Chelation Therapy Questions and Answers
Mediworks Rejuvenation Centre offers chelation therapy that removes heavy metals such as lead, iron or mercury from your body. To find out if Chelation therapy would be right for you call us or make an appointment. Visit us at a location near you in South Surrey BC, and Burnaby BC.
Chelation therapy is a safe, effective alternative to the drugs and surgery used to treat many illnesses caused or made worse by athero/arteriosclerosis. While drugs and surgery address the symptoms of a disease, chelation therapy goes directly to its causes and reverses the damaging process. Chelation therapy involves the intravenous infusion of ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA).
What is EDTA
EDTA removes toxic heavy metals (such as lead) and abnormally located/excessive metallic ions (such as iron) from the body thereby cleansing blood, vessels and organs and improving metabolic and circulatory function. Some metals, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium are poisons. Lead and cadmium levels correlate with high blood pressure. All metals, even essential nutritional elements, are toxic in excess or when abnormally situated. EDTA normalizes the distribution of most metallic elements in the body. EDTA improves calcium and cholesterol metabolism by eliminating metallic elements in the body. EDTA improves calcium and cholesterol metabolism by eliminating 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, including abnormal accumulations of metallic elements. The end result is plaque formation within arteries which blocks the flow of blood. Plaques are composed of fibrous tissue, cholesterol and calcium. Atherosclerosis leads 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, like concrete. These calcifications can often be seen on X-ray. Disordered calcium metabolism can also cause coronaries and other arteries to go into spasm, further reducing blood 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 the presence of metallic elements and act as a chronic irritant to blood vessel walls and cell membranes. EDTA removes those metallic irritants, allowing leaky and damaged cell walls to heal. Plaques smooth over and shrink, allowing more blood to pass. Arterial walls become softer and more pliable, allowing easy expansion. Scientific studies have proven that blood flow increases after chelation therapy. A complete program of chelation therapy involves a broad-based health care 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 four million treatments during the past 30 years. Not one death has been directly caused by chelation therapy, when properly administered by a physician who was fully trained and competent in the use of this therapy. Side effects are possible, as with any drug therapy. Vein irritation, mild pain, headache and fatigue may occur. Occasionally a mild and transient fever occurs. These and other minor side effects, if they occur, are easily controlled by adjusting the duration and frequency of treatment, or with the use of other simple measures. Side effects tend to diminish after the first few treatments. Most patients experience few or no side effects.
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; transient loss of vision; paralysis; or rapidly failing memory, see a physician! Any unexplained or persistent symptoms which affect your heart, head or limbs should be explored for circulatory blockage. Sufferers of cardiovascular disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and those experiencing adverse reactions to pollutants are only a few of those who can benefit from chelation.
How will I be able to tell if Chelation Therapy has helped me?
Patients routinely report reduction or elimination of their 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 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, have subsequently benefited from chelation therapy. Treatment for each patient must be individualized. If all else fails, including chelation therapy, bypass remains available as the last resort.
Are there any risks or unpleasant side effects?
When administered and monitored properly, side effects are very rare and minimal: mild nausea, dizziness or headache. Frequency of treatment and dosages are tailored to individual kidney function and the patient’s ability to safely excrete EDTA in the urine. Kidney functions are monitored throughout the course of the therapy to ensure against overload. Since the half-life of EDTA in the body is only one hour, within 24 hours all the EDTA is gone from the body and you are left only with its therapeutic effect.
Interactions with other treatments
Chelation therapy can be used in conjunction with most other therapies for cardio-vascular disease such as blood thinners, calcium blockers, beta blockers, blood vessel dilators as well as medicines for blood pressures and heart arrhythmias. A course of chelation typically reduces/eliminates the need for drugs.
Is Chelation Therapy a legal treatment?
Yes! Chelation therapy is completely legal. The College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC) requires Naturopathic physicians to be certified in IV and Chelation therapy and have prescriptive authority in order to administer Chelation therapy, if in his or her professional judgment it is of potential benefit.
How long does chelation therapy take?
Length of treatment varies with each patient. Each treatment lasts from 2-4 hours. The EDTA solution is infused as a very slow drip into a vein in the arm. Typically 20-30 treatments administered weekly or biweekly are the recommended course. Surprisingly, young adults have benefited from using this therapy preventatively once every 3 months.