My Adventure to the Klinghardt Clinic

Some of you know I had been waiting for an appointment at the clinic of Dr. Dieitrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, the German physician who has worldwide recognition for his unconventional but successful treatment of people with severe neurological disorders, including autism. He’s also an expert in treating heavy metal toxicity.

I finally went in about 10 days ago for my initial evaluation and treatment session, which turned out to be much more comprehensive than your ordinary, run o’ the mill doctor’s appointment. I am on a new treatment protocol, which several of you have asked me for details about, so I thought I’d go ahead and post it. After all, there might be some folks who are curious what something like this involves. This is a long and very detailed account of the whole treatment protocol, so if you aren’t interested, now would be the time to hit the delete button. 🙂

Dr. Klinghardt has some radio podcasts, if you’re interested.

For a little background, I first became aware of Dr. Klinghardt’s work last year because Dr. Mercola (my boss) has interviewed him several times for his Inner Circle members. I was so impressed with what he had to say that I looked him up online, only to discover that his United States clinic is less than 3 hours from here, in Kirkland, Washington.

You know me. I don’t believe in accidents. Could this be why we moved here?

I called and was told there was a 6-9 month wait to see the doc, since people from all over the world come to see him, and he splits his time between the US and Germany. However, I could see his associate at the clinic, Dr. Kimiai, and she could get me in within the month. So I decided to go for it. I had a tug in my gut that this was the thing I should do. They accepted me as a patient, and I booked the appointment.

They mailed me a list of items I had to bring to the appointment, including blood work and a panoramic dental xray, which I fortunately already had. I also had to do a “Biological Terrain Assessment,” which was a urine and saliva mail-in test measuring about 20 different markers of nutritional and metabolic function, designed to provide an overall snapshot of health.

So, back to my four-hour session. When they told me how much it was going to be at the time I scheduled it, I thought it sounded rather outrageous–but now, I think I got a bargain!

Dr. Kimiai went through every inch of my rather exhaustive medical history…I mean, I’ve got issues dating back to “epilepsy” at age 6 and leg pain beginning in elementary school, and about a dozen surgeries. So, that alone impressed me. I found her to be very competent, bright, warm and compassionate.

And surprisingly unrushed.

The first thing she told me was, it sounded to her like I’ve had infectious processes going on for decades, undiagnosed and untreated, and I’ve been in a perpetual state of inflammation for years, causing the chronic pain and fatigue. Now that is certainly something a physician has never told me. You mean, there’s an actual reason I feel like crap?

Then she went on to explain how heavy metal and other toxins actually feed these pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasites), and if I have any heavy metal buildup–like mercury for example–that could be maintaining the problem. And this also leads to mineral deficiencies. (At this point, she had not yet looked at my lab work.)

The lab work and the Bio Terrain test confirmed everything she suspected from my history. In fact, she said my lifetime of symptoms could not have been a more perfect reflection of systemic infection if it had been written for a textbook.

Moving on to Neural Therapy

She said the first thing we had to do is normalize my nervous system, which is done through Neural Therapy. NT involves injecting local anesthetics into autonomic ganglia, scars, and other tissues which somehow corrects the jumbled electrical pathways that exist around those areas which impede healing. Apparently, Neural Therapy is widely used in Europe’s Germanic countries in the treatment of chronic pain and intractable illness, but is rarely used in the US.

So I ended up getting all of my scars injected, which was really not a lot of fun. I was reassured that this usually has to be done just once.

Autonomic Response Testing

Once that was thankfully over, she began the ART process–stands for Autonomic Response Testing. This is a specific assessment tool Dr. Klinghardt has developed and is one of the things he is most famous for. It allows the examiner to use changes in the autonomic nervous system to scan the body for specific infections, toxins, and other “invisible” problems. This took quite a while, and while painless for me, she was busily running back and forth between my head and the shelves, getting bottles and little boxes of who-knows-what, returning every few seconds to retest and write notes.

It was rather fascinating. I lay there wishing I were a bug on the ceiling watching what she was doing, rather than being the object of it.

After all of this, the conclusions can be summarized as follows:

  1. My adrenals have almost completely shut down. Actually, I already suspected that–I’ve had three saliva tests over the past 7 or 8 years showing my cortisol levels have flatlined, so basically my adrenals have gotten burned out over the years.
  2. My thyroid isn’t working.
  3. I test positive for practically every pathogen. This doesn’t mean I have every one of those–it means, she explained, my body is so inflamed that my nervous system is unable to differentiate anymore (in the ART). I tested positive for all the viruses, including Epstein Barre and CMV, and bacteria including the one causing Lyme disease (a spirochete), as well as testing positive for parasites. (It was verified via blood test that I do have significant Epstein Barr antibodies, indicative of “recent or recurrent” infection.)
  4. I am severely mineral deficient. Especially zinc. But deficient in all of them–the zinc was profound.
  5. I have significant heavy metal toxicity. Specific type unclear, but not likely mercury–more likely either lead or uranium. Interestingly, she has had three patients from Idaho, and all three have been high in Uranium. There is evidence that the military conducted some sort of secret tests there that released uranium into the environment, and it’s been showing up in people for years. Not common knowledge, of course.
  6. My teeth, gums and jawbone are a major site of infection. This comes as no surprise to me either. The two back molars that died several years ago and had root canals and crowns, have always been ultra sensitive–even though they are supposedly now devoid of nerves. What she explained made perfect sense. The infections in people’s teeth go far beyond the root, and root canals often just worsen the problem, locking in the infection. All my teeth are inflamed, and whatever infection is going on in my mouth poses a danger to not only all my teeth but my jawbone as well.

