TAKEBACKS: Episode 1/HALLOWEEN – Take back your Family Fun from the grasp of mesh

Hi Angels & Warriors AND Happy Halloween!

I miss you all when I’m not with you. The paperwork and busywork of getting a 501c(3) up-and-running is no easy task. I’m sure many of you know that from your own endeavors of those of friends. As those pieces are slowly but surely checked off the list, I find myself back to writing to you all, my first love. I love connecting with you, even digitally, and I relish in the times I get to meet you. Those meetings always leave me changed in some profound way. I am always grateful for having met an Angel. Somehow, I come away feeling the one who’s been blessed. It is indeed an embarrassment of riches to be so accepted and loved by you. I always want to give something back to you because you all give me so much, just by being who you are. This post is dedicated to my friend Sherri, who absolutely refuses to allow mesh to steal her joy and her daughter’s joy. Sherri, you inspire me, and this post is especially for you (I expect pictures!).


There are two reasons I do what I do as a patient advocate and founder of a nonprofit:

1) For love of my own mother and my own family

2) For love of you

I know, quite personally, the intimate and often intangible moments that mesh steals from our families. Playing in the snow with grandchildren has often become a distant memory, one even painful to try to access. Cooking and gathering around the kitchen to celebrate family traditions like college football gameday, Thanksgiving and so many other special times that are now not possible, and are simple pleasures in life that we see others taking for granted. It can leave us feeling left-out, angry, depressed, envious and simply hopeless on some days.

I understand that feeling, from a family member’s point of view. There are pictures that I come across of my mother and me, those smiling selfies, that were before mesh. I cry. As the holiday season approaches, we are all considering: What do we do NOW? We’ve always done “this” or “that” and now we can’t.

I never ask you to do anything that I am not going to do myself, so I’m asking you to consider the “What ifs?”

What if we did Halloween differently this year, since you maybe can’t take your child door to door candy-hunting?

What if we gave thanks at Thanksgiving in a different way this year? What if we focuses more on thanks and less on turkey?

What if Christmas wasn’t about running a million errands to make sure everything is just perfect (and perfectly stressful)?


Trust me when I say; I am not diminishing what YOU, as a mother or father have lost. I’m not diminishing what your family has lost. My family has lost it too.

I’m suggesting that we look reality in the face and say:

“I don’t like you. I’m going to change the parts of life that I can. I will have a NEW NORMAL in the face of the mesh’s continued greed to steal my joy!”

I’ve always gone trick-or-treating with my niece and nephew on Halloween. I have loved it. I love the suburban-ness of it. Families who know one another from sports, school and the local park getting together, basically to celebrate creativity, child-like wonder, and CANDY! I don’t get to do that this year either.

BUT. . . . We CAN all celebrate creativity! We CAN all celebrate child-like wonder, and we darn-sure all CAN celebrate with CANDY! No one can steal those feelings and little moments of joy from us, even though we are injured, even though our families are in shambles. So, I thought I’d share some ideas with you to help you see the light in the darkness; maybe establish your own NEW TRADITIONS and NEW NORMAL, a new Muse welcomed in, your creative juices a-flowing, your family sharing memorable moments that have been lost in your journey against mesh.

Think about the parts of your personality you’ve never dwelled in, because maybe you’ve been too busy planning, buying and executing the world’s definition of what these traditions should be. My wish for you and yours (and mine) is that you feel the hope building as you read, feel the excitement of creating “the new” and “the possible” for your family, whether you have children or not. I do not have children, and this year, I won’t be able to spend Halloween with my family or trick-or-treating with my niece and nephew, so I’ll post how I’m taking back Halloween too – how I’m creating a NEW NORMAL too! I hope it will give you some motivation and the good spirits to do the same!


