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French Breast Implant Founder Used Industrial Silicone & Fuel Solvents In PIP Implants Is Appealing His Sentence

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The toxic chemicals in the fraudulent shells and fillers of PIP breast Implants seep out into surrounding body tissue, migrate into body organs, can cross the placenta and can be found in breast milk.

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These toxic chemicals make women very sick and many report debilitating symptoms directly linked to silicone toxicity.  Jan Spivey and Marie Robinson Co – Founders of PIP Action Campaign

Established in 1991, French company Poly Implant Prothese (known as PIP) was found guilty of fraud in 2013, along with its founder, Jean- Claude Mas, who was sentenced to four years in jail.

To the thousands of women who were mislead into thinking these implants were produced in a ‘safe’ manner, and have since suffered immeasurably, both physically and emotionally, this four year sentence seemed like an incredible insult. When Jean-Claude was found guilty for fraud he was fined a mere 75,000 euros, and has since spent approximately 18 months in jail.

At one point in time, PIP was the third largest breast implant manufacturer in the world, producing up to 100,000 implants each year.

Not willing to spend four years in prison, Jean-Claude has asked for an appeal, and his case began last week in France, sparking outrage in the victims who are terrified they may now never see him face his crimes.

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This is Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of PIP, being charged with fraud. He was sentenced to 4 years and is now asking for an appeal.

What Was Found In PIP Implants? 

When the truth was revealed about what was in these faulty breast implants, women were horrified. Instead of using medical grade silicone, PIP elected instead to use the much cheaper industrial silicone. This type of silicone is untested and not licensed for use in the human body.

Not coincidentally, PIP implants had a 500% higher risk of leaking and or rupturing than other models on the market.

Other chemicals found in PIP implants included: Toluene * Acetone Xylene Cyclohexane Ethylbenzene *D6 * Chloroform * Dichloromethane * Ethanol * Ethyl Acetate * D4* D5*  Platinum * Caesium* Methanol * Isopropanol * 1-Butanol * Butyl * Benzophenone * di-2-ethylexyl phthalate. (source)

TÜV Rheinland, the German notified body, was responsible for ensuring that PIP implants complied with the regulations, issuing a CE certificate which tells buyers and surgeons that the implants are safe. PIP implants were then sent out into the market, where they were used in approximately 500,000 women in many countries worldwide.

Upon further investigation into the ingredients of PIP implants, it was discovered that the manufacturer had also added Baysilone (a fuel additive), as well as Silopren and Rhodorsil – both of which are used as electrical cable coatings.

PIP also made male chest, buttock, and testicle implants with their industrial silicone.

It’s important to note that these chemicals have never been tested for their effects on humans. (source).

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“It’s not a debate about cosmetic surgery …
It’s a serious health problem
Women affected by PIP implants want justice.
In silence we must live with our pain…
The anguish of the scandal
Robbed of rights, uncertainty
Fear, helplessness and loneliness.
Humiliated for defending our dignity
Here is the reality no-ones sees
that others caused.”

Pip Action Campaign

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Toulene – just one of the many concerning chemicals added to PIP implants.

Jean-Claude On What He Did

Statements by Jean-Claude Mas, Founder of PIP

Throughout the entire duration of the 2013 investigations, Jean-Claude Mas kept a provocative and scornful stance that particularly shocked the different protagonists of the case.

  • He confessed in particular during his hearing at the police that he had given the order to “hide the truth in 1993” from the German certification body TÜV.
  • He then detailed all fraud without the slightest embarrassment, and without showing any remorse, saying “I knew this gel was not approved, but I did this knowingly because the PIP gel had better value for money.”
  • Subsequently, and despite the exponential number of complainants and severity of the effects highlighted by physicians, Jean-Claude Mas continued to declare that his gel “did not pose a risk to human health.”
  • Speaking about the complainants, Jean-Claude Mas declared that, “These people are frail or are doing it for the money. I lived well at the time.” That is to say, he lived with a fixed salary of 30,000 euros a month.
  • Right from the start of the trial he explained that he did not “make anyone take any risks” and that “the PIP gel was not approved but was approvable,” adding that “toxicity wise, it’s the same” (as authorized Nusil gel). (source)

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There is 100% evidence that all cohesive silicone gel Implants, including the “new and improved” implants, “gel bleed” inside the body while still intact, exposing the body to platinum as well as 40+ toxic ingredients and heavy metals. (source) (source)

Victims Terrified This Man Will Not Pay For His Crimes

When three of the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery providers of PIP implants refused to help women, some turned to the NHS (National Health Service) instead and were able to have their PIP implants removed. But some women are still waiting and have received no help or compensation. Many are still incredibly ill and in desperate need of medical intervention.

