Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Disappearing Male ? ? ?

Studies show rise in birth defects, infertility among men

by Sonja Puzic, Windsor Star

Are males becoming an endangered species????????

That's the question scientists and researchers have been pondering since alarming trends in male fertility rates, birth defects and disorders began emerging around the world. More and more boys are being born with genital defects and are suffering from learning disabilities, autism and Tourette's syndrome, among other disorders. Read the full and very upsetting article here.

Dearest Friends,
As new studies are leaking out about the very, very real harm of cell phones to young people ... (see this study from Israeli scientist, Siegal Sadetzki, Cellular Phone Use and Risk of Benign and Malignant Parotid Gland Tumors A Nationwide Case-Control Study. ), the false claims that cell phones are 'safe' are intensified.

Unfortunately for the health of so many living things we love ... we are up against massive public relations budgets. In the early 90's, the vaccination & cell phone & breast implant & chemical industries (and many more) pooled their massive PR (propaganda) resources. The lawsuit I won in the Supreme Court of California was waged by a group who fill the internet with pharmaceutical and chemical industry propaganda. They try to destroy the lives of fine scientists and activists and doctors, mislabeling them as 'quacks' or 'junk scientists' and wage ubiquitous legal and smear battles against us. Here is a list of this team who mimic George Orwell's 1984 Ministry of Truth.

They claim that homeopathy and chiropractic are dangerous and vaccinations and chemicals 'safe'. They 'viewpoint' is 'industry friendly' while they attempt to bomb google with junk (industry) science. Much like Tobacco Science, Vaccination or Chemical Science takes years of work to bring to light what the corporations have hidden. Much of my work with women harmed by breast implants dealt with exposing hidden studies showing the breast implant industry knew their products would be harmful. Please read The Silicone Smokescreen which was published in the San Diego Business Journal to see how industry has nearly perfected their art of delusions. One of most revealing series I've ever seen is a BBC documentaryThe Century of the Self which interlaces how Freud's nephew brought brilliance and ways to sell, sell, sell, sell, sell, sell and sell ... to my generation ... and yours.

Here's another really good piece by Sloan Barnett, What's Making Our Kids Sick ? ? ?

As a new mood of positivity and hope embrace our World at the moment ... I share a prayer that health concerns about cell phones, vaccinations, amalgams, breast implants, and various chemicals be brought to light to a much higher degree of awareness.


With love from Ilena

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Gorgeous visuals of our Mother ...

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

COUP FOR VACCINATION INDUSTRY: Vaccine Makers Shielded From Autism Liability Lawsuit

I apologize for having to report such disturbing news ... and wish to thank Injury Board for covering this issue so well.

This is bad, bad news for the untold millions of humans damaged by medical devices including breast implants, heart devices etc. etc. etc.), and pharmaceuticals (including vaccinations, Vioxx like deadly drugs etc).

The consequences for the families whose children are not only first injured by these high profit products ... then oft left penniless with an ill / injured child is inhumane.

Please help raise awareness to this disaster ...

An 11-year-old boy with autism and his family cannot proceed with their case against pharmaceutical companies after a judge ruled that federal law pre-empts state claims against companies if their vaccines are FDA-approved. Full article click here.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Life is a garden ...

life is a garden,
not a road
we enter and exit
through the same gate
where we go matters less
than what we notice
~ Bokonon ~
(The Lost Book) Thanks to Lucky
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Prince Charles warns GM crops risk causing the biggest-ever environmental disaster

By Jeff Randall
Last Updated: 2:01pm BST 12/08/2008

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The mass development of genetically modified crops risks causing the world's worst environmental disaster, The Prince of Wales has warned.
In his most outspoken intervention on the issue of GM food, the Prince said that multi-national companies were conducting an experiment with nature which had gone "seriously wrong".

He accused firms of conducting a "gigantic experiment I think with nature and the whole of humanity which has gone seriously wrong".

"Why else are we facing all these challenges, climate change and everything?".
The Prince of Wales: 'If that is the future, count me out'  

Relying on "gigantic corporations" for food, he said, would result in "absolute disaster". 
More here..

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Monday, August 04, 2008

INJURY BOARD: U.S. Lacks Warning System on Artificial Joints

Excellent article here from Injury Board.

Upton Sinclair said it best: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

Earlier articles revealed that as part of a settlement agreement with the United States attorney in Newark, the five largest manufacturers of artificial joints released records showing they paid physicians and hospitals more than $200 million this year. Some doctors promoting these devices received nearly $2,000,000 in one year alone. How unbiased can this be?

Daily, we see plastic surgeons and med device public relations people thoughout the interwebs promoting implants and other expensive surgeries ... how much do they earn ?

This excellent CBS piece, discussed how much the vaccination industry promoters receive hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A related article can be read here: Medical Device Makers Settle Kickbacks Probe for $311M.

With the various media being filled with industry voices disguised as unbiased writers, our health decisions are put at risk.

Prominent Breast Implant / Fen-Phen Attorney, Rick Laminack, accused as 'Sexual Predator' & for 'Defrauding' Clients

Thank you, Toxic Discovery for this information.
Robinson brings broader allegations involving fen-phen litigation against the defendants. Robinson, a Magnolia, Texas, woman who worked on fen-phen litigation while employed at the firms, alleges the defendants engaged in mail fraud under 18 U.S.C. §1962 for mailing settlement statements to fen-phen clients that contained overcharges for medical records. Robinson alleges "firm employees would order fictitious medical records" for clients from health-care providers that had never treated those clients, and then the firms added $100 to $150 to the expenses deducted from the clients' portion of their fen-phen settlements for those "fictitious medical records." She alleges the record companies would then pay a "kickback" to employees of the firms.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Plastic Surgery News from HADCORP ... Thanks to Pamela!

