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Celeb plastic surgeon says Breast Implant Illness is real



Celeb plastic surgeon says Breast Implant Illness is real

An “influencer” surgeon with millions of followers on social media is calling out the medical community over what he views as painful myths about breast implants.

For some, having their chest augmented is a dream come true. For others, that dream slowly becomes a nightmare — in the form of a mysterious sickness dubbed “breast implant illness” (BII).

Now, Dr. Anthony Youn, a Detroit-based plastic surgeon of 17 years with a following of 4.6 million on TikTok, is making his stance known in the contentious debate over an illness that some doctors say doesn’t exist.

In an Instagram “reel” shared on Tuesday night, Youn held a silicone implant in one hand while pointing to the various symptoms that “Bre*st Implants cause,” written in text over the video: “Not in everyone, but in some. BII is real.”

“Throughout my training, I was told it [breast implant illness] was hogwash — and that’s what I believed,” Dr. Youn told The Post, noting that his “most common procedure is breast implants.”

He had always been “taught they were safe,” but later, he heard about lawsuits as well as websites and social media groups of women sharing their stories and autoimmune symptoms following breast augmentation.

For those who suffer from BII, symptoms may not appear for months after surgery and tend to reveal themselves slowly when they do. Pain, inflammation, skin rashes, hair loss, brain fog, joint aches, digestive issues and fatigue are all symptoms commonly reported by those who believe they are experiencing BII.

Many doctors have said — despite desperate pleas from sick patients — that BII is not real and that their symptoms must stem from issues unrelated to their implants. Refusing to suffer in silence, online forums, such as the private Facebook group for that boasts nearly 145,000 members, have formed to support those who believe they have BII.

When he discovered those speaking of symptoms online, he was becoming more interested in holistic medicine and “questioning his training.”

Now, Youn is breaking ranks with the medical establishment.

“Breast implants can cause a constellation of symptoms in some women, called BII,” he explained in the video. “Yes, I believe it’s REAL. But I also believe that most women do just fine with implants. But definitely not all.”

The condition is not technically medically recognized as no studies have firmly concluded that the procedure and materials used for implants could prompt illness, leading to a stigma that suggested these patients made it up.

“Plastic surgery literature is not supportive of the notion of breast implant illness,” he told The Post. He said “most” of the research in early studies were “done by implant device companies and plastic surgeons.”

“To the credit of our [plastic surgeon] societies, this has been a hot topic during the last few years,” he said, though there are still those who “still believe it’s a psychiatric condition,” suggesting that patients who complain of these symptoms are seen as “crazy.” One of his patients told him that another doctor “told me the see a psychiatrist” when she shared her symptoms.

Nevertheless, many patients have opted to go under the knife again and have their implants removed — an “explant” — as a result of the illness that left them feeling “poisoned.”

“A vast majority of my patients tolerate breast implants just fine,” he told The Post. No official diagnosis of breast implant illness can be given, but patients who have ruled out all other possibilities of cause of their symptoms with their primary care physician and specialists or those who simply wish not to have their implants any longer can seek out an explant.

“Your body, your choice,” said Dr. Youn.

Youn’s followers are thanking him for bringing more awareness to the issue.

“I was so sick,” wrote one viewer. “BII nearly killed me.”

“Thank you for being so REAL,” another added. “I’ve had many friends get theirs taken out because of symptoms like these, and their original plastic surgeons comment that it’s probably not from the implants (even if they’ve had a full workup to rule out everything else).”

As thousands have come forward with these inexplicable symptoms, the Food and Drug Administration in 2019 issued a broad statement to medical device manufacturers that produce implants, urging that more thorough research be done on their products.

In 2020, the FDA made an update to their analysis of breast implant devices.

“While the FDA doesn’t have definitive evidence demonstrating breast implants cause these symptoms, the current evidence supports that some patients experience systemic symptoms that may resolve when their breast implants are removed. The FDA is committed to communicating information the agency receives about systemic symptoms reported by patients with breast implants,” the agency wrote.

Despite breast augmentation being the most popular cosmetic procedure — about 400,000 per year in the US — “so many women don’t know about it [BII],” Dr. Youn told The Post. He also said some of his patients have been “shocked” to learn about BII in his office. “Awareness is so important,” he added.

