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The Hidden Causes of Breast Implant Illness?

Oct 11, 2022 | Blog

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Breast Implant Illness

Breast implant illness (BII) describes symptoms that women experience after they receive cosmetic breast augmentation or reconstructive breast surgery with implants. While there is not an official medical diagnosis, BII is often diagnosed by the process of elimination. If doctors can rule out other health conditions, they may conclude that a patient’s worsening and often mysterious symptoms are the direct, unwanted effects of their implants. Let’s take a deeper dive and answer the question: What are the HIDDEN causes Breast Implant Illness?

While not exactly understood, BII may be the body having an exaggerated AUTOIMMUNE or INFLAMMATORY reaction to the implant. Currently, the only treatment for BII involves implant REMOVAL and many people do see improvement in their symptoms afterwards. However, some do not so MORE HELP is needed.

There is good news.  The mystery of BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS can be solved if you know what symptoms to look for, what specialized laboratory tests are useful and what NEW technology is proven to address the TOXIC environment caused by the implants.

So, let’s examine the consequences of BII and how a safe, natural and science-based approach to detecting and correcting this form of TOXICITY can restore your health from a REAL problem that many doctors miss.


Are Breast Implants Considered Safe?

Since the 1960s, SILICONE and SALINE breast implants have become the most popular plastic surgery procedure for women. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is STILL the number one surgical procedure for them, ranking above nose, eyelid, tummy tuck or even liposuction surgery.

Unfortunately, surgeons often minimize the risks. Consequently, most women don’t realize that they may likely need to have their implants removed after a few years, and that breast implants may NOT be as safe as assumed.

This is despite the fact that official organizations warn that breast implants should not be regarded as lifetime devices.

According to the FDA the longer you have breast implants, the more likely it will be for you to have them removed. In addition, RISKS associated with BII are extensive, ranging from PHYSICAL DEFORMITY to TOXICITY.

Since implants are designed to be TEMPORARY, they degrade chemically and wear out over time, eventually LEAKING their contents, some of which are TOXIC (for silicone) or INFECTIVE (for saline).

As body tissue dies, these changes, termed NECROSIS –become a source of whole-body symptoms.

These compromised tissues are also prone to not only various types of BACTERIA, but also YEAST and MOLD.


How do implants contract these bacteria?

Although saline-filled implants (containing only salt and water) are presented as the safe option compared to silicon –– they are rarely hermetically sealed. As a result, they allow the body fluids of the user to penetrate, along with bacteria, yeast and molds. Therefore, decaying particles start to accumulate. When the shell eventually starts leaking into the user’s chest, these contaminated particles spread through the body.

Some doctors believe that given enough time, anyone who has breast implants will start to experience the symptoms of accelerated aging.

Eventually the implant site starts to abscess, and corrective surgery will be required.

So, while saline-filled implants are less likely to cause serious injury than those with silicone, there are STILL many women who have become ill because of them.


What are the signs or symptoms of breast implant illness?

Researchers don’t know the exact CAUSE or MECHANISM behind breast implant illness. But some researchers suspect that BII may be caused by:

  • AUTOIMMUNE or INFLAMMATORY reaction to the breast implant, such as SILICONE. (Discussed further on in this article)
  • Bacterial growth on the surface of the implant which causes INFECTION (biofilm infection).

BII is associated with a wide range of persistent, unrelenting health challenges. Here are some commonly reported PHYSICAL and MENTAL symptoms:

  • Autoimmune conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Hair loss and skin rashes
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue and headaches
  • Brain fog and poor concentration/memory
  • Anxiety, insomnia and depression


When Does Breast Implant Illness begin?

The symptoms of Breast Implant Illness can start immediately after surgery OR they may not present for many years.

In fact, symptoms can occur with ANY type of implant, for women OR men, because ANY implant has the potential to interfere with healthy tissue and normal body function.

It is worthwhile to be aware of OTHER names for Breast Implant Illness. These include:

  • SILICONE implant illness.
  • Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA).

Regarding ASIA

Since some women with BII symptoms are eventually diagnosed with an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE, researchers hypothesize that they are experiencing a whole-body, or SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATORY reaction.

