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.  After explant give your body a month to recover and heal from surgery before stimulating detoxification.

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 a little fruit, (lemons, limes, coconut, green granny smith apples and berries are the best fruits to eat) 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 resistant starch carbs to feed probiotics and some carbs 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 and avocado oil, fresh flax seed oil and lots of clean fish/krill oils.  Include raw nuts except peanuts which carry mold.  Include Hemp seeds and Chia seeds.  Drink six to eight glasses of purified, mineralized water.  Cut out all sugars/sweetners, dairy and gluten grains 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 sea or Celtic 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 which many of us battle for months after explant) 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 and support digestion.  When inflammation is present in the gut and digestive tract the body slows down or stops digestion and 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 better, digest better and detox faster.  Bone broth and powdered collagen will help heal your gut and please ensure you have enough Betaine HCL and digestive enzymes 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 lactic acid producing probiotics and soil based probiotics found in fermented foods and raw fruits and vegetables are very important for healing/restoring healthy gut flora, modulating your immune system and chelating toxins from the body.  If you buy fermented foods such as sauerkraut, obtain it from a health food store which carries traditionally cultured veggies and avoid grocery store varieties made with vinegar.  It is easy and inexpensive to make your own cultured vegetables at home which supply much larger quantities of probiotics than store bought supplements.    If you prefer to buy probiotics look for lactic acid based which means they produce lactic acid and look for soil based probiotics and take several doses each day for a long while to bring your gut flora, digestion and bowels back to normal.  Rotate your probiotics to get a good cross section of various organisms in your gut over time.

4.  Check for MTHFR Gentic Variants and Support your Methylation and Detox Pathways – MTHFR genetic variants may be inhibiting your ability to detox if left untreated.  Essentially MTHFR genetic variants impair our ability to break down necessary B vitamins.  In polls taken in our facebook group more than half of the respondents had MTHFR genetic variants which inhibit our liver methylation and detoxing.  Many test for MTHFR through their doctor or through 23andme.com.  MTHFR  is easy to treat with a few supplements such as Methylfolate known as L-5-MTHF and B12 supplement knows as Methylcobalamin or Adenosylcobalamin or Hydroxocabalmin (all different forms of B12 targeting specific purposes) and MethylB6 known as Pyridoxal-5′.  My MTHFR status accounted for some of my own particular illness picture including my level of toxicity from breast implants and heavy metals and my very low B12 status which caused many of my symptoms such as fatigue, brainfog, sluggish liver, sore joints and muscles.  Many women in the group have low B12 due to years with toxic breast implants.  B12 is crucial to many processes in our body including our iron levels and crucial to our detoxing and makes us feel much better when brought back up to healthy levels.

5.  Heavy Metals – A good and inexpensive preliminary heavy metals test is Hair Mineral Analysis testing available in the facebook group through Pippa.  Hair Mineral Analysis Tests can also give a lot of good health information because it reveals your minerals status which can point to certain health problems in the body such as thyroid and adrenal problems.  If metals show high on a Hair Mineral Analysis test you can take products on the market now to easily detox metals such as micronized zeolites or nanozeolites known as clinoptilites suspended in water.  There are a number of products with clinoptilites to detox heavy metals safely for most.

6.  Infections In Us – After explant, some ladies have discovered fungal colonization in their saline implants and chest.  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 in their body due to immune deficits.  Many ladies also have other infections in their gut such as H-pylori and SIBO.  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 their health problems.  These bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitical infections caused by immune deficits due to breast implants 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 knowledgeable about Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker’s Mold Protocol.  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 diet supercedes prescription antifungals.  Fungus/mold overcomes prescription antifungals quickly.  Treating with too many prescription antifungals is causing resistant fungus and prescription antifungals can damage the liver.   Use natural antimicrobials/antifungals 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 in water a few 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/Candida powerfully.  Wormwood is excellent to kill fungus.  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.

7.  Support your Endocrine and Immune System –  Consider checking your Cortisol levels with a pm Cortisol blood test or a Four Point Cortisol test and check your thyroid’s free T3, T4 conversion to see if your adrenals and thyroid are functioning properly.   You may 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.  Echinacea, Epicor, Tansfer Factors Multi Immune are known as good supplements to support the immune system as are certain mushrooms such as Reishi.  Vitamin C and zinc support the immune system too.

8.  Progesterone  – Progesterone stimulates your natural, nightly detoxification cycle and helps balance your hormones and support your adenals and thyroid.  As silicone is an endocrine disruptor and estrogenic in nature (acts like estrogen in the body) 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.  I had to take bio-identical but as I healed I was able to wean off of them.

9.  Green Vegetable Juicing –  Vegetable juicing is very helpful to supply extra nutrition, potassium and enzymes crucial for healing and detoxification.  Try and include a large vegetable juice in your diet each day.  I found the Gerson Therapy Green Juice here very helpful to how I felt day to day and to my overall healing:  http://gerson.org/pdfs/Green_Juice_Recipe_and_Preparation.pdf

10.  Remineralization – Minerals are required for every aspect of your body and for detoxification.  I suggest putting a pinch of high quality celtic or sea salt and a couple drops of ionic liquid minerals in each glass of water to get various minerals on an ongoing basis.  Most of us are so low on magnesium that it is drastsically affecting our health.  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.  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.  Potassium is a very important mineral to cells for healing and detoxification.  If you are eating plenty of fruits and veggies and doing some green juicing each day you should be getting enough potassium.  Use ionic liquid mineral supplements to replace the more trace minerals.  Get a Hair Test to test yourself for low minerals and elements that may need shoring up so you can heal.

11.  Vitamin and Antioxidant Supplements to Lower Inflammation which Detox and Healing – 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 you need to avoid.  Vitamins A, B, C, E, Selenium, Zinc, CoQ10/Ubiquinol, Turmeric/ Curcumin, Milkthistle, Ginger and Krill Oil will all 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 all hormones and is low in most of us.  Most of us are very low in B vitamins and especially B12.  Many find Meyer’s Cocktail Vitamin IV’s very helpful in their healing.  Acetylcholine can be an important supplement in our healing too as it stimulates the Vagus nerve to lower inflammation and eliminates brainfog.  Acetylcholine can be found in lecithin supplements.

12.  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 strongly, try a binder to bind toxins and help carry them out of the body.  Binder like clay or charcoal absorb toxins and the gut and carry them out of the body.  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.

13.  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.

14.  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.

15. 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.   Avoid saunas if you have implants and or mercury fillings.  Also take a couple Epsom salt baths a week for magnesium replenishing and detoxification.

16.  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.

17.  Timeframe to Feel Healthy – You will notice that the process of detoxification does increase inflammation in the body and the feeling of illness for a period.  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 or 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.  Please ensure you are not living or working in a moldy environment.  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 which is radioactive Plutonium.  I often get asked if I am fully recovered.  My explant was Jan 2013 and in the five 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.  In the fourth year of my healing I discovered I had very low B12 and  HydroxyB12 shots healed the rest of my symptoms.  It takes time to heal this illness and the damage we have done to our bodies so be patient with yourself and trust in your healing.

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 over 80,000 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.

More coming soon.  I welcome any questions you may have.

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220 thoughts on “DETOXIFICATION

  1. Kendra

    I explanted 5 months ago. I’m having pain in both of my sides for about 1 1/2 months now. I can’t tell if it’s nerve pain or something else. Sometimes there’s a burning sensation. It’s so odd but so is everything that’s happened with BII. I’ve had a urinalysis, bloodwork and an ultrasound but everything is negative. I have a feeling that it’s related to my body detoxing but I’m not sure. I can’t return to my doctor because they won’t do anything else for me. Has anyone else complained of this symptom?

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    1. Mary Foster

      Im grateful for all the info on your website.
      My sugery date has been moved from October 25th to the 18th. My surgen is Arun Rao in Tucson Az. I will keep you posted how im doing the best I can. I live a lone with no family for support. God is all I have for certain and praying he helps keeps me from going NUTS. So far so good amen

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  2. Patsy Dioin

    Thank you so much for the information and support that you provide for thousands of women who suffer from this awful disease! I am trying to schedule my explant surgery, but have recently broken out in a horrible rash from several allergic reactions. I have been on two rounds of steroids, but the rashes came back. I was finally 99% over the rashes by switching laundry detergents, etc., but they are acting up again. Should I wait to schedule the surgery until the rashes are 100% gone? I have had textured saline implants for 26 years and chronic fatigue for that long and I really need to get them out! I was thinking about taking more steroids just to get me through the two hour surgery. What are your thoughts?

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  3. Molly Adams

    I just got my implants removed September 11 2019. I have been sick for 2 years. I have the same problem on my right side and digesting. I am in the process of seeing a GI and figuring out how to detox. I appreciate the information.