HADCORP NEWS: July 20, 2008

Leading Story

Top TV surgeon pays six-figure damages to woman who had a stroke during facelift

Daily Mail
By Chris Brooke
Last updated at 7:52 AM on 18th July 2008

A plastic surgeon has agreed a six-figure compensation payout to a woman who suffered a stroke during a facelift operation.

Diane Newbould, 53, sued Jan Stanek for negligence after she was left severely disabled, unable to speak properly and in need of lifetime care.

Mr Stanek, well-known through his role on a reality TV series, is also being sued by BBC newsreader Kate Silverton after laser treatment forced her to stay off work with an allegedly bloated face.

Mrs Newbould will never recover from the facelift and liposculpture operation at a private London hospital in January 2002.

Mr Stanek was accused of failing to take properly into account her medical history and health by going ahead with the surgery.

Yesterday Mrs Newbould's counsel, Simeon Maskrey QC, told London's High Court that Mr Stanek and the anaesthetist, who was also being sued, had agreed to a substantial settlement.

Although the payout amount was kept confidential, her solicitor, Janet Baker, revealed outside court it is 'a significant, six-figure sum'. The settlement was agreed without any admission of liability.

Based in Wimpole Street, London, Mr Stanek is considered to be a leading surgeon and has a high public profile after appearing in the Five series Plastic Fantastic, and the Channel 4 programme 10 Years Younger.

In documents before the court, Mrs Newbould's lawyers alleged not enough account was taken of her 'poor medical history'.
She was obese, a heavy smoker and her medical problems included bronchitis and hypertension.

They claimed she should have been told to 'undergo significant lifestyle changes' - particularly to lose weight and cut down on cigarettes - before surgery.

Mr Maskrey told the court that Mrs Newbould, formerly from Sheffield, was cared for after surgery by her husband, until that became impossible when he suffered two strokes.

The couple recently moved to southern Spain, where Mrs Newbould is cared for by her daughter and son-in-law.

Mr Justice Cranston approved the settlement after a brief hearing today. The family was not in court.

Miss Baker said after the hearing that the family were 'very happy' that the matter had been settled and the payout would be used to cover the costs of future care.

In January Miss Silverton reportedly instructed lawyers to begin legal action after she had treatment at Mr Stanek's clinic.

She said: 'I was told it would be a routine procedure and I'd be back to work in days.

'The treatment, however, caused a massive skin reaction.'
Mr Stanek, an Oxford-educated fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, is a frequent lecturer on 'aesthetic surgery' and has published journal articles and books.

His practice's website refers to operations on more than 10,000 patients in the past 20 years and treatments offered include tummy tucks and breast and cheek implants.

Cosmetic doc fired for 'impairment'

Two other Beth Israel allegations date to '01

Boston Herald
United States
By Jessica Fargen
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has fired a high-profile plastic surgeon - who once criticized third-rate cosmetic doctors during a "Dateline NBC" expose - after an "impairment" issue during a surgery he conducted last month.

Dr. Loren J. Borud, 44, was fired effective Friday, the hospital said in a statement. The firing came two days after the Herald began inquiries into two previous allegations of impairment involving Borud that date to 2001. Two medical sources said Borud had been disciplined internally by the hospital twice in the past seven years.

The Board of Registration in Medicine, which investigates complaints against Massachusetts doctors, has been notified, the hospital said.

Borud was suspended June 30 following a June 27 incident at the hospital, said Kenneth Sands, the facility's senior vice president of health care quality. He would not say when the decision was made to fire Borud.

He also would not specify the nature of Borud's "impairment."

"This is a timely action related to timely events," Sands said.

The Borud incident occurred three days before an unrelated wrong-site surgery was performed at the Harvard-affiliated hospital, prompting a state investigation.

Borud runs Loren J. Borud Plastic Surgery, which operates out of Beth Israel and offers Botox, breast implants, liposuction and other cosmetic procedures.

According to his business Web site, Borud is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a full-time faculty member at Harvard Medical School, teaching in the Plastic Surgery Residency Program.
"We pride ourselves on providing the individual care and attention of a private practice setting with the impeccable safety standards and resources of a top-tier Harvard hospital," the site says of Borud, who appeared in a 2005 "Dateline NBC" report on third-rate cosmetic surgery abroad.

Telephone and e-mail messages left for Borud on Friday and yesterday were not returned. He did not answer the door at the home in Newton listed as his address.

Borud is on medical leave "at the moment," according to an automatic e-mail reply generated from Borud's hospital account yesterday. His attorney, Bruce Singal, declined to comment.

In an interview Thursday, Sands declined to comment on Borud's work history. Asked if the hospital knew of alleged impairment issues prior to June 27, Sands replied:

"We followed all required and recommended processes, making use of the Physician Health Services in Massachusetts," a program of the Massachusetts Medical Society. "That is considered the best option in these cases."

Physician Health Services is a nonprofit corporation that provides confidential consultation and support to physicians, residents and medical students facing health concerns related to alcoholism, substance abuse and behavioral or mental-health issues.

Borud's "physician profile" on the Web site for the Board of Registration in Medicine lists no record of reportable hospital disciplinary action in the past 10 years.

By law, hospitals are required to notify the Board of Registration of suspension of privileges imposed on a physician, said Russell Aims, a spokesman for the board.

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, who directs the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, the consumer safety group founded by Ralph Nader, said what's made known to the public about physician behavior can sometimes differ from reality.

"Why should a patient not know that a physician in whose hands they are placing themselves has a substance-abuse problem, particularly when they are allowed to continue operating?" he said, speaking generally and not about this particular case.

"Wouldn't you as a patient like to know whether this doctor has a substance-abuse problem? There is a strong argument from a patient perspective that once someone has problems serious enough to go into a treatment program and they are practicing medicine it should be made public," Wolfe said.

