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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-13548

Melchart, D; Vogt, S; Köhler, W; Streng, A; Weidenhammer, W; Kremers, L; Hickel, R; Felgenhauer, N; Zilker, T; Wühr, E; Halbach, S (2008). Treatment of health complaints attributed to amalgam. Journal of Dental Research, 87(4):349-353.

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The aim of the present study was to compare the reduction of subjective complaints by 3 treatment strategies in 90 "amalgam patients" whose complaints could not be explained by a medical or psychological disorder. The individuals were randomly assigned either to removal of dental amalgam only (removal group), or removal in combination with a "biological detoxification" therapy with high doses of vitamins and trace elements (removal-plus group), or participation in a health promotion program without removal of dental amalgam (no-removal group). Between baseline and month 12, the sum score of main complaints decreased by 3.5 (SD = 2.2) points on average in the removal group as well as in the removal-plus group, and by 2.5 (SD = 2.4) points in the no-removal group (p = 0.152). Both removal groups showed a significant decrease in steady-state levels of inorganic mercury compared with the no-removal group. Thus, all 3 interventions were associated with clinically relevant improvements.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:17 Feb 2009 11:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:00
Publisher:Sage Publications
Additional Information:View Full-Text Article at SAGE Publications
Publisher DOI:10.1177/154405910808700410
PubMed ID:18362317

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