DIY Chelation Therapy through Food and Supplements

By definition chelation refers to the pulling of toxic heavy metals, particularly mercury and lead, out of the body. There are two methods by which this is generally accomplished. The first is done by a doctor or nurse practitioner using EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) administered through an I.V. The second way is to chelate orally through diet and supplements. EDTA can also be taken orally.

I.V. administered EDTA chelation therapy is not recognized by the FDA and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find practitioners. But, EDTA chelation therapy has been a an alternative to heart surgery and has helped rejuvenate and heal people from a number of conditions including heavy metal poisoning, which can include some of the following symptoms: Extreme fatigue; feelings of extreme hot or cold; numbness of the hands and feet; loss of coordination; impairment of speech, vision and hearing; muscle weakness’ rashes and mental fogginess.

In dire cases of arteriosclerosis and cancer, the I.V. form of EDTA chelation is usually a better alternative to oral chelation, but for general maintenance and the removal of metals and some environmental toxins, a few simple dietary additions can be made to help naturally chelate toxic metals.

Using Herbs for Natural Chelation Therapy at Home

The first is the use of cilantro (coriander) in soups, pestos, salads and salsa. Cilantro chelates mercury, lead and even the soft metal aluminum from the body. This effect of cilantro was first studied by Dr. Omura who reported in his study that mercury was “successfully eliminated by the oral intake of 100 mg tablet of Chinese parsley (Cilantro) four times a day (for average weight adults)…”

Cilantro is believed by many to be even more powerful when it is combined with chlorella, known for its general detoxification powers. Chlorella is an algae harvested from fresh water ponds. It can be found in health food stores.

Burdock root is an excellent detoxifier and one of the four herbs used in the anti-cancer tea called Essiac. Among other things, it is a powerful mercury chelator.

Cat’s Claw, a common plant that has cat claw shaped thorns at the base of the leaves. It is grown in South America and Asia. Considered the “Sacred Herb of the Rain Forest,” it is best known as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that may also reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks, by lowering blood pressure.

MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) is naturally found in milk, meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables.

Garlic has the power to bind to mercury and lead molecules and effectively pull them out of the body.

Peanuts, Brazil nuts and mixed nuts are an excellent source of selenium, another excellent chelating agent.

Further boost your body’s chelation abilities with ginkgo biloba, CoQ10, pycnogenol, a B-Complex, Vitamin A, C and E.

If you have the energy left, exercise is another natural chelator. One of the best ways to get a little exercise and get the body’s natural detoxification pumps working is with a mini-trampoline or rebounder. This is a fun way to boost your energy. Even fifteen minutes a day will help get sluggish body systems moving a little faster and help to move toxic metals and other poisons out of the body.

If you want to get started with chelation therapy, the items below may help.

References: Omura Y, Shimotsuura Y, Fukuoka A, Fukuoka H, Nomoto T., “Significant mercury deposits in internal organs following the removal of dental amalgam, & development of pre-cancer on the gingiva and the sides of the tongue and their represented organs as a result of inadvertent exposure to strong curing light (used to solidify synthetic dental filling material) & effective treatment: a clinical case report, along with organ representation areas for each tooth,” Heart Disease Research Foundation, New York, USA, Acupunct Electrother Res. 1996 Apr-Jun;21(2):133-60. PubMed U.S. National Library of Medicine



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