Heavy Metal Chelation
What is heavy metal chelation?
Heavy metal chelation is done to remove heavy metals from the body using chelating agents. Chelating agents are substances that bind to heavy metals so they can be safely excreted from the body. Common agents use are DMPS (2,3-dimercaptopropanesulfonic acid), DMSA (2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid) and EDTA
These chelators will bind to heavy metals like:
Mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, titanium, gadolinium among several others.
Where are these heavy metals coming from?
- Our foods! – pesticides (arsenic), packaging (aluminum)
- Air - cigarette smoke, exhaust,
- Skin - paints, shampoo, hair dye, cosmetics
- Metal fillings – contain mercury
- And they are passed on through breast milk to babies
What does heavy metal chelation treatment involve?
Chelation involves a short intravenous therapy 2-3/month for several months depending on how much heavy metals need to be removed. In between your visits we have you take oral minerals and mineral baths to help replace good minerals that can be removed along with the heavy metals.
How do I know if I have a lot of heavy metals?
There are many common symptoms that can be related to heavy metal burden. If you have many of the symptoms listed below your doctor will then order a test to evaluate what level of toxicity you have. That test involves one IV of chelation followed by a 6 hr urine collection.
What are symptoms of heavy metal toxicity?
- High blood pressure
- Learning difficulties and behavioral problems in children
- Issues with mood
- Immune dysfunction – frequent infections
- Chronic yeast infection
- Kidney damage
- Cancer – cadmium has estrogenic activity
- Diabetes – risk increased by arsenic
Heavy metals and chemicals like PCB’s are stored in our body tissues and passed to our children through breast milk. If you are planning on having children and breastfeeding your babies, doing some heavy metal chelation before getting pregnant is an important step in ensuring good health for your children.
A recent study showed that lead exposure can lead to higher rates of Parkinsonism and cognitive decline in adults as well as lower IQ and learning difficulties in children.
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