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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 | Types of Metals | No Comments

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Recently I was told a lady in PA had repeated gone to her orthopaedic surgeon due to pain, soreness, over all fatigue, as lifelessness crept into her body over an extended period of time. Dire health issues stemmed after her knee replacement. She did not recall having any health issues prior to her Nickel-Cobalt-Chromium knee replacement.

The lady said her leg was starting to swell with a nasty rash and the pain was unbearable. Instead of the orthopaedic surgeon checking to see if the types of metal were the core issue of her declining health, he refused to do a knee revision. He did not believe the patient’s health issues were directly related to a severely infected knee after her replacement.

Her knee infection became so bad… the orthopaedic surgeon, in his professional opinion, instructed her that he was going to have to amputate her leg.

I have “repeatedly” stated Steel Standing’s support for physicians in attempts to share metal allergy stories directly related to joint replacements to help “educate” others.

This story absolutely broke my heart!!!

NOT everyone will experience metal allergies from surgical implants such as joint replacements, dental implants, plates, screws, wires, pacemakers, etc. But what if someone you loved WAS allergic to a metal implanted into their body and they slowly began to lose their quality of life/health? Based on personal experience, I would EVERY thing possible to help my Mother and she recovered! I pray everyone can recover.

PLEASE become more acutely aware of what is happening with metal allergy issues! Share information.

I did not read her medical file, nor am I a clinician. I can’t reveal any more information. But here are the facts shared: She had a TKR (Total Knee Replacement) with the same metals that were slowly draining my Mother’s life. She did not have any other health issues until she had a knee replacement. This lady lost a leg just above her knee although she repeatedly pleaded for help. Perhaps a second opinion was in order, but when people “trust” their doctors and are adamantly devoted to them, you pray their doctor knows best!

I didn’t ask if she had sought a second opinion. I was speechless and deeply saddened for her outcome.

Could her knee have been saved in this day and age of technology, testing and better monitoring as she expressed repeated pleas with pain and suffering?

C. Davis

Author of Steel Standing

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Out the ROOF Allergy to Nickel Results!

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Health Care In General, Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

Where can a patient turn to when in need of a revision or a removal, due to potential metal allergies from: knee replacement; hip replacement; metal plate and screws; dental posts; rods used in spines; surgical clips; pacemakers; and many other metal implants? To find an answer is a daunting task!

NOT EVERYONE IS ALLERGIC TO THEIR METAL IMPLANTS.

But what about those that are?!?

Based the feedback from so many patients, we find appalling how many people are suffering from metal implants. I began writing Steel Standing to share my mom’s story as we learned her health troubles were stemming from her metal joint replacements. It became a mystery flipped to a medical breakthrough!

Soon, a web site was needed to help promote the book, share our ongoing presentations and now we are advocating for others in need.

Patient’s Doctor Dismisses Metal Allergy Testing Results!

A patient named Tina has a metal rod made from alloys such as Cobalt-Chromium-Nickel which was surgically attached to her spine. She lives in Utah and has not been successful in her many attempts to get a medical doctor of any specialty to listen to her ailments. 

Tina shared with me, ”The doctors are all at a loss. When I accidentally discovered your web site while searching for any clues what might be wrong with me, I realized after reading your mom’s story my health problems may be to be metal related. There is nothing else that could be causing so much pain and weakness with extreme fatigue.  What’s more important is that I did not have any of these crazy symptoms until after the metal rod was placed in my spine. It has gradually decreased my health. I’m only 37 years old.”

Tina contacted me through our web site seeking my advise based on being my mom’s experience and discovering a wealth of metal information regarding metal inserts/implants in the United Kingdom. She has repeatedly met with her orthopedic surgeon, begging for him to remove the rod since she said it is no longer needed. The orthopaedic surgeon continues to refuse to listen to her. Tina has also been unsuccessful to get another orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in spinal rods since the doctors in her area belong to the same medical network.

Her next decision was to have a M.E.L.I.S.A. blood allergy test to see if any of the types of metals in her rod could be causing an allergic reaction. Her report was shocking! I could not believe her orthopaedic surgeon did not attempt to help his patient when he saw the M.E.L.I.S.A. report! Nickel (as shown below) is “off the charts” at 13.7 in addition to other mild metal allergies.

