DETOXIFICATION

DETOXIFICATION OF SILICONE AND SALINE BREAST IMPLANTS

Breast implants cause toxicity in the body several different ways.  First, breast implants are large, foreign objects which engage the immune system on an ongoing basis eventually overwhelming the immune system and causing immune system dysfunction and failure.  Immune system dysfunction leads to auto-immune symptoms and diseases.  Immune system failure allows opportunistic organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites to grow unchecked and spread out of control.  These bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites produce bio-toxins which cause an inflammatory cascade and overload our organs of detoxification.  Bacteria and fungus can cause or contribute to autoimmune diseases.  Further, breast implants are essentially two large sacks of aggressive cyto-toxic, neuro-toxic and carcinogenic chemicals which are highly inflammatory to our tissues, organs and glands.  Please see BREAST IMPLANT SAFETY for a list of toxic chemicals in silicone implants.  Inflammation and the body’s natural systems of detoxification are body processes which work together like a teeter totter.  When inflammation in the body increases due to breast implants, detoxification is down regulated by the body.  When inflammation in the body decreases, detoxification is up regulated by the body.  So, the presence of toxic implants in the body substantially increases inflammation which hampers the bodies natural systems of detoxification.  The entire time you have implants your systems of detoxification are diminished and you are collecting toxins from all sources.  In addition, high inflammation from breast implants is known to cause disease and illness such as cancer, auto-immune diseases and metabolic diseases.

Further, silicone is a known adjuvant which causes auto-immune symptoms and diseases.  Silicone chemicals are also known endocrine disruptors.  Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the bodies sensitive endocrine glandular system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune effects.  The endocrine glands especially hard hit by breast implants are thymus, thyroid and adrenals but this does not exclude the other glands such as pancreas, ovaries, parathyroid, pineal, pituitary and hypothalamus.  Our glands essentially control all the processes in our body and damaging them with endocrine disruptors is very significant to our health.

Breast implants contain heavy metals.  Over the years breast implant manufacturers have used different heavy metals in their silicone recipes.  We are beginning to understand the causation that heavy metals plays in toxicity, illness and many of the diseases plaguing mankind.  I phoned Mentor and asked what in the breast implants was making me so sick and they told me Platinum but they refused to divulge the other chemicals used in their manufacturing process of implants.  It was not only Platinum that was making me ill, however Platinum is a known toxicity that they will admit to being in breast implants.  Basically every chemical used to make silicone breast implants is toxic to our body.

STEPS TO DETOXIFY YOUR BODY FROM SILICONE AND SALINE BREAST IMPLANTS

1.  Explant – The first and most important step to detox the body is to properly explant your breast implants which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy.  Please see the EXPLANT page for a full explanation of a proper explant and the EXPLANT SURGEONS page for a list of world wide surgeons who remove breast implants properly.

2.  Diet – The next and most important step after removal of breast implants is to support the body’s natural systems of detoxification through healthy diet which means an organic, nonGMO, whole foods diet of little fruit, (lemons, limes, coconut, green granny smith apples and berries are the best) lots and lots of all kinds of vegetables (50 per cent raw 50 per cent cooked), some organic/free range/grass fed meats and eggs,  some carbs and resistant starches from root vegetables.  Include lots of healthy fats and oils such as organic/raw/grass fed butter if you can tolerate dairy, coconut oil, unheated olive oil,  avocado, fresh flax seed oil and lots and lots of clean fish/krill oils.  Include raw nuts except peanuts which carry mold.  Drink six to eight glasses of purified, mineralized water.  Cut out all sugars/sweetners, dairy and gluten which are inflammatory to most guts.  Cut out all processed foods, anything with a label on it,  anything in a can, anything in a box, cut out all chemicals, cut out all sweets, candies, cakes, pastries, cut out caffeine, pop, chocolate, alcohol, yeasted and foods with vinegar.  Use a natural salt full of various minerals from a clean source.  Use apple cider vinegar.

Your clean, wholefoods diet will be the most important factor in how you feel day to day and how quickly your body detoxes.  Eating cleanly allows your body the extra energy it needs to do the heavy work of detoxing.  Examples of diets that work for us are the Gerson Therapy diet (good for vegetarians), antifungal/low mycotoxin diets (good for fungus) and the AutoImmune Protocol diet (good for those that suffer from autoimmune symptoms and diseases).  These diets are digestible to the body, lower inflammation in the gut and do not feed fungus and other pathogenic microorganisms that cause many of our symptoms.

3.  Heal Your Gut – Many women who have toxicity from breast implants have digestion and bowel problems potentially from leaky gut, gut dysbiosis, IBS, Crohns, inflammation, fungus and parasites.  Some women develop allergies due to leaky gut and lose the ability to digest dairy, gluten grains, and other inflammatory or allergenic foods.  All inflammatory and allergic foods must be cut out of the diet completely in order to lower inflammation in the gut.  When inflammation is present in the gut and digestive tract the body slows down or stops detoxification.  If you have gut problems, a whole foods diet as outlined above and cutting out inflammatory and allergenic foods such as dairy and gluten will help you feel much better and detox faster.  Bone broth and Great Lakes Collagen will help heal your gut and ensure you have enough Betaine HCL to digest your food.  If your gut is badly damaged and not responding to good diet and bone broth and you need additional help please check out the GAPS diet guidelines for healing damaged guts.  If you have auto-immune symptoms follow the Autoimmune Protocol diet to bring down inflammation in your gut and modulate the autoimmune response in the body.

Probiotics, especially lacto and soil based probiotics found in fermented foods such as yogurt and cultured vegetables are very important for healing/restoring healthy gut flora and function, modulating your immune system and chelating toxins from the body.  Don’t buy sauerkraut from the grocery store because it contains vinegar which is not traditional culturing.  If you buy sauerkraut, obtain it from a health food store which carries traditionally cultured veggies.  It is easy and inexpensive to make your own cultured vegetables at home which supply much larger quantities of probiotics than store bought supplements.    Just google Dr. Mercola Cultured Vegetables Recipe and you will find a link to a great video on how to make your own cultured veggies if you are inclined.  If you prefer to buy probiotics look for lacto based which means they produce lactic acid and soil based probiotics and take several doses each day for a while to bring your gut flora, digestion and bowels back to normal.  Rotate your probiotics to get a good cross section of various organisms.

4.  Infections In Us – After explant, some ladies have discovered fungal colonization in their saline implants.  Some ladies have had contact with mold in their environment and have mold infections in their body due to immune deficits caused by breast implants.  Additionally, most breast implant illness ladies have an overgrowth of fungus such as yeast/Candida in their gut and even systemically due to immune deficits.  Many ladies also have other infections in their gut such as H-pylori and others.  Some ladies had bacterial infections in their capsules.  Capsular contracture is known to be caused by bacteria in the capsule.  Some ladies have mycoplasma infections.  Some ladies have Lyme, EBV and herpes infections causing many health problems.  These bacterial, mold/fungus, mycobacteria, viral and parasitical infections need to be eliminated for a full recovery.  Sometimes these infections can be detected through various tests but not always.  Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Mold should be treated with mold eliminating protocols by doctors knowledgeable about mold such as Functional Medicine doctors.  Gut and broad fungal infections in most of us such as yeast/Candida are treated with antifungal/low mycotoxin diets and antifungals whether natural or prescription.  Antifungal/low mycotoxin diets are crucial to overcoming mold and fungus in the body and strict diet supercedes prescription antifungals.  Fungus/mold overcomes prescription antifungals quickly.  Treating with too many prescription antifungals is causing resistant fungus.  Plus prescription antifungals can be hard on the liver.   Use natural antimicrobials if possible.  A glass of hot water with the juice of one lemon and cayenne pepper first thing every morning cleans out the digestive tract daily.  Three cloves of crushed garlic a day, one with each meal kills fungus while preserving beneficial gut flora.  Oil of Oregano drops several times a day also kills fungus. Grapefruit Seed extract kills fungus.  A product called Thorne Research SF722 is excellent for killing fungus, Caprylic Acid/Caprylates and Candex kills yeast very powerfully.  There are many good natural products to eliminate fungus in your body. Rotate your natural antifungals every month or sooner so the fungus does not build up a tolerance to them.

5.  Support your Endocrine and Immune System – Have a pm Cortisol blood test and check your thyroid’s free T3, T4 conversion to see if your adrenals and thyroid are affected.  You will need to support both adrenals and thyroid in order to get well.  There are various supplements that will help support your endocrine and immune system.  Epicor and Tansfer Factors are known as good supplements to support the immune system.

6.  Progesterone  – Progesterone stimulates your natural, nightly detoxification cycle and helps balance your hormones.  As silicone is an endocrine disruptor and toxic chemicals and heavy metals damage thyroid, adrenals and ovaries, some ladies have hormonal imbalances and are low on progesterone and other hormones. Have your hormone levels tested and supplement with bio-identical hormones and especially progesterone if you are low so that you feel better, heal better and your natural cycle of detoxification is working.  If you have to supplement estrogen avoid oral medications because they slow your liver detoxification cycle down and cause fungus to proliferate in the gut.

7.  Green Vegetable Juicing –  If your gut is healed and well working some vegetable juicing is very helpful to supply extra nutrition and enzymes for healing and detoxification.  If you juice, please ensure that you are also eating a whole foods diet along with your juicing instead of just juice fasting. The fibers in wholefoods grab onto the toxins as they are released from the liver via the bile so they are not re-absorbed directly back into your body through your colon as when you juice fast.  Just juice fasting can concentrate toxins and cause retox.  I did the Gerson Therapy Green Juice found here:  http://gerson.org/pdfs/Green_Juice_Recipe_and_Preparation.pdf

8.  Remineralization – Minerals are required for every aspect of your body and for detoxification.  I suggest putting a pinch of high quality salt in each glass of water to get various minerals each day.  Calcium may be required, too, especially if you cannot eat dairy foods. Toxic chemicals in the implants are very acidic as are biotoxins and the body leaches calcium from bones and teeth in an attempt to offset the acidity which causes sharp bone pain and tooth degradation.  Use plant derived calcium which is more easily absorbed by your body. Magnesium is important to cell and muscle function and how you feel day to day and is usually very low in toxic and stressed people.  Magnesium malate or magnesium glycinate is the preferable source for magnesium.  Potassium is a very important mineral to cells for healing.  If you are eating plenty of fruits and veggies and some green juicing you should be getting enough.  Use mineral supplements to replace the more trace minerals.

9.  Vitamins and Antioxidant Supplements to Lower Inflammation – Vitamin and antioxidant supplements help keep inflammation low which stimulates detoxification.  Please carefully read all labels and research supplements that you take as some have unhealthy ingredients.  Vitamins A, B, C, E, Selenium, Zinc, CoQ10, Turmeric, Ginger and Krill will help lower inflammation in your body and keep your detoxification cycle up regulated.  Vitamin D is important to healing and is the vitamin that controls hormones.

10.  Stimulate Detox –  After you have mastered good diet and your digestion and bowels are working well, you may want to begin to stimulate detoxification.  There are certain supplements that stimulate and speed up detoxification such as Vitamin C, Magnesium, Chlorella/Spirulina, Lipoic Acid, MSM, Inositol (for silicone detoxification), NAC (N-Acetyl L-Cysteine) and Iodine.  Do your research on these and go slow.  Try one at a time, taking smaller doses to begin with to test for tolerance and gradually titrating up your doses to stimulate detoxification until you feel symptoms.  Then rest for some days while those toxins clear and then repeat.  Don’t take Chlorella, Lipoic Acid or NAC if you have mercury fillings as it will drag mercury around your body which is very toxic and causes inflammation.  When you stimulate detoxification, try a binder to bind toxins and help carry them out of the body.  I like Chia seeds in a smoothy or water for a good daily binder.  Start with 1 tsp of Chia seeds in 8 ounces of liquid and work up to 1 TBSP.  If you need a stronger binder you can use charcoal but take care and do not use it for periods of longer than three weeks as charcoal binds healthy minerals and nutrients too.

11.  Glutathione – If you do research on detoxification you will come across information on Glutathione which is a simple molecule produced in the body that acts as the body’s master detoxifier picking up free radicals, toxins and heavy metals and escorting them out of the body.  Normally, Glutathione is created and recycled in the healthy body except when the toxic load becomes too great and then it becomes depleted.  Glutathione is made from the amino acids (protein building blocks) Cysteine, Glutamine and Glycine.  If you want to increase your Glutathione you can take the inexpensive supplements NAC (N-Acetyl L-Cysteine) 4 parts, Glutamine 2 parts and Glycine 1 part in a glass of water between meals. No need to buy expensive Glutathione supplements.   Alternatively, you can also take organic, grassfed, undenatured whey powder which has all the precursors to make Glutathione.  Again, start slow taking one dose of NAC/Glutamine/Glycine in the beginning and working your way up.

12.  Exercise – Get exercise each day if possible.  At first walking, yoga and swimming are great exercises for healing breast implant illness.  Gradually work up to fast walking and even jogging to get your circulation and lymph moving well.  Go outside for fresh air and sun and to connect with nature each day.  If possible, sit or lie on the ground/grass/beach each day to eliminate inflammation in your body through grounding.

13. Sauna Therapy and Epsom Salt Baths – If you have access to an infared sauna, sauna two to three times each week.  It is well known that toxins and heavy metals are eliminated through the skin by sweating and infared kills microbes in the body.   Also take a couple Epsom salt baths a week for magnesium replenishing, magnesium and detoxification.

14.  Low Level Light Therapy, Oxygen Therapy, Ozone Therapy – I read another lady’s site that said she had profound healing after receiving low level light therapy treatments on her chest to break down capsule tissue which should have been removed but was not.  Not only did the low level light therapy breakdown the capsule tissue, it also killed the bacteria and fungus in her chest.  Although I have not had a chance to try it, I believe it works and could be a profound healing tool for some.  Chiropractors use low level light therapy in their practices, hopefully you can find one near you.  I have personally tried oxygen therapy and it does stimulate healing.  Many are having good results getting rid of bacteria, mold/fungus and viruses using ozone.

13.  Timeframe to Feel Healthy – You will notice that the process of detoxification does increase inflammation in the body and the feeling of illness.  Moving toxic chemicals, bio-toxins and heavy metals through your body and organs will cause inflammation and detox symptoms (headaches, brain fog, negative mentalism, emotionalism, sore back bone, sore joints, general illness, fatigue, digestive disturbances) and an increase of your specific symptoms which is why you should go slow and need to take rests from detoxing but always maintain your clean wholefoods diet and some exercise if possible. Detoxification of breast implants is not a straight line, but rather an up and down process generally lasting one to two years.   After explant, you will notice certain symptoms go away and you will feel better for a few months but then in a few months after explant, your body will begin the heavy work of detoxing stored chemicals and heavy metals from your cells and your symptoms will increase and go up and down for some months but gradually disappear one by one.  Most women feel substantially better within about one to two years.  If you are not improving over months and years, then you need to look for other sources of toxicity. Perhaps you have a bacterial or fungal infection that is creating bio-toxins.  Perhaps you have mercury toxicity from your amalgams or a dental event.  Perhaps you have root canals that are producing potent bacteria creating illness in your body.  Perhaps you have parasites.  Keep looking for toxicity and keep working on elimination and detoxification.

Most of the above are things I did to get well.  I was able to research a lot on the processes of detoxification and I tried a lot of things.  I hurt myself sometimes by speeding up detox too much and unleashing more heavy metals and toxins than my body and organs were able to handle at one time.  So, take care.  If you try the supplements, add one thing at a time so you can tell if something bothers you.  Not everyone will be able to tolerate all of these things and especially in the beginning of your healing.  If you have a bad reaction, stop everything and rest.  Then add one thing back in at a time so you can tell what is causing the reaction.  Trust your own instincts.  Personally, I did not get help from the medical doctors.  Medical doctors don’t believe that silicone is toxic and do not have training in diagnosing heavy metals poisoning or detoxification.  One Naturopath told me that mercury fillings are okay and not to disturb them. Ridiculous!  There is only one other substance on earth more toxic than mercury and that is radioactive Plutonium.  I often get asked if I am fully recovered.  My explant was Jan 2013 and in the three years since my explant I have regained about 95 per cent of my health.  Two years post explant I was approximately 65 to 70 per cent recovered.  I was still healing in my third year.  It takes time to heal this illness and the damage we have done to our bodies so be patient with yourself.

Thousands of ladies have breast implant illness and as such we created a Facebook support group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where you can chat with 20,000 other ladies who have been through the same symptoms, finding a surgeon, surgery, recovery, detoxification and healing.  Or you can click the Facebook button at the end of any page of this website which will also take you directly to the support group.

 

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319 thoughts on “DETOXIFICATION

  1. Krysta McDonald

    Hello, i just had my saline implants removed on May 10th and they removed the scar tissue except for a minor amount due to it being stuck to my rib cage and it would cause danger if they tried to remove the rest. I just started having headaches again today and i will start my organic juicing again tomorrow morning since i am more able to move around, but is this normal to get the headaches again since they have been removed? I know i still need to detox my body, but i just thought it was really strange for that to come back.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Krysta,
      Yes headaches and other symptoms can and do return during periods of detoxification. Clean healthy diet such as an antifungal/low mycotoxin diet or AutoImmune Protocol Diet will be the number one factor in how you feel day to day. Make sure you work to lower inflammation in your body through diet and supplements which will support your detox and minimize your symptoms. Nicole

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      1. Krysta McDonald

        Hi nicole, sorry to bother you again, but one thing i forgot to ask you is about getting nausea. It seems to happen many hours after i have already drank my vegetable juice. My juice consists of carrots, kale, cilantro and cucumber, all organic. Did you have any problems with nausea at all while detoxing? I have noticed this twice now, but i figured since the kale and cilantro are good for detoxing that might be why.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Krysta,
          I would cut out the carrot juice which natural sugars may feed gut fungus or other pathogenic microorganisms that may cause nausea for you. I suggest doing the Gerson green juice recipe here: http://gerson.org/pdfs/Green_Juice_Recipe_and_Preparation.pdf but cut out the apple and use cucumber instead. When your gut is healed and working well than you can try the carrot juice. Nicole

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          1. Krysta McDonald

            Thank you so much Nicole for all of your help and the information you provide for all of us, you are so awesome!

  2. Kathy

    Hi Nicole, I want to have some blood test done prior to my explant on May 24th and then again after I detox to compare. I see the two test mentioned above (cortisol and hormone) are there any other blood test you suggest I should ask for? Thanks so very much for all you do for us!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dee,
      After a proper explant, detoxing and time for your immune system to heal, yes your blood work should change. Many women’s bloodwork does change. Nicole

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  3. Jeannie marold

    Hi
    I just had my saline implants removed yesterday. I’ve been miserable for so long with most of the symptoms you listed I went to one of the plastic surgeons recommended on this site and surgery went well. He removed all the capsule and most scar tissue. Only a tiny bit of scar tissue was left bc it was stuck to my rip cage and if he removed it it could have caused greater damage. Is this little bit of left over scar tissue going to prevent me from getting better??
    Thanks so much!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jeannie,
      No, a little bit of capsule left over is not going to prevent your recovery.

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  4. Caroline

    I have 9 .5 year old textured anatomical 280cc mcghan implants. I have went for being really fit at 30 and now at 39 I haven’t the energy or desire to exercise any more and haven’t done for a few years along with joint pain, anxiety, memory problems I have my explant booked for August 2017 . One of my main symptoms is apathy 🙁 was wondering if anyone else had this? ? I have no desire to do anything or things I used to interested in. I feel emotionally quite numb. I don’t feel depressed I just don’t feel anything .

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Caroline,
      Yes other ladies have mentioned apathy as a symptom, a feeling of numbness and not feeling alive. Nicole

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        1. Kellie

          Caroline ,
          My name is kellie and I just had explant may 3 and I would love to talk to you ! Email me and I’ll give u my number I would love to talk about your health

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          1. Amy

            Hi Kellie, I saw your nice response to Caroline on the healingbreastimplantillness.com. I am having my explant surgery for saline implants in Colorado on June 13th and would love to talk to you about how you are doing and any advice you might have. I have been ill for about 3 years now and am so hopeful that this surgery will help restore my health. I so hope you are feeling better and your healing is going well. Thank you so much.
            Amy

        2. Debbra

          I Ave that. In fact I just went to the health food store to get some Bach Flower Essences for just that. We will see.
          I have my explanation this Thursday. These have been in since 1980! One is ruptured and hard and the other seems to be seeping or feels like it.

