What is Chelation Therapy?
It is a treatment that uses medicinal agents, to remove the toxic metals like iron, arsenic, and mercury, from the body. Synthetic solution of EDTA (ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid) is injected directly into the bloodstream. Some medical professionals have also used it for autism and Alzheimer’s disease. It can lead to death, if done in the wrong way. In this therapy, metal binding drugs are administered into the blood. They are usually administered orally or intravenously. The drug and attached metal are then excreted out from the body, via urination. The treatment is yet approved only for metals removal, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority.
Who should do Chelation Therapy?
The people working with heavy metals on a daily basis are more prone to the metal’s absorption into the body. They should go for this therapy. People living in the chemical’s laboratory premises, can also go for the treatment if they get affected. The people with Alzheimer’s, autism, and heart problems may opt for this treatment, but there are no evidence reports yet, whether it is effective in these conditions or not.
What science says about it?
Researchers have shown that it can be dangerous, if used for unapproved conditions. They are also not approved for home use. In a National Institute of Health (NIH) 2002 study, the therapy was found to have the ability of lowering the risks of heart attacks and strokes, at mild levels. Unfortunately, enough proof was not provided by the researchers. The American Academy of Pediatrics has mentioned that this treatment has killed a child with autism, after the treatment. It should not be recommended, except for the clinical trials.
No harm according to medical research?
It is safe, if done in the right way and also for the right reason. Safe dosage should never be compromised. Mild effects occur at low doses including rashes, headache, and low blood pressure Children, pregnant women, and heart failure patients should never opt for this therapy. High doses of the EDTA were found linked to irregular heartbeats and kidney damage. EDTA is also able to remove vital minerals from the body. Deficiency of important electrolytes may occur. In short, it is safe, if the right doses are maintained.