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Chelation Therapy is the process of removing ionic materials from the body through the use of infusion therapy. Chelation Therapy may be performed with various oral and intravenous solutions, although we find the intravenous administration of EDTA is typically the safest and the best route to use. The American Clinic of Preventative Medicine uses Chelation Therapy as an alternative treatment to reversing Atherosclerosis, Heart and Artery Disease and removing Heavy Metal Poisoning.
Chelation therapy is a scientifically proven treatment for lead poisoning and poisoning from other heavy metals. Protocols for its use have been established by the American College of Advancement of Medicine (ACAM). When administered by an experienced therapist at the proper dosage, it is extremely safe. The American College for the Advancement of Medicine estimates that over 500,000 patients have undergone Chelation Therapy safely nationwide using these ACAM protocols. No fatalities have been reported. It is important that the therapist keeps a close eye on your condition and monitor for signs of toxicity and side effects of Chelation Therapy. You also must make sure you are taking an appropriate vitamin/mineral supplements between your infusions. The American Clinic of Preventative Medicine staff is trained and certified in Basic Life Support and has emergency equipment available as a precaution in our office.
What Do Chelation (EDTA) Treatments Involve?
Once it has been established that there is a problem which could benefit from EDTA infusions, a series of treatments are scheduled, usually two to three time per week. Often times your treatment will be in a room with other patients receiving treatments. Chelation Therapy is most often given into a vein (usually in the hand or forearm), either as a short injection or over a period of two to four hours. The needle is attached to the infusion bottle containing typically containing 3 grams of ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), a chemical that binds, or chelates heavy metals, including iron, lead, mercury, cadmium, and zinc and various other nutrients. However, the amount of EDTA may vary if you have some degree of renal impairment. The infusion bottle is hung from an adjustable stand and allowed to infusion over 2 and ½ to 3 hours. Because the therapy removes some important minerals from the body, patients often receive high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements during treatment. In most cases, the EDTA solution is dripped into the bloodstream at a rate of one drop per second. The precise amount of time for the administration will be determined by your provider (increased time may be required for impaired renal function patients). Periodic blood and urine testing will be done to make sure that the kidneys and other organs are operating sufficiently well to cope with the EDTA detoxification. The EDTA is 95 percent eliminated from the body by the kidneys and 5 percent via bile excretion. One to three infusions of Chelation Therapy may be given each week. A typical treatment cycle may include twenty (20) injections or infusions spread over 10 to 12 weeks.