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  1. I am 56 years old and my saline implants are 24 years old. I have Graves disease and 2 years ago was diagnosed with Inverse and plaque psoriasis. I consulted with 2 plastic surgeons on any link between my auto immune diseases and my implants. both said the implants weren’t the issue and said if I’m not having trouble with implants then no need to replace although at some point they will fail. I’m struggling with taking them out. what exactly should doctor do in completely removing them and any other tissue surrounding them?thanks for your blog.

    1. Hello Sandra! Thank you for sharing your story! We believe that medical advice should come from a doctor.

  2. I too have saline implants and am sick. I have come a long way so far on my own. I have fibromyalgia and etc, etc. I got down to 83 lbs. scary. But now up to more old weight 98 lbs. I have done on my own with help from my chiropractor. I have learned a lot over the last year after my convention doctor told me she thought both my implants were leaking and all about BII. I have researched the best doctors and have found one I think I will use in southern ca. What surgeon did you use? You’re right it’s so expensive. $20,000.

    1. Hi Patti! Thank you for reaching out to I Read Labels for You and sharing your experience! We are sorry to hear about what you had to go through, but it is great you are taking control of the situation! Unfortunately, Irina cannot recommend you the doctor whose services she used because the doctor’s skill was not up to par. We wish you the best!

  3. Hi, i had breast augmentation in june 2019.. i became ill in the december.. lke you, nausea,vomiting, headaches memory loss, weight loss, breathlessness,heart palpitations and the tan! Addisons disease diagnosed march last year.. ive just come out of hospital again with now suspected crohns disease.. do you think all of this ccould be down to the implants?

    1. Hi, Zoe: I am so sorry that you have to deal with multiple health challenges. I can’t really say what the causes were. I am sending you healing and peace. ~Irina

  4. Hello, I ran across your story trying to research this for a Really close friend who found out she has Addisons Disease. I mentioned the possibility that her implants may have something to do with all of these symptoms. She quickly dismissed the idea of that being the cause.
    My question to you is how are you feeling today? I hope you will respond . Thank you A Concerned friend🙏🏼😇🙏🏼

    1. Hi, Pamela: Welcome to my blog. I hope you will stick around. I feel much better. Thank you for asking. As you might know, Addison’s is life-threatening and can be a disabling condition. I lead a super active life on a very small dose. Normally, people can’t function on it. ~Irina

  5. Thank you SO much for this info! I’ve been doing my own research for years trying to cure my Graves disease (autoimmune) and have currently put myself in remission for over 2yrs by taking Transfer Factor. Not willing to live life the way I was being forced to, I figured it would either make me better, or take me out of remission as I refused to give up my thyroid. I haven’t felt this FANTASTIC in years! I had saline implants put in 16 yrs ago, never had a problem with them and they still look remarkable so I never thought about replacing them. Don’t try to fix something that isn’t broke right? Anyway, transfer factor literally retrains your immune sytem and levels it out. By all means I beg anyone with cancer or any autoimmune disease to Google it!

    1. Hi, Angela: Congratulations! How long did you take Transfer Factor for? Did you have symptoms? Even if saline implants do not give you any problems, they are still like ticking bombs. If they rapture, they can make you very sick. ~Irina

  6. Hi..

    Wondering if you ever did your explant and if so, did your symptoms dissolve themselves ?

    Hoping your are healthy n healed.


  7. What a wonderful journey towards truth in this day’s world. That so called ‘modern’ world and yet it is stripped off of the most fundemental lesson in life: Good health. All the while it is spiraling down towards mass production of toxins for profit. But what do you do with all that money when you realise society is now plagued with all your poison. Oh, sure.. massively produce medicine for profit. Right? I learn from your and many others’ journeys if you dont have appreciation you ultimately can lose your health in some way, because you will go on about trying to change what should be appreciated in order to finally appreciate it but for what it really isn’t. That is something to think about. You’ve been through stuff. I appreciate that. So I wouldn’t change a single thing that has happened to you. ‘Cause God knows whether you’d be opening up all of our eyes the way you are every single day. Or whether you’d have been dead long before without all this knowledge and all the tragic reasons that led you to obtain it, leading us all who have learned from you into our own tiresome road to sickness, a seemingly common-place battle these days. We who learn from your researches could potentially educate others, so it keeps going on and on. That is good power. You’re one hero I should like to remember if and when my life goes down a tragic path some day and sometimes before it ever does.
    Sincerely, Wafa

  8. Thank you for your story! I am now starting to research explant surgery. I wish I lived near someone on the highly recommended list. Did you choose to travel out of state to get it done by one of those doctors, or did you use someone after interviewing them that was closer? I am SO glad to hear you are doing well. Thank you for the honesty and the information. It is truly helpful.

