Chelation therapy, or chelation, is the primary treatment recommended by doctors for people who are diagnosed with toxic levels of heavy metals in their body. During the process, various compounds are given to the body in various methods and these compounds bind with the toxic metals in the body before they are excreted through natural means.
This treatment was first discovered effective in the 1940s, when the first chelating agent was used to remove the excessive amounts of arsenic in the bodies of several Navy personnel who were exposed to the arsenic-based gas lewisite. Chelation was again used to treat World War II soldiers who suffered from lead poisoning. Through the years, the treatment of heavy metal toxicity through chelation progressed. Nowadays, the most commonly used chelating agents are DMSA, CaNA2-EDTA, DMPS and ALA. These are abbreviations that stand for much longer names.
Who Needs Chelation
Medical communities consider chelation as a legitimate treatment heavy metal toxicity. People who work as welders, smelters, dentists, thermometer manufacturers, and taxidermists are always exposed to the neurotoxins lead and mercury. Agriculturists, farmers, animal workers and veterinarians may also be at risk since they often work with pesticides, herbicides, rodent poisons and veterinary parasitic medicines. Children who live in old houses painted with lead paint and those who have amalgam fillings are also exposed to lead and mercury. These people may undergo chelation to detoxify their bodies of heavy metals.
There is also the increasingly popular idea that chelation can be used to treat atherosclerosis and related heart diseases. The idea behind this is chelating agents can bind with the calcium that causes the buildup of plaque in the arteries and clear up the plaque, thus healing the person. However, chelation for atherosclerosis has not yet undergone rigorous testing and it would still be best to refer to cardiologists who can recommend standard and proven procedures for atherosclerosis.
How Chelation is Done
Once diagnosis of toxicity is complete, your doctor can schedule you for your first chelation session. A session typically last 30 minutes to an hour and you may undergo anywhere from five to 30 sessions depending on the level of toxicity in your body. The appropriate chelating agent is administered in various ways, either through the mouth, the rectum, the skin, or through an IV drip.
Your doctor may prescribe natural supplements, a healthier diet and exercise regimen, and supplementary therapies to support chelation therapy. It is important that you take in a lot of proteins during this period because the amino acids that build up proteins help facilitate the detoxification process. Other foods that are known to maximize the effects of chelation are the following:
- Chlorella. It is a chlorophyll-rich alga that promotes healthy bowel movement. Since mercury is eliminated largely through the stool, chlorella can never be useless in chelation.
- Garlic. Crushed garlic, not the supplements, has active ingredients that increase the sulfur levels in the body, and sulfur expedites the chelation process within the body.
- Cilantro. Also known as Chinese parsley, cilantro has been known to drum out mercury in muscle tissue and allow it to be removed from the body through bowel movement.