Chelation (pronounced-“key·lay·shun”) was developed initially as an industrial application in the early 1900’s. It was not until the era of World War II that any medical application was recognized. Initially the treatment was for gas poisoning and exposure to radioactivity. The word, ‘chelation’ is taken from the Greek word “chele”, meaning “claw”. Using this sense of the word, it means to grab or remove an unwanted substance from the body. Chelation is the term used to describe the removal of heavy metal toxicity from the body, as in lead poisoning, iron overload, and aluminum overload. Chelation therapy using EDTA, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for lead poisoning and heavy metal toxicity for more than forty years.
The theory behind Chelation Therapy is that certain drugs, chelating agents, function by making chemical bonds with heavy metal ions in the body, making these metals less chemically reactive. The resulting compounds, bonded agents and heavy metals, become water soluble, allowing them to enter the bloodstream and be excreted through urination. The chelating process can also remove beneficial metals and nutrients from the body, for example, zinc and calcium; these must be supplemented under the direction of a physician. Because these heavy metal compounds are excreted through the urine, kidney function must also be monitored. To ensure absolute safety, Chelation Therapy should be done by a qualified, licensed physician.
Chelation Therapy has been successfully used for iron overload from multiple transfusions, aluminum overload due to hemodialysis, copper toxicity due to Wilson’s disease and acute heavy metal toxicity. As part of any therapeutic program, lifestyle modifications are encouraged. These would include stress reduction, caffeine avoidance, alcohol limitation, smoking cessation, exercise, and nutritional counseling.
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