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Silicone Implants Part 1

The FDA just lifted its ban on silicone implants.  Instead of waiting for safety studies, they have decided to allow them back on the market with a “wait and see” attitude to see if any problems crop up.  The FDA is supposed to hold off on the approval of drugs and medical devices until safety can be established, but it appears they are once again violating their own rules to protect the profits of big business.  It seems to be a common practice for the FDA to leave drugs are devices that are found to be very dangerous or deadly on the market unless the FDA is forced to remove them.

The safety of silicone implants has been in question for quite a long time.  Back in the early 60s both Dow Corning Wright (DCW), and the FDA submitted interoffice memorandums admitting that the original breast implants could cause problems due to the polyurethane coating, which decomposed in the body in to the carcinogen TDA.  Despite the known danger both DCW and the FDA did not remove these implants from the market but rather stated that their use should be limited.  The coated implants were eventually banned because of the danger of cancer from these type implants.

Safety problems did not end there though.  Silicone implants have been suspected of causing a host of problems from autoimmunity to connective tissue disorders.  Talking to women over the years with silicone implants I have heard complaints suspected from the implants including skin disorders, chronic sinus infections, joint disorders, memory loss, etc.  A personal friend of mine developed breast cancer in her right breast after her right silicone implant ruptured.  She had the implants replaced with saline implants thinking they were safer.  The cancer was eventually put in to remission with herbs and ozone therapy.  When her saline implants started to leak she started developing malignant tumors all over her body.  She sold her ozone unit to help cover her medical bills.  I received a call one day from a mutual friend and I was told that our friend was in hospice.  She passed away shortly afterward.  I have no doubt that the implants were a direct cause of her death.

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Safety of Megadosing Vitamin C Part 4

Copper, which is displaced by excess vitamin C is essential for the formation of hemoglobin that carries oxygen to the tissues, and removes carbon dioxide.  Iron is also essential for the formation of hemoglobin, although iron absorption is increased by vitamin C.  This all brings up an interesting problem.  If iron levels are increased by improved absorption from vitamin C but hemoglobin cannot be formed due to lack of copper, what happens to all the iron being absorbed?
As with copper and vitamin C, iron is essential for the body and serves various purposes.  Although, as with copper and vitamin C excess levels of iron can be dangerous.  And since the body has no efficient way of ridding itself of excess iron iron levels may easily build up to toxic levels.

As iron accumulates in the body it is primarily stored in organs and glands where it can lead to organ failure and glandular damage.  The heart, liver and pancreas are at the greatest risk of damage and failure from iron overload.

Side effects of iron overload include heart disorders, diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, adrenal insufficiency, hypothyroidism, parathyroid damage resulting in low blood calcium, pituitary gland dysfunction, atrophy of the testes and ovaries, nervous system damage and disorders, arthritic disorders, graying or bronzing of the skin and decreased energy levels.  Numerous microbes and protozoa thrive with high iron levels.  These include Candida, Listeria, Chlamydia, Salmonella, Plasmodium, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Cryptococcus, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas, Helicobacter pylori Escherichia coli and numerous others.

Iron overload is also known to increase the risk of various cancers including liver cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma, breast cancer, melanoma and colon cancer.  The increased risk of cancer is probably due to the increased activity of cancer pathogens.  For example, human papilloma virus (HPV) has been linked to several cancers including breast cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer.  Human herpes virus type 8 has been linked to the viral form of Kaposi’s sarcoma.  Liver cancer has been linked to hepatitis viruses and aflatoxins from the fungus Aspergillus niger.

Arthritis may occur from iron overload due to two factors.  Oxidative destruction can lead to joint damage.  In addition, certain forms of arthritis are triggered from pathogens.  For example, rheumatoid arthritis has been linked to an infection with a form of Chlamydia bacteria.

Heart disease due to iron overload is generally believed to result from oxidative damage to the arterial lining, and to the heart muscle itself.  There may be a secondary factor though.  Scientists have found a link between Chlamydia bacteria and arteriosclerosis, which may lead to arrhythmias, angina and heart attack.

Excess levels of iron have also been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.  As with the excessive aluminum levels found in the brains of Alzheimer’s  excessive iron levels have not been proven to be a cause of Alzheimer’s.  Although, it is hypothesized that the excessive level of iron may be causing oxidative damage to the brain leading to Alzheimer’s disease.

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