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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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No clue?!? Progress Prevails

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

When I began conducting my own research, no one had a clue what could possibly be my mother’s culprit. Patricia’s odd symptoms were all over the board. She didn’t “fit” into a normal case of anything. No signs indicated a clear direction what was the cause of her health decline as her body became increasing worse.

After a muscle biopsy, she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Myopathy – thought to be ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Mom was given “no hope” without any clues how myopathy could have developed in a healthy, vibrant and energetic woman.

Her medical history had been healthy for 68 years. She didn’t smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, and did not take illegal medications. She had never been exposed to environmental hazards while working for a power company. Literally, there weren’t any clues, signs or symptoms what was happening to her body.

Currently, Patricia is at 95 percent mobility and quality of life compared to a previous 30 percent with failing health. No one would have ever believed her muscle tissue would be able to regrow and she could regain her physical strength  – a first in the United States!

My speaking schedule has become increasingly busier since we have been sharing an awareness of the potential dangers of metal allergies. Physicians are also listening to become aware of odd symptoms in their patients with metal implants.

What was considered “no hope” with “no clues” is shifting towards an incredible progressive pace.

Lee and Trish

Dr. Lee Cowden, Chairman of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine’s Scientific Advisory Board, discusses Patricia’s miraculous rebound from metal allergies which created a side effect of Inflammatory Myopathy.

 

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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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Serum Chromium Levels After Stainless Steel

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 | Types of Metals | No Comments

“Predictors of serum chromium levels after stainless steel posterior spinal instrumentation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis”

ARTICLE LINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20375769

RESULTS: Implant exposure, whether expressed in the form of total metal implant surface area, rod length, or number of metal interfaces, was found to be positively associated with serum chromium levels.

CONCLUSION: After adjusting for the number of years since surgery, metal implant exposure is positively associated with elevated serum chromium levels in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients with stainless steel posterior spinal implants.

SOURCES:

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Apr 20;35(9):975-82. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181d7a197
Rackham MD, Cundy TP, Antoniou G, Freeman BJ, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, University of Adelaide, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide, SA 5006, Australia.

CCD NOTES: Chromium causes renal and digestive failure even if you are not allergic to Chromium, or any levels of Chromium are reported in your lab work or metal allergy tests. So why would any one manufacture metal implants to be placed in the body if  that substance had a tendency to be knowingly harmful? Hmm.

There is an abundance of Chromium in the earth. I believe the law of supply and demand would adequately reveal the answer.

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Nickel Allergy Patients Needing Coronary Stents

Monday, May 20th, 2013 | Types of Metals | No Comments

One of our Facebook followers shares the link below which gives medical research and through provoking insight for patients allergic to nickel.

Metal implants are not only joint replacements as other may think when it comes to metal being surgically placed in your body. Some examples are surgical clips, pacemakers, any type of metal screws, rods, dental posts, types of cement used in bone building or as an adhesive. However, do you think about stents used in the heart and what types of metals are being used in that product? 

http://www.cathlabdigest.com/articles/How-Should-We-Manage-Nickel-Allergy-Patients-Needing-Coronary-Stents

We urge you to research what goes into your body before implanted “unknowns” or metal alloys are used without your prior knowledge. We didn’t know about metal allergies and the damage metal ions can do to a human body. But we do now and we continue to share what we learned and appreciate others supporting our efforts to spread the awareness.

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Metal “Allergies” – Nothing to Sneeze About

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

When thinking of allergies, most are likely to think of skin allergies, seasonal changes due to plants or allergic reactions to animals. However, few people probably think of one of the most serious allergies known to man’s existence; metal allergies.

“Do you know the types of metals in your implants?”

It’s a question asked among the attendees at “Steel Standing” presentations. Most shrug their shoulders, unaware of the potential dangers lurking beneath their skin and muscle tissue if they’ve had metal implants such as joint replacements, pacemaker (outside casing), or have had dental implants with “alloy” posts. There is a huge difference between “alloy” metals and “pure” metals.

The microscopic metallic ions from the metals in joint replacements or other types of metal implants, attach themselves to the weakest area of an individual’s anatomy.  For example; metal allergies ignite “another” unrelated health issue appearing to be “unassociated” to the origin –  which is the “types” of metals used in the metal implant. Nickel allergies are high among the general population, but there are other metal allergies most may not think about.

There is a unique blood allergy test which will determine the types of metals offered on today’s orthopaedic market that an individual is allergic to.  Check your sources and be aware of what your options are when searching for a reliable lab. 

