Let's face it, our environment is toxic. We encounter toxic metals on a daily basis, and over time they accumulate and are stored in the tissues and fat cells.
This can cause problems with almost every system in the body, namely, issues with the nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system, and hormone regulation. Potential troublesome metals include mercury, lead, aluminum, and arsenic.
The most common symptoms that suggest a high heavy metal burden are:
Chelation is a process by which toxic heavy metals can be removed from the blood. The chelator agent is chosen based on the offending metal.
Intravenous DMPS or EDTA is given with a provocation test before and after that measures heavy metal burden in the urine. It is difficult to know the exact degree of toxicity in the body, and by doing this test you can get an idea of long term exposure as well as monitor response to therapy with repeated doses.
This is a relatively safe therapy with many benefits. Studies on chelation therapy with EDTA specifically are showing improvements in heart disease related to decreased plaque formation inside the arteries, decreased inflammation, and improved cholesterol control.
Chelation therapy can also reduce damage caused by free radicals, reduce long-term effects from radiation therapy, decrease pain and overall inflammation, and improve cognitive functioning.