The human body accumulates toxins and harsh chemicals, including lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals. Dr. Goldberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York, NY provides clients with an effective alternative treatment to rid the body of these dangerous metals. This treatment is better known as chelation therapy. During chelation, we use a chemical solution named EDTA to flush harmful heavy metals from the body by directly injecting it into the bloodstream.
What Is Chelation Therapy Good for?
Heavy Metal Poisoning: The Reason for Chelation Therapy
The human body can accumulate heavy metals in large quantities, which results in real and lasting damage. Heavy metal toxicity is dangerous if left untreated for too long. Chelation is an effective way to free the body of hazardous substances, and it’s necessary if you’re suffering from chemical overload.
An Explanation of Heavy Metal Poisoning
We become poisoned as the levels of heavy metals increase within the body. It’s possible to accumulate excess metals from sources like industrial chemicals, the food we eat, and the water we drink.
Who Is Susceptible to Heavy Metal Poisoning?
We are all susceptible to toxic overload regardless of our race, sex, personal history, or background. This condition doesn’t discriminate. Women and men are equally vulnerable to this poisoning.
Overexposure to life-threatening heavy metals means the human body will become overwhelmed by these hazardous and poisonous chemicals. They’ll wreak havoc on the body and create toxic symptoms that need to be flushed out by the chelation process.
Does the Human Body Need Heavy Metals?
Since toxins are severe in large quantities, we forget that we need some heavy metals to function properly. You will find them in small amounts in multivitamins and other supplements since they help the human body survive and thrive.
The metals necessary for excellent health and well-being include manganese, copper, iron, zinc, and chromium. Since they are toxic in mass qualities, having too many in your bloodstream still results in serious damage through heavy metal poisoning.
Which Heavy Metals Are Poisonous to the Human Body?
As one or more metals accumulate in the blood in excessive amounts, they become poisonous even if your body needs them. Certain heavy metals are more dangerous than others. In fact, the six most grievous and toxic metals include:
What Products and Conditions Usually Cause Heavy Metal Poisoning?
The most common causes of heavy metal poisoning include:
- Lead paint
- Food containers
- Plates and other utensils
- Water pollution
- Air pollution
- Industrial contact and exposure
Symptoms of Chronic Exposure to Heavy Metal Poisoning
We now know it’s possible to be exposed to heavy metals in harmful amounts. If it happens, you might experience unwelcome symptoms that are harmful, frightening, and require immediate medical attention. The most common symptoms include vomiting, nausea, numbness, confusion, and entering a comatose state.
Chronic exposure to heavy metals even causes long-term symptoms. They can occur for a wide range of reasons, so it isn’t easy to pinpoint heavy metals as the reason for the discomfort. These symptoms include constipation, headaches, joint pain, weakness, muscle pain, and feeling tired and drained of energy.
Chelation Therapy: A Brief History
The history of chelation dates back to the 1930s. A German chemist named Ferdinand Munz first synthesized the chelating agent EDTA, officially known as ethylenediaminetetraacetate acid. But EDTA wasn’t originally synthesized for this reason. It was originally tested as a water softener because Munz was looking for ways to replace citric acid during the water softening process. It turns out that modern medicine had a more important need for this powerful substance.
Who Can Benefit From Chelation?
Some people are at more risk for heavy metal overload than others. As a result, certain jobs leave people more exposed to health-threatening chemicals like lead and other substances. The most vulnerable professions include:
This profession seems harmless at first glance. Yet artists use large quantities of paint every day. Although lead-based paint was banned in 1978 because of lead poisoning, some artists still take risks and use old paint for certain projects to make them appear authentic.
The auto industry is a huge source of lead pollution. In fact, this profession uses about 16 pounds of lead in each vehicle. These amounts leave adults and children susceptible to poisoning from their everyday vehicles. Kids are particularly sensitive to lead poisoning and usually exhibit symptoms including learning disabilities and behavioral issues.
Other professionals with exposure to high levels of lead and harsh chemicals include:
- Plumbers and plumbing parts dealers
- Electrical component manufacturers
- Lead miners, refiners, and smelters
- Bullet manufacturers
- House painters
- Recycling plant workers
- Battery production workers
- Police officers
How Is the Chelation Process Used?
This treatment is specifically used to remove toxic poisons from the human body. Ridding the body of an overabundance of these metals is the best way to bring it back into balance. Our doctors use a substance called EDTA to eliminate the excess metals from the bloodstream. It will clear the body of excess chemicals while reducing or eliminating symptoms and negative effects.
How Does This Therapy Affect Calcium Levels?
