Our Toxic Enviroment
We live in a very toxic environment and are constantly exposed to more chemical toxins than at any other time in human history.
- The air we breathe is polluted with thousands of chemicals and heavy metals from exhaust fumes and industry.
- The food we eat has been contaminated : fertilisers, pesticides ,detergents, additives, preservatives, colorants ,radiation etc
- The water we drink is either adulterated or even polluted.
- Cooking utensils, such as aluminium pots,Teflon coated pans, plastic microwave dishes, all add toxins to our food.
- Household cleaners, laid carpets, paints, glues and solvents release many hidden pollutants.
- Skin products often contain harmful chemicals, which accumulate in the body.
- Our work environment is filled with electro-magnetic radiation from cellphones, computers and other electronic devices
Sources of Toxic Metals
The largest sources of toxic metals come from:
 Industrial exhaust and tobacco fumes ( cadmium, arsenic, lead, tin, beryllium and polonium). Lead, silver and uranium is spread in the air everywhere.
 Dental fillings may contain mercury, platinum and palladium.
 Drinking water may contain aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, silver and copper.
 Foods are contaminated in several ways:
- Food additives may contain aluminium and tin.
- Fertilisers contain aluminium, cadmium, polonium and uranium.
- Fungicides and pesticides contain mercury and tin.
- Tea, cocoa and coffee may contain high levels of cadmium and nickel.
- Large fish such as tuna and salmon (sushi) have high levels of mercury.
- Cooking utensils made of aluminium should be avoided, as they leach particles into the food.
- Canned foods often contain aluminium, antimony and tin.
 Medicines such as anti-acids and anti-diarrhoeals contain aluminium; chemotherapeutic medicines may contain platinum.
 Cosmetics, paints, ceramics, batteries, electronic equipment and plastics all contain varying levels of toxic metals.
Effects of Toxic Metals
The effects on humans, is extensive. One of the most serious ones is cancer. Toxic metals are carcinogenic in several ways:
- damage to DNA or genes
- depletion of protective anti-oxidants
- suppression of the immune system
- activation of oestrogen receptors.
Metals, such as aluminium and mercury, affect the brain and the nerves causing seizures, dementia, hyperactivity in kids and Alzheimer’s disease in the aged.
All organs are susceptible, especially the gastro-intestinal tract, kidneys, liver and the bone marrow.
Toxicity may not be apparent for many years until debilitating nerve disorders become apparent, at which stage , it may be too late. Toxic build-up may be the reason for unexplained symptoms such as:
- Lack of energy, vertigo, headaches, numbness, pins and needles, muscle weakness, neuralgia.
- Behavioural changes, hyperactivity, learning disability, depression, insomnia, irritability.
- Anaemia, hypertension.
- Abdominal pains, loss of weight.
- Asthma, allergies, skin disorders.
- Weakened immunity system.
WHAT IS CHELATION?
It is the process, whereby, specific chelating agents are administered over a period of time, to draw toxic metals out of the body in order to restore health. EDTA is a synthetic amino acid, which has been used since the 1940’s for chelating heavy metals, and is still widely used today in chelation treatments. Agents such as EDTA, DMPS are injected , while others are taken orally: DMSA and Chorella .
There are examples in nature of chelating agents such as: haemoglobin which chelates with an iron molecule in the blood, chlorophyll which chelates with a magnesium molecule in the plant world , vitamin C chelates with an iron molecule in the stomach to facilitate its absorption in the small intestine.
WHO NEEDS CHELATION?Most of us, in this modern time, have accumulated toxins in our bodies . In order to determine whether the toxic load is high enough to cause symptoms, a urine challenge test is the most accurate way of testing for toxic metals. The chelating agent is administered [usually intravenously] and urine is collected for several hours. This is then analysed by the laboratory to determine which metals may be problematic.
HOW IS IT ADMINISTERED?
A comprehensive history is taken and a full physical examination is performed. A series of blood tests are required to assess the functioning of the kidneys, liver and pancreas, and the level of minerals and lipids in the blood. Cardiovascular and respiratory fitness testing is also performed. Chelating agents are specific in removing specific metals out of the blood.
Some chelating agents such as DMSA and Chorella, can be administered by mouth over a prolonged period of time. More often chelating agents are used in combinations to get the maximum effect. These are usually given by intravenous injections once or twice a week for a course of 25 treatments before retesting is performed.
One may need several courses extending over years. Calcium- EDTA is given by infusion, mixed with vitamins and mineral . Adherence to a healthy diet, avoidance of smoking and exercising are mandatory as well as the supplementation of multivitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Chelation therapy halts the destructive side- effects of heavy metal toxicity by stimulating the activity of previously inhibited enzymes and metabolic pathways: for instance, regarding the central nervous system one may feel more alert, with improved concentration and memory, feeling less depressed and energised.
Chelation therapy with EDTA is widely used in the USA and Europe for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. EDTA improves function and exercise tolerance in conditions associated with atherosclerosis, such as angina, peripheral vascular disease and cerebrovascular disease.
By chelating and removing calcium, along with a variety of other metals, it has a direct effect on reducing platelet aggregation, which prevents clotting of the blood which may otherwise have had fatal consequences. It stimulates the functioning of the heart, and by stimulating the parathyroid glands it dilates the coronary arteries.
The stimulation of the parathyroids also has a positive effect on building bone. EDTA stimulates enzyme activity and improves the ratio of HDL [good] to LDL [bad] cholesterol.
Any patient, with one or more risk factors of cardiovascular disease, EDTA has been shown to reduce these risks while improving overall health.
costAlthough it may seem expensive at first, a course of 25 treatments costs a fraction of the cost of bypass surgery, and the benefits are life-long.
WHY IS IT NOT MORE WIDELY USED
Chelation therapy is approved in the USA only for very limited usage; lead toxicity, treatment of hypercalcaemia, and digitalis toxicity. Over the years there has been enormous opposition to the use of EDTA for cardiovascular disease.
Cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and pharmaceutical manufacturers are threatened by the use of a substance, which is effective, relatively cheap and safe. Bypass surgery benefits surgeons and hospitals alike. Pharmaceutical drugs needed by sufferers over many years produce enormous profits.
In spite of the cries of “unscientific” and “unproven” by the orthodox medical community, there are many studies highlighting the effective use of EDTA. The thousands of patients worldwide who have benefited from chelation support the evidence that it is safe, effective and beneficial.