by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, Ph.D.
In the late phase of the Roman Empire, it was considered
a privilege of the reigning aristocracy to drink out
of lead cups and many of the water lines in the city of Rome
were made out of lead pipes. It took several hundred years before the
physicians of the time established the link between mental illness --
affecting mostly the aristocracy -- and the contamination of the drinking
water with lead.
In the 1700s, the use
of mercury for the treatment of both acute and chronic infections gained
favor and again, it took decades before the neuro-toxic and
immuno-suppressive effects of mercury were well documented within the
In the time of Mozart, who died of mercury toxicity
during a course of treatment for syphilis, any pathologist in Vienna was
familiar with the severe grayish discoloration of organs in those who
died from mercury toxicity and other organ-related destructive changes
caused by mercury.
In the case of mercury, the therapeutic dilemma is
most clear. Mercury can be used to treat infections,
but -- not unlike chemotherapy -- also causes
a different type of illness and may kill the patient.
The same is true for most metals; small doses may
have a therapeutic effect for a short term, life saving direction, but
may also cause their own illness.
Most metals have a very narrow therapeutic margin
before their neuro-toxic (and in some cases carcinogenic effect), outweigh
the benefits. Toxic metals may be fungicidal and bactericidal, maybe even
virucidal, but many foreign invaders have the ability to adapt over time
to a toxic metal environment in a way that stuns scientists and certainly
outpaces the ability of the cells of a higher organism -- like ours --
to adapt in a similar way.
In the long run, the situation looks different. Toxic
metals harm the cells of the body whereas the invading microorganisms
can often thrive in a heavy metal environment. Research by Ludwig, Voll
and others in Germany and by Omura and myself here in the US, show that
microorganisms tend to set up their housekeeping in those body compartments
that have the highest pollution with toxic metals.
The body's own immune cells are incapacitated in those
areas whereas the microorganisms multiply and thrive in an undisturbed
way. The teeth, jawbone, Peyers patches in the gutwall, the ground-system
(connective tissue) and the autonomic ganglia are common sites of metal
storage and the place where microorganisms thrive. Furthermore, those
bodily areas are also vasoconstricted and hypoperfused by blood, nutrients
and oxygen, which foster the growth of anaerobic germs, fungi and viruses.
The list of symptoms of mercury toxicity alone, published
by DAMS (Dental Amalgam Support Group) includes virtually all illnesses
known to humankind. Chronic fatigue, depression and joint pains are the
most common on the list.
To keep it simple, mercury
alone can mimic or cause any illness currently known or at least contribute
Modern medicine has taken a giant leap in the past
few years through the discovery and use of the PCR test (polymerase chain
reaction). Virtually any illness seems to be caused or contributed to
by a chronic infection. A study performed by the VA Administration (published
in JADA, April 1998) on 10,000 US veterans, showed that most coronary
heart disease really started as an endothelial infection and, in most
cases was caused by microorganisms from the mouth.
Another study showed that close to 70% of all TMJ
syndromes in women are caused or contributed to by chlamydia trachomatis.
Childhood diabetes is often caused by either a cytomegalovirus or influenza
I suggest diagnosing and treating toxic metal residues
in the body along with the appropriate treatment of the microorganisms.
As long as compartmentalized toxic metals are present in the body, microorganisms
have a fortress that cannot be conquered by antibiotics, Enderlein remedies,
ozone therapy, UV light therapy and others.
To diagnose metal deposits in the different body compartments
on a living patient is not easy. Most "scientific" tests are
based on grinding up tissue and then examining it with a microscope, spectroscopy
or other laboratory-based procedures.
The most elegant, suitable and easy to learn system
is Dr. Yoshiaki Omura's resonance phenomenon between identical substances.
Both his bi-digital O-ring test or ART
(autonomic response testing) are extensions of a regular physical
exam that can be done without any instruments. It is a very
accurate diagnostic tool and makes it possible to not only
diagnose where in the body which metal is stored, but also helps to predict
which metal detoxifying agent is most suitable to remove the toxic metal
from that particular body region.
The metals found most commonly are:
Among the detoxifying agents most commonly used are
DMPS, DMSA, Captomer, D-Penicillamine, I.V. vitamin C, I. V. Gluthathione,
Pleo-Chelate, DL-Methionine (Redoxal), branched chain amino acids, Chlorella
Pyreneidosa, Chitosan, activated charcoal, cilantro and yellow dock.
