A book I highly recommend and consider a ‘must have’ in my library: ‘Breast Implants and the D.I.R.T. Committee’, by Gail Hamilton.
When my rupture was diagnosed I turned to the internet to find out if there were others that had also experienced complications with their breast implants. I was feeling completely alone and afraid. I needed to connect and I needed information.
I soon discovered that I was one of millions and that there was a dark history of corruption and fraud within breast implant manufacturers. GREED being the bottom line, NOT the safety of women. Women have been used as unwitting HUMAN GUINEA PIGS since the early 60’s.
I was told about Gail’s book. It was highly recommended so I purchased it, and I’m so glad I did!
In her book, Gail, manages to brilliantly weave together her own personal journey through having failed breast implants, the resulting devastation to her health, and the shady, even criminal, history of Dow Corning, the manufacturer of her implants.
In the 90s there was a major class action lawsuit brought against breast implant manufacturers. Dow Corning was named in the suit. In a despicable act of deception which mirrored their despicable activities manufacturing and selling breast implants, Dow created the D.I.R.T. Committee. The committee’s sole purpose was to find and destroy any damning documents that could be problematic in the law suit. Fortunately they missed some. Their dirty dealings were revealed despite their desperate measures to hide them.
Though ‘Breast Implants and the D.I.R.T. Committee’ focuses on Dow Corning, the information is totally relevant today as key players from Dow went on to form other breast implant manufacturing companies, taking their trail of corruption with them. Some of them have served jail time for their criminal actions.
This is a relevant thread to this day.
FYI: Through the class action lawsuit in the 90’s it was revealed that Dow Corning had deliberately falsified records about the breast implants that I had. They sold the devices knowing they were flawed and had a near 100% failure rate at the 5-6 year mark (which is precisely when mine had unknowingly failed). They were recalled, but I was never notified.
My copy of ‘Breast Implants and the D.I.R.T. Committee’ is heavily highlighted with coloured markers and notes in margins. I reference this book often. It’s such great information.