Professional medical supervision is strictly advised and I do not endorse the taking of heavy metal chelators without such supervision, or for the purposes of clearing arterial plaque.
The word chelate comes from the Greek word “claw” and chelation therapy is the process where heavy metal ions (molecules) are encircled and bound to the chelating agent. The agent then mobilises the heavy metal ions, transporting them through the bodies usual detoxification pathways (liver, kidneys, gut) to be removed by excretion via the urine and stool.
You can establish whether you have chemical and heavy metals toxicity by taking a hair, blood or urine test to check your heavy metals levels. Because heavy metals may not always show up on a test results it is important to first understand why this is.
Chemicals and Heavy Metals typically become sequestered in the bodies lipid (fat) cells. Particularly those cells of the brain, nervous system, liver, kidneys, gall bladder, gut and soft tissue and are not always always freely available to be picked up and tested for in the hair, blood or urine.
To get a truer understanding of your bodies full body burden of heavy metals this following test will more likely guarantee that you don’t get negative results despite being toxic with heavy metals.
If you go on a low carbohydrate diet for 8 weeks you will burn off some of the bodies fat cells, this then will release stored heavy metals into the hair, blood and urine where they can then be picked up and tested.
Find out how to make sure your heavy metals Urine Challenge Tests results are accurate before starting chelation by reading:
Are Urine Challenge Tests a Con?
How To Chelate – Considerations
A) Type of Chemicals and Heavy Metals
Whether you need to chelate for example, lead or mercury – will determine which method or product is better suited. I have included a list of chelators below and some are also well adapted to binding with chemicals like hormone disrupting volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.’s) and Pesticides. Pesticides include, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.
The efficiency of heavy metal chelators to achieve intracellular (of the cell) and extracellular (outside the cell) cleansing is important. To chelate chemical and heavy metals you are concerned with removing the toxins from two locations.
- Cell wall, where heavy metals become attached to receptor sites “knocking” off the beneficial healthy metals (in the right amount) like iron, zinc, magnesium, copper and manganese.
- Inside the cell, where heavy metals damage the mitochondria (cellular energy production) and D.N.A.
- In the fluid (outside the cell wall) that contains amongst other components: proteins, metabolites and ions.
C) Speed / Dosage
When you chelate you are also concerned with the pace with which this process is carried out. This is because chelating heavy metals at a too higher rate in comparisons to your liver and kidneys ability to remove toxins is detrimental to your health and can lead to kidney damage or in extreme incorrect dosing, fatality.
I have heard stories where people have either permanently damaged their kidneys and had terrible detox symptoms. (more likely if intravenous (I.V.) methods have been employed at the wrong dosage.
I hear of I.V. challenge tests that administer as much as 3000mg of the chelator over 6 hours, so they can then measure how much heavy metals have been excreted in the urine. I would consider this risky and far too high.
WARNING: Heavy metal chelation administered by I.V. that is undertaken in a very short time frame – minutes – can lead to heart failure and fatality due to decreases in blood calcium levels.
I would advice caution if you are very toxic, weak, have sensitivities to medications and vitamins. If you do need to chelate – hold off and take supplements that will support the liver and kidneys first. I would recommend taking lower levels of the chelator and to chelate over a longer time frame rather than aggressive high dosing over short periods of time.
D) Half Life
The time that it takes for the metal chelator to break down and be eliminated from the body. If the product has a longer half life – subject to the chelators clathrating, claw like ability to remove more heavy metals per time period – there is a greater ability for heavy metals that are now mobilised from there stores, to be removed before they are re-released and re-absorbed (re-toxification) back into the blood or tissue.
E) Blood Brain Barrier
Consideration needs to be given as to whether the chelator crosses the blood brain barrier in order to pull toxic metals. The brain is made up of approximately 60% lipid (fat), other major organs as well as those of the hormonal system and nervous system are also rich in fats. Heavy metals lipid soluble characteristics allow them to be stored in those parts of the body.
F) Amalgam Fillings
Do not use synthetic chelators or cilantro (see below) with amalgam fillings in place. Replace mercury amalgams with porcelain fillings before you chelate.
Heavy Metal Detox – Symptoms
can include but are not limited to:
- Extreme Lethargy
- Headaches / Dizzyness
- Tissue / Muscle / Joint aches
- Skin Irritation
- Bleeding Gums
- Loss of Appetite
- Stomach Upsets
- Nausea / Vomiting
In such circumstances it is important to cease chelating heavy metals. Increase the amount of water, chlorella, magnesium and vitamin C and undertake coffee and butyrate enemas to relieve the liver. (Do NOT do enemas until you have taken butyrate for 2 weeks – Do NOT risk blocking your biliary tree / bile ducts with sludge). Allow a suitable time for the body to recover – one week or more. It is not a race!
Methods / Products used to Chelate Chemical and Heavy Metals
Natural Chelation Methods
1) High Fats, Low Carb (H.F.L.C.), High Protein Diet: This is a safe and natural way to chelate chemical and heavy metals. The results take a longer time to achieve. (I was still showing tiny amounts of the heavy metal lead using the Best Machine computer diagnosis after two years).
The aim is to burn fat cells and dump toxins whilst eating a low carb, high protein diet and to take extra fats (lipids) to help improve the cell wall (membrane) integrity and functioning.
Repairing the cell membrane (wall) removes chemicals and heavy metals that get attached to the cell walls receptor sites. This enables better oxygen absorption and nutrition and waste disposal at the cellular level. i.e. allow the nutrients to get into the cells and allow waste out.
