Heavy metals can build-up in the body and cause a wide range of health concerns. Chelation therapy can safely remove toxic heavy metals and detoxify your body.
There is good reason why we're warned about avoiding the consumption of certain high-mercury fish, mercury in amalgam fillings, metals in our water supply and concern over mercury and aluminum in vaccines.
The human body can chelate some heavy metals on its own, but repeated or sudden high-dose accidental exposure to various sources of heavy metals can create a toxic overload that your body can no longer adequately deal with. When that happens, metals become stored in various organs and cells, creating symptoms and potentially, diseases.
Chelation: A Safe, Effective Heavy Metal Detox Therapy
For more than 60 years, chelation therapy has served as a highly effective and safe intravenous treatment for the elimination of toxic heavy metals and improvement of circulation and health. It's safety and effectiveness have been recorded by physicians certified to administer the therapy and follow the proper protocols. Over those six decades, more than one million patients have undergone chelation therapy for a wide range of circulatory problems.
Chelation therapy is used in conventional and naturopathic medicine for removing heavy metals from the blood. Chelation involves the intravenous administration of a synthetic amino acid called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid). Another intravenous agent used by some physicians for mercury detoxification is called DMPS (2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid). Additional nutrients may be added to the solution, including magnesium, vitamin C and other minerals. The chelating solution enters the bloodstream by the intravenous route and binds to heavy metals and then carries them safely to the kidneys where they are eliminated through the urine.
EDTA and other agents like DMPS are referred to as "chelating agents" since they have very specific bonds that form between organic molecules and metals. This attractive action gives them their stellar ability to "bind" to metals and carry them through the body via the detox pathways.
EDTA can remove commonly accumulated heavy metals such as mercury, lead, iron, arsenic, aluminum, calcium and copper.
Certain natural substances like cilantro, charcoal, chlorella, brazil nuts, onions, garlic and amino acids such as glutathione have chelating abilities as well, but EDTA intravenous treatments generally provide a more deliberate, swift and measurable outcome for significantly reducing the heavy metal burden in the body.
Popular Benefits Of Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy is the most common therapy for heavy metal poisoning. Some risk factors for heavy metal poisoning include:
- Amalgam ("silver") fillings, which contain mercury, tin and other metals.
Eating fish. Most fish now contains mercury, along with other toxic chemicals, due to farm-raising and polluted rivers and oceans. Methylmercury is the most toxic form of mercury and is created when big fish eat smaller ones and the big fish's bodies "methylyze" the mercury, making it more toxic than its original form.
- Industrial work. Mine workers, chemical producers, welders, metalworking, home-building and other trades may be at a higher risk for occupational exposure to heavy metals.
- Vaccinations. Thimerosol, aluminum and other metals may be present in the vaccinations that you have been injected with. Some forms are easier to excrete than others, and with repeated vaccinations or other exposure, your body and brain may not be able to detoxify those injected metals adequately.
- Eating foods from other countries. Nearly 20% of China's farm land has been contaminated with toxic heavy metals, as reported by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China. Even "organic" produce from some nations may contain higher-than-acceptable levels of metals.
- Chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
- Using aluminum foil and cookware and eating food from cans.
Sadly, aluminum toxicity is becoming a global health concern with this heavy metal showing up in everything from our air, water, medications, antiperspirants, cookware, dentures and other sources. Aluminum has an affinity for the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver and thyroid. Some natural health experts are connecting the sharp increase in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases to be at least partially related to aluminum accumulation in the brain.
While removing excess heavy metals from the body is a highly productive use for chelation therapy, its health-boosting benefits extend far beyond literal heavy metal toxicity.
Popular Benefits Of Chelation Therapy
Many years of practical, documented use of chelation therapy by licensed therapists and research has shown it to be a potentially effective treatment for conditions such as: peripheral vascular disease, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases, autism, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other serious medical problems.