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  5. Faye emordeno

    I explanted 3/3/2016 but only got 15% better at most! It’s to believe that I have an abscess if an old piece of capsule located in a pocket in between my sternum that the original PS created. Not knowing until sending my surgical notes to pathologist was this all found out. Also 25 non dissolvable sutters remain and are neon green. It’s been said to have a expliratory surgery but no one will take on the surgery. Imfalation is huge on joints and digestive system! Want to go to CDC but in the mean time what can I do to feel better and go to the bathroom?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Faye,
      I suggest the AutoImmune Protocol for diet which will lower inflammation in the digestive tract and the body. Have you tried Dr. Feng to help you with that exploratory surgery? Nicole

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  6. Laurie Layton

    Hello. I am a 43 year old female. I had silicone under the muscle implants for roughly 12 years. I had them removed in Dec of 2015. I wish I had done my due diligence with research involving removal ( not to mention before implants, young and uninformed) before having removal done. I went to my plastic surgeon who implanted to have implants removed. I did ask him at the consult if he would be removing the capsules. He replied most likely not, due to the fact I am a skinny girl, not much breast tissue left and no sign of capsular problems. ( even tho i felt them to be super hard and extremely uncomfortable) opted for surgery implants removed (no en bloc ) . When I awoke I asked the surgeon. … how did my implant look? Any leaking or mould or anything weird. He just smiled and said “all good”. I was relieved to finally had them out. Went home to recover. Which was just as painfull as having them implanted! A month later, 2 months later 3 months later…. still in pain with a seroma in my right breast…. flash forward to 2017. Still have seroma , having chronic costochondritis/ separated rib. Left and right. Chronic on the right, as well as many autoimmune symptoms. I’ve been working with a fantastic naturopath to lower inflammation clenses and what not. Questions for you…#1. Does my plastic surgeon obligation include full disclosure of conditions of implants upon removal. Could I go ask for all my records of my surgeries? Should he of had my implants tested upon removal? #2. If I find my autoimmune symptoms( have not improved ) or get worse should I look into en bloc removal? #3 and most importantly will I be able to gain total health with proper measures, or once all the autoimmune factors are happening is this how my body will always be? Thank you in advance for your reply. Laurie.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laurie,
      You need to have any left over capsule tissue removed. Once it is removed you will heal and recover fully. Capsules should not be left in the body and they do not dissapate on their own. Capsules are the bodies response to the implant and they are full of silicone particulate, chemicals and biofilms of microorganisms. Please look see Dr. Feng in Ohio or another surgeon in your area from the Explant Surgeon’s list of this website for a proper chest wall clean up. Nicole

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  7. Suzanne

    Hello, I have had so many problems falling pregnant due to my immune system and have recently developed Hashimotos, I have just fallen pregnant with my third child after immune treatment and IVF only to discover my 11 year old cohesive gel implants are both ruptured. They are calling it bilateral inter capsule ruptures, so still contained but the thought of this leaking out into my body and potentially poisoning my baby makes me feel sick. The surgeons all want me to wait until after the baby is born to have them removed but I really want them out now. I have to weigh up the risks to the baby and myself leaving them in for the next 8 months or the additional risks of General anaesthetic to the baby and have the removed soon. So torn. Any thoughts? I eat an AIP diet, all organic and consume most the supplements you discuss and have done for some time in the hope of healing my body I just can’t believe it didn’t occur to me the whole time it might be my implants that were the trigger!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Suzanne,
      So sorry you are in this predicament. Obviously you want to do what is the least risk to your baby.

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  8. Whitney

    Hello! I have had implants for many years…11 I think. I have had saline, silicone and now the shaped silicone. I had them replaced 2 years ago. I worked in plastic surgery so I was always getting the next ”best” thing. I never had any problems with the first 2 implants I had. Last Dec about 11 months after getting them I started getting so sick…fatigued, dizzy, just weird symptoms! Like vertigo! I had all these tests down and nothing was off except for my Vitamin D. But I continue to have these symptoms a year later. I had good days and bad ones! I’m 33 and very active Mom and eat very well and workout! What tests do I need to have done to see if it’s my implants?? My old boss/plastic surgeon is not really helping…Please help! I am newly married and want to get back to me and not being a complete hypochondriac!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Whitney,
      There really is no test to definitively pont to your implants as the cause of your symptoms but they are. Don’t waste time on trying to prove it, just get those toxic buggers out of you and ensure all capsule tissue is removed too when you explant. Nicole

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  9. Stacy

    I need some tips before the surgery.
    Are antibiotics necessary after the explant/lift, what is the risk of not taking them.
    How about the pain and recovery, is it too bad?
    thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stacy,
      Some surgeons and ladies decide not to use/take antibiotics and it is up to you and your surgeon to decide what is best for you in your particular situation. The risk of not taking antibiotics may be an infection. Personally, I did not take them and I healed well with no complications however some women do get infections. I found explant much easier than implant in regard to pain and healing. Nicole

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      1. Orsi Crawford

        Hi There,
        I had explant surgery 1 week ago and did not take antibiotics despite my doctor’s prescription for Keflex. There are many natural antibiotics you can take. Freeze dried garlic supplement, BioPure’s Cocktail (herbal), 3D Blend Ormed (Essential Oil antimicrobial cocktail) as well as going to a naturopath or integrative practitioner for IV treatments such as ozone IV, ozone with silver, or UV LRX, which is an IV treatment with UV light which kills any pathogen in your blood. You can also do Hyperbaric Oxygen for recovery. You should not get an infection using a combination of these.

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      2. Stacy

        Hi, I had it done yesterday:) enbloc total capsulectomy. Both were ruptured but I didn’t see the pics yet, I will see them when I do see the doc for follow up. I told doc I want to keep them and I even made a note on the forms I signed but doctor told me he tossed them, I didn’t say much since I was so drowsy when he called me last night. Not sure what to do, do I really need to keep them? Thanks.

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      3. Stacy

        What is exactly Low Level Light Therapy, does anyone know where in Los Angeles I can find it, also Oxygen Therapy and Ozone Therapy . Thank you.

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  10. Linda

    I’ve had mine in since 1986 I think. Just now hurting in breast area. Tired all the time thought it was my age. I’m 68 and have back pain and a lot of pain.

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  11. Janice Bigger

    My 30 yo daughter had “gummybears” implanted about 2011. About 4-5 years later she developed various symptoms. Diagnosed first with fibromyalgia, then Sjogrens, then RA. Her pain Dr. told her about the implant illness. ByGod’s intervention, the pain dr met the rheumatologist at a medical meeting. They ended up talking about my daughter. So the rheumatologist wants her to have her breast removed. I called one explant surgeon on your list but his nurse said he did not buy into the silicone sickness theory. He is still putting them in. I don’t feel good about going to him. Should I ask upfront if he treats patients with presumed silicone sickness? There are only three surgeons in NC. One in SC.

    I was diagnosed with aggressive ductal carcinoma in October 2016, I had expander placed in with anticipation of implant on left and lift on the right.
    I developed a rash on the mastectomy site in December. It got worse in area, brighter red, hot to touch, swollen. The rash was only on the mastectomy site except at times it creeped to the beginning of my right breast. The plastic who put it in refuses to believe the rash is anything to do with the silicone coating around expander. He has not done one thing about the rash without me asking. I finally got a second opinion from my daughters plastic surgeon. She says the expander needs to come out. Surgery is scheduled in two days. Do I need to ask her to do the CD 30 Immunohistochemistry if there is a seroma? I expect her to find one.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janice,
      Hmmm, hard to comment on the surgeon for NC and SC, the surgeons are on the list because women of the facebook group got a proper explant with them and recommended them to be on the list. I would not get hung up on a surgeon believing in breast implant illness or not as most plastic surgeons do place implants and to admit breast implant illness would make them liable for women getting sick. The most key aspect of deciding on a surgeon is will the surgeon explant you properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy (removing all capsule tissue). I would just be very direct with the surgeon saying you are explanting and will they remove your breast implants En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Expanders do cause all the same symptoms as breast implants as they are essentially a breast implant. If there are signs of BIA-ALCL which are swelling, fluid, seroma, breast mass or capsular contracture and especially if you had textured implants please push for BIA-ALCL testing (CD-30 test and more) upon removal. Nicole

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  12. Gemma

    Hello there,

    I can’t believe all these symptoms, I have my cohesive implants in for 16 years! Since having them put in I have developed several autoimmune conditions, but as they run in my family never thought to question anything other than genes. I’m currently pregnant and intend to breastfeed again (number 4) but want these implants out asap afterwards. Can you recommend any UK surgeons for proper explantation?

    Thanks so much for this site, I have wanted my implants out for a long time now, but this has made me more determined to do it sooner rather than later.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gemma,
      Please scroll down the page of Explant Surgeons on the website until you get to the UK and there will be a facebook group you can join for UK which will tell you about surgeons that explant properly in the UK. Nicole

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      1. Gemma

        Thanks for replying Nicole. I have joined the Facebook page and been in contact with surgeons. I am so scared after all I have learned but hope, once explanted, that it is possible to make a full recovery. Thank you so much for this fantastic website and raising awareness. It was a lightbulb moment for me, I will spread the word.

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    2. Julie Coover

      Please don’t breastfeed with implants! Studies have shown there can be serious damage and diseases that come from the toxins in implants that can harm your baby!!

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  13. Jennifer

    Hi all, I’ve had my gel implants for 20 years. The surgeon has retired and no longer has my records, so I don’t know what type they are. I was diagnose with Hashomtos 10 years ago, and recently my doctor expressed concern at my low levels of white blood cells. In addition, the glands in my groin are slightly up. I’ve decided to have an explant in Brisbane…just looking for a good surgeon. My doctor wants me to see a haemotologist. Has anyone else got these symptoms and overcome them with an explant?

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  14. Kim

    I had my explant 10 days ago. How soon after explant do you recommend to begin detoxing? I eat the AIP diet so my diet is good. I will finish my antibiotics from surgery tomorrow and will begin with probiotics. I was going to start on anti-fungal since that can take some time but wasn’t sure if I should allow more time for healing before I begin detoxing. Thanks for the info.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      If you are feeling well enough then go ahead and start detox. Some need a month to recover from surgery before stimulating detox but it sounds like you are doing well, and so it should be no problem to start antifungals. Nicole

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  15. Inge

    Thanks for the column. It’s hard to find useful info!
    After 4 years of wondering what was wrong with me -just sleeping a lot, quitting my lovely job, feeling completed exhausted… visiting a
    haptonomist, psychiatrist, internist and endocrinologist, mesologist, docters, got hospitalised (3x) for ileus, aching muscles, bad memory, depressions and feeling apathetic most of the time- I learned yesterday about silicone disease. And this Friday (!)I am visiting a plastic surgeon to make the explant appointment. I feel so relieved!!! (and stupid for not looking closer for an answer to my problems…)
    So nothing to share, but happy to read all above 😉 Thanks again, it helps a lot.

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  16. Dawna Stafford

    I can testify to the fact that physicians of multiple specialties are conspiring to conceal this danger to my health. I have consulted a plastic surgeon for the purpose of having my deflated implants removed. At the time of the evaluation, he determined my implants must be removed. They were placed in 1980. Then after he discussed the case with the radiologist that read my mammogram and breast ultrasound reports, he said they are normal. This article states that a mammogram doesn’t reveal the status of the implants. As I have developed life threatening illnesses, possibly related to my deteriorating implants, I am going to have them removed by a breast surgeon. I am going to private pay. My insurance won’t cover the costs. I hate to spend the money, but I think using it to save my life is a valid reason.

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  17. mieke

    hi, thanks for this fantastic columm, l have my implants removed two weeks ago but also did l have my 2 amlagan fillings
    removed around 8 months ago, one not very protected at the time and one woth the necessary protection.
    What is to recommend the best to start with the heavy metals or the silicon clean as l have heavy metals and high mercury level
    Thanks and lots of succes

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mieke,
      Now that your implants and your amalgams are removed your body will start to naturally detox. I suggest seeing a Naturopath to assist you in chemical and mercury detoxification.

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  18. Tammy

    I had an explant consult yesterday I asked the doctor if he would remove all of the capsule and clean out the chest wall and he agreed. but nothing was mentioned about en Block or drains. I called four of the surgeons on the explant surgeon list prior to this consult that were Within hours from me who had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned implant illness so I finally just went back to a surgeon in my hometown for my consult….. and of course I didn’t mention implant illness I just told him I wanted them removed and all the capsule removed also. I trust this surgeon because he’s a friend of the family and I used to work for him. Unfortunately it just seems that all the SurgeonsI’ve talked to think that I’m crazy and I cannot travel plus hours to have my implants removed that is just not feasible for me financially or physically. Do you think if I go with the surgeon I had to consult with and then start doing the appropriate detoxes that’s I can be on my way to Better Health????

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tammy,
      Once your implants are properly removed which means removing all the capsule tissue too, your body will start to heal and you will start to detox and eventually over months and even up to a couple years you will regain all your health.

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  19. Maria

    I’ve had cohesive gel under the muscle implants for just over a year. 2 weeks into my implants I started getting sick. Before implants I was at my peak health, eating clean organic food and running marathon. In the past year my health deteriorated to the point that I had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. I recently explanted 2 weeks ago. My doctor was amazing ( I got him from your site) and everything was done as I asked. The capsule was thin and fell apart but he got it all out. All my tissue testing was negative. I think my body has started detoxification as I feel awful and all my symptoms are coming back. My most common symptoms are difficulty breathing and feeling faint. My body is rejecting everything right now, pain medication, supplements etc. This whole thing has been terrifying as I can’t trust my body so I also deal with anxiety attacks. I am not on Facebook and have had no one to talk to who has been through this. Is there someone willing to talk through email? I need a little help through the tough days.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Maria,
      Yes you are detoxing and it will be an up and down process for a few months. Thank goodness you only had those implants for about a year and you will detox and heal fast. Just concentrate on good, clean, intense nutrition. Maybe add some green juicing to speed up your healing process. I used the Gerson Green Juice recipe to boost my nutrition and healing. You can always email me but I may not answer you daily. Nicole

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  20. helen

    Hi I had cohesive textured gel implants in for 8yrs, I had them explanted at the beginning of January this year with anterior capsulectomy as it wasn’t possible for them to remove all of the capsules as the tissue was too thin and the surgeon was worried about causing more damage. The right implant was badly ruptured and it took them two hours just to remove all of the gel as it was like gloop, the surface was inside this so it certainly did not stay together as I had been told at implantation! My question is I have a lot of inflammation under my arms and my armpits are very painful/tender, will this stop soon? What can I do to help this go away, I’m approaching 6wks post explant.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Helen,
      We always suggest that all the capsule be removed as some will continue to experience local and systemic symptoms with capsule left in. In any event, it will take months and even up to a few years for your breasts to heal and for your body to detox the silicone chemicals. Nicole

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  21. Holly

    Hi, I had silicone implants put in year 2000. I never had them checked and while pregnant with my second baby my mum noticed a lump under my armpit, they said it was extra breast tissue which can happen when pregnant, after breastfeeding I went and had an ultra-sound and it was discovered that my left implant was completely ruptured (for how long-who knows!)

    I had surgery by a proper plastic surgeon (have no idea how good he was with removing, as didn’t realise how important that was), he said that my right on was also leaking and that the left as the worst he’d seen. It took him forever to try and clean it all out. I was in hospital for 5 nights. He was being cautious so I wouldn’t lift by daughter who was 1 by that stage. Throughout my second pregnancy I developed gestational diabetes, which was weird, as I didn’t get it with my first child and after I had her (via Cesar :-O ) I didn’t feel that well.

    I remember crying a few times saying I didnt feel well. I went about life though the diabetes went away and although I was highly functioning there just seemed to be something not quite right. I had mould tests and all sorts of crazy tests with nothing coming back.

    2.5years on I started getting Sinus issues and pains in the back of my head and neck, the doctors kept saying it was muscle tightness and use a nasal spray.

    I got a UTI had antibiotics and after that my stomach had a lot of issues, pains and bloating and then a few months later another sinus infection and boom out of nowhere all my joints started seizing up. First my feet, the elbows, then knees, then neck – within 2 weeks I was basically in above 10+ in pain (out of 10) and was basically crippled. They said it was viral arthritis, then it changed to inflammatory arthritis. I do not have anything suggesting I have rheumatoid arthritis in my blood, I don’t have family history, I don’t have the gene, or the factor. However I certainly have the symptoms, I’ve now been on steroids for 6months just so I can function for my kids and not live in so much pain.

    I had reiki yesterday and it came up that my issues are from the breast implants. I did have the leaky ones removed, but new ones put in…..

    I just don’t know what to do now. I work in the public eye and after having them in for 13years first time and 3.5 years second time, I’m used to having breasts but this site is starting to make me think again about it all.

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  22. Shannon

    My silicon implants were removed January 2011 and I am still struggling with stomach & bowel issues.

    So frustrating.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shannon,
      Were your capsules removed too. Are you following the AutoImmune Protocol diet or an antifungal/low mycotoxin diet, these are very helpful to us. Many of us struggle with Candida/yeast due to immune deficits and poor gut health with must be eradicated. Nicole

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  23. Lori

    I want to get the implants removed asap. can I pay to get them removed while waiting on response from my insurance co?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Denise,
      Today, January 28, was my four year anniversary since explanting and I am entirely healed from breast implants but my healing unfolded over years not months. I posted my healing story and my advice in the group today. Nicole

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  24. Alison Lopera

    I don’t have any questions, just a huge thank you, Nicole and admins. I found this website one year ago when I had no idea why I was so sick. Now I am explanted and on the road to recovery. Your support group on Facebook was instrumental for me because it meant I wasn’t alone, as I had felt up until I found it.
    You are saving lives, selflessly, and it is so beautiful to me. I wouldn’t be healing, I wouldn’t have such a bright future, if it weren’t for you all putting this information out there.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alison,
      Thank you for those kind words and thank you for being in the group and participating, it takes all of us to do what we are doing. Nicole

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  25. hadley garry

    had explant done 8/10/16. saline implants for 10 years. so sick thought i was dying. feela little better everyday. having heberdens nodes. more are cropping up. will this eventually stop. hands look deformed. read about hydrangea root. sould i try this.bones still popping. nodes do not run in family.thank you for website. never would have been able to diagnose w/out it..

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  26. Jess

    Hi Nicole,
    I am postop day 5. PS said he got out most of my thin capsules but some was left behind as it was adhered to my ribs. He did cauterize the remaining capsule. My concern is since the rest was cauterized does this mean i still have capsule left inside and need to take supplement or light therapy to break down the rest? Also, the first 2 days post explant I felt great but now my headaches and dizziness are back. These are my main symptoms. I also have some ringing in my ears. Should I be worried that I’ve made the wrong decision and my symptoms won’t clear up? I had saline mentor under muscle for 12 years. I know it’s very early on but I am panicking a bit and need some reassurance. I hear of so many woman getting better right after explant and I feel the same if anything a bit worse. I am also positive for MTHFR. Is there anything I can do to expedite the healing process or help my body detox properly? There’s so much information out there it’s a bit overwhelming for me. Please advise ! THANK YOU!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jess,
      Our healing unfolds over months and years and so it is too soon to expect improvements. Getting out of most of the capsule and cauterizing the rest should be enough for a full recovery. You will detox over the coming weeks, months and even up to a few years. As you had saline I would check for mold and yeast/Candida in the body and treat that. Most us do have yeast/Candida in the gut and systemically that needs antifungal diets and antifungals whether natural or prescription. Some ladies do have mold and it occurs more in saline ladies as saline implants can get colonized due to faulty valves. Nicole

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  27. Vivian Lazcano

    CURRENTLY TAKING SUPPLEMENTS AND HEALTHY EATING WHILE STILL IMPLANTED QUESTION: Hello. Hope you can answer my question. I started taking supplements because my health store person said i needed to get rid of the toxins (at the time i was being diagnosed with arthritis and inflammation – not knowing this was related to implants) . I take collagen, minerals, probiotic and colloidal minerals in liquid form, apple cider vinegar chia and flax seeds and I juice organic veggie and fruits. Is this considered detoxing? I will explant in February. Should I stop? I read in the article that you should not detox and I am not sure if this is considered detoxing. Thanks and hope to hear from you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Vivian,
      You don’t have to stop your current supplements and diet, although they support detoxing those things don’t over stimulate detoxification. Nicole

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  28. Katie

    Hello Ladies. I feel a great deal of relief to have come across this website. I would like to explain my symptoms and know if anyone has experienced anything similar.
    In August 2015 I had breast implants put in. A few months after I began to show signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression along with chronic insomnia. I spent about 10 months running on 3-4 hours sleep a night and spent my days seriously fatigued, sleep deprived and falling into a dangerous bout of anxiety and depression. As of about 8 months ago I began to experience leg twitching which I thought was a side effect of all the different anti depressants I was being trialled on which none seemed to be working. This leg twitch has worked its way up my entire body and happens continuously- 24/7. I feel it in my muscles and nerves now. I have been told by a psychiatrist that this is possibly nervous tension or from chronic anxiety. I haven’t been able to find a way to treat this and doctors seem to just hand out different prescriptions, neither of my doctors are aware that I have had breast implant surgery and never did I have any of these problems before having this surgery. I am now organizing to see a doctor in the next few days to have tests done and see the likelihood that I am suffering from silicone toxicity. Has anyone else experience these kinds of symptoms? I have been extremely scared about my health over the past year.

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  29. Jenni Mabry

    How long should it take for my hormones to reset after explant? I explanted Dec. 19th after 16 years of under the muscle mentor saline smooth implants….no leakage…no mold. I went through menopause four years ago. I am trying to decide how long to wait before I have hormone testing.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jenni,
      I would wait at least 3 to 6 moths before testing your hormones to get an accurate picture. As you detox and heal the first six months or more could be very up and down for your endocrine system which will affect your hormone levels. Nicole

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  30. Sharon E Michael

    Is there anyway to detox leaving silicone implants in. I’m 74 & health not cleared enough to have surgery.In car wreck ruptured both.30 year old implants

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sharon,
      We don’t recommend attempting to detox while implants are still in as doing so may spread the silicone and chemicals around unnecessarily. Nicole

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  31. liesl qualls

    I had a breast that never grew which is why o gad the implants. If I have them removed my right side will be flat w saggy skin. Are there other alternatives

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      1. Deborah Beaumont RN, APRN

        i failed implants several years ago when I developed extensive infections to silicone implants after a bilateral mastectomy. My body (now I think thankfully) did not tolerate the implants and I had to accept they were not an option for reconstruction. Fortunately, my doctor trained in a reconstructive fat transplant procedure called BRAVA and I was able to have reconstruction from my own fat cells. It’s not an easy reconstruction but I recommend it as a much safer path.

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  32. Heather

    Hi! I got silicone gel breast implants 2 1/2 years ago. Around 6 months after I had them all hell broke loose. I thought i was dying. I could not even get out of bed in the morning. For a year and a half I went back and fourth to so many different doctors. I ended up having hypothyroid and hashimoto’s . Before the implants i was healthy and fine. Some blood work came back fine others came back autoimmune stuff. Now I am currently taking thyroid medicine every day but doesn’t seem to help with my symptoms. Same days i can be ok and fight thru the day other days i just need to stay in bed all day. A couple months ago i found this site. I am now going at the end of January to remove these poisonous implants. I know now this is what is making me sick. All the doctors I go to and tell them my implants are making me sick they laugh it off and say no way. Except for 2. My primary care doctor. He told me to remove them and the plastic surgeon i have chosen to go to take them out. And I went to numerous doctors and plastic surgeons. I hope everyone that has gotten sick by implants will remove them and be back to normal soon. I hope and pray that i can have my life back soon.

