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Breast Implant Ingredients and Illness Symptoms

BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS SYMPTOMS

(Information shared with permission from http://healingbreastimplantillness.com)

WHAT ARE BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS AND SYMPTOMS OF SILICONE TOXICITY/POISONING

Breast implant illness is a period of sickness affecting the body caused by silicone or saline breast implants.  Symptoms of breast implant illness vary from body to body due to personal differences, the type of breast implants and the progression of the illness however it appears that a few symptoms show up a little earlier and more consistently such as fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), joint and muscle pain, hair loss and dryness throughout the body including organs and glands.  In my personal opinion, if you are experiencing fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, joint and muscle pain, hair loss and dryness throughout the body, it is your body indicating to you that the implants are causing illness and should be removed as soon as possible. Because breast implants affect most body systems, symptoms are widespread and can be related to toxicity, immune dysfunction/failure, auto-immune diseases, neurological symptoms, endocrine symptoms and metabolic symptoms.   Here is a longer list of some of the symptoms, but in no way complete, that have been associated with breast implants:

FATIGUE OR CHRONIC FATIGUE
COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION (BRAIN FOG, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, MEMORY LOSS)
MUSCLE PAIN AND WEAKNESS, JOINT PAIN
HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND HAIR
POOR SLEEP AND INSOMNIA
DRY EYES, DECLINE IN VISION, VISION DISTURBANCES
HYPO/HYPER THYROID SYMPTOMS
HYPO/HYPER ADRENAL SYMPTOMS
ESTROGEN/PROGESTERONE IMBALANCE OR DIMINISHING HORMONES
SLOW HEALING OF CUTS AND SCRAPES, EASY BRUISING
THROAT CLEARING, COUGH, DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING, CHOKING, REFLUX
VERTIGO
GASTROINTESTINAL AND DIGESTIVE ISSUES
FEVERS, NIGHT SWEATS, INTOLERANT TO HEAT
NEW AND PERSISTENT BACTERIAL AND VIRAL INFECTIONS
SLOW CLEARING OF COMMON COLDS AND FLUES
FUNGAL INFECTIONS, YEAST INFECTIONS, CANDIDA, SINUS INFECTIONS
SKIN RASHES
EAR RINGING
SUDDEN FOOD INTOLERANCE AND ALLERGIES
HEADACHES
SLOW MUSCLE RECOVERY AFTER ACTIVITY
HEART PALPITATIONS, CHANGES IN NORMAL HEART RATE OR HEART PAIN
SORE AND ACHING JOINTS OF SHOULDERS, HIPS, BACKBONE, HANDS AND FEET
SWOLLEN AND TENDER LYMPH NODES IN BREAST AREA, UNDERARM, THROAT, NECK, GROIN
BOUTS OF DEHYDRATION FOR NO REASON
FREQUENT URINATION
NUMBNESS/TINGLING SENSATIONS IN UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS
COLD AND DISCOLORED LIMBS, HANDS AND FEET
GENERAL CHEST DISCOMFORT SHORTNESS OF BREATH
PAIN AND OR BURNING SENSATION AROUND IMPLANT AND OR UNDERARM
LIVER AND KIDNEY DYSFUNCTION
CRAMPING
TOXIC SHOCK SYMPTOMS
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PANIC ATTACKS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF FIBROMYALGIA
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF LYME DISEASE
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS; RAYNAUD’S SYNDROME, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SCLERODERMA, LUPUS, NONSPECIFIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
SYMPTOMS OF OR DIAGNOSIS OF ALCL LYMPHOMA

Chemicals in breast implants

I am the type of person who likes to know more details. So I have listed below more details on each of the above chemicals inside the breast implants (all kinds: saline, silicone, gummy bear) I copied here a little about what the chemical is or where it is found/used and health reactions and toxins. For further details and citations please click on the name of the chemical. I compared these with my list of symptoms and found it very revealing as to what is causing which symptom. Until recently I had no idea all these chemicals were in implants, I assumed it was only silicone which as you will see below is one of the lower toxicity items.

