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The Unpolluting Of Man
by Garry Gordon, M.D., D.O., M.D.(H.)

Oral chelation therapy with safe, non-toxic EDTA is the natural medicine at the right time—in the era of the detoxifying millennium.

No matter what you are doing to protect your cardiovascular and circulatory health or to protect yourself against environmental toxins, use of oral chelators can add a great deal of protection. Oral chelation offers numerous proven health benefits without side effects and is good medicine for this, the detoxifying millennium.

Oral chelation works by helping the body rid the arteries of disease-causing calcium deposits (that lead to hardening of the arteries); providing powerful detoxification support for heavy metals such as lead; and providing antioxidant protection against free radicals, reducing cross-linkages that cause tissues, such as our skin and arteries, to age.

Unquestionably, Garry F. Gordon, M.D., D.O., M.D.(H.), is considered to be the "father" of modern chelation. What follows are some cutting-edge health insights on oral chelation, which are derived from Dr. Gordon's own research, literature reviews, and clinical practice results.


There are a variety of substances that act as oral chelating agents. However, the amino acid ethyl-enediamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA) is considered to be one of the most powerful and noninvasive safe methods for supporting healthy circulation. EDTA is a proven chelating agent that draws out toxic minerals from the arteries and therefore makes them more flexible. "From my own experience as a medical doctor, I know…people left for dead by their cardiologists are alive today, thanks to chelation therapy," says Dr. Gordon.

EDTA is a common man-made amino acid that cannot be obtained naturally from foods. Currently used extensively as a food additive, EDTA has also been used for decades to prevent banked or drawn blood from clotting and in medicine for heavy metal detoxification.

Most recently, Dr. Gordon has shown that oral chelation is an important, safe method of health care self-management and detoxification. "Oral chelation is a well-documented, firmly established medical practice," he says. In his patients who use oral chelation formulas, Dr. Gordon has consistently observed a reduction of serum cholesterol by an average of 20 percent or more, which he feels significantly decreases the likelihood of atherosclerosis.

"The thousands of patients who visit my clinic each year and follow our recommended oral chelation program have all successfully avoided strokes, and heart attack rates were also greatly diminished," he says. "I firmly believe that an oral chelation program can do more for your overall longevity than you can do even with the most prudent lifestyle possible because of the continuous nutritional protection chelation offers against a stressful and polluted world."


What consumers and health professionals might find more interesting, however, is EDTA's lead removal potential. Adults and children alike are building up incredibly high lead levels when compared to ancient men and women. The body has some tolerance for many poisons, including lead. But subtle neurological and circulatory problems, as well as more obvious violent and aggressive behavior patterns, can all be triggered in children and adults alike as a result of what are considered to be even "normal" lead exposures.

Consider this statement from researchers at the University of California, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, that although they proved oral EDTA is only approximately four to five percent absorbed, in spite of this low absorption, the material is effective in accelerating the excretion of yttrium and lead. They conclude their article by stating, "There is no satisfactory readily apparent explanation for this surprising efficacy."

The next interesting research comes to us from the Industrial Hygiene Division, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia, where scientists report that two-gram oral EDTA doses (twice daily) result in a five- to ten-fold increase in urinary excretion of lead. There was also a very considerable increase in fecal lead excretion.

Meanwhile, researchers Ronald C. Roxburgh and Leonard Haas (of Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children and The London Hospital) report: "The experience gained during the treatment of the cases with oral calcium disodium Versenate (or EDETATE) leads us to suggest that prolonged courses are without danger to the patient and, in addition, continue to enhance the renal excretion of lead in increased amounts."


Cardio Chelate™ from Metabolic Response Modifiers
was created to meet the needs of those interested in the "alternative" approach to heart and circulatory health, as well as detoxification. Besides EDTA, the formula also supplies methylsulfonyl methane (MSM), N-acetyl-cysteine, and vitamin C.

While EDTA stands alone in its ability to remove toxic metals and abnormally metabolized minerals from the body, MSM, vitamin C, and N-acetyl-cysteine can enhance its effects. These nutrients are vital for supporting the liver during the detoxification process. MSM and NAC are precursors to glutathione, a powerful free radical scavenger involved in the liver's detoxifying enzyme system. Vitamin C is a proven antioxidant and has been shown to prevent free radical damage to cells in the arteries.

When practicing an oral chelation program, it is advisable to supplement with the following MRM products:
  • a good multi-vitamin and -mineral, such as Beyond Basics™, which contains ideal amounts of zinc, potassium, magnesium, and calcium
  • a quality liver support formula such as LiveRX™, which provides additional N-acetyl-cysteine, as well as the antioxidants milk thistle and alpha lipoic acid, to support detoxification and elimination
"It is my personal experience that when using oral EDTA-based chelators the levels of heavy metal excretion initially tend to increase over time," notes Dr. Gordon. "The patterns of excretion also change over time, as one metal, like lead, becomes relatively depleted, and the excretion of other heavy metals tends to increase. Finally, you can achieve truly significant removal of many toxins but only slowly over time. Unfortunately, heavy metal toxicity is a lifetime problem because lead is so prevalent in our environment and is stored so deeply in the bones that you never achieve zero levels in any body. However, the advantage of continuous oral EDTA is that you are not only increasing the excretion of toxins in urine and feces, but you are also continuously binding many heavy metals, making them significantly less available to induce free radical damage."

Contributions from Volume 6, No. 10 of The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living. REFERENCES available upon request.

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