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Chelation Therapy: Natural Ways to Get Mercury, Lead, Beryllium and Other Harmful Substances Out of Your Body!

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Chelation therapy was discovered in the 1940's as a way of curing a person of heavy metal and chemical toxicity. This was particularly important at the time because many soldiers were coming home from World War two with mustard gas poisoning and other conditions.

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid is used to seek out and bind to the heavy metals in the body and flush them out. It has been effective in reversing lead, mercury and other types of poisoning and is currently being explored as a treatment for Berylliosis. In some cases it can mean the difference between life and death.

However, ethylenediamenetetraacetic acid is not a gentle treatment and it can have devastating side-effects. Because it binds with things like mercury, it also binds with essential elements such as copper, iron, zinc and calcium and excretes them, leaving the person dangerously low on vital nutrients which could cause a variety of problems and even heart failure.

In recent years more attention has been paid to more natural, alternative methods of chelation. If you're interested in less dangerous ways to rid your body of toxins, here are a few ideas:

Clay Baths -- clay is renowned for its ability to detoxify the body and has been used by tribal communities for hundreds of years, for instance, to treat life threatening snake bites. Run a warm bath and add two cups of powdered Bentonite clay and immerse yourself fully in the bath for a mimimum of 20 minutes.

Megadose vitamin C is a natural chelator and defence for the immune system. It is more effective if given intravenously but can still work orally - http://www.healthandvitalitycenter.com/intravenous-vitamin-therapy.htm

Phytic acid which is found in many foods, helps chelate toxins from the intestines. Examples of foods that contain phytic acid are:

  • Grains;
  • Seeds;
  • Nuts; and
  • Soy beans.

If you do intend to follow a diet high in phytic acid, do it in conjunction with your health care practitioner. Due to its chelative powers, a long-term diet high in phytic acid can inhibit your absorption of vital nutrients in the same way that drinking too much tea, coffee or alcohol can.

Garlic -- raw garlic is known to be able to chelate toxins. The journal Nutrition studied the effects of boiled, microwaved, powdered and raw garlic: 'It has been shown that several extracts and compounds derived from garlic are able to inhibit Cu2+-induced low density lipoprotein oxidation. In summary, the extracts were unable to restore xanthine oxidase activity indicating that they do not chelate Cu2+. Only RG showed a weak Cu2+-chelating activity.' So if you want to try garlic, make sure it is raw. Other types won't work!


Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/. She is author of the book, 'Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation,' and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting, in addition to running a charity for people damaged by vaccines or medical mistakes.

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It is because soy has bad elements to it that it is used as a chelator. It stops the body absorbing nutrients and essential metals but it doesn't differentiate between what is good and bad for you so it can also stop you absorbing bad metals like aluminium.

It is meant as a short term diet to help you chelate, not a way of life.

I agree fermented is much better for you but I doubt would act as a chelator. There are also other studies showing soy as a treatment for cancer so I think it's swings and roundabouts. I think moderation is the key. A short term diet specifically to chelate isn't going to hurt you or just having it ocassionally.

It's the vegetarians and vegans who have it all the time that need to be aware of things like estrogens etc.

January 15, 2010 - 5:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Joanna Karpasea-Jones)

Short periods of fasting on whole grains and/or
beans helps cleanse the gut. Daily consumption of whole grains is determental to the gut due to malabsorption of nutrients. Great article. Eat whole grains once a week away from food, like you would with charcoal or psyllium.

August 25, 2016 - 1:04am
EmpowHER Guest

I can't listen to anybody who recommends eating Soy for any reason. Soy contains 3 metals (manganese, aluminum and fluoride) plus an estrogen element. Soy isn't even a food . . . it's a weed. The only reason Orientals consume it is because they ferment it.

January 11, 2010 - 1:02pm
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There are some errors in the information in this article that I fel need correcting. I am an MD board-certified in heavy metal toxicology who has performed over 30,000 EDTA chelatikon therapies. It is extremely safe when performed by a competant physicvian. It DOES NOT remove mercury however and minerals need to be replaced as stated in the article. I note that author's special interests are infertility. Mercury is a major cause of this and we have been able to treat with oral DMPS (another chelator) and previously infertile woman have become pregnant. More http://www.mercout.com . Dr. Bruce Dooley

January 7, 2010 - 1:21pm
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