So, next came the Plan. Take me out in the pasture and shoot me?

OK, fun seekers, it’s called a boatload of detox. Part one is detox the body so the organs (for me, the liver and adrenals) can get working again. Part two is help the body fight the infection through natural botanical agents. Part 3 is changing the diet to take stress off the immune system.

So here’s the protocol:

  1. Dietary changes: Eliminate beef, pork, wheat, all dairy, tomatoes, eggplant, bananas, vinegar, citrus, soy, and coffee Oh, no, not that!
  2. Continue what I’ve been on…pain med; krill oil, ulbiquinol, vitamin/mineral supplement, probiotics, digestive enzymes, bio-identical hormones, and thyroid (T3, T4 combo).
  3. Chlorella: 3 grams daily in am (15 tablets)–best detox agent imaginable
  4. Three formulas from Klinghardt pharmacy: Unda 2, Unda 10, Unda 243–5 drops under the tongue, twice daily; total body balance and endocrine function.
  5. Dr. Kimiai’s Tincture: a blend of a half dozen agents Dr. Kimiai put together for me specifically–40 drops in water twice daily
  6. Ozonated Rizole Oils: Epsilon and Jota–super potent blends of organic oils containing herbs and bark and even something akin to plant stem cells, from Europe. (antiinfective agents)
  7. Hypertonic Salts: one vial per week Tastes like seawater!
  8. Cu/Ag/Ag: one tablet each am.
  9. Infrared Sauna Treatments once/week, but only with chlorella and electrolytes and colloidal minerals on-board.

OK, so I do really feel like a lab rat. And it takes me forever to make it through all these potions and pills and drops and things. But in the 10 days I’ve been doing it, I do feel a little better. And my digestive tract has never worked so well.

Granted, this whole treatment plan is waaayyyyy different than what I’m used to, as a nurse classically trained in “traditional” medicine. However, Western brand medicine has little to offer me beyond pain meds for the rest of my life.

So, if this approach results in my feeling better, then I am all for it. I am completely open to whatever happens. If it works, I’ll have found a gold mine. If it doesn’t, it will be the most expensive bowel cleanse on planet Earth. But I’ve got to try.

So, there you have it.

12 thoughts on “My Adventure to the Klinghardt Clinic

  1. It’s kind of the thing–take a month at a time. But it’s interesting to note that my teeth feel better already. The molars that have ached ever since I had root canals several years ago, haven’t been hurting at all this past couple of weeks. That’s definitely a big deal. I go back in in 2 weeks. She’ll modify the plan then after retesting me. There could be some placebo–there always is. But since we create our realities, I’m beginning to believe placebo is really no different than “reality”, so I’ll take any form of improvement!At some point, I’ll be rechecking my labs and it will be quite easy to see if my adrenals are turning around. So, as far as having “hard evidence,” the testing (urine, saliva, blood) will eventually show improvement.


  2. Very interesting Val. I’m a big Klindhardt (and Mercola) fan but live in the Northeast and am not up to traveling (have had CFS for the last 3 years). How/where did you get the initial Biological Terrain Assessment?
    Do keep us posted on your experiences!


  3. Thank you! The BTA was a mandatory part of the initial Klinghardt workup. I’d never even heard of the test prior to that. I go back in in about 2 weeks for another round at the clinic. I’m not improving as quickly as I would like, but I’m certainly no worse. And that is something, as you can understand with CFS/FM! Thanks for the note. It’s nice to know there are people out there who are in the canoe with me. 🙂


  4. You are definitely not alone! I was wondering if it was possible to order the BTA tests anywhere else? But maybe Klinghardt is one of the only ones who could interpret them..

    I’m looking into an environmental doctor in my vicinity. When I was in NY, I went to Dr. Majid Ali (writer of ‘The Canary and Chronic Fatigue’ among other books) for diagnosis but have admired Dr. K’s integrative plan.

    I like the idea of using the infrared sauna and may try and go in my area but wondered what form of electrolytes Dr. K recommends when using the sauna?

    Feel free to email me


  5. Hi there,

    Glad to find your blog! I was actually googling for neural therapy and CFS

    I'm really interested in Klinghard'ts teachings myself, and recently started looking for a NT practitioner. Did you hear about this guy that went from bedbound to almost recovered ni 6 weeks with a doc that combines NT with procaine + tailored homeopathics? It's quite the rage in the CFS community.

    I've been using photon therapy + MFT tapping as a means of substituting for a NT practitioner up until this point, but although I work with someone that can find interference fields, I really want to get to the crux of the autonomic nervous system, re-regulate the SNS and PNS, and it seems actual NT might be necessary for that.

    Anyway, please email me at if you'd like to share any ideas. Always excited to find another Klinghardt groupie =)



  6. I was interested to read your post. Our naturopath just recommended that clinic for our 19 year old with health issues that we can't seem to get any resolutions for and I am considering pursuing this clinic. I am scared to find out how much it costs…laugh! Not sure my daughter could tolerate the injection part of it all-YIKES!

    Am glad to see that you have noticed some positive results 🙂



  7. Yes, tough with a 19 year old. But the needles aren't too bad (small). The hard part is, it's all out of pocket, nothing covered by health insurance. So, it isn't that it's more expensive than conventional treatment–it's just you're the one who has to foot the bill. And the treatments are multiple, and it just adds up quickly. But they seem to know what they're doing, so at least it's got a good chance of helping. I wish I could go back–but distance and expense are prohibitive for me right now.


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