Cowboy clinics 'will scar thousands'

Plans to end inspections of cosmetic surgeries is likely to lead to many more patients being burnt or seriously scarred, admits government report
Denis Campbell and Rowan Walker
The Observer, Sunday July 20, 2008

Thousands of people undergoing laser treatment could be left with burns and scars as a result of government plans to end inspections of clinics, the Department of Health has admitted.

Up to 3,400 more patients could be harmed by cosmetic procedures to remove a mole, tattoo or unwanted hair, according to a consultation paper on the move drawn up by Whitehall officials themselves. The change, which critics claim will allow cowboy operators to open premises that have poor safety standards because they would no longer need to apply for a licence, comes into effect on 1 October.

A two-page appendix to the paper, headed 'Deregulation of lasers and lights - possible effect on the number of adverse incidents', said that harmful outcomes may double. It reads: 'Laser and light treatments ... are potentially harmful and they will generate adverse incidents ... Deregulation would generate an extra 1,700-3,400 adverse incidents per year.' There are already an estimated 3,400 each year.

'It's shocking that the government is prepared to countenance thousands more people being injured as a result of this deregulation - and it's an astonishing thing to admit,' said David Gault, a consultant plastic surgeon who specialises in laser treatments. 'While some of these "adverse incidents" involve only minor scarring or pigmentation, people's sight can also be damaged by a powerful laser being shone into their eyes. The psychological harm from these things happening is, in my view, harsher than the physical damage people suffer,' added Gault, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons' spokesman on the issue.

Skin laser treatments are a booming area of the cosmetic surgery industry, with an estimated 340,000 performed in England alone annually. They are also used to remove wrinkles, freckles and unsightly 'spider veins'. Previously only found in specialist hospitals, laser machines are increasingly used in beauty salons and hairdressers. Ministers have been criticised for scrapping the existing system whereby the Healthcare Commission, the NHS watchdog for England, inspects and monitors the safety of the 900-plus laser clinics.

Critics have argued that the change, designed to lighten the commission's workload, will end up costing more money than is saved.

The paper said: 'Based on the estimate of increasing the number of adverse incidents by between 1,700 and 3,400 cases, this represents a yearly extra cost of treating these cases of between £900,000 and £1.8m.' The costs, it added, were likely to fall on the NHS.

That compares with £1.4m a year spent by the watchdog conducting initial inspections of laser surgery premises when they first register, monitoring annual self-assessment forms submitted by clinics and carrying out a further safety visit to all 922 licensed premises every five years.

Health campaigner Jenny Driscoll of the consumer organisation Which?, which has exposed malpractice in the cosmetic surgery industry, said: 'It's shameful and absolutely inexplicable that the government is introducing a policy that it admits will ultimately lead to more people being harmed. It's shocking that it could do this, especially when so many people have said "don't do this because more people will be harmed if you do".'

Even the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, which represents cosmetic surgery operators, is opposed. 'The government's proposal means that anyone could purchase low-cost, low-quality non-approved equipment and operate it anywhere without any training or safety considerations on vulnerable adults as well as children,' said spokesman Paul Stapleton.

In a letter last week to Which? the health minister Ben Bradshaw defended the plan as 'the right way to proceed'.

A department spokeswoman said the planned deregulation of laser treatment clinics was part of wider moves to 'ensure regulation [of independent healthcare facilities] remains proportionate to the risks'.

'I felt burning ... it looked like a disease'

Danielle Brown, a 31-year-old PA, tells of the after-effects of laser treatment.

'A friend of mine had her hair removed by laser at a clinic on the south coast and she looked amazing, I wanted the same. On arrival at the clinic, they gave me a patch test. I was supposed to wait 24 hours, but within an hour I was receiving treatment, which lasted five hours.
'I had a bit of tingling, but the laser was only set at a low frequency.

The second time I went I felt burning almost straight away. The power on the laser had been increased and I got badly burnt on my arms, under arms, bikini line, on the back of my legs. I was told it was normal and I would need eight sessions. The next day the burns started to blister up , my skin was popping. I rang the clinic to explain but they weren't interested. I looked like I had a disease and everybody asked me what had happened.

'It wasn't until I went to another clinic two years later, that I realised the machine that they had used on my Sudanese skin was meant for white skin only. I think I will be scarred for life.'

Dying patient left alone for 30 minutes

Court documents detail death of realtor; college had concerns about risks at cosmetic clinic

Hamilton Spectator
July 19, 2008

The young real-estate agent who died last year after a liposuction procedure at a Toronto doctor's office was lying in a recovery room for 30 minutes with no vital signs before anyone called 911, according to allegations filed in court.

Documents detailing the death of realtor Krista Stryland also show that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario had concerns about risks to patients being treated at Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar's busy cosmetic clinic as far back as 2002.

And just over two months before Stryland's death, another patient had serious complications after five litres of fat were liposuctioned from three body parts in a single session, according to court documents. The college alleges that Yazdanfar previously told the college that she only removes under two litres of fat at a time, and only performs liposuction on one body area per procedure. That patient survived and her family has complained to the college as well.

Stryland, 32, died on Sept. 20, 2007. The young mother had gone to the Toronto Cosmetic Clinic for liposuction. Both the hospital doctor who later tried to revive her and the coroner suggest the delay could have contributed to her death.

The college is seeking a court order to compel Yazdanfar's co-operation in its investigation of her medical practice. The court hearing is Tuesday. In support of the application, the college has filed hundreds of pages of documents. Some remain subject to a publication ban or have portions blacked out. This story is based on documents in the public domain.

Yazdanfar is not accredited as a plastic surgeon and holds no surgical designation. A Star investigation last fall documented the college's dithering around regulation of the rapidly expanding field of cosmetic surgery.