Love you all! ~ Aaron



Host THE Halloween Block Party – the one where your children get to answer the door all dressed up in goblin gear and feel like the most special boys and ghouls on the block! :) Instead of you running all over God’s green earth to make Halloween fun; call in those favors, and send your Hairy Husbands; your Scary Sisters-in-Law; your Ghostly Girlfriends; your Unnerving Neighbors; and that Bloodcurdling Boyfriend on the Eerie Errands for the All Hallows Eve party-to-be. Here are some ideas for family fun to dress up your host home for nada lotta:


Black lights in the lamps near your home’s entrance and in the kitchen makes for a fun and eerie atmosphere! You really don’t have to change anything. Just the lighting makes everything mysterious and melodramatic!

A treat of a table - eating candy under the eerie glow of black lighting!

A treat of a table – eating candy under the eerie glow of black lighting!

Even bath time can be a BOO of a good time! 

Black-lit Bath time!

Black-lit Bath time!

If you’re having an especially bad or painful day, you can just unplug the lamps and show your little ghouls how to put the new bulbs in place and watch as they delight in the transformation of your home! It’s a simple way to create a new memorable moment. Keep your camera in hand! I hope you’ll share pictures if you decide to take this idea and run with it!

Garish Garage Door – This one is so fun and easy to supervise. If you have a metal garage or a wood garage with a sealant, this tip won’t ruin your garage door!  garage_door_art

- Buy a few cans of Aqua Net

  • Again, minimally-supervised, but with supervision, watch your kiddos spray Menacing Messages on the garage! Your black lights will come in handy again here, as the hair-raising messages will only show up when a black light is installed. Ladder may be necessary for this one, so have a helpful friend handy for this project.

-Soap and water easily removes the hair spray, or hey, take the black-light down ad leave the message up for next year!

  • Sit with your grand-ghouls or your candy-craving children, and come up with fun scary phrases. Make it educational by teaching them to rhyme or teaching new definitions of words.

Spider Webs are an easy and affordable way to dress-up your entrance, especially if you exchange your regular porch light bulb for a black light! Here is a picture and where you can buy! Don’t go to those overpriced Halloween stores. Got to your local fabric store, like Joann’s Fabrics or Michael’s and buy the kind of stuffing used for pillows, etc. which is easily pulled apart. A couple of plastic spiders and you’re done!

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PLAY SCARY MOVIES ON ALL THE TVs – Hitchcock black/white movies are just as scary with no sound as are the newer (and often inappropriate for young audiences) movies. Sirius/XM or your local radio station will have spooky music you can play instead of the TVs. That way, it’s spooky in every room!


Alfred Hitchcock Presents!


The one and only real PSYCHO!


Janet Leigh in PSYCHO


James Stewart in VERTIGO




COOKING – easy recipes for kids!

I’ve spoken with many of you who long for the days when you could stand (or sit for that matter) long enough to cook with your children. Here are some easy recipes for Halloween that require minimal supervision and are lots of fun for your little goblins.


Some cashews and a little food coloring go a long way. Enjoy watching your child’s creativity come to life!

Ghost Cookies    

Even cuter in a hollowed-out mini pumpkin!

Even cuter in a hollowed-out mini pumpkin!

-Buy as many packages of Nutter Butters as you can stand!

-Buy white almond bark for melting (over a double boiler)

-Buy a candy fork, as it works best for dipping.

-Buy a package of the mini Hershey’s chocolate chips

-Buy some wax paper

To prepare, heat the white almond bark over a double boiler until melted. Place a cookie sheet coated in wax paper on the cabinet, and get your bowl full of mini chips ready. Use the candy fork to stick into the bottom of your Nutter Butter. Twist the Nutter Butter until it’s fully coated with the white almond bark. Immediately place your coated cookie on top of the wax paper, and while the almond bark is still soft, add two mini chocolate chips for eyes. Voila- Ghost Cookies! Let your kids be creative and make different faces with different candies if you like. :)

Halloween Punch that is “hands-on!” Your kiddos will really love this one!  PUNCH

  • Prepare your favorite punch recipe (combining marshmallows and sprite or another soda of your choice will give the foamy, scary look)
  • Buy non-powdered latex gloves, available at your grocer in the aisle where the paper towels, etc. are or sometimes the cleaning supplies aisle.

