Breast implants can expose the body to harmful chemicals, heavy metals, silicones, free radicals (oxidative stress), and biotoxins. Eventually they overwhelm the body with a toxic overload. An overburden of toxicity manifests itself in impaired detoxification, inflammation, and other health issues. Toxins are often stored in fat, various tissues, bone, and more. Their removal, or detoxification, is a process the body undertakes on its own but can be sped up or slowed down depending on food, supplements, medications, exercise, heat, inflammation, emotional or physical stress, pathogens (viral, bacterial, or parasites), sun, pH balance, radiation, and more. A clean and nutrient rich diet plays a key role in supporting the detoxification pathways. The most important organs for detoxification are the skin, lymphatic system, digestive system, liver and the kidneys.
How are the implants’ toxins (silicone, chemicals, and heavy metals) processed by the body?
Toxins usually start with absorption and distribution. Through degradation and natural diffusion, toxins slowly leach out of the implants and into the body where they are then absorbed and distributed. They travel through the lymphatic system and bloodstream. Next, they are either stored, metabolized, excreted, or a combination.
“The toxicity of a substance depends on three factors: its chemical structure, the extent to which the substance is absorbed by the body, and the body’s ability to detoxify the substance (change it into less toxic substances) and eliminate it from the body.” – Department of Public Health
Toxins are usually concentrated in different tissue systems to varying extents – they are not distributed evenly throughout the body – the level of a toxin in one tissue may be hugely different from another.
Many toxic compounds are lipophilic (fat-loving). This means they are fat soluble and incorporate themselves in fatty parts of the body, such as: brain and other nervous tissue, liver, endocrine (hormonal) glands, and adipose tissue (fat and connective tissue). These are common sites for fat soluble toxins (heavy metals, environmental pollutants, pesticides, plastics, preservatives, food additives and other environmental chemicals) to accumulate. They dissolve in fat and are difficult to metabolize and excrete. They may be stored for years, if not for a lifetime, being released through heat, exercise, sweat and other means.
Silicone Storage –
Silicone in the form of gel bleed or ruptures, can migrate outside the implants and capsules and into local axillary lymph nodes where they can then spread via the lymphatic system throughout the body and accumulate in various tissues (see article on silicone dispersion). Migrated silicone from ruptured implants has even been later found in the sinus cavity. Silicone exposure has the ability to modulate immune, hormonal, endocrinological, and neurotransmitter functions. Silicone also causes oxidants to be produced that directly damage cell walls, DNA, and enzyme systems.5 The way silicone is metabolized and excreted is more biochemically complex, it is very difficult to breakdown. Silicone is hydrophobic and the silicones that are smaller (low molecular weight) are also lipophilic – meaning (1) being hydrophobic they can form stronger bonds, similar to oil, that are not easy to break down and detoxify, and (2) being lipophilic they can easily dissolve in fat. FDA manufacturer documents for silicone breast implants state that silicone gel bleed consists of D4, D5, and D6.6,7 This is of concern, as these are low molecular weight silicones that are highly lipophilic, meaning they can diffuse faster and enter a cell more readily than higher molecular weight compounds. Therefore they may be stored away in various tissues across the body. Also, as an implant ages, the stability of silicone deteriorates and low molecular silicones may be continuously released.8 Excreting silicone is fairly difficult, silicone is similar to having microscopic glue in the body.
Silicone detox information available is limited. One can try inositol, supporting detoxification, infrared sauna, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, and other treatments. Heat, exercise, and sweat are important in mobilizing toxins that are stored in fat and tissues.
Inositol for silicone detox:
Dr. Douglas Shanklin (pathologist) and Dr. David Smalley (immunologist) did a lot of research on the biochemistry/immunology of silicone and found that high amounts of inositol help promote the excretion of silicone by converting it to silicate so it can pass via urine. Here is a page that summarizes it. The Expert Researchers page lists their articles on silicone immunology.
Heavy Metal Storage –
Heavy metals accumulate, get stored, and displace vital nutrients. Lead, strontium, and fluoride concentrate in the bone and displace calcium. Cadmium concentrates in the kidney, etc. If there are nutrient deficiencies, heavy metals can substitute them – if the body is deficient in zinc it may grab nickel or cadmium, if there is a selenium deficiency the body may instead bind to mercury or aluminum, etc.4
There are hundreds of metabolic processes in the body where enzymes use either minerals or essential metals as cofactors to do their job and what heavy metals do is they displace the good metals and minerals, and in doing so the enzymes do not work. Therefore whatever metabolic process you are doing – whether energy production, sugar metabolism, getting rid of toxins, etc. – the heavy metals can interfere with it. Additionally, many heavy metals and silicones also bind to hormone receptors and are endocrine disruptors. In particular, breast implant heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury have high affinity for estrogen receptors, binding to them and disrupting hormones.1
The accumulation of heavy metals disrupts metabolic and endocrine activity, supports the development of fungal, bacterial, and viral infections (particularly fungal), upsets digestion, and can damage organs such as the liver and kidneys. The binding and displacement of heavy metals and chemicals onto bone and organs may be due to the mechanism of molecular mimicry, where structural similarities allow these toxins to bind like a hand in a glove to our proteins and receptors.
2. Metabolism – the liver is the predominant metabolic detoxification organ
Fat soluble toxins need to be converted into water soluble forms in order to be eliminated.
The liver fulfills many vital tasks. It is the body’s fundamental organ involved in breaking down and detoxifying fat soluble substances – toxins, hormones, medications and drugs, and by-products of metabolism (such as ammonia). It has a variety of enzymatic processes where toxins are metabolized and detoxified – through Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III detoxification pathways. Metabolism aims to solubilize toxins and make them less harmful through chemical and enzymatic reactions so that they can be excreted by the body via the kidneys (as urine) and the intestines (as stool).
The liver receives a dual blood supply from the intestines (about 75% of blood to the liver) and from the systemic circulation (about 25% of blood to the liver), this is called the hepatic portal system.9 Therefore many toxins are absorbed and detoxified by the gut – through metabolism by digestive enzymes, gut flora, and gut associated lymphatic tissue (GALT) – on the way to the liver. If the digestive system is not functioning optimally and if the lymphatics are congested, detoxification is hindered and toxins may be stored.
Liver Detoxification Pathways:
Phase I is the subtraction phase, it strips down chemicals. It begins the detoxification process by using enzymes to break down fat soluble chemicals to convert them into less harmful substances (intermediate metabolites) for phase II. This is done through the cytochrome P450 enzymes and chemical reactions: oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, hydration, and dehalogenation. In the process, free radicals (oxidative stress) are produced and toxic intermediates may also be produced, it is important that these do not build up. Required cofactors include B-complex vitamins, magnesium, iron, etc. and antioxidants are also very important to protect against the free radicals produced.
Phase II is the addition phase, it adds molecules to stabilize and help with excretion. It uses the toxin intermediate metabolites produced in Phase I and does conjugation reactions to make them water soluble and less toxic (ready for excretion via the kidneys and bile). In conjugation reactions enzymes and cofactors are used to add molecules to the intermediates from Phase I to make them more stable and functional for transport/excretion. Some substances enter Phase II directly. If Phase II is overloaded, harmful metabolites from Phase I may be produced faster than they can be metabolized. The major pathways are: glutathione conjugation, sulphation, glucuronidation, acetylation, amino acid conjugation (glutamine, glycine, taurine, cysteine, methionine, etc), and methylation. You need to supply the special conjugation cofactors via diet or else the process is halted.
