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Breast Implant Illness
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by Kathie Gonzales, ARNP-BC, St. Petersburg Health & Wellness

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the US despite its history of controversy. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported 313,000 women underwent breast augmentation surgery in 2018, 88% were silicone implants and 12% were saline implants, but both are enclosed in a silicone capsule.

Since 1964 there have been claims by women that their implants have made them systemically ill and autoimmune diseases.
In 1988 the FDA’s Advisory Panel was made aware of possible risks related to breast implants; including contractures, leakage, immune disorders, and cancer,

Studies of women documented autoimmune or connective tissue disorders in 22% of women and an increase in Sjogrens, Multiple sclerosis, and sarcoidosis in 60% of women with breast implants over a 20-year period of surveillance.

Treatment for breast implant illness starts with finding an experienced surgeon who will perform a full en bloc explant and capsulectomy. After the surgery drains will need to be in place for up to 14 days to remove fluids from the surgical site. The second most important thing to do is maintain an anti-inflammatory diet for at least six months post explant. Remove all white, wheat & sweet foods, which means eating only organic, whole foods and drinking lots of alkaline water to help your body heal. For detox it’s important that your gut is in good working order, having two good bowel movements a day. Consider a coffee enema weekly to help stimulate thorough evacuation and liver detox. Glutathione also provides a great liver cleanse. MethylB12 facilitates MTHFR methylation detox pathways.

If illness or autoimmune symptoms persisted, a thorough cleaning of the blood with biophotonic IV therapy and ozone can be used. This treatment also provides the additional benefits of immune modulation.

For more information about Biophotonic IV Therapy & Ozone, please call St. Petersburg Health & Wellness at 727-202-6807.

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