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Breast Implant Illness: Test Your Knowledge!

Back when I first heard about Breast Implant Illness, like most people, I rolled my eyes and didn't think it was a real thing. 
In fact it took several more YEARS of rapidly having my health deteriorate BEFORE I WAS EVEN OPEN to hearing about it. 

Because of that, I realize that there are many who will scroll right by this post, or heck, even unfriend me. 
But this post isnt written for them, maybe just not yet anyway. LOL 
I have found that for every person I probably annoy, I have twice as many private messages re this topic. Many of those messages include at least one these six assumptions. So I thought, I wonder how many others assume this too?

Since sharing my story, I have helped many women FINALLY regain their health... therefore I will continue to educate and spread awareness, in hopes that if you are even a silent sufferer, then you may be able to pinpoint WHY your hormones are off, you have insomnia, your hair is thinning, weight loss is difficult, your lymph nodes are swollen, and your food sensitivities are causing a ton of unexplained bloating, just to name a few. 

I put this little T/F together TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE on breast implants. (BTW, I would have totally failed this last year….LOL)

See how YOU do! Each of the explanations is below , so just scroll through 🙂

1) I don't have the same symptoms you did, so I don't have Breast Implant Illness.

2) I have saline, or small implants, so Im safe.

3) Your implant has to rupture to get BII

4) The medical community acknowledges breast Implant Illness.

5) I don't have any I’m good.

6) This is all so ridiculous and all in people's heads.

Breast Implant Illness

1) FALSE. All symptoms are different for everyone depending on your genetic weak points. For example, If you are genetically predisposition for thyroid issues, those will be exacerbated with implants. 

For me it was gut health, neurological and joint pain, insomnia and the last six months prior to explant, my lymph nodes started swelling. 

When I first looked at the list of symptoms a few years ago, I had about 4-5 and dismissed them because I didnt believe in Breast Implant Illness. 

In May 2018, my symptoms had grown to total 30-ish. Here is a list of the most common due to BII. How many of these do you have now? If very few, I suggest saving this and checking back every 6 months to a year to see if they are worse...or more.

BII Symptoms

2) FALSE. Implants are implants. Even if it's not a breast implant, if you have a foreign object inserted into your body...its an implant. 

The difference with breast implants compared to other implants is that they are made from a soft, pliable SILICONE shell. The size or the filling of the implant is mostly irrelevant. There are over 40 known toxins that are released from the silicone casing. Those toxins are released into your bloodstream. 

Additionally, since implants are placed right in your chest cavity and neighboring your vital organs and lymphatic system, the silicone break down has prime real estate to spread through our body. 

Additionally, some brands saline filled implants are prone to mold.

Actual Implants

3) FALSE. Breast Implant Illness is an Inflammatory response by your body to a foreign object. 

Yes- a silicone rupture is very troublesome. From the moment your implants are placed in your body, your body starts to build a capsule around the implant itself to guard it from your body. The capsule can start small symptoms of BII within a few days for some women, while for others it may take years. Know that if you have implants, you have these capsules. 

Even if you have the implant removed, if the capsule is left inside you, you will stay sick. It's vital to have not just the implant, but the capsule removed as well. 

Also, if you have saline filled implants, know that there are certain brands that are very prone to mold, as well. Bottom line, BII is a result of your body's naturally self defense and causes a non-stop inflammatory response as long as the implants are in your body. 

Long term effects of inflammation is what starts to cause the break down of our body's immune system and starts to slowly affect your health. Its not the rupture that makes you sick. Its the capsule and your body's natural inflammatory response to a foreign object.

There are pictures below of the capsules WE ALL HAVE, if you have implants. Red/ yellow eyes are one of the biggest indicators that you body has inflammation. Look at mine in the picture below just 15 hours after surgery.

Explanted breast Implants covered in the capsule the body naturally builds around it to protect and defend us against the "foreign invader". It can be peeled off the implant, like a sausage casing, once explanted.

Explanted Breast Implants

3) Con't with picture....😮 The EYES and FACE...

That’s where you notice the HEALING from BII, first!

When your body isn’t fighting the toxic foreign object inside of you, inflammation goes down and your:

👀Eyes become whiter and brighter

❤️Skin becomes less red & more fresh 

🌸Face becomes less puffy. 