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  4. Tara Joseph

    I had my breast explant surgery 12 days ago. I have been sick for 13 years. I have tried to join your group. I’m struggling with my recovery. One breast is way more swollen and bruised then the other. Pains in my side, and not feeling well. I was really hoping I would feel fabulous right after my surgery. I feel like I hear so many stories of women feeling great after they are removed. I’m hoping to get some research from your Facebook page. I may need another surgery for hematoma and I’m trying to avoid another surgery at all cost. Hoping to join the group.

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  5. Rose

    Wanted to know if after removing implants is it good to have fat transfer done instead, from both a cosmetic and health perspective

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rose,
      Fat Transfer can usually only increase you a cup size and about a third or more fat transfer dissapate over time. They can be associated with problems such as cysts and fat necrosis in your breast tissues. There is a group on Facebook called Fat Transfer to Breast that has many, many results in it.

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  6. Carolina

    Me retire los implantes y le pedí a mi doctor que
    Me saque toda la cápsula . Pero yo quiero comprobar que así lo hizo ,que tipo de examen
    Debo hacerme para ver si saco la cápsula completa?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carolina,
      The only real way to tell if your capsules were removed is if your surgeon took video or photos of your explant implants and capsules that shows removed capsules. The other thing we suggest is to get a copy of your explant operative report and read what your surgeon did in that report.

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  7. Julie K

    Thank you for this information, so helpful! I’m looking to explant ASAP. I’m feeling really scared and overwhelmed. Any recommendations for an experienced surgeon in Oregon or Washington?

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  8. Kat

    I have had hives for over 2 months all tests were neg, I am histamine intolerant, have Mthfra and am pre menopause. I research a functional med provider and will be trying dao. What are your thoughts. I was trying to heal from my hives before explant so I am not adding to my immune system, should I be waiting

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kat,
      Breast implants cause hives and mast cell type reactions and DAO does help, it would not hurt before explant either.

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  9. Linna Richardson

    Wow! Thank You! It’s just three months since my explant and I really appreciate your input. I figured that the detox would take a while…..but I will take your advice on diet and supplements. For me, drinking tons of water and taking it easy with occasional “sweating while gardening” works well. I just have to be careful to not overdo it…. exhaustion and headaches follow every time.

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  10. Beth Ivey

    Thank you for this! I explanted One week ago today. I feel better. I had saline under the muscle for 4 years, ruptured and replaced with textured silicone under the muscle! 8 years with those and both ruptured. Let the healing begin!

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  11. Megan

    Amazing information on this site and I’ve been looking at it for a long time now so than you. I finally made the decision and had my silicone implants removed almost 3 weeks ago and I’m so happy I did as I feel so much more like myself. My question is – Immediately after surgery I noticed a foul body odor smell coming from my armpits which I’ve never really had before. It was horrible for several days then dissipated some and now back and it’s fairly strong and most on my left side. Is this just part of detoxing or is this suggesting something else is wrong? I had a lymphatic massage 2 days ago and I do think it has gotten slightly worse since then. I do not want to wear deodorant because I feel like I need to let all of the toxins sweat out but wondering if you’ve heard of this or anyone else has experienced this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Megan,
      Yes this is part of detoxing and we suggest using a little Apple Cider vinegar to kill the bacteria causing it and also restore the good skin flora that keeps odors in check.

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  12. Kate

    Hello,
    I don’t have Facebook so I can’t ask this question on the Healing breast implant illness page so I’m hoping someone can help me on here… I am currently 5 months explant with a total Capsulectomy and all of my symptoms that were bothering me went away except for my chronic joint pain. My joint pain is what I struggled most with while I had my implants. I had my implants in for a total of 14 months. After just 6 weeks of having my implants my joint pain began. While I had my implants I was taking 1000mg of naproxen a day and still suffered from joint pain. I am trying to wean my self off of naproxen but can’t because my joint pain is still so chronic. I’ve tested negative for an autoimmune disease and any kind of arthritis. My blood work shows I do have elevated inflammation in my body. So now I’m wandering is it just a matter of time for my joint pain to go away ? Or am I going to be dealing with this arthritis pain for the rest of my life ? I am only 28. I have been following all of the ways to detox and there hasn’t been any period of time where my joints haven’t hurt..

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kate,
      After explant what really helps our autoimmune symptoms and autoimmune pain is the AutoImmunne Protocol diet. It will lower inflammation in your gut and therefore your whole body and you will likely be able to wean off your medication. Our healing unfolds over a year or two so with changes in diet, detoxing and time you should regain your entire health and not have to take the drugs.

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          1. admin Post author

            Hi Elisa,
            Google AutoImmune Protocol Diet and it will come up. There are several good websites talking about it.

    2. Pet

      Hi Kate,
      I haven’t explanted yet, although what I feel helps my joint pain is omega 3 fish oils & MSM. They both help lower inflammation therefore helps with pain. I hope this helps.

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  13. Rhonda

    I am going to be explanting at the end of September. I have a severe candida overgrowth. I have most of the symptoms on the list plus more. I have had my saline breast implants for over 19 years. There are many things to detox that I am not able to due because I also have interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) and a lot of the things to kill candida causes me to go into a SEVERE interstitial cystitis flare. Is there anything else that I can do, because ANYTHING acidic causes severe flares? Also, what do you think about foot detox pads? Do you think they would be helpful at all? Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rhonda,
      Yeast overgrowth and Candida are present in most of us with breast implant illness. In order to minimize it and bring your symptoms undercontrol you have to eat an antifungal diet which does not feed it and many of us take Nystatin and Diflucan (or even stronger antifungals) for 30 days to knock it back. Then start using natural antifungal such as raw garlic or other garlic products, ginger tea from real ginger and various herbs that kill fungus in us. All the time you must be working to restore you good gut flora by taking lots and lots of probiotics and eating naturally fermented foods which contain lots of probiotics. It is our good gut flora that keeps fungus in check in the long run. Alkalize the body in order to control you IC symptoms. Bringing your Candida undercontrol will help with the IC symptoms too.

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  14. Diane Sessler

    I have read thru this wealth of information. THANK YOU!!! I’m 2 weeks post op. I was set back with an infection in my right breast. I just finished round 2 of antibiotics. Things seem good now. I’ve been on a clean diet as you describe for over a month. I’m wondering if I’m ready to start exploring some detox supplements. I take magnesium. I was thinking of adding glutathione. Perhaps charcoal for a week? I don’t want to move too fast. I was wondering too, if I should do a parasite cleanse first, then onto detox. I don’t want to do too many things at once unless they coexist easily.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Diane,
      Clean, nutritious, anti-inflammatory diet and gut healing protocols are the best first place to start.

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  15. Angy

    Hi Nellie.
    I am actually in bed in hospital in Dublin after explant this morning. My consultant told me that having the implants in front of the mussel (as mine are…….were) makes the explant surgery considerably easier.
    I am 12 hrs post surgery and have had no pain as yet. Like you I was very worried but my anesthetist and surgeon were wonderful.
    Hope this reassures you and good luck.

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  16. Diane O'Neill

    Hi there, thank you so much for this, I am particularly interested in this.. “Heavy Metals – A good and inexpensive preliminary heavy metals test is Hair Mineral Analysis testing available in the facebook group through Pippa. ” where can I connect with Pippa. I’m based in Dublin, Ireland.

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  17. Kate

    What do you think about getting pregnant after explant? I wouldn’t want to cause any harm to the baby with all the toxins being detoxed but we do want another baby.

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  18. Nellie

    Can anyone tell me if the explant surgery is less difficult if your implants are over the muscle wall? I had the tuba 2001. I was reading one woman’s account and she said the healing from the surgery would be less difficult than the augmentation itself. When I had the tuba it was virtually painless. I had no bruising and was only slightly swollen. I went shopping the next morning after the procedure. Felt great.

    Obviously the explant surgery is going to be rougher, but I was wondering if there is a possibility it could be a little easier because my implants are not behind the muscle.

    I am so frightened, just terrifed but I cannot go on feeling the way I do. I am getting sicker all the time and must do this. Hard not to cry as I write this. Hope someone can answer.

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  19. Tonia

    I just found this site. My health is going down hill. I was told by my Doctor today that I need to have my implants out. I would like to continue reading about everyone’s stories. I need to know more about the surgeons that can explant. The problem I have is. I have never had a Facebook account and never will. Is there any other way to communicate with you ladies?

    Thank you

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  20. Caren Wenner

    Wondering if using detoxing supplementation is helpful at all while waiting for the explant? I have been eating a certain way and supplementing knowing what’s going on inside my body assuming it’s better than if I did nothing.. or am I just wasting $$$?

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  21. Marleen Colangelo

    Thank you for providing our patients and all of us with these protocols and resources to heal!

    Reply
  22. Janet Szwabowski

    Hello,
    I am a massage therapist as well as a certified lymphedema therapist and have a potential client who going thru detox. Would lymphedema treatments be helpful? If so, how often?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janet,
      Yes, after explant and healing from surgery, massage/lymphedema treatments would be beneficial to support the body to detox.