I have developed non-biochemical approaches and include
electromobilization (using the Electro-Bloc), mercury vapor lamp mobilization
The approach to treating illness in a way that acknowledges
those observations has to include the following:
Diagnosing the site
of toxic metal compartmentalization
Diagnosing the exact type
Determining the most appropriate
and least toxic metal removal agent
Determining other appropriate synergistic
methods and agents (i.e., kidney drainage
remedies, blood protective agents -- garlic or vitamin E, agents that
increase fecal absorption and excretion of mobilized Hg, exercise, lymphatic
Diagnosing the secondary infection
Determining an appropriate antibiotic
regimen (medical antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, Enderlein
remedies, ozone therapy, etc.)
Monitoring the patient
carefully form visit to visit to respond quickly to untoward effects most
often caused by plugged up exit routes.
With this approach, many
patients that were chronically ill and did not respond to other approaches
will improve or get well.
However, the thoughts expressed thus far do not answer
one important question.
Why do patients that are
exposed to mercury, deposit the toxin in various areas of their body?
Some deposit the mercury in their hypothalamus (and
develop multiple hormone problems), or in their limbic system (depression).
Others deposit it in the adrenals (fatigue), or in the long bones (osteoporosis,
leukemia). Some in the pelvis (interstitial cystitis), in the autonomic
and sensory ganglia (chronic pain syndromes); some in the connective tissue
(scleroderma, lupus), or in the cranial nerves (tinnitus, cataracts, TMJ
problems, loss of smell), or in the muscles (fibromyalgia).
As you would assume, multiple
causes can be identified.
Past physical trauma
(such as closed head injury) will make the brain susceptible to becoming
a storage site for lead, aluminum and mercury.
often cause a low-grade encephalitis or joint inflammation, setting up
those areas to become targets for toxic deposits.
Geopathic stress --
Significant numbers of patients were found sleeping on underground water
lines or too close to electrical equipment. Metals concentrate in the
body regions most compromised.
Scars and other foci
can create abnormal electrical signals that can alter the function of
the ANS (autonomic nervous system). The abnormal impulses often cause
areas of vasoconstriction and hypoperfusion, which again become metal
Structural abnormalities --
TMJ problems and cranio-sacral dysfunctions often are responsible for
impairment of blood flow and lymphatic drainage in affected areas.
-- If the patient has a chronic zinc deficiency, the prostate, which has
a large turnover of zinc, starts to incorporate other 2-valent metals
(such as Hg++, Pb++).
(solvents, pesticides, wood preservatives, etc.) has a synergistic effect
with most toxic metals. Metals will often accumulate in body parts that
have been chemically injured at a prior time.
Unresolved psycho-emotional trauma
and unresolved problems in the family system.
This last cause -- unresolved psycho-emotional trauma
-- is by far the most common factor determining where which metal will
be stored in the body and which infectious agent will thrive in what area
of the body. This issue has been underestimated by most, due to a lack
of appropriate, quick and precise therapeutic interventions.
I have developed a type of biofeedback psychotherapy
called psychoneurobiology (APN). The core of this approach is the dialogue
with the subconscious mind. Any type of ART technique (muscle testing,
EAV, brainwave biofeedback, etc.) may be used to obtain answers and engage
in the dialogue.
The technique is aimed at uncovering any unresolved
past traumatic event and processing the material in a way that is healing
to both the patient and their family. The material is covered in the APN
I and II handouts and in the video sets from the APN Seminars.
Patients who responded poorly or were unresponsive
to prior treatment with appropriately selected Enderlein remedies and
detox agents, responded dramatically by treating the patient first with
by unloading emotional material, correcting limiting beliefs and creating
an opportunity for healing between living and dead family members.
In fact, every parameter of their biochemistry, including
bio-terrain measurements like tissue and blood pH, osmolality, conductivity
but also including hormone levels, mineral levels, etc. move in a direction
toward normal after successful APN treatments. Results are often permanent.
The disease model that
is emerging from these observations looks as follows:
The symptom is that which is visible or apparent and
usually the reason the patient comes to us. Underneath or within it, we
find most often a chronic infection. Underneath the infection, we find
the altered milieu -- mostly the presence of toxic metals. Underneath
that, the reason why it is there (other than the obvious necessary exposure),
the selection of location, the choice of metal -- are all created and
guided by the subconscious mind and determined by the type, severity and
date of unresolved psycho-emotional trauma or material.
Volume 10, 2000