REPORT BREAST IMPLANTS
It is important that we report what breast implants have done to us to the FDA in the US at: Medwatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form and to Health Canada in Canada at: Health Product Complaint Process . It is also very important that we report what breast implants have done to our children. The organization Birth Defect Research for Children Inc. is collecting data on disabilities that may be related to breast implants through an ongoing research project titled The National Birth Defect Registry. To report go to http://www.birthdefects.org/. Please note the form does not have a specific category for breast implants, so Mothers are asked to enter information in the “Other Exposures Not Listed” at the end of the Maternal Exposure section.
BREAST IMPLANT ANALYSIS FOR FAILURE AND PROBLEMS AS MEDICAL DEVICES
If you would like your breast implants analyzed for identification of the manufacturer, implant failure and analysis and extensive details about how and why your implants caused symptoms and illness in your body that you may be able to use for legal purposes, please contact Dr. Pierre Blais who is the world’s foremost expert on breast implants as failed medical devices:
Dr. Pierre Blais
Innoval Failure Analysis
496 Westminister Avenue
Phone (613) 728-8688
Fax (613) 728-0687
Update: Dr. Blais is not accepting specimens at this time due to a backlog. No decision as yet as to when they will be accepting new specimens.
Dr. Blais has written several articles in regard to the failure of breast implants based on his analysis and findings during examining thousands of implants here: Articles By Dr. Pierre Blais
TESTING SALINE BREAST IMPLANTS FOR COLONIZATION BY MICROORGANISMS
If you would like the saline fluid in your implants tested for fungus or other microorganisms, Mycometrics and Real-Time Labs are two microbiology service laboratories specializing in the identification of fungi (molds), bacteria and viruses from the environment, food, pharmaceutical or biological products.
DR. DIANA ZUCKERMAN IS CONDUCTING LONGTERM STUDIES ON BREAST IMPLANTS AND LOBBYING FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR EXPLANT
If you live in the U.S. and have been affected negatively by breast implants and need help convincing your insurance to cover your explant, Dr. Diana Zuckerman would like to hear from you . Since 1990, Dr. Zuckerman has been working to warn women about the dangers of breast implants and is the only doctor collecting and presenting accurate statistics and research, as listed on the BREAST IMPLANT SAFETY Page of this site, evidencing the negative health consequences of breast implants.
Presently Dr. Zuckerman is working toward having explants covered by health insurance in the U.S. Please contact Dr. Diana Zuckerman at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please see this link about the ins and outs of insurance coverage: http://www.breastimplantinfo.org/insurance-coverage-for-breast-implant-removal/. Get a full copy of your insurance policy and read how you may be covered for explant. In general insurance may cover for rupture, capsular contracture, pain and infection. Some policies have exclusions and some may cover for other situations. The codes you need for claiming explant on your insurance are as follows:
Procedure Codes CPT:
19371 – 50 Periprosthetic capsulectomy breast, the 50 is the modifier for Bilateral
ProcedureDiagnostic Codes ICD10:
T85.49XA – Mechanical complication of breast prosthesis and implant
T85.79XA – Infection and inflammatory reaction due to other internal prosthetic devices, implants, grafts.
T85.84XA – Pain due to internal prosthetic devices, implants and grafts.
T85.44XA – Contracture of Breast Prosthesis
T85.43XA – Rupture of Breast Prosthesis
N64.81 – Breast Ptosis
N64.4 – Mastodynia
OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR EXPLANT
If you are from the US and have silicone breast implants and need fiancial assistance with explant, please contact The Explant Financial Assistance Program here: http://ict-dev.com/explantassistance/
EXPERTS ON BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS
Dr. Lu Jean Feng of Pepperpike, Ohio in the US is the world’s foremost explant surgeon with many educational video’s regarding proper En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explants and breast implant illness here: https://www.youtube.com/results?rearch_query=Dr.+Lu+Jean+Feng&page=&utm_source=opensearch and has also conducted clinical research and studies here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LevHwEIAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
Dr Arthur Brawer is a Rheumatologist and silicone toxicity expert and has carried out studies and written several papers on the toxicity of silicone and breast implants here:
Mechanisms of Breast Implant Toxicity (2017)
Autoinflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA) Syndrome is Misguided (2017)
Destiny rides again: the reappearance of silicone gel-filled breast implant toxicity (2017)
Bones, Groans, and Silicone (2012)
Amelioration of Systemic Disease after Removal of Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implants (2000)
Dr. Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld is another expert who published AutoImmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced By Adjuvants – ASIA Syndrome in regard to breast implants here: https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7015-11-118
Dr Michael Harbut has written about and petitioned the FDA in regard to dangers of platinum toxicity in breast implants here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-A5j6c5bTT-TERkb3IyRkRKVVE/view
Dr Frank Vasey is a Rheumatologist and has written about the dark side of silicone implants here: http://www.nyjsm.com/Medicine/Rheumatology/Silicone_Syndrome_Frank_Vasey_MD.cfm
HEAVY METALS TOXICITY FROM DENTAL AND BREAST IMPLANTS
If you feel you may be heavy metal poisoned from dental, fish, breast implants or another source please read Andy Cutler’s book: Amalgam Illness: Diagnoses and Treatment . It is an excellent read about detoxing mercury and other heavy metals safely using oral chelation.
