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
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.