Updated November 15, 2006

A new study was just published: Breast Implant Surveillance Reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Maternal-Child Health Problems

Click here are for some quotes from this important study:

Message from Director of the Humantics Foundation, Ilena Rosenthal

I want to thank Rogene Schorer for her outstanding work on this issue.

To visit and/or join Rogene's Silicone Kids Discussion Group, click here.

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From my earliest days of working with women harmed by breast implants, I learned that there has been very little research done on the second generation ~ the offspring of women with breast implants.

I have had dozens of conversations with implanted Mothers, most who felt terribly guilty because of the possibility that their choice of having breast implants may have harmed their babies.

A recent study (click to read it) is uncovering more information.

But almost more surprising to me, was a few quotes I heard from the very popular FX series, Nip / Tuck --- one of the most outrageous TV series I've ever watched. It's about the wild lives and loves of two Miami Plastic Surgeons ... with extremely graphic surgeries and stories and sexual encounters. It seems to offer a complicated kaleidoscope of the good, the bad and the ugly sides of plastic surgery.

I have to admit ... I almost fell on the floor, when in the very first episode I watched, these comments were expressed:

"If I'm going to have any chance at breastfeeding our son, I'll need to have my breast implants removed."

Shocking admission

"I can't have my grandchild drinking silicone flavored breast milk, can I?"

Spoken by one of the Plastic Surgeons

I see this as a positive sign that the Breast Implant Industry is finally admitting the problems for nursing women and their offspring.

 

Important Message from Rogene for implanted women with sick children ... August, 2006

There is a movement underway to give women who are sick from breast implants, AND who have sick children born AFTER implantation, a voice! FINALLY!
 
Women who have not testified previously before the FDA or Congress are sought. If a woman is unable to travel, it's been suggested that video testimony will be acceptable- or her testimony may be read.  This hasn't been decided yet.
 
Please look outside the support groups. Talk to women who have implants and sick kids. - There have to be thousands of children affected. If your child's doctor is knowledgeable about implant-related health problems, ask him/her to contact other implant patients about participating.
 
Marlene Keeling, keeling.m@worldnet.att.net  will be organizing this group . . . Please send all information to her. IMHO, the children's issues is going to be where the FDA and Congress finally draws the line!  . . . But, unless the mothers are willing to go public, nothing is going to happen.
 
This is a hugely painful issue for mothers! . . . The guilt they feel is enormous! . . . They need to know that they are not responsible for their children's health problems . . . The FDA, plastic surgeons and manufacturer's are! . .. They STILL claim that it's safe to nurse with implants! WRONG!
 

One more thing . . . Marlene's foundation, CANDO, is still funding  limited testing for Ionized Platinum in urine.  Ionized Platinum is a very potent neurotoxin that may affect both mother and child. To qualify, implants should be third-generation Mentor or Inamed breast implants (1988 or later) . . . Testing is free. You will receive a kit to collect urine. 

Please contact Marlene for details. 
 
God Bless,
 
 
Click arrow to read more about CANDO and platinum

To visit and/or join Rogene's Silicone Kids Discussion Group, click here.

Read Redbook article on the effects on children after implants from 1995. (opens pdf file)

Breast Implant Surveillance Reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Maternal-Child Health Problems

Brown S, Todd JF, Cope JU, Sachs HC.

Division of Postmarket Surveillance, Office of Surveillance and
Biometrics, Epidemiology Branch, Center for Devices & Radiologic
Health, Food and Drug Administration, c/o Seattle District Office,
22201 23rd Dr. SE, HFR-PA300, Bothell WA 98021-4421.

Here are some quotes from this important study:

There is continuing concern that women who receive breast implants may
be at increased risk for adverse reproductive outcomes or experience
problems with breastfeeding.

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Reports were critically reviewed for lactation difficulties,
reproductive problems (spontaneous abortion, delayed conception) and
medical conditions among offspring, including neonatal, infant, and
childhood diseases and congenital defects that were attributed to implants.

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.

 

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