Historical news segments (2 news segments) from 1999. Here Dr. Hufnagel blows the whistle and nationally exposes female sterilization/tubal ligation risks known as post sterilization syndrome or post tubal syndrome (PTLS). Primarily she exposes the risk of female sterilization causing hormonal imbalances (ovarian function being compromised) and the risk of female castration. This is a risk that women in 2016 still are not informed of at the time of their informed consent.
This video is a key document in Dr. Hufnagel's Whistle-blower Case Study: How Medical Device Companies and the ACOG work with Public Relation Firms Specializing in “Crisis Management” Suppress the Truth, Silence Whistle Blowers, Work to Erase History, and “Sabotage” Medical Malpractice Cases to Protect their $tock.
Dr. Hufnagel, an OBGYN, is the 1st MD to come forth and fully expose and document female surgical abuses in the Unites States. In the 80’s, Hufnagel defined and reported on post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS) to peer review medical associations and wrote the first papers describing a need to change the informed consent to inform women about this condition.
Dr. Hufnagel’s clinical work has linked PTS, PTLS, and PSS with:
• Castrative Menopause
• Severe Hormone Imbalance
• *Ovarian Isolation (Post Hysterectomy, Post Female Sterilization/Tubal Ligation, Post Salpingectomy)
• Atrophic Ovaries
• *Hormone Shock
• Increased Risk of Heart Disease
• Bone Loss and Osteoporosis
• Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)
• Pelvic Congestive Syndrome (pelvic pain)
• Severe Pelvic Adhesions
• Misplacement of Female Organs
• Decreased Lactating Ability
• Silicone Immune Toxicity Syndrome
• Systemic nickel allergy syndrome
• Titanium allergies
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Terms coined by Dr. Hufnagel.
Hufnagel authored "Hysterectomies in the United States, 1965-1984, Vital & Health Statistics; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December 1987" http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_13/sr13_092.pdf and provided testimony before the U.S. Congress. When the document was originally written it contained information about tubal ligation, post tubal syndrome, and how tubal ligations effected the rate of hysterectomies. The document was edited to not include information about tubal ligation. Dr. Hufnagel explains, "I was told this information (about tubal ligation) could not and would not be made public". She went on to disclose information about negative effects of tubal ligation in her book, "No More Hysterectomies".
Dr. Hufnagel founded the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) as an educational resource and legislature center. Through the IRH, Dr. Hufnagel worked with California Senator Diane Watson (now Congresswoman Watson) (retired) and other dignitaries for the successful passage of the nation's first informed consent law, Senate Bill 835. Known as "Informed Consent to Hysterectomy", this law and subsequent laws makes it mandatory for physicians in the states of California, New York, and Texas to fully inform women on the complications of, and alternatives and options to, hysterectomy. The picture shown here is the personal note written to Dr. Hufnagel after the bill became law from Senator Watson. See:
In 1998 Dr. Hufnagel worked to put in place the first web site(s) (http://members.tripod.com/sterilization_rights and http://www.tubal.org) that explained post tubal syndrome the need for proper informed consent laws to be put in place. Prior to this time there was NO information on the web or presented to the public about negative side effects of tubal ligation.
Dr. Hufnagel’s whistle-blowing actions of advocating for women’s health rights, advocating for and creating informed consent laws, and exposing information about post tubal ligation syndrome (and exposing other abuses in women’s care) has caused her to be targeted by her peers and the medical community she exposes. The attacks upon her continue to this day and are ongoing. Books have been written and movies made that detail the abuses that occur to whistleblowers. Examples include "The Insider", "Silkwood" and “Erin Brockovich”. Whistleblowers are often harassed, threatened, victimized, and fired from their employment. The abuses that Dr. Hufnagel has faced for blowing the whistle on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and her obgyn peers for their routine practice of performing unnecessary hysterectomies, withholding information regarding side effects of tubal ligation/female sterilization, and other numerous abuses have been no different.