Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
This movie opened in the US on June 29th ... hope everyone sees it soon! Here's a site for buying tickets ahead.
We got to see it on Google Video before it got removed a couple of weeks ago.
Here's the official homepage clip.
Click here for an outstanding interview ... Bill Maher and Michael Moore talk about how corporatized healthcare is not working for the benefit of the patients.
Most women who believe the industry rap that breast implants are safe, sign up for a lifetime of surgery and medical care ... increasingly with no medical insurance.
Michael Moore's Website discusses the corporate backlash against this film .... some industry flacks are going to get way rich spinning this documentary wonder.
Here's an earlier article from the International Herald Tribune: "Sicko" offers new talking points on health care.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Please visit our homepage, Breast Implant Awareness.org to meet several brave women who have shared their breast implant related stories.
More to come.
With love from Ilena
Friday, June 22, 2007
"Quackbusters" Have Giant Court Losses on Two Continents: Holland, Pennsylvania & California Courts Rule Against Them
Recent rulings in Amsterdam, Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of California are heavy blows to the Quackwatch anti-chiropractic and anti-alternative medicine organizations.
After years of being labeled a"quack," and defamed and ridiculed professionally, Dr. Maria Sickesz won a great victory in Amsterdam, Holland early June 2007.
The Netherlands Appeals Court ordered the "Vereniging tegen de Kwalzalverij" (Association Against Quackery, which is the Dutch version of the so- called "Quackbusters" ) to cease and desist from using the demeaning, subjective and pejorative term "quack." This group is linked extensively on their website with the American "quackwatch" headed by Stephen Barrett, who also has suffered several legal defeats recently.
The Justices recognized that this group's affinity for giving demeaning labels to doctors with whose practices they disagreed was a way of shutting down emerging science.
They were also ordered to publish a public retraction in two widely circulated newspapers. It has been estimated this will cost them around thirty thousand euros (~US$40,350) and has been written that this will bankrupt this highly controversial association whose work is attempting to destroy alternative practioners in Holland.
Dr. Sickesz developed a kind of healing called orthomanual therapy which integrates chiropractic practices. For several decades the quackbuster organizations around the world have waged legal and public relations wars against chiropractors and other non traditional practitioners, demonizing them with their biased campaigns.
In June, for the second time, Barrett lost a case in a Pennsylvania Appeals Court against a local and respected chiropractor in his hometown of Allentown, PA.
Suing Dr. Tedd Koren has definitely backfired on the longtime head of the quackwatch empire. During this case, Barrett had to reveal that he had failed his psychiatric medical board tests and was never board certified for the decades he practiced.Board certification protects patients. Shortly thereafter, Barrett made a public announcement that after 40 years, he was leaving Allentown.
Barrett Vs Rosenthal was decided in November, 2006 against Barrett and his co-plaintiffs, Terry Polevoy and Christopher Grell. Though Barrett had claimed he was defamed and libeled, the Supreme Court Justice's final words in the decision were, "As the lower courts correctly concluded, however, none of the hostile comments against Dr. Barrett alleged in the complaint are defamatory."
In May, 2007, Barrett and Polevoy were ordered to post bonds of over $433,000 in this case.
In an earlier court loss, Barrett and fellow "National Council Against Health Fraud" member, Wallace Sampson, were ruled to be biased and unworthy of credibility in a case they lost against King Bio, a homeopathic remedy company.
In 2003, they also lost to Botanical Laboratories, and were ordered to pay a significant judgment. The Judges understood the NCAHF mission and wrote: Appellant (NCAHF) believes that no one should be allowed to market homeopathic remedies.
Soon thereafter, NCAHF's California license was suspended for nearly 4 years, until early, 2007.
Dutch Newspaper Report
Barrett Vs Rosenthal - Links to court documents & history of case
NCAHF Vs King Bio Documents
Court Victory for Chiropractors Against Quackbusters
Ilena Rosenthal Blog
Monday, June 11, 2007
I knew that women needed to connect with each other ... and so I began the first internet newsgroup dedicated to supporting women with breast implant difficulties.
I got smack dab in the way of the multi-billion dollar breast implant industry.
They had decided that they ... and those they chose ... would control the information on the internet and amongst the groups of implanted women.
From almost the first moment on Usenet ~ "The Wild West of the Internet" I was pushed head-on by an anonymous bully "mplnt" ~ who turned out to be the Vice President, then President of McGhan / Inamed, aggressively marketing implants.
Attaching himself with insiders is the exact modus operandi discussed in this excellent expose The Public Relations Industry's
Secret War on Activists by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton.
Since that time, my personal, professional and advocate life has been scrutinized, attacked, lied about, intruded upon, misrepresented, and re-written. Their version of me has been google bombed beyond imagination.
No comment has been too untrue or too personal or too made up to be posted as "facts" repeatedly. I have had private investigators stalk me and people close to me. My personal and unique name has been highjacked and viscious propaganda spread by the very people who lost to me court.
We never had a Humantics Foundation website until the Quackbuster Regime sued me in late 2000 in a massive legal and smear attack against scores of their critics. Because of the massive amount of lies and attempts to harm my good name, we created our first website in September, 2001. After all three plaintiffs lost in June, 2001, anyone searching for my name, would be greeted with the losing plaintiffs upside down and backwards version of me. After the Supreme Court of California ruled in my favor against them in this ultimate Industry Vs Activist SLAPP suit ... they upped their attacks on every level possible.
To believe their version of me ... I am the oldest, fattest, ugliest, most fraudulent, greediest, stupidest, useless, woman on earth ... my only goal to hurt the breast implant cause and the women.
Google has been bombed and then bombed by them attempting to redefine who I am, filling Usenet, Wikipedia, the blog world with their version. Having been ordered to post bonds of over $400,000 for my lawyer's fees ... they've gone beserk with their smears.
This page explains the lawsuit ... and what it means to internet law and free speech protection.
This page describes a portion of the smear campaign against me and those who have made careers out of attempting to destroy me ... and mine.
To take back my identity ... I have created this blog ... to tell you more about the real Ilena, what is important to me, and why I refuse to be silenced.
You are welcome to visit our homepage, Breast Implant Awareness.org.
Blessings to you from me from somewhere on God's Green Planet.