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Anne Ziegenhorn, co-founder of The Implant Truth Survivors Committee, told her story to a television news station in Florida the first week of December 2015. With 48 hours her story went viral. You can read her story and watch the videos here and read what her daughter has to say about those who experience disability and discrimination here.
Evidence Lacking About Breast Implants This article clearly states there is NOT enough evidence to say implants are safe and the FDA and plastic surgeons have not proved they offer enough information for women to sign an informed consent form. They do not list the ingredients although you can find that here.
This battle for women’s health has been going on for decades. Read this article from 1997 here: Implant Victims Won’t Give Up the Fight
Susan Kolb a medical doctor who is uniquely qualified to tell this story because she has a specialty in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as extensive training in holistic medicine. Furthermore, both silicone and saline breast implants have been in her body, and she confronted the health challenges such prosthetic devices can produce. While her story is very personal, it also reflects the experience of hundreds of thousands of other women. The story she tells involves multinational corporations, public health concerns and governmental organizations that have betrayed the very people they are charged with protecting. Suppressed research, legal battles, government hearings, political corruption and corporate greed are part of this saga. Yet it is also about healing, for it contains the promise that those involved will learn greater responsibility. As Dr. Kolb says, “Sometimes we all have to learn the hard way.”
At a time when people are fed up with big government and big corporations that drown out the voice of the everyday man and woman, The D.I.R.T. Committee stands up and shouts on behalf of every woman who has suffered at the hands of Dow Corning or any other corporation that sells harmful products at the expense of women’s health and lives. In an Erin Brockovich sort of way, this book empowers all women and provides them with a voice. Slick brochures filled with promises of safety, nods of assurance from surgeons, and their own strong desire for better self-esteem were often the last bits of affirmation that thousands of women relied on before making their final decision regarding breast augmentation. Many of them had done their research, and all of the information available to them indicated that the Dow Corning prostheses were harmless. Most of the women were very sick before they found out what Dow Corning knew right from the beginning – the implants were not safe. The D.I.R.T. Committee is the true story of one woman, but could’ve been the story of any woman who was implanted with Dow Corning’s prostheses. Gail Hamilton’s story, from implant to illness and fight for survival, to investigation of incriminating Dow documents, to Dow settlement, runs parallel to the Dow Corning chemical gel breast protheses story. The book contains well researched Dow Corning documentation and statements that, in themselves, tell the story of how Dow quite accidentally created the “safe” chemical gel. The implants made many women sick and were sometimes even responsible for the deaths of women. The documents also paint a sad picture of how Dow spun media reports and studies, and punished whistle blowers and journalists that dared to inform the public and provide timely, accurate information. The lives and health of the women depended on this shielded information. As a result, lives were lost, marriages and families were destroyed, careers were abandoned, and financial ruin was common for implanted women who had once been healthy, thriving, individuals.
Explant Info A positive community providing women with loving support, education and practical advice on all breast implant and explant related topics
Toxic Discovery Toxic Discovery is made up of medical, environmental professionals who are dedicated to disseminating information concerning chemical injury and medical dvice failures. Toxic Discovery coordinates Support Groups, supports “Advocacy” efforts, encourages networking, maintains a “Clearing House” of research data, promotes educational seminars, and provides appropriate referrals to medical and legal professionals when requested. Toxic Discovery is listed with the FDA, NIH and other Federal Organizations. Toxic Discovery has been successful in lobbying for laws to protect women and children’s health.