Gesundheit!

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Muscle Weakness Strengthens Daughter’s Commitment

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 | Faith, Health Care In General | No Comments

 

Trish and ChrisWhen I resigned from my full time job, the economy had not evolved into hard times. Now that my mother is getting better she has often asked me, “Do you ever regret giving up your life and work to help me?”

There is never any hesitation in my heart or mind when I reach out to hug and remind her that my current job is be with her. The other part of my job is to help others so no one else has to suffer or struggle as I watched her. That’s why I wrote Steel Standing.

It is hard to grasp that I actually wrote a book during the mysterious medical journey. the amount of care my mother needed was almost 24/7, which is far greater than just a full time job. To figure out what was wrong with my mother AND to know she is better plus writing her story book, really does amazes me.

Although, I have volunteered my time to primarily become my mother’s caregiver, the pay is better than I could imagine!

To be able to hug her is just indescribable. She’s alive! She’s not in an assisted living facility or nursing home where she was bound before she regained her health!

I cherish each day. I thank God for each day knowing our faith was the very foundation that keep us on a level playing field. We had an opportunity to do more, or not. We chose to do more and share the information.

The most difficult task has been trying to tell the world what’s happened and with little attention from the media. If the world never learns what we experienced, I still have my mother to hug.

She continues to have the strongest “can do” attitude, even in her weakest times. She’s kept me going! What a rewarding job helping someone else while they teach you how to live, love and listen! What a mother! What a lady! What a great gift!

What more is there in life than showing those you love tremendous support.  Remind them that they’re not alone!

When it’s all said and done, caregiving should happen before it’s needed.

That’s my spill for now.

Chris

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Re: Metal on Metal Warning

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

In my efforts to share views, news and perspective primarily related to metal implants, it’s not too often I discover which articles offer encouragement. The highlighted article in this weblog, “Re: Metal on Metal Warning” was a welcomed discovery from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (www.aaos.org) spokesperson, Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, posted on BoneSmart.org

Previously metal replacements resulting in questionable medical cases with hip replacements, were lumped into one category. The following information should offer anyone affected by similar experiences, hope! Orthopaedic surgeons are starting to publicly recognize what’s happening with metal implants and muscle tissue damage.

One of the orthopaedic surgeons largest associations is now specifically referring to two different types of cases. A progressive move for defining metal hip replacement issues.

Also, Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, suggested, as quoted:

“In patients with metal-on-metal surface replacements, there is a direct correlation between serum metal levels and metal sensitivity determined by [lymphocyte transformation testing] LTT,” Jacobs said. “Current diagnostic methods, both patch testing and in vitro, do require more robust clinical validation, but it can be useful in pre-op screening for patients with in vitro metal allergies when there is a history of reaction to jewelry.”

The article also states:

“Based on case reports and device literature, Jacobs said that metal allergy exists and has been seen as a temporal association. It can have different presentations and many involve a rash. In some examples, patients suffer skin reactions after implantation of total joint replacement devices. In other cases, the reaction goes away after the implant is removed for nonunion or re-fracture, only to return after re-implantation. In my mind, those sorts of cases prove to me that this is a real clinical entity,” Jacobs said.

Using patch testing, 14% of the general population would be sensitive to nickel and 10% would be sensitive to cobalt and chromium. However, Jacob said that patch testing may be flawed because it may have no bearing on what is occurring happening in deep tissues.

“Metal-on-metal allergy is the cause of clinical symptomatology, such as pain and swelling,” Jacobs said. These allergies present as skin reactions such as dermatitis, or patients may have a history of allergy to jewelry. The responses to these allergies can present as stiff knees, pseudotumors, necrosis or unexplained pain,” Jacobs said.

CCD: The deep tissue issue is how the medical breakthrough, as depicted in “Steel Standing,” has successfully enlightened neurologists to review other muscle disease/disorder cases in patients with metal implants. Also, my mother used M.E.L.I.S.A. metal allergy testing vs. LTT.  For more information, to have a M.E.L.I.S.A. allergy test in the United States contact: info@neurorelief.com

Reference:
Jacobs JJ. Clinical manifestations of metal allergy. Adverse reactions to byproducts of joint replacements (AAOS/ORSI). Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery 2012 Annual Meeting. Feb. 7-11. San Francisco.

To read the complete article: http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/metal-allergy-in-joint-replacement.13261/

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Atlanta FOX News Interview

Sunday, April 8th, 2012 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

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