-Prepare your favorite punch or use Hawaiian Punch or Kool-Aid if you prefer. Put it in a big glass bowl with a ladle or cup for scooping.

  • Fill 4-6 latex gloves with water and freeze them.
  • When you’re ready to serve the punch, remove the frozen “hands” from the freezer. Cut away the latex. Do a quick rinse off, and place the floating hands in the punch bowl!

  • A clear-ish punch using pineapple juice and Sprite means you can make whatever Creepy Colored Punch your little hearts desire!

    A clear-ish punch using pineapple juice and Sprite means you can make whatever Creepy Colored Punch your little hearts desire!

    • As your “ice cold hands” will melt over time, be sure to have back-ups ready, and you may want to make your punch stronger than usual, as the ice will melt and dilute its flavor!

    Dry Ice is usually available during this time at your local adult beverage store, but be sure kids do not touch it. It is very harmful to the skin. If you wish to use it, put it in a second larger bowl, wrapped in a trashbag and cut holes in the trash bag so the magical mist can float out with a safety guard around most of it


    COSTUMES – Stay away from those costly Halloween Stores!

    For Dan & Mom or Grandpa & Grandma

    - Frankenstein & His Bride – usually easily accomplished with colored hairspray and green makeup! Have fun with it! Or, be interpretive and just buy the t-shirt! There is really no wrong way to do this costume!

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    t-shirt-bride t-shirts_frankenstein


    Easy, Affordable Costumes for the Kiddos (from age 1-92)

    Pea-sized Peacock – So sweet! A little peacock is easy to make with a turquoise onesie, orange tights and peacock feathers, usually sold at the fabric store or craft store!


    Cowgirl/Cowboy – All the necessary components are easy to find a resale shops, Salvation Army or other shops (I like to call them “junkin” shops!

    Texas, Texas - YEEHAW!

    Texas, Texas – YEEHAW!

    Google Maps! For Mom & Dad or Teen Couples with younger siblings to delight! Easy to make with cardboard, headbands, a color printer, and an old t-shirt. :)

    Google Maps - Routes A and B!


    Pre-teen or Teen girls who like to do EVERYTHING together! Uh, duh, Mom!

    Jelly Bellies!  Pre-teen or Teen girls who like to do EVERYTHING together! Uh, duh, Mom!


    TEENS LOVE THIS ONE since it's a recent movie and a little edgy. :)

    THE IDENTITY THIEF – TEENS LOVE THIS ONE since it’s a recent movie and a little edgy. :)

    Bioactive Leachates from Lab Plastics Use of Plastic Disposables May Compromise Bioassay Results

    If that headline and this picture don’t get your attention, well I just don’t know what will! Read this scholarly article on polymers and our use of plastics in the environment and in our bodies.

    Link here:  www.eppendorf.com/int/img/consumables/Holt_GLJ09-1009.pdf

    Fun with Polymers!

    Fun with Polymers!

    Baron & Budd Proud to Support The Mesh Warrior Foundation for the Injured

    I’m very grateful to the law firm of Baron & Budd for giving of their time, talents, service and finances to help The Mesh Warrior Foundation, which started as a simple blog to find community for the hurting, my family included.

    The Foundation has its own website, apart from my blog here. Visit http://www.tmwfoundation.org to get involved or see what we’ve been up to lately!

    So many shattered paradigms, as a result of being dragged through Mesh Hell, and the bright spot: Lawyers, yep, lawyers.

    Thank you Baron & Budd. You do protect what’s right – you really do.

    Baron & Budd Proud to Support The Mesh Warrior Foundation for the Injured.

