Official Review: Crystal Mesh

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Official Review: Crystal Mesh

Post by kandscreeley » 02 Dec 2019, 22:04

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Crystal Mesh" by Alicia Mundy with Jennifer Banmiller.]
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Would it surprise you to know that only two percent of medical devices that are implanted in the human body are actually tested on people? What do you know about the medical device approval process? Have you seen the lawsuits against makers of transvaginal mesh? If any of these questions intrigue you, then you'll want to read Crystal Mesh by Alicia Mundy with Jennifer Banmiller.

This book details the whole mesh debacle. The authors discuss everything about mesh from what exactly it is to the different brands and makers to the issues in implanting, and subsequently explanting, it. Furthermore, there are stories from women whose lives have been ruined by it. At the end of the book, you might very well question the medical community and the products that go into your body.

I appreciated the research that went into this book. There are statistics, actual documents from various sources, interviews from experts in the fields, and a timeline of events. Also, a list of sources is included to legitimize the book and allow for further study. This wasn't thrown together haphazardly but took years of careful planning.

So many facts evoked feelings of anger that I can't begin to share them. The most eye-opening were the stories from the affected women. For example, Katrina was bounced around from doctor to doctor as she struggled to find the source of her problems (including pain for both Katrina and her husband during sexual relations).

Think I'm being melodramatic? Consider this quote from an expert - a doctor who specializes in removing mesh from women. "I have seen women with their vaginas essentially mutilated. So scarred and disformed. . .as to be left with a nonfunctional vagina or a dysfunctional bladder and urethra."

Honestly, there's not much in the way of negatives in this book. There were only a few small errors, meaning the book was carefully edited. Not everyone will appreciate this book, however. Those who have absolute faith in the medical community and believe they can do no wrong - and they are out there - may find this simply unbelievable. There are too many facts to ignore; it's clear this isn't being fabricated or blown out of proportion. These are real issues affecting real women that need real resolutions.

Crystal Mesh deserves no less than 4 out of 4 stars. It needs to be read by every woman, especially those in America. More so, doctors that trust the FDA's approval of medical devices cannot afford to skip this. Lawmakers who get campaign funding from many of these companies must pick this up to see what this money is costing women the world over. Reform is needed, and it's needed now.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Dec 2019, 09:04

Wow! This sounds like a scary but eye-opening read, and I like the fact that it is so well-researched. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by Prisallen » 07 Dec 2019, 11:23

Isn't it amazing that these issues don't come to public attention as they should? I'm sure if these women had a clue that these problems were a big possibility, they would have made a different decision. I'm glad this book has been written to bring much-needed attention to the problem. Thank you for a great review!

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Post by unamilagra » 07 Dec 2019, 16:49

Wow, "eye-opening" sounds like the perfect description of this book. I have seen late-night commercials from lawyers about this issue, but I never knew any of the details. It's scary to think that the trust we place in our doctors may be misplaced. I hope this book provides help to many people out there. Great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Dec 2019, 17:51

Cecilia_L wrote:
07 Dec 2019, 09:04
Wow! This sounds like a scary but eye-opening read, and I like the fact that it is so well-researched. Thanks for the recommendation.
It's definitely a bit disconcerting. It's something that needs to be read, though. Thanks!
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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Dec 2019, 17:52

Prisallen wrote:
07 Dec 2019, 11:23
Isn't it amazing that these issues don't come to public attention as they should? I'm sure if these women had a clue that these problems were a big possibility, they would have made a different decision. I'm glad this book has been written to bring much-needed attention to the problem. Thank you for a great review!
It really is sad that this doesn't get the attention it should. This should be shouted from the mountain top. Thanks for your comment.
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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Dec 2019, 17:54

unamilagra wrote:
07 Dec 2019, 16:49
Wow, "eye-opening" sounds like the perfect description of this book. I have seen late-night commercials from lawyers about this issue, but I never knew any of the details. It's scary to think that the trust we place in our doctors may be misplaced. I hope this book provides help to many people out there. Great review!
It is scary. It's scary that some doctors don't know what goes on with these devices either. Thanks for stopping by!
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Post by Tomah » 08 Dec 2019, 21:25

Wow, I had no idea this was even a thing. It's definitely the sort of topic that should be brought to the public's attention and discussed more often. Thanks for the review!

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Post by kdstrack » 08 Dec 2019, 22:03

This is a topic that is necessary to read and learn about - but it still makes you angry! I really feel for these women who have suffered through this debacle. I applaud the author for writing about this and putting the truth out there! Thanks for your compassionate words!

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Post by Bianka Walter » 09 Dec 2019, 03:41

This sounds horrific! I am 100% in the dark about this stuff, so I think I'll have to give this a read.
Thanks for the great review and recommendation :)
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Post by CommMayo » 09 Dec 2019, 15:05

It really scares me how haphazardly devices and medical solutions for "female" issues have been developed and pushed onto the market. From mammography to birth control to the proliferation of defensive C-sections in America...it amazes me how over half of the population have been shafted when it comes to medical innovation and safety.

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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Dec 2019, 20:20

Tomah wrote:
08 Dec 2019, 21:25
Wow, I had no idea this was even a thing. It's definitely the sort of topic that should be brought to the public's attention and discussed more often. Thanks for the review!
Yes! It's why the book was written. Thanks!
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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Dec 2019, 20:22

kdstrack wrote:
08 Dec 2019, 22:03
This is a topic that is necessary to read and learn about - but it still makes you angry! I really feel for these women who have suffered through this debacle. I applaud the author for writing about this and putting the truth out there! Thanks for your compassionate words!
I agree. It's maddening and frustrating that women have gone through this. I hope this helps others going through something similar.
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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Dec 2019, 20:24

Bianka Walter wrote:
09 Dec 2019, 03:41
This sounds horrific! I am 100% in the dark about this stuff, so I think I'll have to give this a read.
Thanks for the great review and recommendation :)
It's eye-opening. Very informative. But so frustrating to see that companies are only after the money. I can't say I hope you enjoy it, but I hope you find it enlightening.
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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Dec 2019, 20:25

CommMayo wrote:
09 Dec 2019, 15:05
It really scares me how haphazardly devices and medical solutions for "female" issues have been developed and pushed onto the market. From mammography to birth control to the proliferation of defensive C-sections in America...it amazes me how over half of the population have been shafted when it comes to medical innovation and safety.
I agree. If the companies will do this with one device, just imagine what's out there that's harmful. It's frightening!
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