- Memory problems or “brain fog”
- Heart disease: Angina & chest pains; arrhythmias; heart attack; stroke
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Chronic fatigue
- Fibromyalgia & autoimmune disorders
- Kidney disease
- Leg cramps / walking problems
- Hearing / vision loss
- Shortness of breath
- Hormone dysfunction
- Erectile dysfunction
- Poor circulation / cold feet and/or hands
- Slow-healing sores
- General wellness (antioxidant support)
Chelation and Heart Disease
EDTA can reduce the amount of calcium in the bloodstream and thus, chelation therapy can improve circulation and cell health and help some people avoid preventative heart disease surgery.
Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries due to excess calcium ("plaque"). This plaque causes diminished circulation and oxygen to our cells. By reopening arteries clogged with plaque, EDTA chelation therapy can enhance the health of the arteries, removing pathologic calcium, improve elasticity, and thus improve circulation. Chelation therefore can be an effective and less expensive alternative to coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, and other conventional medical treatments.
Chelation and Free Radicals
EDTA as chelator can mimic antioxidants and reduce toxic metal-induced free radicals, which cause inflammation, pain, arteriosclerosis and many other degenerative diseases of aging.
Chelation and Cognitive Disorders
Some evidence is revealing a connection between heavy metal poisoning, especially high aluminum, lead and mercury in the brain and cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, dementia and multiple sclerosis.
Chelation and Inflammation
Oxidative stress can damage blood vessels and tissues, leading to decrease circulation, increased inflammation and its resultant chronic pain and disease induction. Chelation may reduce the effects of oxygen ions that cause oxidative stress and thereby reduce chronic pain from inflammation.
Chelation and Learning Disabilities
Though controversial, there is increasing evidence that autism spectrum disorders and ADHD may be fueled partially by heavy metal poisoning. Sudden, excess exposure for some children has been linked to vaccinations and other medical treatments. Chelation therapy is being used by some practitioners as part of a healing journey for developmentally-delayed children.
Chelation Therapy Process and Finding A Doctor
Chelation therapy is usually done in a series of sessions. Depending on your needs, patients are often prescribed a chelation schedule of between five and 30 treatments, each lasting several hours.
The therapy involves inserting an intravenous (IV) to administer the liquid EDTA into a vein in the arm or hand.
Chelation normally doesn't hurt, but the injection site might react with some redness, burning or minor swelling. More frequent urination is often reported by patients for the day following a treatment.
You might have to pay for it, though. Most insurance plans don't cover chelation therapy. But finding a good doctor can be a comforting part of the process, since the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (ABCMT) trains and qualifies chelation therapy practitioners and the American College for Advancement in Medicine also offers training.
Most chelation therapy doctors are D.O.s and M.D.s and regardless of their credentials, have had a significant amount of training and treatment time in order to become certified.
You can find a licensed chelation therapy doctor here.
Side Effects of Chelation Therapy
Besides the minor side effects that can be experienced at the IV insertion site, the proper administration of EDTA is very miportant, since too much delivered too quickly can cause electrolyte imbalances and vitamin and mineral imbalances.
Trained doctors often compensate for this potential by giving patients supplemental intravenous vitamins and minerals following chelation therapy. Chelation therapy with EDTA should only be performed by a professional or under supervision due to the potential for side effects to develop in some cases. The most common side effect is a burning sensation at the site where EDTA is injected into a vein, but this usually goes away quickly and is mild. Some people also experience digestive issues like vomiting, feeling dizzy, fever, headaches, nausea, low blood sugar symptoms and blood pressure changes.
Occasionally, people may experience digestive issues like vomiting, feeling dizzy, fever, headaches, nausea, low blood sugar symptoms and blood pressure changes.
Although extremely rare, kidney damage and heart failure can occur due to blood pressure levels dropping suddenly and abnormally low calcium levels in the blood (hypocalcemia). Thus, young children, pregnant women, and people with a history of heart disease or kidney problems should not use chelation therapy without consulting with a licensed doctor first.
Chelation As A Preventative and Acute Therapy
As discussed, chelation therapy has been proven safe and effective for the removal of excess heavy metals from the body for over 60 years. National licensing boards ensure the adequate training and licensing of chelation therapy doctors, both in the allopathic and naturopathic fields.
Some practitioners have found chelation therapy to be effective as well for reducing oxidative stress, decreasing inflammation in the brain and body and for reducing plaque in the arteries and thereby reducing the potential for heart attack.