In other words, they are having an IMMUNE REACTION to the materials, called ADJUVANTS, used in breast implants.

Regarding SILICON

It is important to note that Breast Implant Illness is NOT confined only to women with silicone implants. Many experience symptoms whether they have SILICONE-filled OR SALINE-filled implants.


How do you test for breast implant illness?

Since it is clinically NOT a medical diagnosis (at least not YET), there is currently no way to diagnose breast implant illness. As mentioned, doctors can only rule out other inflammatory conditions with similar symptoms, such as Lyme disease or MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (one of MANY autoimmune conditions), and remove the implants to see if this relieves symptoms for the patient.


What happens when breast implants are removed but not replaced?

If implants are removed without replacement, there is often a breast volume change, causing breast droopiness.

In addition, a lot of women experience what is called capsular contracture.

This occurs when the scar tissue around the implant (inside the body) gets tight and hard. This can make the breasts look ABNORMAL and cause chronic pain and HARDNESS.


What happens to breast implants when you’re old?

As you age, your skin’s COLLAGEN production slows, making our skin more prone to loosening and sagging.

Breasts with implants are more prone to sagging caused by the excess weight in the implant in addition to the natural effects of aging.

Over time, your breasts will begin to droop and lose their shape and fullness. Often women reevaluate their current implant size and choose to receive smaller implants during their revisional surgery.

Conversely, some women may choose to implant to a bigger size in order to fill out their breasts once their skin has stretched.


How is breast implant illness treated?

 Doctors usually treat breast implant illness only by the REMOVAL of the implant, known as EXPLANT surgery.

Many surgeons will offer to remove the SCAR TISSUE around the implants at the same time. They call this a capsulectomy. When the breast implant and capsule are removed as a unit, it’s called an EN BLOC CAPSULOTOMY.


While IMPLANT REMOVAL may partially take care of some symptoms…


Often the removal of the implants may or may NOT make the most bothersome symptoms associated with BII go away completely. 


What is the solution to LINGERING TOXICITY and persistent symptoms, even AFTER explant surgery?



 Normally, your immune system defends against the daily assault of all environmental chemicals, but ONLY WHEN it is working correctly and NOT being OVERWHELMED by the extremely high TOXIC BURDEN all around us.

Failure of your body’s natural ability to detoxify itself from toxins results in health issues.

Supporting the body’s ability to bind to and eliminate toxins is a key part of healing from Breast Implant Illness.

So, you MUST support your body’s natural detoxification and drainage systems.

New, emerging technology, designed to help remove TOXICITY and SUPPORT DRAINAGE systems (your body’s NATURAL ability to eliminate poisons from itself) are necessary to successfully recover from Breast Implant Illness.

Let’s examine this more closely…

How do I get rid of these toxins in my body?

Special agents that BIND toxins in the gut and in other tissues so they can be more easily excreted are required for this.

An excellent, natural REMEDY for BINDING environmental toxins is called Carbon Technology

Made of specially-selected and precisely-formulated extracts of fulvic and humic acids, Carbon Technology uses these natural substances to tightly BIND toxins to help remove them from your body via stools.

The fulvic and humic acids in Carbon Technology have advantages to binders like activated charcoal and bentonite clay, two common binders, discussed below.

One big advantage is that Carbon Technology can travel beyond the gut.

Also, fulvic and humic acid extracts are a good source of nutrition, including amino acids, phytochemicals and minerals.  This is good since cells damaged by pesticides and environmental chemicals NEED TO SELF-REPAIR.



In conclusion, Breast Implant Illness is difficult to diagnose and treat and impacts many body systems, including cardiovascular, immune and neurological.

So, if you’ve ever asked “What is my doctor missing?” and suspect that Breast Implant Illness may be a part of YOUR persistent, unresolved health challenges, do NOT give up. 


It’s important to work with an experienced practitioner with specialized knowledge who can recommend a science-backed action plan to DETECT AND CORRECT NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES and TOXICITY.

Taking you from DEFICIENCY TO SUFFICIENCY and from TOXICITY to PURITY will allow you to get back to looking, feeling and functioning at your best.