Susan Kolb

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Susan Kolb (born November 26, 1954) is a medical doctor in Atlanta, GA and the author of The Naked Truth about Breast Impants: From Harm to Healing.[1] Kolb's medical practice combines conventional, holistic and integrative medicine with spiritual healing. Her area of specialization is plastic and reconstructive surgery. Kolb is a medical authority on the complications arising from breast implants, and has been an active voice in the debate about the safety of breast implant devices since 1996.[2] She has treated over 2,000 women suffering from breast implant disease and related systemic immune disorders.[3]

Biography[edit]

Susan Kolb was born on November 26, 1954, in Havre de Grace, Maryland. She grew up with her parents, Doris and Gene Kolb, and an older brother, Charles Kolb. As a child, she gravitated toward medicine, reading books on biology and genetics while still in grade school.[4] She graduated from Lawrence High School[5] in 1972 and attended Johns Hopkins University where she studied premedicine and graduated with honors in 1975.[6] In order to continue her studies in medicine, she joined the U. S. Air Force Reserves.[7] She attended medical school at Washington University and graduated in 1979 at the age of twenty-four.[8] She was accepted at the University of Virginia for a surgical residency, but was called into service by the Air Force before her residency at UVA began.[9] The Air Force sent her to Wilford Hall Medical Center, a 1,000-bed Air Force hospital at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. She completed on a three-year course of general surgery, followed by a plastic surgery residency.[10] She served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Wright Patterson Air Force Base from 1984-88. During her time in the Air Force, she performed scar revisions, breast reductions, cosmetic surgeries, burn surgeries, hand surgeries, breast reconstructions, and body contouring surgeries. She established a craniofacial board that helped manage children with facial deformities. She helped plan the surgical hospitals that would be later used in Desert Storm, especially as they pertained to burn care.[11]

She left the Air Force 1988 as a Major and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.[12] She joined a private medical practice in plastic surgery where she practiced for two years. In 1990, she left her medical practice for six months to study spiritual medicine. When she returned to medicine, she incorporated holistic treatment methods.[13] In 1995, she established Plastikos Surgery Center, where she incorporated several disciplines of holistic medicine including energy medicine, vibrational medicine and spiritual healing.[14] In 1998, she founded Millennium Healthcare to address a broader range of medical conditions.[15] In 1999, she established Avatar Cancer Center to treat cancer and serious viral illnesses with integrative techniques.[16]

Breast implant controversy[edit]

In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of women filed claims in lawsuits against breast implant manufacturing companies, asserting that they had been injured from silicone breast implants. Juries awarded a series of multimillion dollar settlements to women with symptoms of systemic immune disorder, connective tissue diseases or neurological disorders.[17] A class action settlement of $4.25 billion, the largest in U.S. history,[18] resulted in Dow Corning filing for bankruptcy.[19]

In 1996, Kolb wrote "Doctor, Are You Listening?", an article outlining the symptoms of silicone implant disease.[20] The article was published on various Internet sites, and her practice became known to women seeking treatment for silicone-related conditions. Many women complained that their health concerns were often dismissed or denied by the other doctors. In 2010, she documented her treatment of women with breast implant disease in her book The Naked Truth about Implants: From Harm to Healing.[21] The book includes a detailed history of the implant controversy and a review of the major research into complications of breast implants. Dr. Douglas Shanklin, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, who along with Dr. David L. Smalley, published most of the pertinent research in silicone biochemistry,[22][23][24] wrote the foreword. The book outlines Kolb's treatment protocols and includes stories contributed by seven of her patients, as well as her own.

Kolb has been interviewed about her experience treating breast implant problems including chemical and biotoxicity on the Today Show with Katie Couric, Holistic Health Show'' with Dr. Carl Helvie,[25] and Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today with Barry Lycka.[26] She has been interviewed for articles about breast implants in Glamour Magazine,[27] People Magazine,[28] and in Vanity Insanity, a Canadian television documentary[29] She was featured as a medical expert on an episode of Discovery Channel's "Monsters Inside Me: Breast Implant Infection."[30]

Integrative medicine[edit]

She has lectured and published articles on other topics, including 21st century medicine,[31] spiritual medicine,[32] environmental toxicity[33] and the benefits of integrating science and spirituality in the practice of medical healing.[34] Kolb is also the author of "The Spiritual Healer and Synthesis Medicine," a chapter in Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change, an anthology of the writings over forty women leaders.[35] In 2011, Kolb wrote "Energy Management: A Blueprint for Optimism," which was published as a chapter in Optimism! Cultivating the Magic Quality that Can Extend Your Lifespan, Boost Your Energy ad make You Happy Now by Dawson Church and Stephanie Marohn.[36] Kolb has hosted the monthly Atlanta Community Group for Noetic Science since 1996. Noetic Science, founded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell,[37] is an organization dedicated to the study of extended human capability, integral health and healing, and emerging world views.

