Chelation therapy is an effective therapy for removing heavy metals from the body. The need for chelation therapy is higher than ever because of the increase in environmental toxins. There may be more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Out of these chemicals, about 15,000 are for commercial use and most of them haven’t been tested for long term effects. Some of these chemicals also contain heavy metals. The common heavy metals that we end up digesting are: arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, iron and aluminum. Aluminum is not considered a heavy metal but it effects may be as destructive as mercury. Many of these heavy metals are found in the food we eat and water we drink. Certain heavy metals can bypass the blood/brain barrier and cause harmful effects on the brain. This may be one of the reasons why there is an increase in brain degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
Commercially grown food is one of the major reasons why there is an increased of heavy metal toxicity. Many of the pesticides used for commercially grown food contains heavy metals. By eating commercially grown food, you are digesting more heavy metal than what your body can handle. It’s normal to have very small amounts of heavy metals in your body. Some heavy metals are needed for your body to function properly. Heavy metal is hard for your body to excrete, which is why it is best to limit as much of it as possible. Organically grown food can also contain heavy metal but the quantities are significantly smaller than commercially grown food. The main reason for the difference is because organically grown food prohibits the use of pesticides. Other ways you can get heavy metal into your body are through health products, such as amalgam fillings (silver fillings). If you have a few amalgam fillings, you may want to get tested for mercury toxicity. Amalgam filling contain a good concentration of mercury and is one of the major reasons why people get mercury in their bodies.
Chelating agents that are commonly used to help the body remove heavy metal are: Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) and alpha lipoic acid (ALA). These agents have the ability to detach to heavy metals and carry them into the blood. Once they reaches the kidney, they can be broken down and be excreted by urine.