 Tina's MELISA Test Illustration

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Now, look at Mom’s M.E.L.I.S.A. Report.

 PDH MELISA REPORT FOR WEB

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Tina’s Nickel Allergy Results: 13.7 

Mom’s Nickel Allergy Results: 3.1

In reviewing the chart/timeline I created below to illustrate my mom’s journey with Cobalt-Chromium-Nickel with Nickel being one of the HIGHEST of her metal allergies. It is amazing my mom survived with only 3.1 positive.

 Steel Standing Graph

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This was story was first shared on November 10, 2013.

This blog post was updated on November 22, 2013.

Nothing has been done due to health insurance conflicts.

-Christa, Author of Steel Standing

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FDA Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement

Sunday, November 10th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

FDA STILL DOESN’T GET IT! “TYPES OF METALS” is the correct answer!

(This is part of the long FDA announcement and meeting notes.)

Agenda: On December 12, 2013, during Session I, the committee will discuss and make reco…mmendations regarding the classification of spinal sphere devices. These devices are spheres manufactured from metallic (e.g., cobalt chromium molybdenum) or polymeric (e.g., polyetheretherketone) materials. They are intended to be inserted between the vertebral bodies into the disc space from L3-S1 to help provide stabilization and to help promote intervertebral body fusion. During the arthrodesis procedure, they are to be used with bone graft. These devices are not intended for use in motion-sparing, non-fusion procedures.

PLEASE NOTE the types of metals they are going to “suggest (dictate?)” for orthopaedic surgeons to place in the spine!

“Cobalt, Chromium and Molybdenum”

Chromium and Molybdenum are only 1 element away from being twins! That means double the trouble for metal inserts, especially in the spine area! Those types of metals almost destroyed my mom’s kidneys. Beware of what types of metals are placed in your body.

Chromium causes renal and digestive failure. Google it! Learn and share, please! The photo below is my mom’s left hip after her third revision with repeated metals of Cobalt-Chromium-Nickel.

Also, note: Approximately 30 percent (varies with dermatologists) of the general population are allergic to Nickel.

WHY USE Cobalt, Chromium and Molybdenum metals? Because ortho mfgs can make a boat load of money on inexpensive hardware that is an alloy and not pure! Guess that’s how they make their billions.

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Total Joint Replacement: What to ask?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | Health Care In General, Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

The following hyperlink will carry you to an AAOS site with good questions. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00375

But there are some questions missing you might want to include in your list.

Does or did your orthopedic surgeon or dentist ask if you were allergic to metal, any types of metals? Known what metals are being placed in your body. This web site is constantly getting emails from those who already have metal implants, relate to the symptom as shared with my mother’s case, then recognize they are experiencing the same. ONLY then does it seem a patient will listen or ask question before allowing any type of metal placed in their body.

Please note: Not everyone is sensitive to metals! But what if you are one of the ones that are sensitive to Nickel? Cobalt? Chromium in metal implants should be marked off everyone’s list! It causes renal and digestive failure EVEN if you are NOT allergic to Chromium. Google the facts!

Patch testing is being referred to a great deal lately as shared by many of our followers. It seems most orthopedic surgeons are advising their patients to have a patch test which is a skin test with metals placed on your body for three days. Then if there are any red marks where the metal piece was placed, the dermatologists declares you have a metal allergy to that type of metal.

How is it possible for a skin/patch test to be more accurate than a blood test that will capture the blood culture which circulates where the metal implants are located?

It baffles me to hear orthopedic surgeons and dermatologists claiming patch testing is the end all, answer all to detecting metal allergies!

I’m not a clinician, but I witnessed my mother’s patch test, which her dermatologist allowed. Her patch test was too vague. That’s when we were referred to a MELISA blood allergy test. I saw the results from her MELISA test! It was definitive and clear cut. There was not any reason to doubt her blood allergy test results from an appropriate lab that is credible.