While treating patients suffering from heavy metal overload, doctors noticed that EDTA diminished the amount of calcium in plaque in diseased blood vessels. This was unexpected because they didn’t know that chelation could treat atherosclerosis, otherwise known as the hardening of the arteries.
The treatment efficiently reopens clogged arteries filled with calcium-based plaque. And many healthcare practitioners believe chelation is the least expensive and most effective alternative atherosclerosis treatment when compared to other medical interventions, like angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery.
Is This Therapy Beneficial When Treating Certain Disorders or Diseases?
We’ve found this remedy to be potentially effective to treat other medical maladies and disorders. It has been shown to be helpful with many problematic issues, including the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- And other severe medical conditions
Three Possible Ways Chelation Is Effective
According to certain experts, this therapy can treat specific disorders, including heart disease and other maladies. While this hasn’t been conclusively proven through medical studies, the results are still compelling and promising, and the effectiveness of chelation is likely due to one or more of the following:
1. It Removes Calcium From Plaque
This is the most exciting effect because so many people suffer from clogged arteries and heart disease. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States of America and other parts of the world.
Chelation is supposed to remove calcium directly from fatty plaques that clog arteries. Experts believe this therapy is effective at breaking up plaque within clogged arteries, which is then cleared of the arteries once it is no longer stuck to the arterial walls.
2. It Stimulates Hormone Release
Chelation is also an effective way to stimulate the production and release of hormones. These hormones can pull calcium from plaque. We really appreciate this benefit because lowering the amount of calcium within plaque means cholesterol levels will naturally lower. And less cholesterol means fewer complications from heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease.
3. It Reduces Inflammation
This therapy also helps by acting counter to oxygen ions, which cause oxidative stress. The treatment penetrates the arterial blood vessel wall, reverses the damage caused by oxygen ions, and improves arterial health by reducing inflammation. This process can also improve blood vessel functions while eliminating or reducing other negative effects.
Three Potential Benefits of Chelation
Every therapy has its benefits. You’ll find some benefits are more important than others depending on your health challenges and specific needs. Regardless, through continued use and treatment, you may experience one or more of the benefits discussed below. After we’ve performed a urine test to determine whether you have toxic metals in your blood, we’ll begin treating your condition.
1. It Reduces Physical and Mental Fatigue
Fatigue is often difficult to diagnose in certain cases. Some medical professionals even believe that chronic fatigue doesn’t exist. But these medical experts often overlook heavy metal toxicity weighing heavily on the human body. These heavy metals can do a number on your overall health and well-being.
Some people experience mental fog and physical tiredness because of excess amounts of heavy metals in their bloodstream. These toxins can slow down your thinking and cause you to feel less effective from an intellectual point of view. Other symptoms of too many heavy metals in the blood are difficulty concentrating, very low energy, and difficulty bouncing back after physical or mental exertion.
You’ll immediately feel better after removing heavy metals like lead and mercury from your blood. You’ll experience minimal symptoms, or they will go away entirely in many situations. Your energy levels will improve, you’ll find it easier to concentrate again, and your mental fog and lack of vitality will become a thing of the past.
2. It Could Lessen the Risk Factors for Diabetes, Strokes, and Heart Attacks
The interesting thing about chelation is it has the potential to remove or lessen plaque in the arteries while reducing arterial scar tissue. By lessening plaque and arterial scars, the patient becomes much less susceptible to heart attacks, strokes, and the life-threatening symptoms of heart disease.
Recently, the National Institute of Health sponsored a study called the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy. During this study, it was determined that chelation could modestly reduce cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes.
Improving Chelation Even Further
During the study mentioned above, they determined that individuals taking high doses of vitamin and mineral supplements experienced even greater benefits from this therapy. And the patients with diabetes noticed the biggest reductions in plaques and scar tissue, meaning they experienced the best benefits of the chelation process.
3. It Potentially Limits Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms
Since chelation can reduce or even eliminate plaque from diseased blood vessels in the bloodstream, many consider this treatment an admirable way to minimize the damaging effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Why is this treatment considered effective? According to some experts, they believe plaque is the biggest reason for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. By eliminating plaque or reducing its levels in the bloodstream, we may be able to minimize Alzheimer’s potential.
Eliminate the Damaging Effects of Heavy Metal Toxicity for Good
Heavy metal toxicity is serious and dangerous, so we focus on providing patients with high-quality alternative treatments to rid the body of these harsh chemicals. We practice acupuncture, osteopathic medicine, IV therapy, chelation therapy, and lymphatic system drainage. To find out more about chelation or another treatment, contact Dr. Goldberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York, NY immediately to discover how we might help restore your mind and body to excellent health.