Chelation therapy is a safe and effective treatment for many illnesses which are caused or made worse by heavy metal toxicity and free radicals. We are exposed to toxins every day, most importantly to heavy metal toxins such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, aluminium, nickel and so on. By reviewing the scientific literature, we can safely say that there is a 100% chance that you have been exposed. We all take in heavy metals by simply living our lives, eating, drinking, breathing, brushing teeth, showering, cleaning, using makeup, driving, smoking, taking medications or even when we’re vaccinated. Unfortunately, the excretion of toxins is usually slower than the accumulation, unless outside help arrives. Toxins, even at low levels, may damage your nervous, immune, cardio-vascular systems and even the reproductive systems.
Toxins have been scientifically linked to placing you at risk for serious degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, ADD and much more. Chelation therapy removes lead, iron, cadmium, aluminium, mercury, nickel and some other heavy metals using EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetate) which binds to the metals and removes them from the body.
Chelation therapy has been used and found to be effective in the treatment of:
• Lead poisoning (FDA approved)
• Cardiovascular disease- angina, stroke, TIA’s and leg claudication caused by blocked arteries.
• High blood pressure
• Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
• Diabetic complications
• Memory loss
• Macular degeneration
Chelation therapy involves taking EDTA sublingually through powdered form under the tongue. Millions of people worldwide have received chelation therapy. When administered correctly, side-effects are almost unknown.
What is Chelation?
Chelation therapy with EDTA was first used after World War II to treat ship painters with lead poisoning. Intravenous EDTA remains the standard treatment for this condition. When patients were being treated for lead poisoning, it was found that many of their other illnesses also improved. This was particularly the case for cardiovascular diseases such as angina and intermittent claudication (pain in the legs when walking caused by arterial blockages). Subsequently chelation therapy was given to patients with angina and intermittent claudication who did not have lead poisoning and many of them experienced a significant improvement.
However because EDTA could not be patented, no pharmaceutical company was interested in developing or promoting it. Therefore research on chelation therapy has been limited and it is not yet an accepted part of conventional medicine.
So why is chelation therapy so effective? Does it just work by removing heavy metals and reducing free radicals or does it have an unknown alternative mechanism of action? We do know that everyone living in our polluted environment has an increased body burden of toxic heavy metals. Our bodies do not have effective mechanisms to excrete these toxic heavy metals so they are stored in tissues to try and prevent them causing damage. The heavy metals can however cause damage to these tissues or slowly leak out and cause damage elsewhere. Lead for example is stored in bone to prevent it causing damage to other tissues. As we age, our bone mass decreases and lead is slowly leaked out. The lead then causes an increase in free radicals which damages tissue by oxidation. It is the same process as metal slowly rusting. Blood vessels are damaged by this process leading to the build up of plaque and blockages which ultimately cause heart attacks and strokes. The World Health Organisation has stated that there is no safe level of these toxic heavy metals in the body.
EDTA binds to these toxic heavy metals and then carries them harmlessly out in the urine. When used according to guidelines, EDTA is non-toxic, safe and simple to give.
Chelation therapy has been practiced around the world for over 70 years. In Russia it is the first therapy offered to patients with symptomatic arterial disease. A few small research studies have been done with positive outcomes but have been criticised. A major study involving multiple countries has finished (the TACT trial). These universities Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, joined a total of 134 medical centres in North America participated in this study, at a cost of $30 million. Statistical analysis showed benefits to be highly significant. Cardiac events that were reduced included fewer deaths, fewer heart attacks, and fewer strokes, less need for cardiovascular surgery, and fewer hospitalizations for heart problems. Chelation therapy was shown to be safe, without any serious side effects. Patients experienced increasing benefits during the time that they were studied−up to five years thus far.
The investigators concluded that EDTA chelation therapy can safely provide important benefits for heart disease patients, who were already on more traditional therapies before receiving chelation.
Three other recent studies have definitely shown positive benefits. They found that:
The presence of heavy metals increases the risk of arterial disease and cancer, and their removal is beneficial (NHANES study 1).
