What is chelation?
Chelation therapy is the use of specific oral or intravenous substances to remove heavy metals from the body. We absorb these metals through water, soils, food, air and the metals used in dentistry and pharmaceuticals such as immunizations.
Even what we consider essential for health like iron, copper, manganese, molybdenum and zinc, if taken in abundance, can have detrimental effects. Other metals like lead, mercury, aluminum, plutonium and arsenic require much less exposure to cause harm.
Again, using the favorite example of Clinical Ecologists, we are each born with a constitution; a strong one, a weak one or any of the gradients between. The strength of our constitution is symbolized by the size or capacity of a container or bowl. If we have a ‘big-bowl’ constitution then we can be exposed to a lot of chemicals before our bowl becomes full. When our bowl is full then toxins begin to spill over the edge or lip. This spilling is equated to our symptoms.
The idea then is to stop putting toxins and heavy metals into the bowl and to drain the bowl through cleansing and chelation.
Dr. Haskell has had around 12 years experience with intravenous chelation therapy in his other clinics yet in Utah IV chelation is illegal. Therefore we must use the capsule form of various chelators depending upon which heavy metal needs to be chelated.
In our Institute we go through the same testing of heavy metal toxicity using the oral chelator, DMSA, as a challenge and then having the patient collect urine for 6-8 hours after this ingestion. A sample of this urine collection is shipped to Doctor’s Data Labs in Chicago for analysis.
Once the analysis is in then the appropriate chelator is prescribed for several months with a retest scheduled at the end of that period.
In all these years Dr. Haskell has never had a single problem with a patient undergoing chelation therapy. Certainly there are precautions and important guidelines to follow. These include proper assessment of kidney function, mineral status and proper nutrition and elimination.
The cost of DMSA for the challenge is $48 and for the urine analysis is $110. Shipping and handling may apply. Usually this is not a stand alone lab analysis but is recommended as a result of a consultation and other lab work.