We have been asking all along for studies of us.

Here is the opportunity.  I just got off the phone

with Dr. John Langone, Chief of Molecular Biology in

the FDA's Office of Science and Technology.  He is

the scientist who conducted the study "Immunological

Responses to Silicone Breast Implants" which

appeared in the The Office of Science & Technology

Annual Report published last month.  For those of

you not familiar with this study, the report can be

downloaded from the FDA web site.

~~~ i'll re-post it rosemarie.   ilena ~~~

Basically, the study demonstrated that medical grade silicone oil

can stimulate serum autoantibodies against collagen

and against DNA when this oil is injected into

mammary tissues of rates.  The OST scientists also

evaluated autoantibody levels in serum samples from

150 patients representing four groups: women with

silicone implants without connective tissue disease,

women with silicone implants with connective tissue

disease (CTD), women with connective disease but no

implants, and healthy women volunteers.

Results from these experiments show in a statistically

significant manner that elevated autoantibodies to

collagen type I, collagen type II and anti-DNA were

detected in serum of patients with CTD, CTD+

silicone implants, and silicone implants without


They want to study many more women so they

can prove a statistically significant number of

women have had adverse reactions to silicone, but

they are having difficulty finding doctors willing

to participate by sending serum samples of women

they are treating.  This important research cannot

continue if they don't have women to study!  I

suggested to Dr. Langone that I could contact as

many women implant survivors as I could to obtain

names of their treating physicians who would be

willing to furnish serum samples to the OST.  I will

compile the list of doctor's names, addresses and

phone numbers and send them to Dr. Langone.  Dr.

Langone would then contact the doctors directly.  We

desperately need this unbiased research!  If you are

at all uncomfortable sending me your doctor's name,

address, phone & fax, please let me know and I will

see how the info can be sent directly to the OST

rather than through me.  Please check with your

doctor first.  It would also help if you could pass

this on to as many women as possible, including

those who may not have access to the internet.

Please let me know if you have any questions or

suggestions.  THANKS!!


~~~ thank you, rosemarie! ~~~