Advocates of chelation have also stated that it offers various benefits including lowering pre-operative preparation due to tissue oxygenation, the lowering of pain caused by arthritis,the improvement of both kidney function and general prostate health in addition to the reversal of arteriosclerosis which is the hardening of the arteries. However the medical community has been divided over the efficacy of the treatment; a Harvard report released in 2013 indicated that based on studies, chelation offers “little to no benefit” for heart disease. In addition, a health-related site goes as far as saying that its effectiveness is simply “unproven and unfounded”. Further, it carries risks such as vomiting, nausea, an inability to create new red blood cells as well as high fever, however proponents of it believe that the benefits of chelation outweigh the negatives.
Chelation – Does it Work?
While it has been an FDA approved therapy since 1991, chelation has yet to become a popular treatment option in the North American health care arena. Overall, alternative medicines like homeopathy have become a virtual go-to method of therapy for those with ailments ranging from eczema to cancer over the last ten years. Many are now gravitating towards employing therapies that involve a more holistic approach to healing with the view that traditional types are harsh on the body and thus exacerbate existing health woes. However much less is known of chelation treatments that could be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. In effect, chelation therapy is utilized for removing toxins such as lead, mercury and arsenic from the human body by rendering them inert; doing so enables them to be expulsed without further intervention. The process itself involves the injection of chelation agents directly into the body in order to lower the amount of heavy chemicals in the patient’s system. Advocates of it argue that the Earth isn’t a natural environment anymore and as such, causes humans to be exposed to high levels of pollution and toxicity in the air, food and water we consume on daily basis. As a result, many believe that humans are at an increased risk of developing certain illnesses and diseases.
Ultimately, while skeptics may point to the lack of empirical evidence indicating that the method works, the fact that humans are being exposed to a plethora of toxic agents on a daily basis can’t be disputed. According to recent reports, babies are born with over 200 chemicals in their bodies which is indicative of the level of harmful toxins that exists in our environment. Despite policies that have been implemented by governmental bodies worldwide in effort to decrease pollution levels caused by both human activity and industry, the environment isn’t as natural as it presumably had been in the past. Subsequently, protecting oneself from the toxins that are pervasive within it in whatever manner one feels is best could be the a wise choice and ultimately the key to good health, longevity and happiness.