9 Ways To Chelate Chemicals & Heavy Metals

How To ChelateIn order to chelate (key-late) chemicals and heavy metals you will need to decide upon which chelation method is best suited to your needs.

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.

B) Location

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.

Intracellular:

  • 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.

Extracellular:

  • 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.org

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 pressurelow 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.

For More Info Please See: Eliminating Toxic Overload Safely
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34 thoughts on “9 Ways To Chelate Chemicals & Heavy Metals

  1. For the past 3 years I have been suffering chronic fatigue and severe abdominal pain especially at night which feels like trapped wind. My G.P. has put me on Tramadol for FM. Could I possibly have mercury poisoning from my many fillings. I also consume a fair amount of canned tuna. I am a senior citizen and any advise would be so welcome as coping is so difficult.

    • It’s possible that you may have toxic metals which causes immune system misfunction but first I would suggest you slowly start on a low carb, high protein, (and not all from meat) and high fats diet to alter (reduce) the ratio of bad bacteria to healthy bacteria in the gut. Digestive enzymes will also help as will probiotics.

  2. Hi, I’m interested in buying you book. I’ve been stuck with metals for awhile now. I tried an IV push once and had a bad reaction. Histamine response I believe. I also have to stay away from concentrations of salicylate (greens no good) so that kind of leaves me with zeolite and a really restricted diet. Your diet protocol makes sense to me but a lot of animal products are high histamine. Help?

    Thanks for your time.

    • Hi Heather,
      The IV pushes can sometimes be problematic and cause swelling in the vein which can be painful particularly if the push is too fast.
      My experience, having been allergic to so many foods and put on a lamb, potato and carrot diet, is that it is best to concentrate on detoxing and improving the digestion with probiotics and a high protein and low carb diet. Yes meat is acidic. I produced a recipe ebook that is 2/3rds vegetarian to counter this.

      The zeolites that I have written about are I believe the most advanced in the world. This is because the zeolites particle size is smaller than any other product available. This means that it can be suspended within water molecules and it’s able to penetrate into the bodies cells, not just removing toxic metals from the cell wall (where many good metals like chromium, iron, manganese etc are knocked off the cell walls receptor sites to be replaced with toxic metals like lead and mercury for example) but actually removing toxins from deep within the cell. Please click here for more info on: Pure Body Extra Strength

      Best
      Ian

  3. I’m surprised vitamin C isn’t on here as a chelator. Is that because there is not enough supporting evidence, or because you don’t think that it works, or don’t feel qualified to comment on it, or what? I was gearing up to do IV C at home when I found out about liposomal C and now planning to make that at home. What is your opinion on C and metals detox? Thanks.

    • Vitamin C is important and I do include that in the list of supplements I took in my ebook.
      There are far more efficient and stable chelators that I have mentioned in my blog posts: These don’t re-release metals ions whilst in transit out of the body. Using a chelator that “drops” and allows for the redepositng of metal ions defeats the point of chelating.
      (Sorry for the delay in answering this got marked as spam.)

    • Hi Deepanshu, I used the Klinghardt Academy organic chlorella. There are far better and more stable chelators than cilanto as discussed in this blog post – like zeolites. The brand I recommend had a NASA scientist help in it’s development. It has the smallest particle compared to any other brand – a size that allows it to effectively cross the cell membrane. Please see my blog post:

    • Hi Deepanshu, I used the Klinghardt Academy organic chlorella. There are far better and more stable chelators than cilanto as discussed in this blog post – like zeolites. The brand I recommend had a NASA scientist help in it’s development. It has the smallest particle compared to any other brand – a size that allows it to effectively cross the cell membrane. Please see my blog post on Clinoptilolite Zeolites.

  4. I,m enquiring please, is it possible I may have heavy metal contamination? My face comes from normal in the early part of the day to extremely high flushing in pm or after ahot meal midday, & always late in the day. It becomes extremely un comfortable. I used to be a spray painter auto but have retired 8 yrs ago & it seems to be getting worse ! Be very glad of your help . W H.

    • Typically any skin reactions (short of infection) can be a symptom of liver issues according to the nutritionist who helped me do the detox. With your work background it is entirely possible there maybe a link although I am not clear why your symptoms are worsening during the day. I would suggest you see your doctor and run tests, particularly liver and immune system function.

  5. i have gold and porcelain crowns to replace mercury amalgam fillings. then, unfortunately was taking protein powder filled with heavy metals, including cadmium. developed ranauds and gout…both affecting circulation in tips of toes and fingers, and beginning of scleroderma. i believe these are all r/t heavy metal poisoning.
    i am 60 yo, and had some irregular heart beats…which went away by adding trace minerals. so, i suspect i have both intracellular and extracellular metal poisoning.
    other than zeolyte, what would you recommend?

    • Hi Wand, The Touchstone Essentials zeolite has one of, if not, the smallest particle size and crosses the blood/brain barrier. I would also recommend organic Chlorella (Klinghardt Academy). The issue with chelation is if the chelator can cross the cell wall into the cell to pull metals out.

