There are many Docs out there who still use EDTA to chelate autistic children. If you find yourself with a doctor who is recommending this type of chelation you should certainly run in the other direction.
There are many different methods of chelation being promoted today and we must be vigilant in choosing what is safe for our children.
There is a lot of hype in the media about the dangers of chelation therapy. They regularly accuse chelation as dangerous, saying it has killed one child already. They are correct. IV EDTA has in fact killed a child. A young boy died tragically and unnecessarily by improper use of a form of EDTA.
EDTA binds to other needed minerals as well as to heavy metals depleting the body of necessary nutrients. What happened to this boy was a tragedy as the wrong medicine was administered. CaEDTA is EDTA bound with calcium so that when it is administered it doesn’t deplete the bodies calcium levels. This boy was mistakenly given sodium EDTA instead of CaEDTA. It was given in a high dose through and IV and the rapid excretion of Calcium caused him to suffer a cardiac arrest and die. We feel very sad for this family just as we feel sad for the many children who have been injured by iatrogenic (doctor caused) means.
Unfortunately the negatives of EDTA do not stop by simply using the correct med (caEDTA) as those chelation docs would suggest. There is a second insult which this medicine causes in our children. Research by Boyd Haley has demonstrated that when used in the presence of mercury toxicity the EDTA binds with the mercury forming HgEDTA. This substance has been shown to interact with brain tubulin (a neuroprotein) and increases the damage caused by mercury.
While EDTA is an effective treatment for cardiovascular plaques and is effective at removing lead, it should not be used in Autistic children (DMSA is an alternative chelator of lead and can be safely used orally). For cardiovascluar patients who wish to pursue EDTA treatment it should only be used when preceded by safe mercury detox (using ALA) to clear mercury from fatty tissues including the brain.
- Mercury Toxicity: What to do about it. (throughthepuzzle.com)