Many people go to great lengths and costs in an attempt to cosmetically reverse the ageing process by means of chemical peels, botox and even plastic surgery, hoping to smooth-out and revitalize dull, sagging and ageing skin. Few actually stop to consider that a change in nutritional habits could be a more successful, longer-lasting and less expensive means to a younger, more vibrant-looking skin; accompanied by more luxurious-looking hair; stronger and more beautiful-looking nails; and other health benefits (see: ROLE OF SILICON IN THE BODY. The good news is that, while ageing is inevitable, the degenerative processes that often accompany it can be slowed down with proper nutrition and responsible lifestyle. When it comes to ageing visibly, the real damage starts within the body and works its way out to the surface.
The external condition of a person’s skin, hair and nails is often the expression of the person’s internal condition of health.
Fortunately, today, research is showing us that we can slow-down ageing from the inside out, by following a proper diet and exercising regularly; and (when required) supplementing the body with certain essential nutrients.
Silicon is one of the nutrients that can assist in the improvement of hair, nail and skin conditions.
THE ROLE OF SILICON IN THE BODY
“Silicon is the second most abundant element on the planet (oxygen is the first); and is necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue; for healthy nails, skin, and hair; … It is needed to maintain flexible arteries, and plays a major role in preventing cardiovascular disease.” (p.32 ) 1
Degeneration can be caused by free radical damage, which then weakens the very structure of the body, leading to the visible signs of ageing. “Silicon inhibits the ageing process in tissues. Silicon levels decrease with ageing, so elderly people need larger amounts.” (p.32 ) 1
In assisting the body to deal with the process of ageing, silicon provides foundational support not only for nails, skin and hair; but also for bones and joints, teeth and gums, and muscles and connective tissue.
“A very preliminary animal study suggests that it might have some positive impact on atherosclerosis (plaque buildup that blocks the arteries).” “Most of the silicon in the body is found in connective tissues, such as in bone, tendons, the trachea, the aorta, skin, hair and nails.” (p.424 ) 2
In his book, “The Chemistry of Man”, Dr Bernard Jensen, Ph.D. reported on his observed experiences with many of his patients who took supplemental silicon. Because this is not substantiated by scientific research, it is considered to be “anecdotal”; however, his vast experience as a health practitioner is worth considering.
“ Silicon is responsible for making muscles firmer, hair more luxuriant and shiny. It reinforces all membranes, ligamentous tissue, arterial walls, throat walls, inner and outer organ linings, uterine lining, walls of the digestive tract, spinal and cerebral dura mater, nails and skin. It has a vital influence on the nervous system, the brain and the sexual system.” (p. 315 ) 3
Dr Jensen diagnosed many conditions due to silicon deficiency, e.g. “Gout is intensified by silicon shortage.” (p.320 ) 3
SOURCES OF SILICON
The richest sources of silicon are in cereal products and unrefined grains of high fibre content. Most of the silicon is contained in the husks and hulls, unfortunately, modern refining and milling processes tend to remove most of the silicon content. Silicon is also in bananas, alfalfa, beets, brown rice, soybeans, and leafy green vegetables; however animal foods are low in silicon. (p.504 ) 3
Silicon is most commonly found in the form of silica, which is a compound of silicon and oxygen, also known as silicon dioxide. In dietary literature the terms “silicon” and “silica” are often used interchangeably.
“Most forms of dietary silicon are poorly absorbed; and, most of the silicon food additives are hardly absorbed at all. Furthermore, the mechanisms of silicon absorption are unknown.”
(p.424 ) 2
In Cellfood® REPAIR, because silica is in a liquid ionic colloidal form, when the product is taken, about 95% of it is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat and oesophagus, going directly into the bloodstream. This is very significant, compared to the absorption levels of other forms of silica supplementation: tablets (up to 25%) and gel caps (up to 30%). (p.1666 ) 4
There is growing research to show the advantages of taking sublingual preparations that are rapidly and effectively absorbed, thereby bypassing the gastrointestinal tract: “The high vascularity of the sublingual mucosa facilitates rapid absorption directly into the venous circulation through the sublingual and frenular veins, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract, the hepatic portal circulation, and hepatic first-pass metabolism.” (pp. 398-403 ) 5
Furthermore, because the body identifies this colloidal liquid to be similar to body fluids (such as blood or lymph), it is totally assimilated by the cells of the body that require it. (p.4 ) 6
. Preliminary studies in Dark Field Microscopy (the analysis of live-blood samples) have demonstrated this within minutes after taking the product.
