Metal chelation employs a synthetic amino acid called EDTA or DMSA
which attaches to metals that are in a free form in the blood and
carries them out of the body through the urine. The chelating agents
also pull out large amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc and other
essential minerals. In fact, they are well known to remove more essential minerals than any toxic metals. In an attempt to counter this effect, mineral
supplements are given.
However, in testing patients who opted for this method, every single
mineral level in their hair was extremely low following chelation. The
other issue is that in most cases, the metals are sequestered in tissues and organs. They are bound to the body tissues and cannot be picked up by any type of chelator.
Many times, I receive hair tissue mineral analysis test results for a
patient who has done a so-called mercury detox in the past, but on their first test, the mercury is still very high. I have
repeatedly seen high mercury on a first hair test in people who have had
their fillings replaced many years ago and who did chelation in
conjunction with the removal, but the mercury was still coming out years later
in their current hair growth.
For chronic low grade metal exposure, chelation just isn't very effective. It's original purpose was to address high level, industrial exposures to toxic metals. It is supposed to be given within the first three days while most of the metal is still in the blood. In those cases, it can be very helpful to quickly reduce the toxic burden of the body.
Effective Restorative Therapy
Releases Toxic Metals
To release toxic metals from the tissues, the need for this adaptation or crutch must be removed. The body must have enough bioavailable nutrient minerals to replace the toxic metal as it is mobilized from tissue storage and released from the body. The distorting effects of the toxic metals on the mineral readings in the hair can show the presence of toxic metals in the body even when little or none appear on the hair test. As the metals clear, we will see characteristic shifts in the minerals as they are returned to their proper places in the body.
Nutritional Balancing protocols properly given based on a metabolic hair tissue mineral analysis, will balance the oxidation rate, improve the adrenal function and increase the bioavailability of essential nutrients such as zinc, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and calcium. This process allows the body to mobilize and excrete all types of toxicity including the heavy metals. As the Nutritional Balancing process continues, biochemical energy production in the cells is restored, and the body's natural ability to chelate and excrete heavy metal resumes.
Nutritional Balancing gives the body what it must have to release the metals: effective parasympathetic nervous system activity, a balanced biochemistry with adequate amounts of bioavailable nutrients, adequate energy production, and a restored metabolic function. Once the body has the proper minerals and has improved cellular energy production, it will let go of the metals it has been substituting for them and regain full utilization of the essential nutrients. This is why just taking nutrients without restoring the ability to use them can fail to work or can cause more problems than the ones they are supposed to solve.