10 Steps to Reversing Breast Implant Illness
In today’s day and age, we are exposed to an unthinkable amount of toxins: chemicals, heavy metals, EMF’s, GMO’s, food additives, etc. Think of your body as a bucket. Now imagine the toxins that surround us in daily life are in the liquid that slowly fills that bucket. With each toxic exposure, drop by drop, your bucket becomes more full. A drop here and there isn’t such a big deal; however, chronic exposure to an onslaught of chemical, physical and emotional stressors fills up your bucket each day, and at some point the bucket begins to overflow. Once it does, cellular inflammation is triggered and unwanted symptoms arise. And often times breast implants become the straw that broke the camel’s back culminating in breast implant illness.
I myself have dealt with serious health issues only to receive multiple diagnoses which were not the root cause of my symptoms. After years of suffering, I finally came to realize that the only way out of my downward spiraling health was to address the root cause: my breast implants. You can read my story HERE. After restoring my own health, I developed a 10-step holistic health plan to reverse breast implant illness based on my research, my experience, and my holistic health and functional education. This plan provides hope because it explains how you got so sick and how your body can heal itself. The goal is not to focus on any specific condition, but to fully support the body’s innate ability to heal itself. I truly believe in this process and I am blessed to be able to share the information with those who are truly struggling to heal from breast implant illness.
Below is a generic outline of my 10-step program. I believe each person is a unique individual with unique needs, therefore should be treated as such. I use this program as a base and tailor it to fit each client’s bio-individuality in order to truly heal.
The 10 Steps to Reversing Breast Implant Illness
Step 1: Removing the source
The first and most important step in restoring your health is getting your breast implants properly removed. This means en block explant with complete capsulectomy, regardless of the type of implant. This procedure involves removing the implant with the capsule intact, together as one unit, and making sure no pieces of the capsule are left behind in the body. This is crucial to your recovery as leaving any part of the capsule in the chest can cause a continuation of symptoms. I’ve heard many stories of ladies needing a second surgery to remove capsule tissue that was not removed when they explanted in order to restore their health. I have also heard stories where surgeons say they will do an en block with complete capsulectomy and the patient wakes up from surgery to find out that the surgeon did not remove the capsule. They say that it was not necessary. These surgeons do not believe in or understand breast implant illness and I highly suggest finding a surgeon who not only believes that it is real, but understands it and can describe his procedure for en block to you. He/she should also provide you with written detail of the procedure that is to be performed for you to sign. It is my recommendation to ask for photos or video of your en block with capsule intact, of your implants without the capsule, and of your chest wall to show that all capsule has been removed. And please do your homework and be sure to choose a surgeon who is experienced and comfortable with en block resection. You can find a list of recommended explant surgeons HERE.
It is not enough simply to explant. This is the first step, but toxic stressors in breast implants quickly shut down detox pathways and allow other toxins to bio-accumulate. This means addressing things like mercury amalgam fillings in your mouth, chemicals in your personal care products and household cleaning products, chemicals in your water, mold in your home, pesticides and herbicides in your food, EMF exposure, cavitations in your mouth, and also addressing pathogens in the body (parasites, viruses, fungi, bacteria, Lyme pathogens, etc).
Step 2: Optimizing Nutrition
I have my clients eat a cellular healing diet. This involves eating a nutrient dense, whole foods diet that includes lots of fresh veggies, some fruits, pasture-raised meats/eggs, and lots of good quality fats. Food should be organic and non-GMO as much as possible. Cut out all processed foods, sweeteners, and gluten. I also believe it is important to minimize gains and cut out dairy at least until you are well enough to tolerate them. You should drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of purified water each day. The water purifier I recommend can be found HERE.
My program goes a step further than this by utilizing food sensitivity testing to fine tune your diet. I believe the MRT to be the best option in most cases as it measures the body’s inflammatory response to each food tested and we want to decrease inflammation as much as possible. This allows me to tailor your nutrition to your bio-individuality.
