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Thursday, April 14, 2005
 
Those helpful folks at the FDA
are up to their tricks again. You'll recall that not too long ago, to the surprise of many, they allowed Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra to stay on the market in response to corporate pleading. This, in spite of all the evidence that these drugs are not particularly safe and have only marginal benefit--of course, the benefit to their manufacturer is considerably higher, especially if Congress manages to pass a cap on medical damages.

Well, the right of women who want big, natural feeling breasts that will inexorably poison them has been reinstated by our friends at the FDA. In spite of the horrific problems that silicone implants have caused for women over the years, and in spite of the inability of the implant manufacturers to show that these products are safe, the FDA has once again approved their use.

Silicone has always remained an option for women who undergo breast reconstruction due to disease or injury. It was only restricted for those who wanted them for purely cosmetic purposes; saline implants have been used for that purpose. Now, the FDA has determined that any woman who wants to look and feel better about herself has the right to be sold a product that will cause immune system problems and terrible pain from scar tissue and silicone migration.

If you read this article, you begin to get the feeling that words must mean something different than you always thought they did. The discussion of the implants' reliability and Mentor Corp.'s "superior" data and procedures indicate that everyone concerned thinks these things are still time bombs waiting to go off in womens' chests. The article paints the damning information in front of your lying eyes as good news for implants.

It's not a question of if they will rupture, but when. And nobody knows the answer to that.

This is nuts. I have a feeling I'll be using this quote more and more, over the next several years:

"The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power." --Benito Mussolini
 
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