Heidi's Health Odyssey

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 case.

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 recently.

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 one.
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 symptoms.

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.

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