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 Chelation Therapy: Oral Chelation  
Oral chelation simply means trying to use foods or substances taken by mouth to chelate undesirable substances out of the body. There are two basic approaches: the first uses foods and nutrient supplements to achieve this effect and the other uses oral EDTA supplements.

Does it work?

We will discuss the controversial oral EDTA approach after first looking at the nutritional approach.

The current vogue for oat­based foods as a means of reducing cholesterol levels is but one form of chelation which we take for granted. In fact the different forms of fibre found in food, soluble pectin in apples and other fruits, guar in beans as well as the forms found in grains, all produce multiple chelating effects as they pass through the system. These act largely in the bowel where they speed up transit time and in this way prevent cholesterol reabsorption from bile as well as clearing putrefactive material from the system more rapidly. Fats in the bloodstream are reduced by soluble fibre in the diet, reducing the potential for free radical activity.

The advice given in Chapter 8 regarding the ideal pattern of eating can easily produce just these effects if followed reasonably closely. In addition many basic nutrients such as vitamins C and E are natural chelators and when in abundant supply act in the bloodstream to damp down free radical activity as well as chelating toxic substances.

Several formulae have been developed for oral chelation using variable combinations of substances. Some are extremely complex and others simple enough to put together, given a little patience and effort.

Oral chelation: Formula 1

This is known as the Rinse Formula, after Dr Jacobus Rinse of Vermont, who has popularized this highly effective combination of substances, now advocated by the Dutch National Health Board for the prevention of heart disease

    A daily intake of the following is suggested:

    4 grams of lecithin (try to ensure a form which is high in phosphatidyl choline)

    12 grams of coarsely chopped sunflower seeds (for their linoleic acid, potassium and fibre content)

    5 grams debittered Brewer's yeast powder for its selenium, chromium and B vitamins (not suggested for anyone with active Candida albicans overgrowth)

    2 grams of bone­meal as a source of calcium and magnesium, or a nutritional supplement form of calcium and magnesium (in a ratio of 2:1)

    5 grams unpasteurized or untreated wheatgerm for its vitamin E and trace elements

    500 milligrams of vitamin C (as sodium ascorbate, in powder form if possible)

    1001U vitamin E (make sure this is D­Alpha tocopherol)

    40 milligrams vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

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Leon Chaitow ND, DO, MROA practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience, Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief, of the ...more
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