Clinical Detoxification

Do you have any of the following
conditions or symptoms?

  • Sore gums (gingivitis)?
  • Mental symptoms such as confusion, forgetfulness?
  • Frequent severe depression?
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)?
  • TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) problems?
  • Unusual shakiness (tremors) of hands or arms or twitching of muscles?
  • “Brown spots” or “age spots” under your eyes or elsewhere on the skin?
  • Tendency to more colds, flu, and other infectious diseases than “normal”?
  • Food allergies or intolerances?
  • Numbness or burning sensations in mouth or gums?
  • Numbness or unexplained tingling in arms or legs?
  • Difficulty in walking (ataxia)?
  • 10 or more “silver” fillings?
  • Frequent “metallic” taste in the mouth?
  • Ever had Candida-Related Complex (CAC) or yeast infections (vagina, mouth or GI tract)?
  • Frequent bad breath (halitosis) or white tongue (thrush)?
  • Frequent low basal body axillary temperature (below 97.4°F)?
  • Problems with constipation?
  • Heart irregularities or rapid pulse (tachycardia)?
  • Unexplained arthritis in various joints?
  • A great deal of mucus in the stools?
  • Unidentified chest pains with normal EKG’s, X-ray, and heart studies?
  • Poor sleep or frequent insomnia?
  • Frequent kidney infections or significant kidney problems?
  • Extreme fatigued much of the time and never enough energy?
  • Irritability or dramatic changes in behavior?
  • Taking antidepressants now or in the past?
  • Been to many doctors for health problems and been told “There is nothing wrong”?

Have you ever worked

  • as a painter
  • in manufacturing/chemical or pesticide/fungicide
  • factories (fungicides with methyl mercury ingredients)
  • in pulp/paper mills that used mercury?
  • as a dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant?

If you answer “yes” to five or more of these questions this should serve as an “alert” warning to proceed with toxic heavy metal testing.

What is “Heavy Metal Testing?”

(see sample report here)
EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid) is a synthetic amino acid, which has the ability to attach itself to metals and minerals, forming a kind of bond called a chelate. Heavy metals, such as lead have a greater likelihood for EDTA and form strong bonds, which permit the metals to be eliminated more readily from the body.

In the 1940′s and 1950′s, EDTA was found to be a safe and effective treatment for lead toxicity and was approved for use as a drug for that purpose. It still remains FDA approved to this day. EDTA has been shown to improve blood flow and benefit patients in several different ways, including:

  • EDTA dramatically lowers the burden of lead and other toxic metals in the body. New findings confirm that lead is toxic to the kidneys, nervous system, and cardiovascular system at much lower levels than previously believed.
  • EDTA improves blood circulation by increasing production of nitric oxide in the endothelial cells, which line the arteries. The nitric oxide acts as the endothelial-relaxing factor, which ultimately improves circulation by relaxing the vessels and by decreasing the resistance to flow, even though plaques are still present. This increased flow improves the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to the tissues.
  • EDTA is a potent anti-oxidant that helps block the effects of free radicals in many parts of the body. It reduces free radical damage to the blood vessels and improves their function. It also helps neutralize the free radicals that contribute to the obvious signs of aging, such as wrinkling and loss of skin elasticity.
  • EDTA also reduces blood clotting that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. EDTA appears to have an effect against all clotting mechanisms, whereas common anti-clotting therapies like aspirin and coumadin are effective against only about one-third of excessive platelet aggregation and coagulation.
  • EDTA reduces certain protein sugar complexes, which are called accelerated glycosylated end products. These complexes can result in damage to arterial walls and the formation of premature plaque.

EDTA chelation therapy involves the intravenous infusions of EDTA over a course of treatments in a doctor’s office. Patients are also advised to take a comprehensive approach to their treatment and health, including, as needed, diet, exercise, stress management programs and dietary supplements including oral chelation.

The development of the heart-lung machine has allowed the growth of more invasive techniques for cardio-vascular problems such as bypass surgery and angioplasty with the placement of stents to treat vascular diseases. EDTA chelation therapy has been used safely for nearly 50 years and may be a meaningful alternative choice for some patients.

Although surgery would be considered the more conventional approach today, the prestigious journal, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has carried articles suggesting 30% or more of vascular surgeries are unnecessary. Since chelation therapy heavy metal detoxification therapy has a favorable safety and side effect profile, and does not preclude the current and subsequent use of other treatments, chelation therapy is worthy of consideration by those who are suffering vascular disease as well as other chronic illnesses.