When a patient is told a blood allergy test is not credible, ask your doctor check his/her sources. Share the web site of that lab! Become educated and informed.

With all due respect, medical doctors appear leery of metal allergy blood testing. Why, I have to wonder. Is there a hidden agenda or is it because patients are complaining to doctors that are missing the connection to unrelated health issues caused by metal implants creating failed health over sometimes “a gradual amount of time” and others quickly discover failing health which directs links back to when the metal implant was surgically placed in the body.

It’s your body. It’s your health. Respect your doctors. However, don’t be afraid to get additional opinions. Do your homework!

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FDA Mandates ID for Implants (Again?)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Health Care In General, Types of Metals | No Comments

 

62-Hip Implants Cli ArtThe New York Times reported the FDA latest attempt in helping patients with implant failures. As quoted, ” The Food and Drug Administration published new rules on Friday that require most medical devices sold in the United States to carry a unique code, identifying the make, manufacture date and lot number. The codes will be stored in a publicly accessible database to help regulators, doctors and companies monitor safety issues with devices.”

To read the article in its entirely, click on the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/business/fda-to-require-tracking-codes-in-medical-devices.html?emc=edit_tnt_20130920&tntemail0=y&_r=0

CCD NOTES: My mom’s implants had and have unique code, identifying the make, manufacture date and lot number and expiration date. How is the a new innovative idea? I want to believe patients best interest is being considered when announcements like this one are broadcast, but if you were not aware of metal implants ALREADY being identified, perhaps the general public would believe this to be an “excellent idea!”

She previously had a unnecessary pacemaker implanted, according to her cardiologist that gave her a second opinion after the first cardiologist stated, “Ms. Harton could easily go out into the ER parking and fall over without a pacemaker.” As a family were told this was a necessity for her to keep living at a function pace. It was not true, which I share in Steel Standing: Surviving Metal Allergies with medical proof to illustrate the trouble.

However, her explanted pacemaker (which I have in my possession) was also labeled with the Maker’s ID and a serial number, plus the tracking that occurs with pacemakers is required on a quarterly basis.

Since the article is shorter than my blog, I may be missing some information or misunderstood how incredible the FDA new requirement is for patients with implants.

The best news is the tracking system.

Of course, that mandate was imposed on all leading orthopaedic manufacturers to track and work with medical facilities to create a orthopaedic data registry in May 2011. I’m keeping an open mind to new information in hopes the tracking system will show FDA how many cases are not reported that fail due to the device.

I’ll be extremely grateful when the reporting system includes the failures due to the “types” of metals, as in my mom’s case.

For more information:

www.fda.gov

www.nytimes.com

Lips UNSealed – New Berkley Clinical Studies!

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 | Types of Metals, Uncategorized | No Comments

 

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Steel Standing: Surviving Metal Allergies has one chapter dedicated to the chemicals used in hair dye. It was during my research about the types of metal used widely in various ways which are absorbed in our body when I learned cosmetics are NOT regulated in the United States!

Kudos to Berkley for their clinical studies! Here’s the link:

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/05/02/toxic-metals-in-lipstick/

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Questions to Ask Your Medical Provider

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | Health Care In General, Types of Metals | No Comments

 

Be prepared before your next physician visit. Ask questions. Learn more about your health and your habits to better communicate with your medical provider!Web Site Ask Questions Clip Art copy

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides the following list of 10 important questions to ask your medical provider.

 

 

 

 

 

    1. What is the test for?
    2. How many times have you done this?
    3. When will I get the results?
    4. Why do I need this surgery? (IF this is a metal implant, ask what types of metals will be used and request a metal allergy test.  An LTT or MELISA  lab tests are the ONLY tests widely known to test for ALL types of metals surgically used in today’s market.)
    5. Are there any alternatives to surgery?
    6. What are the possible complications?
    7. Which hospital is best for my needs?
    8. How do you spell the name of that drug?
    9. Are there any side effects?
    10. Will this medicine interact with medicines that I’m already taking?

Source: Baylor Health Care System, www.baylorhealth.com

 

 

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Rick Bragg Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Shares Insight

Monday, August 12th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

What an honor to meet Rick Bragg! He shared some insightful advice, encouragement and support for the new medical edition Steel Standing: Surviving Metal Allergies, available now on Amazon. 

