True wellness cannot be achieved while toxic metals, excess calcium, and artery-damaging chemicals are in the body.

Metal poisoning has become an increasingly major health problem, especially since the industrial revolution. Heavy metals are in the water we drink, the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the tools we use to clean our homes and cook our food.

Because heavy metal has a density at least 5 times that of water and cannot be metabolized, it can only accumulate in the body — where it can cause our mental functions, energy, nervous system, kidneys, lungs, and other organ functions to decline.

Learning where these metals can be found so you can decrease your exposure is vital to staying healthy.

If you have reason to believe you may have toxic metal poisoning, testing is essential. If your test is revealed to have heavy metals, excess calcium, and/or artery-damaging chemicals, then interventional natural medicine procedures (intravenous chelators) are needed. Chelators are basically chemical magnets. Because they are positively charged ions, they can attract metals, which are negatively charged ions.

Chelation therapy has long been used for the removal of heavy metals. It has also been given to heart disease patients as an alternative to invasive heart surgery. It has enabled patients with intermittent leg weakness (claudication) to increase their walking distance. It has also been used to alleviate angina, to reduce high blood pressure, and to spare diabetic patients from limb amputation.

During the past 50 years, over a million patients have undergone chelation treatments for a wide range of circulatory problems.

How Was This Therapy Discovered?

EDTA chelation therapy was originally designed as a treatment for heavy-metal poisoning, and its effectiveness for heart disease and circulatory disorders was discovered only by accident in the 1950s.

As World War II veterans afflicted with lead poisoning from painting battleships underwent chelation to “get the lead out,” physicians noticed that those who had chest or leg pain due to atherosclerosis were experiencing almost unbelievable improvement in these symptoms.

Conditions that benefit from chelation:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Diabetic complications
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Hypertension
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Memory disorders
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Slow healing wounds

How Safe Is Chelation?

When chelation proved to have good results in the 1940s to treat soldiers with lead poisoning, the FDA approved it.

Chelation has an impeccable record of safety. An FDA safety review spanning 30 years revealed no evidence of significant toxicity. And of over 500,000 patients nationwide treated with this therapy using the protocol established by the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), not a single fatality has occurred. Compare this to coronary artery bypass surgery, which has a fatality rate of 4 percent.

Even more impressive, chelation therapy is very effective. A review of 40 published and 30 unpublished studies involving over 25,000 patients who underwent EDTA chelation demonstrated that 87 percent benefited from this therapy.

Atherosclerosis, the narrowing and stiffening of arteries due to the accumulation of plaques, is a primary cause of heart attack and stroke. EDTA chelation is a nonsurgical therapy that could slow the process of atherosclerosis and restore healthy circulation. Obviously, this is preferable to the risk and expense of angioplasty and bypass surgery!

What Therapies Are Available?

There are two types of chelators we use at the DaSilva Institute:

  • Calcium Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid (Calcium-EDTA or just EDTA for short) is a powerful antioxidant for lead and cadmium poisoning.
  • Dimercaptopropane Sodium Sulfonate (DMPS) is for treating mercury poisoning.

EDTA or DMPS are powerful synthetic amino acids that must be administered intravenously in our clinic.

After EDTA enters the bloodstream it latches on to heavy metals such as lead, iron, and cadmium that can cause free-radical damage to the arteries. By binding to these heavy metals and carrying them out of the body through the urine, EDTA reduces the body’s toxic metal burden and helps slow the process of atherosclerosis.

EDTA also removes excess calcium from artery walls, making them more responsive and better able to dilate. Since calcification of the arteries is a major factor in atherosclerosis, this is yet another way in which chelation restores the integrity of arteries and enhances blood flow. As an added benefit, EDTA has blood-thinning effects and discourages the formation of potentially dangerous blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke.

A complete course of EDTA chelation therapy for heart disease consists of about 30 treatments, usually done one to three times per week.

DMPS chelation therapy, for mercury poisoning, takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is administered as an IV push.

Testing can be done anywhere in the US using our national laboratory partner. If results indicate a need for chelation, this is done in-clinic at the DaSilva Institute in Sarasota, Florida. More information: chelation therapy.

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