Weekly radio show[edit]

Since 1998, Kolb has hosted a weekly radio show, The Temple of Health,[38] on BBS Radio. The show is broadcast live between 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST each Saturday. Through interviews with authors, physicians, medical researchers and holistic practitioners, Kolb introduces a variety of medical topics related to traditional and holistic medicine, spiritual growth and fulfillment, scientific breakthroughs and various medical disorders. Her guests have included Dr. Bernie Seigel, Greg Braden, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Amit Goswami.[39]

Publications[edit]

  • The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing[40] (2010)
  • "The Spiritual Healer and Synthesis Medicine," in Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change[41] by Stephanie Marohn.
  • "Energy Management: A Blueprint for Optimism," in Optimism! Cultivating the Magic Quality That Can Extend Your Lifespan, Boost Your Energy and Make You Happy Now[42] by Dawson Church and Stephanie Marohn.
  • "Silicone Immune Treatment Protocol"[43]
  • "Doctor, Are You Listening? [44]
  • "Merging Traditional and Alternative Medicine."[45]
  • Holistic Medicine[46]
  • "Integrative Team Approach To Breast Carcinoma."[47]
  • "Twenty-First Century Healthcare: The Integrated Medical Center."[48]
  • "Spiritual Medicine."[49]
  • Contributions in Plastic Surgery Tales: A Look behind the Face of the Specialty (2004), by Robert Cooper.[50]
  • "Life After Breast Implants" Explant Info: Lynne Hayes (2012) Kolb contributed a condensed version of her story ― The Naked Truth About Breast Implants to "Life After Breast Implants"

Criticism[edit]