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  33. Eva

    Hi!
    Is there any positive story on healing after BI removal when you were diagnosed Multiple sclerosis? My mother had breast implant surgery 10 years ago and few years later she started to feel Multiple sclerosis like symptoms (joint and muscle pain, insomnia, numbness/tingling sensations in upper and lower limb etc.) . But analyses showed that this was not Multiple sclerosis. Therefore I would be happy to find someone who could share their experience on this topic.

    Sorry for my English!

    Eva

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Eva,
      I have communicated with other women who were misdiagnosed with MS when they really had breast implant illness and after explanting they are recovering or recovered. Ensure also to treat any mold/fungal issues too if they exist which they do in many with breast implant illness due to immune deficits as they can also cause MS type symptoms. Nicole

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  34. Marla Mooney

    Hello Nicole! The first time I read this I wrote you maybe last Octoberish. My daughter found this and then found the FB group. She did the research first as she said maybe it was my bewbz that were causing these symptoms. Low and behold I believe she was right. Everything I was going thru others were too. It was a relief. I talked to a girl that my daughter met via FB first before getting on. Im really not one for FB. I cried and cried talking to her. She explanted March or May of this year, 2016. I was looking for the $ to do it right. My VA center was willing to do it but not enbloc. I replaced in April as a last ditch effort. I thought I might be able to just replace and reboot my system. Not so much. I got 6th generation silicone. I was told new and really improved. I bought it. Then the sickness really hit me. I thought I was dying time and time again. It was horrible. I was in severe pain and scared. Finally got enough money up and Dr Feng explanted me two weeks ago. November 7, I wont forget the date. I have met good girls on the facebook group. Sometimes it would make me feel alright and like I wasn’t going crazy just to read others’ posts. Other times I would ask a question. However, sometimes I would get too many opinions. I am nervous and felt overwhelmed. So I actually came back here. This reminds me of how to detox and that it takes time. To breath and be patient. I also need to give you a huge thank you for this webpage and the group. They have been a value that is so great. It’s truly hard to put a price on. Thank you for your work and putting it out there. It’s much needed and appreciated. JUST SO YOU KNOW! You helped me. At first, the use of ‘toxic bags’ made me think you may be over the top but after going thru all this I think not. When Dr Feng explanted she found my right one ruptured after only 7 months. No wonder I felt like I was dying. I was being poisoned by toxic bags. Ha. Anyway,, Im on the road to recovery now. Thanks again. I did a you tube video a month ago pre-explant that talked about my illness. I guess Ill have to do a new one :). I still feel bad. My lower back, kidneys feel sore and burning. Definitely gut health issues. Anyway, you’re an angel. <3

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  35. Lee

    Hi Nicole,

    Further to my last post I also forgot to ask, can you send me a link to the lady’s site who you reference who tried low level light therapy to break down her left over capsules? Like her, I have pieces that were suppose to come out and were left behind. I have a ton of questions around the light therapy and would love to find out how many treatments she had, which low level laser was used, how she was able to determine if the capsule tissue broke down etc.
    It’s very upsetting that some of the capsule was left and after 20 years of sickness I’m desperate to start my healing process.
    Thanks again for this very informative site.

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  36. Cathy

    being a licensed massage therapist, I am wondering about contraindications to massage, after leakage then rupture of silicone implants in client. client states her physician says that her lymph nodes contain a lot of toxicity from this. incident occurred approx 10 yrs ago but she still feels recurring illness.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cathy,
      Yes some ladies do feel more symptoms and illness after a massage when they have breast implants and even after the implants are removed. Silicone does get into lymph nodes around the breast and under the arm, neck, throat, chest and such and with gross ruptures silicone can spread all over the body and into glands and organs. The lymphatic system picks up silicone and moves it all over the body. If someone has had a gross rupture and has silicone through their lymph and throughout their body massage can be contraindicated due to exacerbating symptoms. The way to tell is how do they feel after the massage? If they feel markedly unwell and symptoms exacerbate for some time then they should pass on massage. For lighter cases of toxicity, massage may be indicated to help detoxification along. Inositol may be helpful to detox silicone up to 650 mgs capsules, 2 capsules taken three times per day for some months may help. A product called Liquid Needle Soak has been known to help detox silicone too. Low Dose Naltrexone is known to help us with the body pain and symptoms due to autoimmune and inflammation from silicone toxicosis. Nicole

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  37. Lee

    Hi Nicole,
    I have a question for you. First off, thanks for posting this amazing site. I just had Textured saline implants removed this week after 20 years. I went to dr Thomas Sinclair in Alberta who was highly recommended. He was going to do a total capsulectomy but ended up leaving a portion of the capsule in place as he said is was stuck to my rib cage.
    I’ve been symptomatic with autoimmune, fungus and skin issues.
    I’ve read on your site that low level laser may be able to break down the capsule.
    How would you suggest I proceed? Should I push for a second surgery to remove the remainder of the capsule? I’m not sure the surgeon will do it as he left it in the first place. Or try low level laser to break it down? I want to start my recovery as quickly as possible.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lee,
      Find out how much capsule Dr. Sinclair left in you. Ask him specifically what size it was and where it is located. Ask to see your explant operative report and your pathology report to understand how much was left and exactly where. If it is an amount like ten to thirty percent, I would not worry and I would try Low Level Light Therapy usually found at Chiropactueur’s offices to break up the left over capsule and kill any microorganisms in it. Also take Serrapeptase which is an enzyeme that will eliminate left over capsule. If it is closer to 30 to 50 percent of the capsule then I would insist that Dr. Sinclair remove it. It will take months for your autoimmune symptoms to modulate and disappear. It also takes strict diet following antifungal/low myctoxind diets and antifungals to kill the fungus in us too. It takes months and even years for the immune system to recovery from years of implants. Nicole

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  38. SS

    On December 29th 2015 I explanted PIP textured Saline implants that I had for 16 years. I suppose I was sick from the very beginning. 6 months after implant I began to lose hair. And, a lot of it. Then over the course of the next two years I was diagnosed with a maybe …Lupus diagnosis then Fibro….CFS…I had Carpel tunnel surgery and the list is far too long….rashes, sinus infections, pneumonia….you name it. I was sick all the time. No one ever put two and two together. By 2014 years later I was going down fast. No one could figure out what was wrong with me. In 2015 I was so sick that by November/December my husband was pushing me in a wheelchair.

    My wish is for others to read this and know that by some miracle I could Nicole. When doctors failed me I just kept googling until I believe God sent me to this site. Within a month I was explanting.

    After explant I found comfort in Nicole’s facebook site and with the help of this site and the ladies there I at least knew what I was in for. In December it will be a year since those horrible toxic things were taken out of my body. There is no doubt in my mind that I was being systemically poisoned and they would have killed me.

    Loss…. you name it…. I had to pay for the explant with cash, and I have probably purchased $3000 in supplements (not that you have to) to find what would help me overcome co-infections and fungal/candida issues. Gut health is everything (that’s where your immune system is) I owned a business and ran it alone which has almost disappeared due to illness and being unable to do the work. Even when my client base were supportive….how long could they wait for me to heal? I still own the building I did business in and its sitting there….without me and we are paying for it every month.

    I truly thought I would die. And even after coming this far I will never know how much damage has been done to my Liver, lungs, kidneys and bladder as so many toxins have had to make their way out of my body for a long time. How much can a body take?

    In my humble opinion I believe implants are criminal and do HARM to the human body, but they do it slowly over time and no doctor believes it. The makers of PIP are a defunct company with the CEO in prison so that should tell you something. I was just reading an article that claims doctors in the US used them (they were never approved here) because they were cheap…..well of course they were. They were made with industrial silicone….comparable to what is in a mattress. They didn’t use medical grade silicone. So, that was what was in my body for 16 years. MATTRESS filler.

    The only relief I get is knowing I am trying hard to tell every doctor I meet and every woman I know the dangers of these dreaded things. They will slowly kill over time….they start with your immune system and target hormones and the endocrine system. Slowly….I was being poisoned over the years. And, there was no one to help me.

    If you have them, I don’t care who put them in or who manufactured them. I PLEAD WITH YOU TO GET THEM OUT OF YOUR BODY as quickly as you can. It’s not a matter of IF YOU WILL GET SICK….its a matter OF WHEN. Some ladies can have them for years believing that the thyroid and arthritic problems they have just come from age or they somehow inherited the problems. I don’t believe its true. The women in my family mostly live into their late 80’s and 90’s. And, here I was deathly ill in my 40’s. It made no sense to anyone…..not family, no the doctors and not even to me.

    My blessing has been finding this well written and well thought out site Nicole has put out here for all of us to read. She and the women in the fight……well they saved me from what I am sure would have been an immediate death sentence in 2015.

    Since explant I have been up and down and you will be too. So, don’t be alarmed if you aren’t healed immediately. It takes time for our bodies to release so many things. You may find a big candida – mold issue. Most saline girls do. And with that can be so many co-infections and viruses. Don’t forget parasites love to come in and have their fun. It takes time to get balanced. This will not happen overnight. Just hang in there and know that you will get well.

    God bless you all ….the journey is tough. The very first leg of the journey is EXPLANT. Please do it as soon as you are able. Sending prayers to all!!!!!!

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  39. Tara

    Hi. My name is Tara. I had my implants in 2008. I was fine for a few years as far as I can remember. The symptoms began to immerge a couple years ago but have gotten dramatically worse every week. These implants should have never been fda approved, clearly. It’s only a matter of time before they’re banned. Whatever I can do to help expedite the process please tell me. My symptoms began very similar to fibromyalgia symptoms. The most notable being excruciating joint pain that travels like arthritis. Very bad carpel tunnel, dull aching pain in ankles and knees, joints often feel dislocated, back pain that never goes away (like a backdrop to the other problems) neck stiffness, etc. People would say I’m too young (31) to have arthritis. My worries were (and still are) dismissed as being in my head by many family members. I have been pegged a hypochondriac meanwhile I don’t even have the energy to argue. I most recently began developing fever-like symptoms as well as confusion, depression, fatigue, muscle weakness, frizzy hair (which ive never had), breast tenderness, right implant feels like it gets stuck in my rib if I bend over or lay on my side. My blood work tested positive for autoimmune disease. I have an abnormal count of nucleated red blood cells. I’m very sick but am pushing through with my responsibilities as I work full time and like to stay somewhat productive. Good news is, after some hesitation, I am scheduled for a consult with Dr. Jae Chun to explant. I need them out to detox in the very least. What I decide to do after is still uncertain. I appreciate all of you on this site sharing your stories. I’m literally in tears and am grateful to have this support system as I don’t have anyone that completely believes the severity of my condition. Since I appear healthy.

    Still waiting approval to join the Facebook group. I have a couple questions for anyone that may be able to help:
    Until my explant, do you recommend I wear a sports bra, regular underwire or no bra at all? I don’t know whether it’s better to let them fall free or hold them together and risk applying pressure.

    Second, I can feel a lymph node under my armpit. I thought it was a cyst and had an ultrasound to screen for cancer. Now I know it’s silicone and heavy metal calcifying my lymph nodes. It’s the size of a small almond and firm. Does anyone have feedback with regard to leaving them in or having them taken out?

    Btw, before I found this site last night, I’d been to two highly regarded surgeons for a revision consult on separate occasions. Both would not acknowledge any relation between silicone poisoning and autoimmune disease. They both, like clockwork recited the same dismissive mantra: “there has been no proof suggesting that leaking silicone implants cause autoimmune disease”.

    I’m finding much needed strength in this forum to go through with explant and capsulectomy. I am considering detoxing for a few months and if my blood work looks good again, re-implanting with saline or getting a fat transfer.

    Thank you Nicole. And all of you ladies that are fighting this. I send my love and prayers. <3

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tara,
      Did you get into the facebook group? Sparse and or new profiles are not accepted into the group and we must be able to see your profile so relax your security settings so we can see your photos and friends, then you can re-establish your security settings. Just wear whatever you are most comfortable in before your explant, it does not really matter but I would refrain from wearing anything overly tight. Lymph nodes do swell in regard toxicity from chemicals and or infections. For the most part lymph nodes do go back to normal after explanting. When surgeons deny the illness that implants cause, I ask ladies to point out that the illness (many of our symptoms) are listed in the patient brochures that are supposed to be shown to us when we are consulting about implants. Much love to you, Nicole

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  40. Sara Sparks

    An excellent informative article on breast implant illness and metal toxicity. I have had my implants for 31 years, and worked in the mining industry for 26 years. 5 years ago I became unwell and had all my dental amalgams removed incorrectly because I knew mercury was bad but was totally uninformed about amalgam removal! To cut a long story short I started a metal detox programme about 4 years ago for mercury toxicity and in January this year a hair analysis revealedl a shocking profile of manganese, aluminum, arsenic, nickel, mercury. ..etc. toxic metals. 26 years of exposure to mine dust, I have bioaccumulated metals which explained a lot. A different detox programme with a different naturopath helped me enormously, but still no one thought my silicone implants were a problem. Despite the initial improvement in my health this year I have started feeling bad again, brain fog, lack of energy, panic attacks, and then I decided to do the research on the health impacts of silicone breast implants, well need I say more. I am having them out next week. Thank you for sharing your expertise on detox and nutrition.

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    1. Deirdre S Hicks

      Sara Sprarks. I am so glad you’re getting them out!
      I got mine out 9 days ago. Best decision I’ve made in a vwry long time. Peace & Much Love ~Dee ❤

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  41. Mariana

    Hello, does anyone know a surgeon in Miami for a complete explantation? And a holistic doctor familiar with the breast implant illness? It’s been hard to find one. Thank you!

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  42. Lori

    I’ve seen this question asked before with a variety of answers. Im looking for up to date information. Is/are there any blood tests for silicone toxicity? My implants ruptured and were explanted in 2006 but I have free silicone left inside. My adrenals stopped working and I have Autoimmune disorders, the most recent being rheumatoid arthritis. I need updated silicone toxicity tests.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lori,
      Genova Diagnostics has a test called Toxic Effects Test that is able to show some chemicals found in implants in our body but not so many. There used to be a silicone sensitivity test at Unilab but we can no longer locate it at any lab. You may be able to find tests for silicone antibodies or silicon levels at Unilab or other labs. Labs are owned by Big Pharma who owns implant manufacturing companies and they don’t want you to know how toxic silicone is. Nicole

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  43. Sondra

    I had my explant 7 years ago. My implants were polyurethane coated silicone and 21 years old. I was literally dying when I went into surgery. I had developed POTS, gastroparesis and in the past 3 years went on to develop mastocytosis.

    Why haven’t I gotten better after 7 years? My capsules were removed. I am mostly couch ridden. Thankfully thru working with a holistic doctor for pay 7 months I’m finally able to eat more than 10 foods without going into anaphylaxis.

    My question is, is there still hope for me to regain my health? Have others fine this long and still regained their health? What do you suggest I do? Thank you!

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  44. Miss Louise Pike

    Hi.. ive had my PIP implanta removed after finding 2 lumps on my lymph nodes. The surgeon refused to remove the capsule and i had alot of hardening in my breasts so i tried serapeptase enzine which breaks down scar tissue. Ive had great results with this also massaging copaiba essential oil into breast area. I still have these lumps of industrial grade silicone in my lymph nodes. I get hot flushes day and throughput the night. I detox with organic juicing and cut out meat and most dairy. I wonder if the silicone lump will ever break down.. i dont want to remove my lymph nodes as the surgeon suggested.. many thanks for all your advice.
    Louise

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  45. Lisa

    Hi. I had smooth saline implants under the muscle for 19 years and was just explanted 3 days ago. My PS was very good but just did not believe capsulectomy was necessary if it was very thin and transparent like saran wrap, he was willing to do a partial if I insisted. At the last minute he somehow convinced me to leave it in and i’m mad at myself for consenting to it now. He said it shrinks over time to become a half dollar size.

    Before surgery I have also seen few doctors about symptoms that don’t believe implants are to blame such as upper back soreness, neck pain and diagnosed with cervical arthritis and reverse lordosis( straight neck). MRI states related to upper back muscle spasms. Also severe bone loss in mouth with loss of 2 molars so far and several bone grafts. I also have mercury fillings. I have tinnitus, infrequent dizziness, rare vertigo, vision getting worse but related that to getting older, weird skin rashes, skin fungus on back and around left nipple (coincidence I think not). dry mouth, dry eyes. My energy level has always been good, no fatigue or brain fog. Since surgery, already my back soreness is almost gone. I’m eating very clean and healthy, vit and supplements, probiotics.

    If I choose to have capsules removed with a second surgery to fully recover, how long should I wait? How difficult is it to remove capsule after the fact? How difficult is it to even find a PS willing to do it in CA? How long does it take to shrink inside pocket? Should I wait and see if symptoms improve first? Does the low level light therapy really work for scar tissue?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Give it some time and see what happens. Usually with left over capsules, ladies will experience some improvement but then symptoms return or linger and never go away. Some do get better. If you are not improving gradually over the months then you may have to consider a second surgery to remove left over capsule tissue. I read on another ladies blog that she used LLLT to breakdown leftover capsule tissue with success. Nicole

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    2. Lori

      The capsules really should go (imho) and the sooner the better. They essentially were the filter between a silicone membrane that was saline filled. With all that I’ve gone through, getting EVERYTHING related to those implants out, the better.

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  46. Deborah

    Hi,

    Quick question on detoxification….is it recommended to start taking a prescription strength anti fungal prior to explant surgery? I will be having explant surgery in a little over a month, and have been dealing with fungal, mold and bacterial infections. Just wondering if it’s better to wait until after surgery to start prescription and detox process or start now. Thank you for your input!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Deborah,
      Some ladies do treat fungus before explanting. I would not do it at the same time as surgery as die-off from fungus and healing from surgery is a lot to put on the body at once. What does your doctor recommend?

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  47. valentina cortini

    …. going in for explant at 2 pm today. had silicone implants for one and a half years and i have all the sympthoms , they started useably as 2 months after implants were put in. i have spent a lifetime savings to find out what was wrong with me… my doctor accepted to explant immediately i told him why i wanted them out. they know and yet…we are on our own! i have documented all my days in hell and i shall document my recovery so other women may stop getting implants and stop feeding this death machine!

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  48. Alison Bauer

    hi Nicole, i just replied to a question regarding Hashimotos and implants giving my testimony. afterward i began reading all your information and have to say I am impressed with your knowledge and you are right on and it’s awesome that you are helping all these women! I just wanted to give the name of the doctor who helped me so much and does all these things you have mentioned. His name is Dr. Ralph Waldo (Connected Healthcare Systems) and is in Carmel Indiana (Indianapolis). He has a masters degree in biochemistry which allows him to understand the epigenetics aspect and also two specialties, neurolgy and psychiatry. He no longer practices mainstream medicine. He has been working with autistic children, autoimmune diseases, etc. He has prescibed oral chelation for me and is very familiar with Andy Cutler. He also treats Lymes and offers ozone treatments and encourages you to buy your own generator. He is very humble and really cares and has helped me greatly! he understands epigenetics very well. So i know I am blessed to have found such an awesome doctor and wanted to share that with your readers Alison:)

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    1. Lori

      Thank you for sharing this information! Does anyone know doctors in the Hopkins system or in Maryland that believe in this and will help?

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  49. Jessica palmer

    Hi,

    Great advice, I’ve been suffering since 2012, I had pips and left had ruptured and silicon had migrated to lymph nodes. I was explained October 2012 en bloc. Some symptoms have subsided but the primary ones have stayed and progressively got worse.

    I’ve seen a variety of different doctors, naturopaths, undergone many blood tests including hormone tests. Gp tests return in “normal ranges” but naturopath results returned with low progesterone and low oestrogen for which I’m using protest cream twice a day.

    My diet has been great for 17 years, nothing from a packet and all bone broths/meats/green veggies/eggs/smooth nuts are organic…I drink bottled water and a handful of vits, minerals, serotonin, coq10, lecithin, zinc etc.

    I’ve recently had one amalgam filling removed, I have lost several back teeth and the overall condition of my teeth has taken a nosedive.

    I gained over 20lbs which has effected my entire being and a personal trainer and movement specialist, I’m just very sad all the time I’m appalled at myself for putting my body in this position by having implants.

    My weight will not budge no matter what I do, I have fatigue in my muscles most of the time, I was a semi pro female cyclist which I’ve had to step away from.

    I can’t find what it is I’m missing I.e fungus, mold, etc

    What I wanted to ask is, does your advice apply to pips or just regular silicon (medical grade) implants it does it apply to the concoction of non medical grade silicon found in pips???

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      The advice applies to all kinds of implants. If you have had a gross rupture of your silicone implants (including PIP as all silicones are made with toxic chemicals) and you have silicone in your chest and in your lymph you may suffer life long health problems of your immune system reacting to the silicone. The real question is: was your chest and lymph cleaned up as well as possible? If you believe this to be the case then I would move to taking LDN which really helps many women in your situation. Low dose Naltrexone helps modualte the immune response to the silicone and helps calm many autoimmune symptoms and processes in our body. Nicole

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  50. Gayla

    Warning and hope I can help others. I am about to have surgery next week to remove my ruptured silicone implants. I currently have swelling from the fluid buildup on one breast. My Lymph Nodes are filled with Silicone according to the MRI. I am trying to get through all this with tremendous guilt. Guilt from having putting the implants in to begin with. We cannot afford any of these costs and it is a financial burden on my family. Yes, I am sick with all kinds of problems that this has caused. At least I have talked to several women that were contemplating implants and they are not going to do it now, just from seeing the experience I have had. I put them in to begin with because I had 3 children and went from an “A” to a double D while nursing. Afterward, 1 breast return to size and I had a long tube of skin on the other. I was overly self conscious about it and had the implants. I would give anything if I had that long tube of skin now, instead of the mess I am in.

