I had been dragging myself for several months with an overall feeling of exhaustion, along with chronic pain, dizziness and headaches, when I was finally properly diagnosed with arsenic poisoning.  The diagnosis came both as a relief (finally, a diagnosis, and a treatment), and as a shock. Arsenic?  Like in a “film noir” from the 50’s?  The only solution I knew of to remove the arsenic in my body was through chelation.

Metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and aluminum are dangerous even in very small quantities. But worse, the danger is compounded when they accumulate in your body. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says these metals can “build up in biological systems and become a significant health hazard.” Heavy metals become toxic when they are not metabolized by the body and accumulate in the soft tissues. Heavy metals may enter the human body via food, water, air, or absorption through the skin in agriculture, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, industrial, or residential settings.

Heavy metals can be found at the most unexpected places: Researchers at the University of Berkeley tested various lipsticks – both drugstore and department store brands. They measured lead and eight other metals in a convenience sample of 32 lip products used by young Asian women in Oakland, California, and assessed potential health risks related to estimated intakes of these metals. Most of the tested lip products contained high concentrations of titanium and aluminum. All examined products had detectable manganese. Lead was detected in 24 products (75%).  When used at the estimated average daily rate, estimated intakes were > 20% of ADIs derived for aluminum, cadmium, chromium, and manganese. In addition, average daily use of 10 products tested would result in chromium intake exceeding our estimated ADI for chromium. Environ Health Perspect 121:705-710 (2013)

Chelating agents were introduced into medicine as a result of the use of poison gas in World War I .  The first widely used chelating agent was used as an antidote to the arsenic-based poison gas, lewisite; it was named BAL , for British anti-lewisite, and had strong side effects. After World War II, a large number of navy personnel suffered from lead poisoning  as a result of their jobs repainting the hulls of ships. The medical use of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) as a lead chelating agent was introduced. Unlike BAL, it is a synthetic amino acid  and contains no mercaptans. EDTA side effects were not considered as severe as BAL. In the 1960s, BAL was modified into DMSA  a related dithiol with far fewer side effects.

Once administered intravenously,  those synthetic chelation agents scavenge for minerals and metals in order to excrete them through natural detoxification pathways. Unfortunately they do not only remove heavier metals but also essential metals. Chelation therapy is often administrated through the vein, over a period of two to four hours injection.

Chelation therapy is a course of treatments which usually consists of anywhere from 20 to 50 separate infusions, depending on each patient’s individual status. Some patients may experience a burning sensation  and bruises at the site where the needle enters the vein.
I went through 17 sessions, sitting in the treatment room together with people receiving chemotherapy.  My arms were covered with bruises, and I was hiding them with long sleeves like if I were a drug addict.

The alternative, I was told, is oral chelation.  But EDTA is very poorly absorbed by mouth—only about five percent. The unabsorbed 95 percent of EDTA remains within the digestive tract where it mixes with undigested food.  On the long term it may prevent. normal absorption of zinc, manganese, chromium, vanadium, copper, chromium, molybdenum and other essential nutrients, potentially leading to nutritional deficiencies and possibly worsening the very problems supposedly being treated. As per DMSA, it  does not cross the blood–brain barrier of humans, limiting its use to extracting heavy metals from parts of the body other than the central nervous system. Toxicology 234 (3): 145–156. doi:10.1016/j.tox.2007.02.016

I was definitively not thrilled with the idea of fighting back chemical poisoning by ingesting even more chemicals. And I knew that my condition resulted from the fact that I do not process those toxins very well, on the first place, and therefore I would start accumulating them again.  I felt that there should be another way, a more gentle , natural one.  Unfortunately, I could not find it.

It is exactly the reason why I created, Signature Chelate by Sylvie Beljanski, a blend of natural products, synergistically formulated to promote the elimination of heavy metals (L-Gluthatione), bind to the heavy metals (Humifluvate) , fix them (Chlorella), help to expel them out of the body (Chitosan), and replenishing the body with  essential minerals. (Humifluvate).  All in One. Because I had to have it.