Youn now uses his social platform to address the risks associated with breast implants and other cosmetic procedures. “You try to do right by your patients,” he said.

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Europe carbon prices expected to soar amid tougher climate goals




Steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal power plant of RWE, one of Europe's biggest electricity and gas companies in Niederaussem, Germany, March 3, 2016.

LONDON – Carbon prices in the European Union’s emissions trading system are expected to rise significantly in the next decade due to tougher climate goals, market participants said in an industry survey published on Monday.

The EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) is the largest carbon market in the world, covering around 45% of the bloc’s output of greenhouse gases and charging emitters for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.

The survey by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) found members expect carbon prices in the EU ETS to average $57 a tonne between 2021 and 2025 and $71.06 a tonne between 2026 and 2030.

This is mainly due to a tougher EU goal of cutting emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Last year’s survey predicted an average price of 31.71 euros a tonne for the third phase of the ETS which runs from 2021 to 2030. Benchmark prices in the ETS currently trade around $64.24 a tonne.

Britain’s domestic emissions trading scheme started trading in May this year. The majority of survey respondents expect it will link with the EU scheme by 2023.

Participants anticipate that the average global carbon price needed by 2030 to put the world on track to meet goals to curb global temperature rise is $76.61 a tonne, up from last year’s expectation of $67.84 a tonne.

IETA’s members include banks, exchanges and energy and industrial firms. The association received responses from 158 member representatives for the survey.

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How do I get back into the workforce after a long gap?




How do I get back into the workforce after a long gap?

I’ve been out of the job market for years, caring for an elderly relative who recently passed. How do I explain this big gap, and how do I make myself relevant? I used to work in a bank, but the job I did is basically obsolete now.

I’m going to tell you what you already know. The job search is hard enough for people with jobs, so transitioning back after being away is that much more difficult. I say this not to discourage you but to prepare you. “More difficult” doesn’t mean “impossible.” You have to prepare differently so that you can overcome the challenge. Your first goal is to just get back into the workforce and not try to pick up where you left off in the same job at the same level. It’s far easier to navigate your way to the job you want over time while you are employed. Make sure your skills are up to date by taking online courses. Stay positive, be persistent, flexible and leverage your contacts. As for explaining the gap, just tell the truth. It has the benefit of being true, and people can relate.

A friend of mine was told she could work remotely full time but has to take less money. Is that lawful?

Oh, the old “asking for a friend” routine. No worries, your secret is safe with me, and it’s not like your question is so unique that your “friends” will know it’s you. Basically, unless your employment is governed by some contract or collective-bargaining agreement, the terms of employment are between you and your employer and subject to change at the discretion of your employer, including compensation, responsibilities and work arrangements. Many employers and employees are considering the trade-offs for working remotely and the savings in the form of reduced office space and commuting expenses, respectively. For many employees, it includes more flexibility, too. You can choose to accept the new arrangements, or decline and continue with your current ones. If your employer isn’t offering you an option and you decline, you should be eligible for whatever layoff benefits the company provides, as well as unemployment benefits. I hope this works out for your “friend.”

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive and is dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at

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Bill Gates said to be growing potatoes for McDonald’s fries




Bill Gates said to be growing potatoes for McDonald's fries

Next time you savor a McDonald’s french fry, remember to thank Bill Gates for the tasty spud.

As reported in The Post, the soon-to-be single computer magnate happens to own more farmland than anyone else in the United States. Known for loving fast food — although his burger of choice comes from the Washington-based chainlet Burgermaster — Gates, according to NBC News, grows potatoes for McDonald’s in fields so vast they can be scoped from outer space.

Although Gates has focused his energies on saving our climate, he has made clear that the tater patches are strictly money-making operations.

“My investment group chose to do this,” stated Farmer Bill during an AMA on Reddit. “It is not connected to climate.”

Considering that Gates is said to own 269,000 acres of fertile land in 18 states, it’s easy to imagine him keeping track of it all on some souped-up series of spreadsheets. If so, gangs of divorce lawyers — including some who worked on the Jeff Bezos bust-up — have surely been scrutinizing the potato haul. Gates, the fourth-richest person in the world, married his impending ex, Melinda, without a prenuptial agreement, so they will be splitting property via a so-called “separation contract.”

No word on whether or not she will soon reign as McDonald’s potato queen.

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