Methyl ethyl ketone –  Neurotoxin. Also known as Butanone, can react with most oxidizing materials, and can produce fires.[5] It is moderately explosive; it requires only a small flame or spark to cause a vigorous reaction.  It is soluble in water and is commonly used as an industrial solvent. There is some evidence that methyl ethyl ketone can potentiate the toxicity of other solvents, in contrast to the calculation of mixed solvent exposures by simple addition of exposures.[12] As of 2010, some reviewers advised caution in using methylethyl ketone because of reports of neuropsychological effects. [13]

Cyclohexanone – Neurotoxin. A recent study of plastic tubing used in medical procedures that circulate blood outside the body suggests a link between this compound and decreased heart function, swelling, loss of taste and short term memory loss.[9]

Isopropyl alcohol – It is a colorless, flammable chemical compound with a strong odor. It will dissolve ethyl cellulose, polyvinyl butyral, many oils, alkaloids, gums and natural resins.[5] It is insoluble in salt solutions.  It has a slightly bitter taste, and is NOT SAFE TO DRINK. Isopropyl alcohol has been reported to form peroxides which may explode upon concentration.[23] Isopropyl alcohol is a skin irritant. Isopropyl alcohol and its metabolite, acetone, act as central nervous system (CNS) depressants.[24] Symptoms of isopropyl alcohol poisoning include flushing, headache,dizziness, CNS depression, nausea, vomiting, anesthesia, hypothermia, hypotension, shock, respiratory depression, and coma.[24] Poisoning can occur from ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption; therefore, well-ventilated areas and protective gloves are recommended.

Denatured alcohol – also called methylated spirits or denatured rectified spirit, is ethanol that has additives to make it poisonous, somewhat bad tasting, foul smelling or nauseating, to discourage recreational consumption. Denatured alcohol is used as a solvent and as fuel for alcohol burners and camping stoves. Denaturing alcohol does not chemically alter the ethanol molecule. Rather, the ethanol is mixed with other chemicals to form an undrinkable solution.

Acetone – may depress the central nervous system.  Acetone (systematically named propanone) is the organic compound with the formula (CH3)2CO.[12] It is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, and is the simplest ketone. Familiar household uses of acetone are as the active ingredient in nail polish remover and as paint thinner. Acetone has been studied extensively and is generally recognized to have low acute and chronic toxicity.

Urethane – Carcinogenic. There are 3 different urethanes that this may be click the link to see other toxic side effects depending on which type of Urethane it is.

Polyvinyl Chloride – Neurotoxin. Polyvinyl chloride, more correctly but unusually poly(vinyl chloride), commonly abbreviated PVC, is the third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer, after polyethylene and polypropylene. Degradation during service life. Since the mechanical integrity of a plastic depends on its high average molecular weight, wear and tear inevitably weakens the material. Weathering degradation of plastics results in their surface embrittlement and microcracking, yielding microparticles that continue on in the environment. Also known as microplastics, these particles act like sponges and soak up Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) around them. Thus laden with high levels of POPs, the microparticles are often ingested by organisms in the biosphere.

Amine – Low molecular weight amines, such as ethylamine, are toxic, and some are easily absorbed through the skin. Many higher molecular weight amines are, biologically, highly active.

Toluene – Neurotoxin and Carcinogen. Is a colorless, water-insoluble liquid with the smell associated with paint thinners and is a solvent. Inhalation of toluene in low to moderate levels can cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, drunken-type actions, memory loss, nausea, loss of appetite, and hearing and color vision loss. These symptoms usually disappear when exposure is stopped. Inhaling high levels of toluene in a short time may cause light-headedness, nausea, or sleepiness, unconsciousness – and even death.[24][25] Toluene is, however, much less toxic than benzene. (Even though it shows inhalation effects, since I experience these symptoms I would suggest from experience that these symptoms also appear through absorbtion.)

Dichloromethane – Carcinogen. This colorless, volatile liquid with a moderately sweet aroma is widely used as a solvent. DCM is the least toxic of the simple chlorohydrocarbons, but it is not without health risks, as its high volatility makes it an acute inhalation hazard.[16][17] It can also be absorbed through the skin.[1][13] Symptoms of acute overexposure to dichloromethane via inhalation include difficulty concentrating, dizziness, fatigue, nausea,headaches, numbness, weakness, and irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes. More severe consequences can include suffocation, loss of consciousness, coma, and death.[13][1] DCM is also metabolized by the body to carbon monoxide potentially leading to carbon monoxide poisoning.[18] Acute exposure by inhalation has resulted in optic neuropathy[19] and hepatitis.[20] Prolonged skin contact can result in DCM dissolving some of the fatty tissues in skin, resulting in skin irritation or chemical burns.[21] It may be carcinogenic, as it has been linked to cancer of the lungs, liver, and pancreas in laboratory animals.[22] Other animal studies showed breast cancer and salivary gland cancer. Research is not yet clear as to what levels may be carcinogenic.[13][1] DCM crosses the placenta. Fetal toxicity in women who are exposed to it during pregnancy, however, has not been proven.[23] In animal experiments, it was fetotoxic at doses that were maternally toxic but no teratogenic effects were seen.[22] In people with pre-existing heart problems, exposure to DCM can cause abnormal heart rhythms and/or heart attacks, sometimes without any other symptoms of overexposure.[13] People with existing liver, nervous system, or skin problems may worsen after exposure to methylene chloride.[8]