Same lighting and time of day. No make up. No difference in what I ate the night before. 

Just 15 HOURS since getting toxic bags out and my body is already starting to HEAL! It can take up to a year (even two) for total healing but already there’s improvement 🌸🌸🌸

Healing from BII

4) False:
Unfortunately, you will not get help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor and especially not from your plastic surgeon. 

This illness is not acknowledged by the medical community yet. In fact, the medical community clings to the false belief that silicone and breast implants are safe. 

Your plastic surgeon may even deny breast implants cause illness or refute your symptoms in order to avoid liability. Plastic surgery is big business built on silicone and breast implants are their greatest source of revenue. 

Plastic surgeons will refuse to admit that breast implants are unsafe and will actively refute the truth in order to protect their cash cow. Ironically, the medical community will agree that chronic inflammation is the number one cause of disease and that our body has a natural built in inflammatory response to any foreign object. 

Even GI doctors have seen inflammatory capsules built around lap bands they implanted. But when it comes to applying the same logic to breast implants, they dismiss it as absurd. 

This is the first time it's been explained (and shown) HOW and WHY the implant causes so many health issues from a Canadian Chemist on the Canadian FDA board:



Most of us that go through breast implant illness start with gradual symptoms. 

We realize something is OFF but don't know what so we become very strict with our diet, adjust our lifestyle in any way we can to accommodate our ailing health, add supplements, step up exercise and start spending big bucks on our health looking for answers and relief. At first this seems to help but gradually symptoms return and stay and more symptoms come on every year and our health continues to decline. We, with implants, are some of the most vigorous health minded people there are because we have to be in order to function in our daily life. 

When I was most sick, I had to give up everything including my entire health and way of life just to feel somewhat normal.

This is going to sound harsh. But I wish someone had been harsh with me several years ago as it would have saved me so much time, money, guesswork and quality of life.

If you have implants it is not a matter of if you will get sick, it is a matter of when you will get sick, as breast implants cause endocrine disruption and immune system dysfunction and steadily deteriorate in your body from the first day of implantation and silicone particles, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals in the silicone damage your body glands, organs and good health processes. 

All types of breast implants can cause illness, none are safe and especially not the cohesive gel implants which contain very aggressive chemicals and heavy metals. 

How do breast implants cause illness? What is silicone toxicity? What are the symptoms of breast implant illness? Please RESEARCH BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS . I had many of these symptoms and women who have breast implant illness have these types of symptoms and perhaps others depending on the progression of the illness and the type of implants they have.

----> Many women suffering from breast implant illness are misdiagnosed with other diseases that have similar symptoms and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms. Don’t waste your precious time on misdiagnoses.


And this one was kinda me for a while. While I completely denied Breast Implants Illness was a real thing, my symptoms continued and gradually got worse. 

Is there a placebo effect with some things? Absolutely. 

But you can't deny the scientific effects of toxic exposure and chronic inflammation can cause on ones body. There are THOUSANDS of cases, some of which I know personally, where women's bodies have returned to normal after YEARS of suffering. 

Lymph nodes shrinking, hormone levels normalizing, brain fog lifting, skin disorders clearing up, fibromyalgia going away, sleep being restored, hair growing back….I could go on. When the body no longer is fighting, it can do what it does best…. and start HEALING. 

It can take up to a year for the toxins of implants to rid the body. Specifically in the liver and endocrine glands. 

There are certain detoxes that can help this process. But to say it is in someones head, is denying science. 

When I told Neil it was my implants he was in disbelief. That was HARD. Ladies, listen to your body and your soul. Don't let anyone else have a say in this journey but YOU. I loved my big boobies as much as anyone LOL, but after feeling like shit, gaining a ridiculous amount of weight regardless of my diet or exercise, knowing what they were slowing doing to my body and nothing I did could reverse it, I got to the point where the size of my health meant so much more than the size of my chest. 

It’s ridiculous that NO ONE questions us getting implants when we want them IN, but when we say we want them out and we have to PROVE and CONVINCE people we arent crazy. 

Go freaking figure.



Taking Care of YOU!

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”

Isn’t it ironic, People save and work religiously towards a comfortable retirement, yet often neglect the ONE INVESTMENT that really matters to fully enjoy it.

