Heavy Metals, Natural Chelation
© Copyright Bee Wilder April 2, 2015
What Chelation Means
Chelation comes from the Greek word echelei, meaning "claw." This means that chelating agents literally clasp or claw minerals, and as mineral transporters they are an essential part of the process of absorbing minerals into the blood from the digestive tract.
Natural chelation processes in the body are responsible for such things as the digestion, assimilation, and transport of food nutrients, the formation of enzymes and hormones, and detoxification of toxic chemicals and metals.
The chelating agent actually encircles a mineral or metal ion and carries it from the body via the urine and feces.
Chelation Therapy & Removing Mercury Fillings in the Teeth
It is not advisable to get Chelation Therapy done, since they dump too many toxins into the body at one time, making the person even more sick than they already are. It is better to chelate out heavy metals the longer, slower way, that Nature has provided.
It is also not advisable to have mercury fillings removed until after the person is healthy, when they are more able to withstand the onslaught of toxins.
Natural Chelating Agents
Natural chelating agents include amino acids, obtained from proteins such as meats, fish and eggs. Protein deprivation has been shown to decrease the liver content of several enzymes the body needs to remove toxins. Trans fats also interfere with the detoxification enzyme system, according to research carried out by Dr. Mary Enig. Besides amino acids, other organic acids found in the body or in foods can act as chelating agents, including:
- Acetic acid is a natural substance found in fermented foods and drinks, i.e. sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kvass, apple cider vinegar, etc.
- Citric acid is found in citrus fruits, i.e. lemons and limes.
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in many foods including meats, vegetables and fruits.
- Lactic acid is found in dairy products, i.e. whey, kefir, and yogurt.
- Natural fats, such as butter, lard, unrefined coconut oil, and all natural occurring fats and proteins found in animals, eggs, and seafoods.
Natural fats naturally cleanse the entire body, and help get rid of all heavy metals. Eric Davis points out in his article Health Hazards of Mercury: “That is because neurotoxins are transported throughout the body attached to protein components of lipoproteins, and therefore require cholesterol for their transport and elimination. A rise in cholesterol levels and triglycerides in response to neurotoxins protects by preventing permanent attachment of the neurotoxins to the nerve and brain cells. Symptoms of neurotoxicity are most likely to occur when the cholesterol is lowered suddenly or when the affected patient goes on a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-protein diet.” That is also the reason cholesterol levels increase when a person is detoxifying.
Davis goes on to say: “In a human trial, a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet was compared to a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet. The researchers found greater clearance of toxins with the high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet and diminished clearance when the ratio was reversed. To utilise the protein correctly, the fat on the “lamb” needs to be eaten. The use of additional butter or lard in cooking is of paramount importance. By having adequate fat, bile production is stimulated, absorption of minerals increased and the excretion of mercury facilitated as long as constipation is avoided.” Note: Constipation is avoided by consuming 80% good fat to 20% protein (according to calories).
Davis also writes: “The proteins in the diet must be animal proteins, providing a complete specturm of amino acids. A study of Asian vegetarians with incomplete amino acid intake showed reduced clearing of xenobiotics. Low levels of hydrochloric acid have an adverse impact on the availability of dietary amino acids, even in a higher protein diet, so stimulating the pancreas using lacto-fermented foods is crucial.” The bottom line is that a diet high in “good” fats, protein from animal sources, and low-carbs, plus a few important supplements, are all your body needs to get rid of heavy metals.
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- Health Hazards of Mercury, by Eric Davis, DDS.