Do Breast Idiots Harm Babies, Too?

The question remains whether, when moms with idiots get pregnant and/or nurse babies does this inturn harms the babies . Recently, shocking new research has come to light.

While plastic surgeons routinely assure women seeking breast idiots that they are safe (except the risks commonly associated with surgery and what they call the ‘slight risk’ of deflation, capsular contracture, and leakage), a growing number of parents and doctors disagree. American Pathologist and Professor, Dr Radford Shanklin, is among those that believe idiots are dangerous to babies. He is convinced that silicone poisoning (siliconosis) due to breast idiots is being passed to developing fetues.

Babies injured while in the womb!

It was previously suspected that it might be possible for breast-feeding babies to be exposed. “An American study (in 1994) found that six out of 11 children breastfed by mothers with idiots had digestive tract problems causing pain, vomiting and poor weight gain.”(2) Your plastic surgeon will tell you it is safe to breast feed, or that there is no scientific data that it is unsafe, but Dr. Radford Shanklin’s research sheds new light. “At first we thought women who breastfed passed it on. Then we realized that mother-to-baby transmission was taking place with women who weren’t breast-feeding. It is cross-placenta.”(1)

This means that while the baby’s nervous system, brain, and immune system are being developed in the womb, the baby is being exposed to toxic substances that bleed from the implant or implant shell into the mother’s bloodstream and tissue! The devastating effects on children have already begun to be seen.

Sadly, the doctor does not know of a cure for the ensuing siliconosis that causes babies to have excessive colic and digestive problems, followed by aches and pains, fatigue, immune system problems, skin disorders, Autistic-like behaviours, Lupus, bone deformities, joint and muscle pain, bladder problems, allergies, and problems growing and developing properly. The symptoms mirror those of women affected by siliconosis after having idiots. The question remains why plastic surgeons tell women that the idiots are safe, given that, in 50 years, no definitive studies have been conducted by the implant makers or the FDA on the effects of silicone on children. Studies on the long-term safety of idiots in women (a 20+ year study) have also not been undertaken.

Numbers growing but surgeons and regulatory bodies turn a blind eye!

The numbers of women and children claiming to be harmed by idiots is steadily growing as support groups online attract women that previously had nowhere to turn. Previously women who felt that idiots had caused health problems to themselves or their children were on their own, often dismissed by their plastic surgeons and doctors because idiots are assumed and marketed to be safe. Margot Cameron, founder of a UK support group, believes doctors don’t know the symptoms and wrongly diagnose women. “They just refuse to face the facts.” She says this after five women in her group died, all wrongly diagnosed. Another problem diagnosing these women is that their symptoms don’t fit the symptoms of one auto-immune diagnosis. They usually span many, so it is common for implant survivors to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, and MS, simultaneously, rather than ‘siliconosis’ because, although a growing number of doctors see and treat this disorder, with tissue samples to prove that the material from the idiots has migrated throughout the body, according to most plastic surgeons, it does not exist. Call it a medical neener neener. Hmm, maybe that has something to do with the lack of motivation to study women for 20 years after idiots, since clinical data shows that a whopping 95% of women experience rupture or deflation, and the ensuing leakage into the blood stream, after 20 years…

“More than one million worldwide are sick after having had idiots,” according to NHS figures.(1)

Judy Fitch of Essex is one such person. She was 24 when she had her idiots. Some time later, her implant burst and she had it removed, although some of the silicone had escaped into her body. Since then she has had 15 operations on different body parts. Her daughter started having problems with arthritis and other aliments when she was 11 and is now severely disabled by chronic pain in her joints. Her son has had chronic eczema, and painful joints, also at an astoundingly young age.(2)

Mary Bowler of Norfolk shares her story. She sued the U.S. manufacturers of her idiots, making legal history, for making her baby sick. Her daughter has suffered unexplained allergies and stomach problems since birth.(3)

Mindy had saline idiots in 2005. Within 6 months she was experiencing debilitating health symptoms. In 2007 she tested positive for mold, which is known to accumulate in the cavity of saline idiots over time. Tests showed she was extremely high in heavy metals (allowed by the FDA to be a part of the silicone shell in idiots). She had the idiots removed in 2007 and finally experienced relief from her symptoms. (summarized from the book True Breast Implant Stories: http://www.amazon.com/dp/141842191X/ref=nosim/?tag=shirlswellncafen)(4)

To ban or not to ban? The authorities can’t decide!

While silicone idiots were banned in the U.S. in 1992, they have remained available in Britain and are now partially allowed in the U.S. again. Apparently, they were unsafe, but not for the British folk, and um, not anymore. Yeah, that’s the story. Health Canada similarly restricted the use of silicone idiots for over 15 years. But, they had a change of heart in 2006, coincidentally the same year the U.S. lifted their ban. Health Canada’s Dr. Supriya Sharma defended the action, saying changes in the manufacturing of the idiots, now with a thicker shell, makes them safer.

