Heidi became ill after having a gold
crown added to her mouth containing mercury amalgam dental fillings.
Heidi's problems were distressing and disabling. Her recovery to good
health was sudden. Almost immediate relief came upon removing all her mercury
amalgam dental fillings.
My inbox is full of e-mail from people with similar stories. Anecdotes
are not scientific proof. Anecdotes do provide a basis for forming a hypothesis.
Heidi's story, like mine, is an anecdote. Heidi's story is a compelling
We suspect it was mercury leaking from her "silver" amalgam dental fillings
that was making Heidi sick.
Read Heidi's story, as told by her daughter Sabine, to form your own view.
- Jeff Clark
Case study: Heidi's Health Odyssey
As a rather spectacular tale of mercury-related illness, I'd like to tell
how my mother Heidi, 51, gradually descended into ill health, and was cured
Heidi works in a hospital in Frankfurt, Germany as a medical-technical assistant
(the people who analyse blood samples etc). I live and work in Manchester,
England, but we telephone and visit quite a lot, so I have witnessed this
story fairly closely.
Heidi was taken seriously ill about 7 months ago, with diverse symptoms
such as malaise, fatigue, nausea, headaches, and blood in her sputum.
As long ago as three years she had increasingly suffered from fatigue and
low spirits, 'not wanting to get up in the morning' and occasional episodes
of sickness, a 'hung over' kind of feeling, which kept her in bed all day
some weekends - quite untypical of the usually disciplined and energetic
woman I know her as.
Regarding this gradual downward turn of her health, Heidi had been considering
age, pre-menopausal symptoms and depression as possible causes.
She also had recently had a gold cap fitted to one of her teeth (immediately
opposite an amalgam filling).
After some considerable time of feeling below par, she heard this may contribute
to health problems. In phone conversations she agreed with me that something
should be done about this, but since she doesn't like to rush to any conclusions,
it was considerable time until the filling opposite was replaced by a mercury-free
About nine other amalgam fillings remained
in her mouth. Her health got worse.
A minor bowel problem was diagnosed and treated during this period, and
Heidi had treatment for uterine polyps, but absolutely nothing was diagnosed
which could begin to explain Heidi's by now very worrying and debilitating
Last September, Heidi started to have recurrent attacks of 'sickness', as
described above, which became more severe and frequent, and eventually meant
she had to stop working and cancel a foreign holiday around last Christmas.
She said to me, describing her symptoms, it felt as if she was being poisoned,
and suspected various foods and even Bach flower remedies at some point.
She had already taken a number of standard medical tests, as she could easily
process them at work, and all the results were normal - she appeared to
be in perfect health. People even told her how healthy she looked, something
I can confirm from my visit to Germany at the time.
From occasional medical check-ups, she proceeded to seek out specialists
in many different fields (unlike over here in Britain, in Germany no referral
note is required to consult specialist doctors. The health insurance pays
for most types of consultation).
The specialist doctors she consulted over the months (including an endocrinologist,
a pneumologist and a gynecologist) certified her sound health, and if anything,
blamed the menopause.
Heidi was often close to despair as she felt very seriously ill, but nobody
could tell her what was wrong.
It was only thanks to her own persistence that she finally found the cure.
Earlier this year, Heidi had several different types of brain scans taken
at the Frankfurt hospital where she works, (she was on permanent sick leave
by now), one of which showed an 'abnormality' near the pituitary gland.
The doctors of the department couldn't decide exactly what it was, but thought
they could not rule out the possibility of an aneurysm.
A few days later, Heidi received a letter asking her to check into the hospital,
and then another, requiring her to sign a form to confirm she declined to
go. It came as a bit of a shock. Heidi felt she would be giving away control
over what happened to her, once confined to her hospital bed and at the
hand of a team of young and seemingly rather inexperienced doctors she was
hardly impressed with. She decided to stay at home.
I went to see her the weekend after, and she was very nervous and upset,
worrying whether she'd taken the right decision in declining hospitalisation.
Some time earlier, Heidi had been to see an 'alternative' practitioner (also
trained in conventional medicine).
Using kinesiology and her experience,
it did not take this doctor long to diagnose mercury amalgam poisoning and
candidiasis. Although my mother was not aware of any symptoms of fungal
infection, and still doesn't believe she had one, she followed Dr. Franz's
advice, and made arrangements to have her remaining mercury amalgam fillings
removed by a holistic dentist.
Heidi asked a respected bacteriologist (who runs a laboratory she used to
work for) what he thought of the possibility amalgam fillings might be causing
her ill health. He replied dismissively: "I don't think so. It's only
middle-aged women who get yeast infestation and mercury poisoning."
Meanwhile, the doctors at the hospital were struggling to explain the abnormal
formation in Heidi's brain, and advised she have an angiography, (although
at least one of the several specialists she showed the scan images acknowledged
it might be merely a congenital tissue formation).
Angiography is an invasive procedure during which a catheter is inserted
into an artery in the groin area, and advanced upwards into the aorta, to
inject a contrast medium into the bloodstream, which enables an x-ray photograph
to be taken of the blood vessels in the brain. It carries a small risk of
serious, life-threatening complication, and both Heidi and I were terrified
for a couple of days.
It all went smoothly though, and aneurysm was ruled out.
A couple of weeks before, the last amalgam filling had been removed, and
some of the symptoms, like the bloody spit, nausea and strong headaches,
had already started to subside or disappear altogether.
A more recent set of symptoms - a spreading sensation of heat, and anxiety-inducing
pressure on the chest - was all that remained for a while.
This is lessening now that Heidi has stopped taking the HRT supplement which
she had been taking for a few months (in an attempt to eliminated yet another
possible cause of her illness).
All her symptoms have continued to improve dramatically, to the point where
she is now, about two months after the removal of the last mercury amalgam
fillings, feeling in good health again.
This story has confirmed me in my skepticism towards the medical profession.Make
up your own minds.
While hypochondria is a possible danger of getting too preoccupied with
one's own body, ultimately the best judge of your health is you.
And I believe there's no reason why anyone should accept second best, and
keep swallowing the symptom-suppressing, short-term remedies which continue
to make millions for pharmaceutical companies.