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Chelation (key.LAY.shun) Therapy - Chelation is the process of using medications or natural substances to bind heavy metals in one's body so that they can be flushed out in the urine or stool. This is different from the body's natural detox and elimination system. Frequently, we will use supplements and diet to enhance or rev up an individual's elimination and detox system for heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants (POPS). Chelation takes the next step of actually using agents that wrap themselves around toxic metals, thereby inactivating them and allowing them to be eliminated, usually in the urine.
Most Americans' bodies contain heavy metals, along with other toxins. Environmental physicians believe that this toxic overload of numerous heavy metals contributes to an increase in cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's, and immune diseases.
Chelation has been around for many years to treat people who have been recently exposed to high levels of heavy metals. For example, when a firefighter is acutely exposed to heavy metals or a child is exposed to lead.
The conventional physicians use this technique routinely to treat severe, recent exposures.
Environmental physicians and anti-aging doctors differ with the traditionalists on one point: if chelation is effective for recent poisoning episodes, why not use it for toxic metals that have accumulated over many years? Why not use chelation to remove heavy metals before the illness is fully established? Why not treat earlier when there are no or fewer symptoms for better results, rather than waiting until it's too late to treat the illness? Traditionalists maintain that chelation for a remedial or preventative purpose is not a traditional standard of care. Environmental physicians note that it may not be the traditional standard of care, but this method has been used with success for many years, treating nearly one million patients. To review some frequently asked questions about heavy metals, please click here. To see a sample patient's heavy metals data report, click here.