A SAFE, EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR HEAVY METAL TOXICITY: CHELATION THERAPY
Why should we as parents and consumers be concerned about heavy metal toxicity?
It is important to recognize that heavy metals interfere dramatically with normal physiology. There are over 3000 enzymes in every cell and enzymes are the driving force behind nearly every bodily process essential for life! Of these 3000 enzymes, half are metallo-enzymes containing about 15 trace minerals known to be essential to normal enzyme activity (including chromium, cobalt, iron, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, tin, and vanadium). The remaining 1500 enzymes do not actually contain metals but are influenced by metal-acting co-enzymes or catalysts. Thus almost no process goes on in the body without the aid of metals. If these essential metals are rendered inactive by displacement with toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and tin, then normal functioning of enzymes is compromised.
Various types of heavy metals may be absorbed into the body from not only paints, toys, and lipstick, but also dental fillings, vaccines, second hand cigarette smoke, food additives, treated lumber, or even water supplies. Heavy metal toxicity has been implicated in developmental disorders of children, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, chronic infections, and disruption of countless normal body processes.
How can we safely remove toxic metals from our bodies?
Chelation (pronounced KEY-LAY-SHUN) Therapy has been used in this country since 1948 and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in removing toxic levels of heavy metals. Chelation uses agents that are able to capture or bind toxic metals, allowing them to be safely removed from the body.
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine specializes in safely treating toxicity from heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Young children, especially, are extremely sensitive to heavy metals, and our successful approach to children’s toxicity has been developed over decades of clinical practice.
An important first step in reducing heavy metal toxicity is to perform laboratory testing capable of identifying elevated levels of toxic metals. Testing typically evaluates levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and many others.
Once the specific types and levels of toxic metals are identified, treatment may consist of chelation agents taken either orally or rubbed into the skin (for young children) over a prescribed period of time. Different heavy metals may require slightly different treatment approaches—thus the advantage of performing laboratory testing prior to treatment.
Following a slow, gradual, and carefully monitored method of chelation is especially important for removing highly reactive metals. The rate of chelation must be geared to the body’s ability to both mobilize the toxic metal and also quickly excrete it.
The Center has helped many children and adults overcome a body burden of toxic metals through our Chelation Therapy program. Some patients have seen dramatic improvements in health just from this one individual aspect of their comprehensive treatment program.
Heavy toxic metals can be a major cause, or an aggravating factor, in many diseases. Their role in making you or your child sick should not be underestimated. When no cause for disease or illness can be found, it is important to look for a hidden body burden of these toxic metals.
Methods of Chelation
We use primarily two methods of chelation: oral chelation (chelating agents taken by mouth) and transdermal chelation (chelating agents rubbed into the skin). In some adult cases, intravenous chelation may be indicated.
Prior to considering any chelation treatment, our Center’s doctors perform a Comprehensive Diagnostic Work-up, as well as laboratory testing and treatment to address many aspects of disease. For those individuals with arteriosclerosis or related problems, we normally use oral nutrients, including Vitamin K2 and specific enzymes taken between meals, to reduce plaque in the blood vessels. In some cases when a body burden of heavy metals is clearly documented and does not respond to other measures, intravenous chelation may be utilized for an adult as part of a comprehensive treatment program.
To ensure optimum results and the safety of patients who undergo chelation, we perform pre-chelation testing and other recommended screening measures. The Center follows all protocols recommended by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.
Each intravenous chelation treatment consists of a slow intravenous drip of EDTA, a man-made amino acid that chelates (binds to) toxic metals in the bloodstream and carries them away in the urine. EDTA also serves as a potent anti-oxidant, which works to change the structure of plaque that clogs arteries and contributes to many serious medical conditions. With intravenous Chelation Therapy, plaque is gradually transformed from its highly reactive state to an inert substance, which facilitates the process of gradually unblocking clogged arteries.
At The Center, we alternate intravenous Chelation Therapy treatments with intravenous nutrient replenishment treatments. This combination allows the removal of toxic metals and plaque to proceed without depleting the body’s stores of essential minerals or other nutrients. The nutrient IV’s provide the additional benefit of boosting overall nutrient status and enhancing the body’s ability to heal and overcome disease.
All three forms of Chelation Therapy used at The Center (oral, transdermal, or intravenous), when utilized as part of a comprehensive program to reduce toxic metals and replenish essential nutrients, can be very effective aids in restoring health.