Breast Implants: Recovery & Discovery
UPDATED: June, 2008
We have recently started three new blogs in Blog World that I am updating frequently ... please check these for updated information.
The Humantics Foundation welcomes Gretchen's New Website ...
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"Quackbusters" Have Giant Court Losses on Two Continents by Ilena Rosenthal
Dow Corning celebrates 12 years of "bankruptcy protection" while hundreds of thousands of women harmed by their faulty products ... receive either nothing or virtually nothing for their implant related illnesses and injuries.
Please visit new links of women from our support group & their lives after implants ... on this Mother's Day, we wish to bring attention to how entire families are harmed when breast implants go wrong.
We also have serious concerns regarding the new nominee for Surgeon General and how his appointment would jeoparize women's freedoms. Click here for early comments we've read.
FOR OUR WINTER HOLIDAYS 2006 MESSAGE, click here
In the Fall of 1995, having nary a clue what could spring forth from this action, I created the first public newsgroup for women harmed by these dangerous products.
My goal was to create a support group for women with breast implant concerns and help could connect together.
Almost immediately, I became a target for the breast implant industry and their vast public relations teams on the Wild West of the Internet ...Usenet. I was immediately attacked by Patrick O'leary ... then Vice President and later President of Inamed/McGhan (in disguise). Click here for our 11 year history.
Since January, 2001, I have been the defendant in a classic Industry VS Activist SLAPP suit intended to silence my voice and exhaust my resources via their vast public relations teams.
November 20, 2006, the Supreme Court of California released their unanimous opinion that I prevailed against the third plaintiff ... Terry Polevoy.
Lower courts had previously ruled that neither Stephen Barrett nor attorney, Christopher Grell had any case against me.
In fact, I had never mentioned Grell's name until he SLAPP sued me for libel.
This ruling is an important one for internet providers and hosts of internet chat groups and blogs and individual posters such as myself.
Previously, the threat or reality of being sued for what a subscriber posted, could seriously limit open discussions. Much of what is posted on the internet is the work of others. This threat being erased will invigorate discussions on controversial topics ... including breast implants and health freedom.
In fact, the (losing) plaintiffs in this case have a history of suing and of threatening critics with long, expensive litigation such as this one, for merely posting the words of another. They intimidate talk show hosts and ISP's and blog owners with threats of lawsuits in attempts to control messages with which they disagree.
This ruling will shut down meritless suits such as these, designed to intimidate into silence those with conflicting opinions.
To read about Dr. Bernard Patten's experiences as a target to the same Junk Science smear tactics, please click here.
To read my Blog, on various subjects discussed on the Newsgroup, click here.
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Please view excellent video by implant survivors:
(please let us know if any links go down)
Ilena Rosenthal, Director Humantics Foundation
A great quote that applies to the vast silicone industry and the so called "science" of silicone:
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
The sad irony is, that when the Quackbusters sue for 'libel' ... they simultaneously wage vicious smear campaigns.
In fact, since this Supreme Court verdict against them came out, they are now circulating websites falsely claiming that I am "bankrupt" and "was arrested."
Thank you for any donation that will help The Humantics Foundation keep the message of the dangers of breast implants before the public. We have spent over 11 years on this Mission.
To respond to a question I've been asked many times ... no, I do not receive any monies for prevailing for the years of litigation into which they have forced me.
There are hundreds of thousands of women already made ill and / or
Without your help, our voice could be silenced.
Online Support Groups & Chat Rooms Links
Issues Related to Breast Implant Advocacy and Legal Issues Because of Them
QUACK WATCH WATCH
BARRETT VS ROSENTHAL
To Meet Brave Women from our Support Group
We are proud to welcome a new Website in Dutch / Nederlands dedicated with love to Marlou Boots.
Marlou published Stille Kracht (silent strength) for several years and kept thousands of Dutch and European women informed. Click here for this new website. Special thanks to Frank and Elvire for making this happen ... and for Marlou for her years of selfless service.
May 15: Dow Corning celebrates 12 years of "bankruptcy protection" while hundreds of thousands of women harmed by their faulty products ... receive either nothing or virtually nothing for their implant related illnesses and injuries.
EXCERPT: They made me very, very sick," says Stevie gravely. "I had them done in December 1976. I'd only been in Fleetwood Mac one year
I reckoned it would look better onstage, but I would advise every woman against having them.
This is especially upsetting as there was a recent advertisement that Australian women by the thousands are being used as experimentation guinea pigs yet again with titanium covered implants.
Please click here to send a message to your Member of Congress ... the FDA MUST Thoroughly Examine Safety Evidence & Must Stop Ignoring Evidence that Silicone Implants Are Not Safe!
Ilena is interviewed and discusses the dangers of breast implants and the resulting industry backed Smear Campaign against her. Click here to read about Stephen Barrett and Christopher Grell's loss and the third plaintiff, Terry Polevoy, whose case against her is now in the Supreme Court of California.
Bravo to Dr. Zuckerman for her excellent presentation to the Canadian Parliament. Click here for full text.
Dr. Feng on Implant Capsule Removal thanks to Rosie and her Support Board
The perverted irony of Health Canada's Special Access Programme Pays for breast implants, denies AIDS drugs
The PR Secret War Against Activists by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton
Greetings from somewhere on God's Green Planet.
