Breast Implants: Recovery & Discovery
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Petition to halt FDA's decision on allowing silicone gel breast
EXCERPTS: We identified 339 reports that described maternal-child adverse events.
Nearly half of these reports (46%) described actual problems with breastfeeding or expressed concern that implants would be unsafe or interfere with breastfeeding.
Forty-four percent of reports (n = 149) described either nonspecific or specific signs, symptoms, or illnesses in children.
An additional 3.5% of reports (n = 12) detailed a congenital anomaly believed by the reporter to be caused by breast implants.
By Diana Zuckerman, Ph. D.
Plastic Surgeons have very selective memories. I spoke to one here in San Diego once who claimed he had "never had a problem" with breast implants. Some months later, I was at a breast implant support group meeting with several of his breast implant patients. He had assured all of them that their myriad of health problems had nothing to do with their implants.
If a Plastic Surgeon inserts just 2 pair of implants a week ... that's over a half a million dollars annually coming in to their coffers in implant revenue alone.
Multiply that many times for income from dozens of sets of implants, not to mention all the other surgeries they do, and it's easily a multi-million dollar business if they believe they are 'safe.'
Further, when women finally decide to remove their implants all together, the "warranty" from the manufacturer is useless. Women must cover this operation, often nearing $10,000 themselves.
This research does not get the airplay the 'positive' industsy funded studies do.
Recently, many, many reports have been coming out about industry paying supposively unbiased scientists who then write positive outcomes for the so-called studies. This has definitely been integral in the breast implant researchers.
There is so much at stake ... future implant sales as well as ongoing and future litigation.
Many of the studies have been utterly useless. One Mentor Corporation study had a dismal 5% follow up! Click here. Women have been systematically removed from implant studies when they removed their implants for any reason. There is no incentive to follow up on the women by the plastic surgeons.
True scientists and doctors uncovering the problems have been put under intense scrutiny and fired or harassed out of business. Click here to read Dr. Bernard M Patten's Memoirs of a Junk Scientist. There are many other such histories. Dr. Pierre Blais in Canada lost his high position at Health Canada because of exposing the dangers of implants.
Dr. Diana Zuckerman clearly explains here:
Further, the breast implant industry merges their vast Public Relations Budgets with those of the oil, tobacco, cell phone, vaccination and food industries (to name but a few) fill all medium with their Industry point of view. Junkscience.com and ACSH.org and all their frontgroups are very well represented in the Wired World Wide Web.
These tactics have been honed to perfection by the largest PR corporation in the world, Burson Marsteller. Several documents have surfaced revealing their PR Campaign in the early 90's when all the silicone related injuries began to surface. Click here for this one:
The Humantics Foundation and our international support group have spent years sending in petitions and providing links for our members and readers. I attended an FDA Teleconference La Jolla some years ago along with Marlene Keeling of CANDO, who has been researching the platinum issue about implanted women and their offspring.
We keep a link for women to report to the FDA their complications and surgeries and re-surgeries and regularly encourage them to do so. Check box below. To date, there have been well over a quarter of a million adverse reports sent to the FDA and we are aghast that these device could still be considered safe. On our website homepage and email support lists, we regularly provide links to various petitions to the FDA and various government officials.
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