The use of Chelation Therapy in removing toxins from the body
People are advised to follow a proper diet plan to fulfill their wishes of a healthy living. Food enriched with proteins, carbohydrates, fats and having a proper concentration of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are beneficial in providing strength and also to prevent numerous diseases to develop. Sometimes people consume food with increased amounts of minerals and other metallic components which can lead to food poisoning. One of the treatment of curing food poisoning is through chelation therapy.
What is Chelation Therapy?
The chemical process of injecting a synthetic solution into the bloodstream to remove harmful chemicals such as heavy metal and minerals from the body is called ‘Chelation therapy’. Chelation means ‘to grab’ and the solution used is called ‘ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid’ or EDTA acid. When EDTA enters the bloodstream it grabs the metals such as iron, lead, copper, mercury, arsenic and aluminum and removes them from the body through the kidneys. The primary use of chelation therapy is to treat lead poisoning. Many experts believe that EDTA acts as an antioxidant in removing the metals which can interact with cholesterol an block the arteries. The EDTA helps the body and prevents inflammation and swelling and also protect the blood vessels.
Use of Chelation Therapy:
Chelation therapy is administered very carefully due to chemical nature and risks involve. Chelation therapy used to treat toxic metal poisoning, treating heart disease, cancer, autism and inflammatory ailments such as lupus, arthritis and scleroderma. The chelation agent or EDTA solution is administered either orally, intravenously or intramuscularly depending on the synthetic solution and type of metal poisoning.
Type of Chelation therapy agents:
There are different type of Chelation agents due to different type of metal poisoning. Following are few of the agents
- Dimercaprol: This used in treating lead poisoning and acute mercury and arsenic poisoning
Penicillamine: This is used for treatment of copper/gold toxicity, lead/arsenic poisoning and also rheumatoid arthritis.
- Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid: This is primary used for cases of lead poisoning
- Deferoxamine: This is used for iron poisoning
Some of the side effects which a person having chelation treatment may experience are dehydration, low amount of calcium in the blood, increase in quantity of enzymes and harmful effect to the kidneys.