How did You get your Dose of DES? with Chicken, Turkey, Beef or Vitamin Supplement?

The Truth about Diethylstilbestrol

The Truth about Diethylstilbestrol
A cow that was treated with growth hormones to produce more milk

More people than we think have been exposed to DES because it was used to support faster growth in cattle ,chicken, turkeys in meats and poultry up through the 70’s. After the 70’s regardless of DES’ illegal status farmers were still using it with no regards to the consequences of their actions …

As Ruth Ozeki learns about the meat industry she starts to realize how many issues there are within it. One of the issues she discusses is the growth hormone DES that was used to support faster growth in cattle and chicken in meats and poultry up through the 70’s.

Read The Truth about Diethylstilbestrol, by John Krueger, May 2012

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Dr. Mark Sherry comments on DES Diethylstilbestrol

Mark Sherry, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, has developed a series of YouTube videos to support his teaching (particularly for online classes) and discuss books that his students are studying.

Below is one of these videos in which he discusses
DES Daughters – Embodied Knowledge and the Transformation of  Women’s Health Politics
a book by Susan E. Bell

Online lecture highlights :

  • An overview of Susan E. Bell’s book
  • An overview of the DES Timeline
  • The DES side effects experienced by DES Daughters and DES Sons
  • The social action component of research and how DES activists forced medicine to change, how DES victims got together to force a federal task force to look into the DES issues and how a national registry was developed to record DES health issues
  • An overview of Susan E. Bell’s DES studies
  • How DES was marketed
  • Assignments about real DES stories
  • DES third generation

Video published on May 21, 2012 by Dr. Mark Sherry.

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Attorney Stephen Sheller comments on DES Diethylstilbestrol

Video published on Jul 19, 2012 by ShellerPC

Archival footage from 1989 with Attorney Stephen Sheller P.C., Dorie Lenz Public Affairs Director on WPHL-TV and Sue Lawler DES Action PA.

The interview addresses the following questions and many more:

  • What if a DES Daughter marries a DES Son?
  • Why is it so important to educate not only the medical profession but also consumers about DES and its devastating side effects?
  • How did a drug – once given in full faith to prevent miscarriage – end up being given as a Day After Pill?
  • How comes the Department of Agriculture banned the use of DES in animals before it was banned in pregnant women?
  • Why did DES continue to be prescribed after a 1953 study suggested that DES was ineffective to prevent miscarriage?
  • Why was DES marketed for use in pregnancy even though it had never been tested on pregnant animals?

Video published on Jul 19, 2012 by ShellerPC.

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Diethylstilbestrol DES Drug for Pregnant Women

Late 1980s video published on Jul 12, 2012 by ShellerPC

Archival footage from late 1980s with Attorney Stephen Sheller, P.C. on AM Philadelphia which brings the DES matter to people’s attention and acknowledges the devastating side effects of this drug on women and men and over three generations.

Video published on Jul 12, 2012 by ShellerPC.

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DES Diethylstilbestrol Awareness Video

Have you heard of DES ?

One of the first worldwide drug scandal is DES (Diethylstilbestrol) affecting millions of people in countries where the anti miscarriage drug was widely prescribed to pregnant women decades ago. You may have been exposed to DES without knowing it! The time bomb effects and associated health issues on three generations are still being ignored.

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Want to know more about the pregnancy drug DiEthylStilbestrol?

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Five Scary and Shocking Facts about Diethylstilbestrol
Drug companies ignored DES studies results, the FDA did NOT ban the DES drugs, it continued to be used and many new doctors don’t even know about Diethylstilbestrol.

Online Global DES Health History Survey
Calling all DES Mothers, Daughters and Sons!
Did you take part in the new 2012 Diethylstilbestrol health history survey created by DES Action USA and open to all DES-exposed individuals worldwide.

DES Daughters
What is a DES Daughter? Who are they?
Women born between 1938 and 1978, exposed to the anti miscarriage drug Diethylstilbestrol before birth (in the womb) are defined as DES Daughters.

DES Sons
What is a DES Son? Who are they?
Men born between 1938 and 1978, exposed to the anti miscarriage drug Diethylstilbestrol before birth (in the womb) are defined as DES Sons.

1000 Thanks to our 1000 Facebook Fans !
June 21th 2012 marks a Milestone in our efforts to raise awareness of the DES drug scandal and tragedy with 1000 Fans on Facebook.

