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Petition to Scott Gottlieb MD, Jeff Shuren, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD

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: ) (also see: (also see: The attached video below shows an example of morcellation 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).  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.

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Petition to Marco Rubio, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Frederica S. Wilson, Paul D. Ryan, Jeff Duncan, Bob Corker, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Donald J. Trump


CALL TO ACTION Venezuela is approaching a special date this January 10th of 2019 in which ends the normal Presidential term. With eight months in advance, the past month of May, Nicolás Maduro Moros he made his own re-election as President, and going over the laws with the support of the CNE (Elections office). That fraudulent action has been disapprove by most of the Democratic Goverments. Therefore,  Nicolás Maduro Moros can’t be recognized as Venezuelan President. Venezuela suffer a pretty bad social situation, signed by hunger and dead completely outside of human and civil rights controlled by a madness regimen. IS TIME TO ACT! Call for action to restore the validity of the Venezuelan ConstitutionThe Venezuelan Diaspora, represented by the signatories of the document "RESTORE DEMOCRACY AND RECOVER VENEZUELA FOR LIFE IN FREEDOM ", They address the legitimate and constitutional institutions of the nation, the Venezuelans, civilians and the military, and the international bodies involved in the restoration of democracy and the full validity of the Constitution in our country, so that they act in a concerted manner in this vital time for the restoration of democracy and freedom in Venezuela.Considering the terrible social and economic situation that Venezuela is experiencing, which has led to the mass exodus, unprecedented in America, due to famine, death and insecurity; understanding that the rule of law is non-existent in a kidnapped country, submitted to organizations and nations linked to drug trafficking, guerrillas and terrorism; taking into account that the Supreme Court of Justice and the National Assembly, legitimately constituted powers, have decreed an institutional void in the Presidency of the Republic usurped by Nicolas Maduro Moros, who illegitimately claims to be sworn in for a new six-year period, next January 10th.Fully assuming that it is the duty of every Venezuelan citizen to prevent the Constitution of the Republic from losing its validity, and that the law of the nation has been violated by Nicolas Maduro Moros and his dictatorial regime, which forces us to take action to restore the mandate of the Constitution; Invested with the power granted by Article 333 of the Constitution, and in order to comply with its mandate, we proceed to propose bases of action to restore the effective validity of the constitutional text:- That the Venezuelan civil society, the democratic countries of the continent and the world, and the international organizations act effectively to disregard the usurper Nicolas Maduro Moros as President of the Republic of Venezuela.- That the National Assembly must: 1) Recovers the fullness of its constitutional functions and ignore the constituent national assembly and its actions. 2) Designates an integrated Transition Government in a plural and representative form of the Venezuelan society, so that in the shortest time possible reorders the dramatic situation of the population, restores the validity of the Constitution and creates the conditions for a free general election.3) Proceeds to the reconstitution of all State Powers, according to the Constitution and taking into account the State of Emergency that Country is going through. - The rectors of the National Electoral Council will purge the electoral system and will call general elections for the full restitution of the constitutionality and the Rule of Law. - The Transitional Government will designate an Advisory Council, with broad representation of all sectors of the country and the diaspora, which will contribute to emergency actions and the design of public policies. Our call is, first and foremost, to all Venezuelans, who are obliged to act for our country, its freedom and democracy; and secondly, to the international community, which is indispensable for the restitution of the Rule of Law and the implementation of social and economic-financial programs for the recovery of Venezuela. The organized civil society of Venezuela and the constitutionalist sector of the National Armed Forces must be guarantors of the change that must take place immediately. VENAMÉRICA - ILDESIF - DEMOS - VEPPEX CASA VENEZUELA ARIZONA - VENEMEX (MÉXICO)OBSERVATORIO HANNAH ARENDT (CAPÍTULO USA)CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS SOCIALES (CENSO)ASOVENGUI SAN SEBASTIAN ESPAÑA - VENAMÉRICA-WASHINGTON FREEDOM 4 VENEZUELAVENEZUELA TRICOLOR - VENEZOLANOS ACTIVOS EN EL EXTERIOR (VAEX) VENAMÉRICA CHILE - BIENVENIDOS VENEZOLANOSAYUDA HUMANITARIA PARA VENEZUELA JUVENTUD VENEZOLANA EN EL EXTERIOR (JUVENEX)UN BOCADITO PARA VENEZUELA   VENAMÉRICA.ORG8300 NW 53rd. St. Suite 350, Doral, FL 33166, USA Email: Phone: + 1 954 607 9038      

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