      Reply
  23. Nanci

    Any info on mthfr homo double mutation w comt heter? Had several surgeries in the past and did just fine but now cannot take 5 methyl vitamin b12 without over stimalating a few days later. I ordered hydroxo b 12 to take before explant .i also want to speak to anesthesiologist beforehand .mire scared of the anesthesia and how i will do a few days after surgery ., any info or experience here would help.
    Thank you !

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  24. Debra

    Thank you very informative. I explanted May 1st 2019, 17 yrs allergan textured saline implants. I have been using a cane to walk since March and thought I was dying. I had muscle spasms twitching, sore joints even my elbows hurt, migraines, swelling on my ankles and hands, feet, broken blood vessels on ankles. I would say I had 40 of the symptoms. Neurologist said it looks like ALS but all test said no, just nerve and muscle damage on my legs. I refused to listen so I got them out and all I have to heal now is muscle weakness and walking. Doing pt and detox, I’m changing but it’s SLOW, neurologist still wants one more Mri on my head, it’s so scary because you have to go on faith and BII for help.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debra,
      Please don’t get contrast if you do that MRI, there are many adverse events from the gandolinium contrast. Just keep healing, keep going, my own healing unfolded over a few years but I am healed now.

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  25. Brooke

    I am so grateful that I found your website a year and a half ago. I explanted 9/14/18 but it seems as though since I explanted my hormonal health is deteriorating. I’ve always had PMS but 3 months after explanting things have gradually become worse. Maybe the supplements I’m taking are making me detox too fast? Maybe I’m not taking enough of the supportive detox supplements? My biggest symptom was and still is difficultly swallowing so maybe I’m not getting enough… I’m not sure, but I do know my progesterone is low so I am curious how long you took it? And did it help immediately? With each month that goes by I seem to be getting worse and not better. I don’t regret explanting but I just don’t understand why things seem to be getting progressively worse. Just Praying for Healing! 🙏

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Brooke,
      It is common for us to be low on progesterone because silicone chemicals are endocrine disruptors and disrupt our natural hormones and silicone chemicals are estrogenic in nature and create estrogen dominance in our body so progesterone helps us regulate our natural hormones. If I was you I would get my thyroid checked and I would check for for MTHFR and low B12 too. I get those throat symptoms too when my B12 is low which is common in us. Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D3 too.

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  26. Bonnie Kissel

    I feel relief having found your site.
    My implants ruptured (i am embarrassed to say…)several years ago. I won’t get into why I still have them and the occasional pain they seem to be causing. Just recently, a special blood test has shown high levels of lead, mercury and thallium. I was never led to be concerned that the free floating silicone was dangerous, but now I am petrified.
    You mentioned that implants have metals in them. How can I find out more about this and what connection the metals have to breast illness?
    In the meantime, I am going to join your facebook group and want to say thank you, Nicole (my daughter’s name)
    Bonnie

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  27. Cynthia

    I would like to know what’s the treatment for breast implant illness.
    I realize the diets etc. I know my body and it’s needing medical attention.
    Can’t seem to get rid of symptoms.
    My right implant had fungus/yeast. I’m hoping to hear back from someone.
    Thank you so much sincerely
    Cynthia

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cynthia,
      Yeast overgrowth seems to go hand in hand with having breast implants and in order for us to heal fully from breast implant illness we must explant properly which means En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explants, kill the infections that thrive in us do to breast implants such as yeast overgrowth and others, heal our immune system and our endocrine system and support our body to detox over time. See some helpful guidelines here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/detoxification/.

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  28. mildred thompson

    hi Nicole
    I am 71 years old and have silicon implants for 32 years!! it ruptured last year after a mammogram and I am feeling terrible!!
    however my concern is am I too old for explantation due to age???? ………………………..One of the PS I interview said he was very concern and would
    do it only in the hospital in case we would have any problems ……….he estimated that it would take 6 hrs due to so much calcification etc….he said that by touching me
    he felt that the capsule was very thin and was going to be harder to remove so he wanted to take time instead of 4 hours………what do you think??? Am I too old and run a risk for big complications???? or should I just hang in there and live with the BII Illness………. seeing that I don’t have much more years to live….say max 8 yrs due to my age
    I hope you can shed some light on my question!! I am very confused as to what I should do??? thanks for your time

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mildred,
      In our facebook group, there are many women over 70 that have explanted and are healing and so for your health and if it is not contraindicated I think it is worth it to explant. I am a little confused by some of the things your surgeons says and I would get a second opinion from a surgeon that is known to be a good explanter from our list of surgeons. En Bloc / Total Capsulectomies take an average of two hours. Your surgeon says your capsules are soft but there is a lot of calcification and this statement does not make sense. If your capsules are soft then there is little calcification. We highly suggest choosing a Explant Surgeon from this list here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/.

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  29. Tracy

    Just explanted silicone implants and trying to begin gathering information for detox. Wondered if you had a brand of supplements or vitamins you recommend? My implants were in tact and pathlogy was normal. In your opinion, what are the first things you would do for detoxification. Money is definitely an issue. God bless you for giving us all this information.

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  30. Nicki

    Thanks so much for all the info. I had implants (saline) 10 years ago and had them replaced 5 years ago (gummys). I had them replaced do to a pregnancy and the began to ripple after child birth.
    In the last 10 years I have dealt with a series of different new symptoms that could never be diagnosed. It started with a seizure which was never explained. Well it was explained as anxiety driven…? Then i was diagnosed with Reynauds disease. (Never had before). I started having “spells” that would make me feel dizzy and “floaty” almost to the pass out point. Several times debilitating me to the point that I can not drive a car. Again, numerous internist, neurologist, MRIs, CTs, tons of blood panels…. nothing. Anxiety they say. Then heart palpitations to the point of wearing a heart monitor for 14 days… by cardiologist.
    Mental fog, memory loss, tingling of legs and arms at times, headaches, moodiness, hormone deficiencies are also some of my symptoms.
    A friend of mine mentioned BII to me not knowing I had all these issues. I have been researching and really considering an explant. My fear is…. doing the procedure and it not helping or being the cause of my symptoms.
    Any Advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nicki,
      I have watched so many thousands of women heal after getting a proper explant, detoxing and time for healing. Our healing does happen but it is not overnight after decades with toxic implants messing up our health but it does happen.

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  31. M Carol Clifton DeMott

    I have had very similar health issues. Eight years with the textured saline implants I was diagnosed with Hypogammaglobulinemia, Cryoglobulinemia, MGUS, INS and c677t. I am allergic to everything. After breast plant removal, I developed fungal skin infection, allergy eye infection, UTI and staph on my wrist, knee, leg and buttocks. Still on antibiotics. Detoxing daily, exercising , vitamins, sauna. My IgE has gone from normal to chronically high. It has been over 4 1/2 months and I am really sick. Developed pimples on my breasts and leaking fluid at the incision line. The implants were two different sizes and the pathologist told me I was allergic to them. Its in my pathology report but neither the surgeon or pathologist will talk to me about it.

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  32. Renee Schretlen

    Very informative information. Thank you for doing the leg work in finding what works to rid our bodies of the poisons within us.

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  33. Amy McGee

    Thank you so very much for the helpful information about healing after silicone implants. Mine have been in for 15 years. I recently had my annual mammogram. After being called back for an additional sonogram – free solicone was discovered in my lymph nodes. I am grateful for this wake call. I have been dealing with a myriad of symptoms for several years and began to wonder about six months ago if they could possibly be attributed to my implants. Now I know. Working towards explant. I have a recommendation for a surgeon and list of questions to ask at my first appointment. Thank you again.

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  34. Kim Thompson

    Thank you for the information, looking forward to examining this further. Having silicone implants for 33 years I am starting to have pain and a feeling of electric shock or current in both breasts.

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  35. LS

    Hello,
    I have saline implants and I think I have bii. Do I need to have a capsulectomy? I am having a removal only. Doctor didn’t feel it was necessary.
    Thank you,
    LS

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi LS,
      Yes you do need a Total Capsulectomy or you may not recover. The capsule tissue should not be left in you.

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  36. Sundie

    Thank you so much for all this information. I had a set of Mentor implants that leaked and I had them removed and a new set put in (I know, dumb!). I had those removed not long after they were put in and now I am implant free. This all happened about 10 yrs ago. I have since had food allergies, my gallbladder removed, I have an autoimmune disease and have to take thyroid medication now. I have severe joint pain and arthritis. I have managed all of this to where it was tolerable, with diet. However, it is getting harder and harder to do that. I do not eat gluten, dairy, soy, but even after years of doing that it seems my symptoms are at a standstill. I know my surgeon did not remove the capsules. All my records have been destroyed due to the amount of time it has been, however I know because of the length of time it took to remove the implants, both times, that they did not have time to really get in there and remove everything. I am wondering if I should go back in and have someone make sure it is all removed? I feel like due to my symptoms that they may be the culprit. I am working on getting all my mercury fillings removed. I have one more to go. This whole thing has been so expensive and not only do I not want to be put under again, I have to find the funds to do this again! This has been a nightmare for me and my health.

