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1. Natural Chelation Therapy. According to the Natural Institute for Healing (INH, 2012), Yoshaiki Omura, M.D. discovered a natural chelation therapy treatment when he was treating patients with a kind of an eye infection that would often clear up, only to return again in a few months’ time. Dr. Omura discovered that there seemed to be some foreign organisms causing the infection that were clinging onto the ions of three of the metals as shields from the antibiotics. As a result, he tested his patients’ urine and discovered that when one ate a Vietnamese soup that it was helping that patient to eliminate an increased amount of mercury, lead and aluminum. As a result, he started to experiment with giving his patients the leaf ingredient from that soup, called cilantro (a.k.a. coriander or Chinese parsley) along with administering the antibiotics. That time, their eye infections stayed away for good.
According to INH, couple of follow-up studies have been reported according to . One is a Japanese study in which mice received drinking water adulterated with lead for a month and also received the cilantro after the first week, their findings were very similar to Dr. Omura’s. Deitrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D. has also found that taking one teaspoon of cilantro for two to three months particularly helpful for removing mercury poisoning from the brain.
According to http://drsircus.com (2011), natural chelators such as cilantro have generally been found to benon-invasive and affordable since they’re considered dietary supplements. However, Dr. Sircus warns that so far, there has only been sketchy evidence but very little in the way of hard clinical studies of their effectiveness.
2. EDTA chelation therapy. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (2013) Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid or EDTA chelation therapy, which has been studied since the 1960’s, is FDA-approved to treat lead and other heavy metal poisoning. In an emergency, it can also be used to treat excessive calcium levels and heart arrhythmia resulting from the toxicity of ingested digitalis.
3. IV Chelation Therapy. IV chelation therapy is simply a method, other than oral, of administering chelation therapy. Since it’s often used in an emergency, EDTA chelation therapy is often administered in this way.
Conclusion: Ten things to know about Chelation Therapy:
1. The word, chelate derives from the Greek, chele meaning “to claw”. (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2013)
2. Chelation therapy benefits are still primarily to be found with its treatment of heavy metal toxicities but there’s also some evidence that it’s also effective against excessive calcium build-up and arrhythmia due to digitalis poisoning.
3. There are numerous claims that it’s also effective against numerous other diseases and disorders, such as heart disease and autism, but there is very little to no hard evidence of this.
4. Natural chelators have been generally been found to be safe to use but there is still no hard evidence of their effectiveness and as a result, they are not FDA-approved.
5. Unsafe use has often been found to be fatal, the side effects of unsafe use have been known to include heart failure, kidney damage and abnormally low calcium levels (www.drweil.com, 2014). As a result, other than with natural chelators, it is never safe to use chelation therapy without medical supervision.
6. Since its primary effectiveness still lies with the heavy metal poisoning, chelation therapy benefits also extend to other resulting infections such as eye infections.
7. When used for the right reasons, side effects are very rare but can include fever, headache, nausea and/or vomiting and this usually stems from necessary EDTA use. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03408/Chelation-Therapy.html
8. Since it can be taken orally in several ways, IV chelation is primarily administered in emergency situations.
9. Hence Dr. Klinghardt’s finding, it is apparent that even small amounts of a natural chelators over a period of time can make a very significant difference.
10. Since natural chelators are considered dietary supplements, they are available for purchase over the counter.