Friday, October 1, 2010

Branded

Gynecologist Dr. Red Alinsod gave new meaning to “personalized” care the day he branded Ingrid Paulicivic's uterus after a hysterectomy in June of 2009.  He met her only once, but he claimed the two of them to be good friends.  As a “gesture of friendship”, with an electrocautery tool, he carved and burned her first name into her uterus after removing it from her body.  Alinsod stated that the branding was used as a method of identification, because he “did not want to get it confused with the others.”  As to why he posed holding her newly branded uterus in his hands for 50+ photographs, remains unexplained. These photographs later provided the incriminating evidence that Paulicivic discovered, accidentally, during a follow up visit with Alinsod, after complaining of burning sensations.

The lack of regard and absence of professionalism by Alinsod exemplifies the prevailing attitude that gynecology and society have toward women and the female organs.

In 2003, while performing a hysterectomy, Dr. James Guiler, a University of Kentucky medical school graduate, burned the initials of his alma mater “UK” into the uterus of Stephanie Means and at least nine other women while their uterus’ were still inside their bodies. He continues to practice medicine today.  In 2008, surgeon Steven Kirshner, branded a temporary rose tattoo next to the vagina of a spine surgery patient while she lay unconscious on his operating table.  And in 1999, it was discovered that Michael Neary performed peripartum hysterectomies on 129 women, shortly after giving birth. A major reason these unacceptable acts against women have been tolerated, is because the female organs are interior, with functions that are not outwardly visible, and not known by lay people.  If it was a man subjected to this treatment, and the removed, branded organ was a penis, it would be unfathomable and egregious. When Lorena Bobbit was raped by her husband, and in retaliation amputated his penis and chucked it out of the car window onto the side of the road, a police search team was immediately dispatched to recover the missing penis, and doctors spent nine and a half hours meticulously reattaching it to the alleged rapist. Yet the female organs are removed from 621,000 women a year in the US, one every minute, without regard for the permanently damaging consequences.

To defile a corpse is against the law and subject to criminal prosecution. Defiling an amputated female organ is no less a crime. Moments before Paulicivic’s uterus was branded, it was intricately connected to a complex network of nerves, ligaments, with a rich blood supply. It is unlikely that Alinsod informed Paulicivic that removing her uterus, a hormone responsive reproductive sex organ, would result in permanent, life altering consequences which include a three times greater risk of cardiovascular disease, the loss of uterine orgasm and sexual feeling, a shortened vagina sutured shut at the top, compromised structural support to the bladder, bowel, and pelvis, profound fatigue, diminished cognition and often, social isolation.

The uterus is integral to the well being of women. It provides critically important functions all of a woman’s life. There is no age or time when the uterus is no longer needed. Desecrating the uterus, whether it is intact or amputated, desecrates the woman, and is offensive and intolerable. Learn more about the lifelong functions of the female organs at www.hersfoundation.org.

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The lack of  information about the lifelong functions of the female organs and the disrespect and disdain for women is apparent in many of the comments that were posted after articles about the branded uterus were published online. The first set of comments below were posted by the lay public. The second set were posted by pre-medical students, medical students, and residents on a popular student medical forum. The study of obstetrics and gynecology focuses on the anatomy and functions of the female organs, where medical students learn that the uterus is a hormone responsive reproductive sex organ that provides structural support to the pelvis and the pelvic organs. They undeniably know that when the uterus is removed uterine orgasm is not possible. Many of their comments are arrogant and mock the woman and the desecration of her amputated uterus. A few were sympathetic to the woman, but the majority was not. Many of their comments offer insight about their disdain for women’s sex organs, referring to the amputated uterus as medical waste.

Comments made by the lay public:
"Just wondering.... but why does this woman give a sh*t?? It's medical waste, so who cares if he branded it, cut it open, let students practice on it, or played floor hockey with it??”

"If a barber mistreats hair that has fallen to the floor after its been cut from someones scalp, does that affect their scalp? Absolutely not! And so it is with the uterus. So what if the uterus was branded after removal?”


"I think it is hard to claim medical malpractice for something that was done to an organ already removed from someone's body. It maybe unprofessional behavior but not malpractice because it is not "practice of medicine". The OR staff could have played soccer with the removed uterus, it is still not malpractice if the procedure was uneventful. The burn could be malpractice but that is not the claim here. And why it is malpractice to have fun during something you like doing?”


