Chelation therapy is the use of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. Metals like lead, arsenic and mercury are most commonly treated by chelation therapy. Heavy metals can do serious damage to tissue especially to the arteries, but above all they can damage brain cells. People with kidney problems may be suffering from heavy metal toxicity. Especially for people with amalgam dental fillings, the damage from mercury is like hammering a nail into the kidneys. Here is a list of symptoms of heavy metal poisoning:
Cannot lose weight
Cold hands and feet
Dark circles under the eyes
Frequent colds and flus
Intolerance to medications & vitamins
Loss of memory and forgetfulness
Low body temperature
Metallic taste in mouth
Muscle and joint pain
Muscle tics or twitches
Prone to mood swings
Prone to rashes
Sensitive to smells like tobacco smoke, perfumes, paint fumes and chemical odors
Small black spots on your gums
Sore or receding gums
Tingling in the extremities
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
We recommend chelation therapy for people who eat a lot of fish and those who have metal amalgam dental fillings, both of which contain mercury. It is also recommended for those who eat foods cooked in, wrapped with or stored in aluminum.
Chelation therapy may be intravenously administered by a naturopath right in their clinics. This is a process that may require several sessions over time, each session lasting a few hours. There are also capsules that can be taken orally. The IV is the most effective therapy, but also the most time consuming and expensive. The oral therapy is the least effective but most convenient. The middle ground between these two options is suppository chelation therapy. The suppositories are small and easy to insert. A set of ten treatments, which is the recommended starting dose, costs only a fraction of what an IV treatment might cost.
Like any other detox, chelation therapy will have some side effects such as flue-like symptoms, rashes, fatigue or lethargy. These are signs that the metals are coming out of a person’s system. Although very rare, a person might experience allergic reactions to the chelating agents and treatment must be stopped immediately.
Consult your naturopath doctor before starting any chelation therapy on your own.
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