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. 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.
While many practitioners of conventional medicine have not yet appreciated the risks that low levels of heavy metals present to your body, Gentle Wellness Center recognizes 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.
Negative Effects of Heavy Metals in the Body
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.
Chelation Therapy Gets Rid of Heavy Metals
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).
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.
Holistic Approach To Chelation Therapy
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 and can create nutritional deficiencies, so it is critical that practitioners help patients monitor and replace minerals as needed.
Chelation Therapy Benefits
Can Reduce Fatigue
When your body is full of toxins, even in amounts that are considered safe by the FDA, you can become tired physically and mentally. Some people are able to tolerate these toxins better than other but those effected may begin to notice they aren’t as energetic or intellectually sharp as they used to be. When Chelation therapy is preformed and heavy metals are removed from the body patients’ energy and concentration levels bounce back and heavy metal symptoms are minimized.
Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Chelation therapy removes heavy metals but it doesn’t stop there, chelation therapy has also been shown to reduce scar tissue and plaque in the arteries. Removing scar tissue and plaque helps lower blood pressure reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
According to a National Institute of Health-sponsored study there is a “modest reduction in cardiovascular events” as a result of chelation therapy. These reductions were most pronounced in patients that were also suffering from diabetes.
Can Reduce Pain and Swelling
EDTA, the binding product used in chelation therapy, has been shown to act similarly to an antioxidant in some patients. In these patients it repairs damage done by oxygen ions and other free radicals which helps reduce inflammation and the pain associated with it.
May Limit Symptoms Related to Alzheimer’s Disease
As mentioned above, chelation therapy can help reduce plaque found in the body. One of the main causes of the onset of Alzheimer’s is plaque which lead doctors to hypothesis that chelation therapy could delay the onset or limit symptoms of the disease. A 2003 study and editorial in the Archives of Neurology affirmed this. The study pointed to chelation therapy as a viable treatment for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Who Benefits from Chelation Therapy?
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.