Comments made by medical community:
Status: Pre-Medical  “I would like to know what font he used...cause if its really well done I think the patient owes the doc some money...”

Status: Medical student “Some people put their hands in drying cement to leave their mark. This doctor is doing the same thing as a favor to someone else... just with female reproductive organs.”


“I think it's a worthy art form and should be encouraged.”


Status: Resident “ It basically means that her husband's sex life with her is damaged as a result of this. Which sounds completely ridiculous.”


Status: Member “so how do these people even find out in the first place that their doc branded their uterus?”


Status: Pre-Medical “What?! Are you serious? Branding a uterus after a hysterectomy is nowhere on the same level as raping/mutilating a dead body.


Also, isn't it very likely that the physician and patient knew what was wrong with the uterus before they removed it? I mean, if they wanted to find out the disease status of the uterus, they would've done a biopsy rather than remove the entire thing, wouldn't you say? Not that I'm defending the physician, but who cares if a uterus that was removed and is about to be discarded/incinerated was branded with the patient's initials? You really consider that to be a hate crime? I really don't know what to say...”



Learn more about the lifelong functions of the female organs at www.hersfoundation.org.

 

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53 Comments:

At October 1, 2010 at 5:32 PM , Anonymous Jane said...

Hell would freeze over first before a man's penis or testicles were removed and graffiti-ed upon.

 
At October 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM , Anonymous TQ said...

This is not the first story of branding, are doctors now attempting to make this act commonplace??

 
At October 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM , Anonymous Jen said...

TQ,
I hadn't thought of that! You can't help but wonder how many docs are doing this branding the uterus. These are just the ones that have been publicized.

 
At October 2, 2010 at 10:18 AM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

Where are the states' medical boards in this egregious misconduct which SHOULD BE criminal?! They are supposed to protect patients not their peers!

Where is the outrage by the general public?

And why do the insurance companies continue to reimburse doctors to remove healthy organs?

 
At October 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM , Anonymous TQ said...

Jen,
And each of the publicized stories, the doctor has a different excuse for the act. But I guess this is the next extension when one's every calulated move is to make female organ removal trivial and/or sport.

 
At October 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to say this but maybe they should start removing mens penises for enlarged prostates. That would surely get LOT'S OF ATTENTION! It's the equivalent of what's being done to women. Then perhaps women & their sex organs would start to be respected.

 
At October 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Cathy said...

One of the medical students said "If you must be stupid - don't take pictures because you will end up like this doc but, better to not be stupid." In other words, make sure you don't get caught. Obviously these doctors and medical students are generally not surprised at the branding which tells us about what's going on in hospitals. Instead, they think it's funny, and have no problem using a woman's uterus as a hockey puck or Frisbee. In the same message, the author referred to the HERS Foundation as a "femi-nazi group." Why would they call women Nazi's who speak out because they don't want to be mutilated by a doctor?

 
At October 4, 2010 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Eve said...

In the S Means' case and the nine other cases that have since followed against James Guiler, reports are that the branding was done before the surgical amputation. Reportedly, Guiler proudly gave out videos of the branding to his victims. To me, that exposes all the excuses for the mere excuses that they truly are.
To me, that says that Guiler's intent was a primal animalistic method of domination. A domination that he himself eventually became unwilling to leave unknown. A domination that targeted not just Stephanie but her husband as well.
That America's ORs have widely become primitive places of "marking" triumph is not politically correct to say...But how long do we as a society ignore such blatant gender discrimination? How long before
we clarify these unnecessary acts-- by simply considering the same treatment being prescribed for the male sexual organs.
How long before we as a society see the intents beyond the visual?

 
At October 5, 2010 at 7:48 AM , Anonymous Eve said...

onOn Oct. 1, news broke that SOS Clinton and HHS' Sebelius were apologizing for US for infecting 696 male and female patients with gonorrhea and syphilis at
Guatemala's Nat. Mental Health Inst. from 1946-48.
But big govt., big pharma, big medicine doesn't always go overseas: from 1932-1972 poor black men were diagnosed with syphilis- yet left untreated in human medical experimentation in the infamous "Tuskegee experiment."
There is now video out of Bill Gates, concerned over CO2 emissions and world population, discussing how to curtail both...and "reproductive health services" gets brought up.
I now can't help but wonder if
unnecessary hysterectomy and castration are not a part of some's plans. As difficult as it is to comprehend, wouldn't the public fifty years ago have widely dismissed any suggestion of the now acknowledged human experimentation in Guatemala and the "Tuskegee experiment"?

