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Breast Implants

Breast Implants

Are you thinking of getting breast implants?   A word of advice, if I may.

A few days ago, Mr. Jean-Claude Ma, the founder of a French company that makes breast implants, was detained after a raid on his house in connection with the case of a woman who died last year of a rare form of cancer after her implants ruptured.  It is reported that thousands of other women may have the same defective implants.

Poly Implants Protheses (PIP)

Poly Implants Protheses (PIP)

Mr. Mas founded Poly Implants Protheses (PIP) and it was closed in March 2010 after it was learned that they used silicone that was “industrial” grade, not “surgical” grade.  The implants have a much higher rate of rupture than normal and the silicone inside can fall apart or leak into other areas of the body. Authorities in France have actually urged women to have them removed, as have German and Czech officials.

Breast Implants

Breast Implants

Our research has found that the PIP breast implants are not commonly used in the United States.  Still, it just goes to demonstrate that if you’re looking to get implants, you need to be extremely careful!

Cheaper is not always better.

 

 

 

 

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Healthy Heart

I think we all know that fasting from food is not a really good idea.  But now there are some researchers in Utah who suggest that the occasional 24 hour fast can actually be good for your heart!

It seems that if you fast, it could lead to a better cholesterol reading and lower blood sugar levels.  This, of course, can help you combat heart disease.   At this time, however, this idea is only an idea.  It is not part of a full-fledged study.  Indeed, even the researchers acknowledge that not eating can also make one more stressful which, on the other hand, might also damage the heart!

I’ll guess I’ll wait to do my Gandhi thing until we get more info.

Meanwhile, an 11 year study of British workers says that there is a 67% greater risk of heart disease in people who regularly work more than 11 hours a day.    Note to Self:  chill out.

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Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Well, today is the 38th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision!

When I think about what life was like over 38 years ago – before abortion was legal in this country – I can’t help to think about this nut ball doctor up in Philadelphia who a few days ago was indicted on several counts of MURDER for basically performing “illegal” abortions.  Now, I have not had the time to look closely at the indictment and, frankly, I’ve never heard of this guy but the only thing I thought of when I heard the news was that what he was doing was just how it worked in the old days.  We had all these sleazy illegal abortionists with unqualified staff, using unsterilized instruments and offering no counseling.  As a result, women throughout the country were being harmed physically and, worse, dying.  This guy up in Philadelphia is just an old “abortionist.”   Unfortunately, it’s someone like that who makes the headline and that, of course, gives the legitimate doctors a bad rap by association.

In the grand scheme of things, I can see how certain anti-abortion folks are so totally fixated on “saving” that fetus.  It’s just their thing and I am not qualified to psychoanalyze their thinking.  But while these folks are seemingly mesmerized by the quest to “save babies” do they not see what might happen if abortion were made illegal again in this country?  Do they not see what happened up in Philadelphia recently?  Do they have absolutely no compassion for the real, live, breathing woman?   I mean, they’re not all totally myopic, are they?

I think I know the answer that the pro-lifers will give me, I’ve certainly heard enough of the rhetoric over the years.  But, at least at this time, 38 years later, I can breathe a sigh of relief that in 1973 the Supreme Court in 1973 was brave and smart enough to realize what they were doing.  They struck a blow for woman’s health and that’s what I choose to celebrate today.

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