Chronic low level heavy metals toxicity is prevalent and more so in this industrial age where pollution to land and sea is a serious health hazard. Examples of heavy metals are Mercury, Arsenic, Aluminum, Cadmium, Nickel, Lead, Cobalt, Beryllium, etc.

Some other metals like Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Chromium are required for normal processes but accumulation of these minerals can also lead to diseases of blood vessel.

The fact is that, so call good metals or essential minerals are extremely high in heart disease patients renders chelation therapy more relevant than expected.

Example of the finding are:

  • Manganese 132 times baseline excretion
  • Zinc 62 times baseline
  • Iron 56 times baseline
  • Cobalt 12 times baseline
  • Calcium 10 times baseline

Reference:  JACC 1999;33(6):1578-1583

On the other hand, they are required minerals yet in certain form they are dangerous and need to be reduced (get an electron) to be useful again. For example chromium III is useful and play a part in insulin production but Chromium V, VI and VIII are dangerous. Well known fact is iron. Iron is required for synthesis of hemoglobin to carry oxygen but iron toxicity is known cause of death in major thalassemia children.

Heavy metal is well known fact as a cause of death in hemodialysis patients due to inability of hemodialysis in removing heavy metal. Unfortunately kidney failure is CONTRA-INDICATED to undergo chelation therapy because clearance by urination cannot take place and may worsen the kidney failure.

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