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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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 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

http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Diane-McWhorter/9553
http://www.jsu.edu/news/articles/2013/02/pulitzer-prize-winner-diane-mcwhorter-to-speak-at-jsu-on-March-14.html

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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