 
At October 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM , Anonymous Gutted said...

According to German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860), all truth comprises three steps:

1. It is ridiculed
2. It is violently opposed
3. It is accepted as self-evident

A couple of examples:
Lobotomies
Gastric ulcers (caused by h-pylori)

Based on the results of a study published by ACOG in February 2000, 76% of hysterectomies did NOT meet ACOG criteria.

Where is the outrage that everyone continues to turn a blind eye?

 
At October 5, 2010 at 5:49 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

The comments that are listed after this post are astonishing. Does no one recognize that the so-called "branding" is "exemplifies the prevailing attitude that gynecology and society have toward women and the female organs." ???? It's horrible.

 
At October 5, 2010 at 9:29 PM , Anonymous Patti said...

My understanding is that a surgeon will mark/tatoo an area on the organ removed so that the pathologist has an easier time identifying it anatomically. Apparently, some arrogant SOBs have taken it to the next level. Until it happens to someone they love, until they are taken down from their 'god' pedestal, they will remain clueless unless a lawsuit makes life miserable enough for them forcing them to rethink their actions. Not long ago, some, not all, white men donned white hoods and thought it was ok to lynch black people. Nothing wrong with that they thought. A whole society went along with it, not all, but enough that it happened to begin with. It's now accepted as a hate crime. What's the difference between then and now? People have become educated and forced to look at monstrous behavior and give it a name, an education if you will. These arrogant drs/med 'students/residents' who made these incomprehensibly callous statements may as well have on hoods that have "I hate women" boldly written on them. Better yet, maybe that's the treatment they should receive....have "I hate/disrespect women" tatooed on their foreheads - that would give a woman a running chance the minute one of these idiots identifies himself/herself as her "doctor"!

 
At October 6, 2010 at 7:15 PM , Anonymous Gracie said...

Does anyone know if Dr. Alinsod was prosecuted for doing this? This is just another example how doctors are getting by with mutilating women. When will it stop? Every doctor who has removed healthy sexual organs need to be prosecuted and put in prison. Castrating women should be considered a crime. This is the worse abuse against women that I can think of. Her life is destroyed and everything that was good about her is gone forever.

I hope somehow these doctors suffer like we have for most of our life. They all need to be castrated and lets see how they feel. I could just take all of the doctors who have destroyed our lives and line them up and cut out their gonads. Why not? They do this to us for no reason at all. Oh yes, they do have a reason, MONEY!!

We need to band together and spread the word about the HERS Foundation. They need to read what other women are saying about being hysterectomized and castrated.

This makes me mad and I am angry that our senators/government doesn't do anything about it. But why would they. The majority of them are funded by the medical field.

 
At October 7, 2010 at 10:35 AM , Anonymous Jill said...

There is a story about a teenage boy's brain being left in a display jar in the medical examiner's office without the parent's consent. They found out when his high school class took a tour of the morgue and the students saw the brain in the jar with their dead classmates name on it.

www.naturalnews.com/
029966_organ_donor_lawsuit.html

I'm sure the medical students would think this is funny too.

 
At October 8, 2010 at 9:16 AM , Anonymous Eve said...

Jill's www.naturalnews.com site is well worth visiting...and not just for the story that she referenced.

 
At October 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM , Blogger adrielleroyale said...

Wow. Just wow. I'll be packing this one away on the back burner for future reference...unbelievable

 
At October 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

The comments by lay people and the medical community show a total lack of respect for the female organs. The most disturbing are the comments by the medical community. Everyone should be appalled and extremely concerned that these are the type of people overseeing our health.
Regarding the following comment:

Status: Resident “ It basically means that her husband's sex life with her is damaged as a result of this. Which sounds completely ridiculous.”

This resident must believe that as long as a woman has a vagina, the couple's sex life won’t be impacted. There’s nothing further from the truth. It MAY feel the same for the man but the woman’s loss of libido, arousal and sensation WILL impact their sex life.