Today, hundreds of MDs without recognized surgical training continue to perform cosmetic procedures in private offices over which the college has limited oversight.

The court documents reveal a lengthy history of college involvement in Yazdanfar's practice.

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd, a Toronto lawyer representing Yazdanfar, said each of the issues raised by the college over the past six years was "addressed and rectified."

"(Stryland) suffered her unfortunate complication in the recovery room. The surgery went perfectly fine. It was in recovery that something happened to the patient. The patient took a very sudden downturn that had to be dealt with as an emergency," Tremayne-Lloyd said.

Back in 2002, the college looked into a complaint about her lack of formal training. Yazdanfar told investigators she had taken "a course in liposuction in Colorado the previous spring and had been performing the procedure since then," court records show. Because the college had no specific standards for cosmetic surgery, the investigator concluded the doctor's training was "adequate but not extensive."

The next year, a college-appointed plastic surgeon was asked to assess Yazdanfar's practice. He concluded she had the "skill, knowledge and judgment to safely practice liposuction," but found several areas where her practice fell "below an acceptable standard of care."

For example, the assessment report said Yazdanfar's assistant, an Iranian nurse, "is not actually a registered nurse in Ontario and has not taken the College of Nurses Licensing exams." The report called Yazdanfar's practice of delegating duties such as infusions (giving fluids by intravenous) to the nurse "an unacceptable standard of practice."

Documents filed in court by Yazdanfar indicate those problems were subsequently remedied.

Other documents in the file raise alarm bells about patient safety in the years leading up to Stryland's death.

A college letter to Yazdanfar in April, 2004, stated the college was "quite troubled by the lengthy list of deficiencies at your facility, relating to sterilization and infection control practices, lack of appropriate equipment and room allocation."

A follow-up assessment last year found the cleanliness issues had been dealt with.

Throughout the documents, the college raises issues common to its general concern about unregulated surgeries.

For example, in 2006, a college-appointed assessor raised concerns about the use of anesthesia in a private clinic where the normal "protective envelope" of a hospital is missing.

"Dr. Yazdanfar does not have hospital privileges," the assessment report says. "She should therefore have at the very least, a standing relationship with the surgical department of a hospital that would guarantee the efficient, speedy and safe transportation of her patient to that hospital for ongoing surgical care in the event that it would be necessary. Instead, Dr. Yazdanfar would refer her patients to the Emergency department and depend on the medical personnel in that department to make appropriate decisions about the management of her surgical patients. When surgical complications arise requiring transfer and admission the process should be as seamless and efficient as possible."

Two months before Stryland's death, a 66-year-old patient had complications after liposuction surgery performed by Yazdanfar, the court records allege.

In a complaint to the college filed by Francine Mendelson's daughter, she alleges her mother's "fluid loss was staggering, and the fact that she was sent home in that condition was truly unbelievable," states the complaint by daughter Dr. Stacey Mendelson, a veterinarian.

The Mendelsons allege that when Francine visited her family doctor 12 days later, he immediately sent her to emergency at North York General Hospital where staff performed an ECG that indicated serious cardiac abnormalities. She was admitted and spent five days under the care of a cardiologist. The college records allege that five litres (5,050 ml) of fat was taken from the woman's abdomen, lower back and upper back in a single session. The college alleges that Yazdanfar previously told college officials she only operates on one body area per session, and only removes one to two litres of fat at a time.

Yazdanfar lawyer Tremayne-Lloyd said the Mendelson complaint has been answered in full, including an expert report that indicates "the woman was treated entirely appropriately," and said Yazdanfar "has never breached her undertakings to the college and would never do so."

Two months after Mendelson's procedure, Krista Stryland went to the clinic for liposuction surgery. Following the birth of her only child, she wanted to lose weight. When problems emerged during her operation "the patient deteriorated in the recovery room and there was allegedly some delay in calling 911," according to a memo from a college investigator.

Based on information supplied by a doctor who attempted to resuscitate Stryland, the investigator said the doctor's understanding was that "Mrs. Stryland's vital signs were absent for 30 minutes and then an ambulance was called and Mrs. Stryland was transferred to North York General Hospital. Resuscitation efforts were ongoing for two hours."

The college investigator notes that neither Yazdanfar nor the anaesthetist accompanied Stryland in the ambulance. A nurse from the clinic did come but she was "not present during the case," the investigator's memo said.

In answer to the alleged 30 minute delay in calling 911, Tremayne-Lloyd said both her client and the anaesthetist were still at the clinic after Stryland was moved into the recovery room and "it's my understanding that (the anaesthetist) checked his patient ... I think it's highly improbable that that state of facts will be proven to be true." According to her lawyer, Yazdanfar was in the middle of another surgery, so she sent her most senior registered nurse with Stryland, who had complete knowledge of Stryland's case. "They did the best they could. There is no requirement in law that a physician accompany their patient to hospital."

At the hospital, Stryland was in cardiac arrest. Doctors tried to resuscitate her, and called in Dr. Sean Rice, a certified plastic surgeon.

Rice, in a letter to the college, describes how he called Yazdanfar at her clinic to find out what happened. Yazdanfar "stated that she was a cosmetic surgeon and had performed the operation numerous times in the past." Rice asked her if there was "the potential for a possible puncture to an internal organ" but Yazdanfar said this was not possible. "Dr. Yazdanfar then asked how the patient was doing, I stated it appeared that Mrs. Stryland was not going to survive," Rice's letter to the college says.

Another memo from a college investigator says coroner Dr. James Edwards also raised a concern about a delay in calling 911.

The college's "broad investigation" into Yazdanfar intends to determine whether she has committed "an act of professional misconduct or is incompetent," court records show.

College investigators have asked to observe her performing surgery and interview her about her "knowledge, skill and judgment in cosmetic surgery" and ask questions about "specific cases under review." The college has also requested documents from Yazdanfar including her surgical schedule and information related to two patient testimonials on her website.