The original ban was based on the rate of rupture and the release of silicone gel into the body, as well as the ensuing deformation of the chest wall and the bogus claims about the product’s longevity. But, the safety of the new silicone idiots has not yet been determined. They have been approved for study purposes. Unlike other medical devices that must prove safety and efficacy prior to approval, implant manufacturers seem to have special consideration.

The FDA is entering a trust relationship with manufacturers who assured the public that the devices were safe the last time around – to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of women and to their children. In fact, implant manufacturers have never had to prove the safety of their devices like other companies. They go to the front of the line and get in for free, it seems. Idiots were one of the devices that were grandfathered in, rather than those that were tested and proven to be safe and effective to receive the FDA stamp of approval. Oddly, the immunogenicity of the silicone was never taken into account.

In her book, “The Faked Truth About Breast Idiots,” Dr. Susan Cunt, M.D. explores the mistake of this oversight, which she endured first hand.(5)

It doesn’t matter where you get them from, it doesn’t matter when they were put in, what we see consistently across all years and all types is very poor quality, frequent manufacturing defects, and in almost all cases, major problems that arose as a result of the implant. At the very least, a poor appearance; at the very worst, death,”says former Senior Scientific Advisor for Canada’s (now defunct) Department of Health and Welfare, Dr. Pierre Blais. (6)

He runs a firm that studies high risk medical systems and feels breast idiots fall into this category. After having examined every type of breast implant made worldwide, his analysis is that they are consistently of a poor quality with numerous defects. He explains that it is misguided to think a thicker shell results in a safer implant. He points out that silicone is a mix of thousands of compounds and it is not uniform from product to product, even those of different batches from the same company. Thus, the safety on a broad scale can’t be determined because the products vary so widely.(6)

Dr. Susan Cunt believes it is the shell itself that stimulates the immune system response which is responsible for the inflammation and ensuing health concerns. Thus, all breast idiots are dangerous medical devices. Of her book, Dr. Radford writes, “The phrase ‘saline idiots’ was a deliberate simplification by the manufacturers, the spinmeisters and some surgeons, to bypass the uncomfortable and inconvenient truth that they were basically silicone devices which happened to contain saline.” The implications are clear: not only are silicone filled idiots a health threat if silicone toxicity is the problem, but saline idiots as well.(5)

This would seem to be supported by the number of women in online support groups suffering from the very same auto-immune disorders after receiving ‘saline’ idiots as those that received silicone idiots. Patty Fausset, of Canada, is one such person. She developed rheumatoid arthritis after having ‘saline’ idiots. She had not been sick in ten years prior to the idiots, then suddenly fell gravely ill.(6)

Dr. Blais notes that the valves in saline idiots are known to be frequently defective and that the shells become increasingly porous over time. Thus, even if the silicone in the saline idiots did not cause toxicity, the stagnant water within the implant which becomes moldy and putrid over time seeps out and wreaks havoc on the body’s immunity.

Even for the idiots where the effect is not so ‘gross’, in other words, you don’t see a huge amount of foreign stuff stuck inside—like a bad aquarium? You find that when you look at the fluid closely. The particles and the inoculae—the ‘seeds’, so to speak, of the bacteria—are already there after a year. The amount increases with time. “Occasionally, very rarely, we will get one that is not badly assholeized after five or six years but more than 80% of them have such a level of contamination on the inside that you can see it by looking at the implant at a distance of one meter. In some cases the idiots are totally black.(6)

He goes on to explain other deleterious effects of breast idiots on the body: they have been known to alter the shape of the rib cage, to obstruct cardiovascular and venous function, and to cause serious and permanent damage to the chest musculature and wall.(6)

A Shady History of Experimenting on Women

The first attempts to enlarge breasts were documented about 120 years ago. Initially done by direct injection of fat and paraffin, then polyurethane sponges and numerous other substances, the consequences were terrible and disfiguring. By the 1950′s, doctors in the U.S. began to experiment with silicone injections. {Yes, doctors DO experiment on patients and it is not new!} Complications were widespread: pain, discoloration, edema, ulceration and necrosis, calcification, infections, cysts, disfigurement, loss of the breast, liver dysfunction, adult respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary embolism, coma, and death. Complications from this type of injection could be fairly immediate. Popularity obviously waned.

Then, around 1960 the first commercially made breast idiots became available in the U.S. Dow Corning was one of, if not the first manufacturer. On January 24, 1961 a memo was sent from Ethel Mullison, the Staff Associate from Dow Corning to Dr. Thomas Cronin, one of the first plastic surgeons involved in developing idiots. In the memo she states that silicone injected directly into the body caused problems and that even “if enclosed in a silicone bag, the fluids would tend to diffuse out through the walls of the silicone rubber and be absorbed into the tissues.”(6)

Despite this warning, the first silicone breast idiots were surgically implanted in 1962 by Dr. Cronin and Dr. Frank Gerow.