Regarding this comment:

“Also, isn't it very likely that the physician and patient knew what was wrong with the uterus before they removed it? I mean, if they wanted to find out the disease status of the uterus, they would've done a biopsy rather than remove the entire thing, wouldn't you say?”

Herein lies the problem. Most gynecologists recommend hysterectomy, along with ovary removal in 75% of cases, for just about any female problem. Yet, in 98% of cases, NO organ needs to be removed. A gynecologist on the Dr. Phil show was discussing uterus transplant. When Dr. Phil asked how they got healthy uteri, the gynecologist had to admit that in most cases of hysterectomy, the uterus is not diseased. Hysterectomy is the biggest health care fraud there is yet the medical boards and attorney generals continue to turn a blind eye.

And watch out for the cancer scare tactics. They’ll even take it as far as saying you have cancer only to find out after your organs are removed that you did NOT have cancer. Be wary of referrals to oncologists by gynecologists recommending hysterectomy as the oncologist may enable the gynecologist in order to protect his referral base to the detriment of your health.

Teaching hospitals are another danger as residents must meet specific surgical requirements.

As you can see, health care really isn't about health any more. It's more about greed.

 
At October 11, 2010 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous TQ said...

Mad As Hell,
I'm surprised that a resident made any comment concerning post-hysterectomy sexual affects, I've heard repeatedly said by doctors on various shows, "they know nothing about female sexuality".

 
At October 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM , Anonymous Gutted said...

Doctor Oz had spoken out about the overuse of hysterectomy saying 80% are unnecessary (a little understated yet much more realistic than most doctors would admit).

He should be ashamed that he's chosen Dr. Lauren Streicher as his show's gyn consultant and then put up a video on his website of an excerpt from her book "The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy."

 
At October 24, 2010 at 6:28 PM , Anonymous Cathy said...

There are a lot of doctors who should be in prison, but the prosecutors are cowards. They get prosecuted for medicare fraud, but the real criminal act in harming innocent people gets ignored.

 
At October 26, 2010 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Marie said...

Ms Coffey,
Can you contact Dr. Oz on behalf of Hers and let him know of women's disappoingment in selecting Laura Streicher as the expert? And maybe even get equal time to correct any misinformation she communicated? Maybe that would be good exposure HERS and women's rights and get our voice out there heard.

Do you see any hope that hysterectomies will be performed less in the near future? People come here and express their unhappiness but it still continues to go on .... one can't help but wonder if this is a place to vent but 50 years from now, nothing will change.

Marie

 
At October 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Marie,

Thank you for your suggestion about contacting the Dr. Oz Show. We will make sure to contact them about the inaccuracies and misinformation presented on their show.

Please continue to submit suggestions about how we can further the public dialogue about the alternatives and consequences of hysterectomy.

On Friday, October 29th, there will be a special screening of Rick Schweikert's play "un becoming" at the Bozeman Public Library in Bozeman, MT followed by a discussion with the playwright and Nora W. Coffey. If you would like HERS to come speak in your community, please contact HERS at 610.667.7757 or 888.750.HERS, or email at hersfdn@earthlink.net.

With your participation, support, and voice, we can stop unwarranted hysterectomy and female castration from becoming the legacy of another generation of women and girls.

 
At October 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

I wrote to Dr. Oz after his "Sex after 40" show on Sept. 22. I applauded him for doing the show on "Hysterectomy: the #1 Surgery you don't need." I then expressed my disappointment that he failed to point out the correlation between loss of libido and sexual function and hysterectomy.

I stated that it's time that those who can make a difference, such is he, start speaking out. I also said that Nora would probably be willing to be a guest on his show.

 
At November 1, 2010 at 2:31 PM , Anonymous Sh-t Disturber said...

I posted on the previous blog - https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=4326528465005359200&postID=2075498199577879560 -
about attending a Missouri Baptist Medical Center presentation on gyn issues.

At that presentation, Dr. Timothy Philpott stated that he recommends that post-menopausal women undergoing hysterectomy have their ovaries removed to avoid the 1 in 70 chance of ovarian cancer. Dr. Philpott also failed to mention the many adverse effects of hysterectomy with or without ovary removal. When the facilitator didn't address my questions I'd provided on an index card, I spoke out about the lifelong functions of the uterus and ovaries.

