Chelation Therapy

“Older” Standard Intravenous Chelation Therapy

This is a short introduction to EDTA Chelation Therapy. It has been used for many years on hundreds of thousands of patients and has been refined now to where we know it safely helps in many different health problems. It had its beginning in Germany to treat people who developed lead poisoning from painting ships during World War II.

EDTA is only one of the several ingredients in the intravenous solution. EDTA stands for ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid which is a synthetic amino acid shown to naturally “hook onto” or chelate heavy metals. It has been found to biochemically chelate the calcium-cholesterol-like plaque found on the walls of arteries. It removes this complex which is excreted primarily via the kidneys. It also chelates other metals, such as mercury, aluminum, cadmium, etc.

EDTA Chelation helps problems associated with impaired blood flow such as atherosclerosis, other restrictions as to the brain (helps memory), reproductive organs, kidneys, pancreas, liver, and other organs. Diabetes, stroke cases, MS and related nerve degenerations, Alzheimer’s, mercury toxicity from dental restorations, and such problems are helped. It is a good general detoxifier. With the included vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients (B complex, ascorbic acid, magnesium, and others), it is also a good general nutritional support. Thus it has a very wide range of things it has helped.

This is an intravenous therapy. In the past it was administered in about 3 – 3.5 hours. More recently a 2 – 2.5 hour technique has been used. The same amount of the chelating ingredients are used, but the diluent (mostly water) is less. In this case the person must drink water during the drip to help make up the difference. A person may do this once a week, but probably no more than three times a week. Often at least 20 sessions are recommended, with periodic follow-up thereafter. Some notice a difference in even one treatment, but most require more. Some don’t feel much different with 20 but this does not mean it hasn’t done any good. Sometimes we add a little DMSO because this natural solvent can help the solution to get into the cells better. Adding other therapies, such as oxygen solutions, in conjunction with the chelation, but on different days, has added a synergistic benefit. Compared to the high cost of bypass surgery and that most plug up within five years, chelation therapy offers a safe alternative at drastically reduced cost.

Home work is also required for this to be most effective. This includes nutritional support and a common sense diet along with exercise. Smokers cannot expect as good results as non-smokers. Cardiovascular support (including so called “oral chelation”), such as Co-Q10, hawthorn, taurine, carnitine, vitamin E, trace minerals, garlic, and cayenne, can be beneficial. A good plan is to use the three from Standard Process® called Cardio-Plus®, Cataplex® G (or B), and Folic acid-B12®.

“Short” Chelation Therapy

Several researchers have developed a modified way to do intravenous chelation therapy. This has come about from a better understanding of how chelation works. The standard method, which has been used since the 1940s on many thousands of patients, is still a good method. The new method uses a calcium EDTA that can be infused faster and works well to remove heavy toxic metals, including mercury, lead, arsenic, nickel, and cadmium. All of these are fairly commonly found in today’s toxic environment. So far, studies seem to indicate that it is just as good to clean out arterial plaque as the older method. It does not, however, have the long track record as the older method.

If only the calcium EDTA is used, it is safe to infuse in as little as one minute for most people. However, many feel a major benefit of the chelation process is to include some vitamins and minerals with it as is done in the older method. Thus we include these in a 100 ml bag (rather than 250 or 500) and infuse it in approximately a half hour. We can also lower the cost somewhat.

It was once thought that EDTA removed not only metals (good and bad) including calcium, however, we now know that due to the body’s homeostatic mechanisms (parathyroid etc.) that calcium is maintained. It is currently thought that IV chelation affects circulation by removing heavy metals from the endothelial cells of arteries, and this allows an increase in nitric oxide (NO). This, in turn, acts as an “endothelial relaxing factor” thus improving circulation by decreasing resistance to flow.

In Dr. Valentin Fuster’s book, The Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque , is mentioned that heart attacks do not occur in areas of maximum plaque buildup, but in areas of “fresh vulnerable plaque” that gets infected with microorganisms such as Epstein Barr Virus, Herpes Virus, Cytomegalovirus, and several others. It appears that these microorganisms are more prevalent where nitric oxide levels are low.

Heavy metal toxicity leads to decreased amounts of nitric oxide. Thus blood vessels are not relaxed and this, along with microorganism infestation, can lead to a hypercoagulation state to induce blood clot formation and possible sudden death.

Lead tends to accumulate in bones. Because of this, it is recommended that once a “series” of intravenous chelations are done, that periodic drips be done, perhaps several times a year, thereafter. The reasoning is that lead is slowly released from bone stores so it needs to be removed. Furthermore, the person may get more lead and other toxic metals from the environment. Studies show that mercury is fairly well removed, thus dependence upon other methods may no longer be needed.

To help clear the body of heavy metals and associated cardiovascular plaque, it is important to do dietary, nutritional supplements, and life style changes as well. When this is done, the intravenous chelations can be reduced and the patient can save costs. A general supplement support, such as from Standard Process® Labs, is often recommended.

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