Rick Bragg and Chris at JSURick is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and JSU Alumnae. He was the JSU Summer Graduation commencement speaker on August 2, 2013. While Rick was in the area, I was honored to meet with him at the President’s Reception. He was extremely supportive and encouraging, sharing tremendous insight into the writing industry.

He is a 1992 Harvard University Nieman Fellow, former New York Times correspondent, Bragg has authored five books: All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, The Prince of Frogtown, I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, and The Most They Ever Had.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, Rick has received more than 50 writing awards in twenty years, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the 2009 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, the 2011 James Beard Journalism Award for Food, Culture, and Travel and the 2013 Alabama Artist of the Year.

He currently teaches advanced magazine writing and narrative non-fiction in the journalism department at the University of Alabama.

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Stainless Steel Surgical Clips Destroyed Man’s Leg Muscles

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

A physicist has been searching for over 10 years why his health was gradually declining. He simply didn’t believe there was “nothing” wrong when a multitude of tests and lab results revealed zip. His primary care doctor decided to order a full body scan hoping to see what they might have been missing.

His symptoms included fatigue, foggy memory, and a very usually slowed down pace.  At times he explained to me how his feet felt as if he were wearing cement boots when he walked. He is a 45 year old family man that is very knowledgeable.

Until he read about our experiences from Steel Standing, he had become very discouraged. It was an honor to hear positive results from my mom’s experience when another individual needed encouragement and assurance to continue his own exhaustive research.

The full body scan revealed two once-inch stainless steel surgical clips in his right thigh previously placed by a cardiovascular surgeon in 2000. The muscle tissue around the small but very significant types of metal were deteriorating where the clips ha dbeen placed. The scan also revealed pockets of fluid surrounding the clips which was believe to be infection.

Once the primary care physician was able to locate the isolated concern, after every test procedure had been repeated for 10 years with negative results, it would seem easy to locate a surgeon to remove or replace the clips. Instead, this patient consulted with more than 15 surgeons.

Until recently, not one would touch his case because of the term “metal allergies.”

It’s difficult to understand why a surgeon sees physical proof and damage referred by a primary care physician, but will not consider conducting surgery to help a man’s life due to the labeling of “metal allergies” on a medical record.  There are a substantial amount of physicians that do not believe metal allergies exist. There are a handful of orthopaedic surgeon that do believe in metal implants cause metal allergies to the extent of disabling an individual.

For those that have witnessed the effects and damage due to metal allergies, we are fully aware they  do exist.

Finally a surgeon reluctantly removed the stainless steel clips. This man’s health is rebounding at a remarkable rate.

Stainless Steel Facts (sourced below)

Stainless Steel Advantages:

♦ Stainless steel is dirt cheap. The cost of stainless steel is just a fraction of the cost of titanium or tantalum. This metal was introduced in the late 1970’s as a response to a tremendous price increase for tantalum. When the price of gold reached $800.00/ounce, tantalum experienced an even greater percentage
increase in price.

Stainless Steel Disadvantages:
♦ Stainless steel has no technical merit and is a marginal implant metal. This metal will not be offered by Ackermann.
♦ A stainless steel clip is not completely inert. Your body recognizes stainless steel as a foreign object and works hard to destroy it. There are indications a stainless (stains less than carbon steel) clip will rust over time.
♦ A stainless STEEL clip is comprised of Iron, Carbon and other elements that can be magnetized (unlike both tantalum and titanium). Therefore, a stainless steel clip condemns a patient to never enjoying the benefits of M.R.I, for the rest of his life.

This is a deficiency of monumental proportions.

At one time 100% of U.S. Surgical ligating clips were manufactured from Stainless Steel. Today, that percentage is 0%. We fully expect other manufacturers will discontinue their Stainless Steel clips over time. Of course, that is inevitable. Informed customers have simply stopped buying stainless steel ligating clips.

Source: http://www.ackermanninstrumente.de/index.html

We didn’t know about metal in joint replacements? Did you?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

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