Chloromethane –  It was once widely used as a refrigerant. It is a colorless extremely flammable gas with a mildly sweet odor, which is, however, detected at possibly toxic levels. The most important use of chloromethane today is as a chemical intermediate in the production of silicone polymers. Exposure may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion and difficulty breathing, walking or speaking may occur. At higher concentrations, paralysis,seizures, and coma can result.

Ethyl Acetate – Neurotoxin. This colorless liquid has a characteristic sweet smell (similar to pear drops) and is used in glues, nail polish removers, decaffeinating tea and coffee, and cigarettes used as a solvent. Severe overexposure may cause weakness, drowsiness, & unconsciousness.

Silicone – Low toxicity. Perhaps this is why implants are promoted as if this is the only ingredient in them and a full disclosure of all the ingredients is not given.

Sodium Flouride -Thyroid disrupter, endocrine damage. Sodium fluoride is used as a stomach poison for plant-feeding insects. Fluorides, particularly aqueous solutions of sodium fluoride, are rapidly and quite extensively absorbed. Fluorides interfere with electron transport and calcium metabolism. Calcium is essential for maintaining cardiac membrane potentials and in regulating coagulation. Large ingestion of fluoride salts or hydrofluoric acid may result in fatal arrhythmias due to profound hypocalcemia. Chronic over-absorption can cause hardening of bones, calcification of ligaments, and buildup on teeth. Fluoride can cause irritation or corrosion to eyes, skin, and nasal membranes.[23] Sodium fluoride is classed as toxic by both inhalation (of dusts or aerosols) and ingestion.[24] In high enough doses, it has been shown to affect the heart and circulatory system.

Lead-based solderSeriously? Lead!?!  It is a neurotoxin and can pose other significant chronic health effects, such as reproductive problems, digestive problems, memory and concentration problems, muscle and joint pain. Gain more information from this Lead Soldering Safety Guidelines.

Formaldehyde – Carcinogen Formaldehyde is highly toxic to all animals, regardless of method of intake. Formaldehyde inhalation has also shown to cause oxidative stress and inflammation in animals. Formaldehyde inhalation changes the sensitivity of immune system, which influences oxidative stress. (I know these symptoms were showing for inhalation, but since these are some of the symptoms I have I thought it best to note these as well. Perhaps this is one of the chemicals causing my symptoms)

Talcum Powder – Possible carcinogen.

Methyl-2 cyanoacrylate – is an organic compound that contains several functional groups, a methyl ester, a nitrile, and analkene. It is a colorless liquid with low viscosity. Its chief use is as the main component of cyanoacrylate glues. Heating the polymer causes depolymerization of the cured MCA, producing gaseous products strongly irritant to lungs and eyes.

Oakite – Cleaning solvent.

Ethylene Oxide – Carcinogen. By itself is a very hazardous substance. At room temperature it is a flammable, carcinogenic, mutagenic, irritating, and anaesthetic gas, with a misleadingly pleasant aroma. Ethylene oxide is an alkylating agent; it has irritating, sensitizing and narcotic effects.[111] Chronic exposure to ethylene oxide is also mutagenic. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide into group 1, meaning it is a proven carcinogen. Ethylene oxide causes acute poisoning, accompanied by a variety of symptoms.[111] Central nervous system effects are frequently associated with human exposure to ethylene oxide in occupational settings. Headache, nausea and vomiting have been reported for more than fifty years. Peripheral neuropathy, impaired hand-eye coordination and memory loss have been reported.

Xylene – Neurotoxin. Xylene is a major petrochemical and is a slightly greasy, colorless liquid commonly encountered as a solvent. Exposure causes depression of the central nervous system (CNS), with symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. At an exposure of 100ppm, one may experience nausea or a headache. At an exposure between 200-500ppm, symptoms can include feeling “high,” dizziness, weakness, irritability, vomiting, slowed reaction time.[19] The side effects of exposure to low concentrations of xylene (<200ppm) are reversible and do not cause permanent damage. One report contained data that shows that long-term exposure to low levels of xylene led to a decrease in balance, coordination, and reaction times and in participants. [20] These are examples of how it affects the CNS. Long-term exposure may lead to headaches, irritability, depression, insomnia, agitation, extreme tiredness, tremors, impaired concentration and short-term memory.

