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Chelation with EDTA - Good for Your Heart
Dr. Axe (Edited by Dr. Michael W. Roth)

Heavy metals are very common. They are found in amalgam tooth fillings and in childhood vaccines, as well as flu and COVID vaccines. Farm-raised fish, foods that are from China and other countries that are not certified organic contain heavy metals. If you have had any radiation or chemotherapy treatments, you most likely have toxicity from heavy metals. There’s simply no escape from them and have even been found in the north and south poles!

Heavy metals are even raining down on us from the sky via specially equipped jets that are spewing out tons of these toxic elements (see the documentary Franken Skies).

What can one do? A vital step in combatting these heavy metal effects is with chelation therapy and a very effective method involves a mild synthetic amino acid called EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), which is administered into the bloodstream of the body using various methods. Once bound to toxins in the body, EDTA helps detox the body of heavy metals by removing them before imbalances and illnesses continue to do damage to the body. These effects are cumulative and continue to increase damage to health over time.

Chelation therapy was first developed and used in the 1950s for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning. Chelation therapy using EDTA is now performed to remove common heavy metals, including lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum and calcium. Studies show that chelation therapy has potential for reducing the risk of heightened inflammation, heart disease, infections and more.

A National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 111,000 adults 18 years or older had used chelation therapy as a form of complementary medicine between the years 2006–2007. (1) Since the popularity of chelation therapy has grown since this time and more health care professionals are being trained in this practice, it’s safe to say that this number is steadily rising.

How Chelation Therapy Works

Many people who have used chelation therapy regularly feel that it helps them remain more energetic and immune to common illnesses, environmental toxins and stress. Studies show that chelation is scientifically proven to rid the body of excess or toxic metals, especially certain kinds like lead or mercury that can lead to poisoning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of chelation therapy with EDTA for treating lead poisoning and continues to investigate its potential and safety as a new drug for reducing coronary heart disease symptoms. (1)

EDTA chelation therapy works by binding salts to molecules in the blood. After EDTA attaches to heavy metals, together they both move to the kidneys where their elimination from the body occurs through urine.

It’s possible that EDTA can help detoxify the body of toxic elements that contribute to many types of chronic diseases. Chelating agents have specific bonds that form between organic molecules and metals. This gives them the ability to “bind” to metals that build up in the blood, major organs and blood vessels.

One of the biggest chelation therapy benefits is its ability to help control levels of various environmental metals in the body. Metals, including lead, mercury, aluminum and arsenic, can cause short- and long-term health consequences since they impact functions of the central nervous, cardiovascular, immune and skeletal systems. When the body is out of homeostasis due to experiencing imbalances in minerals, malfunction and damage to vital organs can develop.

Some of the most symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:


5 Benefits of Chelation Therapy

1. Improve Heart Health


Although ongoing research is still underway, some alternative health care providers use chelation therapy to help treat coronary heart diseases, including atherosclerosis (thickening and hardening of the arteries that can potentially lead to a heart attack or stroke).

Why do some provides use chelation therapy for heart disease? EDTA binds with calcium within the arteries, helping to reduce plaque build-up and deposits that can cut off blood flow. (2) Once bound to calcium, EDTA can help carry the molecules out of arteries so circulation improves. In a similar way, EDTA might help control high inflammation and cholesterol levels, which also pose a risk for heart disease. In the future, we might see chelation therapy used a less risky and more affordable alternative to heart surgery and complicated mediations that have many side effects.


2. Acts Like an Antioxidant


EDTA acts similarly to antioxidants by reducing inflammation, fighting free radical damage and removing metals that cause the foundation of chronic disease development. It’s been suggested that EDTA binds to not only calcium within arteries, but also other metals stored within bones, muscles and bodily tissues that can lead to increased inflammation or pain.

The use of certain chelating agents has been shown to successfully lower the presence of plutonium radiation toxicity within the body, which is tied to increased cancer risk. (3) Uranium and radionuclide are two types of chemicals that can cause toxicity, leukemia and osteosarcoma when someone experiences long-term radiation exposure, but chelating agents, including EDTA, are able to help remove these before serious illnesses can form.

3. Lowers Pain and Swelling


Since chelation therapy targets inflammation, the root of most diseases, including arthritis and many autoimmune disorders, many people report less pain from inflamed muscles, joints and bones when using EDTA.

Chelation therapy with EDTA might work by helping to reduce the effects of oxygen ions (also called oxidative stress) that can damage blood vessels and tissue. When inflammation causes the walls of vessels to become clogged, circulation decreases, and pain grows. Chelation therapy may offer an alternative to ongoing medication treatments for chronic pain.

4. Can Help Fight Cognitive Disorders


There’s evidence that chelation therapy can successfully treat cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. While the exact mechanisms in which EDTA helps resolve these problems isn’t yet clear, there seems to be a tie between heavy metal poisoning (or toxicity), including high levels of lead or mercury in the blood, and medical disorders that affect the brain, memory and learning.

Research also shows that increased accumulation in the brain of copper, iron and zinc might be associated with a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Long-term heavy metal exposure can lead to physical, muscular and neurological degenerative changes in the brain that set the stage for not only Alzheimer’s disease, but also dementia, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. (4)

5. Helps Lower Risk for Learning Disabilities


Sadly, rates of learning disabilities, ADHD symptoms and autism spectrum disorders have been on the rise in recent years, yet how exactly these conditions should be treated or prevented remains controversial in the medical community. Many practitioners are now looking to alternative treatment methods to control symptoms of cognitive disorders, including some like chelation therapy that target heavy metal poisoning.

While not technically authorized to be used for treating such conditions, “off-label use” of chelation therapy might be beneficial for cognitive health due to its ability to lower circulating or stored toxic metals that interfere with brain function. (5) Going forward, we should expect to see new proven strategies using chelating agents that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and bringing back homeostasis of minerals levels.

Side Effects of Chelation Therapy


What are the side effects of chelation therapy? They are rare or almost non-existent depending on the dosage and method of delivery. The safest, gentlest and least side-effect method is with an absorbable, transdermal cream that contains natural carrier oils.

It’s very important for EDTA to be infused properly and slowly, since high levels can cause electrolyte imbalances. It’s also possible that while it removes harmful heavy metals, EDTA can potentially also bind to needed vitamins and minerals and remove them from the body, which poses the risk for deficiencies. To make up for this, many practitioners give patients extra doses of vitamins/minerals following chelation therapy so they avoid becoming deficient.

It’s wise that children, pregnant women, and anyone who has a history of heart disease or kidney problems should be cautious and consult with a doctor before starting any chelation therapy. (7)

Final Thoughts

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of chelation therapy with EDTA and has issued studies as a method for reducing coronary heart disease symptoms.

  • Side effects are rare, and usually very mild and transient.


Dr. Michael Roth is a retired doctor of chiropractic with extensive knowledge and experience in nutrition and health. After running a successful chiropractic office for nearly 15 years, Dr. Roth branched out into peripheral realms of health study to enable him to offer his clients a more complete and overall knowledge base of wellness. With a goal to glorify the Lord, he is dedicated to provide for and educate the public regarding the gaining and maintaining of dynamic health and effective body cleansing. Dr. Roth also developed a unique topical EDTA cream for the safe, gentle and effective removal of toxic chemicals, graphene oxide, heavy metals and more from the body. 

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