Phase III is elimination through the bile and partly through the gut. Phase I and II convert the toxins into water-soluble molecules that can be removed from the body. Phase III uses transporters to move these substances out of the cells and into the bile for elimination. Diet and flora play an important role. Fiber binds toxins and helps eliminate them from the GI tract.
“If the liver’s detoxification pathways are excessively stimulated and overly utilized, they eventually become depleted or begin to respond poorly – being suppressed by toxic chemicals. Once breakdown of the main pathways occurs as a result of pollutant overload, toxins are shunted to lesser pathways, eventually overloading them, and disturbing orderly nutrient metabolism. Chemical sensitivity may then occur, followed by nutrient depletion and finally a ‘fixed-name disease.'”10
References to read more on the liver detoxification pathways: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Genetic Mutations Impair Detoxification Pathways:
Research MTHFR, it is a common gene mutation that affects many bodily systems. In particular the MTHFR gene has been dubbed the detox gene. If you have a variant of it, your body may have problems with methylation during Phase II of liver detoxification and therefore have decreased abilities to detox. Methylation is improved by methylfolate, methylcobalmin and the right nutritional support – dark leafy greens, organic, grass-fed, non-GMO foods, avoid folic acid and instead have methylated B vitamins (B9 in the methylfolate active form and B12 in the methylcobalmin active form). The defective MTHFR gene mutation can not be changed it can only be supported. When methylation is supported the body is able to eliminate toxins and heavy metals more efficiently. Some doctors believe the MTHFR gene holds the key to detoxification and healing. If you google MTHFR and detox, many links and research will come up. Dr. Ben Lynch and Dr. Amy Yasko are leading experts on it.
“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.”
Explant expert, Dr. Lu-Jean Feng, also discusses MTHFR and Breast Implants.
See MTHFR and anesthesia for suggestions on safer vs. more harmful types of anesthesia and detox info. For example, “Nitrous oxide use in anesthesia leads to significant increases in plasma homocysteine.” It depletes B12 and so it is good to replace it after an operation, such as in the form of B12 shots or oral supplements.
There are many other genetic mutations, such as the COMT gene, doing a 23 and Me analysis helps identify genetic variants.
Liver & Other Detoxification Support:
Stop taking in more toxins – make sure your air is clean, water is pure, eat organic non-GMO foods (remove all processed foods and eliminate refined sugar, additives, sweeteners, artificial flavors, preservatives, caffeine, and alcohol), and review your cleaning, beauty, personal hygiene, and cooking products. Stay away from anti-perspirants/deodorants with aluminum, take a break from nail polish, lotions, hair products and any other synthetics that you rub into your skin or apply to your scalp and that get absorbed into the body. Opt for natural alternatives.
Go slowly with stimulating detoxification. Before starting it is good to recuperate the various systems (digestion, bowels, kidneys, thyroid and adrenals) and get them running smoothly so the body can have the energy and the right environment to handle detox.
Start by mastering a good diet to create a foundation for your body to derive the cofactors and nutrients necessary for the liver detoxification pathways and other processes to function properly. Support the kidneys with good hydration and electrolytes, and support the bowels with good fiber so you have the binding agents to help smooth elimination. Second, heal the gut, many times with chronic illnesses the gut develops imbalances (such as with leaky gut, IBS, candida, etc.) and the lining of the gut needs to be repaired. Third, another important consideration is addressing the thyroid and adrenals to make sure the metabolism is working. Fourth, you can start liver and other detoxification, listed below. Add detoxifying nutrients such as Vitamin C, lipoic acid, NAC to help generate glutathione and mobilize toxins. Do not take chelators (NAC, lipoic acid, chlorella, clays, DMSA) if you still have mercury fillings. Exercise to the point of sweating to help clear accumulated waste, the skin is the body’s largest organ followed by the liver. Sauna helps mobilize and sweat out toxins, but should be done a few months after explant (not right away), or it can further adrenal fatigue and be too stressful on an already weak body. Maintain normal bowel function and water exccretion to assure evacuation of wastes. Oxygen therapies can help clear waste at the cellular level.
Glutathione (GSH) is a crucial antioxidant, immune booster, and anti-cancer agent. It has higher concentrations in the liver and plays an important role in the liver detoxification pathways. It binds to toxins to help eliminate them, binds to free radicals and repairs the DNA damage they cause, supports regulation of enzymes and supports your immune system by increasing production of killer T white blood cells. It is a “master antioxidant” that is normally created and recycled in the body however in an overload of toxins it is depleted. There is debate on the poor oral absorbability of supplemental glutathione. Increasing glutathione is more efficient via incorporating its precursors.
Glutathione is made from three amino acids (protein building blocks): cysteine, glutamine, and glycine. Cysteine is the most crucial of the three because it is a sulfur containing amino acid. Sulfur is a sticky substance, it binds to and traps toxins and free radicals. Cysteine contributes the sulfhydryl group “SH” to glutathione (GSH). This is important because cysteine is the foundation of glutathione generation, it is the rate limiting factor that affects how fast and how much glutathione you can make.
Dr. Andrew Cutler, who has a PhD in chemistry, suggests increasing glutathione by taking “4 parts NAC to 2 parts glutamine to 1 part glycine between meals” and to couple this with a B-complex vitamin.11,12 SAMe increases glutathione, especially with people who have compromised livers, and is a natural remedy that is effective against depression.13 It is best taken in the morning on an empty stomach. MSM is a key source of sulfur and can also boost glutathione (as well it helps with joints/arthritis, skin and hair, gut, and more). Eating sulfur rich and cruciferous raw vegetables as well as antioxidants and milk thistle also promote glutathione production. One of the best sources of the glutathione precursors is high quality whey protein – organic, grass fed, non-GMO, cold processed/non-denatured, and no artificial sweeteners. People who have problems with dairy, are lactose intolerant, or have a casein allergy can avoid whey protein; but otherwise it is very nutritious. Essentially 38% of solid matter in milk is made out of protein, 80% is casein and about 20% is whey (which is more quickly digested and absorbed, and contains exceptional amounts of cysteine rich proteins). Finally, exercise also boosts glutathione and thereby also your immune system.
NAC (N-Acetyl L-Cysteine) is a precursor to glutathione and also very important for its antioxidant and other effects. It provides cysteine in a form that is easy to utilize and convert to glutathione, particularly in the presence of vitamins C and E. In hospitals it is used as IV treatment to quickly spike glutathione levels in patients who have acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose. Additionally, it is also used to break up mucus in the lungs and is an active part of inhalers. See here for more information on the benefits of NAC.