Yazdanfar has declined all such requests. Her nursing staff has also declined requests from the college to be interviewed.

When the college issued the summons requiring her to meet with them and produce documents, she also refused, arguing that she is not legally obligated to co-operate with the investigation.

Tremayne-Lloyd said that while Yazdanfar has provided the college with numerous charts, appointment books and other records, she will not submit to an interview or allow a college assessor to watch her practise surgery.

"It is our position that the college wish to go way beyond their legal jurisdiction and way beyond what would be considered legally appropriate. They want to force her to allow a college inspector to stand and watch her and that expert will then become the college expert in a prosecution against her ... The whole thing strains credulity that she should be forced to do that."

Monday, July 14, 2008

Today on Dr. Phil ~ Breast Implants & Morgellons Disease

Note from Health Lover, Ilena Rosenthal:

Thanks to Jussta for this heads up (check out her very interesting
website here). 

Like the many problems from breast implants and vaccinations and
amalgams and MCS, industry mouths for hire are claiming Morgellons is "all
in your head."

I think they just haven't yet figured it out!

Dr. Phil today.

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EXCERPT: Samantha went in for simple breast implants but says she
became a plastic surgery nightmare.
In the past three years, she's had
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

US issues health warning over mercury fillings ... cover-up long a part of 'junk science' propaganda

Note from Ilena Rosenthal:  Vaccinations, mercury fillings, breast implants, fluoride have been proclaimed to be 'safe' and the mutual issues of a huge public relations (propaganda) campaign under the umbrella of 'junk science' or the old timer's word, 'quackery.'

More and more and more ... the cover-ups are being uncovered and the truth of the dangers ... long denied ... verified again.

The FDA (after years of denial) backed by junkscience and quackwatch and NCAHF etc ... re forced to admit:

"Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and foetuses."

They're in millions of mouths worldwide, but have been linked to heart disease and Alzheimer's. Now a report concedes they may have a toxic effect on the body

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Sunday, 29 June 2008

Amalgam dental fillings – which contain the highly toxic metal mercury – pose a health risk, the world's top medical regulatory agency has conceded.

After years of insisting the fillings are safe, the US government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a health warning about them. It represents a landmark victory for campaigners, who say the fillings are responsible for a range of ailments, including heart conditions and Alzheimer's disease.

Earlier this month, in an unprecedented U-turn, the FDA dropped much of its reassuring language on the fillings from its website, substituting: "Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and foetuses." It adds that when amalgam fillings are "placed in teeth or removed they release mercury vapour", and that the same thing happens when chewing. Full article here.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Gay Brain Shows Gender Atypical Traits ~ Asymmetry Seen in Straight Men, Gay Women

Note from Health Lover, Ilena Rosenthal
To this day, there is still much to know about health and sexuality ... and open minds and hearts are an answer.

To this day, there is way, way, way too much homophobia in this wo
rld ~ passive to blatant and everything in between.

Bravo to these scientists for really studying this important issue. Here in California there is a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriages ~ a topic that still divides families and creates less love between them.

By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

June 16, 2008 -- Imaging studies reveal key differences in the brains of gay and straight men and women that could add to the understanding of the biology of homosexuality.

LeVay, who is gay, says the research as a whole makes a strong case for homosexuality being a function of biology and not choice.

"Nothing about the left and right brain has anything to do with sexuality, he says. "The preponderance of research argues rather strongly for a common biological process that is contributing not only to sexual orientation, but to other things as well." More here.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Abraham Cherrix Turns 18 ~ Fought courts for right to use Alternative Therapies

Starchild Abraham Cherrix had plenty of reason to celebrate his 18th birthday yesterday: His family says his latest tests show no signs of the cancer he's battled since 2005.

And for the first time in two years he doesn't have to report those results to the Accomack County court.
More here.
Bravo to Abraham and his family for standing up to the government. It has cost them dearly.

Polar Bear Swims 200 Miles Shot Dead For Its Efforts ... how dare they ? ? ?

Thank you Mark Graffis:

Published on Friday, June 6, 2008 by The Guardian/UK
by Allegra Stratton and agencies

A polar bear that swam more than 200 miles in near-freezing waters to reach Iceland was shot on arrival in case it posed a threat to humans.0606 02 1

The bear, thought to be the first to reach the country in at least 15 years, was killed after local police claimed it was a danger to humans, triggering an outcry from animal lovers. Police claimed it was not possible to sedate the bear.

The operation to kill the animal was captured on film.

The adult male, weighing 250kg, was presumed to have swum some 200 miles from Greenland, or from a distant chunk of Arctic ice, to Skagafjordur in northern Iceland.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

After years of cover-up, FDA admits Mercury Can Cause Harm to a Percentage of the Population

For decades, the pseudo-science Quackwatch head, Stephen Barrett, my fervent nemesis, has raged and waged war as a industry mouth, publishing insulting, anti-science, and just plain  wrong industry propaganda, denying the harm of mercury such as in The "Mercury Toxicity" Scam:: How Anti-Amalgamists Swindle People, 2/3/2006.

He & his Snake-oil Vigilantes have attacked those of us who have claimed that for a certain percentage of the population, mercury can and is extremely toxic.

Barrett's sidekick, Robert Baratz head of their Healthfraud group, is another who publicly has denied the harm.

We fully believe they have played pivotal and profitable roles in deceiving the public for years.

We are thrilled to see the truth finally reaching the light.

FDA: Possible Risk From Dental FillingsTo Settle Lawsuit, FDA Now Says Mercury From Fillings Might Pose Risk to Some

Mercury from amalgam dental fillings may be toxic to children and developing fetuses, the FDA now admits.

Neurologist Karl Kieburtz, MD, of the University of Rochester, co-chaired the panel.