Kolb's position on breast implant disease and the severity of complications arising from breast implant disease is controversial within the medical establishment. While earlier research studies suggested that certain autoimmune conditions may be related to breast implants, later research resulted in no conclusive epidemiological connection. Many plastic surgeons do not believe that these conditions exist and their position is supported by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the United States Food and Drug Administration. After removing silicone breast implants from the market (except in restricted circumstances) in 1992, the FDA re-approved them for consumer sales in 2006 as the result of later research. Kolb has questioned the wisdom of this move and has suggested that corporate interests have taken precedence over public health. She asserts that more recent research studies are flawed for several reasons: the elevation of epidemiological evidence over other traditional methods of diagnosis, such as clinical observation and pathology;[51] breast implant manufacturers and plastic surgeons played a major role in designing and conducting the research; and the studies were conducted over a three to five-year period.[52][53] Kolb associates the onset of symptoms of breast implant disease with the breakdown of the implants' elastomer shell which contains the silicone gel, which typically occurs between eight and twelve years after implantation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kolb, Susan (2010)The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing Savage, MN: Lone Oak Publishing.
  2. ^ Shanklin, D. R., "Foreword." The Naked Truth about Breast Implants.p. ii-v
  3. ^ Kolb, Susan (2010, Feb. 7). (video) “Spiritual Protection through Intuitive Guidance.” WGBH Educational Foundation, Public Broadcasting Association. Retrieved from http://forum-network.org/lecture/spiritual-protection-through-intuitive-guidance
  4. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.10
  5. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p. 11
  6. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.14
  7. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.14
  8. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.16
  9. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.16
  10. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.16
  11. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.19-20
  12. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.20
  13. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.20
  14. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.20
  15. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.21
  16. ^ The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, p.22
  17. ^ PBS (2008). Frontline: Breast implants on trial: Breast implant chronology. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/implants/cron.html
  18. ^ Angell, M. (1997) Science on trial: The clash of medical evidence and the law in the breast implant case. New York: Norton & Company, Inc.
  19. ^ Byrne, J. (1995). Informed consent. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  20. ^ Kolb, Susan (1996). "Doctor, Are You Listening? The Silicone Catastrophe." Human Adjuvant Disease Corp. Retrieved from http://www.freewebs.com/implants/articles.htm
  21. ^ Kolb, Susan (2010).The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing
  22. ^ See: Shanklin, Douglas R., and David L. Smalley (1995). "Quantitative Aspects of Cellular Responses to Silicone." International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 4, 99-111.
  23. ^ See: Shanklin, Douglas. R., and D. L. Smalley (1998). "The Immunopathology of Siliconosis: History, Clinical Presentation, and Relation to Silicosis and the Chemistry of Silicon and Silicone." Immunologic Research, 18, 125-73.
  24. ^ See:Shanklin, Douglas. R., and D. L. Smalley (2002). "Pathogenic and Diagnostic Aspects of Siliconosis." Reviews on Environmental Health, 17, 85-105.
  25. ^ Holistic Health Show with Dr. Carl Helvie (2011, May 22). (Interview). "Recognizing and Resolving Breast Implant Problems." Retrieved from http://www.holistichealthshow.com/wordpress/tag/dr-susan-kolb/
  26. ^ Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today with Dr. Barry Lycka (2011). "Can Breast Implants Be Toxic? Interview with Dr. Susan Kolb." http://webtalkradio.net/2011/10/04/inside-cosmetic-surgery-today-%E2%80%93-can-breast-implants-be-toxic/
  27. ^ Cool, Lisa Collier (2000, November). "Could Breast Implants Make You Sick?" Glamour Magazine, 247-96.
  28. ^ Jerome, Richard (2003, October 20). "Silcone's Second Act." People Magazine. (
  29. ^ Bortolin, Ted, and Barry Gray (2006). "Vanity Insanity-Season 1; Episode 3." Vanity Insanity. Global TV. Burnaby, BC, Canada.
  30. ^ http://www.discoveryuk.com/web/monsters-inside-me/videos/?video=monsters-inside-me-breast-implant-infection
  31. ^ Kolb, Susan (2000, November). "Twenty-First Century Healthcare: The Integrated Medical Center." American Holistic Health Association (ahha.org).
  32. ^ Kolb, Susan (2003, Spring). "Spiritual Medicine." American Holistic Medical Association Newsletter
  33. ^ Herr, Eva (2011, Jan/Feb). "What You Don't Know about What You Put in Your Body." Kinetics Magazine. http://www.kineticsmag.com/issue/2011JanFeb/pg14.php
  34. ^ Kolb, Susan (1998, Fall) "Merging Traditional and Alternative Medicine." Holistic Medicine, Journal of the American Holistic Medical Association.
  35. ^ Marohn, Stephanie (2010). Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change. Fulton, CA: Elite Books.
  36. ^ Church, Dawson and Stephanie Marohn (2011). Optimism! Cultivating the Magic Quality that Can Extend Your Lifespan, Boost Your Energy, and Make You Happy Now. Fulton, CA: Elite Books.
  37. ^ Wikipedia. "Edgar Mitchell." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Mitchell
  38. ^ Plastikos. "Radio Show." Retrieved from http://plastikos.com/radio_show.htm
  39. ^ Plastikos. "Radio Show Archive." Retrieved from http://plastikos.com/radio_show_archive.htm
  40. ^ Kolb, Susan (2010)The Naked Truth about Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing Savage, MN: Lone Oak Publishing.
  41. ^ Marohn, Stephanie (2010). Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change. Fulton, CA: Elite Books.
  42. ^ Church, Dawson and Stephanie Marohn (2011). Optimism! Cultivating the Magic Quality that Can Extend Your Lifespan, Boost Your Energy, and Make You Happy Now. Fulton, CA: Elite Books.
  43. ^ Kolb, Susan (2007). "Silicone Immune Treatment Protocol." Plastikos. retrieved from //plastikos.com/protocol_silicone_immune_treatment.htm
  44. ^ Kolb, Susan (1996). "Doctor, Are You Listening? The Silicone Catastrophe." Human Adjuvant Disease Corp. Retrieved from http://www.freewebs.com/implants/articles.htm
  45. ^ Kolb, Susan (2003, Spring). “Spiritual Medicine.” American Holistic Medical Association Newsletter.
  46. ^ Kolb, Susan (1998,Fall). "Holistic Medicine." Journal of the American Holistic Medical Association.
  47. ^ Anderson, Wesley, Mitchell Ghen, Sandi Goldring, Li Hua, Susan Kolb, Richard Leff, and Cliff Steagall (1999, July/August). "Integrative Team Approach To Breast Carcinoma." International Journal of Integrative Medicine, 1 (4).
  48. ^ Kolb, Susan (2000, November). “Twenty-First Century Healthcare: The Integrated Medical Center.” American Holistic Health Association (ahha.org).
  49. ^ Kolb, Susan (2003, Spring). "Spiritual Medicine." American Holistic Medical Association Newsletter.
  50. ^ Cooper, Robert N., (2004). Plastic Surgery Tales: A Look behind the Face of the Specialty. Stuart, FL: W.I.T. Book Publisher, Inc.
  51. ^ See: Egilman, D. (1992). "Breast implants and disease." Wayback Internet Archives. http://web.archive.org/web/20011204090318/http://www.physics.odu.edu/~weinstei/srhr/Egilman.htm
  52. ^ Mentor Corporation. Physician. "MemoryGel Breast Implants Product Insert Data Sheet (2010,August). p. 29. Retrieved from http://www.mentorwwllc.com/global-us/SafetyInformation.aspx
  53. ^ Natrelle | Breast Implants."Directions for Use: Natrelle Silicone-Filled Breast Implants (July 2008). Allergan. Retrieved from http://www.natrelle.ca/landing_pdf/final/11174%20DFU%20English_June302008.pdf