Antioxidants are essential to protect against the damaging free radicals generated in the presence of toxins, injury, trauma and as byproducts of the liver detoxification pathways. There are three main types: vitamins, enzymes, and phytochemicals from plants. They include – Vitamins: C and E (vitamin C is water soluble; vitamin E is fat soluble), CoQ10 (fat soluble; good for the heart and brain; comes in two forms: 1. conventional CoQ10 is in the Ubiquinone form and 2. the active and more absorbable form is Ubiquinol – as you get older, the body has a harder time converting Ubiquinone into Ubiquinol and therefore the active form is more efficient; it’s also important for energy production and is an essential cofactor in the mitochondria for energy production, this is important because the liver has a high energy demand), and alpha-lipoic (both water and fat soluble, crosses cellular and blood-brain barriers; is a heavy metal chelator that needs to be used carefully or else it can redistribute metals in the body; helps regenerate other antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E, and glutathione).14,15 Fat soluble antioxidants are important because most toxins are lipophilic and therefore they are stored in fat. Additionally, some fat soluble antioxidants can cross the highly selective blood-brain barrier. Enzyme: superoxide dismutase (SOD) is another major antioxidant. Similar to glutathione its supplemental absorbability is debated due to it being destroyed in the stomach before it can reach the blood. Phytochemicals: flavonoids, polyphenols, carotenoids, allyl sulfide, etc. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but just a sample of the antioxidants important for the liver. See here for more information on antioxidants.
Cofactors and Nutrients for the liver detoxification pathways and for antioxidants to function properly: B Vitamins – including riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), methylfolate (B9), methylcobalmin (B12) – vitamin C, vitamin E/omega 3’s, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, amino acids (glutamine, glycine, taurine, cysteine, etc), MSM, inositol/choline/methionine/betaine (lipotropic-help break fat down), Glutathione-S-transferase (GST), molybdenum, Acetyl-CoA, SAMe
Other Supplements and Herbs: milk thistle, silymarin, turmeric, curcumin, methylated multivitamin, probiotics
Note On All Supplements:
1. Try to use supplements without silicon dioxide/silica and titanium dioxide. Natural silicon forms the backbone of synthetic silicone and many of us with breast implants become sensitive to it. In the scientific article “Immunologic stimulation of T lymphocytes by silica after use of silicone mammary implants,” by silicone immunology experts Dr. Shanklin and Dr. Smalley, it was found that “The data presented confirms the silicone implant patients respond immunologically to the silicon dioxide contained in mammary prosthesis.”
2. For best efficacy, use high quality supplements in their purest form with little to no additives (magnesium stearate, calcium carbonate, potassium sorbate, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, etc.). Read more here. High quality supplements can be defined by absorbability, the form of vitamins or minerals used (such as B-12 in the active form methylcobalamin vs. the cheaper and less efficient cyanocobalmin form), where they are from, and what additives are used.
3. The 23 and Me analysis comes highly recommended to understand your genetic variants, so that you can customize your food and supplements to your body.
Foods: Sulphur foods (garlic, onions, eggs, radish, leeks), cruciferous vegetables (dark greens- kale, arugula, collard greens, broccoli, bok choy, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, etc), high fiber foods (whole grains, chia seeds, flax seeds, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables), antioxidant rich foods (blueberries, goji berries, apples), artichokes, beets, green tea, protein (low protein diet can really slow detoxification), juicing. Limit exposure to medications and chemicals.
Treatments: hyperbaric oxygen chamber, massage and lymphatic drainage massage, lymphatic rebounding exercises, ionic foot baths, heat mobilizes toxins – exercise/sweating, far infrared sauna and mats, – clay packs, castor oil packs, coffee enemas and other enemas, colonic cleanses, cupping therapy, sun, dry brushing, epsom salt baths, magnetic clay baths.
The excretory systems and organs are: liver, urinary system (kidney, ureter, gallbladder, urinary bladder, urethra), gastrointestinal tract (small intestine, large intestine), skin, and lungs. Therefore having proper functioning bowels, going to the bathroom, and sweating are very good for releasing toxins.
The liver turns fat soluble substances into water soluble, less harmful forms, next they either:
(a) Go through the gall bladder and intestines as bile, excreted as stool.
When the liver turns a substance into bile, the bile will be stored by the gallbladder underneath the liver and then be released via the bile ducts into the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum). After the small intestine, it travels through the large intestine, ending at the rectum, and out the anus. As a major carrier of toxins, proper bile flow is critical for detoxification.
(b) Return to the bloodstream and then to the kidneys, excreted as urine.
When the liver makes a substance water soluble, the substance will return to the bloodstream and travel to the kidneys where it will be filtered. From there it exits the kidneys via the ureters, into the bladder, and then released through the urethra as urine. Kidney disease may reduce the body’s ability to excrete toxic agents.
(c) Return to the bloodstream and then secreted through the skin, excreted as sweat.
(d) Or, the metabolized substances may be stored. See Storage.
Some toxins may be metabolized and then stored. Other toxins are neither metabolized nor excreted by the body, instead they are directly stored in their original state. They are attracted to certain sites, and by binding to proteins or dissolving in fats, they are stored.
Common with breast implants are illnesses to these organs, such as persistent cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urinary tract infections, skin rashes, chronic bronchitis, and more. These may be from the implant toxins or from the chronic foreign body reaction, both which result in inflammation. For example interstitial cystitis in some circumstances is just another manifestation of too much toxic burden on the body. The toxins on the way out of the body have to go through the bladder in order to be excreted. If the bladder is affected, it causes inflammation in the bladder. When all the toxins are removed out of the diet and products, people tend to recover.
The lungs are also affected, when they are functioning normally they do not let wastes penetrate inside. However due to the constant irritation of pathogens and toxins, the alveoli in the lungs become porous and act as an “emergency exit” for toxins that the liver, kidneys, and intestinal tract did not succeed in eliminating.16 These toxins are transported via the bloodstream to the lungs and bronchi where they are then squeezed through the alveoli and are coughed up as phlegm – which may consist of pathogens and waste from insufficient digestion and excretion. Platinum catalysts used in the manufacturing breast implants may also impact the lungs. Especially after ruptures, platinum can become very toxic, creating persistent coughs, phlegm, and asthma.
The skin is a sensory organ and the largest organ of protection and defense. It plays an important role in the elimination of toxins and can assist the kidneys.17 Excessive sweating, foul body odor, and skin rashes are common with breast implants.
The lymphatic system also plays a crucial role in the detoxification and defense. Lymphocytes are your white blood cells. They are made in the bone marrow and some migrate to the lymph nodes, spleen, and thymus to mature. Lymph nodes can swell, get warm, and hurt when they are fighting toxins inside. When the body is overwhelmed by toxins, the lymphocytes are impaired and their filtering, degradation, and transport of toxins will be impeded. The body will increasingly accumulate more toxins. Also, the thymus is located at the upper part of your chest, and may be affected by the close proximity to the implants and their extracapsular leakage.
It is common for excretory pathways not to function efficiently, this may contribute to the toxicity, but it will result in excretory levels (urine, sweat, hair, feces) of toxins being misleadingly low. For example in one study it has been found that there is an inverse relationship between the severity of autism and the hair mercury level – the poorer the mercury excretion, the worse the autism. In these situations provocation testing may be more useful – giving one or more substances that will displace or mobilize the toxin from where it is residing, such as measuring urinary mercury before and after giving zinc, selenium and vitamin C, or a chelating agent such as DMSA.