2) Organic Chlorella: Green single celled freshwater micro-algae composed of proteins, that binds with chemical and metal toxins and transports them out of the body. Increases the bodies glutathione output and repairs detoxification pathways.
3) Cilantro: This is a herb capable of mobilizing mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminum in both bones and the central nervous system. Can remobilise more metal toxins than it can carry risking flooding of toxins into the surrounding tissue as metal ions break free from the cilantro.
4) Wheatgrass: Primarily composed of chlorophyll, wheatgrass is rich in nutrients, vitamins and amino acids which bind to chemicals and heavy metals and help to chelate them out of the body,
5) Zeolites: Minerals suspended in water work by the process of clathration forming an attachment to toxic metals and chemicals with stable bonds. This prevents additional reactions with tissues or organs as the heavy metals are eliminated from the body. Research shows clinoptilolite zeolite selectively binds to toxins including mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, radioactive particles, pesticides and volatile organic compounds. The zeolite I recommend has the smallest particle size of any of the zeolites I have seen and therefore the highest detoxing potential. It has also been granted GRAS status by the FDA.
6) Alpha Lipoic Acid: This sulphur containing amino acid binds with heavy metals such as copper, iron, mercury and cadmium. Being both water and lipid (fat) soluble it has good bioavailability in the body. This can be taken with synthetic or natural chelating agents.
Synthetic Chelation Methods
If you are going to chelate using synthetic chelators first consult with a healthcare practitioner, especially if taking prescription medicines.
The following can be taken either as a suppository, orally or used in an I.V. to be administered over a short time period.
The two products below (D.M.S.A. and D.M.P.S.) I have no experience with as I was put off using them to chelate with by reading www.dmpsbackfire.com
1) D.M.S.A. Dimercaptosuccinic Acid
DMSA is a sulfur-containing organic amino acid compound. In America it is approved by the Food & Drug Administration (F.D.A.) for the treatment of lead and mercury toxicity both in children and adults.
DMSA is a compound that has the ability to bind and remove heavy metals. It can be administered orally and as a suppository.
In a healthy body, there are natural sulfur-containing compounds which perform remove heavy metals. They include N-acetyl-Cysteine (N.A.C.), R-Lipoic Acid, A-Lipoic Acid, S-adenysl methionine (S.A.M.e), and reduced glutathione (rG.S.H.).
Along with D.M.P.S these two chelators appear to deplete cysteine which is an important amino acid precursor for the cells production of the bodies own natural anti oxidant, glutathione. (Typically already at low levels in toxic individuals).
2) D.M.P.S. Dimercaptopropane Sulfonate
DMPS is an amino acid. In America this is not approved by the Food & Drug Administration (F.D.A.). However in Germany due to it’s safety record it is sold over the counter. It is regarded as a more potent agent in the removal of mercury. The potency I believe maybe a reason for problems if the dose is incorrectly administered and too high.
If heavy metals are pulled at too fast a rate they can damage tissue. As an analogy think of trying to push an orange through a hose pipe! The orange being the heavy metal toxins and the hose pipe as your bodies eliminative capacity.
Your kidneys and liver can only chelate (or process) so much toxin removal. Any “flood” of toxins will result in the metals being re-dumped between the liver and the bowel and not completely eliminated.
3) E.D.T.A. Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid
EDTA is an amino acid. In America this is a Food & Drug Administration (F.D.A.) unapproved drug – due it seems mainly due to marketing claims.
It is more effective at removing heavier metals like lead and cadmium than removing mercury where it is not as effective in breaking the bonds formed between proteins and mercury. It will chelate in order of the heaviest metal (in the atomic table) to the lightest.
It can be administered by I.V., orally and as a suppository. In suppository form it is time released and at a gentler, lower dosage (up to 2000mg) than those administered by I.V.’s. Generally regarded as the safer of the synthetic chelators, in the past controversy has been created due to incorrect dosages (I.V. administered) and fatalities.
WARNING: Synthetic Heavy Metals Chelators do carry risks. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before undertaking Chelation Therapy.
Your Health is Your Own Responsibility. I believe that it is far more sensible and safe to take a long term approach to chelation therapy (6m to 1yr or longer) using low doses rather than trying to detox too fast in a short time frame using high dosages.
NOTE: The older you are the less efficient your kidneys will be and so age, amongst other factors, must be taken into consideration when chelating.
As mentioned above misuse can result in kidney damage, a sudden drop in blood pressure, low calcium levels in the blood and heart failure, which could be potentially fatal. The problem is regarding safe dosage levels versus the time period the chelator is administered over, which is why fast high dose I.V. chelation has caused rare fatalities.
In case of uncertainty take a very small amount – 100-200mg and wait for a week for any side effects before taking anymore.
When you Chelate side effects can include:
1) Upset stomachs, fatigue, headaches, nausea and vomiting. At my weakest taking EDTA caused extreme tiredness for 2 to 3 days after taking it. The next day (EDTA was taken overnight) I would also suffer from a mild upset stomach. These symptoms are to be expected. I suffered no other side effects. I have no experience with DMSA or DMPS but similar reactions are possible.
2) Synthetic chelators bind with healthy minerals (e.g. calcium, manganese and zinc) and remove them so vitamin and liquid mineral supplementation is essential whilst doing chelation therapy.
3) Kidney Failure. There is a risk of overworking the kidneys as they filter minerals that are being pulled by the chelating agent causing possible permanent damage. Typically when incorrectly administered at too high a dose or without first testing kidney functioning.
4) Sudden drop in blood pressure causing dizziness or unconsciousness.
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