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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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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Detoxifying Your Body from Mercury Exposure

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It is likely you are accumulating mercury and other heavy metals at a disturbing rate. This is occurring at a time when your body is already bombarded with multiple chemical assaults, making it harder to keep its natural detoxification system working smoothly and efficiently.

The two primary sources of mercury exposure are dental amalgams (mercury-based fillings) and seafood consumption, followed by thimerosal-containing vaccines and mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants.

Other significant environmental offenders are chlor-alkali plants (which make products like chlorine bleach and PVC), trash incinerators, cement kilns, and gold mining. These industries are loading our environment with inorganic forms of mercury that are then converted in the soil and water to a type of mercury calledmethylmercury (MeHg) — which then accumulates in the fish you eat.

Dental amalgams are comprised of 50 percent elemental mercury. This form of mercury evaporates from the surface of the amalgam and is inhaled, absorbed into the blood, and then converted to inorganic mercury, the most toxic form of mercury to cells. Inorganic mercury builds up far more in your organs of elimination — it’s 100 times as high in your kidneys and liver than in your brain. But when it does make its way into your brain, it’s far more damaging than any other form.

A Two-Headed Dragon: Toxicity and Inflammation

It’s an interesting fact that some people with high mercury exposure don’t become toxic, yet others with relatively low exposure do. Why is this? Why does one person get really sick from her amalgams while another is perfectly fine?

The difference lies in your ability to detoxify naturally. You already have a system in place for removing mercury and other heavy metals from your body. Mercury’s half-life can range from 40 to 120 days, and the faster you can clear it out, the less you’ll be affected.

It’s important to realize that people are either slow detoxifiers or fast detoxifiers, and a small genetic subset are super slow detoxifiers. If you are in the super slow group, your detox system is significantly impaired and the result can be mercury overload. How quickly you detoxify on your own depends on a several factors, such as your exposure level, genetic makeup, genetic expression, and overall health. For example, if your progesterone levels are low, you can’t detoxify as well, and unfortunately, decreased progesterone levels are common today.

Additionally, people who are hypersensitive to metals will have toxic effects at much lower levels than other people. When it comes to the buildup of heavy metals in your body, the news is all bad. Heavy metal toxicity produces a wide range of adverse biological effects.

Your brain is a primary target for heavy metals, which results in many neurological symptoms, including depression and anxiety, irritability and memory loss. Mercury overload can even lead to major neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Heavy metals also target your kidneys, liver, heart, pituitary and thyroid glands, and increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, a mercury detoxification protocol can significantly improve insulin sensitivity and metabolic syndrome. Mercury, especially from dental amalgams, can accumulate heavily in your digestive tract where it attaches to your gut epithelium.

What You Need to Know about Mercury Testing

Traditional mercury testing involves testing either your hair, blood, urine, or stool. However, all of these tests have drawbacks. They primarily measure total mercury load — and inaccurately at that. But most importantly they don’t give you any information about the forms of mercury in your system or how efficiently you are getting rid of them.

Traditional mercury tests don’t answer questions like, how much of your mercury load is from the seafood you eat? How much from amalgams? How well are your kidneys and liver eliminating it?

The two principal forms of mercury accumulate differently in your body, and are eliminated by different pathways. For example, mercury levels in your hair only reflect the mercury from the fish you eat. But mercury levels in your urine reflect the mercury coming from your dental fillings (plus some of the fish-based methylmercury that has broken down into inorganic mercury). The only way to determine if there is a problem is to compare your hair and urine levels with levels in your blood. So, if mercury testing is to be meaningful, it must measure both of the following:

  1. Exposure level: Overall mercury level for each of the two main forms of mercury (methylmercury, related to your fish/seafood consumption, and inorganic mercury, related to dental amalgam exposure)
  2. Excretion ability: How well your body is getting rid of each kind of mercury, regardless of your overall mercury level

A newer testing method called “mercury speciation ”does just this — it measures both of these factors. This test uses blood, urine and hair to give you a more comprehensive picture of how your body is eliminating mercury and where the process may be blocked. This information can be immensely helpful in preparing a successful detoxification plan. For more information aboutmercury speciation testing, refer to my recent interview with Dr. Shade.

Your Body’s Natural Detoxification System: The Glutathione Machine

Toxicity is not just the level of a toxin — it’s your body’s response to a toxin, which depends on the strength of your natural detoxification system. Many people don’t understand that your body comes with its own built-in detoxification system. It’s a common myth that once you ingest mercury, it stays in your body forever.

Your body has a system to efficiently remove mercury and other heavy metals, as long as your detoxification system is working properly. The problem is, many of you have one that’s broken, and one of the principal causes is inflammation. Your genetic makeup is another factor. As Dr. Shade says:

“Your genes load the gun, and the environment pulls the trigger.”

The glutathione “supersystem” is your body’s main detoxification system. Glutathione binds to heavy metals, but it doesn’t do it alone — it requires the assistance of enzymes, antioxidants, and transport proteins.

Old age, impaired genetics, poor diet, and toxic exposures of all kinds impair your glutathione system. Some people try to supplement with glutathione or its precursors and expect the system to jump up to speed but for the most part this doesn’t work very well as typically this is done orally with non-liposomal forms or done with IV glutathione, which is very expensive, inconvenient, and only marginally more effective. A far more effective strategy is to upregulate the expression of the genes that produce the enzymes and transport proteins that assist glutathione in doing its job.

Efficient detoxification depends on a series of seamless reactions that bind toxins to shuttle molecules and “escort” them out through a series of doors. Specifically, in order for your glutathione detoxification system to operate well, it requires the following three elements. If you have a shortage of any one of these three key elements, your cells lose their resistance to mercury, so it can accumulate and make you sick:

  1. Glutathione in your cells: Your body has to manufacture most of its own glutathione (biosynthesis), so it needs adequate building blocks
  2. Glutathione s-transferase (GST): An enzyme responsible for prying the mercury OFF the cellular proteins, then linking it TO the glutathione in the cell
  3. Transport proteins: A series of transport proteins (multi drug resistant proteins, or MRPs) are responsible for getting the conjugated mercury out of your cells and into your blood, as well as from your blood into your liver and small intestine, and into other places so it can be eliminated

Before You Do Anything Else, Optimize Your Diet

As with nearly every other health challenge, your diet is a critical factor in supporting your body’s detoxification system. In fact, consider dietary optimization the “pretoxification” phase, which should last for two to six weeks before starting the full detoxification phase.

Your goal is to remove inflammatory and allergenic foods such as sugar (especially fructose/HFCS), processed and packaged foods, fast foods, most starch and grain. Your diet should be low in carbohydrates, moderate-to-low in protein, and high in beneficial fats (as high as 50-70 percent). Proteins repair mangled protein molecules and supply sulfur, and fats repair your cell membranes. This type of diet not only prepares your body for detoxification but also has the additional benefit of improving your insulin sensitivity and reversing type 2 diabetes.

 

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