"The panel's concern was there are populations that are particularly susceptible to the neurological effects of mercury and might experience these effects at the very low levels of exposure seen with dental amalgam," Kieburtz tells WebMD.

In Natural News, their article, Mercury Fillings Shattered! FDA, ADA Conspiracy to Poison Children with Toxic Mercury Fillings Exposed in Groundbreaking Lawsuit is very revealing.

This is a great victory for amalgam awareness activists who have worked diligently to uncover this dental industry cover-up!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Infant Vaccines Produce Autism Symptoms in New Primate Study by

TLANTA, May 19 --Findings released Friday showed that infant monkeys given vaccines officially recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like symptoms. Lead investigator Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for
Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Safety studies of medicines are typically conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, yet such basic research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before
been done.
Full article here.

Canadian Government Declares Silicones (Etc.) Toxic to Environment ... but not to Human Beings ? ? ? ?

From Health Lover, Ilena Rosenthal

WoW. While I am thrilled to see that the Canadian Government is taking seriously the many concerns regarding various synthetic chemicals ... silicones included.

This statement, however, sounds like it comes straight from the doublespeak of George Orwell's "Ministry of Truth" in 1984.

EXCERPT: "The government concludes these synthetic chemicals do not pose a risk to human health, but rather should be declared toxic to the environment."

What ? ? ?

Dr. Zuckerman's words are true and clear:

EXCERPT: "A more accurate assessment would have been to say that the health hazards are unknown for individual use of products with D4, because they have not been adequately studied. I would think that women of childbearing age would be especially concerned about having breast implants because of possible infertility problems that could
result from D4."

I'm still astounded the Canadian Government can claim no possible risk to human life, when this science mentioned below is unfolding:

EXCERPT: "The government's newly released risk assessment of D4, found in silicone breast implants, states the synthetic chemical impairs fertility. It also flags a finding of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, identifying the liver as a "target organ for D4 exposures."

Please help us keep the pressure on Health Canada ... it's time for them ... and the FDA ... to stop caving into the demands of the
medical device makers.
lick here for article:

Friday, April 04, 2008

HALLELUJAH: CDC Has Lost Control of the Autism Argument

Health Lover, Ilena Rosenthal applauds Jenny McCarthy.

Some very experienced women in our international breast implant support group have mentioned an additional environmental
hit with her breast implants.

Many of us believe that genetic predispositions coupled with an onslaught of miscellaneous environmental factors such as:

aluminum and / or
mercury and / or
platinum and / or
silicone and / or
pesticides and /or
pharmaceuticals and / or
vaccinations and / or
second hand smoke and / or
various chemicals ...

. . . in some permutation and combination,  make these complex syndromes and diseases difficult to quantify and fit in neat little diagnoses.

Read the full CNN report here.

EXCERPT: We believe autism is an environmental illness. Vaccines are not the only environmental trigger, but we do think they play a major role.

Read too, David Kirby's new piece in the Huffington Post, entitled CDC Has Lost Control of the Autism Argument here.

EXCERPT: On Wednesday, CNN's Larry King hosted Jenny McCarthy, myself, and several others to discuss the growing evidence of a link between childhood vaccines and autism. The CDC refused to send someone to appear on the show. Instead, on Thursday, the agency issued a statement meant to reassure the American public that all vaccines are safe for all kids.
(because of the vast vaccination industry pressure to keep blogs such as mine filled with their propaganda, I've been forced to close comments yet emails are always invited.)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Research discovers that mobile phones are more dangerous than smoking!

Note from Health Lover, Ilena Rosenthal:  I became involved in the un-cover-up of cell phone dangers when it became obvious, that the same enormous junk science propaganda team was hired to defend cell phones as breast implants (and vaccinations, amalgam, etc. etc.)

By Geoffrey Lean
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a
study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people
should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the
mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure
to their radiation. More here.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Silicone Wars ~ Ides of March, Repost from 1999 ~

by Ilena Rosenthal, March 15, 1999

Beware The Ides of March.

This historical date of classic betrayal and traitorism ~ March 15th ~ appears to be living up to it's reputation. Caeser and Brutus move over.

Here come The Dows!

On this date, Dow Corning's bankruptcy division, in yet another public relations blitz regarding their previously profitable breast implant division, will begin mailing a couple hundred thousand implant recipients a settlement offer for their vote.

They will continue their very expensive PR campaign to make the forgiving public believe that there is zilch ~ zero ~ nada ~ none ~ no evidence whatsoever ~ that their previous cash cow of silicone, causes harm. They will hit the media through their intricate and expansive network with "Poor Dow" and "Generous Dow" articles. They won't reveal however, that Baby Dow Corning has earned over $200 million in profit each and every year. Bankruptcy has served them well.

Nor will they remind the public that Papa Dow Chemical recently lost $4 million in Reno and an as yet unknown amount in a class action suit in Louisiana they have managed to stall. They are guilty of not only manufacturing, but for years, concealing the known dangers and risks of breast implants. Mighty Dow, in spite of the Nevada verdict Halloween, 1995, is still appealing at the federal level. They have lost all state appeals but with clever legal strategies and stonewalling, that four million dollars is still in the coffers of Dow, and the very ill plaintiff, Marianne Hopkins, is left broke with a debilitating disease similar to Multple Sclerosis.

They will fail to mention, that although marketed as "lasting a lifetime," recent studies, including one in the prestigious British Lancet (11/22/97), report a rupture rate up to 95% over 20 years. Nor will the press releases mention hidden studies done by Dow as early in the 50's and 60's whose results were buried for years. They did not want their customers to know that silicone migrated throughout the body and crossed the placental barrier. They exclude the fact that implants were once designed as a "drug delivery system," or that cockroaches dropped dead from the silicone fluid.

