An Alternative Option
Options for ADHD treatment are relatively limited. Most people are presented with the options of medication or lifestyle changes. However, recently some more experimental methods of treatment are being tested for ADHD. One of these is called chelation therapy.
Chelation means “to grab” or “to bind”. A chelate is a chemical compound, which attaches and strongly bonds to other atoms. Chelation therapy is the process of taking heavy metals out of the body through a variety of methods. Chelation was originally developed to treat lead, arsenic, and mercury poisoning. There are three major varieties of chelation therapy: intravenous, oral, and intramuscular. Intravenous chelation involves injecting the chelating agent into the bloodstream, allowing it to circulate and form bonds with heavy metals, and then removing it from the bloodstream. Oral chelation involves ingesting a chelating agent and allowing it to bind metals as it is processed through the body. And intramuscular chelation has the chelate injected into the muscle.
Recent research has indicated that individuals with ADD, ADHD, and autism have abnormally high levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, or arsenic. Doctors suspect that this may cause nerve or brain damage or abnormalities. As a result chelation has begun to be used as a remedy for ADHD and even autism. There are a number of different chelating agents; each is recommended specific heavy metal. For ADHD treatment oral chelation therapy with ingredients such as fucus, chlorella, selenium, amino acids, and vitamins A, C, and E are recommended.
While chelation is medically approved for treating metal poisoning it only recently being used for other ailments and is considered alternative medicine for these uses. The practice is controversial and not always recommended for children. As always, you should consult your primary physician before undergoing chelation therapy or changing your current course of medical treatment.