Removing Heavy Metals from the Body Is “Dangerous”?

April 24, 2012
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Not only are doctors being advised to reject chelation therapy—they’re being asked to report on their colleagues who practice it.

The American College of Medical Toxicology held a conference at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this past February about the “use and misuse” of chelation therapy—a misleading title suggesting some semblance of scientific objectivity, which was nowhere in evidence. The conference was more like a Salem witch hunt in which chelators played the role of the accused witches and warlocks.

Why is chelation so threatening to mainstream medicine? There is no disputing that heavy metals are extremely toxic. The human body is engineered to remove small amounts daily, but not the large amounts we often pick up from modern sources. One of those sources has of course been vaccines, which have used mercury as a preservative (it is still used in the US flu shot). Another source has been dental “silver” amalgam, which also contains mercury. This may be part of the reason for the hostility to chelation.

How does the therapy work? One method involves injecting into the patient’s bloodstream organic chemicals, which can bind and remove the heavy metals in the bloodstream (metals which are toxic to humans and interfere with various physiological functions). There are also oral or suppository supplements for chelation, and some foods are natural chelators (e.g., cilantro and chlorella).

Chelation therapy has been used by many physicians and administered to thousands of patients since 1952. An informal survey of our readers revealed that body detoxification—whether through chelation, or through sauna or special dietary methods—is among their top ten most popular integrative therapies. The National Institutes of Health is currently studying EDTA chelation for cardiovascular disease in the TACT trial. (EDTA is used for lead and other heavy metals but not for Mercury. Other chelators are used for that.) Many people have doubted whether a US government agency could be expected to produce a fair evaluation. The jury is still out on that.

Doctors attending the conference received continuing education credits for attending and hearing all the chelation-bashing. Various topics seemed designed to highlight the dangers of chelation—while attempting to dismiss the benefits.

A look at the PowerPoint slides (available as PDFs downloadable from the conference’s website) reveal the following:

  • No hard data was presented on the supposed public health dangers of chelation—only three anecdotal case studies. Hardly a “scientific” analysis.
  • The speakers were biased—they made no attempt to represent or provide information from doctors who actually administer chelation therapy to their patients.
  • Their main basis for dismissing chelation therapy is the way lab results are interpreted. This detail, however, does not address any of the effects of the therapy itself.
  • The conference targets two “advocacy sites” for spreading “misinformation”: the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), and the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M)—both of which are respected organizations that represent integrative doctors. ACAM offers training and certification in chelation therapy.

Equally revealing is who else was represented at the conference, either as attendees or as panelists: the FDA and the Federation of State Medical Boards!

In the FDA’s session (“Unapproved Chelation Products Available Over the Internet”), the agency tried to conflate unapproved chelation products with the supposed dangers of dietary supplements. But “unapproved” chelation products are already illegal, and FDA is already empowered to enforce against them. Moreover, these products have nothing to do with the regulatory status of dietary supplements.

The FDA has the power to regulate interstate commerce of drugs and devices, and has used that power to clamp down on the sale of chelation products. In 2008 the agency released a Public Health Advisory on EDTA—simply because inattentive hospital personnel mixed up the medications being administered! In 2010, the FDA ordered eight companies to stop marketing over-the-counter chelation products. Our sources told us FDA was aware that many integrative doctors were doing heart-related chelation, and hoped that by blocking one particular form of EDTA, these doctors might be put out of business.

The presence of the Federation of State Medical Boards (a private organization largely controlled by the AMA) is especially troubling, as they could take this misinformation, adopt anti-chelation policies in each state, and target doctors who practice chelation therapy. In Kentucky, for example, doctors cannot discuss chelation therapy with their patients lest they face revocation of their license. Indeed, almost all Kentucky physicians who use alternative therapies have been either forced out of state or forced to desist from using alternative therapies, especially chelation therapy, because it “departs from prevailing practice in the State of Kentucky.” This is all too common, to one degree or another, in most states.

As the central federal agency for providing information on disease and public health issues, the CDC (which led a session as well as hosting the event) is in a key position to spread bias and misinformation on chelation.

We were also told that “Quackbuster” Stephen Barrett was a key participant. The Quackbusters are a group of self-proclaimed skeptics of any medical or health modality that avoids drugs, surgery, or radiation; they attack almost all nonconventional healthcare practices as quackery—regardless of the scientific research to the contrary. Two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling is on their quack hit list, along with many well-known and respected doctors and scientists, including Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, and dozens of others. The Quackbusters run over seventy websites, so millions of people are exposed to their propaganda.