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  37. Savannah Anastasio

    Hi Nicole

    I just recently detoxed and have had a range of symptoms since, including restless leg and crawling skin again after antibiotics. I am 3 weeks explant. But was wondering what tests do u suggest I have done? Antibiotics really messed me up. I’ve done parasite cleanses and no hope. Maybe fungal? Or heavy metals ?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Savannah,
      Many of us do have broad fungal overgrowth in our bodies such as yeast overgrowth and Candida and some even have mold and an antifungal diet and antifungals whether natural or prescription help many of us. Anytime we take antibiotics it diminishes our good gut flora which helps keep fungus in check in us and that causes a flare up of fungal which we have to work hard to bring into check. Keep replenishing your good gut flora as that is what keeps fungus in check in the long run. Eat antifungal and low mycotoxin diets and rotate antifungals.

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  38. Denise Brady

    Hi Nicole,
    I have explant surgery scheduled for July. I have been working on gut health for 7 months, along with working with a functional doctor who has me on NAC, Glutathione, B12 injections to name a few. I have had significant improvement so far and am hoping for even better improvement post explant. I also have two MTHFR mutations, hashimotos, asthma and raynauds syndrome. I’m wondering if there are additional protocols you would suggest over these next two months in preparation for my surgery. I’d love to connect with you via email.

    Thank you,
    Denise

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Denise,
      You are doing some very good things. The only other things I may add would be getting enough vitamin D, eating a diet full of antioxidants to keep inflammation low and or taking antioxidant supplements and eating a diet that is antifungal/low mycotoxin in nature. You can email me anytime.

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    2. Elizabeth

      Hi and thank you for being an advocate for the suffering ladies out there with implant illness. I have Explant (en bloc) surgery on June 7th with Dr Florence Mussat and found tho surgeon because of YOUR website . QUESTION – should I not be getting a fat transfer back into my breast the same day as my Explant surgery and allow my body to detox first ? I’m scheduled to have some natural fat put back in the breast to prevent sagging but am concerned this won’t allow true healing . Would love your advice. Thank you and God bless your for your work
      Elizabeth

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  39. Nancy Wilson

    Hi ladies , thank you all for being here ! I am 63 and have have implants for 20 years . I have about 20 of the BII and have been had undiagnosable illness for 15 of those 20 years , up until now ! One of my biggest complaints is cognitive decline so bear with my as my thoughts are scattered .Several thousands of dollars and functional medicine docs , naturopaths , and now an osteopath , and I have just diagnosed myself after finding this group . I have been being treated for mold toxicity since Dec 2018 with the shoemaker protocol , but with no benefit . We do have some minor mold in our home and are scheduling for remediation . In Jan. I even went so far as to move into an apartment to avoid any mold or toxins in our home ,leaving my family , as they had no symptoms . I am still in the apartment eating a very clean low/ mold inflammation diet for several months and am still not feeling any better. I had the Great plains Mycotox profile done and am VERY high on 4 of them . I would like to begin to use the detox protocol they provide , but wonder if I should start the detox before explant . I have had glutathione IVs and feel no benefit . I also have the HLA notation (susceptible to biotoxins ) and double MTHFR . I have also had my amalgams removed ! I stopped all detoxing when I saw this sight to be safe but feel like I should be doing something to clear my detox pathways ..Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
    My osteopath has had me detoxing for mold and parasites with Dr Shoemaker’s protocol and some heavy duty anti fungals with no relief

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  40. Nana

    Hi
    I had implants 10 years ago. Explanares them 7 years ago. During the three years I had them, I had strong skin rashes, hair loss, and brain fogging. The symptoms started one year after having them. I could tell it was related. My symptoms worsened when I exercise. Especially when doing trunk and shoulder workout. Anyway, once I removed the implants, the rashes were gone for good! But I still had and have hair loss and brain fogging since then.

    Unfortunately, I remember the doctor telling me that the capsule doesn’t need to be removed and that it resolves on its own!!! I wish I knew back then as much as I do right now !
    Could this be related to me still having the capsule?

    By the way , my implants were supposedly intact, no ruptures seen, when I removed them

    What can I do to test what is left of the implants inside me at this stage? What imaging or blood tests should I go for?
    Unfortunately as you said , doctors ( surgeons) are not supportive in this matter, they’re either ignorant or doubtful when it comes to implants related issues. They treat females as if they have psychological problems
    Thanks for the help!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nana,
      Removing capsules correlates with healing and leaving capsules in hinders healing from breast implant illness.

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  41. Jan Stevens

    My name is Jan B Stevens. I am an RN who has lost my health and have had to quit my job due to what I believe is illness directly related to the high levels of toxicity ( heavy metals, fungi etc.).

    I am so sick that I am unable to function most days.

    My explant procedure is May. I am praying I can regain my health.

    Your article was inspiring and could not have come at a better time. Pls reach out to me. I’d love to chat.

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  42. Odai

    Hello Explanted (textured prostheses) a week ago. I’m starting to stimulate detoxification. I would like to know if there is an equivalent for finding variants of MTHFR Gentic (https://www.23andme.com/) in France? Thank you in advance

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Odai,
      You could go to your family doctor and ask for a Homocysteine test, if you have high Homocysteine you likely have the MTHFR genetic variants that may hamper your ability to breakdown things and detox but the solution is taking methylfolate and methyl B12 and methly B6, so just make sure you have enough quality b vitamins or eat lots of leafy greens every day.

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      1. Odai

        Hello, thank you for your answer.
        I made a clean diet (green vegetables, meat and fish steamed, fruit). I will start next week vegetable and fruit juices. ? Do you offer a personal accompaniment for women in detoxification recommendations: (methylfolate, Zinc, MAgnesium, NAC …). What are the first blood tests to do? The family doctor does not admit these different symptoms related to the disease of breast implants. I’m lost …. What should I start with?
        Sorry for the translation (from French to English). I hope you understand what I’m writing

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  43. Lena

    I have a consult tmrw with one of your preferred surgeons. I am terrified! Do the surgeons take you seriously, and remove everything? I read that through MRI someone still showed silicone present. I am doing this because I do believe all my health issues are a direct result of implants, but will the allergies, body pain, hair falling out go away? I have CD, I believe because of them. Hypothyroid. Will it all go away? Or is it too late?

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  44. A H

    I’m suffering from this so much and the worst symptoms are intense prickle feelings all over my body head to toe. Like I’m being electric shocked. It’s been worsening since January and since then my hair and skin have aged so much I don’t even recognize myself. My lashes have fallen out my hair is completely a different texture it’s so bizarre. I have 1500 saline and I have been doing a lot of sauna in the last year, which I suspect was the worst thing to do. I’m now at the point I bruise easily and feel like my muscles are melting. I’m sore all the time and my joints hurt and it’s hard to breathe. Has anybody had these tingle/prick symptoms? I don’t see a lot of talk in that particular one? Also how do you know if the doctor will really remove the whole capsule?
    This website has truly saved me
    Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi AH,
      Your symptoms are breast implant illness symptoms and choose a surgeon known to explant properly and you won’t have to worry about if they removed all the capsule tissue.

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  45. Laura Perez

    I had my breast implants since 2004(saline) I had them removed 12/2918 but they did not do a full encapsulectomy & left the capsule. I have had two bacteria infections since then. Im also having chronic body pain, tingling, headaches & fatigue. I am trying to find a surgeon who will redo my surgery but the nearest dr to me is in Newport Beach & he is booked until May 2020. Please help me find a dr even if I have to go out of the state of CA. I do not have face book so if you could reply to my email.

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      1. Kelly

        Dr. Parker is on this list. My call for consult to explant time has been less than 2 months. He’s phenomenal, believes in BII, very supportive and close to you in Vegas. I went to him from Montana.

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  46. Nicola Meeuws

    HI ,
    I have had implants since 2012, and Have been slowing down,.. I am desperately wanting to speak with you if possible, I have had gallbladder issues now stomach acid pain, migraines and constant shoulder blade on the right pain, throbbing like a knife,
    Could we speak with each other if possible? I am seeking to remove my implants I went from an A cup to a double DD, I have no idea what will happen once they are removed, and I also dont know where to go to have them removed properly and budget also comes into account, my husband is a doctor. Please could you give me advice, I would be so happy. Is there someone in Greece that could do enbloc, and remove the implants. And where did you do it?

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  47. Rhonda Cooper

    I would love to be able to communicate with the ladies on the Facebook BII site. I am a 53 year old who had a double mastectomy with subsequent chemo and silicone breast implants. I became ill immediately post op and my health has declined since. About 4 years ago, I began seeing a DO and he began trying to determine the cause of my illness. Long story short, I have come to the conclusion that I have BII. The surgeon from the recommended area where I live, can’t do my explant surgery for several months. This week, I was diagnosed with reactivated Epstein-Barr and I feel that I can’t survive for months. I would love to be able to communicate with other ladies who may have a similar story. Are there any alternatives to Facebook? Thank you so much for your time and what you are doing for people like me.