1 Dr. James Balch, M.D., & Phyllis Balch, CNC, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, 2nd Edition, New York: Avery Publishing Group, 1997.
2 “Physician’s Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements”, 1st Edition, Thomson PDR, Montvale, N.J., 2001.
3 Dr. Bernard Jensen, PhD., “The Chemistry of Man”, Bernard Jensen Enterprises, Escondido, CA., 1983.
4 “Physician’s Desk Reference Journal”, 53rd Edition, Thomson PDR, Montvale, NJ, 1999.
5 Dr. F.E.R. Simons, M.D. et al, “Sublingual…..”, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol.117, Issue 2, Feb. 2006.
6 Dr. David Fairhurst, PhD., “Report of an Investigation into the Colloidal Nature of Cellfood”, Nu Science Corporation, CA.
Cellfood® REPAIR contains ingredients from natural organic sources, and contains no alcohol, glucose, yeast, gluten, or animal products; is non-addictive, non-toxic, non-invasive, and there has been no animal testing.
Halaal Certification has been obtained for Cellfood® REPAIR.
Each 100 ml bottle contains about 900 drops of product; and each dosage of 20 drops contains:
Cellfood® 480 mg
Silica 8 mg
The safe daily upper limit for silicon absorption is 25mg/kgbw/day, which equates to 1,500 mg/day for a 60 kg adult.
Cellfood® REPAIR is a Silica Strengthening Formula that provides support for:
• Firm & youthful looking skin
• Luxuriant & shiny hair
• Strong & healthy nails
• Healthy nervous system & sexual system
• Healthy heart & brain functioning; and
• Healthy bones, joints, cartilage, teeth, gums, muscles & connective tissue.
Is it safe to take Cellfood® REPAIR if one has breast implants?
You spoke to me a few weeks ago regarding your concerns about the fact that you were advised by your doctor to avoid taking silica in any form as he said it would reject any foreign objects in your body. You also said you sell silica tissue salts which have a clear warning on them stating they should not be taken by a person who has breast implants or any other foreign object in their body, like a pace maker or steel pin, as it would be rejected.
You have basically said you would love to use our product and to promote it to clients at your pharmacy, but cannot just take our rep, Debbie de Vos', word for it that our silica will NOT cause rejection of foreign bodies, particularly breast implants, without us giving you some kind of medical backing on that statement or reference from a doctor or Professor who has studies to prove this.
Attached below is a document explaining why so many people are misinformed about silica, with the backing of Professor Jacques Rossouw, a micro-biologist whose credentials are detailed in the attachment.
The Position of Cellfood® REPAIR and Body Implants
All published scientific literature currently available indicates that there is NO RISK for anyone with a medical body implant taking a silicon supplement, such as Cellfood REPAIR.
In arriving at this conclusion, Oxygen For Life consulted various references (see last page), and with:
Professor Jacques Rossouw, DSc (Biochemistry & Pharmacology), MBA (Pretoria University) University Lecturer and Consultant in Biochemistry and Pharmacology.
Mobile: 083 457 7480
Ashleigh Caradas BSc (WITS), BSc (Med) Honours (WITS), Nutrition & Dietetics (UCT) Detician
Registered Dietician and Consultant
Mobile : 082 856 3374
Both nutritional consultants have stated that there is no risk for anyone with a medical implant taking Cellfood® REPAIR. Professor Rossouw stated: “There is no scientific literature pointing to the relationship between silica supplementation and breast implants, or any medical implants, etc. I would also not put any cautionary note in the packaging re metal implants etc.” (23.09.2007).
Silicon and Elimination
Based on the work of the homeopath, Dr Wilhelm Schüssler (1828 – 1898), various scientifically unsubstantiated claims have been made that supplemental silicon may assist in eliminating and treating pus-formation, styes, abscesses, gumboils, etc. from the body; as well as eliminating foreign matter from the body that is non-functional, such as splinters. Classical Homeopathy views Dr Schüssler’s work on “Tissue Salts” as being limited.