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Hola, muchas gracias por esta página web, es maravillosa y tiene muy buena información.
A mi me sacaron los implantes en Julio del 2022 (total capsulectomy) Estoy bastante preocupada porque desde Setiembre de este año (2 meses después de mi cirugía) comencé la fase de Desintoxicación y todos mis síntomas anteriores han regresado y han aumentado. Actualmente no puedo estar parada o caminar por mas de 10 minutos porque el dolor es insoportable. Me duele muchísimo la parte de la ingle, las piernas y la planta de los pies, me arden. Además tengo inflamación en mi aparato genital. El dolor es tan intenso que inclusive cuando me lavo mis partes íntimas con jabón me arde. También me duelen mis brazos y todas mis articulaciones. Quería saber si esto es normal y si es parte del proceso de desintoxicación.
No pienso que eso es normal parte de desintoxicacion, especialmente il mucho dolor. Estuve non haciendo mucho despues de la cirugía? Pregunto por que fue el verano y es facil hacer mucho, pero no es bueno por il cuerpo los primos meses despues del cirugía. Tienes foto del total capsulectomy por ver las capsulas?
Hola, buenas noches, mil disculpas que recién escriba, aquí están mis capsulas, ya estamos a Mayo 17 del 2023, y todavía tengo mucho dolor en mi seno izquierdo, al parecer el doctor cortó un nervio cuando me sacó los implantes. No siento la mayor parte de mi seno izquierdo, lo siento adormecido y siento mucho dolor en el pezón. Aqui tienes las fotos de mis capsulas. Muchas gracias por tu ayuda.
Otra foto de mis capsulas
I currently have one year old Sientra silicone implants with no indication of rupture or gel bleed on MRI. I plan to get them explanted to prevent BII and have three questions – 1) why is it important to also remove the entire capsules? 2) can I start a majority of the recommended detox with the implants still in? 3) would working and sweating help in my case?
My name is Susanna Brown I have had silicone implants for 15 yrs they were leaking so had them replaced with saline implants which I still have in my body now for another 15 yrs. I have silicone rampaging throughout my entire body. My brother dy is shutting down. I have no money for explant. Insurance says they will reimburse me but I have no money. Please please maybe you can use me in your research and treat me at same time. Im desperate I have every sumtom of BII and I can’t make it much longer. Email me or call me I’ll do ANYTHING and go ANYWHERE for help tomorrow. Please… [email protected]
There is information on treatment for those without insurance near the bottom of this page :
It shows the website of another site to go to make your claim.
Wish you well!
Gratidão por informação.
Who has detoxed after a rupture? Do you have a list of the names of the supplements?
I need help on what are high quality supplements.
There are a lot of good quality brands so it’s difficult to give you a list. Pureformulas.com carries high quality supplements so you could start there. Just be sure they don’t contain silicon dioxide or silica.
There is some disagreement about whether we need silicon dioxide or not, it’s not the same as silicone in implants. It’s a mineral that promotes hair, skin, & nail health. When dietary silica goes down, deficiency causes nails to grow slower & become more brittle. Same for hair, and it improves joint health. Just like collagen is vital to healthy joints, connective tissue/ligaments, & cartilage, silica is important too. It lends strength & elasticity to collagen, making joints more flexible, heal quicker, & recover from the daily wear & tear. Along that line, it boosts bone health. The presence of silica helps the body use calcium. As we get older, our silica levels decline & bones weaken. It can prevent fractures as we age. Teeth and gums get a boost from silica, too.
Silica is more prevalent in healthy hearts than diseased hearts. It strengthens blood vessels and muscle tissue, and aids the body in calcification of bones (thus preventing calcification of other tissues). There is some evidence that silica may help offset the calcification of arterial plaque.
It may also play a role in the electrochemical transmissions of the nervous system and to build a strong stomach/digestive tract muscles and tissues. Silica assists in rebuilding and fortifying these tissues after they have been damaged by poor diet, parasites, age, or other injuries. A healthy GI system supports the immune system by preventing illness & infection. The skin and our digestive system are the first lines of defense we have against pathogens. When we have strong defense, as part of collagen, silica can speed healing of burns, wounds, and scar tissue.
Silica is VERY good at removing waste material, toxins, & heavy metals from the body. This makes silica a good addition to any detox program to deeply cleanse your cells. There is evidence that aluminum buildup contributes to Alzheimer’s, and silica can play a part in removal of aluminum.
Looking for suppliments to take while waiting for explant. Have been ill for 15 years (implanted 16 years ago), but again has gotten significantly worse this week, surgeon 1st appt in 2 weeks. Full blown flu symptoms (nausea, loose stool, joint pain, headache, dizziness) have had these off and on but not all at once to this extreme and for over a week. Original surgeon thinks I recently tore my capsule or has pulled away from muscle/ribs. Chest pain have been told to treat as pulled muscle. Need relief untill surgery as well as when I can start taking detox after surgery. I am keto and have been for 6 years, so diet not an issue. WHAT CAN I TAKE NOW, before explant?
Hey Kim, did you detox? Do you have a list of supplements that are suggested. I need some support and information.
As a lymphatic massage specialist, I am saddened to see that there is NO MENTION of LYMPH MASSAGE in the material provided on this website.
Lymphatic drainage massage the FASTEST DETOXIFICATION PROCESS you can do, all by yourself (I CAN TEACH YOU HOW), do it every day for best results. I have helped HUNDREDS of people clear up their stagnant lymphatic systems! Gentle pulsing hands-on massage therapy for 10-15 minutes a day, will ACCELERATE the movement of debris – silicone leakage, bacteria, fungus, and other cellular wastes – OUT of the body ten times faster than normal waking life. See many free video demos on self-healing – http://www.Youtube.com/marcijavril
Lymphatic Massage is the QUICKEST most effective way to increase cellular circulation and increase the movement of lymphocytes throughout the body to fight disease. Use a progressive program to flush out your entire body, fortify the immune system, support gut biome harmony, and increase effectiveness of nutritional supplements. Contact Marci Javril – [email protected]
Lymphatic drainage massage is mentioned under Explant:
Lymphatic drainage massages are helpful post-surgery to support the lymphatic system in movement and flushing out wastes. The lymphatic system is a network of lymph nodes and lymphatic capillaries and vessels that also form a part of the immune system. They collect and help remove microbes, debris, bacteria, and excess fluids. There isn’t an active pump for the lymphatic system like there is with the blood which has the heart, the lymphatic system functions most when there is movement and skeletal muscle contractions. The lymphatic system has a uni-directional flow towards the heart. There are two ducts, the right lymphatic duct and the left thoracic duct, that are near the neck and drain the lymph fluids into the bloodstream. Interestingly, the left thoracic duct “drains a much larger portion of the body than does the right lymphatic duct.” In the breast implant illness groups there seems to be many women who have issues on the left side of their bodies. Lymphatic drainage massages are helpful because the post-surgery healing environment involves a lot of rest, this creates stagnancy, lymphatic congestion, and more inflammation. The lymphatic system can be boosted with the massages to increase lymph flow, improve immune function, clear blockages, eliminate toxins and wastes, and reduce inflammation.