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    1. Brenda Swartz

      Rhonda,
      I also would love to communicate with someone but I am not on Facebook. I am 59 years old with 31 year old silicone implants. The surgeon I’ve chosen cannot do my explant until Sept. 2019. Some days I’m sure I won’t survive until then. The wait is torturous! Please fell free to contact me, [email protected] if you’d like. I could certainly appreciate someone who understands what I’m going through.

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  48. Ana

    Hello my name is Ana, I got my implants 25 years ago and now they’ve been removed for a year and now I’ve been diagnosed with liver disease. I’ve gone to several doctors and they’ all keep coming to the same conclusion to the fact that Silicone is in bedded in my liver and they cannot remove it! They can’t even treat me until I go through a lot of tests.
    The scariest was a liver biopsy. I’m at my wits end!

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  49. Sarah

    I explanted on January 2, 2019 and I felt great for the first two weeks or so. It’s now April 2019 and it seems as though my symptoms are returning full force since March- mainly the breathing issues, visual disturbances and anxiety. I hope this will eventually go away, because I’m starting to wonder whether I even had BII, and if I’m simply crazy. At times, I even feel like throwing in the towel until I see my three children…

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      1. Sarah

        Thank you for your response. It’s over three months since I wrote on here last, and I’m feeling so much better. It took time, but with clean eating, support from my family and strong determination I feel like my old self again. It’s a nice feeling

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  50. Jade

    I am 2wks 2days post surgery.
    I feel good, most of the extreme symptoms were gone once I woke up from surgery, although last night, and the past week, I have troubling falling asleep, but are very tired, I am waking up between 2.45-5.30am, I can not sleep in, and if I wake up, I can’t get back to sleep. It feels like insomnia. Will this eventually subside? Should I go to the doctors for further testing?

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  51. Kristen

    I am 5 days post explant and tonight my depression and anxiety have been horrendous. My skin does this weird burning sensation thing from the inside out and sudden feeling of doom etc…. I have been feeling decent up until tonight. It only seems to come at night…. could this be a detox

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kristen,
      It is likely detox of anesthetic, pain medication, toxins stirred up do to surgery and also may be flareup of fungal if you are taking antibiotics. Eat lightly and very cleanly and rest as much as you can.

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  52. Kathy Daly Molyneux

    I have just learned of BII and am consulting with 2 PS’s on the recommended list. I’m feeling overwhelmed by the testing and detox process. When should the testing (hair analysis, bloodwork, tests for bacteria, fungus, mold, etc) be done? After explant? I walk A LOT everyday (my joints can’t tolerate anything else), I eat healthy, but just feeling overwhelmed by all the above info. Honestly, I never knew a lot of what I just read – from BII, mercury, other metal toxicity, etc. Any recommendations for a few simple things to start with would be much appreciated

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kathy,
      After a proper explant, the most key aspect of detox and healing is simply a good, clean, nutritious diet based around protein, healthy oils and lots of veggies and some fruit. That will assist the body to detox and heal.

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  53. Katie

    Thank you for all this information! I would have never known about all this. I’ve always had GI problems even prior to getting my implants, but after implants i had pelvic floor dysfunction, fungal problems, and then all of a sudden I had severe POTS symptoms, adrenal symptoms, food intolerances, GI symptoms. I had my explant in January and felt pretty good. Everything was well controlled but about 7 weeks after explant I had a “panic attack” on a plane ride right while ascending. I think the elevation change triggered something with my blood pressure. Ever since then my blood pressure has been extremely low and am having these weird “body panics.” I’m also having the random throat tightening with and without eating, swollen salivary gland, having trouble driving. Doctors think I have sjogren’s but my blood work always comes out fine. I was eating a vegan diet prior to this and have started adding meat back in worried i may have a b12 or zinc deficiency despite taking supplementation including methyl b’s, but i’m getting so depressed and anxious and have a feeling of doom. Continued low blood pressure, waking up at night with low blood pressure and low pulse.

    I saw on other posts you mentioned checking thyroid and yeast. If you have any other ideas please feel free to email me. I’m so discouraged, but I felt good before I know I can again 🙂

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  54. Cindy Gatto

    Hi. I have a consult scheduled with Dr. Stanwix on 4/23. I have an appointment with a dentist next week for a consult on getting my mercury fillings replaced.
    Would it be best to wait until after my explant surgery to have the mercury fillings removed or would it be alright to do it before?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cindy,
      I waited until six months after my explant to have my eight mercury fillings removed and I suggest you wait. You want to be through much of your healing before you initiate mercury detox by removing your mercury fillings.

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  55. Mary C . DeMott

    I have suffered the severe fungal infection after removal of silicon saline textured implants. My pathology report told me I was allergic to the silicone implants but the pathologist informed me he had never seen that diagnosis before. Definitely had fungus as the report stated that the implants were grey in color in spots. I also developed Hypogammaglobulinemia eight years after implants were in my body. Both implants were leaking as by the weight. So discouraged as I have no answers and still sick.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mary,
      You have to treat the fungus. Some of us have to take strong antifungals for a month or two and then revert to natural antifungals and always eat an antifungal / low mycotoxin diet and eventually over time our body gets rid of the fungus.

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  56. Cyndi

    Hi, I had my explant surgery yesterday morning. I was just wondering if I can start taking my herbs and vitamins now. Or should I wait because it could cause bleeding. My right implant and capsule came out easy but the left implant and capsule was a challenge. Eventually my surgeon was able to get all of it and the left capsule out. I’m just afraid of internal bleeding. Thank you!

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  57. Bonnie Falkowski

    I just had explant surgery/double masectomy on Feb. 21, 2019. Both had ruptured and silicone poured out of me, along with a great deal of blood which made it difficult for me to breath. Especially in light of the contractural constriction (don’t know if I spelled that right. It was the massive scar tissue tgat was acting like a vice grip in my chest making it even harder to breath.)

    I am finally able to breath again although I still have to sleep sitting up in my pillow barricade. I am extremely emotional and overwhelmed beyond words. I am also scared the silicone could have gotten into my lungs, liver, kidneys and/or brain. I read this could happen. What kind of test do I need to have do to find out. I had my implants for 30 years and the surgeon suspects the right one has been completely ruptured for over a year and the other one 4-6 months. What do I do to find out and detox my body properly.

    I live in Palm Desert, Ca and would love to talk with someone who has gone through all of this and who has had the DIEP breast reconstruction. The damagento my chest cavity was severe so I was told I will have to wait for at least a year before I can entertain doing reconstructive surgey. Any suggestion on how to assist my body in completely healing and in safe reconstruction without implants? Thank you for any help or advise you might have for me. Blessings and God’s mighty hand of healing on all of us who are trying to regain our health.

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  58. Danielle

    I had a bi lateral masectomy in 2013. On 3/8/19 I finally had my silicone implants removed. Can you please help me and tell me what I should be doing at this stage, one week post op. Thank you so much!

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  59. M Carol Clifton DeMott

    I developed hypogammaglobulinemia 8 years after John Tibbets textured silicone saline breast implants. I also developed fungal sinus , 4 surgeries, IBS, arthritis. Removed breast implants on 2/08/19. Pathology shows allergic to silicone. Been extremely sick since removed. I also have MGUS.

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  60. karen azalia

    Hi, I’m from the city of Oaxaca in Mexico, I did not find any surgeons on the website, can I explant them to the same surgeon who did the surgery? I have 6 years with them, I have already had two surgeries because the first ones were huge and I made them smaller.
    help, god bless you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karen,
      If your implanting surgeon does proper En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explants then, yes, you can use him for explant. Whoever you choose make sure the suregon is committed to removing all the capsule tissue and removing the implants in a way that protects you from contamination.

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  61. Jade

    Hi Ladies and Admin,

    In 2011 I opted for breast implants, mentor in brand, gel.

    2019, today, I have quite extreme symptoms of BII, to the point where I can’t remember what day it is.

    My explant is booked with a surgeon I found from this website, 8 April 2019.

    In the meantime, I’m finding it hard to function but trudging along because the culprit has been identified!

    I am concerned the wait time is doing me more harm than good, unfortunately the process can’t speed up and I just have to patient.

    Does anyone have any experience in how you cope during the waiting period to explant?

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    1. Tami

      I had to wait 8 months for my surgery date 3/13/2019. Every day I would read everyone’s posts. For me it was really important to focus on healing my body through positive thoughts. Don’t go to the scary side of this illness from all the new reports regarding breast implant illness. You will get better, you are taking charge of your health by explanting. My aches and pains are gone, however I still have a few issues with my vision. It is really important to listen to your surgeon post op. I used my arms to much and had a small bleed the day of my surgery. I was really emotional the first week, but I was staying in a hotel for a week! At three weeks life is really good, I didn’t drive for two weeks and I am very careful with my arms. The month before my surgery, I didn’t have much energy either. I would wake up in the morning with my shoulders hurting, really bad muscle spasms at night. During the night I would also wake up with a racing heart like a panic attach. My hands were so dry that the skin cracked open. The day after my surgery my hands were soft and have not had any more issues. Take each day with baby steps knowing you will get better. Regaining our health is our only option for healing our bodies. I also liked to read Nicole’s Detoxification pages, it helped me focus on healing rather than being ill. Your explant day will be here before you know it. Be proud for taking the step to remove your implants. I am so thankful that I explanted.

