Lactic acid from muscle
effort-a natural chelator
Dr Johan Bjorksten (1981)
states: 'Lactic acid is not as effective as EDTA in speed, but
given enough time to act, it seems comparable in total removal
of chelatable metal'.
To achieve this effect, lactic
acid levels have to be raised regularly and for sustained periods
via endurance exercise patterns such as walking, swimming, cycling,
etc. This must not be confused with aerobic exercise in which
specific cardiovascular training is taking place only if a specific
degree of effort is sustained (see Chapter 8 on aerobic principles).
In order to achieve the lactic acid chelating effect it is more
important that duration (time spent exercising) is focused
on rather than degree of effort.
A combination of Dr Rinse's
formula and regular exercise offers a means of selfchelation
of quite considerable sophistication.
However, when we speak of
oral chelation it is to oral EDTA that we should really be looking.
EDTA as an oral supplement
A leading British firm supplies
practitioners with their EDTA Complex supplement, which is based
on a formula originally used in the clinic of Dr Josef Issels
in West Germany and later used extensively in Australia by biologist
and naturopath John Stirling.
EDTA is usually degraded in
the stomach and when given orally is of little value, with approximately
only 5 per cent being absorbed. However, when granulated and enteric
coated, then pressed into a tablet and coated again, the absorption
factor is almost 100 per cent.
This company is presently
accumulating anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of EDTA
Complex. The tablets contain 150 mg of ethylene diaminetetraacetic
acid with 100 mg of vitamin C and 100 IU of vitamin E. Suggested
dose is one tablet morning and night, with food.
Stirling recommends it as
a strong supportive agent along with diet and a correct organic
mineral replacement therapy:
The major advantage of using
lowdose EDTA orally is that it is noninvasive, does
not require electrolyte monitoring as the IV form does, and can
be used as a longterm method to slowly remove toxic metals
and arterial plaque from the system.
Stirling is also in favour
of the oral form because he prefers to avoid any possibility of
toxic overload on the kidneys and liver, the main organs of elimination
that are used in taking chelated material out of the body.
Kidney function is not upset
by this approach any more than it is in intravenous applications,
and if there are concerns regarding kidney function this should
be monitored during any course of treatment. No electrolyte imbalances
have been observed with oral use of EDTA and diarrhoea is rarely