As you can see below from these truly grotesque photos, PIP implants were often removed looking just like this. For this particular victim, both sides had severely ruptured, so the silicone had to be scraped out of her breast cavity. This woman will now also have silicone in her body that cannot ever be fully removed, since it travels throughout the body.  The red bits are scar tissue which also had to be removed. .

It is estimated that over 40,000 women in the UK received these PIP implants. You can read here how PIP implants have affected other women worldwide.

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PIP Implants – both severely ruptured. You can see videos here of surgeons at Aurora Clinics in the UK removing PIP implants. Warning, you need a pretty strong stomach to watch.

Breast Implant Manufacturers: Should Any Be Trusted?

Over the years we have heard from countless women who are saline and silicone breast implant patients and who have suffered from complications, involving both short- and long-term health conditions believed to be related to their implants. Implants rupture and leak. Implants sometimes migrate. Implants often harden and cause capsular contracture.
Nearly all will need to be replaced at some point.

Reported conditions involve local infectionsnecrosishematomaconnective tissue disorders and immune disorders like fibromyalgiarheumatoid arthritischronic fatigue syndromemultiple sclerosislupusSjogren’s syndrome and others. National Cancer Institute studies indicate that women who have breast implants are at increased risk of brain cancerlung canceremphysemapneumonia and suicide.

Although research paid for by implant companies disagrees, those findings need to be evaluated by independent researchers. And now we learn that a rare type of immune system cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), is found growing near the capsule of scar tissue around the breast implant. The risk of developing ALCL for women with implants was significantly higher than that found in women without breast implants.

From Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation – Presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel Review of Post-Approval Studies for Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants on August 30, 2011 (source)

The breast augmentation industry is worth billions. With an estimated 5-10 million women worldwide undergoing this procedure each year, it’s obvious that this industry is worth a lot of money. It is equally clear that it is not in the best interests of many of these companies for women to know how many risks and complications are involved.

By the late 90’s, approximately 400,000 USA women had filed and won a massive lawsuit with Dow Corning, who also made dangerous implants which ruptured at an alarming rate, with silicone leaking into women’s bodies, causing an untold amount of damage to their health. Some women have since died after having these implants put in.

Women Take Note: Silicone Is Found in ALL Implants On The Market Today

While much of the public may think that Dow’s case is old news and that the newer implants aren’t as dangerous, many women today who have these so-called ‘newer and safer’ implants are telling a much different story, reporting ruptures and ill health.

Women are often misguided into thinking that saline implants ‘only contain saline.’ This is false. The outer shell on all implants is made with silicone and a mix of other chemicals and heavy metals.

It’s vital to know that silicone, once it has leaked from the implants, cannot be removed from the body.

The distributor Sientra (who until recently handled the market for the ‘Silimed‘ implants, had this brand removed from the market because of “contamination fears,” where manufacturing particles such as cotton and silica were found in the implants) was also previously quite open about their findings and wrote in their own data sheet that their breast implants can cause adverse effects and complications such as:

  • Reoperation (additional surgeries)
  • Implant removal with or without replacement
  • Implant rupture
  • Capsular contracture
  • Wrinkling
  • Asymmetry
  • Implant displacement
  • Implant palpability/visibility
  • Scarring
  • Ptosis
  • Pain
  • Infection (including Toxic Shock Syndrome)
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Breast feeding difficulties
  • Calcium deposits
  • Extrusion
  • Necrosis
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Breast tissue atrophy/chest wall deformity
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Connective tissue disease (CTD)
  • CTD signs and symptoms
  • Neurological disease
  • Neurological signs and symptoms
  • Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Suicide
  • Changes in nipple and breast sensation
  • Potential effects on offspring. (source FDA’s website)

Read The Manufacturer’s Data Sheets

Often women do not receive true informed consent before signing up to have breast implants. I know I didn’t. At the time, back in 2007, I did not even think to question if implants could be dangerous.

In my case, my own vanity overrode my sensibility.

These warnings are quite clearly listed in many brands, however. Mentor’s data sheets, for example, are well known for their “newer, safer cohesive gel implants” that many women tout as safe.

Mentor warns about many of the possible risks and complications. If all women read this in detail before they decided yes to this operation, would they end up going ahead with the procedure?  I think many would not.