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      1. Jade

        Thank you so much Tami 💓
        Now I have explanted, surgery date was gratefully moved to 22 March. I am feeling so much better, although still quite fatigued and achy. Definitely baby steps from here. It’s quite hard, because I feel ready to rock n roll, although my body is still wishing to take more time to recover. We really need (the body and I). What a journey it’s been.

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  62. Angie

    I just want to give Thanks to God for your life❤️
    For allow Him to use you in this powerful way: THANK YOU!!!
    You really got this down! and I know only God could have guided you to find this precious hidden truth : he did the same with me: only that this was the last piece of the puzzle I was missing 🙏🏼

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Read and learn more about MTHFR here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/resources/. To sum it up, MTHFR, depending on what genetic variants you have is about taking b vitamins in their most natural form because you have problem breaking them down and will be very depleted and its also about keeping inflammation low in your body.

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  63. Julie Wallace

    I am waiting for explant. Surgeons are booked so far out! I have many issues with 23 year Old silicone implants. Too many to list. While I am waiting for explant I want to detox the metals that I know are in my system. Could I not use the infrared sauna to help with this or could that damage me even further? I do plan to do your detox protocol once I am free But I would like to detox before hand. Also, I am so afraid the surgeon will not explant because I am so sick with inner minute fevers and fatigue. Thank you for all your doing

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie,
      Please do not sauna prior to explant and then wait until your incisions are completely healed. Detoxing prior to explanting is not really possible, the best thing you can do is to eat a organic, wholefoods diet that is antifungal/low mycotoxin or the AutoImmune Protocol diet if you have a lot of autoimmune symptoms. These diets help us to feel much better by not feeding the fungal overgrowth that occurs in most of us and also removing foods that are inflammatory to the gut and body.

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      1. Lanie MacHugh

        You read my mind!! I was about to ask that. I’m not getting mine out until June. So thanks! 🙂

        Also looking to see what you think. ..
        The other day I had a salad that had blue cheese in it. Started to have a allergic reaction it my mouth. Like bad. I have never had food allergies but I recognized the symptoms because my son has a nut allergy and just described the same feelings. I hate eating blue cheese so it has been years since the last time I had it..but I Never Reacted to it…I’m thinking /pondering. If I have an overgrowth of mold from my saline implants. Could that have been a reaction to having more mold than my body could take? .

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Lanie,
          Yes, likely your body was reacting to the mold in the Blue Cheese dressing because it’s an issue in your body.

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    2. Kathi

      I got a surgeon and once Ins approved the surgery it only took a week for an appointment. My MRI was not accurate and I ended up with an implant that looked exploded and had silicone every where. I would try to get them removed as soon as possible.

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  64. Leslie

    Hello! I have had breast implants since I was 26 and now I am 43. After the birth of my second child in 2011 I became very ill. Horrible gut issues and in the end all GI said was that maybe I had developed a gluten intolerance. During that time I also developed hyperthyroidism. Over the past 7 years I have been plagued with numerous illnesses. I am allergic to mold, dust, most trees and most grasses. I just had food allergy/sensitivity testing and I am allergic to cows milk, oranges and bananas. Sensitive to gluten wheat, sesame, soy etc! I now suffer from hypothyroidism and a low IgG of 500. My last ANA was negative so my doctors are at a loss. I also have chronic candida despite my diet. I am at a loss.

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      1. lisa

        Hi Ive already had a rupture back in 83. Im sick and still have old 1982 silicon implants. Cant afford to explant.

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        1. Kathi

          Do you have insurance? Some insurance companies pay for explant. Also there is a credit card specific to medical procedures.

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    1. Kathi

      My surgeon explained to me that a lot of tests done come back normal even though you are ill from the implants. If you read stories of woman that have gotten really sick that doctors could never really pin point the cause. I truly believe the implants are toxic.

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  65. Misa

    The Gerson Therapy diet recommends coffee enemas. I am confused by this. If caffeine is to be avoided, why would you put it in an enema?
    Also, are there any cookbooks that you would recommend? I get the gist of how I should eat but I love a good cookbook on paper! Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Misa,
      According to Gerson Therapy, coffee in the digestive tract causes inflammation but coffee in the colon stimulates production of glutathione by up to 1600 percent which is what detoxes you. Gerson Therapy is a just a suggestion, like the other suggested diets but if you are interested in it, we suggest buying the Gerson books which will contain recipes too.

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  66. Catherine Wilkinson

    THANK YOU so very much for all this information….and I’m in tears as I read other comments…I have felt so alone trying to deal with post removal symptoms. I am beginning the journey back to health, and it’s so helpful to have such a great resource and reading other ladies’ struggles and experiences. Let’s all stay positive and encouraging, because it IS a lonely journey, and at times, I blame myself for it all. I know that’s not true, but, dang…..

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  67. Georgie

    Hi Jordan,
    I had silicone implants in 2004 and was diagnosed with RA in 2015, only now am I making the connection thanks to amazing sites such as this. I’m now considering explants, how are your RA symptoms now?
    Many thanks

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  68. Cathy Shea

    This is very thorough and yet, colonics are not mentioned. Also extremely important to help reduce toxic load…especially in the liver. Thank you!

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  69. Bette Davis

    I had my 28 year old implants removed on Nov. 13, 2018.. I started working with a Nutritional Counselor a couple weeks ago. I have been doing a food elimination diet. ie. no sugar, grains, gluten, only eating organic and grass fed, etc. Now I have started Intermittent fasting. After a fast, I have diarrhea about half an hour after I start eating… lasting about four or five visits to the bathroom within about 15 min to half an hour apart. Sorry for being graphic.. but, the last couple times I see a lot of yellow color. I do not have a gall bladder. I am hoping that this process is DETOXING… I am hoping this yellow color is not bile ,. Do you think this is part of the detoxing and it will get better if I continue.? I am trying to heal my gut … which has been very sensitive for the past 15 years. I have not eaten gluten and dairy and that seems to keep it somewhat under control. but that is my symptom… I just cannot get to the bathroom quick enough… if I eat an irritant. Thank you for any insight you may have. !! I will do this if that is what it takes. I am committed to doing whatever to heal my gut.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bette,
      This can be detox symptoms and I would keep doing what you are doing because it seems to be cleaning you out. Over years our gut lining can buildup and be this mucoid plaque and cleansing and fasting can start kicking it out and that is a very good thing.

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    1. admin Post author

      There are several good website to upload your raw data from 23andme too. I uploaded to Geneticgenie for a small donation and Nutrahacker and ordered two reports. Selfdecode is supposed to be good too. Google which are the best genetic data reading sites and explore them.

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  70. Elle

    Hi. I have a consult to have my saline implants out this month. Im really scared and not sure how to pick a doctor. Is there a capsule if you have saline implants? That might be a stupid question but I don’t know much about this I just have this burning desire to get these things out of me.

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    1. Chasta

      Yes, there is a capsule with saline implants. I just had my explant this past Monday, February 25, 2019 (I had saline implants). I had mine in for 19 years. Auto-immune palendromic rheumatitis flare ups, very painful, depression, extreme fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, joint pain…pretty much a train wreck with about 75% of the symptoms listed on this site.
      So it’s been a little over 48 hours since my surgery and I am already starting to feel better. People that don’t know I had surgery are telling me I look better, I don’t look as swollen, my coloring is better. Don’t wait another day. Just find a dr that will do the explant and remove the capsule. I think all will recommend to remove the capsule as well, or I would find another one. The doctor I went to is not on this list but I am very pleased. Insurance would not pay. Cost was $4,600 total with anesthesia.
      I feel like I have been given a second chance at life. I’m so grateful for this site. I have been sick for so long. Could barely get out of bed some days. Been to multiple doctors over the years pretty much demanding that something had to be wrong with my thyroid. I’m 42 and I felt 80 some days.
      Good luck to you. Let me know if you have any questions or need any help:)

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      1. Denise

        Chasta,
        I just read your message and curious how you are feeling now and if your symptoms continue to improve? I also have 19 year old saline implants and hoping for removal soon. My symptoms are similar and I’m hoping for reversal after surgery. Would like to connect with you via email if you’re open to it.

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  71. Melissa

    Hi I got tested for b12 and I was good but I feel so tired and sluggish I removed my implants 2 months ago. My symptoms are tiredness, depression, poor balance. I pretty much have a lot of symptoms of b12 deficiency can I still drink b 12 if my blood test came normal.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Its not uncommon for your B12 to come back in the normal range or even high when you have problems breaking it down. When you can’t break B12 high it stays circulating in your blood stream and is not able to enter your cells where it is useful and really needed and so you will have symptoms despite your B12 levels. Research MTHFR and the various tests used to properly check B12 levels. Also ensure you do not have fungal overgrowth such as yeast/Candida overgrowth which many of us do have or another infection of some kind. Check your thyroid and adrenals too.

