Autism Chelation Treatment

The medical world is not without debate when it comes to two main areas of dealing with diseases or disorders, diagnosing and treating them.  Diagnosing takes more patience than many are willing to give while treating brings together a slew of arguments related to ethics and morals that many aren’t willing to budge on.  Autism is at the forefront of both of these arguments because of our limited history in understanding the disorder overall.  There are several supported treatments for autism, one hotly debated treatment being that of Chelation treatment.

The United States Navy first experimented with chelation therapy in the 1940s in hopes of removing toxic metals from military personnel exposed to high concentrations of lead during the time.  Since the Navy first experimented with the procedure it has been used to try to treat those exposed to lead paint particles and other environmental exposures.  The process is very detailed and complicated but can be generally understood by most who might encounter it.

In short, the therapy consists of heavy metals being eliminated from the body by binding to a chelating agent and being removed.  The areas of the body that were affected by the metals are then able to recover as the toxic substance is removed and therefore eradicated from existence.  Different chelators like DMSA and DMPS are attempted for use, but there lack of approval from the FDA and lack of use by professionals renders them all but obsolete.

This treatment is usually done in a form that can best be described as being every other week.  An individual will be exposed to chelation for one week, take a week off, and then come back for more as the doctor attempts to remove the harmful metals from the body.  It is important to make sure that your doctor is educated and trained to perform such a treatment as the treatment can be very harmful if done incorrectly.  For this reason, this treatment isn’t wildly popular and is ignored by parts of the medical community.

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