Chelation therapy is used in the elimination of toxic heavy metal waste from the human body. A highly successful therapy, chelation can be done with chelating agents like EDTA which absorb the heavy metal elements in the body, transport them to the kidneys and finally eliminate them in the form of urine. Chelation requires proper functioning of kidneys to work. If a person is unwary of the effects of heavy metals, he or she may become an unwillingly victim of the toxic heavy metals. This may affect the person’s body processes, setting off a series of ailments that can turn fatal if left untreated.
Effects of heavy metal toxicity: Heavy metals can be disastrous to the human body. Even a little amount of chronic inhalation or ingestion of heavy metals can lead to disruptions in proper body functioning and end in impairment of several organs. Below are a list of the ill-effects heavy metals can inflict on the human body:
1. Impairment of neurological functions: Heavy metals can influence the neurotransmitter production and utilization and hence alter the neurological functions of the body. This, in turn, can lead to change in metabolic functions and disruptions in general well-being.
2. Immune system dysfunction: Inhalation or infusion of heavy metals can affect the immune system to a phenomenal extent. The immune system is compromised, leading to autoimmune conditions, allergic reactions, genetic mutations, and serious health effects. These metal particulates compete with trace minerals to cause what are called “biochemical bond sites” and act as antibiotics to kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria. Killing of beneficial bacteria proves to be a problem as most of metabolic, gastrointestinal activities are stalled.
3. pH imbalance and acidity: Metals can upset the pH balance in the body. The pH becomes more acidic causing a lot of acidic disorders and health problems. Further, in order to set right the pH balance, the body draws calcium from the bones. This weakens bone density, resulting in osteoporosis and weakened bone health.
4. Coronary artery disease: Heavy metals cause inflammation in arteries and tissues. The body uses calcium to act as a buffer in such inflamed areas. This depletes the calcium in bones and leads to bone density loss. Such calcium coats the inflamed area like bandage, hardening up the arteries. This leads to progressive blockage of artery walls and hence, coronary heart disease. Brittle bones and osteoporosis are also a result of this condition.
5. Energy depletion: Heavy metal toxicity is unbearable even in the smallest amounts. Toxic metal elements induce impairment in different body systems like – blood and cardiovascular system, detoxification systems, endocrine or hormonal systems etc. But the very apparent ill-effect is loss of energy. Your energy production pathways are disrupted, leading to chronic fatigue and energy depletion.
6. Endocrine and reproductive systems: Even slight, non-toxic exposure to heavy metals can affect the reproductive and endocrine systems of the body. No wonder many men and women suffer with impotence and fertility issues today. Hormonal imbalance becomes the norm, with metal toxins unsettling the production/release of different types of hormones.
7. Detoxification systems: Heavy metals damage the detoxification systems of the body, comprising of the colon, liver, kidneys and skin. Elimination of wastes becomes a problem, resulting in formation of kidney stones and tissues. Sometimes even excessive administration of chelation therapy can lead to kidney problems. So, EDTA chelation therapy, whether oral or intravenous should be administered only after consideration of the patient’s health, toxicity and kidney condition.