Unfortunately, integrative physicians who practice chelation therapy fear being vocal about it lest they be targeted by their state medical boards. Let us be clear: chelation is in no way a “public health danger.” If you want a real public health danger, you need look no further than many parts of conventional medicine. Gary Null points out that mainstream medicine kills nearly 800,000 people every year through physician mistakes, hospital-related illnesses, and reactions to FDA-approved medications. That’s the equivalent of six jumbo jets falling out of the sky each day, and more than the number of American casualties in the Civil War and World War I combined.

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149 Responses to “Removing Heavy Metals from the Body Is “Dangerous”?”

  1. Patrice says:

    I came across an article about cinnabar containing mercury. I’ve had a cinnabar stone, in dolomite, on my shelf for a long time. It gets a bit of sunlight and I am worried about mercury vapors in my home. I’ve since put the stone in a glass jar with a lid & wiped the shelf. Should I do anything else? I am I just being paranoid. How hot does the stone have to get to release mercury vapor? Please email me at [email protected]


  2. Dariusz says:

    . “Why is chelation so threatening to mainstream medicine? There is no disputing that heavy metals are extremely toxic. The human body is engineered to remove small amounts daily, but not the large amounts we often pick up from modern sources.” how incompetent you are? do you have even basic knowledge? how many heavy metals we inject and how many detox? checks studies and dont embarrass yourself. This is good example how people like you spread misinformation either from incompetence or to sell they products or people buy membership…


  3. SarahB says:

    This is outrageous! Just across the border in Canada, you have medical doctors using chelation as a first line of treatment for people with atherosclerosis. This is the accepted protocol of treatment! Long before by-pass surgery would be considered. But I suppose our medical profession does not consider Canadian doctors to be real doctors? I would suspect that if this is the first line of treatment for this condition, there would be TONS of evidence about how well it works.


  4. Nancy Hicks says:

    I am with a new natural Product company called Qivana that started three years ago. It is well worth your time to do the research on these products. I have a grandson who is autistic and I have used our product called ‘Detox’ which is made from ‘modified citrus pectin, Certified Oraganic Kelp, and Modified Alginate Complex. It does the same thing the chelation does only it removes the toxins from the body naturally, but does not strip the body of it’s minerals. There has been extensive research on this. It has also proven that modified citrus pectin will stop prostate cancer from metastisizing. (I have a relative whose PSA level went way down after taking this). Also, cancer can be prevented by keeping your pH level in an alkaline state. Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg, Nobel prize winner for his research, proved that cancer can not survive in an alkaline environment. You can contact me at [email protected] if you would like some more info.


  5. This is my introduction to this feature and I appreciate the oppotunity of seeing what others think.
    Thank you. I have been critical of Big Pharmacy for many years and it is refreshinging to see that others feel as I do.

    William D. Steigers.


  6. Hallie says:

    An excellent article and I also enjoyed reading the comments. We need this open forum and educating the public is crucial. Thank you for your newsletter.


  7. CharlaStar says:

    Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, a German MD In Seattle teaches the medical profession how to safely use various natural and chemical means to release heavy metals. Extensive information from him can be found here.


  8. Arlene says:

    I will fully admit that I don’t really know anything about chelation therapy. But I do know what it is like bucking the established medical practics for certain medical problems. I was told I had breast cancer in late August of 2010. I flat told my doctor that I needed time to decide what “I wanted to do”. I took nearly 5 weeks to decide how I wanted to proceed. In the mean time I checked multiple sites on the internet for cancer therepies which included Surgery, Chemo, Radiation and Daily meds. I opted for a Lumpectomy, Radiation and Daily meds. I ended up with TWO surgeries actually. The first surgery was the Lumpectomy and a couple Lymph Nodes were removed. The Lymph Nodes were canerous so they had to go back in a month later and removed the other Nodes on that side. The only ones that were cancerous were the Nodes taken out originally. A couple months later I started Radiation. My Oncologist had a FIT that I refused Chemo. But I flat told him that I would rather die from the cancer than the cure. Yes! Chemo can and does kill people every day. Think of Chemo as eating several poisons to rid your body of another poison. Chemo ravages your organs and leaves you worse off than you were before, most of the time, just to kill the cancer. The problem is that Chemo also kills other cells in your body that are NOT CANCEROUS. And heaven help you if you get an infection while on Chemo. They CANNOT guarantee that the meds they give you to kill the infection will work. In fact, infections while on Chemo are what kill most cancer victims. And this is CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE at their “BEST”. I will take the cancer over the cure when it comes to Chemo. I have already decided that I will still NOT DO CHEMO if my cancer comes back. I AM 62 and have lived a full life and will soon be celebrating our 39th anniversary with my husband. I have TWO children and THREE grandkids. If I die tomorrow I will die happy because I know that I have contributed in a good way to our planet.


