Health or Harm: The Truth About High Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy | Jash Botanicals

Nowadays, detoxification therapies — and particularly chelation therapies — have grown increasingly popular. Unfortunately though, High Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy is giving more effective (not to mention less harmful) chelation therapies a “bad name” in many circles. Most recently, some folks have been misled into believing that High Dose calcium-EDTA Chelation Therapy can reduce or eliminate atherosclerosis, and more importantly for the scope of this article—chronic heavy metal toxicity.

Rapid Injection of Calcium-EDTA is Dangerous and Unproven

The title above appears atop a page of the Mount Rainer Clinic. The article that follows it was written by Elmer M. Cranton, M.D., a much respected doctor in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. Dr. Cranton advises against the use of High Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy saying in his article, “Calcium-EDTA has no proven benefit in the treatment of age-related diseases, coronary heart disease or atherosclerosis,” and adding that rapid infusion of a full dose of EDTA is “potentially dangerous”.

Dr. Cranton goes on to remind his reader that a slow 3-hour infusion is “the only safe way to administer a full therapeutic dose of intravenous EDTA.”

Among Cranton’s many credentials is a past presidency of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). Since it’s beginnings, ACAM has focused on the promotion of chelation therapies. The method of EDTA Chelation Dr. Cranton refers to is the ACAM approved protocol for administration of EDTA infusions.

However, approved protocol or not, High-Dose EDTA Chelation may rapidly deplete essential trace minerals from the body (iron, copper, zinc, calcium) and is fraught with many side effects that range from headache and skin irritation to diarrhea and nausea.

Moreover, High-Dose Chelation Therapy is only approved for use in treating acute toxic metal poisoning. When administered outside of its venue, High-Dose EDTA Chelation poses severe health risks including kidney failure, organ damage, seizures, arrhythmias, and even death.

In 2005, a young Nigerian mother brought her son, Abubakar Tariq Nadama, from their home in England to Portersville, Pennsylvania in search of an effective treatment for the boy’s autism. The Advanced Integrative Medicine Center there offered a program of High-Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy. In August 2005, following treatment, the 5-year-old youngster went into cardiac arrest and died.

Largely due to the death of Abubakar, the National Autistic Society has taken a public stand on chelation. National councilor Mike Stanton wrote in a current issue of the society’s magazine, “To subject children to treatment of questionable benefit and unquantifiable risk, because of a possibility that their autism might have some connection with a biomedical disorder, is unacceptable. As such, chelation should be roundly condemned as a therapeutic intervention.’

Regrettably, many groups, like Stanton, don’t make the distinction between High-Dose EDTA Chelation and safer homeopathic oral chelates, resulting in an abundance of half-truths and misinformation about chelation and both its risks and its benefits.

This erroneous information keeps those who would benefit from chelation therapies from getting the help they need. For instance, here are three inaccurate statements about chelation quoted from Internet web sites.

Erroneous Statements Regarding Chelation and EDTA Chelation Therapies

1. Lead Poisoning and Heavy Metal Toxicity: Chelation therapy using EDTA is the medically accepted treatment for lead poisoning.

While the FDA has approved EDTA, it has limited its approval of EDTA infusions only in treatment of acute toxic metal poisoning as opposed to chronic toxic metal poisoning.

2. Chelation therapy is a treatment that involves repeated intravenous administration of a synthetic solution called ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, or EDTA, to pull toxins from the bloodstream.

There are many types of chelation therapies. The above statement describes only High-Dose EDTA Chelation therapy.

3. What’s chelation therapy? Chelation therapy is administering a man-made amino acid called EDTA into the veins.

This is descriptive of intravenous High-Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy and is only one of several chelation therapies available today. In addition to chelation by infusion, oral chelates are available and at least one is well-documented with clinical trials.

Bio-Chelat: Clinically Proven, Safe, Effective, Low-Dose Oral Chelation

Bio-Chelat™ is a patented oral chelation therapy product, especially developed for use by those with chronic toxic metal poisoning.

The effectiveness of Bio-Chelat™ is backed by numerous clinical trials. In addition, Bio-Chelat™ offers several benefits that elude High-Dose EDTA Chelation Therapies.

A single High-Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy session can cost upwards of $100.00 and typically 30 or more such sessions are recommended. Bio-Chelat™ is simpler, safer, more effective in treating chronic toxic metal poisoning, and at less than half the price of a single High-Does EDTA session, far less expensive!

Due to the comparably minute amount of EDTA in Bio-Chelat (200mg per 100ml bottle) in comparison to traditional EDTA therapies (250mg per dose), Bio-Chelat works much gentler and safer than most common chelators. Yet how does Bio-Chelat maintain such effectiveness when other preparations of EDTA require much larger doses of EDTA to be effective? This effectiveness can be attributed to the inclusion of an oxidative catalyst in the formula which weakens the rigid molecular bonds of the heavy metal ions that are bound to the various proteins and amino acids in tissues throughout the body. In turn, the weakening of the bonds allows a far milder presence of EDTA to bind with the now “loosened” heavy metal ions. The result, is that the newly formed adherence of EDTA to the imposing heavy metal ions allows for harmless elimination (mostly from the stool). It is for this reason that such a low level of EDTA is now more efficient than ever.

In fact, with such a tiny amount of EDTA, there are zero side effects. It has no negative impact on the GI tract, liver, or kidneys, and yet it has been proven in clinical studies to reduce the total toxic load of heavy metals within the body. In addition, unlike most traditional chelators, Bio-Chelat has the ability to remove heavy metals that are tightly bound to tissues and organs—including the brain!