They will try to convince you, that it is out of their generosity, not scientific evidence, that they are paying out $3.2 billion. They prefer to be seen as the benevolent, unfairly maligned corporation, who, with no fault of their own, offer this money out of pure concern for fairness.

They will utilize their long running campaign of defaming all doctors who dare to report their findings on the damage to women's bodies and immune systems by calling them "junk scientists." They will imply that hundreds of thousands of implanted women are faking serious autoimmune symptoms and removing their ruptured implants at the whim of plantiff attorneys.


Rarely admitted is the fact that no breast implant has ever been approved by the FDA for safety. Or why, as of 9/10/98, 127,500 women with silicone gel implants and an additional 49,661 with saline filled implants had reported serious adverse reactions to the FDA.

In 1995, my phone started ringing with women sharing their implant stories and I began my internet newsgroup and email list. The horrors continue to unfold today as hundreds more ill women come forward every month. Women literally and figuratively disintegrating ~ at least one whose tortured chest is being held together by mesh. Silicone in their brains, their uteri, their livers, their spinal fluid, their children.

The manufacturers have engaged implanted women as distractors causing confusion and paranoia throughout the support system, knowing that dividing the injured women disempowers them. It's as if Brutus himself taught them well to spread rumors like viruses.

What about the women?

With the pittance offered the majority of them, will they even be able to afford to remove their ruptured or disintegrating implants?

And if they vote "no," will a better offer ever come their way?

Who will cover their mounting medical bills as their immune systems break down from chemicals and known carcinogens like silica, toluene, and platinum? Health insurers are already routinely refusing coverage for implanted women.

The Silicone Issue is the slippery slope of Big Bu$ine$$. It brings attention to other dangerous devices and drugs, other toxins whose real dangers are still being minimized.

If the wealthy silicone manufacturers don't take real responsibility for their failed products, this is a public health catastrophe in the making.

Ilena Rosenthal, is Director of The Humantics Foundation for Women and author of Breast Implants, The Myths, The Facts the Women. Daily she communicates with thousands of implanted women and their families via her email lists.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Zeitgeist Day ~ Ides of March ~ 3.15.2008

This video, winner of the Award, has educated and inspired many of my friends and myself.

Click below to  find a list of private and public events & showings on this date.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sex Hormones, Mood Stabilizers Found In Drinking Water Of 41 MILLION Americans ... Common Industrial Chemicals In Tiny Doses Raise Health Issue

Note from Ilena Rosenthal:  There is such outrageous news coming at us all moment by moment right now ... I really appreciated Andy Borowitz's satirical slant on this amazing revelation that our waters too, are contaminated 
by pharmaceuticals.

And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies _ which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public _ have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.

In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas _ from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky. Here's the full article on Huffington Post.

Bush Reveals Tap Water as Prescription Drug Plan by Andy Borowitz

Note from Ilena:  Art imitates life once again.

One of the most important articles I've read that explains what a potentially health killing legacy these pharmachemicals could be creating was published in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago. It totally disputes all the rabid chemical industry apologists (aka flacks, shills, media, etc.) who claim that the many complex and multifaceted symptoms and illnesses commonly known as
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a myth ... and then they blame everything but the chemicals! 

They repeat the same denials regarding the harm to many by vaccinations, 
dental amalgams with mercury, aspartame, (to name but a few).

Here's an excerpt ... (I'll send you a copy of the whole article if you can't access it and want to read the rest.)

Common Industrial Chemicals In Tiny Doses Raise Health Issue
By Peter Waldman Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

For years, scientists have struggled to explain rising rates of some cancers and childhood brain disorders. Something about modern living has driven a steady rise of certain maladies, from breast and prostate cancer to autism and learning disabilities.

One suspect now is drawing intense scrutiny: the prevalence in the environment of certain industrial chemicals at extremely low levels. A growing body of animal research suggests to some scientists that even minute traces of some chemicals, always assumed to be biologically insignificant, can affect such processes as gene activation and the brain development of newborns. Amazing article here.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Congressional Democrats To Draft Bill To Overturn Supreme Court Decision On Medical Devices

Regarding this ill advised, virtual "get out of jail free card" ruling, to benefit mightily the Med Device Industry, I was thrilled to see others equally as upset.

Senator Ted Kennedy sums it up well:

"In enacting legislation on medical devices, Congress never intended that FDA approval would give blanket immunity to manufacturers from liability for injuries caused by faulty devices." He said that without congressional action "FDA approval will become a green light for shoddy practices by manufacturers" of medical devices. Full article here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

HUGE NEWS: Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Link in Federal Court!

Note from Ilena: This is a landmark case and one to make the enormous Vaccination Public Relations Teams go wild!

I highly doubt it was the 'plaintiff's' identity that sealed this case. In the breast implant debacle, one of the ways the manufacturers keep their cover up going, is with gag orders silencing the women (after paying mere pittances for their damages).

The Vaccination and Breast Implant Industries have used identical strategies (and PR people) for several years. I fully believe that breast implants (and all the chemicals and metals present), can and often do trigger disease responses much like described here ... some which may have forever remained dormant.

By David Kirby

After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

The unprecedented concession was filed on November 9, and sealed to protect the plaintiff's identify. It was obtained through individuals unrelated to the case.

In its written concession, the government said the child had a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder that was "aggravated" by her shots, and which ultimately resulted in an ASD diagnosis. More at Huffington Post.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dangerous Precedent ~ Supreme Court Gives Med Device Industry a Free Ride Because FDA Claims Device is "Safe"

Note from Ilena: Even at a time when the FDA has admitted many of it's failings ... the Supreme Court gives the industry a free ride because this product, (like breast implants)  is considered 'safe' by the FDA.

"The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak." Read FDA report here (opens pdf). Full index here.

