Chelation Therapy

In use for 50 years, chelation is a procedure for detoxifying the body of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and mercury. Its potential really became understoon after World War II when it brought significant improvement for those with lead poisoning. It is from the Greek root word "chele" which means "claw". Chelating agents grab onto, or bind, with the metals and excrete them from the tissues of the body. There is growing use of chelation therapy as a beneficial treatment in cases of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. Some health practitioners recommend chelation as a way to remove the build up of fatty deposits or calcium on the arteries and improve the flow and delivery of oxygen to the heart for proper function and optimum health. In this way, chelation can be a less expensive alternative to by-pass surgery.

Chelation therapy is a process where a solution of DMSA or EDTA (calcium disodium ) is given to the body. These chelating agents may be given orally, rectally or intravenously. Each session takes three to four hours to optimize the safety of the procedure. The number and frequency of sessions is tailored to the individual patient, who is under the close supervision of the health professional. Treatments can be scheduled every 1-2 weeks and can continue for 4-6 weeks or for up to 6 months or longer. The program is designed to the individual case and is based on their physical state, toxicity levels and other factors.

Chelation therapy practitioners will typically meet with the client and do a physical examination as well as bloodwork and other tests. Clients are usually given a supplement program to help to support their body through both treatment sessions and ongoing recovery.

Side effects are usually minimal, but may include a burning sensation at the injection site, nausea, fever, headache, stomach upset, and/or a drop in blood pressure.

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