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Iron and Your Heart Health

A ranch house, a zip lock bag and some ordinary flourTwo ... Some ordinary wheat flour such as can be found in most homes placed with some water in a zip-lock plastic bag. A magnet is passed

A ranch house, a zip lock bag and
some ordinary flour

Two experiments:

  1. Some ordinary wheat flour such as can be found in most homes placed with some water in a zip-lock plastic bag. A magnet is passed over the bag and an extraordinary thing happens - Iron particles start popping out and attaching themselves to the side of the bag, forming clusters of what looked like iron filings.

  2. The next experiment involves placing a well-known brand of cereal into a bowl of water. The magnet is again passed over the bowl this time and the flakes literally line up and follow the magnet round the bowl.

This is the first time I realized that there is so much added iron in the food that we eat and the effect it can have on our health.

We've all been told that heart attacks and heart bypass surgery are as a direct result of clogging or furring of our arteries by 'bad cholesterol'. The arteries become so narrowed as to make the blood flow through the arteries very difficult thus placing enormous strains on the cardio-vascular system.

Why do we need chelators and what are they?

  • A few trace metals that we absorb are toxic, these include iron and lead

  • To make use of them our bodies must form chelates (key-lates)
    out of them, and to do this requires chelating substances

  • Chelating substances attach to desirable trace metals and allow
    the body to properly utilize those metals they also attach to
    undesirable trace metals and allow the body to remove them.

Types of Chelator

  • Many chemicals can serve as chelators. Their effects will
    depend on the precise nature and concentration of that chelator.

  • There are some weak chelators present in common foods.

  • Stronger chelators are substances used medicinally to rid the
    body of excess toxic metals

Why is there potential for Iron Overload?

Iron overload is possible because there is no normal mechanism
for removing it from the body.

The body is iron-efficient, it retains its iron and recycles it
over and over again.

The body's iron level is controlled almost entirely by
absorption and iron can build up progressively as dietary intake
increases, especially in men because they do not have a monthly
blood loss.

Over a period of months and years this will result in the
accumulation of several grams of iron.

Iron and Heart Disease Risk

Iron can generate free radical pathology.

There is now good evidence that free radical pathology leads to
changes in the blood vessels which sets the stage for

Accumulation of excess iron in the body may increase the risk
for heart disease and the connection doesn't end there....

Health statistics have revealed that women have a lower risk of
heart disease than men, until menopause, after which the risk
is the same.


Pre-menopausal women have a monthly blood loss that rids the body
of excess, potentially toxic iron, which may protect against
heart disease.

Even pre-menopausal women with high blood cholesterol levels
and high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, which are considered
to be strong risk factors for heart disease, have less heart
disease than men.

The Lead connection

Lead is a toxic element that has many undesirable health

Evidence links excess lead with cardiovascular
disease, cancer and other disorders.

Researchers have found that cancer rates are higher amongst
people living near heavily-traveled roads and it was
suggested that this increased risk is due to the higher
levels of lead in the air.

This led the researchers to test the effect of a
lead-removing substance - EDTA (ethylene diamine
tetra acetic acid),a man-made amino acid and chelating
agent - on cancer rates in people living near high-traffic roads.

After 18 years those treated with EDTA had one-tenth
of the cancer rate of those not treated with EDTA.(1)

What is Chelation Therapy?

This is the use of chelating agents, orally or by injection,
in order to bind and remove harmful metals
from the body.

The man-made chelating agent EDTA can remove
most toxic metals.

Intravenous Chelation

This therapy has been used by doctors as an
effective alternative to bypass surgery for atherosclerosis
since the 1950s, giving hope that having hardening of the
arteries need not lead to coronary bypass surgery, heart attack,
stroke and numerous other related diseases.

Doctors noted reduced pain and blood cholesterol levels as
well as other favorable changes.

EDTA chelation therapy has been reported to help in many conditions
now thought to be related to free radical pathology: Rheumatoid
Arthritis, Diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease
and others.

EDTA and the Calcium:Magnesium Ratio

Another effect of EDTA is that it changes the calcium/
magnesium ratio in the body.

EDTA removes calcium more efficiently than magnesium which
reduces the ratio.

Lowering the ratio improves the flexibility of blood cells, reduces
the tendency of blood to clot and reduces blood cholesterol
and blood pressure.

So the benefits of EDTA are not entirely due to the removal
of toxic metals but also the calcium/magnesium balance.

In the case of intravenous chelation, EDTA is used as the
chelating agent. It is carried in a glucose formulation
together with synthetic B Vitamins. It takes several hours
and requires 80-100 treatments.

Oral Chelation

Oral EDTA therapy can also be used. One or two oral doses
of EDTA per day, over a period of months can have a long-term
preventative effect.

The original Oral Chelation product was formulated by Harry W Hersey and has been available in the US since 1983.

For an oral chelation supplement that has been tested and certified to lower bad cholesterol by The University of Illinois, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Click Here

But beware! - there are many so-called oral chelation supplements on the market containing few or no chelating substances!


1. Blumer,W, et al Environmental International 3: 1980, pages


New Answers to Old Questions, The Free Radical Story by
Harry W Hersey

Article Tags: Bypass Surgery, Trace Metals, Heart Disease, Free Radical, Oral Chelation

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