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The history of chelating agents starts with World War I, when they were introduced into medicine to combat poison gas. The first-ever widely used chelating agent was a compound known as dimercaprol, which was used to fight the heavy metal toxicity of arsenic, which was part of the gaseous chemical weapon known as lewisite.
Chelation therapy evolved past World War I. For instance, in World War II, it was used for people suffering from lead poisoning, which was common in navy personnel due to their jobs using lead paints to repaint the hulls of ships. Since World War I and World War II, chelation therapy has continued to evolve, but its use for anything other than treating heavy metal poisoning remains very controversial.
There are a number of alternative medicine practitioners that believe in certain methods of heavy metal detoxification, though many of these ideas are not supported by conventional medicine or basic science. Some of these ideas include detoxifying the body of heavy metals through changes in one’s diet, and chelation therapy is also often discussed.
While chelation therapy is, on occasion, used by conventional medicine practitioners to remove toxic heavy metals from the body, a heavy metal detox is usually handled through different types of techniques. One of those techniques is through dialysis, which is a general way of removing harmful abnormalities from the blood.
Though the FDA has not approved the usage of chelation therapy for anything other than the removal of heavy metals from the body, it is a therapy that has proved particularly useful when it comes to that specific purpose. The way chelation therapy works is by using certain chelating agents, each with a different affinity for different heavy metal poisonings.
For instance, penicillamine is used for chelation therapy typically regarding copper toxicity, whereas ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid is used primarily for lead poisoning. There are a number of different chelating agents, each with their own purposes. They are typically prescribed by a doctor or used by Poison Centers to remove toxic heavy metals.
I’ve been doing some research about possible treatments for autism. There is no known cure but there are plenty of treatments out there that may help with some of the challenges the disease presents. Some of these treatments may be more harmful to the patient though. More research needs to be done in order for these potentially dangerous treatments to be accepted.
Chelation Therapy is an unproven form of therapy that is thought to help treat autism. It was originally used in World War II as a treatment for people exposed to dangerous gasses that contained mercury and other harmful materials. Since it is believed that mercury exposure is a cause for autism, chelation therapy would be a solution because it can remove mercury from the body. It is unproven if mercury is even a cause of autism so exposing an autistic patient to chelation therapy may cause harmful liver and kidney damage.
Chelation therapy has recently been in the news in regards to health of the heart. Though it is still quite controversial, there has been some evidence that chelation therapy may work quite well as an alternative treatment to heart disease. The evidence has been derived from a study that was done recently involving patients who had previously had heart attacks.
Some of the patients in the study were given placebos and others were given chelation therapy. According to the initial long-term reports, the therapy reduced risk of heart attacks, stokes, cardiovascular problems, and deaths related to these factors by 18%, which is certainly statistically significant.
The one and only use of chelation therapy is in regards to the removal of harmful heavy metals from a person’s body. Chelating agents were first introduced during World War I in order to combat poison gas. It was also used quite commonly in World War II in order to fight against the lead poisoning that many members of the Navy began to suffer from when painting their ships.
Chelation therapy has also been used to fight against mercury poisoning and iron toxicity. The FDA has approved chelation therapy specifically for confirmed cases of heavy metal poisoning. The heavy metals that chelation therapy can work against include mercury, arsenic, lead, plutonium, uranium, and a number of other toxic metals.
Chelation therapy is when chelating agents (organic compounds created by the bonding of a polydentate ligand and a single central atom) are used to detoxify the body. The therapy has proven effective for heavy metal detoxification, to remove the symptoms of poisoning from heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic.
Chelation agents were initially developed as an antidote to arsenic-based poison gas that was commonly used in World War I. Since then, it’s been approved for usage with toxic metal poisoning and has gone on to save a number of lives, with certain chelating agents being particularly useful for specific metals.
I recently learned about a rare disease known as Young’s syndrome, which was named after Donald Young, the urologist who first observed signs of the disease in 1972. One of the most prominent symptoms of Young’s syndrome is significantly reduced fertility in men, also known as azoospermia. Other symptoms include bronchiectasis, which is an obstructive lung disease not unlike bronchitis or emphysema, and rhinosinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses.
The most alarming part of Young’s syndrome is that it is commonly not properly diagnosed until later on in a man’s life, even though its causes have directly been linked to events that occur in childhood. It seems that the cause of Young’s syndrome is related to early childhood mercury poisoning. This is simply more evidence that there are many different types of diseases and syndromes that can ultimately be linked back to mercury poisoning.
Old plumbing can be a source for lead contamination. Even if you change out all the fixtures and pipes in your home, the outside pipes that bring water in may date back to the 1930s when lead was used in making pipes. If you suspect that there are lead pipes leading into your home you can speak with your local water authority.
The Washington D.C. area had a scare a few years back with lead poisoning from water pipes. Until the testing could be completed and the pipes replaced, the water was turned off in many public buildings, including schools. Some concerned parents had their children tested and considered chelation therapy.
Is chelation therapy right for your autistic child? That is a question that is best answered by a physician; however, many parents have noticed a change in their child’s behavior once the heavy metal toxins have been purged from their system. PCA-Rx is one such chelation medication that has been used safely and effectively with children.
As stated previously, make sure to consult with your child’s pediatrician. Chelating agents can be dangerous if used improperly. For instance, disodium EDTA in place of calcium EDTA can cause fatalities related to hypocalcaemia.