Heavy metals in the body can be somewhat assessed from a Hair Test through Doctors Data in the US or Rocky Mountain Analytical in Canada. In addition to showing heavy metals, a hair test will also show your mineral status which is important to check for your health and some health patterns. Low minerals can cause heath problems in the body and breast implants and the heavy metals in breast implants can cause mineral derangement. If a Hair Test shows heavy metals toxicity, it is good to follow that up with a 24 hour provoked urine heavy metals test supervised by a chelation expert. I do not recommend IV chelation for breast implant illness rather if you are metal poisoned I suggest oral chelation following the Andy Cutler protocol as outlined in his book above. I chelated metals myself for two years following Andy Cutler’s oral chelation protocol.
PALEO AUTO-IMMUNE PROTOCOL DIET
If you have auto-immune symptoms, the Paleo Auto-immune Protocol Diet could be very helpful in minimizing your symptoms and modulating your immune system responses while healing and recovering. Information on the Paleo Auto-Immune Protocol Diet can be found here: https://www.thepaleomom.com/start-here/the-autoimmune-protocol/
MTHFR GENETIC DEFECT
In 2003 the Human Genome Project revealed an important gene to our detoxification, the MTHFR, is defective and mutated in many people. When it’s working correctly the MTHFR gene produces the MTHFR enzyme. The MTHFR enzyme works with folate vitamins (B9, folic acid), breaking down and converting to the amino acids homocysteine and methionine which is used by your body to make proteins, utilize antioxidants, and to assist your liver to process fats. Methionine helps with depression and inflammation. It also helps convert estradiol (E2) into estriol (E3). Methionine is converted in your liver into SAM-e, which is anti-inflammatory, supports your immune system, helps produce and breakdown your brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine and melatonin, and is involved in the growth, repair and maintenance of your cells. So a proper methylation pathway means you will be able to eliminate toxins and heavy metals easier than if it is defective and mutated.
When it is not working correctly the MTHFR gene only functions at 40% to 80% of its capacity which means you won’t break down toxins or heavy metals very well and you could find yourself accumulating toxins and heavy metals. The defective gene does not break down folate vitamins properly which can cause high homocysteine and homocysteine is poorly converted to glutathione which is your body’s master detoxifier and so you are more susceptible to toxin buildup.
How to treat it? You can’t change a defective gene but you can help it do its job better and minimize problems. Some find their folic acid lab test levels are high (it’s one of several folate vitamins) since a defect in the gene prevents your body from using it, it goes high. The recommended solution is avoid supplements and many processed foods with folic acid. Healthy foods that contain folate should be okay, as would be the active form of folate called methylfolate as a supplement, also called 5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). B12 might also be high, so patients tend to avoid the synthetic supplemental version of B12 called cyanocobalamin and instead favor the more useable methylcobalamin (methylB12), which will help break down those high levels. But the methylB12 will be used by your body in detoxing you from toxins, so you may need to start low to avoid detox side effects like fatigue, achiness, etc. Another good B-vitamin is the methyl version of B6, called P-5-P.
Dr. Ben Lynch feels that “repairing the digestive system and optimizing the flora should be one of the first steps in correcting methylation deficiency”, and that especially includes treating candida because of the toxins it releases, inhibiting proper methylation. Some experts recommend eating clean, such as Paleo or the GAPS diet. Avoiding exposure to toxins is important. Minerals play a key role in several enzymatic functions. Vitamin C helps reduce oxidants. Molybdenum (500 mcg) helps break down excess sulfates and sulfites
High copper and low zinc is a common finding when you have an MTHFR defect–a high level of copper, which will conversely mean your zinc levels will fall. And since the ratio of these two metals is highly important, correcting the problem is crucial, since high copper can be related to hyperactivity, depression, headaches, acne, frequent colds due to lowered immunity, sensitive skin and/or bruising, worsening hypothyroid, adrenal stress and more.
Here are some great resources about MTHFR:
2. Knowyourgentics.com by Dr. Amy Yasko where you can download her books and numerous information to learn how to support yourself with MTHFR and other SNP’s.
2. Video and talk by Dr. Ben Lynch, ND.