The Removal of Calcium & EDTA
As we age, calcium accumulates in the soft tissues of the body.
When it deposits in dead tissue, it is called dystrophic
calcium (like atherosclerotic plaques). When it
deposits in living tissue, it is called metastatic calcium (like
arteriosclerosis). When calcium gets into a
cell, the cell turns on, whatever “on” is for that cell.
If it is a muscle cell that the calcium enters, then the
muscle contracts. If the calcium stays there,
the muscle stays contracted. The familiar knots
in our upper backs and necks are just such calcified muscles that
are forever in the “on” or contracted position.
The pathological version of this is fibromyalgia where there are
many many such knotted muscles in the client’s body.
The extreme example of this is, rigor mortis, in which all
the muscles of the body flood with calcium and contract.
As we age, we accumulate more and more dystrophic and
metastatic calcium, and become stiffer and stiffer.
One of the best ways to remove dystrophic and metastatic calcium is
through chelation. EDTA removes calcium in the
same way that it removes other toxic metals.
There are four binding sites on each EDTA molecule, each capable of
grabbing on to one or one-half of another metallic atom.
Since calcium is a metallic element, EDTA can readily form a
chelated complex with it.
EDTA makes a reversible bond with metallic elements, and can let go
of one metal in exchange for another. To
understand how this works look at the chart on the next page.
As you move up and to the left on the chart, the bond between
EDTA and the metals becomes stronger, thus EDTA can let go of a
metal for any other metal to the left of the chart.
Let’s start with
magnesium EDTA and see what happens. Notice that
magnesium (Mg) is to the right of calcium (Ca) on the chart.
This means that EDTA has a greater affinity for, and makes a
stronger bond with calcium, than it does with magnesium.
If magnesium EDTA meets calcium in the bloodstream, the EDTA
will drop the magnesium and attach to the calcium instead.
Where will this calcium come from? It
comes from the bloodstream as well as from the metastatic and
dystrophic calcium in the body. Now we have a
calcium EDTA floating in the bloodstream. Look
at the chart again, and you will see that to the left of calcium is
lead (Pb). Calcium EDTA will drop its calcium in
exchange for lead. Now you have free-floating
calcium, which can be used to build bone and teeth and lead EDTA,
which is a very stable complex. In a few hours,
the lead EDTA will be removed from the body through the urine and
You must be sure that the EDTA you use has not already been reacted
with calcium, for if it has, it can no longer remove metastatic or
dystrophic calcium, but only minerals for which it has a greater
affinity (to the left of calcium on the chart).
While a calcium EDTA will do fine in removing lead and other toxic
metals, its chemistry does not allow it to drop its calcium in
exchange for another calcium, and so is limited in its therapeutic
Since the removal of metastatic calcium
is a vitally important part of chelation, make sure that you use an
EDTA that only has minerals bound to it to the right of calcium on
the chart. Though not listed on this chart,
potassium is to the right of calcium.
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