    Why I Don’t Ask “Why?” Anymore via Baron Budd

    I am deeply grateful to Baron Budd for giving me a broader and larger platform to tell my story. I am honored to be part of their mission. They are good people who want the same things we, the mesh-injured and our families wan’t. I am truly grateful for their support of our mission at The Mesh Warrior Foundation for the injured, and I am profoundly changed by their grand influence in my life and the lives of so many.

    I invite you all to read my latest blog via Baron Budd & tell me what you think: http://goo.gl/0mjiAP.

    I am grateful that they allow me to share my voice, as it is, as I feel. This is simply where I am today: one daughter in one situation, in the struggle to understand the harm that has been done to each of us and our great American “civil” and “just” society:

    Read more here:  http://goo.gl/0mjiAP via Baron Budd

    I still look up. I just ask different questions now.


    It’s that time again #Election2014!

    Having a close family member with a chronic illness and injury is a life event that has shattered every paradigm I once had about the way the world works. I’ve lost faith and trust in every single manmade institution.


    Shattered paradigms sometimes free us.

    Truly, I have. I don’t trust anyone these days.

    Still, I vote, because even though I don’t believe my paper vote matters much, if at all, I do believe it can’t hurt, so I continue to vote in local, state and national elections.

    flag_dollarI also vote with my dollar, as I believe it’s a more effective and powerful way to change the way the world works.

    I spend money with companies I KNOW to be TRUSTWORTHY, and I don’t spend money with companies that I know to be UNTRUSTWORTHY, and yes knowing the difference does require me to educate myself. But this is the complex world we live in, like it or not. I also suggest you educate yourself about where, rather TO WHOM your dollar goes, starting with the most important companies you come in contact with first:

    • Your doctor, hospitals, medical insurance company
    • The companies who make your healthcare devices
    • The companies who make your food
    • Companies whose pharmaceuticals you or your family uses
    • Your banking and other financial institutions
    • Large government agencies meant to protect you and your family from bodily harm

    Increasingly, it’s becoming harder and harder to trust these large entities. It usually requires that you sign a contract, a large stack of papers, by which only an X-MEN Super Hero could hope to have special powers enough to speed read, remember, and recall when violations against the individual are made.

    Commensurate to the above list:

    • Your doctor, hospital and medical insurance companies are MAKING DECISIONS THAT BENEFIT THEM, NOT YOU
    • Large manufacturers who make your healthcare devices are MAKING DEVICES THAT BENEFIT THEM FIRST AND YOU SECOND, IF AT ALL.
    • Large food companies who make your food are making decisions which BENEFIT THEIR PROFIT MARGIN, not your health.
    • Large pharmaceutical companies, often the same companies above with different names, ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT BENEFIT THEIR BOTTOM LINES, NOT YOUR BOTTOM OR ANY OTHER BODY PART.

    These entities will, at best, recall foods, drugs and/or devices or place more stringent rules upon the manufacture of said products AFTER HARM HAS BEEN DONE, and usually a bunch of harm.

    So, I don’t trust doctors, hospitals, any entity within our government (including those expressly created to PROTECT US (DOJ, FDA, Homeland Security, etc), our school systems, city councils, politicians, PACs, the media, Hollywood, and especially large corporations.

    If you don’t think large corporations run the bulk of your state’s political and legislative activities, including creating and lobbying for the laws that BENEFIT THEM and HARM YOU, then you are living in La-La-Land, and please send a ticket back for me.

    I’ll gladly take the train back to Pleasantville, rather than live every day as a sort of “Groundhog Day,” rediscovering the deceitfulness of the human heart and what horrors can be so flippantly bestowed upon the unknowing and unsuspecting. People, including myself, generally just want to lead a happy and productive life, without the unjust encumbering, of the pursuit of his or her own definition of happiness – whatever that may be.


    Top Brands by State - Do these companies affect the taxation and legislation of YOUR LIFE?

    Top Brands by State – Do these companies affect the taxation and legislation of YOUR LIFE?

