Chelation of 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 heavy metal chelation treatment, 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.
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.
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.
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.