Breast implants: the ticking time bomb in millions of women’s bodies

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Each year in the United States approximately 300,000 women and teenagers undergo breast augmentation. It’s thought that the total number of implants carried out each year worldwide is anywhere between 5 to 10 million.

Before the operations women are often told by their surgeons that it is a safe procedure with “very little” risk. The FDA also says breast implants are relatively safe.

Yet most of these women don’t know that this is simply not the case.

There is in fact a growing body of evidence, in conjunction with thousands of horror stories from women all over the world who have had implants which have ended up in disaster, to prove that they are not safe and are actually causing debilitating autoimmune disorders and other physical problems in many women.

If you have breast implants, or are considering them, I urge you to take this article very seriously. And if any of your friends or family members already have implants, please show them this article. Their health and life (as well as your own) may depend on this knowledge.

We’ve known from fairly recent history that breast implants have caused serious health problems, but for most of the public, that problem is assumed to be an historic one, and that because those implants were removed from the market, the current implants on the market must be very safe.

Silicone Breast Implant Scandal

We’ve known from fairly recent history that breast implants have caused serious health problems, but for most of the public, that problem is assumed to be an historic one, and that because those implants were removed from the market, the current implants on the market must be very safe.

While the FDA now openly mentions problems that often occur in many women with breast implants, such as leaking and rupturing, they fail to warn the public about the more dangerous connection to auto-immune disorders.

The FDA actually allowed implants to be put onto the market for over 40 years without formally approving them, so it’s not always wise to trust what they say. (1)

You may remember hearing in the media about the huge lawsuit in the late 90’s involving 450,000 US women who took to court Dow Corning, one of the world’s main manufacturers of silicone implants.

While Dow Corning never admitted that their implants were dangerous, they paid out enormous amounts to the victims. Their implants of the 1970’s had a very thin outer shell, were “greasy,” and had a high leakage rate. Many women even lost their lives from illness caused by these implants, whilst waiting for the court to fine Dow.

It was also found that, according to a whistleblower, staff at Dow Corning knew for a very long time that their implants were toxic, yet covered it up for as long as they could.

In their own animal studies, researchers found that silicone could easily leak into the body, and caused tumours in up to 80% of the rats that were being tested on. The numbers were so alarming that the FDA, instead of being concerned, called these studies “erroneous,” which basically means they ‘must’ have been incorrect. The FDA then approved the Dow Corning implants, despite protests from some staff members that there were troubling warning signs.

We’ve also heard about the now infamous French PIP implant scandal which hit worldwide news recently. These implants (which were found to contain toxic chemicals used in mattresses and not approved for human use) are now banned, and women in the UK were offered free treatment to have them removed.

Shocking Ingredients Found In Dow Silicone Implants

When women are told that their implants contain silicone or saline, they often don’t tend to ask if anything else is being used alongside it. They certainly aren’t told this by the surgeons, who more than likely don’t even know themselves.

Check out the long list of alarming ingredients used in Dow’s silicone implants which came out during their court case when they were forced to disclose what was in their dangerous implants:

  • Methyl ethyl ketone (neurotoxin)
  • Cyclohexanone (neurotoxin)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Acetone (used in nail polish remover and is a neurotoxin)
  • Urethane
  • Polyvinyl chloride (neurotoxin)
  • Dicholormethane (carcinogen)
  • Chloromethane
  • Ethyl acetate (neurotoxin)
  • Sodium fluoride
  • Lead Based Solder
  • Formaldehyde
  • Talcum powder
  • Oakite (cleaning solvent)
  • Methyl 2- Cynanoacrylates
  • Ethylene Oxide (Carcinogen)
  • Xylene (neurotoxin)
  • Naptha (rubber solvent)
  • Phenol (neurotoxin)
  • Benzene (carcinogen/neurotoxin)
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Epoxy resin
  • Epoxy hardener
  • Metal cleaning acid
  • heavy metals such as aluminium (neurotoxin linked to Alzheimer’s and auto immune disorders)

 

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Breast Reconstruction: Get the Facts Before You Decide

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If you have had a mastectomy for breast cancer or are considering one, you may also be considering what to do afterwards.  As you explore your options, you owe it to yourself to learn the facts about breast reconstruction surgery as well. This is a very personal decision so take your time in weighing the cost, both emotional and physical. Always make an informed decision when it comes to your body and health.

What Does Reconstructive Surgery with Mastectomy Entail?