    • Hi Laura! I prefer the natural approach to the harsher more powerful synthetic chelators. The synthetics can cause problems as I’ve written about here on this web site. Touchstone Essentials Pure Body (good for the gut) and Pure Body Extra (good for the CNS/Brain) will not cause a drop in blood pressure.

  6. Hi, question, do you know if it is ok to be on these binders while doing antibiotics? Also have you heard of IMD it is also a way of getting ride of heavy metals thru your gut… If you have I would welcome your thoughts on this.

    • Hi Anette, Chelating can take up a lot of energy for some people. I would generally advise for anyone detoxing to stop if they have an infection that needs treating with pharmaceuticals like anti-biotics, so as to not over stress the body.

  7. Do you have any recommendation for cheating Silver? I used Mild Protein Silver to heal from Lymes and for many years after had no side effects. I then used a silver throat spray & my face & hands began turning gray/blue/bronze.
    Discoloration became worse when I went on low carb, high protein diet. Any help is appreciated!

  8. I read just that lab tests reveal that zeolites contain Aluminium, Lead, Arsenic and even Uranium.
    If this is right why do you sell this product as a drug for detoxing of heavy metalls. If this lab tests are right this drug instead of detoxing heavy metalls feed patients with heavy metalls and even radioactive uranium.
    It is probably a smart business for you in this case because dead patients can not complain.

    • Different manufacturers have different standards and ethics. I am already more than aware of such issues, thank you. Some health products from China have been proven to be loaded with lead. And please take you ridiculous last comment and cynicism about this site elsewhere.

  9. I need help. In 1996, through hair analysis, I was found to be heavily toxic with calcium, Magnesium, bad with iron, Manganese Nickel, Mercury etc. These toxins came from my well water. I went on a program for 9 years called Perfect Balance with a number of vitamin and mineral based compounds to detox. I went fro extreme pain and other problems to no pain and being able to move so freely.

    I am now back in horrible pain. I have Peripheral Neuropathy. This is normally in people with Diabetes. I do not have diabetes and other causes in toxins. I have the overall feel of what I had back in 1996.

    I want to go on a program similar to what I did before. I am now 65 years old. I have been in severe pain for about 4 years. Please give me an idea of what I can do.

    • Hi Donna, Sorry to hear about your situation. I would take, take liquid minerals (dependent upon tests) and do a gentle chelation using chlorella and highly effective zeolites, link here:

      I would also recommend a sugar free quality protein shake, plenty of quality fats and protein and greens (salad of vegetable, raw or juiced as per the Dr Terry Wahls protocol) and avoid high fast sugar releasing carbs like fruit and grains for at least 3 months (before easing back onto them), ionic sliver (Argentyn 23) to keep any pathogenic activity at bay and read Robert Young’s PH Miracle book. Best, Ian

    • Hi Donna, Sorry to hear about your situation. I would take, take liquid minerals (dependent upon tests) and do a gentle chelation using chlorella and highly effective zeolites, link here: https://www.howtodetoxheavymetals.com/clinoptilolite-zeolites-how-to-detox-your-body/

      I would also recommend a sugar free quality protein shake, plenty of quality fats and protein and greens (salad of vegetable, raw or juiced as per the Dr Terry Whals protocol) and avoid high fast sugar releasing carbs like fruit and grains for at least 3 months (before easing back onto them), ionic sliver (Argentyn 23) to keep any pathogenic activity at aby and read Robert Young’s PH Miracle book. Best, Ian

  10. My doctor has given me EDTA suppositories and dmsa capsules. I thought that the treatment was either or but not both together.

    • I would NEVER recommend doing both together. I would also recommend doing natural as opposed to synthetic chelators. Depending on milligram dosage those synthetic chelators could put a considerable strain on the kidneys and cause detox reactions and lethargy. Permanent kidney damage is possible. It’s not a race, go at a pace your body can handle/tolerate.

  11. Thank you for your reply. When I called him to confirm he said that I needed both because my lead level is three times the accepted range. I’m also being treated with double antibiotics for Lyme disease which he said the toxins were contributing to.

    • The natural chelators are listed above in this blog post. Okay, 600 mg is lower than a lot of EDTA supplements but can still be too strong for some people. For example I took EDTA at 1,500 mgs and it was far too much, I had lethargy for days and the usual detox symptoms, headaches etc. I had to cut them into thirds. Still they really were too strong for me and I stopped and went on to just as effective and more gentle zeolites. Orea by Z-Natural is a good example.

      How you cope with the chelators will really depend upon age, physical health, level of toxicity and whether the colon, liver and kidneys are being supported or if you have already done detox/cleanses for these organs which will help increase their eliminative capacity.

      Detoxing too fast could result in you flooding surrounding tissue with heavy metals ions if your body is unable to cope with the chelation process/dosage which transports toxins out of the body through the usual channels. That’s why I would always go slowly and avoid any potential damage to the kidneys. You’ll know if you’re going too fast as you will get kidney aches, headaches and the usual unpleasant detox symptoms.

  12. EDTA suppositories is 600 mg and the dmsa capsule is 100mg and I am supposed to take two capsules twice a day the day after the suppository

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