Breast Implants: Recovery & Discovery
Please click here to send a message to Andrew von Eschenbach, Acting FDA Commissioner to NOT 'approve' silicone gel implants while Mentor's criminal investigation continues.
Click here for Petition reminding the FDA and other Government Officials that Mentor's data is NOT complete.
MUST READ "Decisions in the Dark" ... click here to open pdf file.
To read what Dr. Whalen told the FDA Panel just 2 short years ago, and his 180 degree spinaround, click here.
Click here for EBAY auctions of Beth's ... brilliant way to get the information to the public on the dangers of breast implants.
Read Redbook article on the effects on children after implants from 1995. (opens pdf file)
Meet Cindy Morrisey and her daughter Hilary, both affected from Cindy's breast implants. Hilary is helping others with her "Small Hands, Big Hearts" hair drive. Hilary says people who wish to donate their hair have until February 14, 2006!
Canadian Study from 2003 on breast implants
Toxic Discovery Network -good links and information
Great photos from the FDA Hearings by Kathy Nye ... meet many of the wonderful people who gave testimony and support at the Hearings in April, 2005
Note from Ilena:
If you find any typos, busted links etc. and want to let me know ... I very much appreciate it! Our staff is only me, right now with all my heart and soul, wanting to keep our message in front of the public. It was 10 years last August, and I've seen so many support groups and activists in this issue die ... or get too ill to fight Goliath anymore ... and these powerful women fade underground to protect their health and family life.
Corporate America and the Plastic Surgeon's Lobbies are no match for sick and dying women. the Their combined PR campaigns are legendary, orchestrated by the PR giant, Burson Marsteller.
One longtime support group leader, with no shortage of her own serious implant related health challenges put it this way to me:
"You on the other hand, just battling a world of multi-billion dollar corps, a world of murderously insane lunatics, and prepping for Court."
The Court she is referring to is the Supreme Court of California. Click here for the Quackbusters vs me.
The newsgroup I created in the Fall of 1995 is one medium that the Junk Science Campaign can not totally control as they have all others.
The Wild West of the Internet ... a visit there now will reveal a Corporate Lobbyist (Andrew M. Langer) totally embedded with and leading a small, vocal group of those who call themselves "legitimate"support group leaders who have tried to push me out of their mutual way since Autumn, 2001.
They have worked hand in hand with my Plaintiffs above and Inamed's former President.. to create a Smear Campaign against me ... so vicious ... it appears they have no boundaries. Since I began the newsgroup, their twisted version of my personal life has been broadcast wide & far. That it bears no relationship to reality doesn't faze nor slow them now in their defamation against me.
Together in what they named the "SBIPrivateClub" ... this group and and former Inamed President Patrick O'leary (currently head of Eurosilicone in France) have hired a Private Investigator to hunt me down ... stalked friends of mine in their search, and attempted to access my bank accounts.
They are, in my opinion, the embodiment of the PR Plan describing the cover up of damning Dow Corning information ... and the creation of "networks."
These are typical tactics used for years by the "quackbusters" in their attempts to destroy chiropractors, holistic and alternative healers, naturopaths, fluoride activists, critics, radio show hosts, homeopaths and doctors working to uncover the mystery of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities -- to name but a few.
Check back for links and more details soon ... as this is being updated as their Campaign is spreading. Click here.
BRAVO DR. ZUCKERMAN
EXCERPT: The bottom line: men and women have a right to choose safe medical products, and it is the FDA’s job to determine if a medical product is safe. Whether the product is a painkiller, an anti-depressant, or a breast implant, FDA approval should be made on science, not wishful thinking or philosophical musings about choice.
Some beautiful photos taken and published by longtime advocate, Kathy Nye. You'll meet several of the brave men and women quoted below. Bravo Kathy! Click here.
San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial
Excerpt: The women's health over the next seven years is apparently not as important as getting these money-makers on the market.
Excerpt: "It's a very illogical and conflicting message to the FDA, and a confusing message to women across the country who might have breast implants," said Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families.
Noting that both companies provided different kinds of data, Zuckerman added, "The company that provided more research information was the one that didn't get approved. The company that provided less information got recommended for approval. That sends a really bad message. That's just silly."
Excerpt: "Science has won the day today," said Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families.
Suzanne McLain of Minneapolis is amazed that the federal government is even thinking of lifting the ban on silicone breast implants. After all, she believes they made her and thousands of other women chronically ill.
