The FDA just lifted its ban on silicone implants. Instead
of waiting for safety studies, they have decided to
allow them back on the market with a “wait and
see” attitude to see if any problems crop up.
Supposedly, the FDA is supposed to hold off on the
approval of drugs and medical devices until safety
can be established. Although it seems more and more
that they are allowing these drugs and devices to
be put on the market and people being used as human
guinea pigs. When the drugs are devices are found
to be very dangerous or deadly the FDA often leaves
them on the market, unless forced to remove them.
The safety of silicone implants has been in question
for quite a long time. Back in the early 60s, both
Dow Corning Wright (DCW), and the FDA, submitted interoffice
memorandums admitting that the original breast implants
could cause problems due to the polyurethane coating,
which decomposed in the body in to the carcinogen
TDA. Despite the danger, both DCW and the FDA did
not remove these implants from the market, but rather
stated that their use should be limited. The coated
implants were eventually banned because of the danger
of cancer from these type implants.
Though, the safety problems did not end there. Silicone
implants have been suspected of causing a host of
problems from autoimmunity to connective tissue disorders.
Talking to women over the years with silicone implants,
I have heard complaints suspected from the implants
including skin disorders, chronic sinus infections,
joint disorders, memory loss, etc. A personal friend
of mine developed breast cancer in her right breast
after her right silicone implant ruptured. She had
the implants replaced with saline implants thinking
they were safer. The cancer was eventually put in
to remission with herbs and ozone therapy. When her
saline implants started to leak she started developing
malignant tumors all over her body. She sold her ozone
unit to help cover her medical bills. I received a
call one day from a mutual friend, and I was told
that our friend was in hospice. She passed away shortly
afterward. I have no doubt that the implants were
a direct cause of her death.
Silicone manufacturers maintain that their products
are safe, and there is no evidence that the implants
cause any health problems. Research on the safety
of silicone tells a different story. When researching
the safety of silicone breast implants a while back,
I ran across a very interesting article in a medical
journal. The article did not have anything to with
implants, but brought up an interesting fact. The
article actually described a 12 year old girl with
a silicone drainage tube in her brain. The patient
developed antibodies to the silicone drainage tube.
The reason this is so important is that it shows us
too things. First, all the focus has been on the liquid
silicone in the implants, which starts leaking from
the implants right after they are implanted. They
do not need to rupture to leak. This case shows us
that not only does the body react to the foreign silicone,
but also that the body reacts to solid silicone. The
bags of silicone and saline implants are made of solid
silicone. To understand why this is important, we
must first understand a simple fact. Contrary to what
we are taught in medicine, antibodies are not always
specific to their target.
Antibodies have different levels of specificity.
High affinity antibodies are more specific to their
target, and are the primary form of antibodies produced
by a healthy immune system. Low affinity antibodies
are less specific to nonspecific, and are the primary
antibody produced in autoimmune disorders. Low affinity
antibodies mistake healthy tissues for antigens, and
inadvertently tag healthy tissue for destruction by
white blood cells.
Understanding the above concept helps us to understand
how silicone creates connective tissue disorders.
As the immune system tries to deal with the foreign
substance, antibodies are generated against the silicone.
When the antibodies being generated are low affinity,
they can tag connective tissue for destruction due
to the resemblance between silicone and the connective
tissue protein collagen.
Not every woman with breast implants will develop
connective tissue disorders, or other problems. The
reason is that the production of low affinity antibodies
is not regulated by the presence of an antigen, but
rather is due to the level of adrenal function. The
adrenal glands produce hormones known as corticosteroids,
which modulate the immune response. When the adrenal
glands are healthy, they can produce sufficient levels
of the corticosteroids for the production of high
affinity antibodies. If the adrenal glands become
suppressed from conditions such as Prednisone use,
chronic stress, or stimulant abuse, then lowered levels
of corticosteroids can lead to a higher production
of low affinity antibodies. This increases the risk
of connective tissue disorders.
It is also possible that anti-silicone antibodies
play a role in the failure of implants. The average
lifespan of an implant is around 12 years. The implants
are not being exposed to ultraviolet, or other things
that can cause silicone deterioration. Therefore,
it should be considered that the immune system’s
assault on the silicone could play a role in the walls
of the bag weakening and eventually rupturing.
Liquid silicone does pose more of a problem than
solid silicone though. Once liquid silicone leaks
in to the body, the silicone migrates in to various
tissues, making it impossible to completely remove.
There is even some concern that liquid silicone might
be able to migrate in to the brain. Regardless, women
with silicone poisoning from leakage of liquid silicone,
risk a lifetime of health problems.