I then rated Dr. Philpott on www.ratemds.com. Within a few weeks, someone had flagged my rating for review and then it was deleted the next day. In the ratemds FAQ's, it says "Please only rate doctors for whom you have first-hand knowledge." Since I attended the presentation, that IS first-hand knowledge. It does NOT say that you have to be a patient of the doctor. IMO, this action by Ratemds makes them another enabler of the hysterectomy industry.

 
At November 1, 2010 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous Sh-t Disturber said...

I previously wrote about attending a Missouri Baptist Medical Center presentation on gyn issues - https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=4326528465005359200&postID=2075498199577879560.

At that presentation, ob/gyn Dr. Timothy Philpott stated that he recommends ovary removal at the time of hysterectomy for post-menopausal women in order to avoid the 1 in 70 chance of ovarian cancer. Dr. Philpott also failed to mention the many adverse effects of hysterectomy with or without ovary removal. At the end of the presentation, I spoke out about the lifelong functions of the female organs and that I doubted the doctors there would allow the removal of their testicles.

I posted a rating of Dr. Philpott on www.ratemds.com. Several weeks later, I saw that the rating was flagged with the note that it was “under review.” It was then removed the following day. Per Ratemds’ FAQ “Who can rate,” it states “Please only rate doctors for whom you have first-hand knowledge.” Nowhere does Ratemds say that one must be a patient of the doctor. Since I attended the presentation, my knowledge IS first-hand. I thought ratemds was a reputable site but evidently I was wrong.

 
At November 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM , Anonymous Sh-t Disturber said...

At that presentation, ob/gyn Dr. Timothy Philpott stated that he recommends ovary removal at the time of hysterectomy for post-menopausal women in order to avoid the 1 in 70 chance of ovarian cancer. Dr. Philpott also failed to mention the many adverse effects of hysterectomy with or without ovary removal. At the end of the presentation, I spoke out about the lifelong functions of the female organs and that I doubted the doctors there would allow the removal of their testicles.

I posted a rating of Dr. Philpott on www.ratemds.com. Several weeks later, I saw that the rating was flagged with the note that it was “under review.” It was then removed the following day. Per Ratemds’ FAQ “Who can rate,” it states “Please only rate doctors for whom you have first-hand knowledge.” Nowhere does Ratemds say that one must be a patient of the doctor. Since I attended the presentation, my knowledge IS first-hand. I thought ratemds was a reputable site but evidently I was wrong.

 
At November 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM , Anonymous Disgusted. said...

http://www.news.com.au/national/patient-too-shocked-to-complain-about-genital-surgery-jury-told/story-e6frfkwi-1225947456163

Yet another example of doctors exercising carte blanche in the operating room, because they can. Protected by their peers and staff (the nurses' code of silence), and the absolute safe word of "cancer," he cut off her clitoris. First, this would never happen to man. A doctor would never hastily amputate a man's penis for fear of cancer. Secondly, it would most certainly never happen without the man's consent. The way women are treated by gynecologists disgusts me.

 
At November 4, 2010 at 8:54 AM , Anonymous carolargyle@gmail.com said...

I am a 55 year old eunich as I had a radical hysterectomy in 1984 and because my mother died of ovarian cancer the doctor recommended that I have everything removed to stop me from getting cancer. My first son was born when I was age 17 with no problems then I had numerous miscarriages and at age 23I gave birth to my 2nd son. I had to stay in bed the last few months of the pregnancy but he was healthy but I have not had a healthy day since. I developed hypothyroidism, high blood pressure that took years to control it, I also have empty sella syndrome so even though I am being treated with levothyroxine I have a low tsh so my internist I live in hell every day, I need from .25 mcg to .3 mcg and he has me down to .15. I have gained 40 pounds, I am suicidal, I lose everything I touch, I don't really have any intense feelings about anything and I have systemic sclerosis and feel crappy all of the time, I have fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, insomnia, chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis but every doctor I go to thinks I am crazy because one day I have a pancreatic pseudocyst and a week later it is gone. I have severe migraines and chronic fatige but can't sleep, etc., etc. anyway I recently found a golf ball size lump on my pubic bone, I had fibroids and pre-cancer in my uterus, cervix and overies. Do you think this could be cancer?

 
At November 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM , Anonymous Mark said...

It is not surprising that there is no response from the medical students or resident who made the crude and disrespectful remarks in the above article. They are little cowards who hide behind their user names.

