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What is chelation therapy?

Chelation is a chemical term named from the Greek word chele, meaning "claw" or "claw-like." In chelation therapy, an organic chemical bonds with metals in the bloodstream and digs them out of the system. This therapy is standard treatment for heavy metal poisoning, such as lead poisoning, and the management of iron overload following repeated blood transfusions.

This process of chelation actually removes unwanted metals from the bloodstream. In fact, chelation therapy is the only way to treat lead poisoning. But lead is not the only metal cleansed from the body through chelation. A chelation agent will also bind with most metals, mineral deposits, calcium-based plaques and other chemical toxins. Because of its positive impact on the bloodstream, chelation therapy has proven to benefit a number of medical conditions, including atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis.

Chelation is a well-known method of heavy metal and toxin removal in which a special chemical compound called a chelate - such as dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), dimercaptopropane sulfonate (DMPS), or ethylene diaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) - is given, usually intravenously. The chelate finds and forms a single attachment to the toxin with one reversible ionic bond. With that bond intact, the toxin is grabbed onto, pulled off the cell and carried from the body. However, the toxin is not neutralized during this process and is potentially able to attach to other cells on its way out.

Conventional chelation also has a harder time clearing heavy metals from cells (due to having only one method of bonding to the toxin) and some chelating substances even remove needed minerals from the body with the toxins, resulting in some adverse side effects. What is Clathration? Clathration is a unique form of chelation therapy in which the clathrating substance - such as Awaken Detox - is given orally.

This clathrate then finds and encloses the toxin in a three-dimensional cage-like inclusion complex (also known as a lattice structure or matrix) using three different types of irreversible bonds. These bonds attach to and completely envelop the toxin - essentially neutralizing it - to keep it from coming into contact with any other bodily tissues as it is carried from the body.

In this way, the unnatural contaminant has no way of re-attaching to and damaging the body as it is flushed out. This method is especially effective against heavy metals. Herein lies the power of Awaken Detox. For more on how Awaken Detox and clathration work in the toxin removal process, see Learn More About Awaken Detox.

History of Chelation and EDTA

The father of modern biochemistry was the French-Swiss chemist, Alfred Werner; who in 1893 developed the theory of coordination compounds, today referred to as chelates. For this turning point in reclassifying inorganic chemical compounds, Werner received the Nobel Prize in 1913. He went on to create accounting for the process by which metals bind to organic molecules, which is the basis for chelation chemistry.

A German chemist by the name of F. Munz is largely credited with synthesizing EDTA. It was patented in Germany in 1930, and first used in medicine in 1941 for lead poisoning. It was then patented in the U.S. in 1949. EDTA chelation therapy has been employed in the U.S. to treat arteriosclerosis since 1952.

Medical Applications of EDTA Chelation

Medical applications were not yet being considered for EDTA, but with war approaching military workers were afraid of poison gas being used, and they searched for antidotes. England especially had experienced poison gas in World War I, and at Oxford University researchers invented their own chelating substance to diminish the effects of exposure to poison gas.

After World War II, the new threat was atomic warfare, and the United States began producing and stockpiling large quantities of EDTA, which was recognized as more effective than the British chelation material.

While this manufacturing of EDTA for protection against radioactive fallout was going on, no one paid attention to the first medical application in real life that had been carried out in 1947 by Dr. Charles Geschickter at the Georgetown University Medical Center. A patient undergoing chemotherapy had accumulated toxic nickel complexes in her system. In trying to save her, Dr. Geschickter thought of EDTA as the only thing that could work, and he successfully used it. This did not, however, lead to widespread use.

How do I know I need chelation therapy for sure?

It is purely an elective decision on the part of the patient, whether or not he or she needs chelation therapy. Do thorough research, then decide whether or not chelation therapy is for you. If you suspect heavy metal toxicity, then, get tested, and find out if EDTA chelation therapy is right for you.

How do I determine the level or intensity of chelation therapy required?

The head physician assigned to your case, when and if you choose to have chelation therapy, will do testing to determine what level of chelation is needed.

How do I locate those who can administer chelation therapy in my city/state?

Just do a Google or Yahoo search for "chelation therapy [and your location]" and you will get a good number of results, most likely.

Exactly how effective is chelation therapy?

Results vary almost from individual to individual. Efficacy of therapy depends on knowing as much about your condition - getting the right diagnosis - and then applying the right program of chelation.