For some, the new debate has reopened old wounds.
"It surprises me that anyone would do it again," said McLain, 70, who had silicone implants following a double mastectomy at age 50. At the time, "Safety wasn't even discussed. They said this was for life."
But the implants leaked, and when she had them removed in 1993, she learned that silicone had spread like "silly putty" throughout her body, she said. She developed several disorders, including Graves' disease, anemia and numbness, all of which she blames on the implants.
Ed Brent of Atlanta told the panel that his wife, P. J. Brent, committed suicide in 2000, two months after testifying at a previous hearing on implants. Ms. Brent believed that her silicone implants had seeped into her breast milk and sickened her two children, Mr. Brent said. The five children she had before the implants are healthy, he added.
"P. J. felt terrible guilt that her two daughters had been so seriously harmed by her decision to get breast implants," Mr. Brent said.
Thirty-seven year old Cindy Marshall got her silicone gel implants as a birthday present when she turned 21. They ruptured and her life has never been the same.
Marshall had her implants removed last year after she was diagnosed with silicone poisoning.
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. advisory panel on Tuesday narrowly rejected U.S. sales of Inamed Corp.'s-(IMDC) silicone gel-filled breast implants by a 5-4 vote.
Ilena Rosenthal, director of the Humantics Foundation, a group opposed to breast implants, says that "thousands" of women in her organization have serious health problems that they attribute to their breast implants and to silicone. The group is urging the FDA to keep silicone implants off the market for most women.
"These are not recallable items, at least without more surgery to get them out. It's not like taking Vioxx or Bextra off the shelves," Rosenthal says in an interview, referring to the two painkillers recently pulled from the market due to an elevated risk of heart attacks and strokes.
FDA HEARING: WOMEN EXPRESS PROS, CONS OF COSMETIC SURGERY
Carolyn Wolfe, 74, of Manassas, Va., told the panel that after her silicone implants had ruptured, strings of silicone started coming out of her eyes and ears. Her nipples seeped silicone, she said, and she developed rheumatoid arthritis and a goiter.
``I do not want young women to have to go through what I have gone through and risk the health of their children,'' Wolfe said.
Mary McDonough, actress: "For me, it was one of the biggest mistake I made in my life."
Mary: "They finally diagnosed me with lupus and then I had my implants out, and it's made a huge difference."
SOME WOMEN BROKE DOWN IN TEARS, SAYING SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS RUINED THEIR LIVES.
Diana Zuckerman, National Research Center for Women & Families: "I agree the evidence isn't there. But what I say is that the evidence isn't there for safety."
My plan to be more beautiful was ironic," said Rebecca Smith-Miles of Michigan, describing how rocklike scar-tissue formed around her gel implants within two years. "I was uglier by the day."
Click here for full article.
April 11 (Bloomberg) -- Mentor Corp. and Inamed Corp.'s silicone breast implants aren't any safer than when U.S. regulators banned earlier devices 13 years ago, patients and doctors told government advisers today.
Health insurers refuse to cover women who have had breast implants, said Pam Dowd of Boise, Idaho. She and her 22-year-old daughter Brenna said they drove almost 2,500 miles in a 1984 Southwind motor home to the hearing at their own expense. Dowd attributed years of health problems, including pain in her bones, to three ruptured silicone implants.
``What is the toxic secret that the insurance companies know but are not sharing?'' Dowd said. ``I am 57, uninsured and uninsurable.''
Click here for full article.
Specifically, these data estimate that 93% of breast cancer reconstruction patients should expect at least one broken implant, 38% of augmentation patients, and 66% of women who replace previous breast implants with new ones.
Click here for full article.
FDA scientists studied women who had silicone breast implants for at least six years, and found that women with extracapsular silicone leakage were significantly more likely to report a diagnosis of painful and debilitating diseases such as fibromyalgia.(ii) Extracapsular leakage was evaluated using an MRI.
Click here for full article.
Health Canada has held private meetings with plastic surgeons and other experts to discuss ending a 13-year-old voluntary ban on controversial silicone gel-filled breast implants, CanWest News Services has learned.
"I want to know, why is it private? If there is nothing to hide, then why did Health Canada keep those meetings hidden?" asks Joyce Attis, president of Breast Implant Line of Canada, a support group for women who have had breast implants.
