Chelation therapy was approved in 1991 as an effective method of treating lead and other heavy metal poisoning. During the process, a synthetic solution called EDTA – ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid â€“ is injected into the body and attaches itself to the heavy metal molecules, allowing them to pass through the body without being absorbed any further.
Doctors and health officials warn consumers that chelation therapy, while effective, carries significant health risks. The treatment should only be administrated by a professional while the patient is under medical supervision.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned customers not to purchase Thorne Researchâ€™s Captomer or Captomer-250, marketed as an over the counter form of chelation therapy. The company voluntarily recalled the drug after â€śseveral adverse health eventsâ€ť were reported.
The active ingredient in the product is meso-2, 3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), and it is currently available in a prescription product used to treat lead poisoning in children. Despite that fact, the government agency maintains that there is no FDA-approved OTC version of chelation therapy.
Due to the health risks involved, the FDA recommends that customers seek professional care for any type of heavy metal poisoning, and avoid any OTC product promising chelation-like results.
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[Did You Know: More than 30 chelation-related deaths have been reported since the 1970s, including several children.]
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