    Do you know that corporations (public or private) are treated as individuals within our state and federal judicial systems? Yep. That means, in the eyes of the court, an entity, no matter how large and dissociated by name changes, the creation of alternate legal entities working on behalf of said company, etc. can do anything and everything that you can do. Like come to a wise or unwise decision, or act upon said decision as a common individual with a common amount of resources would. Makes it kinda hard to prove and entity acted in malfeasance towards others, don’t you think? How does any citizen hold “an entity” accountable? It’s not easy, that’s for sure. We must KNOW THE NAMES of the EXECUTIVES of these companies and appeal to them. These are “the person(s)” of whom the courts speak, but you can hold them more accountable than the court system, outside its confines in the PUBLIC SQUARE of free thought, free speech and free communities.

    #MeshManufacturers do not stop manufacturing highly injurious devices just because the devices are causing permanent, profound, irreparable harm to innocent, unsuspecting people. As an analogy, imagine an individual person walking his dogs on a Sunday evening. A neighbor approaches him from behind and starts to stab and beat the unsuspecting person and his dog. And as it turns out, this isn’t the first time this offender has acted violently. In fact, he’s been told specifically and repeatedly by many individuals and groups of individuals in his community to stop causing harm. His community has said. . .



    “OUUUUUCCCCCHHHHH – You are torturing me!”

    “Hey! STOP THAT!”

    “You’re hurting me!”

    “You’re destroying my life.”

    “You’re harming and injuring someone I love!”

     “You’re demolishing my family!”

     “You can’t steal from us just because you like money!”

    Any individual who would commit such a crime (and repeatedly) would be made to stop by a very intimately familiar set of community leaders who would ostracize such a sociopathic person. A punishment would be in order. He might never be allowed to rejoin the community or sell his wares ever again. He or she would likely be banished immediately. This is a very effective form of punishment.

    In the current structure of our communities, there is no such option for us as individuals. Our option is to hope to have enough money to invite a team of well-educated and well-paid strangers to select twelve other strangers (jurors) who can have NO SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE of the extent of our situation or how many other loved ones in our community this person has maimed or killed – men, women, children, families – all individuals in our lives that are unique and irreplaceable. And the final sentencing and punishment comes down to yet another stranger – a judge – for whom we may or may not have cast our vote.

    It’s my belief that entering into the healthcare system – at this time in our country – is MORE dangerous than just living with illness and dying from illness. Thank God for plants and herbs that we can use to ease our suffering as we expire with dignity and in the privacy of our homes with our families. There’s always that. . . but, wait, is there?

    They Poppy - such a beautiful flower

    They Poppy – such a beautiful flower

    -If I were dying from an illness and didn’t want to use the healthcare system at all, how would I legally die with the dignity of comfort and privacy in my own home instead of a hospital? It’s illegal for me to own Poppy plants from which pain-relieving opium is derived.

    -But there’s always the Cannabis plant, and the medicinal qualities of this God-made plant are awesome, right? Oh, you mean that’s illegal too, totally out of the question?

    Nope! No farmers allowed.

    Nope! No farmers allowed.

    -Hmmm – how about the Ephedra plant. It’s great for relieving allergies and suffering at the hands of that pesky common cold, and it helps with nausea too. What’s that you say? Someone owns that too? Like a company owns it? How can a company own something they didn’t even create? Oh, they just make a new name up – like Sudafed?

    Nope, can't use this either. Too effective for the common cold. Doesn't kill enough people in our experiments.

    Nope, can’t use this either. Too effective for the common cold. Doesn’t kill enough people in our experiments.