    • bonnieJi says:

      Great website regarding alternative unconventional therapies…



    • Hope says:

      My best friend died from heart failure due to chemo with methotrexate. She had found a lump in her breast and went to an oncologist at a major NYC hospital. They did a mammogram and told her it was negative. She said she wanted it out anyway. They ridiculed her, but agreed to do a needle biopsy, which also came back negative. She still insisted that the lump be removed. They finally agreed to remove it, and while on the operating table they biopsied the lump tissue and found it to be malignant. When the surgery was over, they admitted that, yes, she did have breast cancer, but that they had gotten it all out. Later, when the lymph node results came back, it turned out that she was in stage 4. She went through every chemo they could come up with, pretty much by trial and error (it was the 1990s), and she finally died of heart failure, with her lungs full of liquid. But she almost made it to the five year ‘cure’ milestone. At one point she tried to switch from her large NYC hospital to Sloan Kettering, but they wouldn’t take her because her prognosis was so bad, she would have skewed their claims of being ‘the best cancer care anywhere’. As for mercury detox, the Life Extension Foundation has a protocol that is short of chelation. It involves supplements and one pharmaceutical drug. I recommended it to another friend whose mercury level was so high that the public health dept. sent investigators to her Larchmont, NY mansion to track down the cause. The most likely cause was the fact that she had been eating a small can of tuna fish for lunch five days a week for many years. The LEF protocol brought her mercury level down very quickly.


    • dez says:

      I did a search and got some interesting startling results
      Cancer oxygen


    • Michelle says:

      Chelation therapy is essential and can be in the form of IV or prescription pills made at compounding pharmacies, depending on the severity of the levels of metal toxicity. It is essential therapy to undo the damage from either mercury fillings, vaccines, food intake or most likely a combination. I am using chelation under my holistic MD, along with my husband and one daughter who has suffered significant damage from vaccines. I had one mercury filling as a child, only recently removed by a biological/holistic trained dentist, along with too many flu vaccines, which I recently stopped. NO more vaccines for my family and none for my future grandchildren! Not only does western medicine want to continue damaging our health, but they want to remove any possibility of our healing from their damage. The travesty in it all is enormous. Thanks to Alliance for their excellent work is revealing the enormous corruption in the system and for fighting for its end.


  9. In an article in JAMA 2003 a study cited a relationship between blood lead levels and hypertension. Physicians know blood lead levels are not the whole story, the body removes lead found in the blood stream quickly to avoid poisoning and it is stored throughout the body in soft tissues like arteries and bone; blood lead levels indicate recent exposure. The article stated the presence of lead in the bloodstream drove up blood pressure. This article addressed the accumulation over time of lead in the body and not acute exposures.

    In the journal “Neuro Toxicology” an article stated that mercury is a potent cause of autoimmune disease. In the publication “Neuro Endocrinology Letters” people with autoimmune thyroiditis may have mercury as a cause of the condition. The toxic effects of mercury are numerous and frightening.

    So let me ask this…what are the miseducated physicians who earned CME hours listening to these lies going to do when they develop high blood pressure, heart disease and effects from their mercury exposures due to the flu vaccines they are required to take?? They are baring themselves from the care of a trained physician utilizing chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is an approved treatment for metal toxicity and has proved itself clinically in use for over 60 years.
    Heart disease and related circulatory problems are big business and if you develope an inexpensive treatment plan that resolves the cause of these diseases you rob the medical establishment of its millions. That is why safe, effective new ideas are attacked. It is the $$$$.


    • Lou says:

      You did the right thing to refuse “chemo”.