(cf.: www.homeoinfo.com/08_non-classical_topics/index.php. See - Minimalists).
Therefore, contrary to opinion, much of which seems to be misleading, exaggerated, and scientifically unsubstantiated, supplemental silicon has no negative effect on medical implants (e.g. surgical stainless steel, silicone, synthetic pipes and envelopes, etc.) in the body. Furthermore, there is no connection between silicon and silicone.
Silicon and Silicone
”Silicon is the second most abundant element on the planet (oxygen is the first); and is necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue; for healthy nails, skin, and hair. It is needed to maintain flexible arteries, and plays a major role in preventing cardiovascular disease.” 1
“Silicone is often mistakenly referred to as ‘silicon’. Although silicones contain silicon atoms, they are not made up exclusively of silicon, and have completely different physical characteristics from elemental silicon.” 2
“Silicone is a polymer made from silicon and methyl chloride that yields methyl chlorosilane, which is distilled into dimethyldichlorosilane, and then polymerized with water into polydimethylsiloxane.” 3
“Polysiloxanes were called ‘silicones’ due to early mistaken assumptions about their structure.” 2
Breast Implants Silicone Breast Implants went on the market in 1962, without any safety testing. 4 They were developed by two US plastic surgeons using Dow Corning Corporation silicone technology. 5
Saline Breast Implants were developed in France in 1964, but are only suitable for women with enough pectoral breast tissue. 5
It has been reported by the US FDA: “All implants will eventually break, and most women who have implants for ten years or longer will have at least one broken implant.”6 & 7
The FDA reported: “Biomaterials testing of breast implants indicates that implants should only break under the most traumatic circumstances, and yet implants break for no apparent reason, as well as under pressure from mammograms. It is difficult to know how much risk a mammogram increases the risk of rupture since so little is understood about why implants break and under what circumstances.” 6 & 7
“Women with implants have been told that mammography is safe for them, but the results of the latest FDA study suggest that the risk of rupture can be exacerbated by mammography.” 6
Women with silicone breast implants are advised to have regular MRI scans. Mammograms are not reliable enough for detecting leakage. 9
Breast Implant Rupture
Rupture of Saline Breast Implant
“ When a saline breast implant breaks, the contents usually leak very quickly. A woman can see that her saline implant has broken because her breast has changed in size and/or shape in a short period of time. It is less common for saline to leak slowly. When the saline leaks out of its envelope, the body absorbs it. It is usually harmless, unless there is fungus or bacteria inside the implant; and leakage of non-sterile saline from the implant could lead to a potentially serious infection.” 9
Rupture of Silicone Breast Implant
“ When a silicone breast implant breaks, the contents usually leak very slowly. A ruptured silicone gel implant can go completely unnoticed for many years. The leaking silicone can be contained within the scar tissue capsule, which is the thick layer of scar tissue that naturally builds up around the implant; or the silicone can migrate to other parts of the body, including the lymph nodes under the arm, and major organs such as the lungs where, it is impossible to remove.” 9
Lung and Brain Cancers
“ Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) report that women with breast implants appear to have higher rates of lung and brain cancers compared to other plastic surgery patients.” 10
Fibromyalgia and Connective Tissue Disease
“ Women with MRI-diagnosed extracapsular silicone gel (i.e. silicone that had migrated outside the fibrous scar around the implant) were 2.8 times more likely to report that they had fibromyalgia.”11 & 12
The FDA’s Office of Women’s Health and the National Institute of Health published in the May 2001 Journal of Rheumatology, an estimated 6 – 8 million Americans had fibromyalgia; and about 80 percent were women. 12
“Women with MRI-diagnosed extracapsular silicone gel were 2.7 times more likely to report that they had ‘other connective tissue diseases’, including dermatomyositis and polymositis.” 11
Other related conditions: diseases of the immune system, such as scleroderma; arthritis-like conditions; joint pain; swelling; fever; breast pain; chronic fatigue syndrome; systemic lupus erythematosus; Sjogren’s & Raynaud’s syndromes. &
Contrary to opinion, much of which seems to be misleading, exaggerated, and scientifically unsubstantiated, supplemental silicon has no negative chemical effect on medical implants (e.g. surgical stainless steel plates or screws; silicone breast implants or tubes; synthetic envelopes, etc.) in the body. Furthermore, there is no connection between silicon and silicone.