    It seems like there already exists so much we could use to ease our ailments, and these remedies maybe wouldn’t even need someone to sell them. We could just grow them and pick the leaves and make tea and stuff. Oh, what’s that you say? Someone already is doing that? Mr. Johnson & Mr. Johnson; and Ms. Bayer; and Mr. Bard; and Mr. Cook; and Ms. Ethicon; and Mr. Coloplast and Mr. Boston Scientific and Uncle Sam? Well, couldn’t we just ask them if we could borrow one of the plants that they took from God and use it to make another one in our backyard? Then we could have relief too? What, they won’t let us? Well, why not? They all sound like perfectly nice individuals? What would happen if I found a plant somewhere else, like one that wasn’t already owned by Ms. Astra Zenecka? What’s that you say? If Uncle Sam found out that I found a plant that didn’t belong to anyone, a plant that would help me feel better, if he found out then he’d put me in a jail and I’d feel worse? Well, how come Ms. Lilly and Mr. Pfizer get to do it?

    I don’t get it. This is all backwards. I’m outta this crazy place.

    Am I the only one who doesn't get this?

    Am I the only one who doesn’t get this?

    While these beliefs and vignettes may seem radical, what’s even more radical is the notion of COMMON SENSE. What has become COMMON is NONSENSE, as we see term after term and season after season of “Leaders Behaving Badly,” very, very badly, and its sister show, “Politicians Phoning in Phavors!” to protect themselves instead of the electorate.

    For these reasons and so many more, “I don’t ask ‘Why?’ anymore.”

    That question ALWAYS leads to the same answer. MLK expressed this truth powerfully,



    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Conscientious Stupidity. Or, in my own words, arrogance, selfishness, hatred, opportunism. I’d actually boil down the answer to greed and power. That’s a pretty dismal view of the world, right? However, I DO TRUST entities invented, created and sanctioned by God alone. And I believe you can too.

    1) The Individual Person

    2) The Institution of Marriage

    3) The Family (not always by blood, but by kinship and love)

    4) The Church (not a building, but a world-wide collection of spiritually like-minded people)

    That’s it. Even in the Bible, God granted express privileges to government (like going to war to protect life and property), though he did not create government as an institution in the image of Himself, but as a blueprint for man’s government of community. He gives us a living template to return to after we corrupt his design time and again throughout history (which He knew we’d do, and which we have done). God’s design for government is a “Benevolent Dictatorship,” and it’s highly uncommon among men, if it really exists at all. I’ll give credit to some top-of-mind companies whose directorship is synonymous with sacrificial leadership and charity: Interstate Batteries, Chick-Fil-A, Tom’s of Maine. Still it’s hard to think of many more.

    Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world



    of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

    – Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 11, 1947

    In fact, the United States IS NOT A DEMOCRACY. You read that right. IT’S NOT A DEMOCRACY! A democracy derives its authority by mass meetings or “mob rule.” It’s preposterous to believe a mob as an entity, which is said to be able to agree only upon the lowest common denominator, is any different from a large company as a an entity, which similarly, we’ve seen agree on the lowest common denominator and the easiest set of compromises to achieve its mission. Many large company-entities do have a “mob mentality” or a mobster mentality, more accurately. Why on earth would we want to go on living in a world of THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR?

    The United States is a REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC. A Representative Republic derives its authority by the election of individuals who are best fitted to represent the people, on the basis of respect towards law and the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.

    A Representative Republic is distinctly different from a Democracy BECAUSE ITS DEFINITION REQUIRES STRICT REGARD TO CONSEQUENCES.

    Anyone feel like we’re somehow missing that “strict regard to consequences” part? On Wall Street? At Lehman Brothers? Within our government? Within those company-entities who were/are too large to fail? Within a judicial system that anthropomorphizes an entity-companies which are designed to serve one, singular interest: Its own self interest, otherwise known as the bottom line or PROFIT. This model does not have consideration or forethought with regard to consequences. Consequences are built into a company-entity’s very DNA and called “the cost of doing business,” or named as line items in the budget like “risk management” or “legal fees” or “corporate citizenship,” “insurance,” or just a plain ol’ actuarial table, all in service of: The Business God, The Almighty P&L Statement. And the P&L must improve quarter over quarter, year over year at all costs, lest the fiefdom of the current business regime be replaced by better greedy kings. Nothing grows wildly unchecked except cancer, weeds, and human greed.