While I think it’s important that Mentor makes these risks clear, it is likely that if something were to go wrong you would then be unable to sue because you had been warned ahead of time.

Again, I urge you to be very sure you know what you could be in for before saying yes.

Safety Studies Not All Completed

Other studies that were meant to be completed to prove the safety of ‘newer and improved implants’ were not at all carried out adequately. According to the article “FDA Questions Studies Of Implant Safety,” Mentor, who make the Memory Gel implants, had lost a whopping 79% of the women involved in the study. Allergan, who make Natrelle implants, also lost 40% of their women only two years after the study began.

  • Both of these companies now have their implants used in countless breast augmentations worldwide.
  • We only have to look at the case of PIP to see that manufacturers can get away with using toxic and dangerous ingredients, at least for a while. Jean-Claude had his toxic implants on the market for approximately ten years before they were recalled.
  • If you are to ask for full ingredient listings of a certain brand, the companies do not respond to emails (give it a try yourself and see!) and they certainly do not list these important details on their websites.
  • I’ve managed to find only a short list from the FDA of what is in the shells or inside of both saline and silicone implants.

Detected Heavy Metals in Implant Shell and/or Gel:

  • Barium
  • Bromine
  • Cesium
  • Chromium
  • Germanium
  • Nickel
  • Platinum
  • Tin
  • Zirconium
  • Aluminum (source)

A Warning To Women

If you are going to have something put into your body, you need to know, and have the right to know, exactly what the device is made of.

The appeal case of Jean-Claude and other members of PIP continues and I hope to update you in the near future.

I am personally praying for justice for the women affected by these toxic implants.

Until then, please think very carefully about what you may already have in your body (even if they are not PIP implants), and if you are considering having breast implants, please do a lot more research before you make this life-changing decision that could possibly detrimentally affect your health and well-being.


Forty-seven thousand women in the UK are thought to have been exposed to non-compliant PIP implants. The PIP health fraud has affected more than 500,000 women worldwide.

In addition to suffering a shocking array of symptoms, women have genuine concerns for their children exposed during pregnancy or while breast feeding. Women have rights as patients and consumers and as victims of crime.

Many women have sustained terrible injuries, many have been traumatised, virtually all express anxiety at facing an uncertain future.

Yet they have been denied their rights to a duty of care, denied access to healthcare and treatment, their consumer rights have been undermined and their right to justice obstructed by regulatory failings and powerful industry lobbies operating in the European Union and beyond.

PIP is not just about a devious, delusional manufacturer, but a corrupted regulatory system for medical devices which is failing all women.

Jan Spivey Co-Founder of PIP Action Campaign and Survivor Of PIP 

Further research 

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAN SPIVEY, JESS LEWIS AND TRACEY AHMET

If you are alarmed by this issue, please sign this petition here:

Breast Implants – The Ticking Time Bomb

pipactioncampaign.org

Breast Implant Awareness

Dr Susan Kolbs Newsletter

Facebook Groups

facebook.com/groups/PIPAction

facebook.com/groups/TITS Committee The Implant Truth Survivors 

facebook.com/groups/breastimplantsthetickingtimebomb

Report Your PIP Implants

Experienced an adverse event you associate with your PIP?

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United Kingdom gov.uk/report-problem-medicine-medical-device

USA fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ReportaProblem/default.htm

Australia tga.gov.au/reporting-medical-device-problems

France Report PIP implant issues here

Thank you to Sophia Lamere for assisting with the French translation.

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If Your DNA Information Is Being Sold, Shouldn’t You Make The Profit?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Companies like 23andMe, Ancestry.com and others are collecting your DNA data and can sell the data to third party companies. Timicoin is a blockchain based ecosystem that allows you to monetize your health data.

  • Reflect On:

    Shouldn't you have the option to sell your own data? Is your DNA data safe with some of these companies? The blockchain is helping to create further security and consumer-based monetization of personal data.

Amidst the rise in popularity of companies who take samples of our DNA in order to provide us with information about our ancestry and health risks, there are growing concerns that are not immediately apparent to the average consumer. While most are just happy to be getting exotic information about where they came from and what they should be watching out for health-wise, all for little more than a few hundred dollars, not many consumers are seeing this as a threat to their privacy, and more specifically, as a threat to their control over the most essential information about their unique personal identity–their DNA sequences.

“The key thing about your genetic data … it is uniquely yours. It identifies you, so if you are going to entrust it to a company, you should try to understand what the consequences are,” said Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, whose research on the issue and interviews with individuals shows a lack of consumer knowledge.

