Breast implant illness | Information you HAVE to know

A few weeks ago I was contacted by one of my readers, asking if I had ever heard of breast implant illness.

Most of what I know about breast implants is anecdotal, from stories heard or people I know, rather than based on my own experience or any scientific evidence out there, and so I am probably not the best source of medical information on the topic. I do, however, have my own personal opinion, based on the tens of thousands of remarkable recovery stories told by women who have had serious health problems for years until they had their implants taken out. And that opinion is that breast implant removal is something that should be looked into and considered by anyone who has them and is suffering from unexplained or unresolved health issues.

I presume that reactions depend to a degree on the strength or weakness of individual immune systems, because some people seem unaffected, whilst others rapidly develop serious problems that only later, when they have had them taken out and the symptoms disappear, do they connect to the implants. It doesn’t seem to matter whether your implants are saline or silicone; both versions are made with chemicals and heavy metals that are toxic to the human body and both can be equally damaging. The symptoms most frequently reported are general exhaustion, brain fog, joint pain (probably because some of the implants leak), and I know of people who have literally been unable to get out of bed because their pain is so great and they lose mobility in their limbs.

The good news is that as soon as these implants are removed the body seems to begin to recover - though it may take a few weeks or months to get back to 100%. People report a change in skin colour - their skin regains its health and natural glow - and interestingly, for some a change in the tone of their eye colour. Not only does the white of the eye clear up, but whether their iris is brown or blue, it gets brighter.

One doctor told me that sometimes when he took out implants he found them covered in mould, and mould has terrible effects on people’s health (if you look on Amazon, I have written a short book on the dangers - not to be ignored if you have health issues).

My reader sent me the full story of her own implant experience. For years she had had ‘extreme and bizarre reactions to all kinds of foods, drinks, chemicals and medicines’ and then three months ago, in desperation, she had her implants removed. And the change in her health since, even in such a short time, has been remarkable - ‘A fantastic and immediate improvement for me was an improvement in my eyesight and the fact that my brain fog literally disappeared. I have been having blood tests every month and all markers are down considerably each time. I feel rather tired and angry with myself that I have spent so many years chasing down a 100% healthy lifestyle (good anyway), but in fact I could have started with the removal of the implants and spent a lot less money on every treatment under the sun!’

She also wrote of her worry about the lack of public awareness of the implant issue and concern that most people she had come across were by and large unaware of the possibility of side effects, which might prevent them from making a connection between any health problems and their implants. ‘My concern for people who automatically do a breast reconstruction is that they are not made aware of the possible dangers, and the direct link to a specific type of cancer related to implants. The added problem is that once someone has had cancer they are not sure how to gauge how well or unwell they are feeling, and for what reason.’

An excellent point, because how do you know why you haven’t bounced back to how you felt before your hospital treatment. Is it the cancer that makes you feel so unwell long after the experience should be over? Or the residue of the effects of the chemo or radiotherapy? Or is it to do with something else instead? How would you know? And without putting two and two together, you might consider it par for the course and presume it was just something you had to live with.

On February 6, 2019 – a few months ago - the American FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, the governing body that is responsible for all aspects of medicine and public health in the USA, warned health care providers about the association between all kinds of breast implants and cancer. Earlier, in September 2018, one of the largest ever studies published showed that breast implants ARE associated with rare diseases, autoimmune disorders and other serious health problems.

Breast implant illness is not, however, formally recognised by the medical community and there is no official test for it. If you have had health issues since you had implants put in, you may well have been misdiagnosed since and treated for diseases with similar symptoms. Simplistically put, implanting foreign substances into your chest near to your heart, thyroid and other vital organs and glands, will frequently trigger an immune response as your body tries to fight off what it perceives as an invasion. You may suffer a reaction to the silicone shells immediately after they’ve been put in; or to some of the 40 or more toxic chemicals and heavy metals in silicone which are known allergens and endocrine disruptors, causing extreme inflammation. They are carcinogenic, cytotoxic and neurotoxic to boot. In other words, highly poisonous.

As your immune system deteriorates, particularly if it has been already weakened by chemotherapy or radiotherapy, it becomes unable to fight off infection, (whether from parasites, viruses, bacteria or fungi) and eventually it will switch over to attacking itself instead of defending against the invaders. If you have breast implants and have been diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, ME or any other auto-immune disease, this may be the trigger for your symptoms.