 
At November 16, 2010 at 1:43 PM , Anonymous TQ said...

Marie,
I would say that this website is currently not a place to vent, but a place where women inform of the true experience and consequences following hysterectomy. That is an activity that is timeless, too often we hear from women who say "if hysterectomy is such a problem - why are women not speaking up"

To the other issue of affecting the rate of hysterectomies performed - that will depend on us, meaning women and men and whether we want such a destructive practice to continue to be visited upon healthy women.

 
At December 2, 2010 at 12:59 AM , Anonymous OSU doc said...

This is what happens to good doctors who tell the truth.

www.sallytellsherstory.com

 
At December 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

Kudos to you, Dr. Nuovo, for standing up to the fraud surrounding the hysterectomy industry! We need many more like you. Greed in the gynecology specialty is rampant and is rapidly spreading to other specialties.

My gynecologist used the commonly used cancer scare tactics (ovarian) to get my "consent" for a hysterectomy and oophorectomy. After removing my one ovary with a cystadenoma and getting the results of the frozen section (benign), he then proceeded to remove my other (healthy) ovary and my healthy uterus with the help of two medical students.

This was done by Dr. Richard Muckerman at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Muckerman is the son of a former St. John's Chief of OB/Gyn.

Dr. Muckerman referred me to an oncologist and then failed to follow his recommendation to only remove the one ovary. However, the oncologist's medical records are also suspect.

 
At December 22, 2010 at 7:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you done any resarch about fibroids and myomectomies/hysterectomies in Copenhagen, Denmark?

I am in my mid 40s, regularly ovulating and have regular 28-day menstrual periods and am veyr fertile, BUT have a large fibroid (25cmX18cmX12cm) because of all the estrogen I produce. I want ot have a baby and have not had the opportunity before now, in life. This fibroid has made me look pregnant BUT I do not want a hysterectomy. I keep saying that and writing that to the hospital but I fel no one is hearing me. I am terrified of being butchered, of waking up and being benignly told the lie that there was "no alternative" except to remove my uterus. I come from a family with women who have gotten pregnant in their 50s! I still hope to have a child and I do not want oto be robbed of the ability because I am considered by a male surgeon to be "old". I am afraid my right to have a child will be stolen.

I know they have the ability to take the time to remove only the fibroid and suture my uterus. But I am afraid my desire for only an abdominal myomectomy is being dismissed as "stupid, unreasonable woman chatter"

Have you heard anything about Denmark and how they handle women with large fibroids? I know in Bangalore, India (in 2010!) they are removing 8kg and 6kg fibroids from older women and leaving their uteruses intact. I am so afraid I will be robbed of my child-bearing ability in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is supposed to be a modern, advanced place for medicine. I am so afraid. I am losing sleep, crying constantly and worried all day and night.

 
At December 24, 2010 at 12:04 AM , Anonymous Sh-t Disturber said...

Gynecologists will go to great lengths to silence us and prevent other women from learning the truth.

I'd previously written about The Missouri Baptist gynecologist, Dr. Timothy Philpott, who stated during a presentation that he removes ovaries in post-menopausal women at the time of hysterectomy. I spoke out at the end of the presentation about the adverse effects of hysterectomy and oophorectomy (castration) and that I doubted he (or the other two presenting doctors) would have their testicles removed.

In order to warn other women, I posted a rating of Dr. Philpott on www.ratemds.com. Several days later, he flagged it for review and Ratemds removed it.

It's troubling that those who have "inside" information about doctors can't post on these doctor rating websites if they aren't patients. A doctor's punctuality and friendliness of staff are trivial matters compared to the fact that he defies evidence based medicine by removing healthy organs thereby greatly increasing risk of all-cause mortality and destroying quality of life.

 
At December 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous Sh-t Disturber said...

Clarification on my previous post where I stated "Several days later, he flagged it for review and Ratemds removed it."

It's possible that it wasn't Dr. Philpott who actually flagged the rating for review. It could have been anyone - himself, one of his staff, one of his patients, or someone not even related to his practice. But if I were a betting person, I would bet that it was someone with a "vested interest."

 
At December 31, 2010 at 10:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Women,
It would be to your advantage to read books that are available out there about womens health and do your own homework.

