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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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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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“What Should I Do?” Asked “Dr. Doubter”

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

Knee RevisionSteel Standing is a book written by a parent’s adult child that became as a caregiver and advocate about metal allergies. Becoming a non-clinical researcher when a mysterious illness shrouds the parent’s worsening conditions, was never part of this adult child’s plan.

The day I was asked by my mother’s original orthopedic surgeon, named Dr. Doubter in Steel Standing … “What should I do?”… was the day I had a rude awakening.

At that moment I realized there weren’t any “magic tricks” or special “medical potions” in what I had apparently believed as more of a fantasy than a reality. For the first time, I saw a person versus a physician…  sincerely asking for help.

Please note: I have tremendous respect for physicians! It was my expectations that needed a reality check.

During our conversation (more details in Steel Standing), I was so thankful I had already begun my own research for any help and/or hope of learning what was the culprit in my mother’s health issues.

When Dr. Doubter asked that single question “What should I do?,” I handed him a copy of the clinical studies with answers from credible medical journals. The next appropriate tests to possibly diagnose my mother’s problem were listed in the journals. Scientists had written and documented cases just like my mother’s. What was there NOT to do?

He was visibly paralyzed by the sheer thought that my mother’s life could be comprised that her knee replacement “might” be the core culprit to her rapidly failing health. The knee replacement he had surgically placed in her once healthy body.

He didn’t know about metal allergies. I’m guessing he is more educated these days as the awareness is growing. However, we forgave Dr. Doubter and moved on. Some days I still have to seek peace in my heart when I recall how close to death my mother’s became due to so many skeptics. I am not a clinician, but I still believe strongly in our medical community because we crossed paths with many that did act! We kept our faith intact.

That is why this web site, the book, all the presentations and everything else has come to life since creating “Steel Standing” to educate others.

One question from a credible medical professional as a skillfully trained orthopedic surgeon inspired me to share what I learned.

Lesson Learned: Negatives actions can influence positive reactions!

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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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Happy Anniversary to Patricia (Steel Standing) and Poppa Tom!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 | Types of Metals | No Comments

This video is proof of how my mother’s health is once again advancing as she is able to be active again. She was at death door’s due to the TYPES of metals in her body! A few of the photos were taken before her serious debilitating weakness from Inflammatory Myopathy.

I am incredibly thankful she is rebounding and is happy again as her body is becoming healthier every day!

Please take metal allergies seriously!! It’s your life – keep it healthy or find out how to regain your health if at all possible. If you don’t try to figure it out, sometimes no one else will either!

Happy Trails,
Christa

 

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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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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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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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