      “Chemotherapy is an incredibly lucrative business for doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies… The medical establishment wants everyone to follow the same exact protocol. They don’t want to see the chemotherapy industry go under, and that’s the number one obstacle to any progress in oncology.” Doctor Warner, M.D. The Cancer Business

      “A 1994 major study of Levamisole written up in the British Journal of Cancer showed almost double the survival rate using a placebo instead of Levamisole! The utter mystification over why this poison continues to be used as a standard component of chemo cocktails can be cleared up by considering one simple fact: when Levamisole was still a sheep de-wormer, it cost $1 per year. When the same amount was suddenly upgraded to a cancer drug given to humans, now it costs $1200 per year. Thank you, Johnson & Johnson. (Los Angeles Times 11 Sep 93.)” Tim O’Shea “TO THE CANCER PATIENT” Chemotherapy

      “To the cancer establishment, a cancer patient is a profit center. The actual clinical and scientific evidence does not support the claims of the cancer industry. Conventional cancer treatments are in place as the law of the land because they pay, not heal, the best. Decades of the politics-of-cancer-as-usual have kept you from knowing this, and will continue to do so unless you wake up to this reality.” John Diamond, MD & Lee Cowden MD

      “64 out of 79 oncologists confidentially polled stated they would not take chemo or radiation if they contracted most types of cancer.”

      “75% of the average oncologists take home pay is profit from the chemo drugs he gives his patients. Cancer therapies are built on myth, and lies.” Doctor William Douglass MD, Note cancer doctors are the ONLY doctors who are allowed to profit from the toxic meds they sell their patients on. Strange no? Gee doc do I need 5 courses or more of the toxins? Well Sir lets see how my boat payments come out. Cancer therapies are built on myth, lies and PROFITS.

      But if more cancer patients knew this “chemo” using poisons would be finished FOREVER.

      “An investigation by the Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Australia, into the contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year survival in 22 major adult malignancies, showed startling results: The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3%…


  10. BobbyBaxter HCVeteran&MarihuanaFelon says:

    english common law


  11. Mary says:

    I have had I.V. chelation from an M.D. and an attending R.N. The Dr. was in the office but not in the room , he was available on call. I had several treatments over several weeks and everything went well. I had a friend who had I. V. chelation with an alternative practitioner and unfortunately, a large piece of the plaque that was being removed, broke off and lodged in his heart and he had to have bypass surgery. An R.N. told me that there is always a risk of this complication whenever this procedure is performed.


  12. JEANE GARRETT says:

    There is 1 thing about using food grade Hydrogen Peroxide – it causes a lot of bloating. Can anything be done to lessen that side-effect? I’m going to do more research about chelation therapy to see if it can help my frequent migraines which I have meds to take & they don’t always relieve the pain. I just have to ‘ride it out’ for 1-4 days at a time.

    You have provided very interesting info. Thanks.


  13. A Olmstead says:

    If it weren’t for chelation therapy, my son would be in the throes of full-blown autism. Like most parents and not knowing any better, he was vaccinated through the age of 4. Unfortunately, he also had 4 silver amalgam fillings at this time (why do dentists push for fillings on baby teeth?). The metal overload completely changed him overnight. We stopped vaccinating, prayed for the fillings to fall out and when the last one finally did (at the age of 6), we started chelation therapy through the use oral supplements. It’s a long road (chelation can be hard on little bodies if you do it too quickly), but he is doing much better now. If we hadn’t been able to detox him this way, I have no idea the kind of life he would be having now. The conventional medical establishment won’t be happy unless we are all sick and indebted to them and their inflated cost for treatment. It’s no wonder that they shoot down anything that holds the possiblity of healing. I thought the oath was to “First do no harm”? We all wouldn’t be in this mess now if conventional medicine lived the oath they are sworn to uphold.


    • Bruce Stewart says:

      Funny how they call them “silver” when the main ingredient is mercury. Let’s just call them what they are “mercury fillings”. Toxic and regulated in the Dentist’s office but safe when in your mouth.

      I’ve wondered for years why my grades went down and I couldn’t pay attention anymore during the sixth grade and the best I can remember it is when I got two mercury fillings.


  14. coalmine canary says:

    “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves”.

    That’s what happens when the goverment gets in there with its “protections” that really end up being anything but that.

    When the government cloaks itself in the word “protection”, some of the time this may be true, but much of the time you can also be watchful of their real intentions ot censor and control.

    It’s time to replace 85% of our Congress and our FDA with new and good people.


  15. Dan Golay says:

    Good article. You say, “Why is chelation so threatening to mainstream medicine? .. . One of those sources [of..heavy metals] has of course been vaccines” The CDC – sponsors of this witch hunt, are deathly afraid the public will associate mercury and aluminum in vaccines to autism and the last thing they want is for autistic kids to be cured by chelation – proving the connection.

    Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock featured on Youtube and Natural News exposes suppressed CDC research linking vaccines to autism and schizophenia. He further explains that CDC heads sacrifice the public in order to take lucrative Merck and Phizer retirement jobs as a delayed bribe payoff.