Working Out



Freshii Salad for the WIN!

When you’re eating SALAD everyday for your cleanse, and you saved tons of time by having FRESHII custom make it for you! 👌🏼

✅ You know that green veggies like Spinach, Kale & Broccoli have TWICE the PROTEIN content of Beef, Chicken or Eggs? 
✅ And the SAME amount of Calcium?

🙌🏼 Green-filled salads have more nutrients and are less calories. Oh and is less expensive too! 🤪


Freshii Salad



Tastey Tuesday and Artificial Flavors ⚗️

Hey Loves :-)
By now as we near an end of this group you've hopefully found some pretty amazing recipes that TASTE fabulous!
Taste is such a HUGE part of satiation and I wanted to share what many food companies do to foods, drinks and candies and sauces do to "Cheat" or "heighten" the taste of their products. 
If you've ever thought "Eh...heathy food tastes BORING" that's because your taste buds have been duped into thinking food is supposed to taste like a chemically made "blueberry" flavor. 
ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS are cleverly added to it to create that "POP" of flavor in your mouth, and keep you coming back for more. Its been cleverly, DESIGNED that way.

The GOOD news is that you can retrain your taste buds to know what real food tastes like, by phasing out the artificial flavors, resulting in more of an appreciation and desire for the real thing. If you've ever done a natural food cleanse, you'd find that the natural foods you eat actually start BURSTING with flavor. :-)
Now for the science dork, nutritionist, prior pharmaceutical rep and health advocate in me to chime in so this may only be of interest to some of you -and that is Ok :-)
You may think, "WHO CARES that my food has artificial flavors!!! Im not concerned about knowing what real vanilla or strawberry tastes like!" That's understandable, but maybe some of the health problems RELATED to these artificial flavors may an interest or explain a few symptoms to you and your littles. 
Artificial flavor chemicals can cause different allergies and conditions such as hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder in people who are sensitive to specific chemicals. Foods containing these additives can cause asthma, hay fever and certain reactions such as rashes, vomiting, headache, tight chest, hives and worsening of eczema. 
They may affect RNA, thyroid, and enzymes (affecting RNA can cause tumor growth). I know that part feels alarming but most have NOT been studied for safety or toxicity.

Artificial flavors are synthesized chemicals that don't even have common names. Most artificial flavorings are derived from petroleum and contain many chemical ingredients, not just one. Unfortunately, many of those chemicals can be volatile to our health.
Here's the take-a-way: Its not likely you will be able to eliminate all artificial flavors in your food choices. 
I don't. 
But you can be way more STRATEGIC and reduce them in your family's food, candy, cereals and drink. :-) And you will notice, with the right ingredients and spices, REAL food will DAZZLE your taste buds and keep you rockin your YOUTHFUL HEALTHY VITALITY :-)
PS- Remember that all natural superfood shake I keep raving about??? Yep- NO artificial flavors ;-)
Happy HEALTH and TASTEY Tuesday <3



Detox through Cupping

“How exactly do you detox?”🤷🏼‍♀️
I do food detoxes, light therapy, use essential oils and of course...weekly cupping 😍.
Unlike massage which pushes toxins downward to be absorbed and excreted, cupping sucks toxins up to and out of, your skins surface...our biggest organ. 👌🏼
It’s a procedure that’s been around since 1550 BC and my guy Michael Canizio is my local go-to EXPERT. 
He’s been cupping me weekly, for a year and doing my massage therapy for over 17 years. 
Why the detoxing? After learning
that many of my health problems stemmed from my silicone implants seeping their 40+ known toxins in my body I wanted to actively work to get all the chemicals OUT of my body. 
Getting the implants, and their capsules removed from your body isn’t enough, the toxins seep into our lymph nodes and organs over time and also need to be removed. That’s a bit trickier. 
💕 So here’s to my weekly cupping, if you have a person locally that is experienced in it, I highly recommend it, even if it’s just for wellness maintenance 🌸
Wondering what 40+ known toxins are in silicone (whether saline or silicone filled) implants??? 

