Breast Implant Illness: A Silent Health Threat

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I’ve had a huge influx of questions about the long term side effects of breast implants, and I knew I had to put together a good resource for those that might be dealing with this issue. Some people aren’t even aware that breast implants can create illnesses because like with everything else, there is very rarely informed consent.

So what is the big deal about breast implants?

Silicone breast implants allow the gel to leach into the body. these gel droplets are picked up by macrophages (white blood cells in the lymph) and they can actually clog the lymph nodes. The gel droplets can also migrate to other organs, and in many cases the body cannot even excrete this build up. This build-up of silicon is what can create illness in the body because it is a foreign substance. The gel droplets can also pass the placenta barrier during pregnancy too. Implants can also rupture

The silicone can also initiate formation of auto-antibodies that can attack the joints, tissue, nerves, muscles, and other organs. There is a HUGE link between breast implants and auto-immune disease because of this. Implants are also supposed to be replaced every 8-10 years, but women are rarely made aware of this or they are told that they will last forever with no problems.

Symptoms of breast implants illness includes:

  • Constipation
  • Morning stiffness and numbness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Skin lesions and rashes
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin, eyes, and mouth
  • Pain around the scar tissue
  • Insomnia
  • You can read even more symptoms here!

How to heal from Breast Implant Illness

  • Think about getting an explant, ideally with someone who is knowledgeable about this issue and takes the proper precautions to do the surgery correctly.
  • Strengthen your detoxification system, especially focusing on your minerals, liver and lymph
  • Use castor oil packs over the affected area if you have pain
  • Check out the Facebook Group Breast Implant Illness and Detox Protocol for support from women who have been through this themselves.
  • Read The Naked Truth About Breast Implants” by Dr Susan Kolb
  • Read this article from Collective Evolution– it is long and graphic at times but it brutally honest and has great information. This article includes ingredients in implants, the risks of implants, and some other good resources.
  • Eat a nourishing, whole foods diet:Nutrient Dense Foods- Fruits, vegetables; full fat foods like butter, ghee, and coconut oil; organic/grass-fed whole milk dairy products; fermented foods; eggs; grass-fed meat; beef liver every so often if you can handle it! Herbal Infusions are also a great idea. Nettles, oatstraw, and Red Raspberry leaf are the 3 best herbs for nourishment.  Nettle infusions are full of vitamin K, iron, copper, magnesium and calcium, and they help the kidneys, liver, and adrenals

More reading and resources:

http://drmyhill.co.uk/wiki/Silicone_Breast_Implants_and_Injections

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44795/?report=reader

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8 Replies to “Breast Implant Illness: A Silent Health Threat”

  1. Hi Kristin, I just want to comment that it is not just silicone implants that can cause illness. Saline implants are not safe either. Saline are encased in a silicone shell and that shell can leach chemicals into the body. In addition, the valves in saline implants are often faulty and they can leak. The saline can grow mold and then the mold travels throughout the body causing biotoxin illness. Thanks for calling attention to that fact that implants are not safe and can cause illness. Unfortunately, most traditional doctors are unaware of this so women can be misdiagnosed with other illnesses when actually they are sick from their implants.

    1. Thank you for adding that, Paula! Such a good point. Any medical implant has the potential to create issues, and it is very sad that there is no informed consent on these procedures.

  2. Hi Kristen, Thank you for writing this. As a woman in my mid-20s, I’ve contemplated implants for a few years now. I’ve always been afraid of the surgery and the possible consequences. I’ve been reading more and more articles revealing the dangers of silicone and saline implants lately, and I’m working on my own post regarding a similar topic. It’s definitely a silent health threat as you mentioned! I think it’s more important now than ever for people (doctors, professionals) to finally wake up and acknowledge this. It’s also important for people who are considering implants to be educated. Instead of asking, “what’s the best way to go about the surgery?” they should ask, “what are the dangers of the surgery?” Thank you for writing this!

    1. Hi Kelly! I’m glad this article helped you. It is my biggest hope to help people realize the dangers BEFORE they go through with things. I’ve spoken with many ladies that have gone through explant surgery already to remove them, and they are brave ladies for sharing their stories. Informed consent is non-existent with so many things, and that just has to stop.

  3. The latest peer-reviewed manuscript concerning breast implant illness was published online (ahead of print) in LUPUS on 1/29/2017, entitled “Destiny Rides Again: the Reappearance of Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implant Toxicity.” Along with its sister article published in LUPUS in 2012 (“Bones, Groans, and Silicone”), one can readily appreciate why the chaos of the 1990’s encompassing breast implant illness was inevitably destined to repeat itself. Arthur E. Brawer, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

    1. Thank you so much for your input, Dr. Brawer. It is good to know that there is current research still being done on this topic, and that there are doctors like you trying to spread awareness and truth!

  4. Your followers might want to google International Annals of Medicine (an open access journal) and read without cost the October 2017 issue, which published the latest manuscript by Dr. Brawer entitled: “Mechanisms of Breast Implant Toxicity: Will the Real Ringmaster Please Stand Up.”

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