A number of gynecologists are "quite the actors"... appearing to be sympathetic and kind... when they are just out to the money from a hysterectomy. Educate yourself! I was almost fooled by one doctor's acting, but after I did my own research and got it confirmed by an ethical doctor, I spared my organs. Women need to start taking thier health into their own hands and not just go with the along with whatever a doctor says "because he is a doctor".

The medical industry has become quite a money making business. Please read what Dr. Christine Nortup has to say. Here is a website to read with important information about mammograms from Dr. Northrup: http://www.healyourlife.com/author-christiane-northrup-md/2010/10/lifeshelp/get-healthy/what-s-best-for-your-breasts

I highly recommend her books.

Nicole

 
At December 31, 2010 at 12:54 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Nicole,

There are woman who have been hysterectomized by Christiane Northrup who have a different view about her, and they would not recommend her or anything she has written:

http://users.rcn.com/cabbidge/Index.html#Through%20the

 
At December 31, 2010 at 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear what was done to this woman. I will just take the good information from her books and now know the Dr's true stand on hysterectomies.

Nicole

 
At January 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can I be sure that a hysterectomy is what I really need? My ob/gyn has been telling me that I need one for several years now. I have procrastinated due to sites like this. When is it truly necessary?

 
At January 6, 2011 at 8:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you needed one for several years now and chose not to get one, why isn't your health suffering now after several years? Think about it... your doctor makes his living off hysterectomies. Please read "What your Doctor may not tell you about Perimenopause" or What your doctor may not tell you about Menopause". I recommend the first book even if you are in or past menopause. You can also ask to speak with Nora Coffey by phone and she can help you through it.

Jacqueline

 
At January 8, 2011 at 5:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous Dated 1/4/2011:

I should have also told you that I was told years ago that I needed a hysterectomy as well. I read the books listed above as well as other books and sought out a better doctor and learned I did not need surgery. I found an easy fix for my problem and it never returned thanks to the help of a reputable doctor.

Please ask Nora for a trustworthy doctor referral. Please read the books listed above and educate yourself. Don't just follow the advise of someone with M.D. by their name. If I had followed the advise of a GYN, I too would have received a hysterectomy when I did not need one. It's sad to say, but for many GYN's, it's all about money.

Jacqueline

 
At February 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

Hysterectomizer Dr. Christianne Northrup was on Dr. Oz yesterday. She said that when she was the chief resident at Tufts, the saying was "There's no room in the tomb for the womb!" That should really be no surprise to any of us here. We know all too well how gyns will go to great lengths to rob us of our sex organs!

Northrup also mentioned the Mayo study that showed increased risk of Parkinsonism in castrated women and said women should "hold on to their ovaries." At least she gave that word of warning BUT said NOTHING about hysterectomy or about all the other risks of sex organ removal. And, as we know, the medical mafia seems to have gotten to Dr. Oz because he was mum too except to joke that he'd be sure to hold on to his ovaries!

Northrup also said that 1 in 3 women has their ovaries removed to prevent ovarian cancer and "she gets that." She "gets that?" I'm sure she's well aware that a woman's lifetime risk of OC is less than 2%. But of course she failed to inform the viewers of this important fact!

 
At February 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

Forgot to mention -

Dr. Oz asked Northrup if she uses bio-ID hormones. She said that she doesn't because she feels good without them. She had tried them but didn't feel any different.

BUT I'm sure she still has all her parts! It's my understanding that she had fibroids removed via myomectomy. Hmmm - I wonder how many patients she hysterectomized for fibroids and other benign conditions!

Intact women don't need to take hormones:
"A healthy female body will produce the amount of estrogen best suited to her constitution."
(1997: Lilipoh Journal)

 
At February 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

More evidence of the hysterectomy "medical mafia" -

Dr. Stanley West (author of "The Hysterectomy Hoax") reported attending a seminar on medical economics in 1994. The experts said that gyns make their money by doing surgery and that hysterectomy generates the most money. The attendees were encouraged to cultivate their patients carefully. Initial care would include advice on contraception, then it would move to pregnancy and delivery. Once the family was completed, the gyn should start planting the idea that his/her patient would one day need a hysterectomy.

This is precisely why 22 million women in the U.S. have had a hysterectomy and why there's been no reduction in the hysterectomy rate. This is a culture that starts in medical school and being as lucrative as it is will be hard to change absent legislation.