I had my silicone implants removed in August 2019 one of them was badly ruptured. I had really bad mal absorption that almost killed me, i was only 87 pounds and had parenteral nutrition to save my life. My small intestines villi was and still is atrophied from the inflammation caused by the silicone and have many other symptoms like brain fog, inflammation on my hands and feet, back of my neck and eyes. I am a little better now but still have mal absorption and struggling every day, some days i feel a bit better and some days i can’t get out of bed. My life has been hell for a year and an half, i expected to be healed by now and i wonder if i will ever be my old self again.
I am sorry that you are struggling so much on your road to recovery. Digestive issues are, some of the most difficult to heal. Are you working with a healthcare practitioner?
It is recommended to start with a gentle cleansing of the bowels, in a situation like yours. If I were you, I would start with chicken bone broth every day… By itself, with brown rice if you have blood sugar issues. Then, after about two weeks of a chicken broth diet, you can begin to introduce easily digestible foods such as green vegetables, etc. You should also consider a hydrochloric acid Supplement. Anybody with your level of malabsorption absolutely will need hydrochloric acid along with additional digestive enzymes. Enzymatica and Garden of Life are two of the best brands available to the public. Once you’ve gotten your digestive system to where you are not suffering so much… You can then try a gentle cleanse with herbs such as fennel and or chicory. Number one recommendation is to go very slowly… Once you cleanse your digestive colon, You can start addressing your liver… Very important step of the process of course. But, we must do these things in the proper order. There is a wonderful supplement from Dr. Lamb, the adrenal Coach expert; Fermented Liver Rebuilder.
After that, a cleanse of the liver/gallbladder will be in order, then you can move on to the kidneys. I recommend Hulda Clark for her protocols on detox for the above. However, I believe once you start detoxing the brain, which can be done with cilantro… It might be a good idea to then work with an experienced detoxification expert. It is such a complicated process.
Lastly, while nutrition and diet does play a role, I hope that you have a spiritual practice such as prayer or meditation. do you have any major traumas in life, there is nothing more freeing then releasing oneself from the bondage of one’s past and the positive effects on the body can be miraculous. Wishing you well
Thank you so much, i will follow your recommendations. The doctors i have seen ( gastroenterologists, internists, nutritionists, etc) have never treated someone with breast implant illness and they are clueless. Even the plastic surgeons i have seen haven’t been very helpful, the one who removed my implants initially didn’t remove the capsules and i had to find another one to do the job 2 weeks later, i was bed ridden for almost a year and i still have inflammation every day. It has been a very long and lonely journey until i found this website. Again thank you for caring
Hi, thank you for the educational website. For me the implants impacted my mental health the most. I have been trying any medication or treatments even psychedelics for my depressive and OCD symptoms but just noticed a little improvement. I removed my implants after three years but don’t really feel any change since then. Does anyone have any recommendations?
I highly recommend acupuncture. A good practitioner will know which areas to address. For immediate relief he/she may suggest focusing on your ears as it can increase endorphins.
It is advised to detox slowly. How do you do this? Should I have one week of taking the recommended supplements and then one week off?
Everyone tolerates detox differently. I can’t do it for more than two days without getting bloated and sickly feeling. See what your body can handle day by day.
I’m explanting. Do you have a list of good high quality supplements
Has anyone had the McGhan style68 MP smooth? I am so upset I have been on ssdi since 2009 I got the implants in 2005 I was told I got the textured tear drop ones now told I didn’t not sure what they did etc but I have 8 autoimmune diseases now I explanted September 2019 and. I have been just as sick and am not sure how long I will be here
Call the number on your card or call who implanted them for information. Report all your illnesses and make it of record.
This post is for Deborah Borja-pequeno. I have the MCGahn style 68. I have been diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases in the last ten years. Please contact me at [email protected]
Deborah, Prayers that you are recovering. We explanted at the same time and I am curious how you are? I have struggled in different ways since having Allergan 168 Implants removed. I am trying to implement some additional forms of Detoxing. I have gained 30 lbs, joint pains, rash, losing hair, fatigued.
I am scared they missed catching BIA-ALCL.
Deborah, did the doctor remove the capsule? I have an appointment 2/12/21 for an explant.
I had my breast implants removed after my rupture! I would like to have a friend or friends to support each other during our breast implant detoxification process.
You can e-mail me directly at [email protected]
Looking forward to hearing form you soon!
Hi Victoria. I have a ruptured saline implant and have been sick for a year and lately chills and cold symptoms every month since December. I still have my implants in. Can u please tell me what you experienced?
How long after explant before we begin a detox plan?
Hi So can ALA or DMSA be taken for detox with the silicon implants? Or do I need to explant first? Thanks in advance
You need to take the implants out first and make sure that you don’t have any amalgams in your mouth.
I got Mentor 350 cc silicone implants in 2010 and I got sick a year later. My lungs were attacked first. I could not take deep breaths and the alveoli in my lungs seemed “damaged”. I became “allergic” to ANY type of fragrance or chemicals – from perfume to formaldehyde! I cannot be in a new car, around new furniture or around new carpet or I get an excruciating headache and have trouble breathing. Sometimes I get a bloody nose. Life has become very restrictive and isolated. Getting an Explant/capsulectomy next Tuesday. Terrified I’ll react to anesthesia, anchor sutures etc. but I have to try. I’ve been sick since 2011 and I can’t live like this anymore. Prayers are appreciated.
I have Mentor smooth 375cc silicone implants and just scheduled my en bloc explant in November 2021. I wanted to follow up with you and see how you’re doing now. Sending prayers that you got yours removed and are healthy now! Take care, Christie
I write you on January 24, 2019. Other than inositol, what other substances may be useful to detoxify silicone?
Addional, demember they are only required to send product info and run studies on new breag implant desjgns or lumen changes which none are new so studies arent requided except FDA sas running long term studies which continue right
I believe I have breast implant illness. I believe I have had it for many years.I am a nurse/aesthetician and have worked in the office with Plastic and Reconstructive surgery most of my career. We as employees were told to believe there is no such thing as illness from breast implants. When Dr Kessler pulled the plug on Dow, we all felt, how unfair because our practice lost 30% of its business overnight. My original implants were Dow Corning gel. I had replacement (Mentor Saline) when the FDA pulled the Dow implants off the shelf. I blamed my arthritic and neuromuscular symptoms on every thing but the breast implants. My decline in heath, especially my hand and abnormal liver values and tremendous weight gain, of which Rheumatology, Orthropaedics PCP and Gastroenterology had no answers lead me to a functional medicine doc. She put me on an elimination diet which did help some. My diet is very clean at this point and I have reseeded my gut. I do not believe any of my docs are aware of breast implant illness. This may sound crazy but 2 weeks ago I was awakened by a dream telling me very loudly to get the implants removed. That is how I found this website. My current implants are 23 years old. I am having enblok Explant in 4 weeks.
What can I do supplement wise to start the detox process ? Should I wait and start post op? Thank you for hearing my story.