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    1. Elizzabeth

      Gayla, I hope you see this know one replies to me so I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong? Saying something wrong? But I feel the same way. I cry everyday not because of the pain of feel because of the stress or the fact I will look like a freak. But because I lost 8 years that my 14 year old so deserved to have me at 100 % and I can’t give it back. But I’m sure our are just like me? You had no idea trusted the drs or would not have done it and you love your family. So we have to move forward and just pray and work on all the days to come we will have to make up for lost time. If you need a ear or a person to vent to please email me at elizabeth@5barnharts.com hugsss

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  51. Anna Smith

    Question: Have any of you had implants put back in? I contacted a doctor on the list about having my old implants removed, and staff asked if I wanted implants put back in because I may not like the way I look afterwards. I assumed there would be time required to heal and drain the toxins or whatever. I’ve had silicone implants for 31 years. Been sick for 8 years, though I did not know why, and chalked it up to aging and just old lady stuff. I have no idea what to expect afterwards, so wanted to know your thoughts. I’m not large breasted, but in comparison to the A- cup I was to begin with, a small C was big stuff for me.

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  52. Elisa

    Hi,

    My explant and total capsule removal was one month ago. I have been feeling very itchy all over my body for a good 10 days or so. I do not have any hives and my diet is very clean. Is this part of the detoxification process? Has anyone else experienced this symptom? Thanks.

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  53. Shelyn

    Is it possible to pull the heavy metals and toxins out if the capsule is still there? I don’t believe my doctor got all the capsule out. He showed me the capsule in a pee cup and it was maybe half full. I had large implants and it sure seems like the capsule would have been more than what he showed me. He said they were very thin, but still. I had implants in for nearly 15 years. I’m very sick. My body burns all the time. Assuming it’s chronic inflammation. I’ve done a diet for 5 weeks, that was very restrictive. And had toxin overload (couldn’t go poop so toxins just stayed in) I’m thankful for your info. What I’m really concerned about is the remaining capsule. My body is worse since detoxing as I’m getting limited range of motion in my arms with Excruciating pain. I’m already disabled from the illness. I went to this particular doctor because he was highly recommended. A very sweet man, but don’t think the capsule are that big of a deal. And says they just reabsorbed into the body. I love him as a person, but I wish he took out all the capsule.
    So now what do I do? I can’t afford another surgery. I couldn’t afford the first one, I had to use care credit. Is it possible to pull the heavy metals and toxins out if the capsule is still there?
    I don’t understand why I’m not improving. Thanks for your help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shelyn,
      If you suspect that all the capsule tissue was not removed, you may need a second surgery to remove it in order to recover. We know unequivocally that all the capsule should be removed for your best recovery. Capsule tissue contains silicone chemicals, particles, bacteria, fungus and it stimulates autoimmune symptoms. Left over capsule tissue can calcify and cause inflammation and interfere with radiology. Capsule tissue does not get reabsorbed by the body. What kind of implants did you have and were they ruptured or textured? Also detoxification and healing from breast implants can take a couple years or more. It is an up and down process that occurs over months and years. If you have any infections, they must eradicated too. Support your endocrine and immune system too. Nicole

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      1. shelyn

        Hi, to answer your question, I had saline, under the muscle, and they were not textured. How do I know if part of the capsule is there? I don’t want to go through another surgery if it was all taken out. It seems like according to what he showed me, there should me more. But, he said he got 99% and it was very thin. How can I be sure?
        Thank you for your help.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Donna,
      Yes all of this applies to saline implants too. The shell of saline is made of silicone. Further saline implants are susceptible to colonization by microorganisms due to faulty/leaky valves which allow in body fluids and microorganisms. Nicole

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  54. Roxye Babb

    Thank you for your website. Today my son found your site for me.
    I have been very ill for the past 10 years.
    I finally found a Functional Medical Doctor who has taken tremendous amount of tests and did come up with all my problems and got me on supplements and dextoxing. We thought stress was one of the root causes but last Tuesday, my left breast began to hurt and then started throbbing all week.
    I have had silicon implants for 29 years. When the pain begain in my breast, I searched the Web and realized that the implants is what has made me so sick.
    I never considered them as the root problem.
    Thank you for the doctors you recommend and the importance of having them removed properly. I am calling one of the doctors in OKC tomorrow to make an appointment to have them removed. Thank you so much for caring for us who are unaware of the toxins in the implants and how to recover our health back.
    Sincerely, Roxye Babb

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    1. Amy Moore

      I would like to know how and where to get testing please. Who and where was the functional medical doctor who did all the testing?

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  55. gs2112

    I just had my saline implants taken out yesterday. I have a 3 year old little girl, and did not want the risk of going completely under, so I did not have my capsules removed. I am worried that I will not get better; I have a whole host of physical ailments from thyroid disease to cognitive, and stomach/gut issues. Historically, I had implant for 10 years, had the doctor convince me to just change them out; now, 4 years later, I got them out like I originally wanted. As far as my health habits go, I eat organic everything, and exercise but I am worried my implants have caused irreversible health consequences. Can anyone recommend what to do next and/or what supplements to take to detox my body? Any tests, I can do to check my health?
    On a side note: to anyone think about getting your implants out or are considering getting them put in, I say to you, listen to you gut and LOVE yourself, respectfully. Bigger boobs are not going to make you, love you, but they can make you really sick!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi gs2112,
      You may need to have the capsules removed in order to fully recover. Removing capsules does correlate with recovering from breast implant illness. Some may recover without removing capsules and I hope you are one of them. Please keep in touch with me and let me know how your recovery unfolds. Check out my Detoxification page on the website and the Resource page too. Nicole

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  56. Janet mccann

    Why aren’t we forming a class action suit against breasts Implants? I have suffered for two years and am pretty convinced it is caused by my highly encapsulated 26 year old implants. I have developed Sjögren’s syndrome, Reynauld’s syndrome, burninpain in arms depigmentation of arms and legs, loss of cushion between vertebrae,
    Arm and legs spots of depigmentation and spots on liver and kidneys, fatigue and flare ups of excruciating pain in connective tissues. By mid afternoon I have no energy.
    I am having explant surgery in sept. I will do juicing and only eat all natural foods as I found that the whole 30 diet was able to decrease flareups. I pray these excruciating symptoms will go away. When I think of it, my arm and leg muscles became very tired walking upstairs as long as 15 years ago. I’m experiencing pain daily and see a pt which is somewhat helpful. She thinks I will eventually need hip replacement.

    The biggest question I have is this blanket diagnoses of chronic fatigue syndrome” in women may be related to implants. Has that been statistically asked? Of course you will get a big fight from FDA from plastic surgeons whose livelihood is due to implants. Just wish people would wake up to the power these lobbyists have to protect their almighty dollar while we suffer needlessly.

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  57. Amanda

    What is the typical antibiotic protocol after removal? Concerned they will further hurt my Candida overgrowth and leaky gut?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amanda,
      You’ll have to check with your surgeon. Many surgeons use antibiotics during surgery however some do not. Some surgeons give antibiotics after explant if they suspect a bacterial infection which is associated with capsular contracture and biofilms. Nicole

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  58. Christiane Duclos

    Hi Nichole,

    Thank you so much for putting this site together! It is incredibly well organized, full of useful information and easy to navigate.
    I have a question, but will give you a little background first. In may and June of 2015 I stayed in a family beach house that turned out to have elevated levels of toxic mould in every room. My symptoms started with a headache that lasted 40 days. In spite of an already very clean diet and healthy lifestyle my symptoms continue to persist.

    I am working with an ND a family MD and a Functional Medicine Doc who specializes in Mold Toxicity. The answer to mold poisoning (from what I can tell) is a number of steps beginning with 1. Mold Avoidance, (which I do very well, my house has been tested and it is free of poisonous molds),
    2. A no amylose diet,
    3. proper nutrition,
    4. Antifungals,
    5. Probiotics,
    6. DETOX.
    All of the steps are important but my question is really about the detox. My detox protocols include water and coffee enemas daily, intravenous vitamin C and glutathione twice weekly, epsom salts baths, green juices, bone broths, chlorella, NAC etc etc.
    In spite of doing every thing “right” I am still suffering the same symptoms as I was a year ago following my initial mold exposure. I am exhausted literally all the time, have bring fog, emotional upset, depression, difficulty breathing, headaches, gastrointestinal pain and bloating, diarrhea, kidney pain, joint and muscle pain… I could go on but I understand these are symptoms you are likely all to familiar with.

    I have four year old Cohesive Gel implants. They are made by Mentor. 475cc in left and 500c in right. After reading every paragraph of your sight and doing further “research” I’ve decided to have them explanted. The soonest they can get me in is September (2 months from now). We know for absolute certain that I have mold toxicity poisoning and do need to detox my body in order to heal it. My question is, Do you think it would be wise to stop my detox protocols until I get my implants removed? Is the detox harming my liver and kidneys etc because it is possibly moving the silicone toxins round in my body?

    I plan on having a far infrared sauna installed in order to assist in detox after my explant, but would you recommend stopping the detox protocols I have been using and continuing them after the explant as well?

    Thank you so much for your help and advise and putting this gift of knowledge out into the world so other women can be helped as well. You are a God send!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Christiane,
      Please avoid detoxing until your implants are removed. Stimulating detoxification while we have breast implants in our body will spread the toxic chemicals around your body unnecessarily. Also in regard to mold, many of us with breast implants encounter mold in our environment and experience a dramatic decline in our health. Our bodies have a difficult time overcoming mold while we have implants in as the implants cause immune dysfunction/failure and the immune system cannot overcome the mold as it is very opportunistic. Ladies with breast implants suffer from fungus of all kinds (mold is a fungus). Most of us have an overgrowth of fungus such as yeast and or Candida or some other kind of microbes/parasites in our guts and many times this even goes systemic and this is the cause of many of our symptoms. Some ladies with saline implants suffer from fungus in and around the implants due to leaky valves allowing body fluids to seep into the valve/implants which supplies a perfect feeding/breeding ground for microorganisms such as fungus or bacteria. Capsular contracture and biofilms go hand in hand with implanted devices and both are associated with the presence of microorganisms. Biofilms are the protective films made by bacteria or fungal microorganisms making colonies in the body. Removing the implants and the associated capsules is the first step to removing the toxicity and restoring the immune system. Next step is a antifungal/low mycotoxin diet and antifungals whether natural or presciption. There are many natural remedies for fungus. Prescription remedies include Diflucan and Nystatin for Candida and yeast in the gut and body. Other prescription antifungals may be needed for mold.

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  59. Christa

    You are so amazing and helpful. Thank you. This site is where I have learned the most. I connected the dots a couple months ago that my ailments were because of my Cohesive Gel Mentor implants. I have only had them 5 years, but symptoms started 4 years ago. I am having them removed in 2 weeks. I am nervous but so excited to start the healing process and get my health and life back! Every single symptom of silicone toxicity, I have. And I have been told for years by doctors that nothing is wrong with me. It is so frustrating and at a certain point you start doubting yourself. But I knew deep down I was right. I found a Naturopath who has been helping me get to the bottom of everything and treat the problems. It feels like a race against the clock to get them out. I am going to have the surgery with Dr. Hochstein in Miami. He does not necessarily agree that implants make you sick, but he respected my opinions and was so helpful, and will take them out total Capsulectomy. He takes them out every time that way, no matter what. Which is comforting. And he is known as the “Boob God” so I know I will be in good hands and my lift will look good. I had an appointment originally with Dr. Feng in Cleveland, but Dr. Hochstein is $10,000 less than she is and I will not have to fly.

    Thanks again!

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  60. Jill

    Hi Nicole,
    I am so incredibly grateful to have found your site and for all the information you’ve gathered to help women suffering from this horrible illness. You’ve helped me realise the root cause of my declining health. I’m in the process of booking an explant and have a few burning questions. I’m not on FB at the moment but I’m wondering if you offer a private phone or email consultation for a fee? I have a busy 16 month old and don’t feel I have the time to search for all the answers I need as I’m hoping to have an explant in 2-3wks. I realise your not a doctor but you have a very impressive wealth of information and so much common sense;) Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

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  61. Anna Hagopian

    Thank you so very much for sharing all this valuable information and personal experience. You have no idea how much this has helped me in realizing the true underlying reason for all my symptoms/illness. I am happy to hear you are recovering so well. Healing is a long process and I haven’t even had my explantation surgery yet. You recommended a few names in Chicago/Illinois. I will call these doctors tomorrow. God bless you and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Anna

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  62. Caladesi

    Can u do far infra red sauna therapy before explant? I love the sauna it makes me feel better but still have silicone implants.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Caladesi,
      We suggest that you do not sauna with implants, the heat spreads the chemicals into your body. Save sauna for after explant when the root of the toxicity is removed. Nicole

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  63. Debbie Smith

    I have had saline implants for over 20 years. I also have rapid cycle bi-polar 1. I have been in tremendous pain for years and years now. I also suffer from ongoing UTI’s. I had a very bad episode last year and did overdose. They treated me by doing dialysis, among other things to save my life. It has been since then that my health has suffered a major decline. I have very chronic fatigue, chronic pain, chronic diarrhea, hair loss, dry skin and a host of other problems. I do see an Internal Medicine doctor this week but I am just afraid that I will not be able to get anyone to believe me when I tell them that I believe my symptoms are a cause of my implants. I am being tested for Lyme, I was diagnosed with IBS. Please if you could help with any advice at all I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance for any light that you can shed on this for me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      Your symptoms and illness are from your breast implants, you must explant with an En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy procedure and eradicate any infections and detox. Saline implants are commonly colonized by microorganisms such as fungus/mold due to faulty valves. Over time you will detox and heal. Nicole

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    2. Cj

      Don’t have an answer to most of your issues but most people do not know about treating UTI’s in humans and animals with D-Mannose. My 17 year old cat has only been alive for the last two years because I’ve treated her kidney infections with D-Mannose. I use it if I feel a UTI coming on. The bacteria in the bladder that causes UTI attaches itself to the D-Mannose and gets flushed out of your body when urinating.

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  64. sapna

    I am scared shitless to have my breast implants taken out. I used to be a small perky A cup but then got pregnant and breast fed and the looked like deflated balloons after frown emoticon and I wore padded, push up bras all the time and was scared to take off because they would sag so bad and if I was on my back they would go East and West and look like a boy. So I finally got saline implants. I have read so much about implants some saying they are toxic and others saying they are fine. I am curious in all the reports that said they had metals, mold etc why no one had photos taken of the implants upon removal to show what they looked like after, that is what I would like to see because it seems a lot of it in my mind is surgeons tying to make money. If I had my implants taken out I would be traumatized. How about women who have breast cancer and have to have implants put in…then what?? I have so many question, where can I get some answers??
    Also I worked in dentistry for 23 years and have heavy metals. I am chelating with Andy Hall Cutler Protocol and have done 4 months with a few small improvements.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sapna,
      I will send you photos of breast implants that were just removed and are full of mold. Mold and other microorganisms happens in most saline breast implants. Some times it is just in the valve of the implant and sometime the entire implant is full of mold. Nicole

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  65. Lara

    Hi Nicole,
    I came across a post in which is stated that dermal fillers such as Botox and Collagen are very bad if you have autoimmune disease. I had these fillers a few times in my life and wonder what I can do about it now? Nothing I guess or how am I supposed to get rid of Collagen which is still part of my lips (had it injected in 2008). Botox should be gradually broken down by our body, right?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lara,
      Yes, the fillers will gradually be broken down by your body and detoxed. Just don’t get anymore now that you know. Botox as in botoxin! Nicole

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  66. Joan Mencl

    I have had silicon Implants for seven years … My plastic surgeon broke the capsule because they were hard as rocks and that’s when I became very ill!!!! Thanks so much for you information…I have been dealing with fungus for twenty years now and these doctors are just close minded to the whole thing !!!!!
    I also had hair and eyelashes which showed high levels of lead !

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  67. Anna

    Hi Nicole,

    I had a hair test done recently (appr. 2 months before explant). Heavy metals such as Mercury showed up. No Platinum though. Is this test still valid after explant (having mine July 11th) or do I need to get a new one?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anna,
      The hair test is valid for the period of the hair used. I find that after explant, ladies start detoxing metals and a hair test done approximately 4 to 6 months after explant really shows what is coming out of the cells of the body and into the hair and so the picture can be a lot different after explant than before explant. Nicole

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      1. nancy hayes

        hi Nicole.. , i have explanted and its been 8 months now. and the last three months.. the brain fog and fatigue is still there. Is this normal.? Please let me know if there is anything i am supposed to be doing.? i would appreciate any info . Thank you

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  68. Nancy Coleman

    I am looking for an explant expert in the Denver, CO area. I’ve looked at the list of doctors on this site, but all docs in CO are not in Bold (meaning a personal recommendation has been made).
    Can anyone recommend an doctor who is an expert for an explant surgery and with detox knowledge.
    Thanks!

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    1. Staci

      I’m scheduled to have explant with Linda Huang in July. I consulted three other surgeons (my implant surgeon included) and felt quite comfortable with Dr. Huang’s philosophy, experience, demeanor and cost.

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  69. Robbie Martin

    I have silicon implants and have been very sick for 8 years. I am now in the process of trying to find a doctor to do the surgery. I have felt all this time that the implants were contributing to my illness. After a host of doctors I was finally able to get MRI and this test shows clearly leakage of both implants. On the left side the silicon has leaked into the body under my left arm. I am have been to my plasrtic sergeon on 7 different occasions and was told they were fine and if he removed them I wouldn’t like it. Well I am fighting for my life every waking day and do not care weather I like it or not. I am now searching for a surgeon and having great difficulty finding anyone to do the surgery. I am disabled and trying to live on Social Securty. If there is anyone who can help me find the medical doctors I need in South Carolina please contact me as soon as possible. The clock is ticking in my body and I need advise and help through this process. I have been treated for 8 yrs. With Predisone ( for 8 yrs) and Autoimmune medication. I continue to get worse not better. The last 8 years have been a living
    nightmare. I catch everything coming and going and had all the symtoms you have discussed. On more than one occasion I thought I would die. I have lost
    faith in the medical community in the process. I need help if I am to survive. Everyone of them have just put me off or dismissed me. It took me 8 years to
    get my doctors to do this test. Always opting for regular mamagram which has shown nothing for years. A total waste if time and money. And even now I continue to wait. I am 64 years old and I will be kucky if Iive through this. It really upsets me that doctors continue to dismiss me. I would have never gone through this if I had know this before I had the surgery and would advise any woman considering this should do their research BEFORE doing the surgery……It has changed my life forever and is definately not worth the risk. Pleaae help me find the help that I need before it kills me.

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    1. Ines

      Robbie, please, please, please, you’ve waited enough time already waiting for someone to come to your aid and talking to a very uneducated surgeon who don’ts care about your life at all. Get out of there right now and go and search for a good doctor in Florida. South Carolina doesn’t have much to offer when it comes to professionals on just about any field. I am now in South America. Among other things, the reason of my visit is to see a very good doctor who has experience in implants removal and excellent at breast reduction. I will need to get my breast back to its original state and a little lift too. I think I’m going to feel great afterwards and all my pains and aches will dissapear too. My husband loves me too much and wants me to get them out! FYI, the best plastic surgeons in the world are in Argentina and Brazil. These two countries receive something known as beauty cruises or something like that. These are cruises with people from the USA and Europe who come down here to have all of their beauty surgeries and treatments done here, from breast augmentation to breast reduction, bottom implants, botos, face lifts, hair implants, and just name it. Unlike women in the US, Brazilian girls like to have their breast reduced and they all have great, round and firm butts. Even seen the millions of beautiful girls at the Carnaval in Rio?? Check them out. Just do a Google Image search of Brazilian Girls in Rio Carnaval and you’ll see those fabulous bodies and most of them have small breasts. Miami is “loaded” with doctors from Argentina and Brazil. Invest the money in your life, find a doctor in Miami, call him first and talk to him about your case, and they’ll put you first in line. You should tell them that you’re coming from far and need to have the explant done soon. They should run you thru all the necessary pre-op tests, and get you ready for immediate explant. I can help you find a doctor in FL but FORGET finding now in SC. You’ve already waited too long and your life depends on your decision making. No doctor there is going to be able to help you. They don’t have that kind of experience, that’s why they’re giving you the brush off.

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  70. Claire

    Thank you Nicole for the great advice, I am seeing naturopathic MD today and will discuss this with her. I will join the group for continued support and advice.
    Claire

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  71. claire

    Hi Nicole,
    I see you addressed the risk of MRI with Gandolinium for women with silicone implants, unfortunately I had MRI with dye 1 month prior to my explant because PS was looking for rupture or leak which was negative. PS nor radiologist mentioned this as risk with silicone implants. I am 2 months post explant and seeing naturopathtic MD for my detox which she is treating slowly with supplements, gluten free, mostly organic diet, and sugar free, low carb, (which has been hard for me because I lost 24# and almost all of my muscle mass before I was explanted) and antifungal diet because I developed thrush 1 wk after surgery and have been taking Diflucan and Nystatin for 30 days now and still not resolved. I’m also trying fresh garlic, coconut oil and avoiding yeast foods to try and help. Any recommendations you can make would be appreciated.
    I would like to know if I should be concerned about my exposure to the Gandolinium, what are signs of toxicity, is there accurate test to determine toxicity and how to treat if positive. Naturopathetic has not done any metal testing yet.
    Thank you for all the information you have provided us to get through the healing process.
    Claire

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Claire,
      At about four to six months post explant get a hair test to show hair elements and heavy metals which will show any Gandolinium or other toxic metals exposure. Symptoms of Gandolinium toxicity are:
      1. Pain – aching; burning, tingling, and/or prickling pain (paresthesia); deep bone pain. Typically in extremities or joints, and sometimes in the location where the MRI occurred, like the head.
      2. Dermal changes – like tight skin, lesions, hyperpigmentation. Most often in extremities.
      3. Muscle issues – twitching – small, local, rapid contractions and weakness
      4. Ocular problems – worsening vision, dry eyes, bloodshot eyes
      5. Cognitive symptoms
      6. Ear, nose and throat – tinnitus, swallowing, and voice problems
      7. Low body temperature
      8. Hair loss
      9. Itchy skin
      10. Balance problems
      11. Swelling of extremities (edema)
      Make sure you are eating lots and lots of healthy oils. I took several TBSP’s of oils each day to get enough calories in me to keep weight on and gain weight through my detox. Support your thyroid and adrenals if they need supporting and your immune system. You are doing great! Come to the facebook group for ongoing support. Nicole

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  72. Paula Lawrence

    Another tool to help with healing from breast implant illness is through nighthawkminerals.com They use stones from underground that send frequencies to help our immune system heal our bodies. They have helped people with cancer, autoimmune diseases – you name it. They have helped animals as well. Worth checking out – they don’t just sell stones they stay in contact with you by phone to help you with the healing process! Pretty Amazing!!

