Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Impaired cognitive function including forgetfulness and confusion
- Systemic pain
- Mood swings, depression or anxiety
- Fatigue and chronic malaise
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
Chelation therapy helps restore the body’s homeostasis by removing the build-up of heavy metals including mercury, aluminum, arsenic, cadmium and lead which can cause short-term and long- term health problems. The symptoms of metal toxicity are sometimes misdiagnosed as autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression or multiple sclerosis.
Heavy metal toxicity diagnosis can be made by testing the blood, urine, hair and nails. EDTA, a man made synthetic amino acid is administered into the patient’s veins where it attached to the heavy metals and together they are eliminated through the urine.
Possible benefits of chelation therapy
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Improved cognitive function
- Reduced pain and swelling due to inflammation
Due to the potential side effects, chelation therapy should only be performed by a trained physician. The most common side effect is a burning sensation at the injection site but this is usually mild and resolves itself quickly. Other possible side effects include vomiting, dizziness, fever, headaches, low blood sugar and changes in blood pressure. EDTA can also bind to vitamins and minerals and your physician may give you large doses of both following chelation therapy to avoid any vitamin or mineral deficiencies.