Is Chelation Therapy the Best Way to Treat Lead Poisoning?

Is Chelation Therapy the Best Way to Treat Lead Poisoning?

Lead was used with abandon until the 1970s, such as in house paints, which caused some serious issues with lead poisoning. Over the past 50 years, we’ve made great strides in the United States in reducing this heavy metal exposure, but we’re far from free and clear.

Globally, about one million people still die of lead poisoning each year. Closer to home, still too many people, especially children, are exposed to lead. For example, as of 2019, 4.3 million kids lived in homes that still have lead paint.

When it comes to dealing with the potentially dangerous aftermath of lead exposure, chelation therapy is the most effective option for detoxifying the body. As an expert in heavy metal poisoning, HealthFirst’s own Dr. Jonathan Singer has long relied on chelation therapy to rid the body of dangerous heavy metals like lead.

Here’s a look at some of the signs of lead poisoning and why chelation therapy is the best solution.

Signs of lead poisoning

While we’ve made incredible progress in getting rid of lead from some of our everyday products, such as paint, pencils, and gasoline, the potentially dangerous metal still lurks out there.

Lead poisoning is especially problematic in kids, as it can have serious neurological complications that affect growth and development.

The signs of lead poisoning include:

In both kids and adults, lead poisoning can lead to changes in personality.

Identifying lead poisoning

If you recognize any of those symptoms, it’s very easy for us to identify whether lead poisoning is to blame. All we need to do is run a blood test to determine whether the levels of lead in your system are high.

Chelation therapy — the mainstay for lead poisoning

If we determine that you do have lead poisoning, we use a treatment called chelation therapy to detoxify your body of the metal. With chelation, we introduce a substance that attracts and binds to the toxin to help guide it out of your body.

In the case of lead poisoning, we use calcium disodium EDTA, which we administer intravenously so that it acts quickly. Once introduced into your bloodstream (or your child’s), calcium disodium EDTA binds to the lead and carries it into your kidneys where it gets flushed out through your urine.

To help restore your health, we also supply you with vitamin and antioxidant infusions to help your body recover more quickly from lead poisoning.

If you suspect that you or your child has been exposed to dangerous levels of lead, please contact one of our offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado, or Cheyenne, Wyoming, to schedule your chelation therapy.

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