Heavy Metal Exposure and the Basics of Chelation Chemistry


Kurt Woeller, DO, FMAPS


Heavy metal exposure comes from many sources environmentally. All of us are exposed to various metals whether it’s from food, water, or air, and the bioaccumulation of these metals can lead to health challenges. It is well-known that there are certain metals like aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury that carry high toxicity potential and various metal binders can be used to assist in their removal from tissue spaces through the process of heavy metal detoxification, aka chelation. The focus of this lecture by Kurt N. Woeller, DO of Integrative Medicine Academy is to discuss certain metal exposures and the chemistry behind their chelation and why certain detoxifying agents are preferable over others.

Kurt Woeller DO

About the Author

Kurt Woeller, DO, FMAPS

Kurt N. Woeller, DO, FMAPS, is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, integrative and functional medicine physician, and biomedical Autism Treatment Specialist in clinical practice for over 25 years.

Dr. Woeller is the education director and main course developer for his Integrative Medicine Academy (https://integrativemedicineacademy.com), an online academy for health professionals. He is also the Organic Acids Test (OAT) seminar creator and presenter for Mosaic Diagnostics Laboratory (formally Great Plains Laboratory’s GPL Academy) Mosaic EDGE seminars and has been involved in monthly educational webinars for GPL/Mosaic Diagnostics, and other organizations for over a decade.

His private practice, Sunrise Functional Medicine (https://mysunrisecenter.com), focuses on specialized diagnostic testing and treatments for individuals with complex medical conditions like autism, autoimmune, gastrointestinal, certain neurological disorders, and other chronic health conditions. Dr. Woeller is a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS).

He has served as a clinical consultant for various laboratory companies, i.e., Great Plains Laboratory, BioHealth Laboratory, providing health practitioner education regarding functional and integrative medicine.

You can follow Dr. Woeller for ongoing education articles and videos through his Substack at https://drwoeller.substack.com/ and his YouTube channel for Integrative Medicine Academyhttps://www.youtube.com/@integrativemedicineacademy. Finally, listen to Dr. Woeller’s latest health professional interviews through his Functional Medicine Doc Talk Podcast – https://functionalmedicinedoctalk.com.