Chelation Therapy

By: Whidbey Naturopathic  09-12-2011
Keywords: Cardiovascular Disease

Chelation therapy is the removal of heavy metals from the body by using an agent to attract an ion of metal, inactivate it, and then remove it from the body. Its primary applications are to treat cardiovascular disease and heavy metal toxicity. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that EDTA chelation therapy is effective in treating cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, pre-stroke thrombosis, coronary artery disease, angina, and peripheral vascular insufficiency. The National Institute of Health is currently conducting a large scale study to investigate this use of EDTA chelation.

Another use of chelation therapy is for conditions relating to heavy metal toxicity. Tremors, Alzheimer’s, ALS, autism, cognitive dysfunction, speech and learning disorders, and immune dysfunction are just some of the conditions that can be caused by chronic heavy metal toxicity. At WIN Clinic we perform testing for heavy metal toxicity and provide effective treatment for correcting a chronic heavy metal burden.

Chelation therapy is most often given into a vein (intravenously), either as a short injection or over a period of 2 to 4 hours. A typical treatment cycle may include 20 injections or infusions spread over 10 to 12 weeks. Chelation therapy can also be given orally. Typically, chelation therapy is done in several cycles in order to get the most benefit.

There are various chelating agents for different types of toxicity. The most commonly used are:

EDTA is an effective intravenous chelator for iron, lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, and calcium.

Alpha lipoic acid is especially useful as an oral chelator for mercury, arsenic, and antimony.

DMPS is a good oral chelator of mercury, lead, silver, cadmium, nickel, arsenic, antimony, copper, molybdenum, zinc, and manganese. DMPS can also be administered intravenously.

DMSA is used orally for chelating lead, cadmium, mercury, silver, nickel, arsenic, molybdenum, copper, zinc, manganese, and iron.

Keywords: Cardiovascular Disease

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