What is Chelation Therapy?
To chelate something literally means “to grab” or “to bind.” Chelation therapy has come to mean taking EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)—and injecting it into the bloodstream to remove heavy metals from the body. When EDTA is injected into the body, it “binds” heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum. These Metal-EDTA complexes are removed from the body through the kidneys. There is no processing required of these metal complexes by the kidneys.
EDTA has a preference for different metal ions and based on the concentration in the body and the affinity coefficient, it will remove these toxic metals from the body in a systematic manner. Chelation Therapy is usually given in a series of treatments with a urine test for the heavy metals before and after treatment.