What is Chelation Therapy?

Chelation therapy, a pivotal treatment in integrative medicine, harnesses the power of certain substances to detoxify the body from harmful heavy metals and other toxic substances. The term "chelation" originates from the Greek word "chele," which translates to "claw." This is an apt description of how the therapy works. The chelating agent acts like a claw, seizing onto harmful toxins and heavy metals within the body and safely escorting them out of the system.

These toxins and heavy metals can be incredibly harmful, often interfering with the proper functioning of the immune system, disrupting metabolic processes, and even damaging vital organs. Chronic exposure to these substances can lead to a host of health issues, ranging from fatigue and cognitive impairment to serious cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

We primarily utilize a chelating agent known as Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), which is FDA-approved for specific conditions such as lead poisoning. EDTA has a strong affinity for metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and aluminum, making it an effective tool in detoxifying the body. Beyond its detoxifying capabilities, chelation therapy with EDTA has also been explored for potential benefits in addressing cardiovascular diseases.

The most common toxic metals that accumulate:

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Iron – Predisposes individuals to heart disease by promoting free radical activity and may accelerate arterial damage.

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Lead and cadmium – Industrial pollutants that are also involved with the free radical activity and poison essential enzymes that repair tissue.

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Mercury – A potent neurotoxin that can damage the nervous system, affecting cognitive functioning, motor skills, and memory.

Heavy metal ingestion can cause serious health issues. Chelation therapy works on a patient intravenously by using chelators that bind to these heavy metal substances, helping transport them out of the body. There are many Chelation therapy studies ongoing to analyze how well these treatment options work.

The Trial to Access Chelation Therapy (TACT) study was the first study to evaluate ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid for coronary artery disease( CAD) and previous Myocardial Infarctions. It is also being studied for diabetes as well as current studies about its effectiveness.

The study was co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).  The trial and results showed great promise

Heavy metals are ubiquitous in our environment, entering our bodies through food, water, air, and commercial products.

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Iron – found in the earth's crust and is used in many industrial processes. In our diet, it is present in foods like red meat, poultry, and leafy greens. However, too much iron can lead to health issues like heart disease and liver damage.

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Cadmium - used in batteries and is a byproduct of mining and smelting. It can be found in tobacco, certain foods like shellfish and organ meats, and contaminated water. Cadmium toxicity can result in kidney damage and an increased risk of cancer.

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Mercury - naturally found in the earth's crust and is released into the environment through volcanic activity, the weathering of rocks, and human activities like mining and burning fossil fuels. It can accumulate in fish and shellfish, posing a risk when consumed. High levels of mercury exposure can harm the nervous, digestive, and immune systems.

In our modern world, the presence of these metals in our environment has increased due to industrialization and pollution, emphasizing the importance of chelation therapy in mitigating their harmful effects.

If you are in the Albany, NY, or nearby regions and are interested in Chelation Therapy, contact us to start your transformative journey towards improved health and vitality. At Horizons of Health, we are committed to helping you unlock your body's incredible, self-healing, potential. Feel free to set up a call to learn about our programs and other therapies to help you meet your health goals.

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Known for her successful approach towards chronic wellness issues, Jennifer Baer, Nurse Practitioner and her team at Horizons of Health combine an integrative, functional medicine approach.

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