|"I WANT MY MAMMOGRAM!"
shrieks a radio listener like a child.
The tantrum occurs on a talk show
during my 1990 book tour for When Technology Wounds.
Also like a
child, the woman carries zero awareness of likely precedents to her
susceptibility to breast cancer:
like synthetic hormones and pesticides.
Or the radiation from last year's mammogram.
disjuncture of mass society does not propagate the kind of thinking that would
unify the parts of the whole.
It severs instead.
It scatters and lays ground for engaging and defending only one
fragment at a time." - Chellis Glendinning
Conclusion: In depth understanding of the host
response to biomaterials is
needed in order to engineer materials that
perform suitably in their applications.
When biomaterial and medical devices are
surgically implanted into the body, a series of molecular and cellular events
lead to its encapsulation and isolation from surrounding tissue.
"I have this sinking feeling that after the victory
handed to medical device manufacturers on a silver platter by the United
States Supreme Court decision in Riegel v.
Medtronic, they are in need of even more oversight and
circumspection." - Michael
B. Mundorff 02/08/09
The repetition of
objectified female imagery has damaged perception of femininity to such a
degree that an alarming number of women think its necessary to surgically
alter their bodies to be acceptable.
apparent danger of using animal serums foreign to human beings and animal
serums foreign to other animals is reported in medical literature when
lambs blood is unsuccessfully used in a
human blood transfusion.
1963 In a National Institutes of Health sponsored
study, a researcher transplants a baboon kidney
into a human and the experiment fails.
first baboon-to-human transplants
So they attempt to use chimpanzee
A brief history of cross-species organ
1976 Medical Device Regulation
Class I - General Controls for devices considered as low
risks for human use.
Class II - Performance Standards for devices
considered as moderate risks for human use.
Class III - Premarket
Approval for devices considered as high risks for human use.
If you are
a device maker it is ideal to get your device classified as I or
United States Supreme Court rules that
any medical device manufacturer whose medical device has been approved for use
by the FDA may not be sued even if the
medical device fails to
perform as advertised.
"I have enlarged the breasts of
thousands of women with silicone implants since they were first introduced in
I even wrote articles in favor of silicone.
came to see me in 1992. At age 32, she had at least three breast surgeries, and
each time her breasts became rock-hard and painful. We replaced the silicone
with smooth saline implants. Within a short time these too became hard, as did
the next set. Paula insisted on having her implants removed. She would not heed
my warnings about deformity and scarring, which we had all been told inevitably
follows removal without replacement.
To my surprise,
she looked terrific - normal, albeit
smaller - and she felt better.
Paula's problem turned out to be common:
Most breasts with silicone gel implants become hard with time. It's called
capsular contracture. All foreign objects in the body get encapsulated - just
as the tissue around a thorn gets hard - until the foreign body is removed.
Women with capsular contracture often end up with disfigured breasts and pain.
Recently I saw Helen S., 71, who had implants 23 years ago. Her breasts
also had hardened and become painful. In addition, an MRI showed rupture of the
implants and calcification of the surrounding scar tissue. When I removed the
implants, the cavity was filled with gooey, liquid silicone that had ruptured;
there was virtualy no implant wall left.
In the last 14 years, I have
removed implants from almost 1,000 women.
I have found roughly 50% of their
implants have ruptured within 10 years, and more than 70% have ruptured within
We are still not sure of all the places where the
micro-droplets of silicone end up, though I have found it in
these known hazards, the FDA, under pressure from implant manufacturers,
plastic surgeons and patients, is allowing as of January 2007, a next
generation of silicone implants in women age 22 and over.
women's health, the FDA will require women who receive implants to have regular
MRls and has recommended that the implants be replaced every 10
It is a
pity that women will become
the experimental lab rats for these
Most plastic surgeons
vehemently deny any connection
between health complaints and leaking silicone implants.
I have seen a
disturbing number of patients with symptoms, including
joint pain, muscle pain,
skin rashes, disturbed sleep
patterns, depression and hair
loss, that clear up when implants are removed.
Last year, I
completed a review of the last 500 gel implant removals I performed, and found
that more than half the women had similar symptoms, ranging from mild to
artificial breasts are a deformity that flouts medical
standards and plastic surgeons definition of "cosmetic" - often encouraged by
the media, which celebrates
these water balloons for self-esteem. I no longer perform cosmetic breast
augmentation." - Edward Melmed, MD
breast implants have a higher-than-average risk of underlying psychological
Women with breast implants are three times more likely to
kill themselves according to British Medical Journal.
"The slippery slope is if you go to a surgeon to
solve self-esteem problems
they will not be fixed." - Psychiatrist Mark I. Levy,
University of California, San Francisco
One the best examples of the
way in which science was disregarded by
Bush, just like his father
before him, is the way in which an advertising campaign was gutted to
placate the processed food industry
at the expense of the health of tens of millions of Americans.
Health and Human Services Department had prepared a series of public
service announcements touting the benefits of breast feeding.
food processors that manufacture infant formula heard about the public service
announcements they contacted GW Bush administration officials and had the
public announcement campaign "softened."
Information based on valid
scientific research that would have made it likely for women to chose breast
feeding over infant formula is withdrawn.
It is well known within the
medical and scientific communities that breast fed infants are more healthy
than those fed infant formula.
Unfortunately most American women do not
have the information necessary to make an
informed decision about
2006 Over a billion dollars worth of infant
formula is sold in the US.
Formula fed infants
likely to develop asthma;
64% more likely to develop
50% more likely to develop inner
40% more likely to develop
36% more likely to
experience sudden death syndrome;
20% more likely to develop
"The problem with formula companies is that they're
marketing a product clearly
inferior to breast
Lawrence M. Gartner, American Academy of Pediatrics
1997 American Academy of Pediatrics
issues a policy statement crediting breast milk with reducing the incidence or
severity of bacterial infections,
sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes,
obesity and some
No infant formula can compete, nutritionally or
immunologically, with human mammary milk tailored to the precise needs of
individual human infants.
Human mammary milk is tailored to the precise
needs of individual human infants as the mother has been exposed to the
proteins in the
environment and passes that recognition on to her offspring through
antigens in her breast milk.
2008 Animals and
humans digesting melamine develop
In China 50,000 children are sickened.
At least four
infants die after consuming
melamine tainted infant formula.
Why is melamine in baby formula, your food - and your pets'
April 3, 2009 Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) has found that 15 brands of infant formula are
contaminated with perchlorate.
Two brands account for 87% of milk based
infant formula US sales.
a potent thyroid toxin that
may interfere with fetal and infant brain development.
The study found
that reconstituting the formula with water that has levels as low as 4ppb of
perchlorate would cause 54% of infants to exceed "safe" dosage levels of the
2010 Lanzhou University finds ingestion of
melamine leads to rapid
aggregation of metabolites cyanuric acid diamide (ammeline) and cyanuric acid
building uric acid kidney
stones which lead to renal failure.
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