Chelation

by Leon Hecht, ND

Chelation therapy is the process of administering a substance (a chelating agent) that irreversibly binds to a toxic metal. The doctors at North Coast Family Health are actively involved in diagnosing and treating patients with elevated toxic metal levels.

Toxic Metal Exposure

Most people in the U.S. over the age of 40 have measurable levels of lead and mercury in their tissues.  Though leaded gasoline was banned in 1975, lead exposure is persistent in the environment and our tissues. 

Dangerous Mercury levels are found in water, various fish and other toxic environments. Pregnant women, children with autism, those with cognitive disorders and neurological illnesses are recommended to minimize exposure. 

As you will see below, there is definitely something you can do to decrease your levels of these toxic metals.

Chelation Theraphy and Cardiovascular Disease

Chelation therapy can be used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.

Researchers from Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center conducted a recent study.  “Results from the chelation arm of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), which was published in the March 27, 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that infusions of EDTA reduced cardiovascular events by 18 percent compared to a placebo treatment.”
 
You can read more about this trial at the National Institute of Health website.
 

Mercury Poisoning

Mercury and lead are specific neurotoxins for which there are no safe levels.
 
Elevated lead is associated with decreased memory and learning ability, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.  As lead is stored in bone for long periods of time, lead exposure during childhood can be released as a middle-aged adult as bone loss occurs.  When a woman enters menopause, dramatic bone loss commonly occurs (when not taking hormone replacement therapy) thus releasing lead into the systemic circulation.  Her risk of cardiovascular disease increases at this time, in part due to increased lead levels.
 
Methyl mercury exposure occurs when consuming food contaminated with mercury.  Mercury poisoning primarily impairs neurological development.  Impacts on cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual-spatial skills have been seen in children exposed to methylmercury in the womb, even when the mother feels fine.
 
More subtle impairment can also occur with peripheral vision; “pins and needles” sensations, commonly in the hands, feet, and around the mouth; lack of coordination of movements; impairment of speech, hearing, walking; and muscle weakness.
 
Elemental mercury poisoning occurs when one is exposed to mercury that is breathed in a vapor, such as a broken thermometer or other sources of liquid mercury.  The effects of such exposures can manifest as tremors; emotional changes (e.g., mood swings, irritability, nervousness, excessive shyness); insomnia; neuromuscular changes (such as weakness, muscle atrophy, twitching); headaches; disturbances in sensations; changes in nerve responses; performance deficits on tests of cognitive function. At higher exposures there may be kidney effects, respiratory failure and death.
 

Toxic Metals & Recovery from Illness

In people infected with Lyme Disease, Bartonella or Babesia, or sensitive to mold biotoxin, it is especially vital to have your body burden of toxic metals checked as this could interfere with your recovery.  
 
When the body is burdened with toxic metals, it has less ability to clear other biotoxins, thereby slowing or obstructing symptom improvement.  By eliminating toxic metals with Chelation therapy, your body is able to perform other high priority metabolic functions.
 

Toxic Metal Testing

North Coast Family Health uses state of the art toxic metal testing with IV Calcium EDTA and oral DMSA with a 6-hour urine collection to assess whether a patient has elevated toxic metal levels stored in bodily tissues.
 

What are the usual ingredients in an IV used for Chelation?

  • IV Calcium EDTA
  • IV Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium
  • IV Vitamin B5, B6, B12, B Complex, Vitamin C
  • IV Glutathione
  • IV Phosphatidyl Choline
Other substances may also be used to assist in Chelation and can include NAC, Lipoic Acid, Chlorella pyenoidosa, bile acid binding fibers and others.
 
Please call the office at (603) 427-6800 if you have any questions regarding toxic metal testing or treatment.