Hi, good for you! mine are 24 years old, not sure of the make but saline filled 250 filled to 275 cc. i do ALOT of detoxing and never seem to get better as i have leaky gut, i believe it is because of the implants. i eat so clean , exercise and have very little stress. i do believe once mine are out that is the final factor in healing.
Did you get better after exoplant was done ?
I had breast implants for 22 years.
I had an explant last Nov 2020 in Miami.The bad thing is the next day of the surgery I had aureola necrosis , then fat necrosis and a hole that didn’t heal.
I had another surgery here in SA Tex where I live .
The surgery was to remove the fat necrosis and fix scars from the other surgery, the dr found out that the capsules were not removed .
I want to sue the dr for pretending he did the explant with capsulectomy which he did not.
If I hadn’t had the fat necrosis I wouldn’t had found out about the capsules not removed.
It was very important to me to have everything removed.
I’ve had a series of symptoms for many years. I hope they improve now after my surgery.
I do believe in BII.
Who was your dr in Miami?
I need help. I can’t afford mine out they are from 2002. I am so sick and over weight now. I am weak, can’t breath. I need help I begged anyone to hear me.
You can apply for care credit with most surgeons to get them out. Please look into it if you can, or if you need better credit maybe someone in your family or a good friend could co sign. Praying for you and hope you can get them out soon.
I hope you are in the BII group on Facebook for support !
My insurance covered my Explant surgery. My MRI showed a leak and I had symptoms so United Health Ins covered the cost except my dedectable.
I have been sick off and on since 2003 implants. I would tell my husband that it’s from the implants over and over. My muscles and joints have been the main culprit. It seemed to come in waves and very unpredictable times and cripples me. Last dec I felt extremely old and weak. I eliminated many food in my diet and having a very inflamed throat scared me enough to get them xplanted as fast as possible. My sis in law has awakened me to the Facebook group and removed hers. She was diagnosed with lupus and other conditions. I am scheduled in early dec 2019 and pray with detox that I will recover and not need the RA specialist and pills. Yes weight gain took my figure away but since food groups were eliminated, I am back before implants!😊
I am also looking into Ex-plant surgery as my health has been drastically declining since May 2019. My implant surgery was almost 6 years ago. I was diagnosed with RA June this year and have been on very strong medications to slow the progression. The fatigue and joint pain are relentless. I am hoping the Ex-plant surgery is successful in helping me get back to my healthy active self.
Does anyone have advise for before and after Ex-plant surgery?
she sounds much like me sadly, lupus and fibro also 4 other, I am so weak, tired my neck kills me daily I don’t want o fight to live if this is my life. I am so ready to feel okay less pain, my weight is 189lb I have never been this weight and my tubular breast deformation was awful but it was better than nice boob and awful health. I have more bad days then good anymore. sucks
I just read your story about your explant journey, my story is similar to yours but I’m taking Humira (again) now. I feel awful! II am wondering how you are feeling now and how things unfolded during and after the procedure if you wouldn’t mind sharing. (I have Mentor smooth round 275’s)
I believe that i am having a reaction from my mirena implant. do you know of a doc i southern California that can help me run some of the tests to confirm/rule out silicone toxicity? I an having a very hard time finding one and have been looking for about a year and suffering as no one will listen to me.
Dr. David Vesco in Calabasas helped a lady with BII and had an immunology silicone sensitivity test done on her. You don’t need a doctor however to order the Silicone Hypersensitivity Panel.
Hola mi nombre es Danna, me puse mis prótesis hace 3 años y he presentado muchos cambios de salud desde ese tiempo para acá. Quisiera retirarme mis implantes en florida USA y quería saber si me pueden recomendar algunos buenos doctores que me ayuden con el proceso antes durante y después ya que veo que es un procedimiento bien complejo y necesita de todos los factores correctos para tal vez lograr una mejoría.
Por favor si me pueden ayudar 🙏🏼🙏🏼 Gracias 🥰
Me acabo de hacer un enbloc explant hace una semana con una de las mejores especailistas en esto aqui en la Florida. Se llama Margueritte Barnett. Ha hecho mas de 3000 explants y usa el metodo en bloc que retira la capsula junto con las protesiss. Ademas me hice un lift porque de lo contrario mis senos quedaban muy bajos; puede ser que tu caso sea diferente. Dr Barnett fue recomendada por mi medico funcional en Sarasota y la investigue por internet y quede muy bien impresionada. Su oificna esta en 1715 Stickney PointRd Sarasota FL. Su telefono es 941-927-2447. Estoy muy satisfecha con el progreso de mi recuperacion de la operacion. Si tienes preguntas puedes llamarme al 786-223-2061. Mucha suerte y mis mejores deseos porque te recuperes pronto. Nota: ella no habla espaniol.
Can activated charcoal help with toxicity?
You mentioned that before starting the detox it is good to recuperate the various systems (digestion, bowels, kidneys, thyroid and adrenals) and get them running smoothly so the body can have the energy and the right environment to handle detox. How do I know when these systems are ready so I can start the detox?
Thank you very much for your help.
I Have all the symptoms I have been searching for a clue of what was given to me . I suppose because it’s not poison from inplants I’m not to be for real . I digested something from a vacation with friend and a stranger where I felt myself having been poisoned. Now I have every one of these symptoms including not being able to poop without assistance. Went to doctors had every test heart vessels, blood panel I am going to now let my doctor know I found what I believe is the property of chemical I’m fighting . A deliberate attempt to harm my life from a jelouse creep. I have one year into this illness my skin hurts dryness of every part every orgen . Thanks for an ear I’m lost . No one believes my words . But my buddy who was with me on this trip .
Hi do you know if merina coil has same type of silicone and could affect you in similar ways to implant leakage? Thank you
Yes! Mirena IUD is a silicone device that can leach silicone and cause silicone toxicity similar to implant leakage.
If you search “Mirena coil silicone” or similar key words, many blogs appear with Mirena silicone toxicity experiences, see below for some examples.
– My Mirena tried to kill me! by https://bloggingpioneer.com/tag/silicone-poisoning-from-mirena/
– My Life after Mirena shows silicon serum labs before and after Mirena removal and detox. As a note, silicon is a derivative of silicone – silicone is a synthetic polymer made up of the natural element silicon and oxygen, and often carbon and hydrogen.
– Mirena IUD is Poisonous / Hashimoto / Silicone Toxicity
There are even lawsuits including a Mirena IUD class action lawsuit due to allegations that it a defective and dangerous product.
Dear Admin! What are some natural antifungals? Thank you
To kill fungi use a strict diet cutting out all sugar and low carbohydrates (research Candida diet for specifics), rotate natural antimicrobials/antifungals, and use probiotics.
Natural antimicrobials/antifungals: Garlic, oil of oregano, ginger (ginger root and ginger shots), caprylic acid (found in coconut oil), turmeric/curcumin, cinnamon, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract, black walnut, and Pau D’arco, see Antifungals for Candida. It is good to rotate the natural antifungals and probiotics every few weeks so the fungi don’t build resistance.
You can try to add raw garlic and onions to meals, ginger shots, warm lemon water in the morning with cayenne pepper and ginger, couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water, use coconut oil, eat lots of greens and cut out all sugar because it feeds the fungi.
