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A special thanks to all the plastic surgeons whose advertising makes it possible to have this site.  They are uninvited (but apparently necessary) intruders who lure countless women into their practices each year, creating  a financial boom to their own bank accounts.  Their advertising dollars gives me the ability to keep the truth about breast implants in front of the public and the government.
Thanks, guys!      Pam and Brenna

On April 1st, Pamela Dowd, an Idaho widow, and her daughter began traveling across the country to speak before the FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee on the safety of silicone gel breast implants.

Pam underwent a radical mastectomy at the age of 27 for breast cancer in May 1975.  On November 19, 1980, she began her tortuous journey through total breast reconstruction.  She underwent a latissimus dorsi flap and had three ruptured breast implants.  Her last set of implants were Mentors and caused her to cough and choke for seven years, until she convinced a doctor to remove them.

Speaking before the National Institute of Medicine in July 1998, Pam realized the enormous job that needed to be done to educate the world on the dangers of silicone gel breast implants.  She has also traveled from Idaho to Gaithersburg, MD, in Oct. 2003, to speak before the FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee on the safety of silicone gel breast implants.  Pam maintains a web site that reveals a small number of the legal documents available on what has been a national disgrace and corporate coverup.  Pam has spoken on this subject before college classes and state governmental committees.

Once again, the women who have been endangered since 1992 with a toxic product must come before their government and speak out on the safety and health issues related to silicone gel breast implants.  We have been the uninformed lab animals on behalf of the implant manufacturers for over forty years.

Thank you for joining Pam and Brenna as they traveled across the country in their 1984 Southwind motor home, to the April hearing in Gaithersburg, MD, on the 11th of April.  Both Pam and Brennas spoke that morning. 

This web site tracked their journey beginning April 1, 2005.  Thanks for being there with your prayers and for being the cheerleaders that gave courage and strength for the journey.  The Toxic Discovery logo on the back of the motorhome, garnered many a wave and a toot of the horn. 

We'll see you next time around.

Thanks for joining us on the trip.

Implant Veterans of Toxic Exposure

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Dr. Barbara Manno was a voting member of the FDA panel who voted to approve Mentor's pre-market approval for silicone gel breast implants.  Her explanation of the reason why she voted yes may be more than a mere "slip of the tongue" but the real feeling behind her vote.

Dr. Manno's experience and introduction to the panel.

MEMBER MANNO:  I'm Dr. Barbara Manno.  I am a toxicologist.  I'm a
professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the Louisiana State
University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana and voting

Here is the comment from Dr. Barbara Manno explaining the reason she
voted in favor of Mentor.­ts/ac/05/transcripts/2005-4101­t3.htm

            DR. MANNO:  I wish I had said that.  I voted yes much based
on many of the things that Dr. Li commented on, and I think that given
the testimony here, etcetera, from the public and what I heard from the
public the last time, if the doctors and the company provide the
information, I think we have got enough to approve this and that the
recipients of the device will have a choice.  And it isn't to have a
choice, they can make a choice and it's tough luck if it doesn't work.
(There was a long pause here as the audience responded audibly to this
  No, I don't mean that.  I would like that stricken.  No,
I believe it will work, I think, based on what I have seen here and,
please, I did not mean that the way it sounded.

One Woman's Journey to DC to Speak to Her Government