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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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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:

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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.


We’ve come a long ways………….

Friday, July 12th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

The first video production shortly after Steel Standing was making rounds in presentations! It’s been a little over a year, and we could not be more thrilled with the response, the progress and mother’s return to health! Thank you for your continued support.

Vera, Mom and Me!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

In June 2013, I was invited as a guest speaker to present the clinical outcomes from the medical research I conducted in hopes of helping to understand why my Mom was losing her ability to do anything. Severe muscle weakness led to a serious decline in her health.

One of the most encouraging people our lives during that time and since has been Dr. Vera, Stejskal. Since 2009, we have been corresponding. M.E.L.I.S.A. was the metal allergy test we were refer to use by a highly reputable dermatologist in Atlanta, GA. When I reached out to thank the inventor early on, I had no idea we would become friends and supporters of one another’s mission which an increasing public awareness of the types of metals placed in the human body.

Trish, Vera and Chris June 2013The M.E.L.I.S.A. metal allergy test proved my theory to be correct, but that was confirmed after Dr. Ken Sands, the orthopaedic surgeon that already performed my Mom’s knee revision. It was a failed prosthesis!

We finally met at the Dallas Conference in June, and it was a long awaited wonderful greeting! We will forever be grateful to Vera for her passion, integrity and driving force to expose metal allergies that can be hazardous to anyone’s health.



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“Real Risk in Injections and Implants” Reports NYTimes

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

New York Times Article: “Real Risk in Injections and Implants”

Published: May 7, 2013

A version of this article appeared in print on May 8, 2013, in The International Herald Tribune.

LONDON — Someone in Britain having a nonsurgical cosmetic intervention has no more protection than someone buying a toothbrush. Most dermal fillers (the injections used to fill in wrinkles and plump up the skin) have no more controls than a bottle of floor cleaner.

These startling revelations come in a review of that booming industry (which the government said reached £2.3 billion, or $3.6 billion, in 2010) published last month by the medical director of the British health service, calling for tighter controls on treatments. Finally in Britain there is belated recognition that the cosmetic intervention industry should be better regulated.

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Alabama State Senate Honors Steel Standing with Legislative Resolution

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

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Senator Gerald Dial presents Christa and Patricia with an Alabama Legislative Resolution for the medical breakthrough and the book, Steel Standing, to warn others of health issues with metal allergies.


Senate Resolution for Steel Standing

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Alabama State Senate Honors New Author on Medical Breakthrough

The Alabama State Senate honored Ms. Christa Davis with its highest commendation for helping shed light on the medical condition suffered by her mother, Patricia Davis Harton. Medical professionals in orthopaedic and neurological specialties agree that this is a rare and unique case, and the research Ms. Davis initiated will benefit many people suffering from similar symptoms.

“Steel Standing,” shares the true story of Mrs. Harton’s extraordinary journey from suffering to recovery which connected a new link between metal allergies and muscle inflammation.  Ms. Davis’s research is  prompting patients and physicians to become more aware of mysterious health symptoms which may appear when joint replacements, or any type of metals, are implanted in the body.

Senator Gerald Dial stated: “On behalf of the Alabama State Senate, it is an honor to recognize native Alabamian Christa Davis by commending her exhaustive research which led to the discovery of a medical breakthrough. In her initiative and determination, she monumentally assisted in saving her mother’s life, Patricia Davis Harton. Ms Davis’s courage and compassion for others is demonstrated by sharing her knowledge and information in ‘Steel Standing,’ the true story of her mother’s health journey from medical mystery to a medical miracle.”

In reply Ms. Davis said, “I am deeply humbled by this honor and thankful for the special recognition and commendation.”

Ms. Davis studied health anatomy and business management at Jacksonville State University.  Since 1986, her career path led her into various communication arenas, including medical centers with primary care and specialty physicians in clinical and non-clinical settings. While working out of state as a communications specialist with a nuclear power plant, she began noticing her mother’s health failing.  She resigned from her career, returning to her home to Centre, Alabama to be with her mother.

What was once considered “no hope” for one woman’s muscles to regain strength, is now an extraordinary miracle in medical progress. A “hunch” became the reality which saved Mrs. Harton’s life.

After being diagnosed with Inflammatory Myopathy in 2009, Patricia’s health declined at a swift pace. Before her muscle biopsy, she was previously thought to have Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Although she had lived an incredibly vibrant life as an independent healthy person, neurologists said her muscles would continue to weaken and she would no longer be able to take care of herself.

“I salute Ms. Davis for bringing the ‘metal mentality’ into light and educating others. Metals enable us to create incredible tools that can help the human body but we need to make sure that those are sensitive are offered metal-free alternatives. I hope this book will stimulate discussion and lead to more research into the field of metal-related illnesses,” commented Vera Stejskal, Ph.D.