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  73. Elly

    Hello, I am a 27 year old new mother who he been debilitated since 2012 and have not found answers for any of my unexplainable symptoms. Doctors specialists all over and every test over and over under the sun haven’t helped me. I randomly
    Came across this and am breaking down… I have 800g silicone textured implants (Inspira by allergan I believe) for 4 years and prior to that had mentor 375g round smooth implants for 3 years.

    I feel like I am dying every day. I was told I had MS, and later told I don’t have it. Depersonalization derealization vertigo (24:7) vision problems heart palpitations dizziness that never goes away – inability to perform day to day chores – chronically tired chronic all over pain, headaches, anxiety from
    The depths of hell, I am full blown agoraphobic for 4 years, I hate being alive because I can’t enjoy a second of my day. I want to believe so badly
    That there is a way out for me. I want to believe that this is the answer. I’ve recently started having lots of pain in my arm pits and in the areas where my
    Lymph nodes are in my arms and my
    Neck also. Am I going to get better? Is it too late? Will removal and detox give me my life back??

    Can I have some info please regarding what to ask for in terms of surgery? I am in Ontario Canada, is there a trusted source here for surgery and is familiar with this illness and how to remove the entire capsule properly and to help me get better? I’m so scared. I have lesions on my brain. I have all the symptoms described.

    Please help me. I am so desperate I want these out of me ASAP I want to feel alive again! Please.. Any info appreciated… I can’t thank you enough for this website ????

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elly,
      Come to the facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole where we will coach you through your explant, recovery and detoxification. You can come directly to the group by clicking the link on the welcome/home page oF this website or the F button at the bottom of any page of this website. Nicole

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  74. Paula Lawrence

    I would like to add detoxification protocol through using Sacred Clay (pyrophyllite clay) and Earth and Sea Greens to a good diet. This clay is remineralizing as well as detoxifying heavy metals and chemicals, etc. out of the body. It can be taken with or without food. It can be found with further information on detoxification at Vitality Herbs & Clays.com. Paula

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  75. Linda Dale Brown

    I have a ruptured implant for awhile. I can not have it removed right now because of insurance. I have been sick for over a year and no doctor can figure out why. This article has helped me and I will find a doctor that is educated on implant removal, it is the second time this has happen to me.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lily,
      Yes, I do know a lady that explanted in France and I will email you her email address so you can talk to her about her surgeon and her recovery. Nicole

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  76. Marie

    Wow this is simply aWESOME!… I applaud you wholeheartedly!… I found this all out the hard way, last year through weeks of research!… Gladly, I did basically all you have recommended and probably averted more serious conditions than what I was already experiencing… I have published with real self since I found out I had ruptured implants when my lymph nodes all blew up under arms… Thank you…I will copy and paste this sites address for my fellow explanters!… Thank you, it’s given me hope I’m on the right track…and can recover after all! (Some say you can’t get rid of silicone from the body!) Thank you again and again!..you have helped so many women through this!!! Xxxxxxx

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  77. Kerry

    Hi All

    I just thought that I would say thank you for all the information on this website and to give a positive experience post explant. In brief, I had silicone implants in for 8 years. About 3 years ago, I started to have issues with pain, swollen lymph nodes, tiredness, IBS etc …. I was extremely fit and active and it was having an impact on my lifestyle. I decided to explant and detox 18 months ago. I have to say, I feel amazing and back to my old/new self! I’m training hard, back to competing in triathlons and long distance racing. No gut issues and my lymph nodes are almost back to normal (I gave a stubborn one in my chest). I’m based in the UK and had the most wonderful surgeon who cmpletely understood my issues. She also sent the implant and capsule off for testing as standard. There is light a the end of the tunnel and you will get your life back. Stick with it and one day, you’ll realise that you feel more like your normal self again. 🙂

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    1. Jessica palmer

      That’s great Kirsty I’m so pleased for you, also based in the uk I was explanted 4 years ago and have tried numerous detox protocols with no relief. I am a semi pro female road cyclist and multiple ironman triathlete….I’ve had to step away from it all right now due to sudden weight gain (inability to lose and it want gained though lifestyle it just appeared over about 3 months) debilitating muscle fatigue. I was voted female personal trainer uk (5 years ago) so I know every way to lose genuine weight gain possible, so this is just killing me.

      Can you recommend anything or anyone who helped you resolve your issues please?

      Glad to hear you’re back on your feet.

      Jessica palmer

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      1. Marie

        Hi hey have you tried wheatgrass shots first thing in morn then wait he before food?… Purified water?… Hormonal balancing?… Just ideas because feeling for you! Xxx

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  78. nancy hayes

    Hi everyone. i am nancy . h and i was on this site ” before” i had my implants taken out.! I want you to know… I was sick probably longer then then 16 months , that i realized something was totally wrong. I was active. ate all good foods. never smoked or drank…! I kept going to my dr.. until she acted like i was a hypochondriac !
    she put me on acid reflux meds.. and stress anxiety meds. i had every test . cat scans , xrays… colonoscopy, endoscopy. all negative. even mammogram came back negative. i would get nausea, chills, night sweats.. not every day or night.. but here and there. also an exhaustion i could not explain. My family would say.. lets do this or that… i had no motivation to do anything. I kept saying… this is not me.! I even asked my primary dr if it could be my implants? and she laughed at me.. ohhh no she said.
    Finally i took it into my hands. changed drs… and started my research.. and THANK GOD , i found this site… I FOUND MY SELF RIGHT HERE WITH ALL THE OTHR WOMEN. OMG I SAID , HERE I AM , I REALLY AM NOT CRAZY.!! WELL ITS BEEN TWO WEEKS. I AM STILL IN RECOVERY.. BUT ALREADY SEEING DAYLIGHT THROUGH THIS HORRIBLE ILLNESS. DRS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT.! I AM ANXIOUS TO GO THROUGH THE DETOX.. AND I AM SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT AGAIN. AND THANKYOU for having this site..! Love your self the way you are. that is the motto.! I now know ” HEALTH ” WITH OUT IT WE HAVE NOTHING. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU GOING THROUGH THIS… 🙂

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    1. Kristi

      Thanks for sharing your story! I can’t commit to doing anything with my family because I never know how I will feel…

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  80. Gianne Reagan

    I have silicone gel implants for 12 years, I haven’t been the same ever since. But the last 9 months it took a toll on my body. I’m 42 healthy and active, at least I used to be. I have constant headaches, neck, back, shoulder and joint pain everyday of my life. I have 0 energy and some days its hard for me to get out of bed. I have had so much blood work done and even tested for Lyme disease but they’re all negative. My brain is completely foggy, loss of memory and confusion. I even thought that I had early signs of dementia. Long story short, I am getting my implants removed 1/18/2016 My body is telling me that I have an illness. I can’t believe that no one ever suspected that???? I want to be myself again. I will post about my recovery to a health me 🙂

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    1. Marie

      That’s the saddest feeling aye, Im so gutted I lost years of park trips and things we could have done!… Xxx love n hugs…

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  81. JL

    My implant ruptured during the time i breast fed my child. Could you please tell me how this could affect my child? While i was pregnant i was very healthy and ate only organic food and lots of fruit, plus vitamins. Since then i have fed him very healthy food for the most part including juicing and eating organic now at 7 years old however i know that the toxicity affected him somehow, he is just a bit different, slower in thinking, etc. What can be done to test him for silicone toxicity or to improve his mental effectws of the toxicity?

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  82. lisa daniels

    I have had 4 surgeries since August 25,2015,
    I had breast cancer in 2009 and had a saline implant put in. I wanted a more natural look and turned to silicone. I believe my body rejected these implants each time , with scar sites opening three weeks after the operation , scar tissue , you name it i had it . I also started to feel memory loss , nervous , nauseous .My body felt like it was on fire especially near my shoulders and neck .Horrific joint pain in knees , I could not squat without hold furniture to get back up . On my 4th operation I went to saline and instantly my mood has changed .I no longer feel forgetful or joint pains . Neck and shoulder pain gone .The medical profession will tell you that these things do not exist , real women will tell you that it does . Please avoid silicone .

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  83. Ana

    This is amazing! I had thought about starting a group for this last year when I removed mine, I’m greatgul someone had the courage to do so. My story is almost identical! I was super healthy, lean, strong, energy and no issues, then I had my implants put in in 2011 and my life has been one thing after the other! I knew right away it was the implants and not only because of the sickness, but because the Holy Spirit led me to it, I had them removed. I am struggling so much. I’m in terrible conditions and I wish I could be my old self again.

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    1. Tracy

      Ana…
      God is leading me as well. I had implants put in 2009. Been sick almost ever since. Started out celiac out of the blue… Extreme osteoporosis. Fatigue like I’ve never known, bones breaking… Appendix failed, gall bladder failed.. Even needed a hysterectomy. RA – you name it. I’m having my silicone implants removed next month. Praising God for a friend who prayed and clearly heard the Holy Spirit leading her to research the connection between auto immune diseases and implants. The story goes on… If you have time, I’d love to know how you are doing. I’m not on FB. But I am on IG. Tgorski4

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  84. Anna Tang

    I’m so happy and relieved to have found your site. I had saline breast implants under the muscle done 7-8 years ago. I started getting vertigo and ringing in my ears about a year or so after my breast implant but did not think it was related to the implants. I loved them! I didn’t have health insurance then. And did not think the vertigo was related to anything serious. Until recently, I had severe vertigo and developed tinnitus. I went to an ENT doctor suspecting it is something in my left ear and he diagnosed me with an (autoimmune possibly related) disease called meniere’s disease. Which is a degenerative issue as the attacks come.
    I have been researching destructive surgery to see if it can heal my vertigo, but it can result in permanent hearing loss.
    Now I’m back tracking and feel like the time line of my symptoms progressed after my augmentation. Meniere’s and autoimmune diseases have been linked to candida and viruses which can be caused my silicone in the implants.
    I’ve learned so much from your site. Thank you!!
    I am scheduling to have these implants removed as soon as possible, better safe than sorry!

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  85. SUZETTE GAVIN

    I’m just starting to research this and am planning to have explant surgery ASAP. I feel like my body, after 10 years is rejecting my implants. I’ve been suffering with migraines and fatigue. Thank you!

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  86. Sarah B

    I had bilateral mastectomy and latt dorsi reconstruction in 2011 after recurrence of breast cancer. Was talked into reconstruction by an unethical plastic surgeon in Marietta, GA. Had problems from the first moment. Eventually had a capsular contraction and explant four months after implant. But have lived in pain from scarring ever since. I went to see Dr. Susan Kolb but she is out of network for my insurance and would not help me without my spending thousands of dollars I did not have. I had a surgery in May of 2015 to remove the latt flaps from my chest – they were sewn on too tightly and were not denervated, so they spasmed for 4 years. There was also hypertrophic scarring inside and out. I thought this surgery in May would give me relief and it did for about a month, then I had huge seromas and then the hypertrophic scarring began again. I can’t help but believe this is related to silicone, even though only 4 months exposure. I have had multiple surgeries prior to this without heavy scarring or pain. I have tried every modality to relieve the pain and nothing gives relief. Besides being disfigured it is exhausting living with constant pain. I have to work, I cannot retire. There is not a day I do not consider the alternative of bringing this misery to an end – I can find no other alternative and I can’t live like this. The ironic thing is I could have just removed the breast with recurrent cancer and not removed the other breast prophylactically, but was told women who have reconstruction have less depression. HA!!! Has anyone else had any problems similar? I have given up on traditional medicine. I have to take blood pressure medicine – naturally my blood pressure is high living in constant pain, but other than that, I neither surveil nor treat anything. I look forward to leaving this plane of existence.

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    1. Sharon

      My daughter is suffering to. Silcone implants removed. One was leaking and moldy!!! She has been so sick. Not she must go through another surgery to remove capsules. I feel like she won’t make it.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Sharon,
        If she has her capsules removed and she takes antifungals to overcome the mold biotoxins she will recover. Nicole

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        1. Kira Hurd

          I had my 25 yr old silicone breast implants (2 sets – recent set only 6 1/2 yrs old) removed 2 mo’s ago!! My Dr did a lift too, she said I had a soft healthy capsules that she left in breast cavity to add bulk!!! I feel much better already… Is there a way I can detox with the capsule/scar tissue in me?!? I have my breast implants & they’re completely closed, normal, no leaks!!! ????????????????????????. Thank you for this great information!!

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          1. admin Post author

            Hi Kira,
            Come to the Facebook group listed on this website and we will coach you through detox there. Nicole

      2. Tw

        Just wondering how your daughter is? Iv have been through six months of hell! I literally went to bed one night and woke up someone different! Horrible muscle, joint, back and shoulder pain, bladder incontinence, numbness in hands and feet, nausea ,awful fatigue , lethargic , brain fog and memory loss. I have seen so many doctors only to be wrote off as a head case or as having fibro. This wknd I noticed sore spot in breast…that’s when it hit me, look up silicone toxicity! If had my implants for 7 years!

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  87. Marie

    Hi! I just found this site while looking for a breast implant removal forum! I just had 30 yr. old breast implants removed en-bloc on July 27, 2015! I really didn’t have much support to go through the process by myself. I still feel blah! But my joints don’t hurt as bad as they did. That is a relief. Plus the weight on my chest has lightened making my back feel better, too. But I suffer from severe IBS… where I have to give myself enema’s to get relief! I thought removing the implants would work to resolve that problem, but it hasn’t. So I was going to look into detoxing! I was 19 yrs. old when the implants were put in, and by the grace of God, I was 49, when I just had them removed! What an ordeal! Thanks… and thank you for this site!

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    1. Sheila Madonia-Maberry

      Maria,

      I had IBS all my life both ends of the spectrum. I found relief, total wonderful relief from removing all grains from my diet and taking Bragg’s Cider Vinegar.
      I do a small shot 3 times a week. At first it was daily until, my stomach stopped being so under reactive. I would go weeks without excretion.
      Use Bragg’s Vinegar (not distilled it needs to have Mother in it) 2tsp of Vinegar, 2tsp of local organic honey, 2tsp lemon and very warm water 2tsp app. I just drink it like a shot. I also, have had no bronchitis since I started this a year ago! First year in my life without a horrid upper respiratory event (I am 51).

      I will share my story soon. Just explanted!

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      1. BOBBI

        You could put my name at the top of this and it fits me perfect, as so many others do. I DO occasionally use the same vinegar, but I am going to use as you stated above. Thanks! I am learning while paining. 🙂 God bless us all, and abundantly.

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    2. Debbie

      Try fermented foods, Bubbas sauerkraut, it works good . You can get it at the health food store. I have IBS also and my acupuncturist told me to eat that and it has worked pretty good.

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    3. nancy hayes

      hi i also have IBS.. THE WHOLE TIME I HAVE HAD IMPLANTS… ! I AM NOT A DR.. BUT JUST MY EXPERIENCE AND TALKING TO HOLISTIC HEALTH PEOPLE.

      YOU NEED LOTS OF FIBER.. FIBER is not just for keeping you regular. It also balances your gut.. but its more then that.
      I take pro biotics.. through mercola.com He is a doctor and holistic researcher.. i have been using his products for years. That would provide you with all good bacteria in your gut. Don’t forget 80% of your immune system is in your gut.
      I also take ” HERBAL FIBER BLEND.. THROUGH THE AIM COMPANIES. ON LINE. IT IS EXPENSIVE BUT WILL LAST YOU TWO PLUS MONTHS.
      START OFF SLOW AND END UP INCREASING TO TABLESPOON A DAY IN WATER OR JUICE. DO NOT TAKE WITH FOOD.
      THIS PRODUCT HAS CLEANING ABILITIES,, AND SLOW DETOXING. AND HELPS REGULARITY AND I.B.S. NEVER EXPECT QUICK RESULTS… IT TAKES YEARS SOMETIMES TO GET SICK.. SO IT WILL TAKE TIME TO GET BETTER. WHILE DETOXING AND FLUSHING.. YOU WILL FEEL TIRED… AS THE TOXINS LEAVE YOUR BLOOD… REST AND TAKE PLENTY OF FLUIDS.. YOU CAN GET HERBAL FIBER BLEND AT ON LINE.. AIMCOMPANIES.COM GET THE RASBERRY FLAVORED., ALTHOUGH THERE IS NOT MUCH TASTE / BUT IF YOUR LIKE ME , I WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES. LET US KNOW HOW YOUR FEELING

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  88. Maria

    I am so happy to have come across your article. It’s been 9 months since I had my silicone implants removed and I still have Lupus. I have done most of the things on your list, but you mentioned a few that I haven’t tried. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Alex

      Hi Maria,
      Hope you read all the good info in this site. Just in case, two things that can help to heal Lupus, is a gluten free diet and Vitamin D3 (10,000 Units/day) for a month. Both will help to restore GUT integrity. Once leaky gut is gone, the immune system should come down. There are other factors that might influence autoimmunity, as you probably read in this excellent site. Thanks and best wishes.

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  89. Lynn

    Thank you for putting this on for all of us. I found out after 3 years off being deadly ill and still sick. I had Silicone Implants put in 2-24-05 I was lied to by a Very well known Plastic Surgeon in Chicago on the North Shore I was told they were new and improved FDA approved Silicone implants. Found out 12-1-14 they were not FDA approved till 11-06 . I had a silent rupture and for 3 years prior I had MRI’s with contrast , Cat-Scan’s with Contrast about 20 of them in 3 years.threw a Nutrisionist I had a Stool DNA done and found out I had 100 percent of Candidia in my 103 pound body. After I started getting pain in my armpits my gynee had a MRI done on me found out I had a silent rupture. 11-18-14 had them removed also everything removed 16-15. Finding out now the Plastic Surgen that put them in 2-24-05 also put me in a clinical trial study for Cancer patients and birth defect women which I have neather a McGhan study I new nothing about. So I’m furious and scared and still sick. So I don’t even know what was in this silicone implants and all the doctors I saw while being deadly I’ll do not want anything to do with helping me get well . iv been eating clean since 7-13 when I found out I had 100 percent of fungas + Candidia.also found a lab in Vigina sent me a kit to do a blood test for Silicon poison .They said I was allergic to Silicone (Poly [Dimethylsiloxane} and Toluene caused from silicone implants. Now finding out I threw you that MRI + Cat-Scan Contrast also shouldn’t be used if u have silicone implants. I’m still very sick and not knowing if this poision will ever get out of my body. The r implant leaked 28 grams in my body and the ruptured Right implant can not be identify no name nor # on the implant. I’m so upset to find out a plastic surgeon used me as a Lab Rat. In a million years would I think a well known Plastic Surgeon would do this to a women. How can I find out what was in the Silicone Trial McGhan non FDA approved implants . my Stomach feels like fire is shooting threw my gut. Lots of other symptoms also. I was on a nutritionist detox product but it had thing in them that were making me sicker. My immune system is shot. Is there anything u can suggest I do for this. Thank- You.

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  90. Craig M

    One other thing to mention on the gut healing and fighting of Candida or any gut issue. My wife has had Candida for over 4 years now and had major break outs and needed antibiotics and then was told those are to hard on the liver. She started to take this liquid holistic stuff for 30 days after a break out and it was nasty. I started to do some research and yes you need your probiotics built up and your prebiotics. Now you need to understand it is the prebiotics that fight the overgrowth of yeast in your intestines and they need food (fertilizer) to stay strong and fight and that comes from probiotics. Here is the tricky part how do you feed them yogurt does not work nor does most pills you buy remember the one yogurt Act…ia they claimed their yogurt would strengthen the prebiotics in the gut, well goes what they no longer claim that because the probiotics are broke down in the stomach and never get to the intestine where they are needed to feed the prebiotics. The feeding is like fertilizer and we found the one food that works so amazing and it is cheap some of you will not like them but they work “Bananas”. Yes Bananas I found this one buried article on them and thought why not try it and wow in days the break out that took 30 days was gone. My wife now eats 1 banana a day for maintenance and watches her diet. If she wants sweats she will have them if she gets carried away (we all do) and gets a break out it is a banana before each meal. I know this sounds odd as bananas are a startch but it works to me it is a God thing. FYI my wife is one week post opp of removal of both implants and I believe there is a cure. Stay strong if you have faith in God Trust Him.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Craig,
      Thank you for your wise comment. The more I study breast implant illness and fungal issues the more it comes down to gut flora health. Prebiotics feed probiotics and promote a healthy gut. Best wishes to you and your wife in your healing. Nicole.

