Never Mix Business With Pleasure, Right???
I was born in Philadelphia and raised in its suburbs. My Mother, Tove, was born in Oslo, Norway of Thor Reidar Pedersen and Mimi Alvilde Hansen-Bodding. She later traveled to England as a young adult with her final destination America. Tove was a professional dancer that danced with the likes of Fred Astaire. It still amazes me when I think about her stories of winning amateur Latin dance contests in Miami in her late fifties as a Norwegian. I will never stop appreciating the dedication she gave to us; supporting and relentlessly protecting us. No matter my age, she never stopped reaching out to warn me that it was going to rain and to ask if I brought my umbrella. After everything she went through in her life, she never had a victim mentality. She raised me to be self-sufficient and to fight tooth and nail for what I believed in.
Later in my life, I realized that I adopted the “ask for what I need or else I will not get it” mentality from her. My Mother was blunt and direct with her words and actions yet very sweet and affectionate. You did not want to rub this feisty Norwegian woman the wrong way though!
My Father Vincent was born here in the United States of Italian immigrants, Luigi Scarano and Anna Bonaddio, that arrived via Ellis Island, New York. They settled in North Philadelphia. He met my Mother at dance classes that she taught while he was serving in the military. My Father was definitely was not going to win any awards for being a communicator but he definitely took first prize for working, working and yes working some more. This must explain where I got my deep dedication and sense of responsibility for my work and customers. I am very thankful that hard work and discipline was instilled into me at a young age. Not sure how thankful I am that he made me de-weed the yard in the heat of the summer every year! My Father was obsessed with Frank Sinatra’s music. Growing up I heard Frank blasting from the speakers in the living room early every Sunday morning like clockwork. He even took us all to Carnegie Hall for a family road trip. Not the kind of music a child appreciates but I certainly love to hear his music now.
My mother was a very intuitive woman. Late in my teenage years, she knew that I needed to get away from the sheltered upbringing my Father fostered at home. She pushed for me to attend the University of Miami in 1988. In my Junior year, my Father passed away at 49 years young from a heart attack. He never forgave my Mother for sending me so far away to study even though it was exactly what I needed. Getting away played an integral role in shaping my future plans. My graduation gift was a plane ticket to Europe. I lived and worked there for about 6 months. This experience opened my eyes tremendously. It led to future trips around the world for more growing up and exploration. Living without fear and seizing opportunities was liberating.
In 1993 after arriving back to Miami, I starting working for a small, family-owned furniture store that I had briefly worked for while attending the University of Miami. This experience inspired me to open my own retail furniture and accessory store in Miami Beach a couple of years later. Humbly spoken, I was too immature, underprepared and in over my head. About a year and a half later, the optimistic venture failed miserably leading to a very large debt owed to my Mother. Before closing the store in 1996 I partnered up with the ironworks company that had made the wall brackets for my store. It felt so natural learning the nuances of metal fabrication. It was a refreshing new world from being in retail sales. How satisfying it was to be able to think up an idea and then have it made right in front of my eyes by talented artisans. In 1999 I took full ownership of Le Fer Forge and from that point on we shifted the focus to manufacture drapery hardware to the trade.
FYI… Over many years, I ended up paying my Mother back every dime plus voluntary interest as a grateful gesture. Come to think of it, I may still have the long spreadsheet that included every little payment entry.
In 2009, my health took an abrupt nosedive after a dentist extracted a silver amalgam dental filling without using the safe IAOMT removal protocol. I became chronically ill because those dark fillings contain more than 50% mercury. A simple hair test confirmed my suspicion of the poisoning. It saddens me that some dentists are still placing this poisonous neurotoxin into the mouths of the uneducated. In 2011, I received my second case of acute mercury poisoning when a crown popped off exposing another silver amalgam. My immune system could not handle every time I brushed over that tooth. If you are not following me, click here for a short Dr. Oz video that explains it all. Once again a hair test confirmed my symptoms. Many dark and confusing years followed filled with gloom and uncertainty. Nobody around me understood what I was going through. Keeping Le Fer Forgé’s doors open was not optional, it was a dire necessity. My loss of mental capacity along with all of the other symptoms proved to be a huge challenge. Through the journey, I never lost faith and never quit on all around me. As a single Father, I made my daughter the number one priority. She was my strength.
Looking back, falling ill was one of the best things to have ever happened to me. If I could go back in time, I would not change a thing because I gained the strength and knowledge to educate on healing. I became the person I was meant to be. To this day it’s difficult to find anyone who truly understands the simplicity of the body’s self-healing abilities that I now know and teach. There was no choice but to learn because nobody could help me. Today I freely share my gift of knowledge on most health conditions for anyone who desires to help themselves. This is my way of giving back to humanity for a second lease on life. This year I will be forming The Human Restoration Foundation to share my knowledge and passion with the world.
On this journey of healing, my Mother passed away to pancreatic cancer which strengthened, even more, my will and devotion to helping others in need. With the knowledge I have gained, if it could have been applied, I do sincerely believe that she would still be with us witnessing my daughter Michaela’s life. The remembrance of lying next to her in the hospital bed while she took her final breath will never be forgotten.
Getting personal adds more to every relationship. Most of us spend more time interacting with our screens, vendors, customers, and co-workers than our own family. You have a choice. Now that you know a little bit about me, I hope that you will find me to be an open, trusting and hardworking individual. I would love the opportunity to manufacture drapery hardware for your company and your customers. It would be my honor to serve you.