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Petition to Robert Califf MD, Peter Lurie, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray, Larry C. Gilstrap III, M.D., Bob Casey Jr., Jeff Shuren MD, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD, Donald J. Trump

Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.

Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques.  Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator.  However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer.  Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well.  Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body.   This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer.  It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.  This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades.  A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma.  This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation.  A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept.  Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation.  This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice.  People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out.  We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=188 ) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23189178) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21565389). The attached video below shows an example of morcellation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPkKw0j-aXE The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6luiX6UQmg  Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.

Hooman Noorchashm
93,027 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Michael Edwards MD, Bill Sena Jr, Gregory Rouan MD, Jody Brant, Jim Neil, Virginia Uehlin, Bob Vines, Rick Hoover, RN, Patrick Kirk MD, Linda Ambrose, Peter Singer, Mike Keating, Harold Sosna, Larry Lester, Annie Novak, Anne Saker, Barrett J. Brunsman, Edward Lim MD, Jerome Gabis, Donald Nunlist-Young MD, James Shackson MD, Guy Hild, FreeDrFlege , Bernie Sanders, Richard Blumenthal, Tom Rotz, Roger Smith MD, Sandra Starnes MD, Robert Lukin MD, Robert Casey, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert Thomas, William Thomas, William Ball MD, David Harris MD, Michael Newton MD, John Heppler, Mike Walters, Queen City Home Care, Rodger Miller, Synergy Home Care, Jennifer Lyon, James Firman, Rob Portman, Department of Veterans Affairs, Commission on Law and Aging, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Manish Srivastava MD, Mary Mahoney MD, Queen City Hospice, Daniel Barnes MD, Sandra Lobert, Leonard Randolf MD, Pamela Van Hart, Julie Holt, Elizabeth Johnson, Michael Jennings MD, John Keyes MD, Jason Graff MD, Blake Dickson, Steve Mullin, Stephen Mullin, Nancy Barrett, Jeff Huber, Michael Edwards MD (UCMC - Surgery), Michael Coler, Jay Johannigman, Jane Ripberger, Cheryl Jeffers, Suzanne Bryan, Nancy Cushing RN, Colleen Quigley, David Hill, Malorie Hill, Ohio Medical Board, Beverley Laubert, Andrew Roth MD, Christopher Reimann, Cornerstone Dental Group, Maribeth Rahe, Donna Jackson PhD, Cincinnati Bar Association, William J. Seitz III, Bruce Hobbs, Brian Reddick, Chris Mihin, James Hochwalt MD, Bill Sollmonn

