Last week, we covered both the previous and the upcoming EDTA studies conducted by Dr. Gervasio Lamas. This week, we would like to dive further into why chelation is necessary.
The short answer is, we live in a toxic environment. However, it is easy to forget just how toxic our surroundings are. Take lead, for example; although this toxic metal is naturally occurring in the earth’s crust, it has also been used heavily in day-to-day life. Here are some examples:
- Stained glass
- Drinking water (using lead pipes or lead solder)
The damaging effects of lead can begin as young as en utero. Pregnant women exposed to high levels of lead may suffer from miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight, as well as minor malformations. Young children are especially vulnerable to lead exposure, especially in brain and nervous system development. In adults, lead exposure can lead to kidney damage and high blood pressure.
Although Flint made the news previously for lead poisoning in the city’s drinking water, in 2016,Reuters obtained results for 34 states and the District of Columbia. Out of those, 3,810 neighbourhood areas had lead poisoning rates at least double those found in Flint. A 2016 study also confirmed the devastating effects of not only lead, but also other heavy metals on childhood development.
Mercury is widely known to be toxic. The World Health Organization has reiterated that even small amounts of mercury exposure can cause major problems, affecting the nervous, digestive, and immune systems; lungs; kidneys; skin; and eyes. In the case of a heavy metal like cadmium, the concern is based more in soil concentrations. In some areas in Asia, cadmium waste from Zinc mines had contaminated rice paddies, which led to adverse health effects. It should be noted, though, that cadmium exposure is by no means limited to soil. It can also come through air, water, and food. Cadmium exposure side effects include cancer and organ system toxicity; it is recommended that those suffering from cadmium exposure be decontaminated with chelation therapy. Specifically, EDTA has been known to significantly increase urinary excretion of cadmium.
EDTA is considered by some to be the best way to remove heavy metals from the body. It can offer long-term protection against heavy metal poisoning, chronic inflammation and hypercoagulable states. However, because it is so effective, it also pulls out minerals the body needs, such as zinc, magnesium, and calcium. This is why, for our CLAW-OCHMB, we always recommend that customers take it with our Opti-Cal/Mag Complex. Opti-Cal/Mag will replenish the lost minerals with bioavailable minerals.
Although the chelation process takes longer for some tissues, such as bone and brain, the chelatory process does neutralize the risk of minor exposures in the meantime. In addition to EDTA, other nutrient chelators can be considered, too, such as chlorella, selenium, Vitamin C, and garlic.