the ongoing case for chelation therapy...

Studies continue to support the association of heavy metals with serious disease - the good news is that these toxins can be removed by chelation therapy.

Fact: 80% of people above the age of 55 are estimated to have cholesterol levels above those recommended because of the build-up of plaque over time

Two groundbreaking studies released staggering results on the presence of toxic substances in our bodies. One conducted by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA looked at individual chemicals in a multitude of people; the other, led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, examined individual people for a multitude of chemicals. 

The CDC study looked for 116 different contaminants in the blood and urine of 2500 people, and found every single one. The Mount Sinai study identified an average of 91 metals, industrial compounds, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of all nine volunteers.

It is not clear how many of these contaminants affect our health, but alternative medicine has long offered a way to remove some of those known to be harmful from our bodies - chelation. The word comes from chele, the Greek word meaning claw, for the ability of a synthetic amino acid called EDTA to wrap itself like a claw around a heavy-metal molecule and carry it out of the body. In the customary method of chelation patients are injected with a solution of EDTA, along with certain vitamins and minerals. But a gentler version has been developed too that allows people to take supplements that perform the same function, though more slowly.

Since then the primary use of EDTA chelation, which accounted for 800,000 patient visits in the USA in 1997, has been for heart disease and circulatory problems. 

It has numerous other uses as well: it has been reported to cure high blood pressure, kidney disease, psoriasis, gangrene from diabetes and even autoimmune diseases. Limbs have even been saved from amputation with chelation therapy.

A meta-analysis of 19 studies on chelation published in the autumn of 1994 Journal of Advancement in Medicine, showed improvement in 88% of cases of people with heart disease problems.

The US National Institutes of Health has now determined that enough people are using intravenous chelation for coronary artery disease to warrant more definitive research: it recently launched a $30 million five year study on the therapy’s efficacy and safety.

Meanwhile, recent studies continue to support the association of heavy metals – particularly lead – with serious disease. 

"The average level of lead in the bones today is 1000 times what it was four or five hundred years ago," says Arizona-based physician, homeopath and osteopath Garry Gordon, one of the founders of the chelation therapy movement. 

He notes recent findings from the New England Journal of Medicine which concluded that there may be no safe level of this highly toxic heavy metal.  It is now well established that lead can cause permanent neurological and also behavioural problems and affects every system in the body. "There is significant IQ loss in children exposed to levels well below the CDC limit of 10 micrograms per decilitre," Gordon says.

He maintains that children treated for lead with his approach may be cured of hyperactivity and aggression, and don’t need Ritalin. He says he knows the process works because he finds high levels of minerals in patients’ urine and faeces after treatment.

In addition to booting out lead, intravenous and oral chelation can also remove mercury, cadmium and other metals. Everyone could benefit from the continuous lifetime ingestion of EDTA and other natural chelators, including garlic, vitamin C and malic acid (apple acid), says Gordon. "It would help offset the increasing burden of toxic metals coming from our degraded environment."

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