Conductor Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic testifies to the FDA.
Conductor Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic was mercury poisoned by his dental amalgam, "silver fillings" and was diagnosed with Ménière's disease. It is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo and tinnitus and progressive hearing loss, usually in one ear. In the video, Mr. Zander presents video testimony to the FDA's 2010 Dental Products Panel on his full recovery after getting his dental amalgam fillings safely removed.
From: Benjamin Zander
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 5:05 PM
To: Adjodha, Michael E of the FDA
I wish to draw your attention to a matter of utmost importance to me. Three years ago I developed Meniere's disease, which causes violent bouts of vomiting, vertigo and massive hearing loss. Visits to Ear, Nose and Throat specialists throughout the world yielded no results. Because of the violence of these attacks, I had cancel or stop in the middle of several performances that I was conducting. At the suggestion of a physician at the Paracelsus clinic in San Gallen Switzerland, I had all the mercury and nickel removed from fifteen teeth. This operation was completed by the distinguished American oral surgeon Dr. John Evans, of Groton, MA. The results of this process were nothing short of extraordinary. All symptoms of the Meniere's disease suddenly disappeared and have not reappeared for thirteen months. Amazingly, my dentist, Dr. Ronald Carpe of Cambridge, MA claims that he has not put any metal of any kind into my teeth during the thirty-five years that he has had me as a patient, and yet Dr. Evans found a vast amounts of these materials. I shudder to think what diseases this kind of poison is creating in our population. Indeed, I feel so strongly about this issue that I would be prepared to testify in Washington to the results caused by the removal of this toxic material from my mouth. Another less significant bi-product of this process has been a sudden and total disappearence of an unsightly and unhealthy fungal condition in my toes that had persisted for the past fifteen years in spite of attempts to treat the condition with the extremely expensive drug Lamisil. I do not depend for my career on the appearance of my feet, the way I do on the effectiveness of my hearing, but I cannot help but consider it an extraordinary benefit that this condition has completely cleared up without use of any medication.
Dr. Benjamin Zander
Professor, New England Conservatory
Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor of the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Author, The Art of Possibility