EDTA chelation therapy has a lower mortality, risk of heart attack and requirement for invasive procedures than other conventional cardiac therapies (Chappell meta-analysis 2). It also suggested that chelation therapy may improve longevity.CHELATION“Why is it not more widely accepted?”THE PROOF IN 2013 WAS PUBLISHEDNIH TACT Study of EDTA Chelation Therapy Proves Significant Benefits
Cardiologists from prestigious medical schools, including the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, joined a total of 134 medical centres in North America participated in this study, at a cost of $30 million. Statistical analysis showed benefits to be highly significant. Cardiac events that were reduced included fewer deaths, fewer heart attacks, and fewer strokes, less need for cardiovascular surgery, and fewer hospitalizations for heart problems. Chelation therapy was shown to be safe, without any serious side effects. Patients experienced increasing benefits during the time that they were studied−up to five years thus far.
The investigators concluded that intravenous EDTA chelation therapy can safely provide important benefits for heart disease patients, who were already on more traditional therapies before receiving chelation.
1) involves a major shift in the scientific paradigm;
2) The acceptance of the this therapy will somehow take a while to become common practice &/or
3) As a therapy, chelation may threaten the financial well-being of a politically powerful and a well established branches of the medical profession. Quite the opposite occurred with the immediate and widespread acceptance of bypass surgery and balloon angioplasty, which quickly brought wealth and fame to surgeons, cardiologists, large teams of health care professionals, and the hospital industry.
When a radical new therapy like chelation was first introduced, physicians felt threatened, both professionally and financially. Their professional integrity is threatened by obsolescence of their scientific knowledge and they lose patients who seek out the new simpler therapy.
This NIH TACT Study will help most medical professionals to feel that EDTA chelation is worth using first.
They shouldn’t be ostracized by peers; they won’t come under professional attack for “lack of ethics;”
Their medical and mental competence won’t be questioned; and if epithets of “quack” and “charlatan” are hurled at them, they can enlighten accusers with a very sound medical trial.
THE ATHEROSCLEROSIS PROCESS
As we age, cholesterol, calcium, and other minerals accumulate on the inside lining of our blood vessels and, over time, clog them. This process is referred to variously as hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, and arterial plaque build-up (see Figure 1). To ignore this process can be exceedingly dangerous and may result in rampant cardiovascular disease. Examples of such diseases are high blood pressure, angina (chest pain due to poor blood circulation to the heart), heart attack, peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to the legs and feet), and stroke. Most of these conditions are physically disabling and depressing to the patients.
Figure 1. The atherosclerotic process.
When plaque builds up in blood vessels, blood flow (carrying oxygen and nutrients) is restricted. It’s like water flowing through a pipe clogged with mineral deposits; if the deposits are thick enough to create a complete blockage, the water will stop.
It is no different with your blood vessels. If there is excessive plaque build-up and the vessels become partially or completely blocked, not enough blood can reach the body’s tissues, which become starved for the oxygen and nutrients they need. Consequently, they will not function optimally and may even die. An example is peripheral vascular disease in a diabetic, where there is insufficient blood flow to the extremities. Depending on the degree of compromise, the patient may experience pain upon walking, even short distances, or cramping in the legs or feet. Left unattended, gangrene of the feet may ensue, followed by amputation. Another example is coronary (heart) vessels that become so clogged that there is insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle itself (see Figure 2). Symptoms might be a tightness in the chest, chest pain, or discomfort in the jaw or left arm. If the blood supply is restricted for too long, a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, can occur. In this case, actual muscle tissue of the heart dies. If too much of it dies, the heart will no longer be able to pump blood to sustain life, and death will result.
PLAQUE BUILDS UP THROUGHOUT THE BODY
It is important to recognize that hardening of the arteries is not a localized or segmental disease. It does not affect only one part of the body at a time. If your coronary arteries are clogged with plaque, it’s a strong possibility that the arteries in your brain (the site of strokes), kidneys, lungs, sex organs, and other vital organs may be in a similar state.
SIGNS OF RISK
- Fingers or toes that often feel cold?
- Are you experiencing loss of libido or impotence?
- Your arms or legs often "go to sleep"?
- Do you experience numbness in arms or legs?
- Does your hand often cramp when writing a letter?
- Is there a sharp, diagonal crease in your earlobe?
- Do your lips or fingers have a tingling sensation?
- On short walks, do your legs get aches or pains?