    If we were to meet a man or woman in our community whose expressly-stated goal was FIRST PROFIT, then well, then, who cares what; we’d call that person SOCIOPATHIC, and we would NOT DO ANY PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS of any kind with said sociopath, or at least not more than once. And we’d tell everyone in our neighborhood about this very dangerous person.

    Oh, so you're just a high-functioning sociopath. Whew, that's a relief!

    Oh, so you’re just a high-functioning sociopath. Whew, that’s a relief!



    So why do we think large companies or large governments are different?

    Have we even thought about the differences between perceived “good” or “bad” companies?

    There are four God-breathed entities that are wholly set apart from the rest of the world’s makings. They are sacred. They are to be guided by the motive of LOVE FIRST, and organized to profit somewhere down on the list.





    After KINDNESS;

    After CHARITY;

    After SELFLESS and good SELF leadership;


    After we can demonstrate all of these leadership traits, then maybe we should start a company and make a profit, so much profit, that we can even plant to give much of it to others for the very same end: HUMAN KINDNESS, CHARITY, THE UNBREAKABLE BONDS OF LOVE IN MARRIAGE, SELFLESS, SELF LEADERSHIP, AND TRUSTING communities.



    Meet your newest FRENEMY; looks like a friend; acts like an enemy: The ethiCON Artisyn® Y-shaped Mesh!

    The Mesh Warrior:

    I have to Reblog this, b/c I posted late last night and I want to make sure everyone is aware. Johnson & Johnson has not earned the community’s trust. Rather, they have earned scorn for what they have done with mesh products. For that reason alone, please do not buy or support the use of this mesh, especially if you are in the medical field. SPEAK UP PLEASE. Speak up against medical harm.

    Originally posted on The Mesh Warrior:

    Are they serious? “ARTISYN?” Are we supposed to think of fresh-baked bread and hand-crafted furniture? I did an impromptu experiment and asked our little community, “What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘ARTISAN’ with no context.”

    Family Feud!

    Family Feud!

    Family Feud style…. “Survey Says… BREAD!” Yes, fresh artisan-style bread was the number one answer, followed by various iterations of crafty, creative and handmade. This is no coincidence, my mesh-injured family of chance. Marketing teams spend ridiculous amounts of money on focus groups and research to delve into the psyche of their “core customer base” when inventing new product names. I have been involved in many-a-heated conference room discussion with more than one Ivy League-trained CEO arguing for hours about how to launch a new food dish or line of menu items and what to name each item. If that much thought goes into creating the name of a new hamburger or salad…

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    Meet your newest FRENEMY; looks like a friend; acts like an enemy: The ethiCON Artisyn® Y-shaped Mesh!

    Are they serious? “ARTISYN?” Are we supposed to think of fresh-baked bread and hand-crafted furniture? I did an impromptu experiment and asked our little community, “What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘ARTISAN’ with no context.”

    Family Feud!

    Family Feud!

    Family Feud style…. “Survey Says… BREAD!” Yes, fresh artisan-style bread was the number one answer, followed by various iterations of crafty, creative and handmade. This is no coincidence, my mesh-injured family of chance. Marketing teams spend ridiculous amounts of money on focus groups and research to delve into the psyche of their “core customer base” when inventing new product names. I have been involved in many-a-heated conference room discussion with more than one Ivy League-trained CEO arguing for hours about how to launch a new food dish or line of menu items and what to name each item. If that much thought goes into creating the name of a new hamburger or salad dish, how much more thought do you reckon goes into the naming of a singular, multi-billion dollar medical device, already fraught with problems?