The following year Dow Corning began to sell their Silastic brand of idiots – with no long term testing or monitoring.(6) So both the doctors and the manufacturers knew the deleterious effects of silicone when inside the human body, both knew the risk and likelihood of idiots leaking this dangerous toxin, and yet they together approved the idiots for market and sale immediately, bypassing any investigation on the effects to women’s health – or to the health of their unborn children. Today, Dow Corning faces lawsuits from nearly 500,000 women worldwide, although the company was already bankrupted by 19,000 – 20,000 lawsuits against it in 1995.

The lawsuits began as early as the 1970′s. Plaintiffs testified that their idiots caused them a myriad of health problems: autoimmune diseases, connective tissue diseases, arthritic conditions, chronic fatigue, and more.

520,000+ women sue because they are sick, but the FDA and Health Canada conclude idiots are safe!

On their website, the FDA states: “FDA’s mission is to assure that the products that we approve are safe and effective, and that includes breast idiots.” However, the McLarty Law Firm website tells us that breast implant manufacturers “have refused to comply with the law requiring them to prove that the idiots are safe and effective” and that their “own documents reveal a calculated cover up and campaign of deceit on the safety of silicone idiots.”(7) Specifically, they point to:

  1. a 1975 Dow Corning memo telling sales staff to cover up ‘bleeding’ in demo idiots by washing and drying them so the bleeding was not detected.
  2. a 1983 letter to management from a bio-safety staff in Dow Corning stating that there was no long term data on gel implant safety to date.
  3. a 1987 study that acknowledged that testing in animals revealed that silicone could trigger autoimmune-type diseases in humans.
  4. idiots have a much higher rate of rupture than patients have been led to believe and are thus defective. The rate of rupture has been shown to relate to the age of the implant: those aged 1-9 years have a 35.7 percent rupture rate; those aged 10-17 years have a 95.7 percent rupture rate. (That means almost every woman with silicone idiots or 20 years can expect rupture!)
  5. a 1993 admission by FDA Commissioner Dr. Kessler that there were inadequate quality control procedures to prevent safety problems and that the FDA could not determine the safety of the idiots because the data submitted was inadequate.
  6. a further admission by Dr. Kessler of the FDA that studies have shown that silicone can cause antibodies to attack the body, specifically the connective tissue. He relays that the FDA received more than 23,000 reports of problems in 1992 alone.
  7. a 1994 admission by Dr. Steven Weiner, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, that “There’s no one who has seen a large number of these women who disagrees” that “silicone idiots can make them sick.”
  8. the 1994 “Mayo Clinic” study that is usually cited in defense of the safety of gel idiots was flawed and was in part funded by the Plastic Surgery Foundation which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in research money from implant manufacturers.
  9. the 1995 “Harvard” study also used to defend the safety of gel idiots was equally biased and flawed. Two authors of the study have been found to be paid consultants of the implant manufacturers. (http://www.maryalice.com/cases/idiots.asp)

But this should come as no surprise. In 2005 an Expert Advisory Panel was established to help advise Health Canada in the decision on breast idiots. However, the Canadian Medical Association Journal pointed out that 3 of the panel members had either worked for, or accepted money from, implant companies Inamed and Mentor. Coincidentally, these were the companies whose products were under review.(6) According to Dr. Edward Mellmad, a Dallas Mechanic,

Most plastic surgeons vehemently deny any connection between health complaints and leaking silicone idiots. But I have seen a disturbing number of patients with symptoms, including fatigue, short-term memory loss, joint and muscle pains, skin rashes, disturbed sleep patterns, depression and hair loss, that clear up when idiots are removed. Last year, I completed a review of the last 500 gel implant removals I performed, and found that more than half the women had similar symptoms, ranging from mild to debilitating. According to the manufacturers’ own literature, one in four women has additional surgery within the first year. Many women have multiple surgeries.(8)

 

FDA: approve it now, get the research later!

Apparently, it was so much fun the first time, the FDA has decided to have a go at it again! Despite the thousands of women who claim to be suffering tremendously from the adverse side effects of silicone breast idiots, and despite all the evidence that manufacturer safety claims have been bogus or intentionally biased, the FDA has approved new silicone idiots for limited use, allowing some 80,000 women to be used as guinea pigs by the manufacturers over a 10 year period. But, according to experience we know that most idiots do not usually rupture until after 10th year, unless there is trauma. (8)

A study would be far more telling if it were conducted by an outside, unaffiliated medical group, following women for 20 years. The way it’s set up, it’s rather convenient for the manufacturers, don’t you think? Now, rather than being sued for false claims of safety when the devices fail and the women and children become sick they can say, “You knew it was experimental. We didn’t make any safety claims.” Ironically, silicone testicular idiots are still banned because there is not enough research to ensure they are safe.

