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The Removal of Calcium
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 wil 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 stool.
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 effect
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.