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  91. Janice

    This is something that everyone needs that’s had breast implants 4 years I had mine removed a year ago and I’m still having some issues so thank you so much for this information because I’m sure you will know that all the doctors say that this is all in our mind s so I really appreciate this input he’s so much Janice PS what I had these put in 33 years ago they didn’t tell me they need to be check and replaced I don’t think the doctors knew that at the time, anyone that’s wondering about silicon look up the 40 chemicals that make up silicon and then go to OSHA book on chemicals and look them up I think you’ll find this is not just in your mind like FDA and the doctor say

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  92. Virginia Bistline

    I had silicone breast implants two years ago.
    after experiencing numbness in my leggs, feet, arms and back I spent over $25,000 on extensive testing we came up with no answers. . My dear sister who was against me getting implants in the first place, turned me to your website.. I have since had them removed. It’s been two months now, I’ve seen little improvement so I’m feeling discouraged..
    maybe I’m doing too much to detox??

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  93. Tiffany

    Hello,
    I got saline implants in 2004 and have been healthy until about 3mo ago. I have also had 3 babies and breastfed each time for at least 1yr. My symptoms that started 3mo ago Include nausea, being lightheaded, tingling and numbness in arms, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, fatigue, heart palpitations, and chest pain(maybe in implant pain tho not sure) all of these sypmtoms aren’t t debilitating and aren’t around 100% of the time, but definitely are making life difficult with 3 little ones. I’ve had MRI of head and neck, ct of head, heart monitor, blood tests and blood cultures and everything has been normal. Guessing all this could be from my implants after researching. I live in St Louis and know there aren’t any drs here on your provided explant list. I know this sounds very vain and most people on here are happy that their implants are out but it’s a really tough decision to remove them and never put more in. If you are going to read this and think I’m crazy please do not respond…I am just being honest. I know my life and time with my kids is more important than having large breasts , but I also want to feel sexy and attractive too. Has anyone ever removed them, detoxed and had implants in again? My number 1 concern is obviously my health…it’s all so confusing though. There is really no way to figure out if it’s your implants without removing them and as I’m researching some people are still dealing with issues. Are there metal/fungul tests out there to find out your levels before you decide to get implants removed? Help!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tiffany,
      Your question is completely natural. The short answer is yes, there are ladies who explanted, recovered and then re-implanted and yes, their symptoms returned. All breast implants are toxic, foreign bodies and will eventually cause illness. As time goes breast implant illness progresses and it is easier to make the decision. You are catching it early and will probably recover well if you explant early. Come to the facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by clicking the facebook button below and learn more from experienced ladies. Nicole

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    2. mary

      Dr Kolb, had hers silicone implants removed and later replaced them with smooth saline implants. She describes this in her book “The Naked Truth About Implants”.

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  94. Wally Taylor MD

    Nicole, this is an important message that you convey. I see patients daily who have multi-system illness due to the inflammation caused by man-made and biotoxins. Unfortunately surgical foreign bodies of various types including dental and cosmetic implants seem to contribute. Helping these patients detox and resolve their inflammation-caused disease is very challenging but also very rewarding. Functional doctors are making gains in the successful treatment of this group of disorders. There is definitely cause for hope. Bravo to you!

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  95. julie

    I am being Explanted en bloc full capselectomy August 31st. I am searching for people that have had positive experiences. I can only seem to find people that feel sicker or are still struggling. My email is rjeames@msn.com. I’ve been sick 8 years. I need hope this will help. I hear of people that initially get better & then their symptoms return. Ahhhh this is scary

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      I know many ladies that are recovered or well on their way to a recovery from breast implants. If ladies are not recovering, there is usually some underlying problem like a bacterial/fungal infection with biotoxin illness, Candida in the gut or some other pathogens, heavy metals toxicity or some difficulties detoxing due to detoxification pathways not working well or MTHFR genetics hampering detoxification. Most problems can be sorted out and resolved. Nicole

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  96. Heather

    Hi Nicole
    I had my explant a little over three months ago. I do feel so much better but I still have a few lingering symptoms that don’t seem to want to go away, and some the come and go. I thought my night sweats and flushing hot face were gone but it came back for about a week and then stopped again. My tongue and Lymph nodes in my armpits are still swollen, my stomach is constantly bloated, I can hear myself wheezing, and at times I feel almost as if I am drunk. I have spoken with you before and you said your lymph nodes were also swollen. How long did it take for yours to go down? Did you ever have that drunk feeling? It’s hard to explain but it’s like I can’t see straight. Did you have any of these other symptoms? Bloated stomach? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!

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    1. Dorelle Kirsten

      The symptoms you mention are all typical of a severe Candida infection. You need a strict anti-Candida diet as previously suggested and can slowly add Nystatin for the gut and Diflucan for the Candida in the rest of your body. It can take up to a year to get rid of Candida. Be warned that you may initially experience “die-off” symptoms, and feel worse before you feel better. Get a lot of rest and detox slowly.
      Dorelle

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  97. Lisa longstaff

    Hi I would really appreciate some advice. I had cohesive gel implants in 2008. About 6 months ago I developed a rash on my face and also hives on back, chest and upper body and irritation down below and wasn’t feeling well. I have also had one virus after another for about a year. I was referred to a dermatologist who said it sounded like post viral chronic fatigue. Since then I’ve had a lot of other symptoms; terrible headaches, fatigue, aching neck and pain in shoulder on left side, burning pain cross my chest and collar bones, pain in elbows, knees and hip joints, stiffness in fingers and hands, pain in my lymp glands and down back of my arms, hair loss, dehydration and bloating. I’ve had all sorts of tests and they have all been normal. My boss and some of my friends have been asking me if I’m stressed as I’m not myself. I’m not myself, everything is hard work and a struggle. I only made the connection to my implants about 4 weeks ago. I’ve been to see my surgeon who says there is no truth in implants causing illness. That the FDA have carried out extensive research and found no link. He has offered to explant at a cost I can’t afford. The thing with my symptoms is that they come and go. Some days I feel
    almost ok and think I’m imagining all this then others I feel so ill i can barely function. These are usually days when or after I’ve had a lot on. Are other people’s symptoms like this; do they come and go? Or am I stressed? I’m so confused. I love my girls and don’t want to lose them. I was a 30A before I had implants. What if I have them removed and I don’t feel better? Then I will be in debt, sick and flat chested. Is there anyway I can be sure the cause is my implants?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      It is the implants causing your illness. Yes, symptoms can come and go for a time but at a point they won’t go and they will get worse and more symptoms will come until your health completely deteriorates. I do understand that you want to be sure. I suggest you come to the Facebook group and ask questions. You will receive feedback from many ladies who have experienced illness from implants and have explanted and are in various stages of recovery. Nicole

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      1. Lisa

        Thank you. I’m so glad I found your site. Without this site I wouldn’t have made the connection. I think I have been in shock and denial. I’m so angry this is happening to me. I know we have all mostly had elective cosmetic surgery but it is licensed. We were told it was “safe”. It needs to stop.
        Lisa

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    2. Kirsi Chavez

      Hi Lisa. Wow when I read what you wrote it’s my days I’m reading. Im a A and very hanging so sad to take them out on Tuesday. My armpits are burning in fire right now and the right lympnode needs to come out Doc says. I’m very sad to be A cup and unsexy again. But I know they need to come out.????

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  98. lucy jones

    Hi

    Has anyone had a an explant by anyone in the UK. I’ve seen the recommendations and was just wondering if any personal experience with the UK surgeons?
    Also I’m looking to have fat grafting to the area to bring a little fullness back. Would this be ok? I really don’t have the confidence to have nothing there at and don’t think I could ever show myself to my husband as sad as that may sound.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lucy,
      Please join our facebook group, Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group, as we have ladies from the U.K. who have been explanted and can recommend surgeons and we also have one lady that had a very successful fat grafting and you can speak with her about it. Nicole

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    2. susanb

      Hi, I had silicone with polyurethene cover implants put in in 1989. Never had a problem except for more and more symptons of low thyroid chronic fatique over the years. Dec 2014 I started to feel burning sensations under my left arm and did as much research to find a good reconstructive surgeon. I had a full explant surgery with fat grafting 4 days ago. I saw the implants the left was deflated and he said there was silicone bleed and had to clean out the entire breast area, the right had a large gash and he could only remove 50% of the scar tissue because my pectoral muscle would be permanently damaged. I am healing from extensive fat grafting and hoping everything will get better from here on out and I can put this behind me. If anyone has detox suggestions I am open. I am on a organic/raw detox program and also using coconut and organic ghee oils to help move out any toxins. I wish I could have seen this site before going in, but trust everything is happening for my highest good.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Susanb,
        Please join our Facebook group Breast Implant Illness Healing Official Group so we can support you through your detoxification. You can click on the Facebook button on any page on this site to take you there directly. Nicole

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        1. nancy hayes

          how do i join ? i am about to go in for surgery.. for explantation. ! And i have been sick for 16 months..!!! dr sent me for all kinds of tests. xrays mammograms.. ultra sound.. looking for something other then what i suggested as it was my implants. Never knew about Implant illness.
          Because drs never tell you.. all the facts.
          I think we should push for disclosure .. to women looking to do this procedure. WE , including myself.. to Gain confidence in the body God gave us.
          Its not worth getting sick… and not having the money , or Insurance that will “NOT ” pay for an explantation surgery. THEY CALL IT COSMETIC.
          When i came across the site of Breast Implant surgery… i found all my symptoms right there on the page… I just could not believe it. !
          So now i am on my way to gain my health back , first step is explantion next week jan 18th 2016 next will be How to get well ”
          Thank you for this sight to protect all us women..! Keep it going. and its free… Thank you so much

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    3. Lisa

      Hi Lucy. How did you get on with surgeons in the UK? I have found a good one in the North West. I’ll join the Facebook group see if I can find you.
      Lisa

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    4. Stephanie

      Hiya – I’m in the UK – just had my huge implants out 24th August – 600cc. Was a G cup but look around a C or D now – had the implants for 15 yrs, have a bit more breast tissue than before I had the implants. Mr Miles Berry at Aurora (Harley Street, London) took mine out and I cannot be happier – he is a top surgeon. Removed both capsules totally. Many of my physical symptoms have already abated and I hope I continue to feel better.

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    5. Kirsi Chavez

      I had a fat grafting April 2015 and in 2 weeks it’s was all gone.. that money went down the drain. And now I have loose skin on my belly.

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  99. Tamara Macleod

    Hi there,

    I just had my saline implants removed, 2 days ago, after 17 years of the left one leaking and the PS refusing to fix it for the second time. I have been sick every since implanting them 18 yrs ago with Rhuematoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, blurred vision, dry eyes, constant UTI’s and more. The PS that removed them agreed to a partial, to full, capsulectomy weighing out the “trauma” to my chest wall and rib cage. I think he did end up doing the full capsulectomy… I was still dozy when we talked. He said the implants and capsules were “pristine” and when seeing the implants myself, they appeared in perfect condition, clear, no discolouration nor mould… that I could see, although the left one was half full. However, after reading your articles, I now know I may not see the mould and bacteria… and who knows what was really in the capsules… he did not agree my symptoms were due to the implants but agreed to the explant anyway. So, Im about to follow the diet above that you have described. Im doing almost all of it… and need to get a juicer today and get the milk thistle, the clay I am doing and lemon tea. For clarity though… I don’t start detoxing for one month after surgery?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tamara,
      You can start most things now except wait at least one month before stimulating detoxification as outlined in step #9 on the Detoxification page. Changing to a detoxification lifestyle is a big change for most so I suggest working on it in steps. First get the diet underway and work on improving gut health/digestion which is in alignment with your natural systems of detoxification. Then increase your nutrition and healing with juicing and supplements. Then after a month when the diet, juicing and supplments are in hand and you feel recovered from surgery, if you feel strong enough, you can start to stimulate detoxification by trying some of the supplements listed in step #9. Do your research and try one at a time so you can assess their effectiveness. Nicole

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  100. Seager

    Hi Nicole!
    I am about 4 months post explant and I have been doing a strict Autoimmune Protocol Diet. I have seen a few functional medicine doctors and communicated with some AIP experts via Skype. There are mixed feelings about bio identical hormones and the product Armour or Nature Throid for low thyroid. Half think that it’s ok to do the hormones and half say we should try and heal as naturally as possible. Being that we women with breast implant illness are somewhat of a “special” group of autoimmune cases, would you personally recommend the hormones to help jumpstart the healing? Or are we signing up for a lifetime of depending on these things. I’m only 30, so I wonder what your thoughts are! I hope you’re doing well. I so love this site it always gives me hope.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Seager,
      In my experience, if tests come back indicating low hormones, I lean toward taking bio hormones in order to expedite healing and then get off the hormones when the glands are able and ready to produce their own again. Having said that, every case is different and symptom, age, illness dependent. Progesterone is very key to our natural detoxification cycle and I would not hesitate to take it if your tests come back low no matter your age. Progesterone is also at the top of the hormone cascade and not going to interfere with hormone production. For ladies around 50, I would not hesitate to take bi-est either because it makes a difference in how you look and feel. Thyroid hormones (Armour) is a bit trickier. When you speed up the thyroid it can stress out the adrenals which are already having a problem due to endocrine disruption and heavy metals. Thyroid and adrenals work together so I suggest supporting the adrenals first and see if you can get away with just that. Adrenals needs lots of good quality salt like Himalayan, vitamins, nutrients and adaptogens such as Ashwaganda and Licorice. Some doctors heal adrenals with small amounts of DHEA each day like 5 mgs but some cannot take DHEA either. When my adrenals were very stressed and not working well, I found a tsp of Himalayan salt in a glass of water followed by more water and a day of bed rest made the most difference. If mercury is an issue due to dental amalgams your hormones will be greatly affected and I suggest supplementing whatever is low until you are through your mercury detoxification too. Seager give me an update on your symptoms please. Nicole

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  101. Kim

    Hi, I have saline implants that were put in June 2009. Shortly after ( within 6 months) I started having gastric pain. Was diagnosed with a gastric ulcer. I have had gastric issues ever since. I have become lactose intolerant and gluten sensitive. I have also just recently developed roscea. I do not sleep well and I am very tired. Could all this be related to my implants? I live in Atlanta and I see that Dr Susan Kolb is here in Atlanta. Is that who you would recommend? Also could you explain the capsule removal? Is that a mastectomy? I got the implants do to a breast bone deformity and my self esteem. This scares me very much. Please advise!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Yes, your symptoms are from your saline implants and they are common to breast implant illness. If you are located in Atlanta, I do suggest going to Dr. Kolb for your explant and for support during detoxification. You may need antifungals. Removing capsule tissue is not at all similar to a mastectomy. When we have breast implants, our bodies build a capsule around the implants to wall off the implant from our breast tissue. A Total Capsulectomy means removing the capsule tissue that grows around the implant as well as the implant. A good surgeon can remove capsule tissue without removing breast tissue. Many implants are placed sub-muscular (underneath our chest muscles) and so there is a layer of muscle between the breast tissue and the implant and no risk of losing breast tissue when explanting and doing a Total Capsulectomy. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  102. Daryl Jean from Las Vegas

    The more that I read about what we have all been through, the angrier I am getting.
    Why isn’t everyone talking about this problem?
    I do not mean us, I mean the public!
    Every time I tell someone that I am sick from implants, they act like they have no knowledge of this issue.
    Don’t women in high places get sick like us? Models,politicians,singers,Doctors,,police officers,??

    What about All the husbands? If the head of the FDA was a man, and his wife was in terrible shape because of implants,
    Would anything change? What if Mrs. Obama had a chest full of mold and fungus?
    Or Madonna? I feel like something BIG has to happen to get the word out that WE are here!!

    I am just like all of you Silicone Sisters, and went through 8 yrs. going Dr. To Dr., Mayo Clinic, UCLA-
    I had good health Ins., a great husband to support me, free flights (being a flight attendant) so I could go anywhere
    to see specialists…and I still could not find anyone to confirm what was really happening- If I had all that going for me, what chance does your average women have?
    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Endometriosis. Also,constant sinus & vaginal infections.
    I saw 6 diff. Specialists at the Phoenix Mayo Clinic, who said that none of my symptoms were related to each other.
    What??!
    The Gynocologist (a woman) said that I was probably allergic to my husband’s sperm. That good news did wonders for my already dwindling marriage. The Theripist there said that I was depressed and causing my health problems because my Mom died when I was 8.
    I was a happy, healthy, 30 yr. old woman, and now I feel like I am 90.

    If I had not found an amazing woman on the Internet, who started a web site just like this one, I truly believe that I would have just ended my life. I would just be considered an unstable woman, who probably was a hypochondriac.

    This amazing Angel, named Patty, just happened to live 15 min. From me and I sent her an e-mail. She came to my house that same night and told us that I was not crazy, that it was my implants, and she went with me to find a surgeon to get them out properly. We were asked to leave by 2 Dr.s, because she insisted that the capsule had to be removed.
    Two more Dr.s said that they would do it for over. $ 10,000
    Finally, Dr. Parker in Las Vegas, agreed to do it correctly and ship them to pathologist Dr. Blair in Canada to have them examined. He confirmed that my saline implants from 1992 had a slow leak and were full of mold.
    None of the dr.s including Parker thought they made me sick.

    I wish that I had just gone to Dr. Feng, Melmed, or Kolb.
    Feeling good again was not as easy as I had hoped.

    Now, comes the 8 yrs. of trying to detox, exercise, fast, sweat and cry out all the junk.
    I am so tired!
    God Bless you Nicole, and all the other women here!
    Thank you for helping each other.
    I would love to start a support group here-
    Daryl Jean

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    1. Kate

      HI there,

      I am a dentist by profession. VERY scary, if you think about all the amalgam removal I deal with on a daily basis. I just got my explant done in Hawaii, but the PS drained the implants first and then removed them. He also removed adjacent breast tissue from inside, but would not remove the entire implant. I went ahead with it, but am a bit worried that I didn’t do it correctly.

      I had the saline implants placed in Phoenix back in 2006. Removed in 2016. Mentor. Apparently no leaking, and no visual concerns, but testing for mould and/or other had not been done. It has only been 3 weeks and for the first time this past weekend, I didn’t have to take a nap. I have energy again.

      Three years ago, this coming August, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Transverse Myelitis. It is a very rare Auto Immune disease. My PS in Hawaii had never heard of it- He went to both Stanford and Harvard. I had never heard of it- I went to one of the top 5 dental schools in the US. My physician friend who went to Yale had never heard of it. It is basically inflammation of the spine and it can render one paralyzed. I am back on my feet walking, but for the first 6 months, spent time with a wheel chair and cane. I can’t run anymore, but at least I am able to walk, drive and work again. I still have spasms in my leg, but I’m hoping now that I’ve explanted, that I’ll see some improvement in that area.

      My GI tract is still paralyzed and I have to take laxsol every night. I also take natural products and eat fruits and veggies daily to aid in my BM’s.

      Please, can any one let me know if they have a non working GI tract and if so, has it “come back to life” after explant? Also, Nicole, I appreciate your candid information about dental amalgams. I don’t actually have any myself, but I still work with them heavily…and I don’t know what to do about this, short of getting a new career. I am not able to get an extraction unit in my office, apart from the normal suction. I know I’m not a mad hatter yet, but just wonder how much damage I’m doing to myself with all of the mercury buildup.

      I see a homeopathic acupuncturist and have undergone electric stimulation and “metagenics” detox with quite a bit of success, but am hoping I can get to a full recovery by Jan 2017.

      If you have any tips or helpful hints for me, I’d love to hear. I am embracing all things “non westernized medicinal treatments”.

