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Chelation for Heavy Metals

Heavy metals are everywhere — in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil in which we grow our food. Heavy metals, like lead, mercury, nickel, aluminum and cadmium, are also in the products we use every day, including household cleaners, hygiene products, medications and dental materials.

Some heavy metals may even be inside you. While many practitioners of conventional medicine have not yet appreciated the risks that low levels of heavy metals present to your body, Natural Horizons Wellness Centers recognize the damage that heavy metals can inflict. We provide chelation therapy, a medical procedure that safely and effectively removes heavy metals from the body. 

The human body cannot easily get rid of excess heavy metals so, once inside the body, heavy metals begin to accumulate in a variety of body tissues, including tissues in the nervous system, bones, blood, organs and glands.

Common Questions

  • What are heavy metals?

    Heavy metals are toxic substances that are found everywhere in our environment including our food, water and even in so-called “health” products. When introduced into our body and not excreted, they have many adverse effects on all tissues and systems within the body. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, nickel and arsenic, all of which are dangerous substances. They damage the body on molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Avoiding heavy metals and removing the accumulation is an iportant factor in achieving an optimum state of health and wellness.

  • Why is it important to eliminate heavy metals?

    By pulling damaging heavy metals from the body with supplements, homeopathics, chelating agents and a wide variety of energetic techniques, we can reduce the accumulation of heavy metals in most tissues. When these tissues experience a significant reduction in the heavy metal burden, they can begin to repair the damage caused by the metals. These tissues include blood cells, muscle and nerve tissue, especially the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, thyroid and other hormone glands, the eyes, and organs of the digestive system. When these tissues begin functioning correctly, normal health can return. In addition to removing heavy metals in the body, it is also very important to minimize ingesting them or being exposed to them.

  • What is chelation?

    Chelation is a word derived from the Greek word for claw, chelos. Chelation is a therapy that introduces substances into the body, which “grab” onto undesirable substances in the body and assist in the elimination of those substances. This therapy is administered orally, intravenously or intramuscularly. A licensed medical practitioner trained in chelation techniques must monitor chelation.

    Chelation is commonly used to eliminate heavy metals from the body (heavy metal detoxification). It is also used to help eliminate the minerals and cholesterol that cause plaque build up inside the arteries and blood vessels. By opening the blood vessel passages in the heart and brain, many physicians who practice alternative medicine believe that one can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • How do I schedule an initial appointment at Natural Horizons?

    Natural Horizons’ highly trained medical and administrative staff is ready to help you. Simply call us to schedule a convenient time for your initial appointment. Our business hours are:

    Monday – Friday: 8AM until 5PM
    Saturday: 9AM until 12 Noon on most Saturdays

    • Toll Free: (877) 292-1571
    • Fax: (703) 267-6977
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  • What is detoxification?

    Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins and wastes from our body. Over time, we build up toxins that we are exposed to from our environment and from what we consume. Toxins can also build up as a result of internal systemic infection.

    Common methods of detoxification include:

    • Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics
    • Enemas
    • Chelation
    • Liver, Gall bladder and Kidney flushes
    • Far-Infrared Sauna
    • Skin Brushing
    • Biologic Dentistry to remove oral toxins

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Negative Effects of Heavy Metals in the Body

Heavy metals interact with the body’s chemistry and mechanics in several ways: The human body substitutes heavy metals for essential minerals, for example, to cause detrimental results. Heavy metals destroy the membranes of all types of body cells, which disrupt the cells’ ability to function and communicate. Exposure to heavy metal can even damage atoms by displacing electrons, causing oxidation, degeneration and decreased energy production on a cellular level.

Chelation Therapy Gets Rid of Heavy Metals

Clinicians have used chelation therapy as an effective treatment for lead poisoning and other cases of heavy metal exposure for more than 40 years. Chelation is a medical procedure in which the practitioner introduces a chelating agent into the patient’s body, either orally or intravenously. The chelating agent binds to heavy metals. The patient’s body then excretes the bound heavy metals from the body. Medical professionals have access to a wide variety of chelating agents, including garlic, vitamin C and ethyl diamine tetracetic acid (EDTA). 

Chelation therapy requires a holistic approach because many patients need nutritional counseling after receiving heavy metal detox. Most chelating agents also bind to minerals essential to health and well-being, so it is critical that practitioners help patients monitor and replace minerals as needed.

Practitioners measure the effectiveness of heavy metal chelation through stool or urine analysis — higher levels of heavy metals in urine or stool indicate greater treatment performance.

The duration of chelation therapy depends on several factors, including the amount of heavy metals in the body, the chelating agent, the effectiveness of the various chelating pathways and the location of heavy metal accumulation within the body.

Who Benefits from Chelation Therapy?

Almost everyone can benefit from chelation therapy. Many Americans live in locations where the environment is rich in heavy metals. People with high levels of occupational exposure to heavy metals, or with significant dental work, or who are chronically ill may benefit most from chelation therapy.

Schedule a Chelation Appointment at Our Fairfax Office

The professionals at Natural Horizons have the training, experience and access to chelation therapy tools needed to perform effective treatment. Set up an appointment for a free consultation with Natural Horizons Wellness Centers regarding chelation for heavy metals today by filling out the contact form or by calling 1-855-254-5426.