Week of September 11, 2011
There are untold thousands of us who feel that the FDA caved in to the silicone industry, by granting questionable 'safety approval' for an unproven product. We believe this will endanger the lives of millions of women, who oft are denied health insurance because of their implants.
The Humantics Foundation message mirrors that of Dr. Sidney Wolfe's of Public Citizen. Bravo to his strong stance on the dangers of breast implants.
Silicone gel breast implants most defective medical device ever approved by the FDA ...Dr. Sidney Wolfe, Public Citizen
We also thank Kim Gandy, for her powerful support to re-opening the question of implant safety.
To listen to Fintan Dunne interview Kim Gandy, President of NOW; Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Scot Glasberg; & Ilena Rosenthal, Director, Humantics Foundation, please click here.
It's been a wild couple of weeks since the Supreme Court of California announced their unanimous decision in my favor in what is now known as Barrett Vs Rosenthal on November 20, 2006.
Click here for California Supreme Court documents (opens large pdf file)
The 7 Justices ruled that the re-posting of potentially libelous material on the internet is not actionable.
For the last years, ISP's and bloggers and others have been threatened and been sued for the words of someone else ... and this decision sets precedence behind these types of suits, typically filed to silence critics by intimidating them with expensive, energy consuming litigation. Barrett was one of the most egregious, ever sending off missives claiming to have been 'defamed' and filing and threatening lawsuits for contrary opinions to his.
Further, from the Supreme Court decision, I quote:
As the lower courts correctly concluded, however, none of the hostile comments against Dr. Barrett alleged in the complaint are defamatory.
Almost immediately, their revenge began.
Wikipedia is supposed to be an encyclopedia, a non-biased resource posting only facts.
After receiving messages that the Healthfraud Team on Wikipedia false "facts" about this case, I began correcting the errors and total Barrett bias in reporting.Click here for my separate Wikipedia Rant ...
What I've learned since Wednesday is that Barrett's Team is even attempting to bully their viewpoints onto Wikipedia ... changing history to make them better and censoring the facts.
This includes Barrett's losing lawsuits, his mad attacks against alternative practictioners and practices, his own NCAHF, suspended by the State of California etc.
Paul Lee is definitely not 'unbiased' in any manner ... he and Barrett co-promote each other's websites, blogs, and lists. Click rag-tag posse link below.
Terry Polevoy immediately posted more theats that he intended to sue me again. On one of his latest rants about me, he claims that I am in exile.
He also obsessed about an interview about the case on Break for News. His silly comments about me make him look even more ridiculous. For those interested in either of these interviews, links are below.
This mirrors her behavior when Barrett and Grell lost all of their appeals in October 2003. At that point, they began circulating pages claiming that I had been arrested for selling crack cocaine to children in San Jose, Costa Rica. She is one of the Posse members and calls herself "disinfoagent@disinfo or nanaweedkiller."
Concurrently, other members of this Posse, notably Paul Lee, began to rewrite case history on Wikipedia. I'm working with others to get the facts accurate while Lee is attempting to control all the information around the case by throwing me off Wikipedia.
The Posse members on Usenet went wild in their attempts to change history. Mark S Probert, a former attorney disbarred by the Supreme Court of New York in 1992, was the most visible. Peter Moran, from the Healthfraud list, repeated and repeated and repeated the disinformation that Barrett and Polevoy had been libeled ... exactly opposite of the court ruling.
Christopher Grell, the attorney and a plaintiff in this case, had the poor legal judgement to falsely publish that my comments had been proven to be libelous, in direct contrast to every ruling. Very poor judgment he made.
Click here for more on other Barrett quackwatch lawsuits and operations.
From the Electronic Frontier Federation (EFF): California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech on the Internet
San Francisco - In what is a victory for free speech on the Internet, the California Supreme Court ruled today that no provider or user of an interactive computer service may be held liable for putting material on the Internet that was written by someone else.
Today's ruling affirms that blogs, websites, listservs, and ISPs like Yahoo!, as well as individuals like defendant Ilena Rosenthal, are protected under Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA), which explicitly states that "[n]o provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."
L.A. Times, November 21, 2006: Ruling limits Internet liability
Excerpt: Rosenthal did not return a call for comment Monday but said on a website that she was gratified by the ruling. She described the litigation as "exhausting" and said it was "intended to silence my voice and exhaust my resources."
October 30 , 2006 UPDATE
Click above link to see the three losing plaintiffs, Terry Polevoy, Stephen Barrett, and Christopher Grell teamed with their "rag-tag posse." This team was formed to harass and attack on the internet, we defendants of approximately 40 SLAPP suits filed around the country by the so-called quackbuster team.
It is my understanding that in six years of various litigation, they have won none of these suits, designed to waste the resources of the defendants and divert their energies to defending themselves.
One defendant, Dr. Mercola, had two suits filed against him by Barrett ... the first Barrett dropped days before the hearing, causing enormous expense to Dr. Mercola. The second time Barrett sued him, Dr. Mercola settled so that he could continue his work instead of spending his time defending himself. Even after receiving money from Dr. Mercola, Barrett's team continued their vile public attacks on him.
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