  9. Thanks for sharing your experience with implants Irina. I too have saline implants,and have for some time now been wanting to take them out. Mine are much older than yours, but fortunately I am in good health. Nevertheless, I will make that decision soon, after researching a good surgeon,that won’t convince me not to.
    I wish you well and hope all your health issues will be reversed with time.

  10. I’m am so relieved you are doing well, Irina. Your honesty gives us all permission to share about our journeys. Thank you!

  11. Thank you Irina for sharing this! I’m doing the same! I’m scheduled in June for explant. After I found out the toxins that are in them I started researching products. I came across your page!! I was looking for hair color. I am a stylist and I have very dark brown hair. A lady at my plastic surgeons office asked me if I heard about what the ingredients in dark color could do to you. I have never heard this before. So today I’m ordering my hairprints!! Did you use dark on your hair? Thank you so much for the time and energy you put in to providing us all with this information:) prayers for a quick recovery Hugs!

      1. Irena,
        I hope your recovery has been smooth! I can’t wait till June to have my explant! I was wondering if there is a safe self tanner and also a sun screen that you would recommend?

        1. Thank you, Theresa! I am glad you are explanting! I don’t have sufficient information about self-tanners yet. As for sunscreens, the brand I trust is Badger’s. It will leave a whitening effect but that means it works. ~Irina

  12. Irina,
    I had no idea this was going on for you. What a terribly frightening and horrible journey you have had to endure. I am so very sorry. At the same time, I’m so inspired by your courage and grace in facing these challenges head on and for seeking out a healthy solution for yourself and your precious family. It’s incredibly brave, generous and selfless of you to share your personal health story with your readership. You will no doubt help so many by doing so. I’m so very proud of you. I just saw on FB that the surgery went well which is wonderful news. I will keep you in my thoughts and heart as you continue to heal. May you go from strength to strength. Hugs — Justine

  13. You are so brave and strong to have suffered so much and still keep on serving others and carrying on the good work and message that you have. I appreciate you writing about this experience, especially since it is very personal. This is the best way to learn….from each other! Thanks again for all you do :). May you be blessed with a speedy recovery and new found health:)

    1. Thank you all for your kinds words, again! I am home and recovering. The surgery went well. And I am looking forward to sharing my research with you! Hugs, Irina

  14. Irina, I hope the surgery went well. I am sending you love and hugs. Your sharing your story will really help raise awareness. You are incredible!

  15. Irina
    Other people’s courage is only a burden when we are feeling cowardly ourselves. Thank you for sharing your story of finding the courage to face something so frightening, and thank you for finding the courage to share how much courage it took to face it. Wishing you an easy, safe surgery, and a well supported and speedy recovery.

  16. Irina –
    Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you the best of luck with your operation and figuring out your solutions. As you know, I am a huge fan of the work that you do and the compassion that you put into it. Knowing your health history now makes all your hard work and compassion even more meaningful. Your work is so important. If there is a silver lining to all that you have gone through it is that you are helping so many other people find healthier lifestyles. Blessings to you.

  17. Irina, thank you for the encouragement and support that you have offered to so many of us seeking to live a healthy lifestyle. Your honesty will enlighten others and set you free. Thank you. I personally want to thank you for your research on healthy options for restoring gray hair. I love Hairprint, and I thank you for the research that you did. I will pray for your surgery and recovery to good health. “Oil and perfume make the heart glad; So does the sweetness of a friend’s counsel that comes from the heart.” ‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭27:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    1. Hi, Eve: thank you for your kind words. It is so good to hear from you. And I am glad that Hairprint has been working out for you. We are fortunate to have this product. Thank you for telling me! ~Irina

  18. Irina, your blog changed my life when I found it upon doing research for my first baby. You had such wonderful advice, and were able to give me easy, great choices for all my baby needs (and for my own!)! The hours of endless research could finally stop! I feel so much better knowing I am getting non-toxic products for my entire family, and living a much healthier life because of it. I am so sorry to hear all you have been through with your illness, and pray your surgery goes well. We all make decisions in life we may regret, but each step makes up who we are, and how we choose to handle it says so much about a person. You have faced this with strength and courage, and I am confident your strength will see you through, emerging even stronger. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug, so a virtual one will have to do. 🙂 I look forward to reading your next post! Hugs!

    1. Hi, Kira! It is a pleasure to hear from you again! I loved working with you, helping you find affordable non-toxic baby products. I hope everything has been going well with you and your beautiful family. Hugs, Irina

  19. I am thankful for the amazing work you do! Your journey to health is powerful and helps others know they aren’t alone in their struggles to find health and happiness. Prayers for your surgery and to a speedy recovery!
    God Bless!

  20. Hi Irina,
    I hope it goes really well and that you recover quickly.
    Thank you for sharing your story, you are a brave person.
    Sending good wishes and prayers

  21. Thank you for sharing your story!! It is eye opening! Good luck with the surgery and continued recovery!!


  22. Thank you for sharing. Your commitment to taking control of your health is admirable. We really are our own best advocates when it comes to our health. Wishing you all the best tomorrow, and a speedy recovery. I hope this gives you the results you’re seeking.

