What is Chelation therapy?
Chelation therapy is an intravenous treatment used in conventional and alternative medicine for the purpose of removing heavy metals and chemicals from the body.
If you have or had mercury fillings (or amalgam fillings) in your teeth, have worked in construction, manufacturing or auto repairs, eat farm-raised fish regularly, consume foods that are grown in foreign countries that are not certified organic, or are healing from radiation and chemotherapy treatments, you are likely to have some form of heavy metal toxicity.
Chelation therapy helps to detoxify the body by removing common heavy metals, including lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum and cadmium to help reduce the risk of heightened inflammation, heart disease, strokes, infections and other health problems.
How does Chelation therapy work?
Chelation therapy involves the injection of a modified amino acid made by a compounding pharmacy. These agents bind irreversibly to heavy metals in the blood once administered and are then eliminated together from the body through urine. This can help detoxify the body of toxic elements which are complexed with heavy metals, contributing to many types of chronic diseases.
At Edgemont Naturopathic Clinic, we offer several forms of this modified amino acid treatment options which are tailored to your needs after consultation.
Is Chelation Therapy right for me?
The biggest benefit of Chelation therapy is that it regulates the levels of various environmental metals which can enter the body. Metals, including lead, mercury, aluminum and arsenic, can cause short- and long-term health consequences since they influence functions of the central nervous, cardiovascular, immune and skeletal systems.
Common symptoms of heavy metal burden include:
- Mood imbalances, including depression and anxiety
- Autoimmune diseases
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Muscle and joint pain
- Neurological disorders and intellectual decline
- Trouble learning and remembering new information, which patients refer to as “Brain fog” and trouble concentrating
There are many places or opportunities to be exposed to heavy metals that both occur naturally and as a result of human activity. However, symptoms of chronic or acute heavy metal burden can be confused for other health conditions and may not be immediately recognized.
Common sources of heavy metal burden include:
- Lead-containing plumbing
- Lead-based paints in buildings built before 1978
- Foods grown in lead-rich soil
- Eating fish or shellfish contaminated with methylmercury
- Workplace hazards
- Release of mercury vapor from dental amalgam fillings
- Tobacco smoke
- Eating foods with high levels of cadmium like grains, legumes, leafy vegetables, fish and shellfish
- Contact from batteries, solar panels and other household products
It is not possible to completely avoid exposure to toxic metals – they are everywhere. However, you can reduce metal toxicity risk through regular Chelation therapy and lifestyle choices that diminish the probability of harmful heavy metal uptake.
Dr. Sanjay Mohan Ram, B.Sc.(Hon.), N.D.