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What Is Chelation?

Chelation therapy is an intravenous therapy using the synthetic amino acid “EDTA” (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid) to detoxify the body by bonding with the toxic metals in the body and carrying them away in the urine.  EDTA has the ability to bond or “hook onto” atoms of calcium, lead, cadmium, mercury, and others as well as some of the trace minerals through the process of chelations.

For more than 40 years, chelation has been used successfully for patients with vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis as well as heavy metal poisoning.  The FDA has approved chelation as the only treatment for lead poisoning.

Improving circulation by the removal of accumulated build up (plaques) that damage the vascular system throughout the body is a primary benefit for patients with heart disease (atherosclerosis), diabetes and other circulatory diseases.  During and following chelation therapy, the blood flow from arteries all the way to the smallest capillaries is improved throughout the body.  Chelation has FDA approval for lead toxicity and removal.  

In addition to EDTA, patients receive vitamins and minerals in their IV solutions that are essential to good health.  Patients are expected to follow a basic program of non-smoking, diet, exercise and vitamin and mineral supplementation.  The doctor will discuss the importance of these issues with you during your treatments.  All therapy protocols are according to the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and IIVNTP.

How Many Treatments Should I Have?
The recommended initial series for most patients is 30 treatments.  Some patients choose more than 30 treatments to achieve maximum improvement in their blood flow.  These treatments can be done 1, 2, or 3 times a week, but no more.  Maintenance treatments are recommended at one or two month intervals to maintain improved circulation.  There are virtually no dangerous side effects from this treatment, although some experience a brief period of fatigue after a treatment.
What Are The Results of Chelation?
The results are as varied as patients’ conditions, but improvement is usually achieved.  Chest pain may be lessesned, blood pressure lowered, memory improved, transient ischemic attacks stopped, leg pain relieved, cold extremities warmed up and increased work tolerance.  Hearing improvement can be accomplished if not due to injury.  The laboratory tests and office visits for evaluation will monitor progress.