Step 3: Regenerating the Cell Membrane
It has been shown that the cell membrane holds the intelligence of the cell and plays a major role in detox, turning genes on and off, and regulating hormones. Regenerating the cell membrane is at the core of restoring health after removing breast implants. In healthy individuals, the supple lipid bilayer of the cell membrane allows nutrients to flow inside easily, and toxins and free radicals to leave unimpeded. If inflamed, nothing can come in or out, so the cell becomes a toxic wasteland and breast implant illness continues. The membrane must be regenerated for detoxification to occur and elicit body-wide healing. It has been shown to be the key player in turning off genes that express unwanted symptoms, diseases and even obesity. Along with diet, detox and specific fats in proper ratios in the products I recommend address healing the cell membrane throughout the program.
Step 4: Restoring Cellular Energy
Cellular energy is the gasoline of the cell, and nothing runs or functions without it. As nutrients flow into the cell, they feed the powerhouse called mitrochondria, the cellular structures which produce ATP (cellular energy). Without adequate production of ATP, cells are unable to detoxify or regenerate properly. What’s more, the lower your ATP, the more inflammation is occurring at the cellular level. Individuals lacking ATP suffer from symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, digestive problems, and hormone imbalances. Without raising cellular ATP, symptoms of breast implant illness will not be impacted by treatments. Restoring cellular energy is critical in the first month of this program and is specifically addressed using products that have been shown to regenerate and even make more mitrochondria. This is where energy is made in the cell, so making more mitochondria will increase the energy needed to down-regulate inflammation and up-regulate cellular detox pathways.
Step 5: Reducing Cellular Inflammation
Systemic cellular inflammation is linked to almost all chronic diseases and hormone conditions. Specifically, we are referring to inflammation of the cell membrane that affects the way the cell communicates, detoxes and ultimately changes gene expression, which can trigger a disease of genetic weakness. Understanding how inflammation affects the cell and how to down-regulate it is essential to reverse breast implant illness. Unfortunately, most health practitioners are not keeping up with the exciting research in the area of inflammation, detox, or gene expression, which would dramatically change their clients’ results. Top sources of inflammation include dietary sugars and grains, bad fats and toxins (those from breast implants and the environment around you). This program addresses all of these sources and supports a reduction in cellular inflammation. Many of the ingredients in the detox portion of my program are shown in studies to raise intracellular glutathione, and numerous studies demonstrate glutathione’s effect on cellular inflammation and detox.
Step 6: Restablishing Methylation
Methylation is the biochemical process that affects many essential body functions including DNA repair, detoxification, fighting infections, removing toxins such as those found in breast implants. The body needs methylation to regulate stress hormones, and when unable to methylate remains in a constant state of stress. Methyl groups are needed to turn on the stress response, but they are also needed to turn it off. Therefore if methyl groups are lacking, a greater opportunity is created for toxins, inflammation, and other stressors to trigger bad genes by depleting methylation. On the other hand, a healthy lifestyle, clean diet and environment, and properly restored methylation can turn off a bad gene. Hence, our DNA is no longer our destiny. The detox portion of my program stimulates methylation pathways throughout every phase due to its importance in protecting the cell, detox pathways, and turning off bad gene expression.
Step 7: Opening and Supporting Critical Detox Pathways
In order to properly detox the body you need to open and support your detoxification pathways. These pathways include the kidneys, colon, skin, lymph, liver, and gallbladder.
- Peeing: Kidneys are one of your main detoxification organs. You should be drinking enough water so that your urine is a pale yellow rather than dark.
- Pooping: Everything in your colon is waste; get rid of it! We don’t want that waste sitting there being reabsorbed. You should be having 2-3 bowel movements each day.
- Sweating: Your skin is your body’s largest detox organ and sweating is known to remove heavy metals and toxic chemicals from the body. The most beneficial way to sweat is by using an infrared sauna.
