Chelation therapy is an intravenous therapy using the synthetic amino acid “EDTA” (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) to bind with metal ions forming a stable heterocyclic ring structure. This, in turn, transports the toxic metals to the kidneys whereupon they are excreted. EDTA has the ability to bond with atoms of calcium, lead, cadmium, mercury, and others as well as some of the trace minerals through the process of chelation.
For more than 50 years, chelation therapy has been used successfully for patients with vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis as well as heavy metal poisoning. The FDA has approved (ca) 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 CVD (cardiovascular disease), atherosclerosis, diabetes or other circulatory diseases. During and following chelation therapy, plaques are resolved with the improvement of the removal of the heavy metals and biochemical interactions of nutrients.
In addition to EDTA, patients receive vitamins and minerals in their IV solutions that are essential to optimal health. The physician will review the basic program of non-smoking, diet, exercise, and vitamin and mineral supplementation, the patient is expected to follow throughout the treatment and as a lifestyle change.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) was developed in Europe in the first half of the last century (1900) for use in industry and water purification (removal of lead, etc.). It was found to have a particular affinity to chelation properties, especially in regards to the heavy metals, and became an inexpensive way to purify drinking water.
A Brief History
In the 1940s, already in use by German armed forces. The US naval physicians began noticing a high incidence of lead poisoning among sailors assigned the duty of painting warships. The physicians used intravenous (IV) EDTA chelation therapy to remove the lead with excellent results. In the 1950s, physicians treating heavy metal toxicity also noticed that their patients with angina pectoris no longer complained of chest pain after a few EDTA treatments, and EDTA chelation therapy became popular into the 1960s as a treatment for coronary and other vascular diseases. However, with the advent of evidence-based medicine, EDTA therapy lost favor and has been regarded as “alternative medicine” until just recently. However, due to 40 years of positive data, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) started a double-blind study of patients with coronary artery disease beginning in March 2003. (See TACT Trial). Estimates about the numbers of physicians practicing chelation therapy are difficult to obtain because many physicians have been reluctant to make themselves objects of scrutiny.
How Many Treatments Are Warranted?
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 treatment.
What Are the Results of Chelation Therapy?
The results are as varied as patients’ conditions, but improvement is usually achieved. Chest pain may be lessened, 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.
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