    I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty darn flabbergasted at the arrogance of this company. Do they think we don’t know what the word “artisan” means when spelled correctly? Do they REALLY think that conjuring and implanting images in our minds of the warm smell, freshly baked taste and the cozy feeling of safety evoked by freshly baked goods will CON us into thinking that their HORRIFIC mesh made en masse mechanically at factories is safe now? “Oh, well you didn’t tell me THAT before – it’s made in the style of an artisan. Totally safe. Let’s do it!”

    Thanks for ruining yet another previously-innocuous word for the whole world. Implicit in the word is the creation of such crafts in small quantities. The actual meaning of the non-registered and trademarked word, “ARTISAN” which no one can actually own the intellectual property of is below via dictionary.com:

    artisan [ahr-tuh-zuh n]


    a person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson.

    a person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods:

    our favorite local food artisans.

    pertaining to an artisan or the product of an artisan; artisanal:

    artisan beer.
    Artisan Breads

    Artisan Breads

    Artisan Crafts

    Artisan Crafts

    They must really think we are stupid or, more likely, they are relying on us being too distracted by Ebola and ISIS to pay attention. My favorite part is that this mesh “evolves over time.” Well, who can argue with that? It evolves into a horrible mutli-tentacled monster of the worst kind. Thank goodness it’s “efficient for the surgeon.”

    I’m sickened. And I’m sorry – sorry for the fact that I will never think of the actual meaning of “artisan” with a feeling of contentment and a prolonged sense of calm for many years to come. I’m sorry for the eventual victims of this product. I’m sorry even for actual artisans. In marketing terms, the use of a homonym or similar word to one already in existence in product development is called using “borrowed equity.” Johnson & Toxin is borrowing the already-well-established equity in our culture to create a new word to deceive us. I was taught never to say I “hate” anyone, but (sorry Mom and Dad) I HATE JOHNSON & JOHNSON. YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK.

    Quick Survey – What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear . . .

    . . . the word “Artisan.” Please leave in the comments section! Ready. Set. Go!

    Here is a collage of pictures returned when I use Google search term “Artisan.”

    Google Image Search returns these images first, to describe "Artisan."

    Google Image Search returns these images first, to describe “Artisan.”

    Can a mesh-injured person get from their doctor(s) the information the FDA suggests they have on their medical mesh implant?

    Details you need to have about your Medical Mesh: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfPMN/pmn.cfm

    Let us know. . . can you get this information from your doctor, surgeon or hospital?

    Also, please keep this page handy, the FDA’s home page for Urogynecologic Medical Mesh:


    Remember, "FDA Cleared" essentially means "rubber stamped." It's "FDA Approved" that requires pre-market study following an express set of ethics.

    Remember, “FDA Cleared” essentially means “rubber stamped.” It’s “FDA Approved” that requires pre-market study following an express set of ethics.

    REMEMBER: Texas AG, Greg Abbott, filed CIVIL INVESTIGATIVE DEMAND against Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon!

    The Mesh Warrior:

    Demand that Greg Abbott finish what he started before moving on to Governor. HOW WILL HE CONTINUE WHAT HE STARTED last March?

    Originally posted on The Mesh Warrior:

    Image borrowed from Melayna Lokowsky at www.killingmycareer.com

    Image borrowed from Melayna Lokowsky at http://www.killingmycareer.com

    TEXANS – It’s Election Season! Remember the promises made LAST YEAR by former AG, Greg Abbott, who is now running for governor. As a disabled man himself, I implore you to remind him of his promise. He must use his voice, determination and personal experience with the medical system to courageously represent the injured and disabled in our state.

    Each one of you who has spent one ounce of your energy to speak out AGAINST DECEPTIVE AND ILLEGAL practices by a company perceived as “too big to fail,” should count today a victory for JUSTICE in this country because we have a disabled man to hold accountable. He should understand.

    Bring on election season! Bring DOWN J&J/Ethicon!

    Read the whole 33-pg. demand here:


    Image borrowed from Melayna Lokowsky at www.killingmycareer.com

    First page of the Texas CIVIL INVESTIGATIVE DEMAND against J&J/Ethicon

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