Perhaps you have already made a link between the first onset of your health troubles and the timing of your breast implants, but been assured by your doctor that they cannot possibly be the cause of your problems? Please don’t just take someone else’s word for it without investigating further yourself.

Again, my reader wrote of her own experience of this - ‘A physician that I saw actually sent me an email apologising for not looking into it further and he admitted he had known for many years that implants were causing health issues. My GP has been 100% supportive and totally on board, but sadly my gynaecologist who I have been going to for 26 years is totally disinterested!’

The remarkable website, www.healingbreastimplantillness.com, shares the breast implant stories of more than 70,000 women. Read some of them for yourself and consider the information they provide about what to do if you do feel you may have a negative reaction. Their recommendations range from silicone sensitivity and genetic testing to which expert surgeons to consult, and they advise the best approaches for detox and supplementation to ensure a rapid recovery.

I have taken their list of breast implant symptoms to add to this post so that you can see if any of them relate to what’s going on with your own health. The list is wide ranging but that is because implants can affect most of your body systems.

Breast implant symptom list:

(Courtesy of www.healingbreastimplantillness.com)

FATIGUE
BRAIN FOG, MEMORY LOSS
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND HAIR
PREMATURE AGING
WEIGHT PROBLEMS
INFLAMMATION
POOR SLEEP AND INSOMNIA
DRY EYES, DECLINE IN VISION
HYPO/HYPER THYROID SYMPTOMS
HYPO/HYPER ADRENAL SYMPTOMS
PARATHYROID PROBLEMS
HORMONE IMBALANCE, DIMINISHING HORMONES
EARLY MENOPAUSE
HYSTERECTOMY
LOW LIBIDO
SLOW HEALING, EASY BRUISING
THROAT CLEARING, COUGH, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, CHOKING, REFLUX, METALLIC TASTES
VERTIGO
GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES SUCH AS ACID REFLUX, GERD, GASTRITIS
LEAKY GUT, IBS AND SIBO
PANCREATITIS
FEVERS, NIGHT SWEATS, INTOLERANT TO HEAT/COLD
PERSISTENT BACTERIAL, VIRAL, FUNGAL INFECTIONS
YEAST INFECTIONS, CANDIDA, SINUS AND UTI INFECTIONS
SKIN RASHES
EAR RINGING
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES
HEADACHES, MIGRAINES AND OCULAR MIGRAINES
SLOW MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER ACTIVITY
HEART PALPITATIONS, CHANGES IN NORMAL HEART RATE OR HEART PAIN
SWOLLEN AND TENDER LYMPH NODES IN BREAST AREA, UNDERARM, THROAT, NECK, GROIN
DEHYDRATION FOR NO REASON
FREQUENT URINATION
NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATION IN UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS
COLD AND DISCOLOURED LIMBS, HANDS AND FEET
GENERAL CHEST DISCOMFORT SHORTNESS OF BREATH
PAIN AND OR BURNING SENSATION AROUND IMPLANT AND OR UNDERARM
LIVER AND KIDNEY DYSFUNCTION
GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS
TOXIC SHOCK SYMPTOMS
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS
FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DYING
SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA
SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE
SYMPTOMS OF EBV
SYMPTOMS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SCLERODERMA, LUPUS, SJOGREN’S SYNDROME, NONSPECIFIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF BIA-ALCL LYMPHOMA
DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER

If any of them seem familiar, consult an expert for advice. This article is not meant to worry or frighten you. Your body will either be accepting of your implants, in which case you may have no reactions of note and therefore have no immediate cause for concern. But if you have inexplicable health issues that no doctor has been able to resolve for you, then hopefully this information may point you in a direction that might be relevant, showing you how to rid yourself of your problems once and for all.

Thank you to the reader who brought this to my, and all of our, attention. It underlines again the necessity of being your own ‘Health Detective’, because if you don’t follow up all the possible avenues that might be affecting your body, no-one else is going to…

 

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Written by health advocate Sara Davenport, founder of one of the UK's leading breast cancer charities, Breast Cancer Haven. With over twenty years' experience in holistic health, Sara's digital dose of wellness teaches you to listen to your body, tweak your lifestyle and improve your health. 

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