What is Chelation Therapy?
Chelation therapy is a medical treatment used to treat certain diseases or conditions. It involves administering chemicals that bind with heavy metals (such as lead) in the body, thereby removing them from the blood stream. These substances are then excreted through urine and feces.
There are two main types of chelating agents: metal chelators and organic chelators. Both are used to remove heavy metals from the body, but they achieve this objective in different ways.
The main type of chelator used in chelation therapy is a metal chelator. This type is made from a synthetic amino acid (a building block of protein) known as EDTA.
When EDTA attaches to a heavy metal, such as lead, it helps remove it from the body.
Organic chelators do not contain a synthetic amino acid. They are made from natural compounds such as benzoic acid.
A common type of organic chelator is called dimercaprol (BAL). It is used to treat acute mercury or arsenic poisoning.
Another common organic chelator is called penicillamine. It is used to treat lead poisoning and rheumatoid arthritis, which causes painful swelling in the joints.
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Natural chelation therapy
It is important to know how chelation therapy works. It is one of the most effective ways to treat heavy metal poisoning and several other conditions.
It is also known as EDTA chelation therapy, named after one of the active ingredients. Most medical professionals only offer this treatment in extreme cases of metal poisoning, or for cardiovascular disease.
If you suffer from heavy metal poisoning, it can cause a lot of damage to your vital organs. If left untreated, it can cause brain damage, digestive problems, or kidney failure.
The first step in natural chelation therapy is to identify the source of the heavy metal poisoning. It could be anything from lead-based paint to contaminated water.
Your doctor will then give you an injection of EDTA to begin the chelation process.
You will also need an injection of a drug that prevents the chelating agent from binding to essential minerals. This drug is known as a non-EDTA containing calcium disodium.
After you have received your injections, your doctor will monitor you for side effects. These can include:
For most people, these side effects decrease after the second treatment.
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