Heavy Metal Detox with Chelation Therapy
If your doctor recommends that your plan of care include chelation therapy, which is delivered intravenously in a clinical setting, it’s likely due medical signs and symptoms of heavy metal toxicity.
Often without realizing it, we’re exposed to heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, thallium, and aluminum. They’re in our food and water, and even some medications. They’re in paints and construction materials, batteries, lightbulbs, gasoline, pesticides, fungicides, cigarette smoke, and even the fireworks we enjoy around the 4th of July.
There’s no escaping them and unfortunately, some bodies are poorly equipped to purge them from our systems. They bind to cells, inhibiting their normal function and preventing our organs from doing their job. If concentrations of certain heavy metals are too high in the body, they can cause irreversible damage and even death. In fact, heavy metal toxicity has been associated with serious health conditions.
While you may be able to reduce your exposure to heavy metals, you can’t avoid them entirely. But you can help your body remove heavy metals through chelation.
Understanding Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy involves taking a substance that binds to heavy metal molecules in a way that enables your body to eliminate them as waste products. Technically speaking, “chelation” means to grab or bind. Common chelating agents include the following:
- DMSA (Dimercaptosuccinic acid)
- CaEDTA (calcium ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid)
Although you can buy oral chelation supplements online and at many stores that carry nutritional supplements, chelation therapy is most effective when delivered directly into the bloodstream via intravenous (IV) drip.
Here at Restoration Healthcare, we use CaEDTA (calcium ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid). When injected into the bloodstream in a medically supervised session at our clinic, EDTA attaches to heavy metal toxins and certain minerals to form chemical compounds referred to as chelates. These chelates are then carried through the blood to the kidneys, where they are filtered from the blood and excreted in the urine. Heavier metals, such as lead and mercury, have a greater affinity for EDTA and form stronger bonds.
So You Know: A typical chelation therapy session takes about 90 minutes. CaEDTA chelation therapy involves repeated administrations.
EDTA Chelation Therapy Safety
Since 1953, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized EDTA as treatment for lead poisoning. Under current treatment protocols, EDTA chelation therapy is safe and relatively free of side effects. However, keep in mind that chelation therapy is only one component of a personalized treatment plan (i.e., a plan of care), and it may not be appropriate for everyone. We work closely with each patient to develop a comprehensive, personalized approach to optimizing health and wellness that addresses diet, exercise, stress management, nutritional supplements, and more, on an as-needed basis.
Combining Chelation with Other Treatments
Here at Restoration Healthcare, we take into consideration your individual health history and condition(s) to determine which approach or combination of approaches is best for you. We will always discuss the options available to you, as well as the associated risks.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of heavy metal toxicity, we encourage you to consult with a medical practitioner that is trained and experienced for evaluation and testing:
- Brain fog — impaired cognition or memory
- Digestive problems — irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion
- Chronic mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder
- Headaches or migraines
- Nausea or stomach cramps
- Blurred vision
- Numbing, tingling, or paralysis in your arms and legs (nervous system disorders)
- Difficulty breathing
These symptoms can be caused by a broad range of underlying health conditions. What’s important is that you consult with a medical practitioner who understands all the potential causes and can perform the evaluations and testing required to identify the root cause(s).
Here at Restoration Healthcare, we operate in accordance with the principle of “Test, don’t guess.” Whether your symptoms are related to heavy metal toxicity or something else entirely, we will get to the root of your health conditions and work closely with you to place you back on the path to feeling your very best.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog post about treatment of heavy metals using chelation therapy is provided for general informational purposes only and may not reflect current medical thinking or practices. No information contained in this post should be construed as medical advice from the medical staff at Restoration Healthcare, Inc., nor is this post intended to be a substitute for medical counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this post without seeking the appropriate medical advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a licensed medical professional in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.