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Chelation and Intravenous Therapies

The use of intravenous agents such as EDTA and high dose Vitamin C to improve blood circulation, detoxify the body of toxic minerals and to improve the function of the imune system.

What is Chelation Therapy?

Chelation therapy is safe, effective and relatively inexpensive treatment to restore blood flow in victims of atherosclerosis without surgery. Chelation therapy involves the intravenous infusion of a compound called ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA).

What is EDTA?

EDTA is a substance which removes undesirable metals from the body. Some metals, such as lead, Mercury and cadmium are toxins. Lead and cadmium levels correlate with high blood pressure. EDTA improve calcium and cholesterol metabolism by eliminating toxic metallic catalysts which cause damage to cell membranes by producing "oxygen free radicals". Free radical pathology is now believed by many scientists to be an important contributing cause of atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes and other diseases of aging. EDTA helps to prevent the production of harmful free radicals.

What is it used for?

Chelation therapy is used to reverse symptoms of hardening of the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis or arterioclerosis. Atheroscerosis can lead to heart attack, stroke, senility and may lead to amputation of extremities.

How does artery disease affect health?

Blockage of blood vessels by plaque (atheroma) reduces the flow of blood, starving vital organs for oxygen and other nutrients. Cell walls then become leaky, allowing excessive calcium, sodium and other elements to enter. When calcium accumulates to a critical point, deposits form on the vessel wall. These calcifications can often be seen on x-ray. Disordered calcium metabolism can also cause coronary and other arteries to go into spasm, further reducing blood to vital organs.

How does chelation therapy affect health?

Chelation therapy promotes health by correcting the major underlying cause of arterial blockage. Damaging oxygen free radicals are increased by presence of metallic elements and act as a chronic irritant to blood vessel walls and cell membranes. EDTA removes these metallic irritants, allowing leaky and damaged cell walls to heal. Plaques become more smooth and reduce in size, allowing more blood to pass. Arterial walls become softer and more pliable allowing easier expansion. Scientific studies have proven that blood flow increases after chelation therapy. A complete program of chelation therapy involves a broad based healthcare program of regular exercise, proper nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation and avoidance of tobacco and other damaging habits.

What are the interactions between chelation therapy and other treatments for artery disease?

Chelation therapy can be utilized in conjunction with most other therapies for cardiovascular disease. EDTA is compatible with blood thinners, blood vessel dilators, medicines for blood pressure and heart arrhythmias, calcium blockers and beta blockers. The need for drugs is often reduced or eliminated after a course of chelation therapy.

What about safety and side effects?

Chelation therapy is among the safest of medical procedures. More than 400,000 patients have received over 4,000,000 treatments in the past 30 years. Not one death has been directly caused by chelation therapy when properly administered by a physician, when properly trained and competent in the use of this therapy.

How do I know if I need or can benefit from chelation therapy?

If you have chest pain or leg pain on walking; shortness of breath; painful, discolored feet; paralysis or rapidly failing memory, see a physician! Any unexplained or persistent symptoms which affect your health, heart or limbs should be explored for circulatory blockage.

How will I be able to tell if chelation therapy has helped me?

Patients routinely report reduction or elimination of the symptoms with an increasing sense of well-being after chelation therapy. Family and friends are often the first to notice and report improvement in appearance, behavior and performance. Comparison of pre and post therapy diagnostic tests can provide objective evidence of effectiveness.

Can my personal physician give me this treatment?

Any licensed physician can legally administer this treatment. Courses to train physicians in the safe use of chelation therapy are offered twice yearly by the American College for Advancements in Medicine.

Can chelation therapy be used after bypass surgery?

Yes! Although chelation therapy is best utilized to avoid bypass surgery, many patients who have previously undergone one or more bypass procedures, often with little or no benefit, has subsequently benefited greatly from chelation therapy. Treatment for each patient must be individualized.

The following is a partial list of other intravenous therapies available at our centre:

  • High Dose Vitamin C - for increasing antioxidant enzymes and immune function.
  • Intravenous Magnesium to treat accute migraine headaches.
  • Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) for the treatment of infections and to help improve the oxygenation of the blood which is helpful in respiratory disorders.
  • Intravenous Ozone for treatment of chronic infections and to increase antioxidant enzymes and immune function.