      Kind Regards,
      Kate

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Kate,
        If I am understanding your comment, you meant that your PS did not remove all your capsule tissue. We recommend removing all capsule tissue for your best chance at recovery however some women do recover with capsule tissue left in. But it is most ideal for your best recovery to ensure all capsule tissue is removed during your explant. Yes, mercury toxicity is very significant to your health, even more significant than breast implants. I suggest protecting yourself as well as you can in your practice from here on end. If your practice is not mercury free I suggest changing over to a mercury free practice. I chelated my mercury toxicity using oral DMSA on the Andy Cutler Protocol. He wrote an excellent book called Amalgam Illness which will give you all the information you need. Please ensure that possible colonization of your saline implants is not a lingering issue in you. Test carefully for fungus/mold and biotioxin illness. Most of us have problems with dysbiosis in the gut of yeast/Candida overgrowth that needs to be erradicated in order for the gut to recover. Once you bring down your toxicity whether from silicone, biotoxin illness or mercury the inflammation in your spine should reduce and eventually disappear. Take lots of antioxidants to interrupt the oxidant process in your body which will decrease your inflammation. Test yourself thoroughly for mercury and on an ongoing basis. The fact that your spine is involved tells me that you may be inhaling mercury. I suggest Quick Silver Scientific for mercury testing or provoked urine through Doctors Data. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  103. Evan Barba

    I had male pectoral solid silicone implants put in just a little over a year ago. Just about 7 months after I noticed joint pain in my right shoulder. Since then the pain is all over my body. Shoulders, hips, knees, wrists, ankles, feet and especially my spine feels like it is on fire. Of course the doctors say it’s not the implants but after reading this its to uncanny I’m experiencing the same symptoms. I’m also noticing pain around the implants and where the incision in my armpit was made. I am now looking into removal. After 2 rheumatologist a gastroenterologist and a colonoscopy telling me I am fine I just don’t know what else it could be. I’m happy to see healing is possible and can’t wait to get these out if my body. Worst mistake ever!!!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Evan,
      We were wondering when we would receive comments from men receiving pectoral implants. You are the first and welcome, welcome, welcome. Yes, we suggest getting your pectoral implants removed and please make sure that any capsule tissue around your implants is removed as well. Are your pectoral implants placed sub-muscular (under the muscle) or above the chest wall? It will be interesting to follow your progress. Please let us know how things unfold for you. Nicole

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  104. Patti

    Hi,
    In 2003 I had smooth saline implants put in. Which the shell is constructed of cross-linked layers of silicone elastomer.
    Not connecting it until recently that all my illnesses can be connected.? 2004-05 diagnosed with diverticulosis, 2006 raynauds, 2008 symptoms of UTI’s which later in 2011 was diagnosed as Interstitual also cyst on right breast, 2012 Ammunine system was running high, 2012 dry eyes, 2013 sore throat for 9 months, 2014 osteoporosis of both hips of a 90 yr old women! I’m 48! The worst was since January of 2014 my Interstitual cystitus has gotten really bad that there were days I didn’t leave my house. My biggest concern is finding the right doctor to remove my implants because my bladder is so injured that it can’t tolerate a lot of vitamins supplements and even food! My body is definitely considered toxic with the IC. I live in NJ I was considering DR Susan Kolb but there are good reviews but there are definitely scary ones! Wondering if you had any advice?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Patti,
      I would not hesitate to go to Dr. Susan Kolb for your explant or any of the other highly recommended doctors on the Explant Surgeon list here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Dr. Kolb is by far the most experienced explanter and healer of women suffering from breast implant illness. She uses muscle testing for supplements which turns some people off and her bedside manner can be a little matter of fact at times but I would go to her if I was you. She is very knowledgeable about detoxification as well. Nicole

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  105. Lisa

    I was wondering if someone could help me! I got my silicone breast implants out in March from Dr. Feng. I had my implants in for a year and four months. I had so many symptoms but mostly the metal taste in my mouth is gone, tingly fingers and toes and weight gain. I am eating a very strict diet but I feel like I have days where I have burning all the time in my outer thighs, my legs feel heavy and stiff, and inflammed. (I have no clue what that burning is) I also have really bad acid reflux but take nexuim for it which seems to help. It’s been six weeks since my removal and those two symptoms won’t go away. Any suggestions? Dr Feng won’t perscribe me antifungals because she doesn’t believe in the biotoxin illness with silicone implants. I do have two Mercury filling that I was told I should remove to fully detox. I can do that but it’s a big price difference compared to my dentist removing them and the homeopathic dentist that removes the Mercury fillings safely. Does it make a huge difference if I just go to my regular dentist if I’m going to be detoxing the metal out anyway? Also should I be staying away from fish? It has Mercury in it. Also I feel worse on my new vitamins that have silica and silicon in it. Is that whole thing to stay away from those true? Can someone contact me through my email for more questions. I want to fully recover and ready!!!! Thanks soooo much
    lisamarach0724@gmail.com

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  106. Mikayla

    Hello,
    ! was wondering if you could help me. I have been trying to do a strict antifungal diet with natural antifungals (the biotoxin detox) and I have been feeling like I am literally dying. I knew I would have to go through detox, but this is just so horrible I have given up for a day or so because I can not imagine going another month let alone another 6 months like this. Somebody told me that it is necessary to get rid of heavy metals before trying to get rid of fungus because otherwise it won’t work as well. Also, how do we detox silicone? Some people say its not possible yet I found Dr. J from Drjnutrition saying that this detox from Standard Protocol can do it. Also, Dr. Kolb has supplements on her protocol list that supposedly get rid of silicone. Lastly, I am very poor but want to get rid of heavy metals. What is the most cost effective way I can do this? I was going to take clay baths. I took 1 a few days ago. The pamphlet said for detoxing metals to take 2 a week for 5 weeks. Ok, one last thing, I want to increase my glutathione but do not want to drink anything gross tasting. Can I do the drink without having to taste anything? like in capsule form? And also, while I Was doing this antifungal detox…oh my gosh….I had absolutely NO energy and felt soooooooooooooo depressed and edgy, just felt like I was going to die, there has to be something I can take to help with energy right? Otherwise, I don’t think I can continue. Thank you for all your help. I am feeling so lost. I was explanted in 2009 and STILL SICK And feeling worse. Please help me. Thank you.

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    1. Mikayla

      Oh, saw some of the supplements you recommended for detox above. I didn’t notice them before sorry. Im so bummed cause I have mercury fillings so I can not take some of them 🙁 . Ok, I have a very important question. I found a video on youtube titled Silicone Immune Reaction or something to that effect where a lady was describing that after the body creates antibodies to silicone you have to avoid any supplements with silicone or silicon in their various forms, otherwise you will get worse. What do you think about this? I do not want to be poisoning myself with silicon in vitamins because she said it causes an allergic reaction to people who alrady had an immune reaction to silicone.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Mikayla,
        Silicon and silicone are two different things. Silicon is essentially sand, harmless and a building block of life. Silicone is not natural but rather a toxic brew of about 35 to 40 dangerous chemicals like acetone and formaldehyde. Yes, I suggest cutting out everything with silicone from your life, diet and body products. Silicone is found in capsules used in cheap supplements. Make sure the capsules are gelatin instead of made from chemicals and if you are not sure remove the capsules from your supplements. Silicone is in many body products and especially hair products. A good rule of thumb is not to put anything on your body that you would not put in your mouth. Work to removal all plastics from your life. The chemicals in silicone and plastic are endocrine disruptors and mess up our endocrine systems which controls all the processes in our body. Nicole

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    2. admin Post author

      Hi Mikayla,
      I’m going to answer some of your questions here for the benefit of other readers but, in addition, I want to work with you privately. If you have mercury fillings you will not be able to get rid of all the fungus in your body. Scientists have discovered, there is a relationship between mercury and fungus in the body. Fungus is one of the only organisms that continue to thrive in a mercury environment and they, in fact, hold onto the mercury in your gut and elsewhere. A few scientists hypothesize that the body promotes the growth of fungus in order to hold the mercury to lessen it’s toxic effects on body. Mercury is the second most toxic substance on earth. When you start killing fungus, you are experiencing not only the bio-toxins from the fungus which they release when they die but also the release of the mercury and it’s toxicity is immense when it starts circulating in your blood stream, tissues, organs and glands. My first suggestion is stop eating all fish. Next, you will have to have your mercury fillings removed following proper mercury removing protocols which at a minimum is a dental damn and a separate air source so you are not breathing in mercury vapor from drilling during the procedure. Most professionals recommend doing a couple fillings at a time every month. If you have more than six fillings and are moderately mercury poisoned, I suggest doing one side of your jaw in one appointment and then the other side in the next appointment. Then you will have to undertake a mercury detoxification. The best natural chelators for toxins and heavy metals is a well working gut and organs of detoxification and lots and lots of soil based probiotics and a whole foods, high protein diet. Soil based probiotics are natural chelators for toxins and heavy metals. After you have your fillings removed you will be able to take certain supplements such as Lipoic Acid that chelate metals and other toxins from the body. I would not bother with the clay baths or supplements or protocols that claim to detox metals in weeks, they don’t work. Detoxing metals takes months and years and takes substances that actually bind with metals. Don’t waste your money on products that won’t work. Rather, take proper chelators that actually bind the metal and carry it out of the body via the liver and kidney. If you are lightly mercury poisoned or heavy metal poisoned you can take things like Chlorella and Lipoic Acid but if you are moderately to severely poisoned these things will make you feel awful just awful. Then you need to take actual chelators such as DMSA on a proper, safe protocol such as Andy Cutler’s protocol. In my opinion, the only supplement that detoxes silicone is Inositol. I’m wondering if you had a proper explant? The supplements that I recommend taking to increase your glutathione on my Detoxification page don’t taste bad. We will work together to get you healed. Nicole

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    3. Arima Arner

      Hi how are you hope all is well, I just got my implants and capsules removed few day ago, research serapeptite, organic apple cider vinegar braggs is one of the best, edible clay, best antifungal organic garlic or use colidal silver do so research , and use everything in moderation try apple cider for a month take break, and so on, my saline implants I gotthem 09 few month I noted joint pain my need feel like a rock, started a rash never go away between my breast, back spasms, hip pain, eye infections, a lot pain stabing pain in both on my breasts sometimes when moved ,I think I am allergic to what saline bag made off, hope this help everyone that read it, blessings and peace.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi JD,
      I have not heard of Dr. Rea in Dallas but I read his bio and reviews and he is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon with an emphasis on environmental aspects of health and disease. If you are in that area he may be a good choice to assist in detoxification. I can also suggest looking for Naturopath Doctors and Toxicologists for assistance with detoxification. Nicole

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  107. Mikayla

    Hello. I had Saline breast implants for years and developed horrible health problems: severe insomnia, light sensitivity/noise sensitivity, severe pain in eyes,head,neck and back, muscle stiffness, arthritis, blurry vision, numb feelings in face, severe depression, anxiety, brainfog, foul urine odor. After years of suffering and researching, I finally realized it was my implants doing this to my body. I had them removed a few years ago and the day after, my urine which had been foul smelling for 7 years, smelled absolutely NORMAL and continues to smell normal. This proved the implants were causing my problems. Although that symptom disappeared, the other ones have gotten worse over the years. I’m worried because I see that many women get fully recovered after explant, but I have gotten worse. This has made me wonder if it is actual silicone toxicity or possibly some sort of fungal / bacterial infection like lyme disease or bartonella that was triggered by the weakening of my immune system while I had the implants. I was going to do a detox for the silicone to see if maybe my body would stop having these autoimmune reactions but am wondering if the fungal or bacterial disease might be at the root of it. So im not sure what tdo do. I’ll try to detox silicone, but if that doesn’t make me better, what should I do? Do you know of any supplmenets that get rid of fungus or possible bacteria? I was doing ozone for a while, but my machine messed up. I was feeling better. Ive spent SOO much money and time on this and it feels horrible to be feeling worse 5 years later.

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    1. Rosemarie

      Hi Mikayla,
      I have had all of your symptoms and more. ( except foul smelling urine ) I had silicone implants in for 27 years and started getting sick 2 years after they were put in. Of course never knowing that they were the reason why i kept getting sicker throughout the years. After many doctors, diagnoses, medications and testings , by 2006 i crashed. My body seemed as if it could not take anymore. Thats when i was diagnosed with late stage Lyme Disease. Happy to finally have a “real” diagnoses. The usual treatments for Lyme were given to me but did not help at all. I was told at that point i had Fibromyalgia. In reality my Lyme had become chronic. Barely hanging on to my life i crashed again in 2009. This time ending up in the hospital for a week unable to walk. I was seen by 13 different doctors and not one could give me a solid diagnoses except ” you have a mystery disease “.
      I still believed it to be the Lyme so i found a doctor who also believed this and he treated me for 6 months with a picc line of Rocephin.

      I did start to feel somewhat better but never really myself. Some syptoms went away like the cluster headaches, neuropothy in my feet, and a few others. But many symptoms stayed. I gradually started getting more and different syptoms like muscle spasticity attacks. I developed a severe seizure disorder where i have multiple seizures at a time. Medications do not control them completely. Anyway,by Sept.2014 i had a Tachycardia and ended up in the er. From there i went completely downhill. Severe breathing difficulties kicked in and thats when they finally discovered my ruptured implant. I was near death when i had my explantation on November 18. I did have some days since when i felt alittle better and would think this is it I’m going to be okay. But I am still struggling with my many symptoms. I have been doing the detox diet since December but do not really feel it is helping. I do realize though that 27 years is a very long time and it is probably going to take several years to get well.
      I replied to you because you mentioned Lyme Disease and the possible connection to your not getting any better throughout all these years. If you do have Lyme than it will absolutely hinder your recovery from the silicone poisioning.
      Have you been properly tested for Lyme and it’s co infectons? If not get yourself checked for it by a doctor who truely believes in Chronic Lyme. If you would like you can email me at pinkroz25@aol.com with any questions. I would be happy to help if i can. Rosemarie

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    2. admin Post author

      Hi Mikayla,
      Sorry for my late reply. I missed this comment until now. Yes, it sounds like you may need antifungals like Diflucan for the body and liquid Nystatin for the gut which is common for saline implants and about 50 per cent of silicone implants. You may need more than one course and type of antifungals in order to overcome the infection. I suggest adhereing to an anticandida diet and work diligently to re-establish your healthy gut flora with soil based probiotocs such as Raw Primal Defense and/or by eating a lot of traditionally cultured vegetables with both lunch and dinner. Please see the Resources page on how to culture your own veggies for home made soil based probiotics. Nicole

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  108. Pamela C.

    Hello. I’m not sure if detoxification can help me or not, but can you please respond? I had silicone injections injected into my bum around 8 years ago. I was told it was medical grade, but I really don’t know. I don’t have any discoloration or lumps, but what I am experiencing in the past 4months is a lot of pain in my lower back that radiates to my sides. I also have slight pain down my leg. I can barely sit down-it’s so painful. I realize it was a big stupid mistake, but it’s done now. Do you know if detoxing/steroid shot will help? Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Pamela,
      I want you to email Dr. Susan Kolb at drsusankolb@gmail.com and speak with her about the silicone injections in your butt. She is the best person to help you through this and with detoxification of free silicone. Please let me know what she says. Nicole

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      1. Pamela C.

        Hi Nicole.
        Thank you so much for responding and providing Dr. Kolbs email address. She said I needed to have an MRI of the lower back and buttock to determine where the silicone is as well as if I have a disc problem. She said I may need both surgery for the silicone and will also need detoxification, endocrine and immune support.
        Thanks again for your help.

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  109. Suzi

    Last 5 months various symptoms. Started with orthopedic, then rheumatology, and then neurology. Neurology Doctor diagnosed me with ALS based on symptoms, some blood work and the confirmation through EMG/NCV test. I believe it could be due to toxins from 15 year old saline implants. Could you contact me directly by email and visit with me on the phone? Thanks so much!

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    1. cheryl galloway

      hi Suzi I would love to talk to you by phone I know on the web-sites theres so much to say let me know in my e-mail and I will give you my number or If you prefer I can call you at a certain time Im in Ny ok

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  110. cherylny

    hi I had my silicone gel implants for 30 years and was diagnosed 20 years ago with MS I was told they were safe and would last a life-time In 2010 I became deathly sick I had explant surgery and started EDTA chelation because testing showed mercury lead barium, cadmium and gadolinium etc .I have been detoxing and went to Dr. Kolb this past May and had a chest-wall cleanout. when they removed m y implants the plastic surgeon called the next day to tell me he could not see the implants so he removed the capsules they went to pathology and my reports show of the 175cc round implants I had they were weighing 277 grams and the other was 214 grams the size was 11.5×11.5x2cm and 13x12x4.5 and internally the surface was coated with white-plaster like material-the capsule varied in colors of white to yellow, durning cross sectioning of the capsule is noted as calcified they stated the lt side was ruptured they said either through handling or extraction from the capsule they noted this side was calcified too . I have been detoxing the best I can and I went from walking then to a cane and now a walker I can feel sandy fluid like stuff in both hands and bottom of feet and the back of my neck where I had neck fusion surgery in 2002, They MS doctors did not know why my head tilted to the rt side they just kept giving me botox iv and steroids none of this worked I went to a natural doctor and sat for 2 hours telling all about my health she was the only one that said I can help you . So I went to a plastic surgeon and had the implants removed. that was what she told me to do. If she did not I would have thought it was the MS and they aren’t even helping me, I was tested for the heavy metals and had levels off the charts even after chelation ivs for a couple of years. I messed up and I have been drinking since my explant surgery and noticed Im dealing with more of the yeast problems and walking is not good again. I have Dr Kolb who gave me nystantin and difflucan anti-fungals and I am not going near alcohol again anytime soon. Do you think the alcohol drinking made me so much worse again? Im hoping I start to feel better by staying away from it totally. thank you for listening to my story and any feed-back on silicone and alcohol would be appreciated by you—cheryl

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cherylny,
      Yes, I would stay away from alcohol while you have symptoms and while you are detoxing because alcohol just adds to inflammation in the gut and just adds to your body burden of toxins which slows down detoxification and slows over all healing. Alcohol itself is full of yeast and sugars which feed yeast and so it will increase yeast in your body which will add to your bio-toxins (waste products from yeast and other organisms living in your body) adding to your total body burden. Because you have auto-immune symptoms such as MS I suggest the Paleo Auto-immune Protocol for diet here: http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol. The PAIP will lower inflammation in your gut, modulate your immune system and help your detoxification processes. Do you have mercury fillings? If so they should be removed according to proper protocols and you should try oral chelation using DMSA and eventually Lipoic Acid. DON’T USE LIPOIC ACID IF YOU HAVE MERCURY FILLINGS IN YOUR MOUTH as it will drag mercury all over your body. If you think mercury from fillings is a factor in your toxicity then please order and read Andy Cutler’s Amalgam Illness book listed on the Resource page on this site and read it. Don’t eat fish, it is full of mercury. Also, I would refer you to the MTHFR gene which affects approximately 40 per cent of the people in the world here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRHif2aVPvw. If you have this gene, it slows down detoxification substantially however there are some things you can take to help the liver methylate better which will speed up detoxification. Also one other lead for you is Gerson Therapy. I did Gerson for five months and still incorporate some of it into my daily diet and life. I think Gerson Therapy is the most powerful detoxification regime that exists and depending on our level of toxicity, it may be too powerful for some. I hope some of this helps. Nicole

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      1. cheryl

        Hi Nicole- Yes I had mercury fillings removed 3 years ago I will check out the diet for auto-immune I am going to re-do a hair test for heavy metals I cant walk well but I kinda want to know where I am with this its a good feeling to know you are out there helping thanks again

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  111. Andrea

    I am experiencing all kinds of body pain and burning sensations for two years now. I’ve had MRI on my brain to check for MS. Negative. I have been to acupuncture, Massages and am currently going to a Chiropractor, who is treating me with micro pro magnetic fields for 3 months, and a juice diet, lemon water and one salad with 4 oz chicken each day for 2 weeks. I am to do this diet for 30 days to see if it rids my body of toxins. I mentioned to him I have silicone implants since 1982. He recommended I have them removed immediately. Do you have any recommended GOOD doctors in Jacksonville FL. There are so many plastic surgeons in this city and I really don’t know how to research for a good one who removes silicone implants. Any information would be greatly appreciated. This article has been very informative to me. Thank you
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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      Here is a Explant Surgeon list: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/ which does have one surgeon listed from Jacksonville, Florida. I don’t have personal knowledge of him but gathered his name from another explant site. There are other surgeons from Florida on the list as well. Please review the Explantation page here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ which will give you all the details you should know to help you find a good explant surgeon. Hope this helps. Nicole

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    2. neumannfamily

      Andrea,

      Have you had any success in finding an explant doctor in the Jacksonville FL area? My wife is currently searching as well and would like to hear what your findings have been to date. Thanks David

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  112. Julie

    Hi, how bad is it to start epsom salt baths before explant? I have been doing them but then noticed on here it says its bad to detox before they come out.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Epsom salt baths are fine before your explant and they are supplying your body with much needed magnesium. Epsom salts are a gentle form of detoxification. If something makes you feel better it is a good sign to continue. You can also begin the wholefoods, organic, nonGMO diet now, too, and start taking lots of probiotics to assist your digestion and especially soil based probiotics from cultured veggies such as traditional sauerkraut (not the vinegar version sold in grocery stores). Vitamin C, a high quality vitamin/mineral/antioxidant supplement and high quality omega 3 oils will also help you now and assist you to feel better in the period leading up to your explant without overloading your organs of detoxification; kidney, liver and lungs. Nicole

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  113. Gina Stanley

    Hi Nicole,
    I forgot to mention, I am taking recovery vitamins given to me by Dr. Feng and a probiotic, and Bromelain for inflammation.
    Thank you!

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  114. Gina Stanley

    Hi Nicole,
    Just have some questions about detox. I had explant surgeryon Jan 14th and not sure how to detox completely other than diet. I feel like the toxins from the silicone implants have affected my brain, cognitive thinking. I have been experiences negative mentalism, brain fog, and headaches. Should I be experiencing these symptoms? Has anyone else experienced symptoms of this nature? I am scheduled to have hormone testing in two weeks for bio-identical hormone replacement. Do you think that will help? Your advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Again Thank you so much! God bless you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gina,
      If you haven’t already, please read my Detoxification page which gives general guidelines for detoxification of breast implants: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/ and check back to it in a few weeks because I will be expanding it and adding more detail to answer common questions and pass on more valuable information.

      Yes, the brain fog, negative mentalism/emotions, headache, aches and pains and fatigue are all part of your detoxification and healing and we all go through it. Symptoms will come and go over weeks and months and new symptoms can appear as you detox the chemicals and bio-toxins from the implants and as your immune and glandular systems heal and modulate. In the first months after explant your body is dealing with the toxins stirred up during explant surgery and with the anesthetic drugs so just concentrate on eating a wholefoods, organic, nonGMO diet of both raw and cooked foods and the supplements issued by Dr. Feng and REST as much as you can. The clean diet will allow your body the extra energy it needs to eliminate the toxins from your body. After a month or two when you are feeling stronger and have more energy, you can concentrate on improving your nourishment which promotes more healing by juicing in addition to the wholefood diet and by adding some supplements in one at a time to stimulate detoxification. Also, other support therapies such as exercising and sauna should follow and be part of your detoxification protocol. All along keep the diet very clean and healthy because that will be the biggest factor in your detoxification process and how you feel day to day. Also let yourself cry and grieve, you have been through a lot. Be your own best friend right now, coaching yourself along and taking care of yourself. We don’t do that enough 🙂

      If you are peri-menopausal or menopause and later, I would definitely suggest hormone testing and supplementing with bio-identical bi-est and progesterone if you are low. Progesterone stimulates our natural systems of detoxification and so aid detox. Proper hormone levels will make you feel better and promote healing as well. Check your DHEA and testosterone levels too. If you are younger than peri-menopause, I would suggest trying to do without hormone replacement and letting the body find its way back to normal if possible. That may take some months but is a better approach than adding in hormones too soon which may cause other imbalances in the body and especially to the ovaries, thyroid and adrenals. While you are at some testing get your electrolytes, vitamins and iron tested. Hope this helps. Nicole

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  115. Seager

    Hello everyone. I’m about 5 days post explant with Dr melmed and my joint disease is exacerbated like crazy. I’ve got symptoms of ankylosis spondylitis so both SI joints and lower back are painful. My localized breast pain is also flared. I know its because I just had quite a bit of trauma and I haven’t started the detox yet. What types of painkillers work for those of you with these symptoms? Seems ibuprofen and codeine aren’t really touching it. Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Seager,
      Congratulations on your explant! Your surgery stirred up a lot of toxins which are now circulating. You are experiencing inflammation from the toxins. Take ibuprofen, the complete B Vitamins including B12 in the Methylcobalamin form and folic acid in the L-5-MTHF form, lots of Vitamin C in the calcium ascorbate form, Vitamin E, zinc, selenium, lots of high quality omega 3 fish oils and magnesium citrate. These are anti-oxidants which interrupt the oxidant process which is what causes inflammation. Vitamin C and magnesium also promote healing and detoxification. Overdose on probiotics of all forms and especially soil based probiotics found in a good quality sauerkraut from a health food store or another form of cultured vegetables. Hope this helps. Nicole

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      1. Seager

        Excellent! Will do. I’ve talked to someone who does hair mineral testing for heavy metals. Do you suggest doing this? Or is there a one size fits all detox to start with? And about the brain fog…it seems to be hounding me too. Is sleep the best answer for that? Thanks!!!