Free Dr. Flege -- STOP ELDER ABUSE

Free Dr. Flege -- STOP ELDER ABUSE ELDER ABUSE affects 1/10 Americans over the age of 60. The perpetrators are most often family members. Elder abuse includes: Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Financial Abuse, Isolation and Denying an elderly person amenities he or she can afford. Get the basics here. https://www.ncoa.org/public-policy-action/elder-justice/elder-abuse-facts/ Who is John Blain Flege MD JD (DOB: 05/10/1929)? https://med.uc.edu/docs/default-source/Surgery-Docs/flege-vp.pdf?sfvrsn=2 "'Dr. Flege is one of the best teaching professors in the cardiac world,' says Randall Wolf, MD, a fellow professor of surgery at UC. 'He has mentored many surgeons--including me. Dr. Flege is very highly regarded as one of the finest thinkers and innovators in cardiac surgery.'" "Dr. Flege founded the cardiac surgery program at Christ Hospital in 1969. He continued to raise the level of surgical care in Cincinnati by revamping the cardiac surgery program at Jewish Hospital (1978) and founding the programs at University Hospital (1982) and St. Elizabeth Hospital (1983)--all of which continue to excel today." "Despite the fact he's been practicing and developing innovative cardiac surgery techniques for 50 years, John Flege, MD, remains a startlingly modest guy who [worked] tirelessly every day to put the best interests of his patients first." Harper, A. (2006, March). Cincinnati Cardiac Icon Wins 'Lifetime Hero' Award. Retrieved from http://healthnews.uc.edu/publications/findings/?/1552/1558/ . Dr. Flege is a victim of ELDER ABUSE including Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Financial Abuse. He has been isolated from from family and friends. He is being denied amenities he can afford. The perpetrators are two family members. Dr. Flege has been under the care of countless physicians, many of them at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He has has complained that he is not permitted to see his long time primary care physician without one of the abusers present. He was admitted to Christ Hospital twice in less than a year for hip fractures, both of which occurred at facilities under suspicious circumstances. Both required hip replacement surgery and inpatient rehabilitation. Both injuries involved unnecessary drugs known to increase fall risk in the elderly. The abusers have asked Dr. Flege's surgical colleagues for hospital admissions which have been granted despite the absence of a doctor-patient relationship. Alarming.  Since being removed from his home about 5 months ago, Dr. Flege has resided at FIVE facilities including The Kenwood by Senior Star (where he sustained his second hip fracture in less than a year), Marjorie P. Lee (where his other hip was fractured within 24 hours of an earlier admission), Kenwood Terrace Care Center (Premier Health Care Management) and Arden Courts of Kenwood (HCR Manorcare). Facilities have reportedly evicted him, refusing to tolerate abuse of Dr. Flege and their staffs. Additionally, during this time period, he has been under the 24/7 care of numerous underpaid, undertrained caregivers/nursing aides/nurses from Synergy Home Care, Queen City Home Care, Bright Star Home Care and Home Instead franchises in Cincinnati. Caregivers have also found themselves targets of abuse. Many have quit or been taken off the job by their employers. Others have been fired for speaking out against Dr. Flege's abuse.  Adult Protective Services, The Council on Aging, ProSeniors, The Eldercare Ombudsman, Cincinnati Police Dep't, Ohio Dep't of Health and Medicare/HHS, among others are also aware of Dr. Flege's abuse. Dr. Flege pays lawyers at Katz Teller who are seemingly being used against him. He has repeatedly complained that he is being left out of meetings regarding his financial affairs. A family member claims that it is necessary to exclude him because "he might say something embarrassing". His investment advisors at Fort Washington Investment Advisors are aware of the situation. His accountants at Mowry, Marty & Bain are aware of the situation. RED FLAGS are everywhere. But the ABUSE continues. Sadly, Elder Abuse IS vastly under-reported, especially by physicians. A reasonable person with access to the medical record or knowledge of the history of events, in this case, would suspect elder abuse.  WHO MUST REPORT ELDER ABUSE IN OHIO? Any attorney, physician, osteopath, podiatrist,chiropractor, dentist, psychologist, hospital employee, licensednurse, ambulatory health facility employee, home health agencyemployee, adult care facility employee, nursing home employee,residential care facility employee, home for the aging employee,senior service provider, peace officer, coroner, clergyman,community mental health facility employee, and a personengaged in social work or counseling. WHAT IS THE STANDARD OF KNOWLEDGE? Reasonable cause to believe that an adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited, or is in a condition which is the result of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. https://www.rainn.org/pdf-files-and-other-documents/Public-Policy/Legal-resources/2009-Mandatory-Report/Ohio09E.pdf Let's call on the doctors, lawyers, facilities and agencies involved in this case to FREE DR FLEGE And let's call on physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes, to REPORT ELDER ABUSE as required under Ohio Law.  If you have any tips on this case, advice or comments, please leave a message here or email FreeDrFlege@gmail.com Up to date Information as to Dr. Flege's probable whereabouts is available upon request. Please directly notify law enforcement and relevant authorities where appropriate. WITHOUT PROPER REPORTING OF ELDER ABUSE, THERE IS LITTLE THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP THESE VULNERABLE CITIZENS. 

Free Dr. Flege -- Stop Elder Abuse
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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to John Burlow (Nationa Institues of Health), Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, Jeremy Lazarus, Kristen Long, Kevin Griffis, Polly Webster

Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.

Up to 20% or 2 in 10 women and girls worldwide have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a complex hormonal disorder for which there is no cure. While the name may be deceiving, PCOS is not a gynecological issues it is an endocrine disorder affeting many systems in the body. If left untreated PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. For many diagnosed with PCOS, Awareness and education have played a key role in helping them learn to live and deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and ultimately live a healthier life. That is why PCOS Awareness has to happen now to ensure women and girls do not have to go through another day, month or year of silent suffering and to ensure they are educated on how to live a healthier life with this syndrome. What PCOS is, and what it does to women who have it, is complicated to explain as symptoms and severity of the syndrome can vary from person to person. Some of the classic symptoms are drastic weight gain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, panic attacks, headaches, dizzy spells, poor memory or muddled mind, sleeping disorders, constant thirst, extreme cravings, insulin resistance, cystic acne, cystic ovaries, menstrual cycles without ovulation, irregular cycles, severe mood swings, high testosterone levels, infertility problems, excess facial and body hair, not to mention a seven times greater risk than an average woman for four major health concerns affecting women in the United States today including heart disease, diabetes, endometrial cancer and stroke. Because PCOS can cause so many physical and emotional complications, it is important for early detection, treatment and support. Chrisy Wise of Georgia agrees, "I started showing signs at a very young age and went undiagnosed for many years. As a young girl, it was very hard when doctor after doctor kept telling me nothing was wrong. Now, I know all the symptoms together equal pcos." This petition is not only raising awareness and gaining support, it is giving women, their families and supporters of PCOS awareness a voice, a strong voice that will hopefully inspire and invoke change for better health, treatment and support of this syndrome.

Ashley Levinson
13,392 supporters