What is chelation therapy?

Pediatrician Jerry Kartzinel, MD, shares advice for parents on what chelation therapy is and how it can help a child
What Is Chelation Therapy?
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What is chelation therapy?

Very often I'm asked about chelation. People are interested in removing heavy metals from their child's body. First of all, you have to understand, not all children have been exposed to heavy metals. Some children are, and for those children might be a very important medical intervention that we can take. What we do is give them a medication that's designed to remove lead, mercury, or arsenic. By introducing that into their body, it actually goes around and claws it like a talons of an eagle, and pulls it out of their body. What we tend to do is, first of all, establish whether heavy metals might be a problem, and we can do that with some blood tests. If so, we can give them chelator that we choose, that we think the child will benefit from, and get a urine before the chelation, and get a urine after. What we are doing with the urine is showing, both to the physician and the parent, for example, we have this much lead coming out on a certain day, and after chelation, we get this much out. Then we know that the child does have an exposure to lead, and we can remove it. That's what chelation is all about, removing heavy metals from children.

Pediatrician Jerry Kartzinel, MD, shares advice for parents on what chelation therapy is and how it can help a child


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Dr. Jerry Kartzinel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. After receiving his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, Dr. Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism.

A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions that include: autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions, and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Educations courses on children's health issues to physicians and other health professionals.

His clinical approach is to treat the whole patient by carefully obtaining a full and complete history and based on this history, obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complimentary medicine approaches.

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