- Getting your lymph moving: Lymph is basically a wasteland and is commonly referred to as the garbage disposal of the body. Unlike blood being automatically pumped through your blood vessels, lymph relies on your body movements as a pump. You have to be active to stimulate lymph flow. Any type of exercise, such as walking, weight lifting or swimming, helps flush toxins in the lymph. My favorite way (and by far the most effective way) to get the lymph moving is by rebounding! The repetitive up and down movement forces lymphatic fluid to flow and flush out toxins. I recommend doing this daily. Dry brushing is another option.
- Last, but not least, the liver is our main detoxification organ, but its job goes far beyond this. The liver is an impressive multitasker, with over 500 known functions. It is involved with digestion, the endocrine system, immunity, controlling blood sugar, and protein and fat metabolism. The liver is quite arguably the body’s most important organ. The best way to help your liver out is by decreasing the amount of toxins going in and on your body. As I have already mentioned, it is very important to stay well hydrated. Lemon water is a great way to support liver detox. You can also eat foods that specifically support the liver, such as beets, cruciferous veggies, and Jerusalem artichokes. Other ways to support the liver include coffee enemas, liver/gallbladder flushing, castor oil packs, and detox baths.
- Sleep: I realize that sleep may seem like a strange thing to include in “opening up your detox pathways”, but in addition to the points above, proper detoxification requires good quality sleep of at least 7-8 uninterrupted hours per night. Moreover, each hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep after midnight and goes a long way in detoxing and restoring your health.
Step 8: Detoxing the Body and the Brain at the Cellular Level
They key to restoring your health lies in true detoxification at the cellular level. The detox program I use supports the body’s natural ability to detoxify your body from toxic chemicals and heavy metals, which can not only help you reverse breast implant illness, but can help you realize your greatest level of health.
Step 9: Healing Your Gut
Commonly women who have toxicity from breast implants also have digestive symptoms linked to leaky gut, intestinal dybiosis, gut pathogens, and inflammation. Intestinal health is very important for all of the other functions of the body to be working well. 80% of the immune system is in the gut; it’s like your second skin. The gut is the first line of defense against ingested pathogens. So it makes sense that when your gut is healthy, chances are that you’re in good health. However, if the gut is damaged and isn’t working properly due to the toxic exposures from breast implants, you can develop a number of health problems that can lead to unwanted symptoms that can be far removed from the gut.
What is commonly referred to as leaky gut, is an increase in intestinal permeability. You see, the gut lining is made up of cells that are only one layer thick. They contain tiny hair-like projections called microvilliwhich function produce enzymes for digestion and to allow nutrients to pass through to be sorted out by the liver. These cells are held together by tight junctions which prevent harmful things like pathogens, antigens, and immune complexes from passing through. So it protects us against infections and infestations, which is why it is considered to be our second skin. When the microvili become damaged and the tight junctions become loose due to toxic exposure and overload, poor dietary choices, gluten, gut infections (parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungal overgrowth), medications, and emotional stress, food molecules can leak into circulation and cause an immune reaction resulting in food intolerances to all sorts of different foods. As a result of the damage to the microvili, you can also develop lactose intolerance, poor fat digestion, and eventually malnutrition. And that leads to compromised immunity and an overall pro-inflammatory disease state. And we often don’t see symptoms developing until there is significant damage to the mucosa. So you can see how healing the mucosal barrier is critical for not only proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, but for gut immunity as well.
So the main culprits are toxins, food, and infections.
- Inflammatory foods containing gluten, conventional dairy, sugar, conventional meats, grains, GMO products, and alcohol need to be cut out of the diet completely.
- The most common infections contributing to a leaky gut are parasites, candida overgrowth, and SIBO.