A mastectomy is a surgery that removes all tissue from the breast. In conventional medicine, it is done to prevent cancer spread (although this is somewhat of a misnomer since mastectomy does not remove breast cancer stem cells).

Never the less, more women are opting to get mastectomy each year. And in total, over 300,000 American women annually get breast augmentation, either because of mastectomy or for strictly cosmetic reasons.

Reconstructive surgery after mastectomy can be done either at the time of mastectomy (called an “immediate” reconstructive surgery) or “delayed,” which means the surgery will occur at a later date. The materials used to recreate the breast vary and include silicon, saline or the person’s own tissue.

While reconstruction may help a woman feel more like “herself” after Breast Cancer, there are also quite a few risks associated with it, especially concerning the substances used.

Complications with Silicone Implants

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Remember that ANY surgery is an invasive procedure that could increase complications from infection.

In 1992, the United States Food and Drug administration announced a moratorium on silicon implants because of their possible link to rheumatic disease and Breast Cancer. However, as of 2013, certain kinds of silicone implants have been re-approved for use in the United States.

Part of why silicone implants are so harmful is because they don’t just contain silicon. In fact, there are dozens of other chemical substances that may be found in some gels, including formaldehyde and acetone. Silicon-caused nervous system disorders, especially neuropathy on the side where the implant is located, can occur when there is a rupture of the implant or leakage of the material.  Silicon leakage can lead to inflammation, fibrosis, and “foreign body reaction,” according to a 2007 study published in Hong Kong Medical Journal. Leakage is so common that many experts recommend either removing or replacing the implant every 8 to 10 years.

Silicone can also be carcinogenic. According to the research, silicon leakage can increase your riskof other kinds of cancer, including lung, colon and pancreatic.

“It’s a neurotoxin,” said  Dr. Susan Kolb M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.I.H.M., an Atlanta-based holistic plastic surgeon and author of the book The Naked Truth About Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, in arecent interview on Mercola.com.  Kolb knows firsthand about the dangers of silicone implants.  She was once diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome as a result of silicone implant leakage. “Many of the chemicals that Dow Corning [maker of silicone implants] identified in the trials … are carcinogens, and many are neurotoxins. Oddly enough, the plastic surgeons don’t know the list of chemicals that are actually in the gel.”

All is not lost if you are experiencing the negative side effects of silicone implants. “Explantation surgery” can remove implants. In addition, immune system and detox protocols have a good track record for healing side effects once they are removed.

Complications with Saline Implants

Sadly, there are virtually no studies that have critically looked at complications associated with saline implants. According to many experts as well as anecdotal evidence, the problem with saline is not so much with the substance, but what could happen if the valve that is used to fill the implant is damaged through trauma to the chest, like in a car accident or other injury.

If valve malfunction occurs, certain bacteria and mold fungus can get into the implant. There, foreign substances can create biotoxins that can become neurotoxic and even carcinogenic.  Symptoms can be similar to those who contract “sick building syndrome” caused by water-damaged buildings.

Another complication of both saline and silicone implants is called “capsular contracture.” This occurs when scar tissue forms around an implant and pulls at it. According to studies conducted at theUniversity of Ontario and others, capsular contracture happens in silicone implants roughly twice as much as it does in saline implants.

Complications with Autologous or “Flap” Reconstruction

Using your own tissue—usually from the belly, buttocks, and/or upper thighs—to reconstruct a breast is called autologous or “flap” reconstruction. Many individuals prefer this kind of reconstruction because the tissue feels most like a regular breast and, according to conventional medicine, it supposedly “lasts a lifetime.”

Complications can arise with flap reconstruction as well, however. According to Cancer Research UK, complications of autologous reconstructive surgery include infection, flap failure, fluid under the surgery wound, hardening, leakage, unequal breasts if weight changes, and abdominal hernia.

Some Final Thoughts

Now that you know some of the risks of breast reconstructive surgery, you can make your own decision about how you want to go forward. Remember that any kind of surgery  comes with its own cancer metastasis risks.  Most women we have coached who have had reconstructive surgery regret going down that road in the long run. I believe that the the best course is always the most natural one, and that means staying away from any kind of invasive procedure whenever possible.

And, if you are a reconstructive surgery candidate, don’t be afraid to consider no reconstruction.  I encourage you to read this wonderful article , “Going Flat: Choosing No Reconstruction” posted on BreastCancer.org’s website.  It encourages you to learn to be comfortable with your body if you choose no reconstruction. “I don’t care what they take from you as long as I can see your face,” is a common sentiment from partners of Breast Cancer Conquerors.

