CHELATION THERAPY for HEAVY METALS
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Everyone living in the modern world is toxic. Unless you have been living on an island or in a jungle for most of your life, you have certainly been exposed to unhealthy levels of toxins including heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, zinc, iron, copper, calcium and cadmium.
Environmental exposure has never been more pervasive, with thousands of chemicals in use around the world. Many chemicals are integrated into our food supply, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Our bodies cannot detoxify heavy metals, yet it knows they are toxins, so it sequesters them in body stores such as brain, bone, and fat. Over time, they accumulate to toxic levels and seep out into the bloodstream, poisoning our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.
As these chemicals build up they alter our metabolism, cause enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, create hormonal imbalances, damage brain chemistry, and can cause cancer. Because the chemicals accumulate in different parts of the body—at different rates and in various combinations—there are many other chronic illnesses that can result. Chelation (pronounced key-LAY-shun) Therapy helps remove toxic heavy metals and minerals from the bloodstream to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, senility, and certain types of cancer.
Chelation therapy involves intravenous injections of a chelating agent, EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), a synthetic amino acid. EDTA binds to heavy metals and minerals in the blood so that they can be excreted in the urine. Another intravenous agent used by some physicians for mercury detoxification is called DMPS (2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid).
Because EDTA can reduce the amount of calcium in the bloodstream, and because calcium is found within the plaque that can line diseased blood vessels, some health practitioners claim that chelation can be used to treat atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by reopening arteries clogged with plaque. They maintain that using chelation for this purpose is an effective and less expensive alternative to coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, and other conventional medical treatments.
In addition, some of these practitioners claim that chelation therapy can successfully treat such disorders as peripheral vascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, and other serious medical problems. Some of these practitioners use hair analysis or other scientifically unproven tests to diagnose “poisoning” with lead, mercury, or other heavy metals, but only rarely should those results be trusted. At Enhanced Wellness, we use Chelation Therapy only for removing heavy metals from the bloodstream and view chelation therapy as an appropriate treatment for proven lead poisoning and the removal of toxic levels of other heavy metals from the body, in keeping with conventional medical usage.
Are there any side effects or conditions where this therapy should be avoided?
The most common side effect of chelation therapy is a burning sensation at the site where the EDTA is injected into the vein. If EDTA is not administered by a trained health professional, side effects can include fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Serious and potentially fatal side effects, which are extremely rare, include heart failure; a sudden drop in blood pressure; abnormally low blood levels of calcium; permanent kidney damage; and bone marrow depression (meaning that blood cell counts fall). Infrequently, reversible kidney injury has been reported.
Is there a governing body that oversees or credentials practitioners of chelation therapy?
The American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (originally the American Board of Chelation Therapy) establishes qualifications for practitioners who wish to be trained in chelation therapy, authorizes and approves training seminars, administers examinations for board certification, and grants board certification to qualified applicants. In addition, the American College for Advancement in Medicine offers a training course in chelation therapy and certification for physicians, naturopathic doctors, and nurse practitioners who have completed the course and passed a qualifying examination.