EDTA Chelation Therapy- an effective solution for oxidative stress and lead poisoning
The high level of pollution that we are being exposed to in today's world, is causing heavy metal toxicity inside our bodies. The effect of such heavy metal toxicity is not evident initially. However, with the passage of time these heavy metals lead to a variety of health problems including Heart disease, Cancer, Arthritis, Lung disease, Autoimmune diseases, Neurodegenerative diseases and Fibromyalgia to name a few. The source of all these diseases is oxidative stress that is caused by heavy metal toxicity.
What is oxidative stress?
The oxygen that we inhale gets absorbed into the blood stream in the lungs and is then transported to the cells of the body. Inside the cells, enzymes carry out complex processes through which the nutrient compounds get oxidized. This leads to the generation of energy in the body which is why the process of oxidation is vital for the body. However, this process of oxidation that takes place in the human body damages the cell membranes, cellular proteins DNA and lipids. This happens when oxygen is metabolized during inhalation.
The metabolism of the oxygen cells causes the release of free oxygen radicals in the body. These free radicals contain one electron less than the normal oxygen cells which is why they look for another molecule in the body to combine with and become whole. This process of searching for other molecules damages the cells and structures surrounding the free radicals. This leads to oxidative stress.
The effect of oxidative stress on the body
The free radicals which are generated during the oxidation process can be dealt with by the body to a certain extent. However, if the number of free radicals rises, the body is unable to neutralize them. This leads to toxicity in the body. The body starts rusting with prolonged and increased exposure to these free radicals. The number of free radicals increases due to a variety of reasons:
- environmental pollution
- increased exposure to the UV rays of the Sun
- cigarette smoking
- excessive stress
As the cells of the body start rusting and get damaged with the passage of time, the body starts aging faster. The skin develops wrinkles, becomes brown in color and seems very rough in texture. This effect of oxidative stress is visible on the outside but the damage caused within takes longer to get detected. Some of the common effects of free radicals include the deterioration of the eye lens, increased risk of coronary heart disease, inflammation of the joints and brain cell damage.
Heavy metal toxicity
Our body requires the presence of zinc, iron and copper in limited quantities in order to carry out various metabolic processes. These metallic compounds are essential for the body and are present in many food items. The deficiency of these nutrients can cause serious illnesses in the body. However, apart from these useful metals, the body is also exposed to various non-essential and potentially harmful metals everyday. These heavy metal compounds find their way into our bodies through air pollution from automobiles and industries, lead paint and pipes as well as contaminated food and water.
As the level of these heavy metals increases in our body, the toxicity level also increases. The free radicals released during oxygen cell metabolism, combine with several of these heavy metals to cause damage to our bodies. Some of the common heavy metals and minerals which are harmful for the body are:
Dealing with oxidative stress
It is very important to deal with heavy metal toxicity because it can lead to a harmful result in the long run. You should go for treatment if you face symptoms like fatigue, digestive distress, mood swings, sore joints and volatility in blood sugar level consistently. Luckily, there is an option for dealing with heavy metal toxicity. This process is known as Chelation.
What is Chelation therapy?
Chelation is a chemical process by which the heavy metal elements in the body combine with chelating compounds and get expelled from the body. Chelation is the method by which common medicines like aspirins and antibiotics work in the body. The medical treatment of Chelation is carried out with the help of a man-made amino acid called EDTA or ethylene diamine tetraacetic. Generally, a fluid containing EDTA is administered to a patient intravenously. The EDTA combines with the heavy metals in the bloodstream and takes them away in the urine.
Detoxamin makes use of chelation therapy but in a different way. It employs suppositories to provide an alternative delivery method for the EDTA. The suppository needs to be inserted into the rectum, vagina or urethra so that the body temperature melts it and it gets dissolved into the bloodstream, thereby reducing the toxicity level in the bloodstream.
This makes the EDTA Chelation therapy much more effective than the normal method. The dose of EDTA that is provided through this method is much smaller and so it does not put a lot of strain on the body, especially the kidneys. Along with the heavy metal detox from the body, EDTA also rearranges the essential minerals in the body and places them in the correct sites. The list of heavy metals that the EDTA Chelation therapy detoxifies from the body is very long and includes the following metals:
EDTA normalizes the concentration levels of all the metals in the body and neutralizes as well as excretes excessive quantities of these metals. Chelation mitigates and halts the toxic effect of heavy metals in the body which in turn prevents the unnecessary damage that the cells of the body have to face.
Role played by the Chelation therapy in treating oxidative stress
The Chelation therapy helps in breaking down the plaque that is present along the sides of arteries. This increases the blood flow and reduces the risk of coronary disorders.
EDTA Chelation also stimulates the release of a hormone called calcitonin which helps in removing calcium from the plaque present on the arteries of the heart and in the lining of liver, kidneys and brain. This calcium is then redistributed in the body.