Company Disclaimers

Of course, companies who deal in such services will do all they can to convince consumers that their data is safe and secure. But as this CNBC article notes,

Companies in this space, including 23andMeVeritas Genetics and Ancestry, have a good reason to protect your DNA — their business future depends on maintaining the trust of consumers. But there are thorny issues related to genetic privacy that still today don’t have easy answers or iron-clad legislative protections. And regulators aren’t convinced they are doing right by consumers. A recent Fast Company report indicates that 23andMe and Ancestry are being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over their policies for handling personal info and genetic data and how they share that info with third parties.

All of these companies say they have clear policies that they will not share your DNA with any third-party unless you explicitly consent to it:

23andMe provides consumers the choice of opting into research conducted on behalf of academic, nonprofit and industry organizations. They also offer an option to consent separately to specific disease studies in which their DNA is used in conjunction with for-profit drug companies, such as the Parkinson’s disease research conducted with Genentech and the lupus and IBD research conducted with Pfizer.

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Abuse Of Private Data

Hearing about research conducted on behalf of ‘academic, nonprofit and industry organizations’ reminds me of the article I wrote on Cambridge Analytica’s fraudulent effort to characterize themselves as an academic organization while mining people’s private Facebook information to target them with ads for the 2016 U. S. Presidential Election. Facebook knowingly sold the information to Cambridge Analytica demonstrating that, when it comes to big companies and corporations, the only thing we know for sure is that money and profit will eventually trump respect for the privacy of people’s information.

If there is money to be made by selling our personal information, corporations will do whatever they can to skirt around privacy agreements. They may even flat-out change their policy and inform us in a pages-long letter that they know no one reads and will simply click the ‘accept’ button. In the current environment, it is wise to be extremely cautious when deciding to consent to having one company share our information, especially our genetic information, with third parties.

Think about it. As technology evolves, surely there will be ways our DNA codes could be used in the future that we would not agree with. But once we have given our consent to the use of this most private information, we can no longer guarantee what happens with it. Wouldn’t it be great if WE had control over our genetic information, encrypted and only accessible by us, to use and share in a manner of OUR choosing?

If we so choose, we may even be able to profit from it. Did you know that health information is a commodity that is already collected and sold via third-party companies? Selling health data around the world is already a multi-billion dollar industry, much like how your data collected from Facebook is. But how do we get back control of our DNA information, which could be our most valuable resource about who we are?

Think outside the box. Think blockchain. Think Timicoin.

Timicoin

Timicoin is a platform bringing together a crypto token and the blockchain and is pioneering the tokenization of health information, including your DNA sequencing and other genetic information, through a decentralized blockchain ecosystem. They promise to allow users to monetize their own data, have access to their health information whenever they need it and verify that it is accurate.

The Timicoin platform is built on their own custom blockchain and it’s already fully functioning. This means that in a short time, you will be able to begin using Timicoin’s blockchain to monetize your health data. For more information, please refer to this earlier CE article. You can also read Timicoin’s White Paper here.

Shift In Business Paradigm

Analysts believe that Healthcare information on the blockchain will grow aggressively in the coming years given the global need for ease of sharing healthcare information. Secure storage of our DNA information is only one part of Timicoin’s larger endeavor to make your healthcare information available globally and instantaneously as needed, but only with your personal consent.

It represents a new business paradigm, whereby information is centralized in terms of permitted access but decentralized in terms of who has the power over the information. No longer will masses of valuable personal information be owned and controlled by large corporations, but rather will be owned and controlled by each individual, not only giving the individual the ability to monetize their personal information themselves, but also securing the validity of that information through personal verification and safeguarding against fraud. Supporting blockchain technologies is supporting individual empowerment in our society, a move that undoubtedly scares the power structure at top levels of our current corporatocracy.

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The Damaging Effects Of 5G Wireless On Your Health

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Wireless radiation is a huge health problem that continues to be ignored and another opportunity for us to gaze into the past of similar occurrences and learn from our mistakes. Take tobacco for example, at one time in history you were considered a fool and ‘crazy’ for speaking up against the big tobacco companies and letting people know that cigarettes compromise our health. Today, science has spoken, and it has spoken for a long time, despite what the corporations put out into the public and the “science” they used to approve these things in the first place.

There doesn’t seem to be much more of a difference between communication companies that sell and manufacture wireless products and services, which, according to hundreds of scientists and countless amounts of publications, are urging authorities to pay closer attention to what wireless radiation is doing to human health.