Dr. Stejskal is the inventor of the MELISA® test, an acronym for Memory Lymphocyte Immuno Stimulation Assay, which is a blood test that can diagnose if metals implanted in human bodies are tolerated by the immune system or if they are causing inflammation. “While the majority of people tolerate metals, we know that there are those that suffer from certain metal exposure, mainly that arising from dental restorations, orthopaedic implants, jewelry, cosmetics, environmental and occupational exposure,” Dr. Stejskal explained. She is also the Founder of the MELISA Medica Foundation, and Associate Professor at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Ms Davis became her mother’s full-time caregiver and initiated her own medical research, hoping to find a cause for her mother’s unexplained symptoms. This research helped to link her mother’s muscle problems with her knee and hip replacements.

Her theory was considered far-fetched and unlikely by many specialty physicians in orthopaedics. At the time, the existence of metal induced allergy was not widely recognized in the USA. However, once her allergy-inducing implants (Cobalt-Chromium-Nickel) were completely revised using Titanium implants, Mrs. Harton’s body began to grow new muscle tissue once again.

On February 17, 2012, Mrs. Harton’s attending neurologist and neuromuscular research specialist at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center, Birmingham, AL, deemed her case as a “medical breakthrough.” Mrs. Harton is the first non-scientific medical case to have muscles growth return once the type of metals were revised in her knee and hip replacements.

Kenneth C. Sands, M.D., orthopaedic sub-specialty surgeon, stated, “As more cases like Mrs. Harton’s come to light, we are learning daily some of the signs and symptoms of metal allergies.” Dr. Sands’ performed all of her implant revisions and previously affiliated with Harbin Clinic, Rome, GA, and currently is the Medical Director of Viera (FL) Sports and Orthopaedic Center.

Ms. Davis’s 20 year career achievements in marketing and public relations in the Rome/Atlanta area included working at Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center, American Cross Blood Division for Northeast Georgia, currently North Georgia Technical College. Previously, Ms. Davis was a communications specialist with Southern Company at Plant Vogtle in Augusta, GA. She resigned from her position to become her mother’s full time caregiver, and quite expectantly, the author of “Steel Standing.”

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 Honored to meet 2002 Pulitzer Prize Author, Diane McWhorter

Friday, March 15th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

2002 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Diane McWhorter visited my alma mater, Jacksonville State University on March 14, 2013, to deliver the annual Ayers Lecture hosted by the JSU Department of Communication.

Diane McWhorter is the author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama-The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, which was published by Simon & Schuster in March 2001. It won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, the Clarence Cason Award, the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute, and the English-Speaking Union Ambassador Award.

It was named by Time as one of the 10 Best Books of 2001 and was a Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year. In addition to being a New York Times Notable Book for 2001, it was on the “best books of the year” lists of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Publishers’ Weekly, Library Journal, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others. In 2011, Time named Carry Me Home to its list of the 100 best nonfiction books published since the magazine’s founding, in 1923. Carry Me Home is being re-issued, with a new Afterword, in 2013.

It was a fascinating lecture and a privilege to speak with her personally afterwards. Her research brings a horrific issue to light, which is fascinated depicted as shared through her eyes having witnessed the civil rights actions in 1963 as a young girl. Later she would learn the bigger picture which was felt throughout the world from “Bombingham” Alabama, as she described in the lecture. Knowing her generation witnessed the atrocities, with positive and negative results and actions or lack of actions, moved her to share an insider’s perspective. Exceptional!

Diane currently resides in New York City with her family.

Christa Davis, JSU Alumane, with Diane McWhorter at Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Christa Davis, JSU Alumane, with Diane McWhorter at Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Christa Davis, JSU Alumna and author of Steel Standing, with Dr. Bill Meehan, President of Jacksonville State University, Alabama and was Christa's college advisor many years ago.

Christa Davis, JSU Alumnae and author of Steel Standing, with Dr. Bill Meehan, Jacksonville State University President and Christa’s college advisor years ago.

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Photo: My Mother’s Reaction to Metal Allergies (I’d hate to see the inner tissue damage!)

Sunday, March 10th, 2013 | Types of Metals, Uncategorized | No Comments

What a sight! I think of pain, aching, and incredible soreness. This photo was after soft tissue damage from the “types” of metals creating a chaotic allergic reaction within her body. Her endurance level was high. My tolerance level was low. Views like this one continued to inspire me to share her story with a tremendous amount of information to HELP others!

If you don’t have any metal implants, then please purchase your copy of “Steel Standing.” It may help you to appreciate what you or someone you know – didn’t have to live through, if only pre-planning was a part of your health’s focus, particularly as an aging population lives longer in the US. If you have good or great health, please take a moment to reflect on how fortunate you are compared to most people. We certainly continue to do that each day! “Steel Standing” will inspire others to have hope as did my mother, Patricia. She is a walking miracle. Perseverance and determineation prevailed.






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