Chelation is the process of binding heavy metals that have accumulated in the body. There is over 40 years of research showing its effective use at removing the full spectrum of heavy metals (e.g. lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, etc.) from the body.
The problem with heavy metals is that unlike other elements which the body has a use for and which it can effectively regulate, the body has to dump the metals or they end up stored in the tissues where they sit and can cause damage. The most commonly discussed problem pertaining to heavy metals is cardio-vascular damage, also known as “hardening of the arteries” or arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis. This is linked to issues such as strokes, poor circulation, angina and even dementia and Alzheimer’s. Neuro-degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis and neuritis have also been linked to heavy metals.
EDTA is short for ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. It is administered intravenously and usually takes a couple of hours to complete the IV. The EDTA IV is one part of a program to restore health. Diet changes, lifestyle changes and nutritional supplementation help make the chelation treatments more effective. Dr. Steinke will often remind patients that it doesn’t make sense to buy a fire extinguisher for a fire if you keep putting gas on the fire. Lifestyle and diet are important in the treatment of all diseases.
EDTA is the choice chelator for people having heart and circulatory vessel issues. For elevated mercury, refer to DMPS chelation. When testing for heavy metals, we commonly will do a provocation test using DMPS, in conjunction with a urine analysis. This is an important point to be aware of, since most doctors testing within the system will do a urine analysis without the provocation. But because the body typically does not dump heavy metals on its own once they have been stored, this is the most common cause for a “false-negative” on lab tests where patients are showing signs of heavy metal toxicity but the lab test shows negative.