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Muscle Disease from Metal Implants

What is the M.E.L.I.S.A. Metal Allergy Test?

When Dr. Sands came into the family room and stated “It was a failed prosthesis. No infection. The top part of the knee implant fell into my hands. The bottom part easily pulled out. The joint replacement never adhered to her muscle or bone.” Mom walked on a failed prosthesis for 37 months slipping up and down with every step. The chances if her bone splitting or breaking were incredibly high as were the chances of her falling and needing extensive surgery in addition to her already degenerative knee.

We are passionate about what we are promoting because we have seen the results which proved to be true AFTER her first revision. M.E.L.I.S.A. was suggested to my mom after Dr. Sands wanted her to have a metal allergy test by an experienced dermatologist.

Metal Exposure

Individuals are constantly exposed to metals; through foods, medicines, pollution, cosmetics and jewelry. For most people, this exposure is harmless, but for a minority of hypersensitive individuals may suffer health problems as a result.

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The Study of Metal Allergy

MELISA is the world’s leading test for diagnosing metal allergy. It is used worldwide by healthcare professionals to determine whether a patient is hypersensitive to the metals commonly used in dental restorations or medical implants. Further test applications include the diagnosis of Lyme disease. MELISA testing can provide vital information for the treatment of chronic diseases.

Metal Hypersensitivity

Exposure to metals in dental fillings and implants, joint prostheses, pacemakers, environmental pollutants and jewelry can lead to health problems in sensitive individuals as they may be causing an allergic reaction.

To take the MELISA test you have a blood sample taken and sent to a MELISA laboratory. In some laboratories, testing must be ordered by an authorized healthcare provider. The amount of blood needed depends on the number of metals you want to test, but generally, about 30 ml of blood is enough.

Blood samples can be taken at one of our authorized clinics. They will handle the sample and send it to a MELISA laboratory. Within 10 days they will hand you your results.

If you cannot get to a MELISA clinic, we can send you a test-kit and you will handle the blood sample yourself. Simply contact us requesting a test kit. Contact a qualified nurse in your area to arrange for sample taking. When the test kit arrives, have the nurse take your blood. Package the blood in the enclosed packaging material. Next contact your local FedEx office and send it to a licensed MELISA laboratory.

MELISA is based in London and Sweden with a lab in Geneva.

The M.E.L.I.S.A.® accredited lab in the United States:
Pharmasan Labs
373 280th Street
Osceola, WI 54020
Tel 715 294 2144
Fax 715 294 3921
*Please note that testing must be ordered by an authorized healthcare provider

Below is a SAMPLE REPORT provided by M.E.L.I.S.A. Labs.


A graph showing the Stimulation Index and the metals tested. A value over 3 is regarded as a positive result (definite allergy) and a value over 10 strongly positive (strong allergic reaction).


Frequently Asked Questions: Click on M.E.L.I.S.A. link:


Dr. Vera Stejskal, Inventor M.E.L.I.S.A.® Metal Allergy Test


“Sadly, in science the toxicological view is predominant: the levels of metals cause illness – which is opposite to the immunologic view which recognizes that if somebody’s immune system is hypersensitive. It does not matter how small the exposure, it can still cause health problems.

The effect of heavy and transition metals on human health has been the focus of my life for the past 20 years. It wasn’t always my passion. I started my career as an immunologist at Astra, a pharmaceutical company in Sweden.

One of my initial assignments was to develop an objective test to screen for diagnosis of drug allergy among workers in their factories. I took the well-known technology of lymphocyte transformation testing (LTT) and modified it until it was accurate and reproducible.

In 1990, a colleague of mine, a dermatologist, expressed a wish to try the test on patients who claimed that their symptoms were caused by their dental metal restorations. Since metals like mercury are very toxic, perhaps a blood test would be better suited for this kind of testing than adding metals to the skin.

The test named M.E.L.I.S.A.®, an acronym for Memory Lymphocyte Immuno Stimulation Assay, showed that some individuals reacted to metals. This immune reaction explained the reason for a wide range of symptoms: (mainly) extreme fatigue; joint pain; metal fog; and “flu-like” symptoms. The symptoms would disappear when the source of exposure was removed or stopped.

While the majority of people tolerate metals, we know that there are those that suffer from certain metal exposure, mainly that arising from dental restorations, orthopedic implants, jewelry, cosmetics, environmental and occupational exposure.

Dr. Vera Stejskal shown with Patricia and Christa in Dallas, Texas while attending a medical conference. Dr. Stejskal was a keynote speaker. Christa was also invited to share more about her mother’s medical case as a guest speaker.

I salute Christa Davis for bringing the ‘metal mentality’ into light and educating others. Metals enable us to create incredible tools but we need to make sure that those that are sensitive and offered metal-free alternatives. I hope “Steel Standing” will stimulate discussion and lead to more research into the field of metal-related illnesses.”