- Finally, we must detox the body at the cellular level. Toxins not only come from your breast implants, but also medications such as NSAIDS, steroids, antibiotics, and acid blocking medications, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides, tap water, and BPA from plastics. The stress of our busy modern day lives as well as emotional stress is also a contributing factor. Chronic exposure to toxic metals and chemicals from breast implants as well as these other stressors listed above leads to the breakdown of the gut lining and subsequent malfunctions of the body. The body is in a disease state and dysfunctions and symptoms occur which may or may not be GI related.
My clients receive a comprehensive health re-building plan tailored to their specific needs. No one plan is the same as another. I focus on diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, targeted supplementation, and detoxification from heavy metals and toxic chemicals at the cellular level. Within this plan we also target the gut.
- Remove: We remove the chronic internal and external stressors contributing to poor gut health by first and foremost, removing the breast implants, then assessing lifestyle habits and using functional lab work.
- Replace: We replace a poor diet with foods that nourish/heal the body, and supplement with healing nutrients and digestive enzymes.
- Repair: We repair the gut lining with supplements targeted specifically for healing the gut lining.
- Reinoculate: We replentish the gut with beneficial bacteria in order to restore balance.
This 4-step process is built into every customized plan as it is the key to reversing breast implant illness and restoring vibrant health. When followed diligently and correctly, it produces amazing results.
Step 10: Repairing Your Immune System
Toxic chemicals and heavy metals in breast implants trigger the suppression of healthy immune system response. Once immunity is compromised by these triggers, bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral, and/or yeast infections or infestations may take hold, (usually in the digestive tract initially) causing further deteriorating health conditions in virtually every system of the body. The body’s ability to process toxic compounds will be compromised by a weekend physiological environment, encumbered by stress, and in some cases poor nutrition and/or assimilation.
The solution to unwinding the cascading disaster that results from this process, is not complicated. It is actually very simple. The reason it is so simple is that we are not going to attempt to separately “fix” any malfunction. We are going to ALLOW the immune system to solve all the issues and imbalances from within, on it’s own. As we feed the body a concentration of precisely what immunity requires, balance and accuracy returns to immune function, and autoimmunity is progressively eliminated.
As accuracy returns to the immune killer cells, the inaccurate tissue attacking mode of autoimmunity is progressively eliminated. The immune system stops attacking the tissues of the body, and returns to it’s protecting, healing, and defending mode as designed.
Because the Immune System orchestrates the entire digestive ecosystem, as proper immune function is restored, so too is proper digestive function. These are the two primary systems of the body. The immune and digestive systems work together to balance, to restore, defend, and heal every other System, organ, tissue, and cell of the body. This is the way the body has been designed. As part of my 10-step plan to reverse breast implant illness, we imply go WITH the design, feeding and restoring the immune system, and then we get out of the way allowing the immune system to do what it is designed to do.
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Sarah has a passion for health that has taken her along a path from RN, to fitness enthusiast, to becoming a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and True Cellular Detox™ Practitioner. She has a passion for breast implant illness and teaching her clients about restoring health through nutrition, lifestyle, and detox, and guiding them through the sea of mis-information in hopes of finding their path to vibrant health.
Sarah’s belief is that we should settle for nothing less than vibrant health! And with breast implant illness, detoxing after en bloc explant is a foundation for that. She focuses on healing the body naturally at the cellular level with whole(real) foods, lifestyle changes, detoxing, and addressing the downstream conditions caused by breast implants. She believes that alternative therapies can be just as effective, if not more so, than conventional medical treatments because we are seeking to heal the body rather than merely mute a symptom with a pill. Sarah is an advocate for natural living and doing what she can to keep toxins out of the home and environment. She is also very passionate about eating real foods as she feels it’s the key to keeping our health and the future health of our children. The thought of explant surgery and healing the body can be overwhelming, so she is here to guide you through the process. Sarah is super passionate about this work, as she truly believes there is a reason for her own struggles that is bigger than her. Sarah will show you how to reverse breast implant illness, take back your health, and live vibrantly!