By SANDRA BLAKESLEE
Published: July 25, 1989
The following quote comes from an article published in the Science section of the New York Times in 1989 when Science looked very different to the "FAKE" science surrounding breast implants today.
|Ruptured PIP breast implants|
"...When a material is implanted, it sits in a protein-rich bath found throughout body tissues. Immediately, proteins begin sticking to the surface of the device and, after several hours, it is coated in a mixture of proteins. Depending on the type of material, physical interactions involving charged particles and magnetic fields occur between the implant's surface and the proteins. The interaction is sufficiently energetic to alter the shape of proteins sticking to the implant, so that the proteins expose binding sites that attract other circulating proteins designed to recognize trouble.
One set of circulating proteins initiates blood clots and covers the implant with thick layers of scar tissue called fibrin.
Over a period of years, according to the accumulating evidence, the body's reaction to an implant can cause significant health problems in some patients.
Chronic inflammation, researchers say, can literally eat away bone. Some implant recipients suffer chronic, intermittent low-grade fevers. Some people seem highly tolerant of their implants but then experience flare ups years later.
Implants can also become infected with bacteria many years after surgery. Dental surgery, for instance, can release bacteria that end up on the implant, causing an abcess-like condition. The failure of artificial hearts has been linked to chronic infections in most of the patients who received them.
Problems With Breast Implants
Many women who receive breast implants develop hard lumps, the result of scarring, that have to be cracked by hand. The silicone gel used in implants sometimes leaks, migrating to lymph nodes and other tissues.
Doctors also warn that is it extremely difficult to detect cancer in women with breast implants because the implant obscures small tumors. Two studies have found that when women with implants develop cancer, their prognosis is worse than women without implants, possibly because their tumors were not detected as early as would have been possible without the implant.
At the same time, a system of 18 circulating proteins, called complement, is activated in an acute inflammatory response to the surgery. The implant area gets red, hot, swollen and painful. Macrophages, or scavenger cells, ''graze'' on the fibrin coated implant, producing peroxide and other destructive forms of oxygen. Eventually the macrophages communicate with and activate other specialized proteins involved in inflammation and immunity. "...
Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/25/science/data-suggest-that-implants-may-pose-risk-of-later-harm.html?pagewanted=all&mcubz=0