Chelation Therapy

Heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic etc) contaminate our environment and are hard to avoid. They are in agricultural chemicals and the New Zealand government has done studies that show they are in our food and can't be washed off. Some of us are exposed to more heavy metals (eg because of our jobs or our habitat) than others and some of us are not as good at getting rid of them as others (eg for genetic and nutritional reasons).

Heavy metals are often a large contributing factor to chronic diseases such as as heart disease, arthritis, dementia etc. Children are more susceptible than adults and a hair mineral analysis in a child with autism or ADHD will likely show higher than usual levels of heavy metals. Studies have shown a child's intelligence to be in proportion to levels of lead in the body. Lead has been removed from petrol but it is still in the rubber tyres which wear off on the road. We walk on the road and carry it around.

Heavy metals can be removed by a process of chelation. Chelating agents are proteins that have been manufactured to contain sulphur arranged in such a way that it attracts heavy metals from the tissues then traps them and carries them out of the body mostly in the urine.

Chelation is therefore extremely useful.

EDTA is a chelating agent that has been used successfully in particular to treat angina and vascular disease.

DMPS is a chelating agent that has a higher attraction for mercury than EDTA and we use it preferentially when there is mercury known to be present.

Both EDTA and DMPS are usually administered intravenously.

DMSA is a chelating agent that is administered orally and we use it frequently innconjunction with far infrared sauna

Chelating agents will draw some nutritional minerals out with the heavy metals so it is important to supplement with the nutrient mineral when having chelation therapy and also to keep well-hydrated.