Women who have had silicone breast implants should take note of the health warnings from various reputable international authorities; and have their breast implants regularly checked for leakage by means of MRIs, and not mammograms.
Undetected or detected leaking silicone breast implants can cause health risks because of resultant toxicity in the lymph system (which may lead to lymph, breast, lung and brain cancers; as well as fibromyalgia; and other related conditions); as well as damage to pectoral connective tissue.
Therefore, far from silicon supplementation being hazardous to women who have silicone breast implants, silicon supplementation can assist in restoring damaged connective tissue in instances where there is undetected silicone leakage into the body tissues.
1 Dr James Balch M.D & Phyllis Balch CNC, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, 2nd Edition, Avery, New York, 1997. p. 32.
2 “Chemical Terminology”, “Silicone”, Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, www.wikipedia.org/wiki/silicone
3 “The Basics of Silicon Chemistry”, Dow Corning, www.dowcorning.com. Updated: 2007.
4 Home Page, www.siliconeholocaust.org
5 "Breast Implants”, Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia,
6 “Breast Implants and Mammography”, “What You Need To Know”, www.breastimplantinfo.org/what_know
7 “FDA, Breast Implant Consumer Handbook”, 2004. www.fda.gov/sdrh/breastimplants/handbook2004
8 “FDA Advisory Panel on Inamed Silicone Gel Breast Implants”, 14 Oct 2003.
9 “If Your Breast Implant Breaks”, “What You Need To Know”, www.breastimplantinfo.org/what_know
10 “Higher Rates of Lung and Brain Cancers in Patients With Breast Implants”, “What You Need To Know”,
www.breastimplantinfo.org/what_know. Published in Oncology, Spectrum, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 2001.
11 “Study of Silicone Gel Breast Implant Rupture”, U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
12 “Fibromyalgia and Ruptured Silicone Gel Breast Implants”, “What You Need To Know”,
13 “Enlargement”, “Breast”, Metamorphosis Clinic, RSA. cf. www.theclinic.co.za/breastaugmentation.html
A long-term, double-blind research project with 45 athletes during 2000 and 2001, conducted at the University of Pretoria’s Sports Institute, compared the efficacy of Cellfood SPORT to a placebo, and reported:
- Increased oxygen intake by the body (VO2 max increased up to 6.2%);
- Increased energy delivery to working muscles (Haemoglobin oxygen saturation increased up to 9.6%); and
- Delayed onset of fatigue; and reduced muscular cramps and recovery time (Lactic acid accumulation decreased up to 17.2%). 1
VO2 max: According to the researchers, VO2 max is the most well-known measurement for oxygen intake, and is genetically determined, with exercise and diet having little influence on increasing it.
Therefore, the researchers were amazed at how Cellfood® SPORT increased VO2 max by 6.2% and reported that they had never seen this occur with any other product tested at the Institute.
Lactic Acid Accumulation: Furthermore, the 17.2% reduction in lactic acid accumulation was also considered to be very significant, and important for improving the performance of athletes, and reducing muscles cramps and recovery time.
This research showed clearly that the ingredients in Cellfood® SPORT increase the oxygen saturation in the bloodstream, resulting in significant energizing and cleansing effects, both of which are essential for improving performance and endurance, and for reducing lactic acid build-up and recovery time. (These findings are confirmed in other studies – see 2 & 3).
1 Nolte, H.W., “Efficacy of Ergogenic Aids in Endurance Athletes”, Sports Institute of the University of Pretoria, 2002.
2 Dr. Heidrun Karlic, PhD. & Dr Alfred Lohninger, PhD., “Supplementation of L-Carnitine in Athletes: Does It Make Sense?”, Nutrition 20, 2004.
3 Bernard W. Downs, et al, “Bioefficacy of a novel calcium-potassium salt of (-)-hydroxicitric acid”, Mutation Research 579, 2005.