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  72. Kasia Machalinski

    Hi
    I had my breast implants removed after ten years of having them. I had no issues whatsoever – I didn’t even know they raptured.
    I am full of energy, healthy, climbing, dancing and hiking.
    Now I am experiencing severe pain due to my tender lymph nodes on the right side after the surgery.
    I did not even know the silicon leaked to my lymph nodes.

    How can I remove the silicon from my lymph nodes without removing lymph nodes?
    How can I heal my body?
    It is shocking to find out that I have silicone in my lymph nodes! I am absolutely devasted.

    Kasia

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Kasia,
      When you removed your implants, did you remove all the capsule tissue as well? Not removing capsule tissue will stall or prevent full recovery and symptoms will arise. If you did have a proper explant and all the capsule tissue was removed, your body may be just detoxing silicone from your breast area which it does over many months and even up to a few years. After my proper explant, my breast lymph still detoxed at two years post. It takes time for these toxic silicone chemicals to be removed from our body. If you do have left over silicone and it has gathered at a lymph node, you will want to carefully check that it is silicone in your lymph node by isolation and testing using needle aspiration and testing for silicone. You want to avoid removing a lymph node unless you have to.

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  73. Cindy

    Hello. I’ve been so sick because of my implants. I’m in and out of hospitals. I explanted Dec17. I need to detox. Can you give me some advice? I’m so bad at this stuff! Thank you so much.

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  74. Andrea

    Hi, thank you for all of the insight. Such a wealth of knowledge for woman, like myself, who are embarking on their explant journey. I’m curious which detoxing methods I can incorporate pre op? I feel super depleted & I know I’m not absorbing nutrients because of the toxic overload. Any tips? Thoughts on IV chelation and/or zeolites before explant?

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  75. melissa

    Hi I just wanted to ask what you think of IV therapy for detox. And did you ever get to try low level light therapy.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      IV therapy can be very helpful to replenish low nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and even glutathione which is our master detox molecule. The only caveat I have about them is that some are sensitive to the high concentrations of vitamin C in some of the IV’s and they can mess with your kidney. Try one and see how it makes you feel.

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  76. Kathi

    Up date in my tests. Mammogram of breast no contrast shows rupture in the right implant. I have no symptoms in the right all my symptoms are in the left. Odd. No mention of contractures. Very short and sweet. The US and Diagnostic Mammogram showed normal with calcification areas in the breast tissue. The picture I saw with the tech was an irregular shaped right implant with a herniated area. No mention of that and they recommended I continue with my yearly mammograms😱😱😱🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️. I follow up with the surgeon tomorrow. Wishing the left one was the one ruptured because it is the one with symptoms. That would have made sense.

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  77. Carol McAllister

    Hi Nicole, I’ve contacted you before via e-mail so you may remember me. I am explanting Dec 27 with Dr Jed Bindrup in Draper, UT at Altaview Hispital. My insurance is covering some of it because my mammo shows that I have bilateral ruptures, which is good that they will pay for some I suppose but I wouldn’t be in this predicament if the ps would have been up front!! He is now retired and I don’t know how I can get any of my records. I am soon to be 63, actually on Dec 28, a day after my explant…the very best gift I could ask for. In 1994 I started with saline but one ruptured so in 1997 my ps said silicone implants were released back onto the market and so trustingly I had them put in…these are the same ones I have in now, under the muscle!! Never was I told anything about the toxicity, cutting my pectoral muscle or needing to have them changed out! Like all of us I thought they were completely safe!! My problem is the detox program, I am completely and utterly overwhelmed with it!! Can you possibly help me get a handle on all of the information given!! Any help would be appreciated!! Oh and I have many of the symptoms that many of us have🙁. Thank-you for all you do for myself and the rest of us.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Carol,
      In regard to detox if you just concentrate on good, nutritious diet that cuts out inflammatory foods such as sugars, dairy and grains and gut healing protocols you such as bone broth, collagen and probitoics your detoxification will unfold seemlessly.

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    2. Mariah

      Hey Carol!
      I just happened to see your comment as I was reading through the detox page. I explanted with Dr. Jed Bindrup on Dec 19th! He is an extremely talented surgeon, and does a lot of these surgeries. You’re lucky your insurance is covering some of it.. mine wouldn’t so I had my surgery in his surgical center. I’m still recovering.. but all seemed to go well! Good luck tomorrow!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Removal of bilateral capsules means capsulectomy on both sides. En Bloc is a manner of removing capsules and implants where the surgeon leaves the capsule intact on the implant and dissects around the intact capsule and removes both implant and capsule undisturbed so the contents of the capsule do not contaminate the breast/chest cavity. Please read more here: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explantation/.

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  78. Tina

    Could my silicone implants cause dystonia?I remember my muscle under my right implant moving and then it went into my right arm over 3 years.I’m wanting to get them out!!

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      1. melissa

        My question is i had breast implants in august 2016 and removed them in december 2016 because i got so depressed because they were too big but they did not removed the capsule,but in august 2017 i got them again but smaller and i stared feeling again depressed,acne,anxiety attacks and more symptoms so i decided to removed them 10 days ago i had my surgery but with another doctor and the correct way with the capsule.I asked the doctor what happens to the other old capsule and she said it get stuck with new one is this true?she said everything looked fine no mold no rupture i also saw the pictures and they look good. Im worried about my old capsule.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hi Melissa,
          Get a copy of your explant operative report and read what your surgeon did. It sounds like she removed all the capsule tissue but confirm with her that she did in fact remove all the capsule tissue.

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          1. melissa

            Hi again I did see the capsule intact with the implant but I will still ask for the operative report. I also wanted to ask Im going to get braces in two months do you think they could be toxic for my body with mercury. I just want to be safe I dont want to put more toxic in my body. THANKS!!!!!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shannon,
      Supplements are different in each country, just research them well and buy the purest versions you can find. Pay attention to fillers such as silicon dioxide, you do not want that.

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  79. MARIA MORALES

    My name is Maria Morales,, My nightmare with implants started in January 2007 when I put some implants in my breast due a birth defect I started to feel pain when I lay down,, due a little hole,, I went to a mastology here where I live in Lima Peru ,, and I only found till now ,, BUTCHERS and only people that are well recognized in USA but here they do bad practices,, well I put my first implants in January 2007,, right after I started to feel fibrosis ,, well I had some ultrasonid terapy and also hiperbaric camera ,, after some months I started to recover,, then in 2014 I started again to feel the pain due the hole ,, so I went again to another plastic surgeon to change those,,and in 2015 he did to me 3 surgeries in one year, he put on me mentor, silimed bigger size than the ones I asked ,, it was a nightmare,, since that time my life changed,, I had fevers , pain , as something was wrong,, I asked to have a witness during my surgery and she saw that one implant was broken,, the surgeon cleaned but it was not enough,, and well in 2017 after a long suffer I decided to go with another,, and he put me other ones , but it didnt work neither,, and he was so negligent that he never told me that inside there were broken,, I spent the whole year so depressed and couldnt work,, finally I started this year 2018 to feel fevers and found a little tumor under my axilia,so I did a biopsia and the result was dead fat ,, and necrosis,, I did MRI and they found rupture intra and extra capsular,, so I found other plastic surgeon who decided to open me and after 6 hours he took me out the implants as well as the capsule,, but it seems that according with a last MRI I still have siliconomas and are free in my breast now,, so my feelings now are like is burning inside and pain, he sent to terapy of pain,, but nothing,,, SO PLEASE HELP ME !!!

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  80. Amy Raby

    I’m scheduled next week for explant but extremely nervous about how my body will handle surgery. I was diagnosed with neuropathy 3 years ago and in just the past 6 months it has progressed quickly. I have nerve pain all over but mostly in legs and feet. Has anyone with neuropathy had surgery and how did you do? My neuropathy flares easily and tends to progress quickly just lately. I don’t want my mobility to be affected. Surgery is traumatic to the body and concerned how it will affect my nerves. Oral surgery a few months ago seemed to really cause more nerve pain all over. I would suggest to anyone needing oral surgery to wait until after implants are removed. Also, with mthfr, my detoxing is limited greatly. Attempting to detox over past couple years has harmed my health. Does detoxing ability seem to improve soon after implants are out? So many unknowns have brought me so much stress.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Amy,
      Yes detoxing does work better after your breast implants are removed due to lower inflammation.

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  81. Heather

    Wow thank you! I got silicone implants in 2007 and removed in 2013. Im no better. I tried detoxing with supplements. I could do better with my diet….I stopped searching implant illness and healing. There’s so much information and I just got overwhelmed. It has been years since I’ve truly looked into anything. I thank you for all this information, but just as much you seem so calm and caring. I feel the Lord led me to your page.

