The word chelation comes from the Greek word chele, which means a claw of a crab or lobster and implies a strong, pincer-like grasping.
What is Chelation Therapy?
Chelation Therapy is the introduction of naturally occurring or synthetic organic chemicals into the human body in order to facilitate a particular type of chemical reaction. This reaction then leads to the removal of toxic heavy metals from the body and the rearrangement of essential metals in the body for the promotion of life’s chemical reactions.
There are many examples of chelates in nature, such as:
- Magnesium in chlorophyll molecules in plants
- Vitamin C
- Many natural enzymes
- Iron in the hemoglobin of blood cells in man and other higher organisms
- The incorporation of cobalt in the vitamin B-12 molecule
While these natural agents do chelate, they do so on a very low level as they have a weak affinity and do not form a solid bond with the metal ion.
Types of Chelation
There are also many synthetic chelating agents, and, while they will have a stronger affinity to toxic heavy metals, they will also have negative effects. The most common types of synthetic chelators used today are DMPS, DMSA, and EDTA.
DMPS has been in use since the 1970s and is primarily used for mercury chelation as its affinity for other toxic heavy metals is weak. It can be administered orally, by injection, or through suppositories. While DMPS is generally fairly well tolerated it can have negative side effects, sometimes causing allergies and skin rashes, and should never be administered to people who have amalgam fillings.
DMSA is a chelating agent that is most effective for lead chelation. DMSA should only be administered by a physician as it can have severe side effects. These side effects include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, dizziness, and cardiac arrhythmia.
EDTA has been used successfully since the 1950s and is the most effective synthetic chelator as it has an affinity for a very wide range of toxic heavy metals, including mercury, lead, aluminum, and copper. EDTA has an extremely low toxicity level and is well tolerated in oral, I.V., and suppository products. EDTA has no true side effects and is the safest of the synthetic chelators.
EDTA Chelation Therapy
In the beginning, EDTA was only administered intravenously over a 2-3 hour period, and often required a blood test to ensure the kidneys and liver functioned correctly. Chelation I.V. was also quite expensive, making it less available for most people. Oral chelation therapy soon became an option, but it was a less effective one. As a synthetic product, EDTA needs to remain whole throughout the body to effectively chelate, and, while oral EDTA products have the benefit of being inexpensive, the EDTA is destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract, rendering them very ineffective.
Suppository chelation therapy bridges the gap between the effectiveness of IV and the cost of oral, and in fact has many advantages over both methods. With suppository EDTA, over 95% of the EDTA will be absorbed directly into the blood stream via the hemmoroidal veins. This allows the EDTA to stay in the body up to 4 times longer than with an I.V. chelation treatment, making it far more effective in the long run. Our KelaminHM suppositories allow the EDTA to stay in your body up to 4 times longer than even intravenous chelation therapy, making it the most effective EDTA chelation treatment on the market.