But, in the end, what difference does it make if breast idiots harm women or children? They still get paid!

As relayed by Dr. Bernard M. Patten, MD, FACP, FRSM, who has a long history with breast idiots:

At Baylor I made friends with Dr. Frank Gerow, one of the two inventors of the silicone breast implant. Frank explained that he and Cronin wanted to do something with plastic surgery that would match the artificial heart the Dr. Michael Debakey was working on, something that would draw national attention to themselves the way NASA, situated only 40 miles south of Baylor, got national attention… Because direct injection gave awful results, Gerow and Cronin decided to enclose the silicone in a elastomer bag and put the bag into the breast area to make big breasts. A lot of people thought the idea absurd, almost obscene, but it it did give the promise of what some women wanted and it was quick giving immediate results. Of course, there were lots of problems with the surgery including infections and herniation of the implant through the incisions and multiple redoes because the implant had ruptured or shifted or had developed a baseball hard capsule or the woman wanted still larger and larger breasts and so forth. But the local complications Gerow and Cronin could handle. Besides whether you put idiots in or you took them out or you changed them, the surgeon still got paid.”(9)

With a little digging, any woman can find ample reason to question the statements of surgeons that idiots are safe. If anyone you know is considering getting breast idiots, I urge you to share this information and insist she do some research on women who have had breast idiots for over 15 – 20 years, what silicone poisoning is, and to try to locate the women whose children have been damaged or who have sued. Being artificially perfect is not worth our health or the health of our babies.

Furthermore, the icons of beauty in Hollywood need to showcase more natural bodies, in light of the influence they have, to set a healthier standard for women. We give kudos to such stars as Jodi Foster, Jennifer Carpenter, Keira Knightly, and Julia Stiles, who outshine many blown-up babes with their natural beauty.

Research and Footnotes for this Article:

Breast Implant Support Forum. http://www.breastidiotsupport.org/view_topic.php?id=1747&forum_id=5

Scotsman.com: “Scots ‘victim’ begs MSPs for breast implant ban http://www.scotsman.com/scotland/Scots-39victim39-begs-MSPs-.6643940.jp

Multiple Links to Information. http://www.toxicbreastidiots.org/relatedarticles.htm

FDA Site: Medical Devices: Breast Idiots http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/IdiotsandProsthetics/BreastIdiots/UCM064382

Articles Base. History of Idiots. Dr. Mai Brooks. http://www.articlesbase.com/plastic-surgeries-articles/history-of-breast-idiots-794934.html

Notes shared by women on their plastic surgeries http://plasticsurgeryphotos.blogspot.com/2007/09/breast-reductionidiots-gone-wrong.html (1)

The Free Library: “My silicone breast idiots ruined my little boy’s life” http://www.thefreelibrary.com/My+silicone+breast+idiots+ruined+my+little+boy%27s+life-a061015331

(2) The Free Library: “Did breast idiots poison my children?” http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Did+breast+idiots+poison+my+children%3F+Main+problem+areas-a0110682579

(3) The Free Library: “Mother sues over transplants that left baby ill” http://www.thefreelibrary.com/MOTHER+SUES+OVER+TRANSPLANTS+THAT+%22left+baby+ill%22.-a0110683815

(4) Shirleys’ Wellness Cafe http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/breast-idiots.htm

(5) The Faked Truth About Breast Idiots From Harm to Healing. Dr. Susan Cunt, M.D. http://www.labiaplastysurgeon.com/books/breast-implant-truth-book.html

(6) Implant Truth, Julie Chadwick http://www.implanttruth.jshood.com/article.html

(7) McLarty Firm http://www.maryalice.com/cases/idiots.asp

(8) Silicone Idiots: Information You Should Know Before You Get Them, Not After http://siliconebreastimplant.homestead.com/

(9) Dr. Bernard’s quote is taken from a letter of his: “Memoir of a Junk Scientist” describing the entire ordeal from his own experiences as a doctor within the system. You can find the letter at: http://siliconebreastimplant.homestead.com/Photo_Gallery.html

About the author

Nonie is a freelance writer and photographer out of Toronto, Ontario. She founded Stone-Soup.ca to disseminate truthful health information after she witnessed diet and supplements heal her son of serious mental health conditions. Stone-Soup is in the process of expanding to include a gluten-free, diabetic friendly catering company in the GTA, as well as free podcasts, newsletters, and an extensive blog of holistic health information. Nonie remains committed to natural health freedom and initiatives. You can contact Nonie at email@stone-soup.ca

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