    Thank you,
    Heather

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  82. Debea

    I’m so overwhelmed and confused by everything I just read. I can’t afford a naturopath and you are correct, medical doctors don’t help with any of this. Are there places that have classes on stuff like this?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Debea,
      It’s really quite simple, after a proper En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant just eat an organic diet centered around some fruit, lots of vegetables both raw and cooked and high quality protein.

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  83. Debbie

    Hello – I am 5 weeks post explant after finding your site. For many years I tried many different doctors, specialists and homeopaths, and many different therapies and had absolutely no relief from my steadily declining health.
    Both my implants were ruptured and removed in pieces – very little silicone left in them. Immediately after the explant the swelling in my face (especially around the eyes) completely vanished. I am battling with the detoxing and recovery from the surgery, but generally already feeling so much better. Eyesight is better, brain fog significantly better, pain in neck and shoulders much better.
    I am really excited about the recovery ahead of me. So grateful to have found your information.
    Debbie

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    1. melissa privett

      Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry to hear that but am so very glad that you have had the explant. I am in the same boat with silicone implants that have ruptured. I have no idea how long its been this way but my health has declined for the past couple of years. I wonder who did your explant and if you had any other serious side effects from the silicone leaking into your body? What about the lymphoma that I am hearing everyone talk about?? I’m really scared at this point and just need someone to help with the feelings I’m experiencing and give me guidance on where to turn for help.

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      1. Judy

        Hi Melissa,
        I just had an explant 5 weeks ago. I feel so much better. I was also very scared, my chest had burning sensations, and I had terrible back pain in between my shoulder blades and up to my neck. I panicked and wanted them out as fast as possible. I didn’t know about this site and went to a local doctor. There’s a list of doctors that do enbloc/ total capsulectomy. You should use one of these doctors! https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/
        One of mine was ruptured, but the surgeon did a video of the other, and even though it wasn’t ruptured, the silicone was bleeding through the shell. Mine are 30 years old (the old ones that were taken off the market), and they use to make the shells really thin. I’ve asked doctors over the years if I should have them removed, and they’ve always told me they are fine! Good luck and choose one of the doctors listed on this site. You will have peace of mind that I don’t have, but I am feeling better! Also doctors that do this procedure repair the muscle if your had your implants placed under the muscle. My muscles weren’t repaired.

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  84. Susan Lee

    I had breast implant on 2007. And had a diagnosis Rheumatoid Arthritis July 2018.
    I just had bilateral capsulectomy Nov 12th just one week ago.
    I have been so much in pain. But I am sure I will get inn better and better.
    Thank you so much all information.
    Susan.

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    1. Georgie

      Hi Susan,
      I had silicone implants in 2004 and was diagnosed with RA in 2015, only now am I making the connection thanks to amazing sites such as this. I’m now considering explants, how are your RA symptoms now?
      Many thanks

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  85. Lynn Davenport

    Thanks for the great info. I still have my implants – have explant surgery scheduled- can’t wait to get them out!
    I’ve been using functional, natural medicine alternative medicine for almost 30 years and I must tell you – you’ve done an amazing job of sharing really great information directly, well organized and concise! I have no doubt if I didn’t practice most of these recommendations i would be so much worse then I am now! I’m a believer!
    Thank you! 💕Lynn Davenport

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  86. Janet

    Hi. Due to a self diagnosed (with Dr. Google’s assistance since medical doctors mis-diagnose, or don’t care) auto-immume disease I have been detoxing and trying to get things working correctly again. I realize that my body won’t be able to totally heal and detox until after my implants are explanted. I’m currently searching for the right surgeon for an initial consult. My question is should I continue to detox or wait until after the explant surgery? I’m trying to get rid of oral candida, pathogenic bacteria in my colon, and heal leaky gut. Plus I have multiple environmental sensitivities, and histamine reactions to food.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janet,
      It is safe to work on detoxing such as gut healing protocols and minimizing fungal/bacterial infections prior to explant.

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  87. Nicole

    Hello. You stated to “avoid saunas if you have implants and or mercury fillings.” I just received implants and I still have some mercury fillings left (gradually getting them removed). I have a portable far infrared sauna that I love and generally use daily (not now as breast recovers from surgery). Please explain why and provide any reference material.

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  88. San D

    Hello!
    I am a woman affected by a permanent contraceptive made of silicone called adiana permanent birth control almost 7 years ago. I have most of the symptoms, 4 months ago I had to have a hysterectomy, left my ovaries and after surgery I went to hospital and they found clots in my lungs. I am taking 20 mg Xarelto, I am desperate because I have no improvement in my symptoms on the contrary my main problem has worsened that all kinds of supplements cause me allergy I have more fatigue headaches inflammation throughout the body muscular pains nauceas weight gain and other symptoms more. I would like you to give me a suggestion to know what I can do to relieve my symptoms. I am doing exercises, I try to eat healthy and I drink tea to detoxify the body.
    Thanks for the info.

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  89. Rashmi Soto

    I just had my explant done and feel a lot better without those hard rocks in my chest. Now I am recovering stage I pray everything will heal well and no complications occur. Never again I would do this!

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  90. Enya amaya

    Hi, I’m a little overwhelmed about all the detox options you’ve listed. Do we have to do all of them? Are there a few must-dos that are affordable? Eating organic and GMO free every time is hard and I am already eating a plant based diet. Thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Enya,
      The detoxification guidelines are there to support you and they are in order of importance. So after a proper explant, right diet and gut healing protocols are the next most important steps. Just doing those steps will support your recovery and healing well.

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  91. Heather

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you are doing, Nicole! I think you can add my life to the list of those saved! I have been super ill for many years and now have an explant date for December 14th with Dr. Lu-Jean Feng. I have a lot of experience with detoxing over the past few years (was diagnosed with severe neuro-cardio-Lyme some 6 years ago). I have been seeing an energy healer here in Austria where I live since this time. She was trained under Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt (born and raised in Germany, but has lived in the U.S. for some 40 years) who is an expert in healing the most severe cases of Lyme, Autism and MS, for example. He has developed a very effective method of energy testing, similar to that of Kinisiology only more accurate. He talks a lot about the effective detoxification and how important it is to also deal with the accompanying emotional side, as these are why many people are not letting go of things like heavy metals and toxins. I have seen such amazing things through my exposure to this modality and can only encourage anyone going down this path to find a Klinghardt-trained ND or OD in the U.S. (there are many, although I do think they tend to be more concentrated in the PNW). Thank you again for all that you do! Truly an angel here on earth!

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  92. Deborah Smith

    I had implants put in when I was about 20-21 (1973-73). I nursed 3 babies for at least 5 months++ each. I don’t have very many health problems. My Mom had sjogrens & when I came up with dry eyes – I got myself check – & I came up as having it also. I don’t take anything for the sjogrens or have any other symptoms. When I went to a family DO Dr – he told me he thought I had the sjogrens because of the breast implants – but, I poopoo’d him (in my mind)…I had no symptoms. I got colitis in college (too much fried food). I don’t eat fried food & have no problems with the colitis. I got hypoglycemia when my kids were little. I quit eating white bread, etc (white anything) & I have no issues with the hypoglycemia. Most of my issues have been more mechanical. I’ve had both hips replaced (2016) (I had nothing between the joints – bone on bone). Which I’ve thought of reasons that could be from sjogrens (& or the implants). With the several years of being in pain from my hips (before the surgery) – I did NO (NONE) exercise (& I use to be a jogger & LOOOOOVE to run)…so I gained weight. I am VERY slowly losing the weight & I now walk for about an hour – almost every day. But, while having my physical, this year, (which I hadn’t been doing – not feeling like it was necessary since I didn’t feel bad)…I have a high TSH & TPO. My Dr didn’t want to put me on thyroid meds – since = no symptoms. I refused to have a tortilla press Mammogram & opted for a scan…the Dr came in after the tech did the scan & said the most implants leak but, we get lots of scar tissue that keeps it from bulging under my armpits, etc. He wanted me to still get a Mammogram (because just that scan doesn’t show much). From reading many of the articles & some of the comments below…after 45 yrs…I’m afraid to have them taken out…since many have had soooooo much trouble getting little amts left – causing continue problems. I don’t feel bad, at all… I guess my next step might should be – IS THERE ANY OTHER KIND OF SCAN, XRAY, ANYTHING…THAT WOULD SHOW, A BIT BETTER, INSIDE. The Dr wants it to check for cancer, etc. I would also like to see how bad is the leak, etc. Like with the Thyroid meds – my Dr is afraid if I take them – they might trigger my brain to have the symptoms… I don’t really have symptoms…scared to have the 45 yr old implants taken out. I am always working on improving my diet & staying on a Hashimoto’s diet & taking some of the Hashimoto supplements & exercising. Any other suggestions?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Deborah,
      You are one of those lucky ones that has a good long run with your implants for the last 45 years. With every passing year surgery or the thought of surgery will be harder to consider. We’ve had several ladies explant in their late 70’s and improve drastically like all the others. If I was you, I would get them out while you are still doing so well and will heal well. Seek an expert at explant and you will be in good hands for explanting. Here are the experts: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/

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