Read on sistahs....
Here are some of the approximate 40 known toxic chemicals in silicone:

☠️ Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Cyclobexanone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Acetone, Urethane, Poly Vinyl Chloride, Lacquer Thinner, Ethyl Acetate, Epoxy Resin, Epoxy Hardener, Amine, Printing Ink, Toluene, Freon, Silica, Flux, Solder, Chlorplantinic Acid, Metal Cleaning Acid, Formaldehyde, Talcum Powder, Chlorplatinic Acid, Metal Cleaning Acid, Formaldehyde, Talcum Powder, Color Pigment Printers Ink, Oakite, Cyanoacyrylates, Ethylene Oxide, Carob Black, Xylene, Hexone, Benzene, Hexanone, Thixon-OSN-2, Rubber, Acid Stearic, Zinc Oxide, Naptha, Phenol, Methylene Chloride, Platinum Salts, Platinum, Tin and other heavy metals ☠️
If you wanna wiki each of these above chemicals you will see that they are defined as either
👉🏼 cytotoxic, (toxic to cells)
👉🏼 neurotoxic, (toxic to nerves)
👉🏼 carcinogenic cancer causing) &
👉🏼 harsh irritants to live tissues (lymph nodes and organs) causing inflammation and possible autoimmune responses. 
Plastic surgeons probably don’t talk about the ingredients in silicone and that silicone will react with your body because im thinking that most wouldnt buy implants if they knew the truth. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Now some of ya do ✌🏼

Cupping after Breast Implant Illness



Breast Implant Illness: From a NonBeliever to Healed!

My Entire Journey...with Pictures and Resource Links

Breast Implant Illness

For the past several years I've been public about my "mystery illnesses".   Several people did ask me privately if I'd considered it being my implants and I scoffed at them and thought "Oh what ever- it cant be that- they are safe!" 

If this is you, or sounds like a friend that you know, please know that I was that person too and have created this blog series for people that are thinking just like I did.  I share what I had to see and hear to finally open my mind for consideration.  I'm happy to say, that nearly 3 months after having them removed 80% of my symptoms are gone and I feel younger than ever.  I am grateful every single day for my health and vitality.  The Heal is real...Godspeed ladies.  


EPISODE 1 : Breast Implant Illness AHA Moment

EPISODE 2 :  Cause of BII

EPISODE 3  : Symptoms of BII

EPISODE 4 : Stigma and Judgement

EPISODE 5: Eve of Surgery "Balloon Release"



Coaches, Healthy People and the AutoImmune Prevalence

Why are so many COACHES being diagnosed with autoimmune and gut health issues?

1) it SEEMS like more coaches are “getting it” because we are the majority SPEAKING to it on social. A bunch of my neighbors have it and have never even heard of Beachbody. Our job is to be vocal while the average person suffers in private. So our voice is “lounder” but that doesnt correlate to actually being more prevelant . 

2) we, in this group and the round table are 5* and above coaches. We are wired to PUSH. Many of us are type A and drive ourselves into exhaustion while the rest of the non high achievers rest. Our personalities are more prone to high cortisol levels and a cascade of other ailments bk we don’t stop until our body crashes on us. That level of stress all the time wrecks your hormones. 

3) healthy people are more aware of their body and small changes. Someone who is a train wreck, EVERYTHING hurts or is off so it’s all just a big blur when it comes to warning signs. People that are healthy notice even the slightest change in their body. So we are primed to naturally dig and explore for our own answers more and sooner than the average person. Then of course, we TALK, about it. LOL

And 4) because I have to go here. We (andmost health and fitness minded folks) are more vain than the average household person both in body image and for social / biz image. Many of us opt for implants (and Botox, and what ever else) to enhance what fitness cant. 
Implants can cause more of an inflammatory response, gut issues, food sensitivities and autoimmune type symptoms than any nightshade, shake or bean. I’ve been on an exhausting journey trying to diagnose my mystery illness, excessive weight gain, chronic inflammation and pain and AI-type symptoms for FOUR years. I refused to think it was my implants. Funny now, at almost 46 years old, and 9 weeks post op from breast explant surgery, nearly ALL of my symptoms have gone away. I spent years of elimination diets, detoxes and remedies but it was my IMPLANTS causing and exacerbating the health issues i was already genetically predisposed to.

Sorry so long but I’ve heard this question in FB groups and thought it was one that was deserving of some perspective to consider. 😊