Chelation therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for acute metal poisoning for lead, although also effective for cadmium and aluminum.
The word chelation is derived from the Greek word “chele” which means to grab. In chelation therapy, the practitioner uses a medication that literally grabs and holds onto toxic metals, promoting the elimination from the body.
How does one know if detoxification is a treatment option for them? If you eat fish, have mercury amalgams or use aluminum deodorant, you are exposed. All patients who have suspected heavy metal toxicity undergo a “provoked urine challenge” where chelation medications are infused intravenously over a few hours. The patient is then asked to collect their urine for 6 hours. A sample of the urine is sent to a lab where the levels of excreted metals are measured. The level of toxicity determines the treatment plan.
Chelation therapy for heavy metals may be administered orally with DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) or intravenously with EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetate) or DMPS (dimethylsulfoniopropionate).
Toxic Metal Detox: Using the chelating agent EDTA, heavy metals binds with the EDTA and are excreted via the urinary tract. Lead and mercury are the two most commonly chelated heavy metals which are responsible for numerous chronic illnesses in the body Treatment time, approx. 15 minutes.