In my own experience of systemic candida with breast implants, aside from a strict diet, I found most powerful adding minced raw garlic cloves with each meal, including onions when I could, ginger shots, turmeric shots, warm lemon water with cayenne and ginger first thing in the morning, pure aloe vera, and oil of oregano was excellent, I took drops in water and after awhile I could not handle the taste anymore so I switched to the Gaia oil of oregano supplement. I also rotated general candida supplements – Candidase has enzymes that work against the fungi cell walls (although Candex looks comparable and maybe better), Candigone, Rainbow Light Candida Cleanse, Thorne Research SF722 – those contained a variety of the antimicrobials/antifungals listed above and made sure to rotate probiotics.
Antibiotics kill the good flora and create an imbalance where opportunistic fungi then gain an advantage and thrive. Additionally, contacts with environmental mold and humid environments can cause or sustain fungal problems. Fungi thrive with the immune deficits breast implants create.
Great question! I will make note to add a section on this.
Could you tell me is there a difference between inositol and myo-inositol?
In regards to transforming silicon into silica. Thank you, Susan
Oh, and my most important question: if I have chronic inflammatory response syndrome because of HLA susceptibility should I try taking CSM? Otherwise the toxins just keep circulating in my body because I’m unable to detox. CSM seems to be a solution. What are your thoughts? (I’m still waiting on my remaininvg tissue (capsule piece) removal in two weeks. Thank you!
Have you had mold exposure/toxicity? Have you had mold lab work? Are you referring to HLA susceptibility to mold?
Cholestyramine (CSM) is a bile acid sequestrant medication that is traditionally used to lower cholesterol but is also being recently being used to help with other chronic health issues like mold. It is used in Dr. Shoemaker’s mold protocol for treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. See the Shoemaker CSM Protocol/What to Expect Sheet. Essentially it behaves like a binder, similar to activated charcoal or psyllium husk fiber – all are strong binders that have similar actions against fungi, the last two aren’t prescriptions and are less expensive. It does not get absorbed in the body and is an option to help bind and eliminate biotoxins. However CSM downsides include that it can cause a decrease in thyroid hormones, stomach upset, acid reflux (indigestion/heart burn), hard on the liver, constipation, weight loss, nutrient deficiencies, binds to other drugs, and more. Additionally something to consider is that it seems to come in three forms and some have additives like fructose (sugar) and aspartame, see Biotoxin Journey (#9 and #10 for additives, and the rest of the page for good information on CSM). Binders should not be taken too much or for too long because they can disrupt nutrient absorption. No supplements or medications two hours from taking it or it can bind to them and make them not effective. Some have had trouble tolerating CSM but others have had good results with it helping with their mold toxicity.
I remember there was capsule and silicone granulomas leftover. How long ago was your explant?
Removing yourself from inflammatory toxin exposure (implants, capsules, silicone granulomas, environmental mold exposure) is foremost.
When the digestive system (diet/fiber/gut), liver (diet/glutathione/genetic mutations), kidneys (hydration), lymphatics (movement/exercise), skin (sweat), and adrenal system (sleep/routine/reduced stress) are supported toxins are eliminated.
Diet is the foundation and there are a variety. A clean, fiber and nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory diet, eat a rainbow of colorful produce and cut out all inflammatory foods (sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, GMO and pesticides). This helps both eliminate inflammation and fuel the liver with phase I and phase II detoxification nutrients (when the liver is supported toxins are metabolized/processed and excreted). Dr. Lu-Jean Feng advocates for a food plant based diet to speed up recovery and boost the body’s detox defense. If you are dealing with mold toxicity then try an antifungal/low mycotoxin diet to starve the fungi. Dr. Shoemaker’s protocol focuses on a no-amylose diet along with high dose omega-3.
Next, healing the gut is very important to the overall detox and healing. Gut dysbiosis is a common problem and major source of inflammation in many of us. Correcting it involves an aggressive no sugar diet. The gut is the center of many of the body’s processes, it plays an important role in the immune system and autoimmune responses and in controlling inflammation and the pace of detox – when it functions well detox works smoothly, when it doesn’t there is inflammation. Therefore it is important to eliminate foods that cause inflammation, get rid of pathogens such as fungi and parasites, avoid antibiotics and foods that contain antibiotics (non organic meat), while also supporting the gut with a broad variety of probiotics, lots of fiber, digestive enzymes and apple cider vinegar to improve digestive acids, and healing nutrients like bone broth and collagen to reinforce/seal the intestines.
Binders can help with mold toxicity and/or opportunistic pathogens like candida, because when there is yeast and fungal die off (Herxheimer reaction) metabolic byproducts and toxins are released (ethanol, uric acid, acetaldehyde, and more). These add an extra load to the liver and therefore binders can help lighten the load by grabbing onto these and escorting them out, they shouldn’t be used for too long though. Gentler binders that can be taken regularly are high fiber foods, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, oatmeal (if you don’t have fungi). Natural antifungals also help against biotoxins. My preference to reduce inflammation would be the gentler route of strong diet and gut health before considering pharmaceuticals such as CSM unless there is a case of mold toxicity.
Thank you again for your reply! No, I didn’t have mold toxicity but from this article: https://www.survivingmold.com/docs/UNDERSTANDING_CIRS_EDITV2A.PDF it seemed to me that CSM works with neurotoxins too. (It lists neurotoxins as a form of biotoxins and the symptoms it talks about are exactly what we have with BLL) Implants contain neurotoxins, right? I assumed that is why we have brain fog and vertigo, etc. Plus I’m sure that I have bacteria because I feel sick all the time and have had a low-grade fever for two month, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a nice little stew of every harmful stuff in me. I do feel like I have been poisoned, every day and I’m not sure if taking the remaining capsule and silicone granuloma out will help. Or I would say I am so afraid, what if it won’t help?
I understand what you’re writing about the other, more friendly, detox methods but those seem to have not been working for me. This CSM seems so easy and fast. I also understand the side effects and that it shouldn’t be taken too long. So you would say that it only helps with mold but not the other toxins? I am desperate to feel better. Thank you!
I forgot to answer your question: my explant was 2 months ago. However I did not have BII symptoms for the 10 years while I had the implants. I only started having them when in January this year my implant was punctured at the aspirational citolgy exam, (I developed a seroma and they wanted to drain the it) My symptoms have turned on full force after the explant with the silicone spreading out and the capsule piece left in.
Dear Admin! You’re mentioning that one should be careful with the use of alpha lipoic acid. What does that mean? How should I be careful? Also: what are some fat soluble antioxidants that I c an use? Thank you!
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful and versatile compound, it is an antioxidant and a strong chelator of heavy metals (in particular mercury). ALA is popularly used in Andy Cutler’s chelation protocol. Be careful in the sense that:
1. Start small and build your way up in doses depending on how you feel
2. It has a very short half-life so if one has a mercury issue it needs to be taken every 3-4 hours or else mercury can be redistributed to other organs and tissues
3. If you have any mercury fillings (dental amalgams) have those removed before using chelators so that the toxins do not spread. Also, according to Dr. Cutler one should wait 3 months after a recent mercury exposure (high mercury fish, etc.) to use chelators. This is because the body needs to have a lower amount of mercury than the brain, since the direction of movement goes from higher concentrations to lower concentrations.
