Intravenous Chelation Therapy is a medical treatment used to remove toxic metals from the body. Heavy metals enter the body through amalgam fillings in the teeth (Mercury), paint and other old structures (Lead), water supplies (Arsenic, Manganese, Lead) and many other environmental sources including herbicides and pesticides along with cleaning products. Many people have worked in the past in industries with toxic components such as printing, manufacturing, and even arts and crafts. It would be very difficult to live in this day and age without being exposed to heavy metals.
Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity may include mental confusion, pain in muscles and joints, headaches, short-term memory loss, gastrointestinal upsets, vision problems, chronic fatigue, abdominal pain, vertigo, weakness, irritability, depression and the list goes on. Beyond chelation”s effects on heavy metals, it also helps to remove inappropriate accumulations of calcium from tissue. Calcium gravitates to atherosclerotic plaque in blood vessels, leading to arterial narrowing and blockage. Chelation gently and gradually mobilizes calcium from plaque, restoring elasticity and flow to blood vessels.
To determine if a patient has heavy metals, a “Chelation Challenge Test” is given. Known for its ability to pull heavy metals out of the body, an IV infusion of the chelating agent EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid) is given. This infusion is then followed by a 12 hour urine collection to measure heavy metal excretion.
As with any therapy, some mild side effects are possible although most patients experience few or no side effects at all. For some patients, IV Vitamin C and replacement mineral infusions are also recommended to support the body through the metal removal process. Chelation therapy is considered a very safe and effective technique for medical management of heavy metal toxicity with hundreds of thousands of patients receiving treatments over the past 50 years.