The Supreme Court is making it harder for consumers to sue manufacturers of federally approved medical devices.

In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against the estate of a patient who suffered serious injuries when a catheter burst during a medical procedure.  More here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What ARE they injecting into the Bottoms of African Women ? ? ? ?

Ivory Coast's 'big-bottom' craze  ... CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION
Bobaraba dancers

By John James
BBC News,  full story here.

Ilena's Personal Blog

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Is Botox killing children ? ? ?

WASHINGTON -- The popular anti-wrinkle drug Botox and a competitor have been linked to dangerous botulism symptoms in some users, cases so bad that a few children given the drugs for muscle spasms have died, the government warned Friday.

Friday's warning came two weeks after the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to strengthen warnings to users of Botox and Myobloc - citing 180 reports of U.S. patients suffering fluid in the lungs, difficulty swallowing or pneumonia, including 16 deaths.

Nor is it the first warning. The drugs' labels do warn about the potential for botulinum toxin to spread beyond the injection site and occasionally kill, but the warnings link that side effect to patients with certain neuromuscular diseases, such as myasthenia gravis. More here.

Doctors Group asks for Scientific Research on Medical Marijuana

Note from Ilena:  The object of mass propaganda campaigns by competing industries for decades ... some sanity may now be breaking through, aided by open minded physicians.

by Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. doctors group has endorsed using marijuana for medical purposes, urging the U.S. government to roll back a prohibition on using it to treat patients and supporting studies into its medical applications.

The group cited evidence that marijuana is valuable in treating severe weight loss associated with AIDS, and nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients.

"Additional research is needed to clarify marijuana's therapeutic properties and determine standard and optimal doses and routes of delivery. Unfortunately, research expansion has been hindered by a complicated federal approval process, limited availability of research-grade marijuana and the debate over legalization," the group said.

The Philadelphia-based group, founded in 1915, is made up of 124,000 doctors who treat adults.

Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, which urges legal and regulated sales of marijuana, said, "This statement by America's second-largest doctors group demolishes the myth that the medical community doesn't support medical marijuana."For more, click here.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Vaccine Bill Proposed in South Dakota ... Flu Shots still contain mercury

Vaccine Bill Proposed

By Caitlin Haedicke

For years, researchers have been studying a possible link between vaccines that contain a mercury based preservative and mental disorders such as autism.

While the medical community continues to study the issue, eight states have already taken action. Iowa, Delaware, Hawaii, California, New York, Illinois, Missouri and Washington have either banned or reduced the amount of mercury in childhood vaccinations. Here in South Dakota, vaccines with almost five times the FDA's recommended limit are still being used.

The FDA recommendation for mercury in vaccinations is .5 micrograms per.5 milliliter dose. Alhers says the state's influenza vaccination is five times that.

Despite his conviction, Ahlers believes the bill wont the pass in the legislature because of the cost. Mercury reduced shots would cost $3.10 more a piece. More here.

Pills might not be the answer ...

Justin Weisbrod, Staff Writer

'Mind body techniques have gone through the same scientific process in terms of effectiveness and validity than say pharmaceuticals and surgery,' Dr. Tomer Anbar of the Mind Body Health initiative said of holistic health methods - a newly revived form of medicine.
Media Credit: MCT Campus
'Mind body techniques have gone through the same scientific process in terms of effectiveness and validity than say pharmaceuticals and surgery,' Dr. Tomer Anbar of the Mind Body Health initiative said of holistic health methods - a newly revived form of medicine.

A report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that "more than 15 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs."

This false sense of absolute protection causes many of the careless unsustainable lifestyles that people live.
The holistic health industry, better known as Mind Body Health, encompasses a way of living that we've been taught for ages: Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables; practice meditation and yoga; visit a massage therapist regularly, and stay active.  

Many aspects of alternative medicine can be effective but are not incorporated in mainstream medicine. In a study by Dr. Hemstreet, 483 MD licenses were canceled for using aspects of alternative medicine or natural healing system nutrition.  (Note from Ilena:  It is now known that my nemesis, Stephen Barrett, has been a part of the attacks against licensed physicians for decades.)

More here.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bill Maher talks about the Real "Pharmer's Market" ... MUST SEE !

Click for Youtube Video
Bill says:  The government isn't your Nanny.
They're your dealer!

Prescription Drugs, Not Illegal Ones, Killed Heath Ledger

By Scott Thill, AlterNet.
The media pounced on his admitted love of weed and coke but did little to investigate the prescription drugs that did him in.
But an important point is being utterly missed: Coke, heroin and weed did not kill him. Prescription drugs did.Click here for more.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Mentally Disabled Women Used in Bombings in Iraq ... What kind of world are we living in ? ? ?

Iraqi men mourn relatives killed in a suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. A pair of female suicide bombers blew themselves up Friday in two Baghdad pet markets, killing at least 64 people and wounding dozens, police said. The attacks were the deadliest in the Iraqi capital since 30,000 more American forces flooded into the center of the country last spring. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  More at Huffington Post

Friday, January 25, 2008

Cancer fight turns to toxic toad venom

A Houston hospital known for seeking the most advanced cancer therapies that modern science can develop is turning its attention to a centuries-old Chinese treatment: toad venom.

Scientists from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are investigating whether the stuff that some types of toads use to sicken their natural predators can also be a healer, as doctors of traditional Chinese medicine have long believed.  click here for full story.


Scientists from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are investigating whether the stuff that some types of toads use to sicken their natural predators can also be a healer, as doctors of traditional Chinese medicine have long believed.

"Without hesitation, toad venom was the No. 1 drug (Chinese) doctors mentioned when we asked them to suggest the best natural cancer medicines to test," Lorenzo Cohen, director of M.D. Anderson's integrative medicine program, said from China. "It may sound wild to Americans, but it's accepted as a standard of care here."