Friday, April 07, 2006
Platinum in Silicone Breast Implants?
Now, an article in today's Washington Post indicates that silicone implants (now being considered for re-introduction to the U.S. market) may be subjecting women to high levels of platinum. According to a report in the American Chemical Society journal, 16 women who have silicone gel implants were found to have high levels of platinum salts in their urine, hair and breast milk. Researchers say the form of platinum found in the women's bodies can cause several allergic or toxic reactions. Platinum can cause allergies, asthma, nerve damage and compromised immune responses.
Said one of the researchers, Ernest Lykissa: "Implant manufacturers have said for years that their platinum is not harmful, and when the device is manufactured, they are correct. But in the body, we know that the implants degrade and the platinum can disperse and take on a more reactive form."