Click here for full article.
Director, Humantics Foundation
Sanity Prevails at the FDA ... Happenings from the October 2003 Inamed Silicone Gel Hearings
FDA Panel Head, Dr. Thomas Whalen advises FDA to "ignore the vote."
(Unfortunately, the FDA denied this petition even though the information and recommendations in it are excellent and should be implemented.)
To view the transcripts of this monumental October FDA meeting, click here.
LA TIMES (article needs registration)
"Long-term safety, the concern that prompted the removal from the market 11
Important Links regarding the FDA Panel's decision to recommend "safety approval" to Inamed silicone gel implants on October 15, 2003.
Note from Ilena end of August, 2004.
I apologize for not keeping this page up ... I'm going to be remedying that soon.
As we know ... the FDA forunately did NOT approve Inamed's silicone breast implants in January of this year ... largely due to the courageous letter from Dr. Whalen, who was heading the panel. His letter is here ... and says so much.
Currently (early October, 2003) silicone manufacturer, Inamed, is pushing both the FDA and Health Canada to give safety approval on their latest version of their "new & improved" silicone gel breast implant. They wish them to base this "approval" on only two years of medical trials. The FDA has scheduled October 14 & 15th for these trials.
Click here for 3 recent articles on this.
for USA article on this of 9/30/03.
Our silicone support group is filled with thousands of women ... now ill and scarred ... who got the earlier "new & improved" implants.
Click here for Public Citizen's viewpoint.
Here is a link to Public Citizen's website, where you can write the FDA requesting longterm "trials" before safety disapproval or approval is evaluated.
To give input to the FDA directly, here are their addresses.
Long time Dutch advocate, Marlou Boots
with a small part of her collection of "explants."
2.25.03 With much sadness, we announce the loss of another beloved sister,
Addie Dee Parks. Our heart goes out to her beloved husband, Mark and all her friends and family who love her.
January 1, 2003
Dear Friends ...
The end of 2002 brought some of the most outrageous and deceitful propaganda that we had seen for years in the breast implant controversy.
From Good Morning America pushing the potentially very dangerous "cohesive" gel implants ... to Junk Journalist and corporate flack Steve Milloy's attempt to deny the indisputable science against his Sponsors, the year ended with a thud for the women harmed by breast implants.
You might want to bookmark this page ... I'll be doing frequent updates, but am unable to continue my support lists at the present time.
I'm currently in Latin America ... where silicone implants are being pushed as if there were safe ...
Love from Ilena
Sherrill Sellman, author of Hormone Heresy, Interviews Ilena Rosenthal
2/4/2003 Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks! by Ilena on Womensenews.com
Dow Bankruptcy Information
LATEST UPDATE on Dow Bankruptcy from the Tort Claimaints Committee.
LATEST UPDATE on Dow Bankruptcy from the Settlement facility.
February 25, 2003 Click here for Annex A ... a 115 page pdf file entitled Dow Corning Settlement Program and Claims Resolution Procedures: Settlement Facility and Fund Distribution Agreement
February 25, 2003 - Settlement Facility and Fund Distribution Agreement (39 pages)
Click here for explanation of Judge Hood's 1/9/2003 Order regarding early mailing of forms in February, 2003.
Click here for pdf file of Judge Hood's 36 page Order of 12/11/2002 on Dow Bankruptcy (must have Adobe Reader)
1/20/2003 Parliament to adopt position on breast implants
European Parliament resolution on the Commission (opens pdf file)
Toronto PS charged with using banned silicon injections
Beware the witch's chin, excerpt:
"Some illegal practitioners use silicone instead of Botox because it is cheaper," Prawit said.
silicone will later cause the skin to look uneven and bumpy and in some cases
will gather at the chin (creating a point) like a witch's chin."
Taking beauty standards to extremes by Dr. Zuckerman
1/7/2003 U.S. Seeks Share of Breast Implant Payout
1/7/2003 Dow Corning's Counsel Faces Deposition in Shareholder Suit
1/5/2003 NYTimes ... silicone lies
Quote from NYTimes article:
. In the case of silicone breast implants, for instance, the science is quite definitive: these implants do not cause any major diseases. Yet that made no difference in the lawsuits, which took off on the wings of sympathetic female plaintiffs, a product fallen into social disrepute and a highly evolved, well-finance
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