 applications the itching is gone now. The skin on my head and forehead looks younger and is softer now. Some of my hair has grown back too, and is less gray. I also had athletes’ feet for about 30 years. After ozonating my toes for a couple of months that is all gone now. There was no oozing or itching with this. I also had a bad neck problem for at least 10 years. There was a lump at the base of my skull that made it hard to turn my head to the right without pain. My neck cracked A LOT. The last few months I started having really bad headaches from this too. I thought one night, I wonder if ozone could help this too. I had read in the ozone group I belong to, that it could help backaches, and nerve problems. After 5-8 applications the knot in my neck was gone and so are the headaches. My wife has also cured her asthma, allergies, and burning in her feet due to a back injury years ago. I was a total non-believer about all this when I started using ozone. I belong to the ozone group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ozonetherapy/ which is monitored by Dr. Pressman, who has been healing people from MANY diseases now for at least 15 years [Note: This group is moderated and not all opinions are allowed expression]. I read about the famous ozone rash & the oozing and thought it was just their imagination or something else. It turns out, I found everything Dr. Pressman has said is true. Ozone is the closest thing to a cure-all there is. Ozone can cure abscesses, acne, aids, allergies/hayfever, anal fissures, arthritis, arthrosis, ascites, asthma, athletes’ feet, back problems, bacterial infections, blood disorders, Cancers Of ALL Types, candida albicans, candidiasis vaginalis, cerebral sclerosis, CFS, Crohn’s, circulatory problems, cirrhosis of the liver, cleans the lymph system, constipation, corneal ulcers, cystitis, decubitus ulcers, diarrhea, ear infections, emphysema, fibromyalgia, fistulae, floaters, FM, fungal diseases, furunculosis, gangrene, HIV, gastroduodenal ulcers, gastrointestinal disorders, giardiasis, glaucoma, hepatitis, herpes simplex & zoster, hypercholesteroemia, IBS, ileitis, lipomas, lung problems, Lyme disease, lymphoma, macular degeneration, mucous colitis, MS, muscle cramps, (Lance Armstrong uses ozone) mycosis, nerve related disorders, osteomyelitis, parkinson’s, Peyronie’s disease, polyarthritis, rabies, raynaud’s, Polyps, Pulmonary Fibrosis, retinitis pigmentosa, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea, SARS, scars after radiation, scleroderma, senile dementia, sepsis control, sinusitis, Sjogren’s, skin problems ALL types, spider veins, spondylitis, stomatitis, sudeck’s disease, thrombophlebitis, ulcus cruris, vaccination damage, vitiligo, vulvovaginitis, viral infections, wound healing disturbances, among many other diseases and problems. Ozone has the ability of oxidizing all toxins except the few I mentioned earlier. It boosts the immune system, and oxygenates the body. If you want more “evidence”, call the “Townsend Letter” and ask for the 2004 December edition. 360-385-6021.” taken from internet 07/10/2008 from http://www.healingcancernaturally.com/ozone-therapy-cancer-faq.html

    I offer this for Sen. Ted and for us all to investigate for ourselves… I personally don’t trust my government and have found that there is a more caring and effective ‘underground’ alternative available for those we love and wish to have long and healthy lives with us. I think cancer has a cure… laugh all you want, My friend and business partner Edward, has a degenerative bone disease in his back. He would be using a morphine pump inside of him today to manage pain if not for the Ozone gas he shoots into himself ‘Illegally’ three times a week. The guy works like a horse and is a Master Electrician and is almost 7 feet tall. I have personally seen this Ozone therapy at work and have talked to an expert physician in Canada who treats and sells Ozone generators.

    I personally don’t care what you think about me if you are cynicle… If you have a loved one that you are desperate over finding “better” ways to treat them because your doctors are punks and the system’s broken… Here’s some real help.

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