Arizona Natural Calcium Disodium EDTA is a pharmaceutical grade chelating agent designed to bind and render inactive certain trace metals. Because EDTA is so effective at removing unwanted metals and other minerals from the blood, it has been the standard treatment for lead, mercury, aluminum and cadmium poisoning for over 50 years!
For decades now, EDTA has been used in a process called chelation therapy, to remove unwanted metals and trace minerals from the circulatory system. Intravenous chelation therapy introduces the EDTA directly into the blood stream to gradually reduce atherosclerotic plaque throughout the cardiovascular system by dissolving it and eliminating it through the urinary tract. Specifically, it removes the calcium and other minerals that promote plaque formation.
When plaque builds up in blood vessels, blood flow is restricted to all the body’s organs, including the heart.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, killing more than 2,600 Americans every day! It is estimated that over 61 million of us have some form of cardiovascular disease, which includes high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and congestive heart failure. Other organs, including the brain, kidney, and lungs can also be effected by plaque build up and atherosclerosis because the flow of oxygen and essential nutrients is restricted.
Arizona Natural EDTA formula is designed to supplement an intravenous chelation therapy or to assist in the removal of toxic and undesirable minerals. Because EDTA can also remove some minerals that are essential to good nutrition, it is recommended that you include a multi vitamin and mineral supplement in your diet.
What is EDTA?
EDTA is a polyamino acid that is used to grab heavy metals in the bloodstream through a process called Chelation Therapy. It has been used for several decades to treat metal poisoning (e.g., lead, mercury, and aluminum among others). EDTA is also used by many doctors in the treatment of atherosclerosis. It is believed that the metal-binding properties of EDTA attach to the heavy metals in the bloodstream, thus extracting them. Once the heavy metals are drawn out, the platelets clogging the blood flow begin to deteriorate.
A 9 year, double blind study with 1,708 patients have shown significant evidence supporting EDTA chelation therapy for patients with coronary disease. The Trial, known as TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy), was funded by the NIH and has "turned up the first substantial evidence in support of chelation therapy for patients with coronary disease" -Larry Huston, Forbes.com medical journalist.
What is Chelation Therapy?
Chelation therapy is the process of extracting heavy metals from the bloodstream, usually intravenously. The word 'chelate' comes from the Latin word chelè which means 'to claw'. EDTA, which effectively speeds removal of heavy metals and minerals such as lead, iron, mercury, and calcium from the blood, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals. Although not yet approved by the FDA to treat coronary artery disease, many highly regarded physicians and therapists practice and recommend EDTA chelation as a way to treat this disorder.
What does Chelation Therapy Treat?
Atherosclerosis/Coronary Artery Disease
The two leading causes of death for men and women over the age of 50 are heart attacks and strokes. Atherosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries," is usually involved in the pathogenesis of these conditions. It has been thought for years that chelation therapy with EDTA would break down the atherosclerotic build-up in the blood vessels by removing the heavy metals within the plaque. It is estimated that more than 800,000 visits for chelation therapy were made in the U.S. in 1997. And the numbers are only rising with the more information that becomes available. Read the related articles below for further information and recent studies on the treatment of atherosclerosis using EDTA chelation therapy.
Heavy Metal Poisoning
This was the first medical practice associated with EDTA and chelation therapy. Since EDTA binds to the heavy metals within your body, it has been used to tread lead and mercury poisoning among other metals. Below is further information on treating heavy metal poisoning with EDTA chelation.
Other Known Uses
Chelation therapy is also known, or claimed to be beneficial in the treatment of angina, gangrene, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, psoriasis, and Alzheimer's disease. Improvement is also claimed for people experiencing diminished sight, hearing, smell, coordination, and sexual potency.
Different Types of Chelation
The most common form of chelation therapy is done intravenously. It is performed and monitored by professionals over a period of time, and is currently the only way to receive intravenous chelation therapy. EDTA can be taken orally and the chelation begins once the compound absorbs into the bloodstream.
In most cases, chelation therapy is done during regular sessions with doctor. The EDTA compound is inserted into your blood stream through an I/V and gets to work right away.
Pros: Higher percentage of EDTA absorbed and used, sessions regulated and handled by physician.
Cons: Much higher cost. Must see doctor for several visits.
Oral chelation is usually taken in pill or capsule form. The EDTA is absorbed into the bloodstream and should be taken for several weeks to see maximum benefits.
Pros: Fraction the cost of I/V chelation, can be taken from home, just as safe as I/V chelation.
Cons: Smaller percentage of EDTA compound is absorbed when taken.