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Health compromised by DES Drug

DES Daughters Andrea Goldstein and Caitlin McCarthy interviews

YouTube video from benzestrol © courtesy of TheBostonChannel
UPDATED Jun 06, 2011 Segment Three: Medical Journal

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Effets transgénérationnels des perturbateurs endocriniens: les leçons du DES

Endocrine Disruptors and Lessons from DES Diethylstilbestrol

Pour plus d’information sur la journée tenue à l’Assemblée Nationale le 10 Avril 2012 vous pouvez lire cet article: Les Perturbateurs Endocriniens publié le 26 Avril dernier.

Intervention du Dr Annie J. Sasco, Médecin épidémiologiste du cancer, sur le thème “Effets transgénérationnels des perturbateurs endocriniens: les leçons du DES” lors de la table-ronde organisée par WECF le 10 avril sur le thème “Perturbateurs endocriniens, effets et mécanismes d’action de la conception à la maturité”.

Le Distilbène DES, en savoir plus

Endocrine Disruptors: DES Lessons

On Tuesday 10th April 2012, the French National Assembly hosted a debate around the harmful effects of endocrine disruptors to convince governments to take action.  French and foreign Endocrine Disruptors (ED) specialists attended the event, gave presentations and discussed the many issues associated with ED.  Among them was Dr. Annie J. Sasco , Cancer epidemiologist, INSERM Research Director, University of Bordeaux, France,  who worked on the transgenerational effects of endocrine disruptors, more specifically those of DES: “I am very pessimistic. For 30 years, cancer has doubled in the world. The DES tragedy is not enough. Even though DES was registered in 1939 in Britain on the poisons’ list, and it had been proven it was ineffective for the prevention of miscarriage since 1953, nothing prevented this drug from being widely produced and prescribed. It has been recognized as a carcinogenic drug since 1974, and it is now proven to have effects on the third generation in terms of risk of cancer, including ovarian and genital malformation rate 18 times higher than normal. We’ve just banned Bisphenol A in baby bottles yet the risks were known since the 30s. Another example is hormone replacement therapy: its extended use to 10 years of treatment is associated with an increased risk of cancer. ”

You can find more information about this debate by reading this article published on April, 26th (approximate translation by Google).

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Diethylstilbestrol Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma Vaginal Cancer

Elevated risk for this type of cancer in DES Daughters as they age

DES and Cancer: the Never Ending Story

Diethylstilbestrol DES clear cell adenocarcinoma CCA vaginal cancer41 years ago, a connection between DES exposure and cancer in DES daughters was established.  Cases of Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma (CCA) of the vagina were diagnosed in an age group never before found to develop it. At the time the peak incidence of CCA in DES Daughters was in the late teens and early 20s. Most young women with CCA of the vagina have a history of prenatal exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES). DES daughters were told by physicians that the risk was low when you reach your 30s and you can still read today on some websites that “if a DES daughter has not developed this cancer by age 30, she will not develop it”.

But today, DES daughters cancer fears are confirmed and justified as the findings and conclusions of a new report by CDC researchers suggest an elevated risk for this vaginal/cervical cancer in DES Daughters as they age.

When researchers first linked prenatal DES exposure to vaginal / cervical cancer in a small group of women, soon after, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified physicians throughout the U.S.A. that DES should not be prescribed to pregnant women (note that it wasn’t banned!). In Europe, the drug continued to be prescribed to pregnant women until 1978. So even though this report says “elevated risk among women born between 1947 and 1971 in the United States”, it should read “among all women born between 1947 and 1978 in countries where DES was prescribed”. In the United States alone it is estimated that five to 10 million people were exposed to DES between 1938 and 1971.

When will this stop?  The statement “The more I learn the less I know” really seems to apply to the DES tragedy. As we learn more about the devastating health effects of diethylstibestrol, we begin to become more aware of the limits of our knowledge regarding the long term effects not only for DES daughters but also DES sons and the DES 3rd generation (children of DES daughters and sons). DES truly is a never ending story!

Wherever you are stay safe and remind your GP that DES daughters need yearly Pap test and pelvic exam as well as regular health screening and adequate care!

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New England Journal of Medicine Report

Diethylstilbestrol in utero exposure and cancers risk, 2011

From Maryland – Exposure to Diethylstilbestrol in the womb raises a woman’s risk of many cancers, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers studied over 6500 women, 4600 of whom were exposed to DES in the womb. Results showed that this exposure significantly increased risk of many cancers and fertility problems, including a 40x increased risk of clear-cell adenocarcinoma, 8x increased risk of neonatal death, 2.4x increased risk of infertility and a 1.8x increased risk of breast cancer.

Video from Insidermedicine In 60.

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