What is Chelation Therapy?

For more than 60 years, chelation therapy has been used as an effective an FDA approved treatment for heavy-metal poisoning and toxicity. While heavy-metal poisoning sounds like (and is) an extreme condition, heavy-metal toxicity can actually be both acute and chronic. One can be exposed to certain heavy metals (like lead, mercury from dental amalgam fillings) over a longer period which produce a host of common symptoms and conditions. In addition to this, many physicians have witnessed chelation therapy to be beneficial for a variety of other health concerns like heart disease, memory problems, autoimmune disorders, and more.

How Does Chelation Work?

Chelation therapy is an intravenous treatment that circulates a chemical substance in the blood. Once in the blood, this “chelating” solution binds to certain molecules (such as metals and minerals) and carries them away in the urine.

The most common form of chelation therapy uses a synthetic amino acid called ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA). EDTA is known to remove substances such as lead, iron, copper, and calcium. EDTA chelation therapy sometimes includes other modalities, such as Glutathione IVs and HOCATT Ozone Sauna Therapy to further the detoxifiying benefit.

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy metal toxicity can be both acute and chronic. If you’ve been exposed to a large amount of metal at once,  your symptoms may include extreme symptoms, such as: confusion, numbness, nausea, vomiting, or falling into a coma. However, heavy metal toxicity can be caused by more chronic or long-term exposures from:

  • Metal (amalgam) fillings
  • Pollution
  • Drinking water
  • Foods
  • Medicines
  • Ingestion of lead-based paints
  • and more…

The symptoms for more long-term exposure to heavy metals are less severe than acute poisoning and include:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Constipation

To determine whether or not heavy metal toxicity is present, your functional medicine practitioner may recommend a urine or blood test.

Other Conditions Treated with Chelation Therapy: 

Along with heavy metal poisoning, chelation therapy is sometimes used to treat different conditions, including:

  • Memory problems or “brain fog”

  • Heart disease & hypertension

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia

  • Fatigue & autoimmune disorders

  • Poor circulation, found in diabetes;

Treating Heart Disease with Chelation Therapy

treating-heart-disease-with-chelation-therapyBecause EDTA binds to metals and minerals in your bloodstreams, it can also bind to the calcium deposits (plaques) in your arteries. Chelation therapy essentially sweeps away the plaques as the medicine moves through your bloodstream.

A large-scale study sponsored by the National Institute of Health was recently conducted to determine the safety and effectiveness of chelation therapy for heart disease. It showed that infusions of disodium EDTA chelation therapy produced a modest reduction in cardiovascular events.

 

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Elizabeth Tringali, PA-C

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