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 a process of chelation. For more than 40 years chelation has been used successfully for patients with vascular disease such as atherosclerosis as well as heavy metal poisoning. The FDA has approved chelation as the only treatment for lead poisoning. All therapy protocols are according to the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM)
Number of Treatments
The ACAM recommended initial series for most patients is 30 treatments. Some patients choose more than 30 treatments to achieve maximum improvement in their blood flow and symptom management. 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. Re-mineralization IVs
The process of chelation not only takes out of the body minerals that are problematic, but also can deplete or cause imbalances of beneficial minerals. After every 3-chelation treatments, a re-mineralization IV is performed to assist in replenishing the body.
A series of recent laboratory tests are required prior to beginning chelation therapy and redone at a minimum, after every 10 treatments. Patients with special needs may require more frequent monitoring. An in-house urinary assessment is done before every treatment.
What are the Benefits of Chelation?
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 may be stopped, leg pain has been relieved, cold extremities have warmed up and an increase in work tolerance is often reported. General symptoms of lead toxicity can also be relieved while reduction in heavy metal burden is also achieved.
Patient Guidelines for IV Therapy
Length of Treatment:The duration of the treatment is an estimated time. It may take slightly more of less time to receive you IV. EDTA infusions are 2.5-3 hours in duration.
Supplements: As prescribed.
What to bring:
Your IV treatment may last from 2 ½ - 3 hours so you may want to bring a book to read or a preferred audiovisual devise. All audiovisual devises must be used with headphones.
Bring a container of water at least 1 quart in size.
Bring juice to drink during the IV as well as a protein snack to keep your blood sugar up.
Bathroom Facilities: These are close and IV accessible.
No Stoics allowed!Please notify the IV technician immediately if you feel any pain, discomfort, weakness, light-headed, etc. any time during your IV treatment.
Drink: 3-4 quarts of water a day while undergoing chelation therapy.