4. ALA contains sulphur (similar to NAC, glutathione, garlic, SAMe) which is good for you unless you have a sulphur sensitivity or CBS mutation (23 and Me and Genetic Genie can help you identify genetic mutations). Also, a high sulfur person may need to limit the amount of ALA dose or limit sulphur foods. The cysteine plasma test can help figure this out – if high avoid, if low continue.
ALA is a water and fat (lipid) soluble antioxidant that is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and reaching heavy metals in the brain. It is one of the few supplements that can do so. Vitamins A, D, E, and K, and CoQ10 in the Ubiquinol form are also fat soluble. Dr. Mercola recommends ALA, Vitamin E, CoQ10/Ubiquinol, and krill oil, see Dr. Mercola’s Ultimate Guide to Antioxidants.
Thank you so much! I always have the feeling that the answers you give to my questions, have healing power by themselves because they are so thorough and intelligent. (I know I express my admiration all the time but your wisdom and intelligence is incredibly unique) I have a feeling that by the end of figuring out our own detox needs we can all have our BA’s in detoxing. It’s so complex and complicated. 🙁 Okay, so please tell me what test do I need to do to figure out about my mercury or sulfur levels? I don’t have mercury filling but I’m not sure if I had mercury in the implants.
Thank you, Agnes! Your questions are warmly welcomed and your comments are appreciated.
Dr. Andy Cutler, PhD, PE, used the Hair Elements Test with Doctor’s Data to identify hidden mercury, heavy metal toxicities, mineral imbalances, and to provide insight on various body conditions. There are also other hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) companies. According to Dr. Cutler, mercury has a deranged mineral transport where hardly any mercury shows up in one’s hair test even though it is present in the body, suggesting that the body holds onto mercury and the mercury interferes with proper mineral homeostasis which then affects various body systems. He developed a way to read the Doctor’s Data reports with a system of “Counting Rules” to see if even when the report shows no mercury if there is a hidden mercury toxicity present.
Sulphur sensitivity is seen more by the sulphur exclusion trial, removing sulphur foods and then putting them back in to see how you feel. Also by the CBS mutation, identified via 23 and Me and Genetic Genie. The CBS enzyme catalyzes the first step and activates the sulfuration process. CBS defects cause up regulations (speeding up) of the transsulfuration pathway (metabolism of sulfur containing amino acids) and begins with the conversion of homocysteine to cystathionine (which in a separate reaction turns into cysteine which then becomes either taurine or glutathione). What’s often seen is high taurine and low homocysteine, so these might potentially also be markers that suggest sulphur sensitivity.
Hello! Andy Cutler’s protocol says to start with 12.5mg ALA. The smallest dose capsule I could find is 300mg/capsule. So how should I take 12.5mg? Does it come in smaller amounts?
When I googled “alpha-lipoic acid 12.5 mg”, Living Supplements came up. It says on their website, “Our supplements are intended for use with Andy Cutler’s Protocol. They are manufactured in a GMP-certified facility to the highest standard of purity, using only the highest quality ingredients.” On a blog, under Sourcing ALA, it says the Living Supplements country of origin is South Africa and it takes a few weeks to ship.
Other ALA options are, some people “buy the larger capsules and split them as equally as possible by eyesight or buy ALA in bulk powder form (to avoid excipients) and a microscale or micro-scoops, size 4 (smallest) to save money over the long-run.” Read more under Sourcing ALA.
Would a “recent mercury exposure” include removal of amalgams? I am getting 2 removed next month and 2 removed in august when my braces are removed. Should I wait to do a heavy detox until 3 months after my last removal? Or can I start as soon as they are all out?
Hello, please tell me why I should not take Chlorella? I was under the impression it helped rid the body of toxins?
I’ve been taking it for 2 months now and I’m explanting in less than 2 days. Should I never take it?
The reference to not taking chlorella is in regard to mercury fillings (dental amalgams): “Do not take chelators (NAC, lipoic acid, chlorella, clays, DMSA) if you still have mercury fillings”
There is a lot of vasculature in the mouth and chelators can help mobilize the mercury into your systemic circulation. It is best is to remove amalgams before beginning deep detox.
Hello. Is there is a list of referrals for dentists in Colorado? Thank you so much.
This has been very educational and we can relate to so much of it. The info on the phlegm is very helpful and makes sense in my wife’s history. One issue we did not see addressed is “excessive salivation”. My wife goes thru boxes of tissue daily. She cannot swallow it all nor can she keep her mouth closed enough to prevent it flowing out. We can’t figure out why that is so. she has many other debilitating neurological issues along with everything else.. If anyone has info on the salivation issue, we would appreciate it. Thanx Terry & Ronda
Hi Terry & Ronda, I’m glad the information has been helpful and I will try to give my interpretation of the excessive saliva.
The secretion of saliva is entirely neural. The autonomic nervous system regulates involuntary processes and has two subdivisions that are counterparts to each other: the parasympathetic (“rest and digest”) nervous system and sympathetic (“fight or flight”) nervous system.
For the most part, salivation is controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system and is activated by acetylcholine (neurotransmitter). You secrete more saliva when you are in a more parasympathetic state.
Normally saliva is secreted at the sight, smell, or thought of food, or in the presence of food in the mouth. There are many factors that can cause excessive saliva production, including, but not limited to: certain conditions (liver problems, pancreatitis, etc), medications, toxins (such as heavy metals and specifically mercury, copper, arsenic, thallium, etc), allergies, orodental issues, water brash (regurgitation of gastric contents), inflammation and infection, pain, nerve disorders, problems swallowing, and diet (acidic and spicy foods, excessive intake of carbs, starch and sweets). Irritation of the lower gastrointestinal tract by toxins can also increase salivation.
Excessive salivation is interesting because breast implants and silicone toxicity usually cause excessive dryness (in the mouth, eyes, etc). (a) She may have a more dominant parasympathetic state from having a worn out and damaged sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ system from the toxins and chronic stress of the implants. The sympathetic system activates the adrenals and these get overworked with implants. As a result, a person may get stuck in parasympathetic mode. Symptoms include excessive salivation, lower heart rate, the bronchial tubes in the lungs constrict, pupils constrict, increased urination, and more. (b) Is she having difficulty swallowing other than from the excessive saliva? Problems swallowing (dysphagia) are a symptom of breast implants and can contribute to the increasing production of saliva. (c) Implant toxins can cause a variety of neurological dysfunctions. Heavy metals mercury, copper, arsenic, thallium, and others are used in the manufacturing of implants and are associated with increased salivation. Does she also have metallic taste in the mouth? This is sometimes also found with high heavy meals.
I would: (1) diet – avoid acidic foods (vinegar, pickles, coffee, etc), spicy foods, sweets, and ice-cold drinks (thermal stimuli) that all influence the increased rate of saliva production and boost fiber intake, (2) lookup natural remedies for temporary relief, such as cinnamon tea, and (3) explant – decrease toxin exposure that is disrupting neurological and other functions.