The best treatment by far for lead and heavy metal poisoning is intravenous chelation with calcium EDTA. Many clinics around the United States perform this service. 

EDTA Chelation removes lead, chromium, iron, mercury, copper, zinc, cadmium, cobalt and aluminum from the body.  EDTA chelation helps fight off free radicals, enhances heart function, takes out some of the toxins of tobacco from the body. 

EDTA in solution is the substance used to keep the donor’s heart alive while awaiting transplant. It is also used in one of the blood tubes for blood draws. It prevents the blood from clotting. 

Chelation helps unblock plaque in all arteries. Now if you think a by-pass operation is the way to go then maybe it is…for you. But if your coronary arteries were clogged with plaque, wouldn’t it make sense that all the other arteries in your body are clogged as well? How much blood gets to the rest of your body? How can all the other body parts work optimally if all the nourishment getting to them is blocked? What will unclog them? Intravenous chelation is the answer. 

A Personal Story: As a naturopath, I spend a lot of time trying out treatments on myself. I try to experience most of the things I recommend in my practice so I know what you will be going through One of my clients offered their hospitality if I would go down and get some chelation. I decided to get a series of 10 chelation treatments (I finished the other 10 in the States). I really didn’t expect anything to happen. I just wanted the experience. I was surprised to experience clearer thinking after those treatments. I thought I was a pretty clear thinker before I went. Quite interesting. 

Most chelation facilities are set up with a bunch of recliner chairs as you have to be there 2-3 hours per treatment. Don’t bother bringing a book. Most people talk. And they don’t talk about the medical treatment they are getting. They talk about alternative medicine and all the benefits they are receiving from chelation and the newest vitamin supplement on the market. It is quite the social event. There were no less than 80 people a day coming through the particular facility I went to. The place was packed! The treatments cost about $60 per treatment. I had a lot of stinging in my arm as the fluid went in most days. A hot pack helped that out. Most people never experienced anything uncomfortable at all. 

I heard quite a few stories over those two weeks. Many people asked me why I was there “You look too young for this type of thing.” They’d say. Most people were older than 60. 

One woman came in and did not know what to expect. She was so nervous that her vein would not accept the butterfly catheter and it kept collapsing, so she needed a different kind of catheter. The problem with those clinics is that they really know what they are doing, but they can’t usually explain it to you in English. I sat with her the whole time and explained what they wanted to do and what it would be like. She finished the treatment, but I doubt she ever came back. I asked the English speaking doctor of the clinic if anyone had ever died of chelation therapy in her practice. She told me that one day a man was walking up the steps to sign up for the series and kicked off before he got into the door. I feel chelation is really safe and very effective. 

I also think it’s best to hear about it or read about it before you commit to it. I also don’t think that it’s a good idea to do the treatments so spaced apart that it takes forever to get the series completed. In Mexico you do treatments Monday through Friday and take off Saturday and Sunday. You have your blood panel faxed down to the clinic before you start. They won’t do the chelation without blood work. It’s best to do a minimum of 15 treatments, but I think it’s beneficial no matter how many you get accomplished. 

There is a series of treatments usually 20-30 and spaced 1 day to 1 month apart.

Some people take a short course of treatments once every other year or so. 

Other benefits of EDTA Chelation include

  • Helps prevent blood clots
  • Major reduction of cancer mortality after the chelation series
  • Improves pulmonary function
  • Marked improvement of ischemic heart disease (increased blood flow to the heart)
  • Decreases serum cholesterol
  • Increases bone density (slightly)
  • Improves post-chelation EKG scores
  • Helps with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Helps increase blood flow to the head by unblocking coronary arteries
  • Improves emotional status
  • Normalizes heart arrhythmias 

Chelation also helps with: Senility, leg cramps, allergies, hair loss, schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, arthritis, kidney stones, stroke-related coma, gall bladder stones, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, varicose veins, hypertension, memory loss, scleroderma, Raynaud’s Disease, digitalis intoxication, diabetic ulcers, cold hands and feet, emphysema, leg ulcers, snake bites, impotence, vision and hearing problems and signs of aging in general. 

Other treatments for Lead and heavy metal toxicity: 

Homeopathics (Plumbum metallicum) work to some extent and this is the second best treatment.

Oral chelating agents don’t seem to be very effective—they seem to cause upset stomachs (this includes ORA-Plus, garlic, PGF 400, and Butcher’s broom).

Sometimes I seem to be able to get small doses out of the body with carob powder. There is no scientific evidence to back this up, but when I do kinesiological testing on people with heavy metal exposure they always test strong on carob for some reason. The reason I think it works if because I sent it home with a puppy that had chronic seizures and within three days the seizures stopped. I think it somehow leached the strontium out of the puppy’s system. 

Helpful Links and Resources: 

Forty Something Forever: A Consumers Guide to Chelation Therapy and other Heart-Savers © 1997 by Harold and Arline Brecher. This is a lay person’s book.  See book review on this book 

For those of you who would like to share the “double-blind” “professional” type of stuff with your doctor: Journal of Advancement in Medicine. Special issue protocols for chelation therapy Volume 10 No. 1 Spring 1997 issue.  Sponsored by ACAM (the American College for Advancement in Medicine). 

To find a practitioner near you:  at the ACAM website, add your state and zip code in at https://www.acam.org  and click Dr. Search.