By removing heavy metals, free radical damage is significantly reduced or reversed.
The ultimate effect of EDTA Chelation therapy is to restore the health of the arteries.
This is obtained by the removal of the pathological heavy metals and the increased
production of a naturally formed substance called nitric oxide. Current research
now validates nitric oxide as an endothelial-relaxing factor which relaxes the blood
vessels, decreases the resistance to blood flow and subsequently improves the delivery
of oxygen and other vital nutrients that the vessels supply to the tissue. Such
effects are desirable in a majority of cardiovascular diseases.
Clinical studies performed by Physicians actually performing EDTA Chelation
Therapy have documented positive benefits from using EDTA in the treatment of the
following disease processes:
* Arterio/ Atherosclerosis
* Coronary Artery Disease, Carotid Artery Disease
* Cerebral Vascular Disease (strokes, transient ischemic attacks [TIA’s], Alzheimer’s)
* Peripheral Vascular Disease (claudication, pre-gangrene)
* Certain Cardiac Arrhythmias
* Autoimmune Disease (Scleroderma, Multiple Sclerosis, RH, SLE)
* Collagen Vascular Disease (rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythermatosus)
* Diabetes Mellitus, both Type I and Type II
* Heavy Metal Toxicity (lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, etc.)
* Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism
* Hypercalcemic States
* Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis
* Venous Stasis Disorders
* Peripheral Neuropathy
WHAT ARE TOXIC METALS AND WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum, etc.. are toxic to the human
body. Lead among other damaging effects, inactivates the vital enzymes upon which
the body depends for many of its critical processes. Unfortunately high levels of
lead may be found in our environment. Leaded gasoline from automobiles and from
the oil and gas industry has spewed thousands of tons of lead into our atmosphere
which is being breathed in or is gaining entry into our bodies through our food.
It is estimated that most of us have a lead burden of 500 times that of our forefathers,
much of it trapped in our bones and other tissue.
Mercury is even more toxic than lead and causes damage to the immune system. It
is a common industrial waste in our water and it is also absorbed from our mercury
amalgam fillings. Another source is excessive fish consumption.
Aluminum has been found in toxic concentrations in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s
disease. It is found in food cooked in aluminum pots, in underarm deodorants, in
tap water in certain areas, in baking powder, and in some drugs and foods.
Cadmium comes from cigarette tobacco and car exhaust, arsenic from industrial pollution
and wood preservatives, and so the list goes on.
HOW IS EDTA CHELATION GIVEN?
After careful assessment including a physical exam and laboratory testing, Chelation
therapy is given by intravenous drip to a maximum frequency of three treatments
per week. Each treatment takes about 2½ hours and is given with the patient seated
in a comfortable recliner chair, in which they can read or visit with their neighbour.
Depending on the patient’s condition, it is usually recommended that an initial
course of 20 to 30 weekly or bi-weekly treatments be taken. After that, monthly
booster treatments are recommended to maintain the benefits originally gained by
the first series of treatments.
DOSAGE OF EDTA
The amount of EDTA is carefully calculated according to each patient’s age, weight,
sex, general health and blood creatinine levels according to the A.C.A.M. protocol
(American College for Advancement in Medicine). If above normal blood creatinine
levels are detected, the dosage of EDTA and frequency of treatment will be reduced.
Treatment may be stopped if in judgment of the doctor, continuing them might present
any type of potential problem for the patient.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
REACTION to the EDTA or to the vitamins included in the I.V. treatment does occur
occasionally. This is usually avoided by starting with smaller doses and gradually
building up to desired levels. INFLAMMATION at the sight of the I.V. may occur and
is treated with cold compresses. Because EDTA can reduce the amount of insulin needed
to treat diabetes, diabetic patients sometimes experience an insulin reaction; however,
this is controlled using I.V. sugar. If your BLOOD PRESSURE or BLOOD SUGAR declines
with treatment it is suggested that you see your regular doctor to adjust your prescription
medicines. A drop in BLOOD CALCIUM occasionally occurs and is evident by muscle
twitching, but this is corrected with I.V. or oral calcium.
Patients with HEART FAILURE are monitored closely as too much fluid can cause problems.
KIDNEY DAMAGE leading to dialysis is rare, whereas if there is a modest kidney damage
BEFORE Chelation, kidney function often improves. Life threatening reactions are
also rare. Chelation cannot be given to people with severe kidney damage, to people
on high doses of blood thinners and to pregnant women.
IS EDTA CHELATION SAFE?
Yes, very safe. Over 1 million people world-wide have been chelated and there are
no reported deaths from EDTA Chelation in the last 20 years following the A.C.A.M.
protocol which is followed in our clinic. However fatality as in any medical or
surgical treatment must be considered.