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        1. Seager

          One more thing! Dr. Melmed told me he was able to get 90% of the capsule out. If he had gone any further he’d risk me bleeding quite a bit and didn’t want that. He assured me eventually the body would absorb that left over capsule. I guess I trust his judgment but has this been a problem with anyone so far? Thanks.

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          1. admin Post author

            The body will eventually detox the 10 per cent capsule tissue left. The area where the capsule tissue is let over may be a little painful and inflamed for a few months but it will eventually heal. Nicole

        2. admin Post author

          Hi Seager,
          Yes, I do suggest a hair test to check for toxic heavy metals and mineral imbalances which show other problems. Many women who have illness from implants are also heavy metal poisoned for various reasons. Sometimes heavy metal poisoning comes from the breast implants or it can come from dental metals, work place contamination or environmental contamination from mundane things such as drinking water. My own hair test showed high mercury and lead! The mercury came from wearing braces with amalgams in my 40’s and part of my healing included removing my mercury fillings and chelating mercury with DMSA. I still don’t know where I got high lead from, it could be painting our two old houses or also doing art. One thing about hair tests is most don’t know how to read a hair test. Some of the results are very straight forward and some of the results are very counter intuitive. Send me a copy of your hair test and I will help you get through it. Brain fog is a common complaint. You can try Pregnenolone for the brain fog but it may not help and may not go away until you are detoxed. I found coffee was especially helpful in clearing brain fog. Hope this helps. Nicole

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          1. Sesager

            Thanks Nicole. I so appreciate people like you who take the time to do this for us . Will get a hair test!

  116. Diane

    I am 53 years old with 12 year saline sub-muscular implants. I have had systemic symptoms for years and recently have been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome,
    I am convinced caused by the implants. I am very sick on and off. I have Sialadenitis and an CT scan shows that my gland is smaller. I need these implants out asap. I had a hunch to look up autoimmume and breast implants, where I found this site-Thank God! I am 5’4″ 108 lbs . Up until now I have been eating clean for a few months trying to get better. I’m looking for a En-bloc removal in the East Bay California area. I need Help finding a doctor near near me that does En- Bloc!
    Thank All you ladies for sharing, I finally feel hopeful!
    Diane

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    1. Julie

      Hi Diane,

      I just wanted to say I live in the bay area on the peninsula and have found no one who will do a full capsule removal. So I’m going to Texas to explant with Dr. Melmed. Good luck!

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      1. Piper

        Dr. Jae Chun in Newport Beach removes implants and complete capsule. He is a highly recommended surgeon on this site, as well. I have seen his work and will be having my surgery with him next week. There are a couple of women on the real self site that have posted photos. Do a search from him and they will come up.

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        1. Angie

          Hi, I recently, 2/15/15, had an En Bloc procedure done by Dr. Jae Chun in Newport Beach CA. He was able to get 100% of both capsules! So far so good. I haven’t decided if I want to have a fat transfer to increase my breast size. (Which I suppose now is a 34A.) The problem is, they are not a cute 34A, and I feel somewhat disfigured. ( Now I know many people may not understand my vanity, although this was not a easy decision first of all. Of coarse I wanted to feel good again, get rid of the Brain Fog and joint pain, and be able to hold down a job. But I loved my implants and had 10 great years of feeling good about my body). Taking them out was a tough decision, although as Dr. Chun, my husband and I all agreed that if I believe my implants were the cause of my problems, which I did 100%, that unless they come out, no detox, diet or excercise will have a chance. Currently there are no alternative type of “safe” implants to replace the toxic ones. The only option that exists to increase your breast size safely is to have your own fat transferred into your breasts. He also suggested having multiple, costly stem cell infusions that will increase the amount of fat tissue that survives the transplant. Many doctors do not practice this technique with concerns that the transferred fat, with added stem cells or not, may have particles that die and become necrotic in your body which can lead for more infections.
          So number one is that I wanted to say that Dr. Jae Chun was very accepting that implant toxicity may exist, where the 2 other surgeons I consulted with adametly disagreed with the theory? He was professional, yet empathetic and did a great job with the explant and total capsulectomy.
          Number two, has anyone had a post explant fat transfer to breast with or without stem cell injections? I am open to any good or bad stories to help with my decision. Thank you, Angie

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      2. Diane

        Hi Julie,
        Thank you for your response. I found Dr Mele in Walnut creek – East Bay who says he does En-Bloc removal implant and tissue at the same time…I have an consult appointment Monday.
        My implants are now slowly leaking…I notice BOTH are smaller, less firm, & wrinkle when I bend over. I must have a seal issue in both. I will keep you all posted as how my appointment goes. I’m a little scared & feeling extremely tired and dehydrated even with drinking glass after glass of filtered water!
        Thank you again ladies for your support!

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        1. Julie

          Diane,
          Thanks so much for the info. I’m going to look into this doctor. That is much closer for me and having second thoughts about having to travel so far. Please keep me posted!!

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          1. Diane Giampaoli

            Hi Julie, my appointment went really good. Implants are out and I am recovering nicely. Both my immunologist at Stanford and Dr Mele did not feel that the implants were causing my Sjogren’s symptoms. Dr. Mele addressed all my health issues and we came up with the proper removal for me. I feel so good having them out. My breasts look look horrible, but I was prepared for that. I have tons of love and support at home. I love having myself back. I do still have Sjogren’s symptoms but, I feel I will better be able to put the disease in remission now.
            Tissue has been sent out for testing …everything looked fine and I had no leaks like I thought I might. I remain positive

  117. Julie

    Is it possible to have implants removed and not do a capsulectomy and still heal? I have scheduled surgery for this coming Monday and have already paid and my surgeon insisted that I would not need to remove capsule because my breasts are soft and it could cause unnecessary harm. Im really worried now and if I cancel will lose 1000$!! 🙁

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      All capsule tissue needs to be removed no matter how thin it is. This is well known by plastic surgeons and surgeons and the only reason he is not removing it is because he does not want to spend the time for the $$$ or he does not have the skill to do a proper explant. Leaving the capsule tissue in your body will cause complications such as a longer and more severe recovery as the capsule tissue is contaminated with the chemicals that are making you sick and causing your auto-immune disease. Leaving the capsules in your body will prolong your illness and slow down your healing. The body does not always break the capsule tissue down and eliminate it, sometimes it keeps building more capsule tissue around the left over capsule tissue because the contaminants are still there and your body will attempt to protect you by walling them off with more capsule tissue. Left over capsule tissue sometimes cause calcification, lumps, inflammation and soreness in the breast area and can interfere with mammogram readings because it shows up on the X-ray. If he refuses to do a proper explant, find another doctor. Please read the Explantation page on this site which will review most things you should know about a proper explant. Nicole

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  118. Julie

    I just found this site. I have had saline implants for 6.5 years and I know they are the cause my recently discovered autoimmune disorder. I have also had bizarre symptoms that no one had seemed to figure out- I react to every kind of vitamin and supplement possible. So I’m never able to give my body the extra nourishment it needs. I finally put it together that it could be my implants. And I’m scheduled for removal on December 8 by the surgeon that put them in. The only thing in worried about now is that he says I will not need a capsule removal because mg implants are soft and have not hardened. I’m seeing him Tuesday for a pre-OP and going to ask him to please remove any scar tissue if he sees it. I’ve already put my deposit down so I have to go with him. He’s a very reputable surgeon but I’m concerned about leaving any of the capsule in. He insisted that because my breasts have not hardened I will most likely not need it. He says any leftover capsule will break down naturally. What are your thoughts on this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      All capsule tissue needs to be removed no matter how thin it is. This is well known by plastic surgeons and surgeons and the only reason he is not removing it is because he does not want to spend the time for the $$$ or he does not have the skill to do a proper explant. Leaving the capsule tissue in your body will cause complications such as a longer and more severe recovery as the capsule tissue is contaminated with the chemicals that are making you sick and causing your auto-immune disease. Leaving the capsules in your body will prolong your illness and slow down your healing. The body does not always break the capsule tissue down and eliminate it, sometimes it keeps building more capsule tissue around the left over capsule tissue because the contaminants are still there and your body will attempt to protect you by walling them off with more capsule tissue. Left over capsule tissue sometimes cause calcification, lumps, inflammation and soreness in the breast area and can interfere with mammogram readings because it shows up on the X-ray. If he refuses to do a proper explant, find another doctor. Please read the Explantation page on this site which will review most things you should know about a proper explant. Nicole

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      1. kelbelle

        How can you assure that the doctor takes everything out completely? The doctor can easily tell you they will, and then not do so correctly, thinking the patient will not know otherwise. That is a huge fear of mine. Is there a test of some sort that can prove a complete explant?

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Kelbelle,
          Please review the Explantation page here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/ which will give you information on the what and whys of a proper explant. A proper explant is an operation that lasts about 1.5 to 3 hours under a general anesthetic (sleeping) versus only removing implants which is an office visit that takes about 20 minutes under a local anesthetic (awake but breasts numb). If your doctor is going to the trouble of the general anesthetic he intends to get the capsule tissue. Some doctors even photograph the capsule tissue or return it to you with the implants so you can see that it has been removed. I would not hesitate to request that the capsule tissue be returned to you to ensure that it has been entirely removed. Sometimes if the implants are placed submuscular (under the muscle) some of the capsule tissue sticks to the ribs and small pieces may have to be left behind but these will eventually be broken down and detoxed by your body. Have your surgeon explain to you exactly in detail how he does the operation and be explicit directing him to remove all of the capsule tissue. Have him return the capsule tissue and implants to you right after you wake up. Doctors are not Gods and they work for us, do not hesitate to direct him exactly what to do. I hope this helps. I am here for you anytime. Nicole

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  119. michele

    I have all the symptoms and have been diagnosed with Crohn’s. Could the implants have something to do with my disease?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michele,
      Crohn’s is an auto-immune disease and implants cause all kinds of auto-immune symptoms and diseases that usually clear up or improve after the implants are removed and you are detoxed and so, yes, I would assume that breast implants could very well be the cause of your Crohns. Aside from Crohns, implants cause all sorts of IBS symptoms too which may be confused with Crohn’s. What kind of implants do you have and for how long? It is well known that the drug Isotretinoin for the treatment of acne causes Crohn’s too. Nicole

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  120. brandy

    Just curious if anyone had pathology done on their implants and if anything showed up. This explant is costing WAY more than my implants did, trying to stomach it all, but I now know that I definitely need them out with the capsules and I’m not really sold on wether to have them tested for mold or toxins etc, was wondering if you guys had any input.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Brandy,
      As a matter of course removed capsule tissue is sent to pathology for testing by most doctors in North America and that should not be extra to you. Pathology tests the capsule tissue for cancer and whatever else the doctor requests such as fungus or bacteria. Some women send their implants away for independent analysis to Dr. Pierre Blais in Canada whose business analyzes failed medical devices as breast implants are considered medical devices and even have a serial number. An independent analysis is usually done for court cases but some women get it done because they want to understand why their implants made them so sick. Usually an independent analysis is between $500 to $1,000. I suggest having your implants returned to you right after surgery so you can inspect them yourself. Sometimes it is easy to see why they are making you sick. For instance some are filled with fungus or bacteria. In my case, I could smell the terrible chemicals that were leaking through the shell of my implants when they were returned to me after I woke up and realized that they were poisoning me. I hope this helps answer your question. Nicole

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  121. Lisa

    I have had implants since 2002. I started getting sick in 2009. I’m listing my symptoms because I’m still debating if my implants are the issue. In 2009 my neck hurt. I had an ephedral. It didn’t give me relief. Then I started on the journey of nerve ablation and blocks in my neck. Then lots of meds to try and relieve pain. Testing for autoimmune started happening. My Ana titer is usually around 1:640. Thought I had lupus, but I don’t. Then, I started having a hard time walking, sitting down and standing up. I couldn’t drive. I didn’t work for over a year. Gained weight. Started to feel better, and went back to work. I am still working, but everyday I’m in pain. My hand, legs and arms ache all the time. My arms and legs feel like they are burning inside. It hurts when someone touches my arms. I can barely get a pedicure because they massage my legs. My breasts hurt. And now, my nipples are very sore and can barely touch them. It hurts to wear a bra. I get sharp pains in my left breast. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it hurts. My last diagnosis was myofascial pain syndrome. It hurt more when I exercise and am tired all the time. I was introduced to Dr. Kolb and hope to see her next month. I wrote on her blog too. Can anyone identify with my symptoms? After awhile, I start feeling like I’m crazy. I don’t seem to be focused
    sometimes. If I don’t write things down, I don’t remember them. Any suggestions? Is there any tests I can do from home to see if I have toxins? Maybe from a health food store or homeopathic pharmacy? There is not a lot of information out there. I called the surgeon who did my breast augmentation, and was told they destroy records after 7 years. They don’t want to hear someone may be having problems. Thanks for listening.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Debate no further, it is your implants causing your ongoing illnesses. Brain fog and cognitive decline, autoimmune symptoms, pain throughout the body, painful breasts and nipples are all symptoms of breast implant illness caused from silicone toxicity, autoimmune reactions and/or toxicity from bio-toxins such as bacteria and/or fungal infections due to a failing immune system. I am happy to hear that you are seeing Dr.Kolb soon, she will take good care of you. I am passing on a surgeon list to you for other surgeons you might want to check out too here: http://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/. Read the various pages on my site and the comments which I am sure will aid you in making the right decisions for your health. I am here for you at any time. Nicole

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  122. Karen Poulos

    I had Dr Kolb explant me and also take out the capsule. I had it done five days ago and I feel 90 percent better, I was so sick for years and had no idea what was causing it other then being exposed to mold, well apparently the mold and bacteria and viruses hide in the implant capsule and slowly are killing these women, it’s horrific! I am so blessed and feel it’s a sheer miracle I found out and found Dr Kolb

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    1. Arianna

      Hi Karen,

      Did Dr Kolb start your detox prior to the surgery? I had my consultation last week and my explant is scheduled for Nov 20.
      She asked me to start a detox with antibiotics, antifubgals and supplements. Since then, I have been experiencing brain fogs… I am so scared

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  123. Marti

    im going in for consult with Dr Melmed this Thursday for explant, hoping to explant to cure my muscle fatigue/pain, joint pain, numbness/tingling, brain fog, weight loss, goiter, and visual disturbances….

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  124. Dana

    Explant done! Dr. Kolb is amazing! She has quite an extensive detox program. Really looking forward to healing and gaining some weight! Love to all of you and blessings for speedy healing!

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  125. Melanie

    I just had my explant this past Thursday. Did well throughout surgery. Pain has been minimal. They did have to remove 3 lymph nodes on one side and one on the other side. Is it normal to have brain fog from the explant. I didn’t have it prior to surgery. Also having some tingling burning symptoms (which I had prior to surgery). I am taking several supplements. Taking antibiotic ,antifungals ,probiotic ,ahcc, immune support vitamin, and a nerve regeneration capsule, Neuro chord and silymarin milk thistle and magnesium. Just curious what were thoughts were.

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  126. Deb S

    Just had explant done last week. I am SO angry! I got my silicone implants in 1998 after the saline ones failed in 1997. (total cost for failed and new ones – $10k, total cost for explant $8,000 – I hate to think what I could have done with that money instead!)
    In 2006 I was starting to feel ill. I saw 7 specialists and no one could figure out what was wrong with me. (I am normally super healthy) I finally decided to get an MRI which was sent to my surgeon. At the appointment with her I asked if she had read it and the response was “MRI’s are never right”. She got a quote from the implant company since they were still under warranty. Unfortunately what they were willing to pay was a very small amount compared to the total cost. I did not have the money for replacement so I opted to believe her statement about MRI’s being wrong. Over the last 7 years I have continued to get more and more sick. My worst symptom is the neuropathy which feels like someone is hitting me with needles everywhere. I also have Graves disease and horrible muscle cramping, headaches, insomnia and general body weakness. I went from going to the gym 3-4 days a week to barely being able to get out of bed or walk.
    I paid for the explant myself but decided the implant company should help. When I called them they asked for a copy of the MRI from 2006. I had the original surgeon send me a copy and was so shocked! It said the right implant was ruptured way back then. So basically I have been leaking for 7 years. After surgery last week the OR nurse said that the right side was the worst she had ever seen. There was silicone everywhere. The bag was completely deteriorated. Thank God on a blog on the internet I found Marguarite Barnett in Sarasota. She was the first Dr. who actually told me that these implants begin leaking the day they are put in and cause so many health issues. I am also seeing a great Chinese Dr. for acupuncture and rebuilding my immune system. I take a lot of calcium magnesium to help with the stabbing pains and muscle cramping and an immune herb from my Chinese dr. Is there anything else that I can be doing prior to the 3 weeks that I can start detox?

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  127. Melanie

    I had silicone gel implants a year ago. Just recently began with different symptoms. It seems each day something new is added. Getting them explanted in 10 days. Could you elaborate on detox protocol and supplements prior to surgery. Thank you so much. This site has been so informative.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melanie,

      Good question, thank you for asking it! Please do not start your detox process until one month after explant. Stimulating detox prior to explant may cause more than the necessary amount of toxins to circulate through your body. Wait until the implants and the capsule tissue which is saturated with toxins are removed to avoid additional contamination. Also, your body needs time to heal after surgery and starting detox too early will tax you more than necessary. Wait until one month after your surgery to start your detox process. In the weeks prior to surgery concentrate on nourishing yourself as well as you can and start working on improving your gut health by eating an organic, nonGMO, wholefoods diet, increasing probiotics (especially soil based probiotics from raw, unpasteurized cultured vegetables such as sauerkraut) and cutting out inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy (for some) and your specific allergic foods. Gut health is of primary importance in detoxification. If your gut is not working well it down regulates your organs of detoxification. Your surgeon may ask you to cease all supplements two weeks prior to surgery as well. Hope this helps.

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  128. Liesl

    My explant surgery is 8 days away and I can hardly wait to start healing. I’ve been on the pre-op vitamins for almost 1 week now and they do seem to be helping me not ache quite as much. I still have a rash around my eye that comes and goes. After almost 12 years of trying to figure out what was wrong with me, I’m so grateful for this website and the information! Thank you so much.

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  129. heather

    I was explanted(en bloc method) last August and feel worse. The brain fog and inflammation in my body is debilitating, any suggestions?

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    1. Liz

      I only had implants for two years and had 3 capsular contractions and had them explanted this past June. I had three post surgical infections and Cdiff twice. I am in more pain now than I ever have been and believe I either have infection again as per my doctor says or yeast/mold or all three. I will be back in touch with my doctor as my insurance company has dropped the ball on me and all will be out of pocket most likely. I am going on close to a year of not feeling myself & being debilitated so I understand your concern and complaint. After reading this website it sounds like it’s more than just inflammation. I think we both need to relook at the fact that we may have an infection.

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Liz,
        What kind of implants did you have? Did you have your capsules removed during explant? Can you tell me exactly what your symptoms are? I had to read up on Cdiff which is an uncommon bacteria usually the result of rounds of antibiotic treatment and often a secondary infection from a hospital stay.

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    2. Tammi

      Hi Heather, just curious as to which plastic surgeon ex-planted you? also did you have your entire scar capsule removed as well? I was just ex-planted a week ago and feel worse then ever. I had a en-bloc done. I watched a video of a girl 5 days after surgery who felt great, there’s hope for us I read from others.

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  130. Maria

    Since I had my implants last April (2013) I’ve experienced hairloss and rashes, both unexplained by the numerous doctors I have met. So greatful I found this site, I’m booked to have them removed end of May, really hope I can still save my hair and that my rashes will go away. Really interested in post explant experiences.

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  131. Kim

    Having implants removed on March 14. I am interested in any other detox methods you might suggest or is the olive leaf extract all I will need. I have only had implants in since July, about 7-8 mths) within two weeks of implant my throat was swelling inside. Basically feels like something is in my throat 24/7. Progression to much stronger allergy symptoms, fatigue(abnormal), joints in wrist popping constantly, sometimes unexplained hip joint pain. There have been other things , but they come and go. I have been to many dr. And ct scan ok, scope, ok, etc… No one has any answers as to why. How much did it cost to have implants tested? My dr. Says he will send capsule and implants off for testing but is unsure of cost. Thanks for your information.

    Kim

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  132. joan

    I’ve been really sick since a few months after getting mine 10 years ago. JUST now making the connection though. DENIAL??

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  133. marie armstrong

    got my 7 year old implants and capsule removed (via double mastectomy) in Canada a week ago. no argument for me as to what was causing all my deathly illness previous, as I am feeling better and better with each minute passing. your information intrigued me a great deal. I am focused on detoxing right now. it seems to all be working well. please send me anything you have! thanks!

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