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Heavy Metal Detoxification

Body Detoxification

Body Detoxification, simply put, is the process of removing toxins from the body.

Common sense will tell us that having toxins in our body can’t be a good thing. Proactive health clinicians accept the fact that in order for us to be healthy, we need a healthy immune system. Toxins undermine good health with the chronic assault of various toxins. Mercury is high on the toxic list.

We need to remove the toxins from our body if we are to experience good health. There are a number of toxins that the body is exposed to every minute, and we have an immune system that is capable of neutralizing these toxins in a number of ways, providing that the systems is not compromised. Our body is capable of mounting a successful defense system from the toxins originating in the body, those being consumed, and those that are airborne. The reader may do well to consult a number of sites regarding the detoxification process.

NATURAL DETOXIFICATION

The processes by which the individual’s own body biochemical structure works to neutralize or eliminate toxins that are considered to be foreign. The biochemical processes work to remove the foreign substance from the tissues and metabolize it into a less toxic form or cause it to bind or complex with one of the many transport systems in the body so that its toxic properties are neutralized, or reduce it to a form that is more easily excreted. This is a normal body process that is enzymatic in nature often requiring cofactors that are derived from essential nutrients, whether from food or from supplements. Chronic toxicity with persistent symptoms can be related to chronic nutritional deficits or metabolic impairments.

ASSISTED DETOXIFICATION

Normally accomplished by the administration of drugs orally, by injection, or intravenously. Such drugs are usually designed to bind, complex, or change the chemical structure of a particular toxin and change to reduce its toxic properties or to make it easier to eliminate from the body.

In the months to come, we will feature articles that will assist us in methods of detoxification, both Natural and Assisted.

CHELATION

What is Chelation?

Chelation is a term derived from the Greek chele, meaning “claw.” A chelation agent is a chemical agent that, like a claw, grabs and chemically bonds with metals or other minerals and toxins. Simply put, chelation is the process in which chemicals bind with minerals. While chelation is a naturally occurring biological process (hemoglobin binds with iron to provide oxygen to tissues), synthesized chelation agents were first developed during World War II as a way to clear toxic metals from the body. Chemists discovered they could create a heterocycling ring of molecules which surround or “sequester” mineral molecules and carry them from the body through normal elimination.

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.

What is EDTA?

EDTA chelation is a therapy by which repeated administrations of a weak synthetic amino acid (EDTA, ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid) gradually reduce atherosclerotic plaque and other mineral deposits throughout the cardiovascular system by literally dissolving them away.

EDTA chelation has frequently been compared to a “Roto-Rooter®”; in the cardiovascular system, because it removes plaque and returns the arterial system to a smooth, healthy, pre-atherosclerotic state. A better metaphor might be “Liquid-Plumber®,” because, where Roto-Rooter violently scrapes deposits off the interior surfaces of your plumbing with a rapidly rotating blade, Liquid-Plumber simply dissolves them away.