Friday, May 8, 2015

Chelation Therapy

Maria Teresa De Donato, PhD, RND, CNC, CMH, CHom

In October 2013, with the article The Impact of Chemicals on Human Health we started examining how chemicals and heavy metal components entering our body can harm our health. In our February and October 2014 articles, we discussed how some plants can protect ourselves from indoor pollution, while our November 2013 article had already explained why it is so important to periodically detoxify ouselves and how we can do it effectively.

Although natural, regular and thorough detoxification programs are very useful in cleansing our body from different kinds of toxins which we may accumulate over time in our colon and in all organs of eliminations such as liver, kidneys, the lymphatic and ciruclatory systems, there are times when the presence of highly dangerous amount of heavy metals in our body may require a different and deeper treatment, also known as Chelation Therapy. So far the Chelation Therapy has been considered a pretty safe and successful methodology when used as alternative treatment in case of metal poisoning. The word 'chelation' originates from the Greek term chele which indicates the ability of chelating agents to “claw” or “to bind” to toxins, including heavy metal components, and metabolic wastes and draw them from the bodystream. Thanks to this process, once chelation therapy is administered intravenously, arterial plaques are removed and blood flow is increased. This also facilitates – at least in some cases - the reversal of atherosclerosis and the prevention of heart attacks and stroks, along with the possibility to use this therapy as subsitute for bypass surgery and angioplasty, partially due to the elimination of calcified plaques. (Trivieri & Anderson, 2002, pp. 146-148)

Chelation therapy has proven to be beneficial in many health conditions: chest pains due to angina can be reduced or even eliminated; memory, sight, hearing, and the sense of smell and physical vigor increase; some health issues linked to atherosclerosis - such as heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease which causes pain in the legs and can lead to gangrene and even to amputation - can be prevented; arterial blockages can be potentially stopped; and cancer mortality drops. The therapy can be very useful also as protection from snakes and spiders venoms, to improve brain activity and kidney function, to protect against iron poisoning and iron storage disease, and to refrain macular degeneration from advancing and, in some cases, even improving the condition. (p. 149)

A full program of detoxification through Chelation Therapy requires the administration of EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), or other chelating agent, along with vitamins, minerals and different nutritional supplements which may include also antioxidants, copper, zinc and manganese. Furthermore, due to its ability to detoxify, rejuvinate and reenergize the body Chelation Therapy appears also to be able to promote longevity.
EDTA is probably the most common ligant and chelating agent in Chelation Therapy and can be used both via intravenous and orally. When applied via intravenous, the chelation agents are injected directly in the bloodstream targeting primarily the circulatory system; when taken orally, the ligant and chelation agents are digested and assimilitated benefiting all body systems and organs, including tissues and cells.

In conclusion, Chelation Therapy should always be discussed with a physician and administered by a licenced practitioner according to ACAM's (American College for Advancement in Medicine) and ABCT's (American Board of Chelation Therapy) protocols if in USA or the proper authority in one's own country.


Trivieri and Anderson (2002). Alternative Medicine – The Definitive Guide. Chelation Therapy (pp. 146-149). Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts.

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