Metal toxicity can go unnoticed but can cause a large number of health conditions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is no known safe level of toxic metal. What is a toxic metal? They are metals such as mercury (tooth fillings), arsenic, lead, and cadmium, which are known to impede with biological functions in the body. Chelation therapy, an alternative medicine that is a non-invasive way to remove accumulated metals in the body, can improve several health conditions. Chelation therapy involves a chemical solution called EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), which is administered into the body, usually directly into the bloodstream through an injection, so it can chelate or bind with the toxins and remove them before imbalances have the chance to develop.
Some of the conditions that can occur due to a high level of heavy metal toxicity are: initiating oxidative stress, cancer cell activation, hormone synthesis and dysfunction, weakened immune system, reduced energy metabolism and interference in the body’s cells and tissues. Even non-toxic minerals, such as calcium and iron, can accumulate to unhealthy levels, which is believed to contribute to hypertension, vessel disease, and certain heart conditions.
General benefits of chelation therapy include:
• Anti-aging effects
• More energy
• Rejuvenated Cardiovascular System
• Improved Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Anti-candida effect
• Improved hormone function
• Improves weight
• Reduces allergies
• Slows or reverses Alzheimer’s
• Reduces kidney stones
• Detoxifies bone marrow and organs
Along with general benefits, chelation has been used for decades to help improve many cardiovascular disease symptoms by reducing plaque and mineral deposits in the arteries. For example, calcium deposits are usually found in the plaques on artery walls and are responsible for the hardening of the arteries and vessel diseases. Chelation therapy may also stimulate the release of a hormone that makes it possible for calcium to be removed from plaques or makes cholesterol levels lower. It can also improve blood vessel function and reduce artery inflammation by reducing the damaging effects of oxygen ions on the walls of the blood vessels.
The benefits of Chelation therapy in regard to heart health may include:
• Reduced blood pressure
• Reduced arterial plaque
• Improved energy levels
• Decreased arterial inflammation
• Better cardiovascular function
• Lower cholesterol
• Improved circulation
• Reduced oxidative stress
Although research is still underway, some health care providers use Chelation therapy to treat coronary heart disease.
More benefits may include:
Act Like an Antioxidant
Chelation therapy can also act as an antioxidant by reducing inflammation, fighting free radical damage and removing metals that cause chronic disease development. It has been suggested that EDTA also binds to metals stored within bones, muscles and tissues in the body that can lead to increased inflammation or pain.
Less Pain and Swelling
Due to the fact that chelation therapy targets inflammation, which is what causes most diseases including arthritis and many autoimmune disorders, many people experience less pain from inflamed muscles, joints, and bones when using EDTA.
Can Help Lower Risk for Learning Disabilities
How conditions such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorders should be treated and prevented are controversial in the medical community, however, many are now looking to alternative treatments, such as chelation therapy, to control the symptoms.
While there is still research being done on chelation therapy, there are many benefits one may receive from EDTA and is worth looking into and considering as a way to get relief from joint or muscle pain, prevent certain health conditions and remove toxic metals from the body that can build up from things such as mercury fillings in the teeth, vaccinations, farm-raised fish, foods that are not certified organic and radiation/chemotherapy treatments.