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Are Implants Worth the Risk?

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The breast implant market is booming. Women worldwide are spending $820 million a year on breast augmentation and the demand is growing. While 80% of breast implants are for cosmetic reasons and the remainder for reconstructive reasons, each presents risks to your health.

I realize this is a touchy subject. I am not here to judge but simply to inform you about some facts. Women who have breast implants because of Breast Cancer have been through a lot of pain and agony going through the surgeries and treatments.  Others simply chose to have them in order to touch up their breast shape and size. In all cases, the decision has an impact physically and many times emotionally.

Think of an implant like a sliver underneath your skin. It is a foreign substance that the body naturally wants to reject and this may cause stress to your Immune System.  However, for some women, reconstruction after a mastectomy is important to them. They want to regain what they feel they have lost as a result of the surgery.

It’s important that you are aware of all risks even though some may be associated with a particular type of implant or surgery. Knowledge will result in a healthier discussion with your doctor and an improved ability to better manage your overall well-being.

The risks linked to breast implants

An implant is designed using a strong silicone elastomer shell that’s filled with either a saline or silicone gel solution. According to The Mayo Clinic, saline and silicone gel, which is used for breast reconstruction, both pose similar risks:

  • Pain
  • Potentially permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue that distorts the shape
  • Leakage or rupture
  • Need for additional surgery

 

According to the National Cancer Institute, women with implants  were three times more likely to die from respiratory tract cancer, two to three times more likely to die from brain cancer, and four to five times more likely to die from suicide”. NCI researchers also found an increased risk of certain connective tissue diseases, such as a doubling in rheumatoid arthritis, and even greater increases in lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Some other risks you should know about

  1. Your body’s potential rejectionCapsular contracture is the most common complication associated with implantation. Basically, the body looks at the silicone elastomer shell as a foreign implants 1object and scar tissue forms around it. It is rejected by the immune system in 11% of all cases and surgical intervention is required in the majority of them. Capsular contracture may also indicate low-grade bacterial infections related to the implant procedure or the implants themselves.
  1. A rare but treatable cancer. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare cancer involving the immune system that may be associated with implants. In the known cases linked to implants, the lymphoma grew in the capsule of scar tissue around the implant and was treated by removing the implant and scar tissue. Some women also underwent chemotherapy and radiation.This type of lymphoma in the breast is normally found in three in 100 million women without implants. In comparison, it has been found in 60 in the 5-10 million women with implants. Even though the FDA has acknowledged the heightened risk, any association between breast implants and cancer is concerning.
  1. Psychological impacts. A study looked at five large epidemiologic mortality studies and found that the suicide mortality rate doubled among women with cosmetic implants. While the study noted the pre-implant psychiatric disorders among this group of women often include body image issues, depression and eating disorders, it makes sense that anyone suffering with a body image issue would benefit from emotional support.
  2. High levels of Platinum – Platinum is used to turn silicon into a softer, honey-like liquid which makes the implants feel softer.  The problem is that Platinum is highly toxic and women with implants had three times the levels of  platinum compared to women without implants. This metal can cause respiratory and skin allergies.
  3. Breast Implants may make it more difficult to detect future cancers. Although Mammography is routinely used, the good news is that Thermography may also help detect inflammation in the area of concern.
  4. According to the FDA, and the manufacturers’ own data, nearly ALL implants fail sooner or later. Many women, therefore, require corrective surgery within a few years. Patients with failed implants report and increase in joint and muscle pain as well as chronic fatigue.

Where do you go from here?

If you are considering breast implants, I highly encourage you to do your own research, ask lots of questions of yourself and your caregivers, and make an informed decision that will make sense for you over the long-term. And, if you are a reconstructive surgery candidate, don’t be afraid to consider no reconstruction.  I encourage you to read this wonderful article , “Going Flat: Choosing No Reconstruction” posted on BreastCancer.org’s website.  It encourages you to learn to be comfortable with your body if you choose no reconstruction. “I don’t care what they take from you as long as I can see your face,” is a common sentiment from partners of Breast Cancer Conquerors.

Embrace your magnificence and your scars – you are beautiful inside and out.

No matter what path you choose, be sure that you have a plan on how you will incorporate reducing your toxic exposure and healing your emotional wounds.  Balance of body, mind and spirit is the bottom line for good health.

“Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit http://breastcancerconqueror.com/.”

 

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