    I’ve been taking 2 tsp of zeolite daily and I feel it’s been improving my circulation, seratonin and energy. I found that I had to take food grade Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) for a month in order to open up the circulation in the back of my neck to alleviate detox headaches that typically occur when one initially takes a chelator. Detox headaches can be pounders – so take the HP first and open up those neck arteries or your head will be pounding. I’m up to 4 tsp of zeolite and 80 drops of 36% HP daily. I understand Diatominous Earth is similar to zeolite as a chelator and I’ve ordered 2 lbs of that also.

    I believe there is strong evidence that toxic metals disable and close off cells causing a metabolically dormant condition that attracts fungus – sensing dead tissue. I believe this process is the basis of virtually all degenerative diseases. That’s why bug killers like HP, Vit C, garlic and others are only partially effective because they don’t remove the cause of the congestion which is toxic metals. Unfortunately you need to remove the emeshing fungus and waste that holds in the metals at the same time that you apply the zeolite to bind away the metal. It has to be a two part process for effective removal and that includes cleansing the gut as well as the arteries and tissues. This theory seems to explain much of my experience. Metal removal is key and HP helps you take it without pounding detox headaches.
    Good Luck Ya’ll
    Someday our pursuits in natural health will pay off in disease reversal and rejuvenation and we will be able to show the obvious effectiveness of natural medicine and cleansing to the world. As Will Rogers said, “Words seldom convince – only observation”. You guys are great..


    • Hallie says:

      Dan, it is refreshing to witness your level of motivation to look outside the confines of the fascist medical establishment. I, too, have used Zeolite and taken various minerals,orally, like Selenium, to naturally chelate mercury out of various organs and bone. Hydrogen Peroxide too, is a cleanser and oxygenates! No fungus, virus or bacteria can stand O2.

      Additionally, I had all 12 mercury amalgams removed over 17 years ago. Certain related health issues persisted, however because It is not easy to remove the lingering mercury in the tissues., as you’ve stated the pathways of elimination MUST be open and often the GI tract, small and large intestine often function less well, because of this heavy metal… leading to dysbiosis and fungal infections: a vicious cycle. I recommend using plain Psyillium powder as a mechanical, soft fiber, cleanser for the bowels, over a period of time to remove the impacted feces that often slow peristalsis. It works, and better than Metamucal which is a Psyillium product but is full of sugar and dyes.

      Finally, the right to treat as doctors deem necessary, including chelation therapy, offers more benefits for the patients: allowing the doctor to be true to the oath they swore by. A local cardiologist wrote an article locally, stating that the chelation therapy helped so many of his patients who were slated for open-heart surgery, to reverse the cardiac issues and surgeries were cancelled. He even presented the before and after thermography which proved the blocks in the cardiac arteries were gone.

      I look forward to the day when every day citizens stand up to the FDA and the AMA and the medical greed, to take back full responsibility for their health, individually and as a country!


  16. Drema says:

    Cadmium from tobacco causes lung cancr. So if u get rid of it maybe cancr won’t come back! I no alot of people thats benefited from chelation.


  17. Please unsubscribe. Can’t waste time trying to help people when you delete my entries. No free speech, your blog is lame…Sincerely


    • Alexander Smart says:


      Why don’t you contact the website. Everyone wants to know what you have to say.

      Conact info may be found under the “About Us” button.



  18. Andrea says:

    One thing is for certain: If the remedy works, greedy competitors will fight it…….. If it didn’t work it would simply have gone away without gov’t suppression. The fact that supposed humanitarian healthcare providers don’t question this propaganda is distressing enough but to see taxpayers funding it is nauseating (CDC sucks). Chelation is safer than aspirin.


  19. Alexander Smart says:

    An Apology

    I owe the author of the lead article. When I saw the main title, I immediately jumped to the conclusion that… here we go again, another attempt to frighten everyone away from Chelation!
    I was mistaken and I apologize to ANH-USA.


  20. Charlotte Stubbs says:

    I wonder how many veterans could have improved health from this treatment? There needs to be unbiased trials on this treatment. I think that as long as people know the risks of ANY treatment they should be allowed to use it. After all we are adults and should be able to make our own choices. The governments role should be one of education (giving us all the pros and cons of anything) not censorship/protection.


    • Mitchell Loebel says:

      My thought EXACTLY Charlotte. I am currently in China on business and I can tell you that all my colleagues here hate the Chinese government because “they control everything”. We Americans must not allow our government to do that!!


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