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H.G Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau

Organization for Defending all Generations of Victims of DES

diethylstilbestrol medication 1mg  tablets by M. Borne french Laboratoires
Pandora's box - M.Borne Laboratories

D.E.S. (diethylstilbestrol) is a synthetic teratogenic estrogen. In France, the drug has been marketed under the brand names Distilbène® and Stilboestrol-Borne®. It was widely prescribed to pregnant women between 1948 and 1977, mainly to prevent miscarriage, premature labor and related complications of pregnancy.

Because of an aggressive and effective marketing, a low-cost production and very lucrative profits, D.E.S has been prescribed while its carcinogenic properties were already questioned, and continued to be prescribed after 1971, when its toxicity has been clearly proven.

D.E.S has been shown to cause anatomic anomalies, reproductive changes and increase the risk of developing cancers in children exposed in the womb (in utero).

We read, here and there, that recent studies, which are reassuring, conclude that the consequences for third-generation DES-exposed are not that important. It seems that the gap is widening between current knowledge and reality.

transgenerational effect of DES (diethylstilbestrol legacy)

Moreover, the consequences described are too often reduced to the urogenital sphere, to DES Daughters, thus minimizing the impact on DES Sons, on the third generation but also on future generations.

This endocrine disruptor has caused much more various less visible damages: mental disorders, behavioral disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, endocrine disorders, etc.

D.E.S is it want to come out of the unspoken, to give voice to the forgotten people and to reveal the extent and complexity of a DES exposure. Much more serious consequences exist.

We want to receive appropriate health treatments and recognition as victims. We want to collaborate with the Scientific Research with the aim of stopping this tragedy.

D.E.S is it also want provinding support to bruised families, helping them better understand their pathology and defending their cause.

DES victims: let's meet and stop this tragedy together!

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