- Is your memory worse than it used to be?
- Ankles that swell late in the day?
- Do you get breathless on slight exertion?
- Eyesight not as good as it once was?
Chelation therapy and Macular Degeneration
Chelation has also been used to reverse macular degeneration since ARMD is caused, at least in part, by the blockage in the choroid capillaries, which deliver blood to the macula.
A healthier circulatory system is the secret to a healthier body
As millions of Americans and others around the world continue to use chelation therapy to remove toxic metals from their bodies and deadly plaque from their circulatory systems, something else is happening—something truly miraculous:
As toxins are removed… as circulatory systems are scrubbed clean… and as abundant supplies of life-giving blood begin surging through their bodies… both patients and doctors report that scores of dangerous, chronic, painful, and even deadly health problems simply vanish:
- Blockages in the arteries feeding the heart and brain may be dramatically reduced and even eliminated…
- High cholesterol, homocysteine, and blood pressure—key risk factors for heart and brain problems may be reduced to normal levels…
- Irregular heart beats and palpitations can be reduced and eliminated…
- Angina and general chest pains may be eased…
- Edema (swelling of the lower legs and ankles)—a symptom of congestive heart problems—can be alleviated…
- Chronic shortness of breath is eased or eliminated…
- Cold, numb, and painful extremities can be warmed and soothed…
- Paralysis due to heavy metals toxicity can be improved…
- Infections due to a failing immune system may be less frequent or eliminated…
- Enlarged prostates can shrink…
- Varicose veins can fade or even vanish…
- Insomnia can be replaced by deep, restful sleep…
- Low energy may be replaced by deep wells of new energy…
- Vision problems and "floaters" melt away, eyesight improve…
- Male impotence can be reversed…
- Sciatica and excruciating back pain may be relieved…
- Sexual sensation can intensify in both men and women…
- Hearing loss due to calcium deposits in the ear can improve…
- Age-related cognitive decline, memory loss, and fading mental powers can be halted or reversed…
- Skin problems and ulcers can be erased…
- And much, much more!
“Studies by Harvard Medical School researchers and the U.S. Government’s Office of Technology Assessment have concluded that a staggering 85% of bypass surgeries were not necessary. Further, The American Heart Association also says that some heart disease drug remedies increase the risk of a heart attack by 60%. Many high blood pressure drugs multiply the problem.”
A LIFETIME OF ARTERY PLAQUE
Fatty deposits called plaque starts building up at a very early age, even if you eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle, and relentlessly accumulates until the blockage leads to serious health problems.
Young arteries are flexible and supple, but early on small deposits of cholesterol and fat molecules (lipids) appear as fatty streaks.
By the time you’re 30 years old, your arteries have been subjected to continuous trauma from high blood pressure events, viral and bacterial assault, and biochemical and free radical attack. As a result, the interior lining of the arteries may become more damaged, and the fatty streaks become more prolific, making the arteries less flexible.
As you approach your 40’s and 50’s, it is likely more damage to arterial linings has occurred and more plaque has formed. As atherosclerosis progresses, these calcified plaques multiply and blood flow is restricted. This ultimately sets the stage for the diseases that result from atherosclerosis.
Besides the arteries, calcium is also deposited in the joints, kidneys and even around the bones of the inner ear, where it can affect hearing acuity. Luckily, EDTA dissolves "metastatic" calcium — calcium deposited where it doesn’t belong.
“Preventive maintenance requires a bit of a leap of faith: there’s always the question, "Would I get sick if I didn’t follow a preventive course or if I stopped doing so?" Do you wait until your car won’t start anymore to bring it in to your mechanic, or do you bring it in every few thousand miles for a check-up? Sure, you could stop any preventive regime for a couple of years and see if something developed. But who would want to take such a high risk? The only real way to answer the question is to let the scientific literature and reason guide your decision. It is the only objective source of information we’ve got."
“For those who have not yet reached the symptomatic stage, preventing the onset of atherosclerotic diseases is the goal. Oral EDTA chelation retards the plaque build-up that progresses with aging, and it may even reverse plaque build-up in many cases. Think of it as an insurance policy. EDTA slows, or even reverses, to some extent, the aging of the cardiovascular system.”