Chelation therapy was first used in the early 1930s when a chemist from Germany known as Ferdinand Munz synthesized ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) for the first time. Ferdinand was working for a replacement for citric acid as a water softener where EDTA was to serve greater purpose. During World War II, chelation therapy was discovered by various chemists from Oxford University. They were searching for a chemical weapon known as an antidote to lewisite. Chelation therapy was also used during post World War II to treat workers who were painting U.S. naval vessels using lead-based paints. In December 1956, the American Journal of Medical Science successfully published the first findings of chelation therapy. During his research, Norman Clarke wrote that, “EDTA could dissolve disease-causing plaques in the coronary systems of human beings.”
ROLES PLAYED BY CHELATION IN ITS TREATMENT HISTORY
The positive results on the use of chelation therapy in treatment of various diseases began in appearing in various medical journal articles in 1955. Chelation therapy has been used by various medical officers across the world to minimize cardiovascular events in treated patients. People suffering from diabetes had been using chelation therapy to reduce up to 40 percent the risk of cardiovascular events. In patient with heart disease, chelation therapy has shown a positive result in reduction of the risk of death up to 41 percent. For decades, chelation treatment has been used in removal of metals from human bodies. It has been used by various doctors to reduce the amount of iron, which is caused by multiple blood transfusions and certain blood disorders. Chelation treatments have also shown positive effects on patients with serious health problems. It has been also used in treatment of the following health problems. Examples are:
- Circulation, pulmonary function and peripheral blood flow.
- Memory and mental clarity.
- Bone density, chronic fatigue and cramping.
- Blood pressure and allergies.
SIDES EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH CHELATION THERAPY
During post World War II, many patients complained of a burning sensation at the point of injection after each chelation therapy. Patients also lose a lot of vitamin, which force doctors to provide vitamin supplement, which has large quantity of minerals post treatment. Sometimes patients experience kidney failure. Other side effects that patients have been experiencing during chelation therapy includes: fever, nausea, drop in blood pressure, vomiting, headache, inability to produce blood cells and reduction in blood-calcium levels.