Hexon – the hexon protein is a major coat protein found in Adenoviruses.

2-Hexanone – is a ketone used as a general solvent and in paints. It is a neurotoxin.

Thixon-OSN-2 – family of adhesives act as solvent-based, high performance rubber-to-metal bonding agents.

Stearic Acid –  is a saturated fatty acid 

Zinc Oxide –  is an inorganic compound with the formula ZnO. ZnO is a white powder that is insoluble in water, and it is widely used as an additive in numerous materials and products including rubbers, plastics, ceramics, glass, cement, lubricants,[5] paints, ointments, adhesives, sealants, pigments, foods, batteries, ferrites, fire retardants, and first-aid tapes. It occurs naturally as the mineral zincite, but most zinc oxide is produced synthetically.

Naphtha – Carcinogen. Rubber solvent. Flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures. Mixtures labelled naphtha have been produced from natural gas condensates, petroleum distillates, and the distillation of coal tar and peat. It is used differently in different industries and regions to refer to gross products like crude oil or refined products such as kerosene.

Phenol – Neurotoxin. was first extracted from coal tar, but today is produced on a large scale (about 7 billion kg/year) from petroleum. It is an important industrial commodity as a precursor to many materials and useful compounds.[6] It is primary used to synthesize plastics and related materials. Phenol and its chemical derivatives are essential for production of polycarbonates, epoxies, Bakelite, nylon,detergents, herbicides such as phenoxy herbicides, and numerous pharmaceutical drugs. The substance may cause harmful effects on the central nervous system and heart, resulting in dysrhythmia, seizures, and coma.[45] The kidneys may be affected as well. Long-term or repeated exposure of the substance may have harmful effects on the liver and kidneys. Phenol is also a reproductive toxin causing increased risk of abortion and low birth weight indicating retarded development in utero.

Benzene – Neurotoxin and carcinogen. It is a natural constituent of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals. Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell. Benzene production is processed into ethylbenzene, a precursor to styrene, which is used to make polymers and plastics like polystyrene and EPS. Benzene increases the risk of cancer and other illnesses. Benzene is a notorious cause of bone marrow failure. Substantial quantities of epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory data link benzene to aplastic anemia, acute leukemia, and bone marrow abnormalities. Benzene targets liver, kidney, lung, heart and the brain and can cause DNA strand breaks. Some women who inhaled high levels of benzene for many months had irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in the size of their ovaries. Benzene exposure has been linked directly to the neural birth defects spina bifida and anencephaly.[64]

Lacquer Thinner – is usually a mixture of solvents able to dissolve a number of different resins or plastics used in modern lacquer.

Epoxy Resin – Carcinogen. Exposure to epoxy resins can, over time, induce an allergic reaction. Allergic reaction is often visible in the form of dermatitis, particularly in areas where the exposure has been highest (commonly hands and forearms). Epoxy use is a main source of occupational asthma among users of plastics.[14] Bisphenol A, which is used to manufacture a common class of epoxy resins, is a known endocrine disruptor.

Epoxy Hardener 10 and 11 – Curing agents

Printing Ink –  ??

Metal cleaning acid –  ??

Color pigments –  ??

Heavy Metals:

                Aluminum – Some toxicity can be traced to deposition in bone and the central nervous system, which is particularly increased in patients with reduced renal function. Because aluminum competes with calcium for absorption. In very high doses, aluminium is associated with altered function of the blood–brain barrier.[89] A small percentage of people are allergic to aluminium and experience contact dermatitis, digestive disorders, vomiting or other symptoms upon contact or ingestion of products containing aluminium. Increases estrogen-related gene expression. Some studies, such as those on the PAQUID cohort,[102] cite aluminium exposure as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. 

                Platinum – Used as a catalyst in the manufacture of the silicone rubber and gel components of several types of medical implants (breast implants, joint replacement prosthetics, artificial lumbar discs, vascular access ports, etc.), the possibility that platinum could enter the body and cause adverse effects has merited study. Effects brain function, memory and concentration.

Silica – This is the stuff in the little bags that say don’t ingest poison in products as a preservative.