  23. Dear Irina! I read your story and was very moved by your honesty and respect you even more for all you have been through and for your brave decision for surgery!!! I wish you a successful surgery and a good fast healthy recovery!!!!!

  24. I am so proud of you……..May the surgery go exceptionally well and you quest for full healing be fulfilled!!

  25. Dearest Irina — I’ve been sitting here awhile and had to give up on finding words that can say enough. By the time I got to “I do not want to be a part of this human experiment,” I was sobbing, and I’m not really much of a crier. Your story is so moving and the way you told it was perfect. You have nothing to apologize for. Thank you for your honesty and your courage, and as always, for the wonderful work you do. I will be one of the many holding you in the Light on the 12th and eagerly awaiting your next post, letting us all know you are OK and on your way to perfect health. I love you. Judy

  26. Someone told me recently to fight shame with everything I’ve got as it can be so damaging. I’m trying to take that to heart and appreciate your example. Thank you for your generous willingness to share your story.

  27. Sharing your journey and educating your followers……….a blessing

    Wishing you all the best, and a big hug for many healthy years ahead.

    Thank you Irina. 🙂

  28. Thank you Irina for sharing your story with us. It wasn’t a burden to read at all! In fact, it makes me feel closer to you. It takes a lot of courage to share and be vulnerable. I want you to know all your hard work is greatly appreciated. As a reader of your site, you are my go-to source for all things safe and natural. Thank you so much! I can only imagine what you might be feeling as you wait for your surgery. I pray it goes well. Please keep us posted.

  29. Dear Irina,

    You have nothing to confess or apologize for. Thank you for sharing your story. Many of us have made similar decisions. I have the 12th on my calendar and will be praying for you. Please keep us posted on your progress as soon as you are able. You will remain in my prayers until I hear you are joyfully back with your family.

    In light, Karen

    1. Dear Karen: your words mean so much to me. I am deeply touched by the love I receive. If all goes well, I should be home on Friday, January 13. And I will update the entry as soon as I am able to. I am fortunate to have you as part of this community. By the way, were you able to solve your hair frizz? ~Irina

  30. Praying that all goes smoothly for you every step of your surgery journey. I can understand your apprehension but also understand your wanting to go forward to get those things out. You can feel good about the fact that you have done so many positive things that have so greatly improved your health before taking this step. I can only think that your outcome will ultimately be very different and so much better than had you not made all those changes. We’ve had several health challenges in our family this past year too. I believe 2017 is going to bring good things!! Believe Big!! 🙂

    1. Lisa, thank you so much. Your encouragement means a lot to me! I believe 2017 is going to bring good things, too, and that your family improves your health. ~Irina

  31. Irina, thank you for having the courage to talk about your condition. You can only go forward and YOU are. Because of you, I have chosen not to highlight my hair until I know if there is a safe product and method and I always look to you for my research. So you are doing great work as it is so hard to find what to use and not use. I am researching organic and safe mattresses and so confused if latex made from the sap of a rubber tree is safe. One day we will have proper labels if we all keep learning and sharing so thanks for sharing and you will do great during and after your surgery to get a foreign substance out of your body. Keep sharing your research as it is so Valuable. Thank You

    1. Hi, Kathy! Thank you so much! As for latex, the main thing is to make sure that latex is natural. And the way to do is to look for GOLS certification. They might say that it is natural but sometimes it is mixed with other undisclosed materials. With GOLS certification, you will have a piece of mind that you chose the safest latex. Let me know if you have more questions. ~Irina

  32. Irina, I have so much respect for you in being courageous enough to share such a personal story and undergo surgery! You and your family are definitely in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Lots of love coming your way!

  33. I applauded you, thanks for sharing…no shame, you are a treasure and have helped me so much. Please rest assured your fans understand. Be safe, be well, and get healthy!

  34. Hello!
    Thank you for sharing your story. There are so many of us who did the same thing(s) that you describe in your personal story: following along, trusting those who are there nationally to ‘protect us’ regarding ingredients in our food, medicines, products we use in everyday life. Even in terms of our medical care- we have learned over time to take a more educated and directive view of our medical care, being shown that working with our Drs. instead of trusting them completely, is the best way towards our best health. Now that same assertive and educated attitude is extending to what you are doing, which is to learn about products in our lives and educating ourselves and others about toxins in medicines, products and foods in our daily lives. We can no longer afford to be ignorant of all of this- it is affecting us in real ways and we need to do this work! I appreciate knowing you, hearing from you, and the example you set to do this on our own level and in our own lives. Sharing this information with everyone is vital. Thank you for doing your part! Best of luck with your surgery, you will be receiving my prayers starting N-O-W. You will be fine. With love, Val