 
At February 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM , Anonymous Gutted said...

Roseanne Barr was on Oprah last week. She went into a whole spiel about how sex is so overrated. That along with her figure made me suspect that she'd had a hyst. I missed part of the show but evidently she also mentioned having been in and out of psych wards for a period (not sure when)...another red flag that she'd had a hyst.

So I did a web search and, sure enough, she had a hyst in August 2003 which derailed her two TV series. It's pretty telling that she's just now getting back into the public life.

It sure would help our cause if these hysterectomized celebrities would speak out.

 
At February 22, 2011 at 9:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gutted,
What do you mean when you say you can tell by her figure?

Thanks.

Alecia

 
At February 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous Gutted said...

Hysterectomized women tend to have no waist with a protruding belly and a shortened upper torso. This is because the severing of 4 sets of ligaments to remove the uterus causes the hip bones to widen and the spine to compress. Over time, the rib cage descends toward the hip bones.

The female anatomy DVD says it all - http://hersfoundation.com/anatomy/index.html

 
At March 8, 2011 at 11:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since men like to look at women, how sad it is that they are destroying women's figures and health.

Jane.

 
At March 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Gutted said...

Not only does it affect a woman's appearance, it usually causes some back, hip and leg pain and limits mobility.

 
At March 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM , Anonymous Ann said...

I had a hysterectomy in 2006. I do not regret my decesion. I had fibroids on the inside and out side of my uterous. I bleed constantly for years. I had so manyDNC"S that I had so much scar tissue, that I wouldn't have got pregnant if I wanted too. I have no children. Which I deeply regret. I had a tilted uterous probaly tilted during one of the DNC's.I STILL HAVE PAIN. I have reaccuring ovariaan cysts,chronic constipation, decrease sex drive, I am still able to have vaginal orgamisms thank God. I feel stupid because I requested my hysterectomy due to the bleeding cramping and pain. I was not told of the side effects emotional, panic attacks I thought I was going crazy.It took abut a year. I have an ovary left which i will keep despite the pain,I now know the benifits thanks to you.

 
At March 21, 2011 at 8:31 PM , Anonymous hmatt said...

I had my hyst feb 3, 2010, after putting it off for 6 months, I had pre cancer cells in my uterus, and on my cervics, heavy bleeding 3 weeks a month, thats why I had surgrey. They left my ovaries,which they said would help me with hormones, I was 39 then, now I cant remember any thing, my joints hurt, I am tried all the time, no sex drive, I go from mad to crying in seconds back to happy in a mintue, as you can tell I cant spell worth a flip anymore either lol, really tho my family is really concerned for me, so what can I do now... help...

 
At June 18, 2011 at 6:48 PM , Anonymous Bobbigirl said...

Oh Honey, no one responded. Maybe because we are all, after years and years of feeling the same way you do, unable to help you. No one can help us. We just plug away. Keep trying. Trying to deal with the loss of self.

How are you?

 
At August 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM , Anonymous brenda said...

I have never heard of such, i almost didnt read it thinking it was a metaphor and didnt literally mean the women had been branded.
I always think of how the quote "You can tell a lot about a society by the way it treats it animals" -Gandhi . Society is sick period. Boys and girls are taught by peers, media etc that girls /women are just sexual objects. Teens role model people like ( Christina Aguilera dressed up like naughty school girl) instead of people who have more altruistic virtues. So sad. All of this dumbing down of society has become the "in" thing.
I live in an area that is dominated very much by hunters most of which are "trophy" hunters. No one seems to think its inhumane to torture ( I say torture because many are not one shot kills) and kill innocent animals for something to hang on "their" wall. They also have an issue neutering their pets, but "their women" will end up with tubel ligation ( major surgery) before a man will have a vasectomy ! You would think that women by now would have put an end to horrible things done to them and their children but no ....it seems that women are now joining in on cruelties and protecting men who do it. If you read the comments under the video of (btw what appears to be a healthy living uterus being branded) his ex nurse defends him. Now maybe its a male nurse I doubt it though. We need strong women role models in society desperately to mentor and speaks up for those who cant. Strong does not mean becoming like men such as this doc and trying to be "one of the guys".
I know that there are many men out there that find this behavior gruesome also and I'm not talking about you, you too have a responsibility to stand up for and protect women. - brenda

 

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