This is one of the multiple examples where corporate control rules and dictates government policy, policies that favour big corporations at the behest of planet Earth and the rest of the human population. But it’s more so apparent in North America.

European Restrictions

In Europe, multiple countries have restrictions on WiFi and have pointed out some disturbing things. France passed a law in 2015 banning WiFi from all nursery schools, the law states that WiFi must be turned off in all elementary schools when it’s not in use. W wired connection if possible, is preferred. Advertisements directing cell phone use towards young children are banned.

An example from Namibia states quite clearly that current so-called “safety” standards don’t protect citizens from long-term health effects, and that the guidelines governing their use do not guarantee adequate protection against the effects of long-term exposure.

Other countries include Belgium, Spain, Israel, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, India, Finland, Cyprus and more.

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Why are they saying no to WiFi? See for yourself:

You can access hundreds of these scientific papers and read more here, just click on the science section and under each heading, there are links directly to the research. If you click on the drop-down tab, a list of scientific references as documentation appears. 


Related CE Article with more information:

Why Multiple Countries Have Banned Wifi & Cell Phones Around Schools, Young Children & Fetuses


Yes, we are making progress, and awareness is being created and steps are being taken, but the corporate take over of North America and almost the entire planet is simply brushing our health under the table, because, unfortunately, they have the power to do so.

At the same time, we are the ones using this technology. It’s becoming so useful, and so easy to just rely on the corporation like we do with everything else. How ironic is it that we raise money and advocate for cancer, yet support the very things that are contributing to it, on grande scales?

Millions of children and adults in schools around the world spend significant amounts of time around wireless devices and Wi-Fi. Many schools are introducing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and installing industrial wireless routers for tablets. However, wireless devices expose students and staff to microwave radiation that can impede learning and overall health. Studies have shown that microwave radiation can damage reproductive systems, impact the immune system, alter brain functioning, and may increase cancer risk. Tablets have up to 5 antennae that are constantly emitting short intense bursts of radiation even when not connected to the Internet. Wireless devices in classrooms thus result in multiple sources of wireless radiation exposure. – Environmental Health Trust

The 5G Health Concerns

So, what about 5G? Science already indicates that the current wireless technologies of 2G, 3G and 4G – in use today with our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech. – creates radio frequency exposure which poses a serious health risk to humans, animals and the environment. 5G is the term used to describe the next-generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE mobile networks used today. 5G is intended to be the technology that allows the “Internet of Things” (IOT) to exist and connects all internet connected devices together.

Scientists have been studying the health effects of 5G and wireless radiation and are deeply concerned with their findings and are calling for a stop to the rollout of 5G,  as well as a halt to the proposed increase in radio frequency radiation exposure to the public.

Thanks to all of the efforts by various researchers, scientists and more, the world is waking up to this information and it’s actually starting to become talked about within the mainstream. It always seems like such a long process from the point where something is known, to actually mass consensus and action steps being created.

A CBS news report recently emphasized:

The wireless industry is in a race to roll out 5G service. The network is supposed to be up to 100 times faster than current data speeds, but it requires cellphone tower equipment to be closer to users than before. Wireless companies in the U.S. say they’ll have to install about 300,000 new antennas – roughly equal to the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades. That’s causing outrage and alarm in some neighbourhoods, as antennas go up around homes.

5G requires the installation of new equipment across the U.S. Every wireless company is working to build its own 5G network. This is worse than cell phone use, and yet, according to government health authorities, “a limited number of studies have shown some evidence of statistical association of cell phone use and brain tumour risks… but most studies have found no association.”

Waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof before taking action to prevent well-known risks can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.
Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D., from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, has joined a group of scientists from around the world who are making an international appeal to the United Nations regarding the dangers associated with the use of electromagnetic emitting devices like cell phones and Wi-Fi. He and hundreds of other scientists around the world are currently petitioning the UN, and have been for quite some time, regarding the dangers associated with these devices.

“Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely” (source)

Melissa Arnoldi, who leads AT&T’s efforts, said “if it’s not already in your neighbourhood, it’s coming.” This is quite concerning, she told CBS news that “5G uses high-frequency waves that support faster speeds but don’t travel as far as current wireless frequencies. So instead of relying on large cellphone towers spread far apart, they need “small cell” sites that are much closer together.”

Sometimes I wonder, how is this even allowed to happen? Who are the people which control what type of information with regards to our health gets emphasized, and what doesn’t?

