12 Jan What Is Chelation Therapy and Should You Consider Having It?
What Is Chelation Therapy and Should You Consider Having It?
In the world we live in today, we are breathing, drinking and consuming substances that are not always good for us. The “toxins” in the air, water and food we consume can cause a wide variety of health conditions and even make you age faster. Chelation therapy is all about implementing treatments to remove these toxins from the body.
The word “chelation” comes from the Greek word “chela” which is what a crab’s claws are called. To chelate means, “to grab ahold of.” In modern English, “Chelation Therapy” is a treatment that, when introduced into the body chelates or grabs ahold of specific substances, like heavy metals, and then excretes them from the body.
There are a number of kinds of chelation therapy available today. The most common are:
- Natural Food Chelation Therapy
- Supplementation Chelation
- Oral Drug Chelation Therapy
- Rectal Chelation Therapy
- IV Chelation Therapy
Natural Food Chelation
There are a number of whole, unprocessed foods can naturally chelate heavy metals from the body. For example, the following foods have well-known chelation properties:
- High Fiber Foods (fruit is particularly high in the kind of fiber that blocks reabsorption of excreted mercury and cadmium)
- Spirulina and Chlorella chelate heavy metals from the body
- Garlic, Onions, and other sulphur containing foods facilitate body excretion heavy metals
- Cilantro helps the body eliminate mercury and lead
The following supplements may also reduce absorption and or enhance elimination of heavy metals:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine)
Oral Drug Chelation
Oral drug chelation therapy is administered in the form of a tablet or pill that is swallowed with water, usually over the course of a few days to a month or so.
The following pharmaceutical agents have strong chelation effects:
- DMSA (lead, mercury and arsenic
- DMPS (mercury)
- Oral ETTA
Rectal Chelation Therapy
In recent years there have been a number of companies offering a rectal suppository product containing Calcium EDTA. Clinical trials have demonstrated positive results over the course of 4-6 weeks of using this kind of chelation to remove excessive mercury and lead. Ask your TRIA Anti-Aging Physician is this type of chelation therapy may be right for you.
The most common chelator used in IV therapy is Calcium EDTA. This product works very well at removing a number of heavy metals. It is important before considering any type of chelation therapy that you consult with a physician trained in Chelation Therapy. Although recent evidence suggests otherwise, there is some evidence supporting the idea that those with renal insufficiency may not be able to have chelation therapy.
Side effects include headache, hypoglycemia, hypocalcaemia, hyper tension, rash, fatigue, thrombophlebitis, and arrhythmia.
What are the benefits of Chelation Therapy?
The most obvious benefit of chelation therapy is the removal of excessive levels of heavy metal and some other toxins from the body. This is very important because heavy metals cause a number of problems throughout the body including:
- Accelerated Aging
- Damage to the Immune System
- Damage to the Circulatory System
- Damage to the Renal (Kidney) System
- Damage to Nerves and the Brain
- Damage to the Gastrointestinal System
- Eye Degeneration (Macular Degeneration)
For many people who have chelation therapy they will notice improvements in their energy level, the clarity of thought, stamina and resilience.
IV Chelation Treatment
Each IV Chelation Treatment takes approximately 1-2 hours. During this period you will be sitting in a comfortable lounge chair where you may choose to watch TV, listen to some music, read a book or simply relax and go to sleep.
Number of Visits
The number of visits a person will need will depend upon the opinion of your physician.
If you suspect that you may be a candidate for Chelation Therapy, please contact TRIA and schedule an appointment to see one of TRIA Anti-Aging Physicians.