Holistic Health Tips
The Chelation of Ubiquitous Toxins
By Tom Martin
*The following post is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to advise, diagnose, or treat any medical condition. This information is not meant to replace any medical advice or relationship with a licensed medical professional.*
Chelation is the removal of heavy metals (usually toxic) from our bodies. Since heavy metals usually settle into our tissue, blood tests to not accurately reveal the extent of the poisoning or damage.
If you are interested in getting a good idea of the level of heavy metals in your body, I suggest getting a hair analysis. You can find many companies online that will do this test for a little as $150.
There are two processes in chelation. The first is encouraging your tissue to release the metal and the second is giving your body what it needs to eliminate those metals from your body.
There is a compound called EDTA that is often used by the medical profession for chelation. From everything I have read, I do not recommend this approach. It appears that too much metal is released too quickly from the tissue and the human body becomes overwhelmed with the toxic metals in the blood stream. Chelation should not be a one day process. It should be performed slowly, usually over several months.
The first thing you should consider taking when facing chelation is food-grade diatomaceous earth. The standard dose is 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon per 100 pounds of weight per day, mixed in water. Using this process alone is very slow. To fully rid your body of heavy metals, you will need to continue with this regimen for 6 to 12 months. Ideally, you will want to take this mixture before bedtime. But, I found that it inhibited deep sleep. So, I began taking it in the morning. It is best to drink this mixture on an empty stomach for maximum effectiveness.
You also need to optimize your body's ability to filter out the metal. The largest and most powerful "filter" in your body is your liver. Keeping it clean and able to properly remove toxins is imperative. I recommend taking Milk Thistle capsules (also known as Silymarin). Take 500 to 1,000 mgs of Milk Thistle daily.
Another important filter in our bodies is our digestive system. This can be optimized by daily eating fermented vegetables. It is best to ferment your own vegetables and I have a video on my website (www.OnePercentHealth.com) that shows you how to do this. I also have the recipe in my book Just Do This One Thing: A Guide to Chronic Good Health.
I also suggest taking Chlorella tablets daily. Chlorella is a single-cell algae rich in chlorophyll. The chlorophyll binds to the heavy metals and helps eliminate them from your system. Take 5 to 10 tablets of chlorella daily (you cannot take too much chlorella. In other words, you cannot "overdose.")
Coconut oil should be a part of everyone's health regimen, but is even more important during chelation therapy. Again, the metals bind to the oil and your body eliminates it through fecal waste. Take only raw, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil. You can also find coconut oil in capsules on the internet. You want to take the equivalent of 2 tablespoons per day.
In an effort to encourage the body's tissue to give up the metals, I recommend taking glutathione. Like vitamin B12, glutathione is not easily absorbed in the gut. So, it is best to buy it in the liquid form and take it sublingually (under the tongue). The brand I use is CCL Advanced glutathione spray. Start slowing, spritzing 6 shots under your tongue and working up to 12 shots.
Drinking Kombucha daily also helps keep your liver clean and provides good bacteria for your gut. In stores, it is quite expensive, but fairly easy to make at home. Drink 12 to 16 ounces daily.
Again, detoxing your body of heavy metals is a marathon, not a sprint. But it is worth the time and effort.
If you plan to have mercury fillings removed, please find a dentist in your area who is specially trained to remove them safely. You can find a doctor by using the website www.iaomt.com . I also strongly recommend reading the e-book The 5-day Dental Detox which is available on the RadicalMedicine.com website.