This new 5G equipment is currently being installed in a neighbourhood near you.

I’ll leave you with this TED talk by a Silicon-valley engineer turned technology health advocate, Jeromy Johnson.


Related CE Article:

FCC Intimidates Press & Evades Questioning About Wireless & Cancer at 5G Rollout 


 Solutions Exist

You can use a wired connection, which is very fast and in most cases faster than a wireless connection. Minimize your cell phone use, and perhaps look into some devices that may be used to block the biological effects this stuff is, does, and can have on us.

FactSheets:What Parents Need to Know About Wireless Radiation,

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation Protect The Ones You Love Card  English,Spanish

BabySafe Project: “Reduce Your Wireless Exposure”English BrochureSpanish Brochure

New Jersey Education Association Minimize health risks from electronic devices”Article,PDF of Recommendations

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This Super Simple Breathing Technique Can Help Alleviate Anxiety & Depression

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  • The Facts:

    Small study finds breathing technique can help treat major depressive disorder and anxiety.

  • Reflect On:

    The answers to our challenges are much simpler than we thought, we have everything we need inside of us. Great alternative to prescription anti-depressant medication, or other substances.

The breath is one of the most underrated and under-utilized methods of healing. Breathing comes naturally to us, we do it without thinking, which is why it is not something we generally think of as a way to connect deeply with ourselves, calm our anxieties or even reach higher levels of consciousness. Something as simple as breathing can help those who suffer from severe mental conditions and those who have survived global disasters.

There are many forms of breathwork, there is the well-known Holotropic Breathing, made popular by the Iceman himself, Wim Hof. There is another technique known as transformational breathwork and the featured practice of breathing that will be featured in this article, resonant breathing or Coherent Breathing, which is a trademarked term.

This specific style of breathwork came from years of studying the ancient breathing practices of indigenous people all over the world including those from African, Hawaiian, and Native American traditions.

Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College, Patricia Gerbarg, studies the technique with her husband, Richard Brown, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “We wanted to identify a short program that could be given quickly to people, that they would have immediate relief within five or ten minutes, and that over time would produce long-term changes,” Gerbarg told Vice.

The Study

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine in 2017 led by researchers from Boston University asked 30 people with major depression to practice the breathing technique regularly as well as Iyengar yoga. After 3 months, results from a standard depression inventory test showed how the depressive symptoms had significantly declined.

Even though the study size was very small, it is comforting to know that something as simple as breath alone could help to alleviate symptoms of severe depression. No pills needed. This technique is especially powerful because it can be practiced anytime, anywhere. The process involved taking regular breaths in and out of the nose, at a pace of 5 breaths per minute, each breath in and out taking around 6 seconds. When starting out, it is recommended that this be practiced with the eyes closed, but once you get it under control you can easily do it with your eyes open, meaning while you’re driving, while in a meeting, anytime during the day that you may find yourself feeling anxious, stressed or down. Gerbarg says, “It’s totally private. Nobody knows you’re doing it.”

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The breath should be calm and gentle because the goal is to balance the sympathetic — fight or flight with the parasympathetic — rest and digest areas of the nervous system. Interestingly, when the couple first began looking into the power of the breath, the first thought was that this must send extra oxygen to the brain that we may have otherwise been lacking. However, they knew that there must be more to this to explain the profound effects they had been seeing in those who practiced the breathing technique. Not to mention, some types of breathwork actually decreases the amount of oxygen going to the brain.

Why Does This Work?

Gerbarg and Brown believe that the reason this technique works is thanks to the vagal nerves, those connecting the brain to the body and what tell the organs when to beat, digest, breathe and all other functions, have been found in recent years to send even more messages in the opposite direction from the body to the brain. “These ascending messages strongly influence stress response, emotion and neurohormonal regulatory networks,” stated in a book written by the couple, Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice.

According to Gerbarg, “Respiration is the only autonomic function we can voluntarily control,” it’s easy to see how changing the breathing pattern can shift the messages received by the brain.

The calm and even breaths send messages of safety, according to Gerbarg, this can reduce anxious or depressive thoughts and makes way for more loving and connected emotions to be felt. Adverse reactions are generally rare, but those with asthma or other breathing conditions should only try this practice under the guidance of a trained professional.

We really do have everything we need inside of us. Our human bodies are magnificent, and if something as simple as breathing can help alleviate symptoms of depression, then we should certainly be studying this more. If you are skeptical about this information and feel it’s too good to be true, give it a shot next time you find yourself feeling down or anxious and see if it helps!

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