Chelation with EDTA can reduce the damaging effect of the oxygen ions and reactive metals on the lining of cell membranes, thus reducing oxidative stress. When the oxidative stress reduces, the inflammation in the arteries also decreases and this improves the functioning of the blood vessels. Therefore, EDTA is an effective solution for oxidative stress.
The condition in which there is poisoning in the body due to absorption of a large quantity of lead is termed as lead poisoning. EDTA Chelation is an FDA-approved treatment for lead poisoning. It is also used for removing radioactive agents from the body and for treating high levels of calcium and copper in the bloodstream.
Lead is very bad for the cardiovascular system. People are exposed to large quantities of lead every day through lead-based paints, lead-soldered plumbing fixtures, pipes, leaded gasoline, lead-glazed utensils, canned food items and alcoholic beverages that are contaminated. Hazardous occupations like mining and industrial activities can also cause lead poisoning because of the high amount of lead that is present in the working area. Another major source of lead poisoning is ground contamination in industrial areas.
Lead can be easily absorbed by the body through the respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts. The skin also absorbs lead directly. The lead that enters the body gets accumulated in the bones and stays there for decades, silently destroying the body from within. As the years go by, the lead present in the bones is released into the bloodstream, leading to an increase in the toxicity level of the body. Osteoporosis is among the consequences of such releasing of lead from the bones.
The negative effects of lead toxicity are too many to count. Some of them are given below:
- Excessive exposure to lead can cause high blood pressure.
- It can result in thrombosis.
- It promotes various cardiovascular diseases.
- Lead exposure can contribute to oxidative stress.
- It inhibits the availability of nitric oxide in the body.
- It increases inflammation in different parts of the body.
- It can cause severe impairment in a person, both physically and mentally.
- A person can experience severe abdominal pain and cramping.
- Muscle weakness and sudden seizures are also a result of lead toxicity.
- Nausea and encephalopathy are other effects of lead accumulation in the bloodstream.
- In extreme cases, lead poisoning can cause coma and even death.
A person needs to go for treatment when he or she experiences signs and symptoms like abdominal pain and cramps, constipation, headaches, irritability, loss of appetite, fatigue, numbness, sleep problems, aggressive behaviour, memory loss, high blood pressure and stunted growth. More than one symptom has to experienced by a person for a prolonged time in order to get diagnosed with lead poisoning.
Treatment for lead poisoning
The first thing that needs to be done is that the sources of lead need to be removed from the vicinity of the affected person. Blood test for lead accumulation is required to determine the level of lead in the body of the person. There is no safe level for lead in the blood. Even a level of lead as low as 5 micrograms is harmful for the body. Additional tests like a bone marrow biopsy can also be done to get a complete picture regarding the extent of lead toxicity in the body.
When the lead toxicity level in the blood is found to be very high, Chelation therapy is once again the answer. It is a very effective method for treating heavy-metal poisoning. Usually, when lead enters the body, it is very difficult to remove it. Chelation therapy can be used to decrease the lead concentration levels significantly if not completely.
The EDTA Chelation therapy helps in binding the lead with the chelating agent. Normally, the chelated metal gets excreted from the body. However, in case of lead, the chelate complex can persist in the tissues of the body where the chelation has occurred or it can get redistributed to other tissues. The EDTA acts as an effective chelating agent by increasing lead excretion. The reason is that EDTA can be administered to the body easily and is safe too.
The common form of EDTA that is used for chelating is CaNa2EDTA or Edetate Calcium Disodium. It traps the metal to form a compound which can be eliminated from the body through urine. The number of suppositories required depends on the severity of the problem. The Detoxamin suppositories work slowly so that there are no side effects on the body. They are filtered through the protective channels in the liver so that the EDTA can be administered throughout the body efficiently. This method is very affordable and safe. It does not require the person to visit a clinic for treatment. It gradually detoxifies the body of lead concentration with regular use of the suppositories.
Chelation and aging
When the EDTA Chelation therapy is used for treating heavy metal toxicity in the body, the reduction in oxidative stress automatically lowers the wear and tear of the cells. Therefore, it is an effective anti-aging tool. As the body becomes free from toxic elements, the risk of illness also decreases and the lifespan of the person increases. People can lead a healthy and long life with the help of the EDTA Chelation therapy.
Types of tests to be done prior to chelation therapy
The complete medical history of the patient needs to be collected before the therapy begins. The current medications and their doses taken by the patient need to be recorded. Any allergy that the patient is suffering from needs to be noted. Blood and urine specimens should be taken for testing purposes. All these points should be taken into consideration to ensure that the EDTA Chelation therapy has no side effects for the patient and it is suitable for him or her.
EDTA Chelation therapy with the help of Detoxamin suppositories is the best method available for treating both oxidative stress and lead poisoning effectively.