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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
93,121 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to United States Congress

STOP GOVERNMENT POLICE MISCONDUCT AGAINST DOCTORS AND NURSES

WE NEED 150000 SIGNATURES:  Civilian Police Review Committee of all Medical Boards DEA and MEDICAL board police misconduct against doctors and nurses has reached epidemic levels and corruption is rampant   False Reports, Retaliation, Perjury, Tampering with evidence, Concealing evidence, Harassing employees, Threatening harm, controlling the judges, and disregard of due process rights are common practice.  Texas Medical Board. Prosecutors and Lawyers with the Medical Board identified by U.S. Judges as corrupt and breaking the law is common. DOJ Employees. A Civilian Police Review Committee will help Doctors and Nurses be treated fair by the police and the DOJ bullies when violating doctors' rights. Police Review Commission. The DEA is targeting thousands of doctors and patients with chronic pain and Sickle Cell patients are dying at young ages as a result of the false convictions against doctors. The DEA, Attorney General, Medical Board, and the Judges are all on the same team, leaving no Constitutional Protections or Due Process Rights for the doctors and nurses. Take a look at the senseless arrest of Nurse Alex Wubbles by two rogue police officers recently in Utah.  China and other countries are shipping tons of deadly prescription drugs to this country but the Medical Board / DEA are targeting "real" Americans with "real" symptoms and locking their doctors up in jail. Meanwhile, China ships enough illegal drugs to kill 32 million U.S. citizens weekly. PETITION SPONSORS: American Pain Institute (API) National Pain Patient Coalition (NPPC) World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF) Black Doctors Matter (BDM) Doctors Of Courage (DOC) Juneteenth National Holiday (JNH)  

Billy Earley
601 supporters
Update posted 14 hours ago

Petition to Congress and the U.S. senate

Transforming Treatable Tragedies. Help us end the neglect of those with untreated serious mental illness. The time is now to change laws in our broken mental health care system. How many more tragedies must we tolerate ?

Many lives have been lost and families destroyed, because of this brain disease or mental illness . Science and research has proven that with treatment the illness is treatable, and this prevents tragedy. Because of the complexity of this brain disease many who suffer from this illness lack insight of their illness and are able to refuse treatment and this intensifies their psychotic symptoms and usually brings upon dier consequence and sometimes even death . Parents who know their loved ones history, are being excluded in the treatment and medication plan due to privacy laws . Families are unable to get treatment and long term residential care for our loved ones., Our jails have become flooded with our sick loved ones and are not receiving treatment. Our communities have become unsafe, all because our mental health system is broken. Our nation is experiencing a crisis. We as families affected have come together to support any legislative efforts that address this issue and will not cease until we have achieved an awareness and put a stop to the madness. ..join us, share with others and share your story as others have. Transforming Treatable Tragedies. A modern day movement....donations accepted.. Www.transformingtreatabletragedies.org

Anthony and Cynthia Hernandez
2,878 supporters