The heavy metal-heart therapy connection

In my previous post, I shared information with you on the heart therapy your doctor won’t discuss — EDTA chelation — and how it has been reported to reverse atherosclerosis and improve blood flow.

But it’s like fighting an uphill battle to get the mainstream to admit its ability to flush heavy metals from the bloodstream can have a positive effect on avoiding heart problems.

So today, I wanted to talk a little more about how it works…

EDTA chelation removes heavy metals — so what?

IV EDTA chelation originally was proven to removes toxic heavy metals out of your body such as aluminum, cadmium, mercury and lead that damage blood vessels. For this use, it is actually approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Why is this important? Because these toxic metals contribute to inflammation, the main cause of chronic illness.

For example, lead is toxic to your brain and nerves. Even a slightly increased lead level raises your chance of death by 46% as reported in a 2002 article published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

EDTA and supplemental chromium have both been shown to improve blood glucose, lipids, and insulin activity in diabetic patients. This was demonstrated and reported in the December 1999 issue of Biological Trace Element Research.  Moreover, the recently completed TACT trial by the NIH proved the tremendous benefit of EDTA for diabetics, as I reported last week.

Oral Calcium Disodium EDTA chelation

Once in your blood stream, calcium disodium EDTA sheds its calcium bond and aggressively chelates toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury, whichever metal molecule it comes in contact with first.

Calcium disodium is not very well absorbed from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract; only about 5-18% actually makes it into your bloodstream where it can chelate and remove toxins. Additionally, unabsorbed calcium disodium EDTA (the portion that does not get back into the bloodstream) continues to chelate toxic metals as it passes through your intestinal tract.

The GI chelating effect of oral chelation was demonstrated at the University of Michigan in a small study. They measured the excretion of unwanted heavy metals 14 patients after taking one dose of oral calcium disodium EDTA. It showed dramatic excretion of unwanted heavy metals by the following amounts: aluminum: 229%; Arsenic: 661%; Cadmium: 276%; Lead: 350%; Mercury: 773%; and Nickel: 9439%.

You should know that with oral chelation you may lose some beneficial trace elements such as zinc and calcium along with the toxic ones listed above.  However, with a diet of adequate fresh vegetables — or even supplementing with zinc and calcium, you can easily overcome this.

Some good news, here, is that EDTA appears not to deplete the trace minerals cobalt, chromium, and copper and even helps retain the beneficial trace mineral magnesium.  Furthermore, EDTA is an amino acid that enhances the absorption of zinc with protein and the amino acids cysteine and methionine.

Oral chelation with calcium disodium EDTA has the effect of causing improved blood flow in small arteries — which may improve blood flow in organs and extremities.

Oral chelation in proper perspective

I am contacted from time to time by patients faced with a poor cardiovascular prognosis after years of advancing heart disease. This is not exactly the time to expect oral chelation to turn things around.

Chelation, along with a strict nutrient-rich diet containing predominately fresh produce and juicing, stress reduction, and your top three heart-healing natural supplements (I’ll discuss these next week), has been reported often to save a person from surgery. The combination of these causes a rapid reduction of inflammation, which oral chelation enhances.

Therefore, in the proper perspective, oral chelation can be valuable and should be considered. I have several other key nutrients for heart health I’ll share with you in my next report on safe and effective heart supplements.

Editor’s note: Have you heard of EDTA chelation therapy? It was developed originally to remove lead and other contaminants, including heavy metals, from the body. Its uses now run the gamut from varicose veins to circulation. Click here to discover Chelation: Natural Miracle for Protecting Your Heart and Enhancing Your Health!


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Dr. Michael Cutler

By Dr. Michael Cutler

Dr. Michael Cutler is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder of the original Easy Health Options™ newsletter — an advisory on natural healing therapies and nutrients. His current practice is San Diego Integrative Medicine, near San Diego, California.