FAQ in chelation therapy
WHAT IS "CHELATION"?
Chelation (pronounced KEY-LAY-SHUN) is the process by which a metal or mineral (such as calcium, lead, cadmium, iron, arsenic, aluminum, etc.) is bonded to another substance―in this case EDTA, an amino acid. It is a natural process, basic to life itself. Chelation is one mechanism by which such common substances as aspirin, antibiotics, vitamins, minerals and trace elements work in the body. Hemoglobin, the red pigment in blood which carries oxygen, is a chelate of iron.
WHAT IS CHELATION AS A MEDICAL THERAPY?
Chelation is a treatment by which a small amino acid called ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (commonly abbreviated EDTA) is slowly administered to a patient intravenously over 2-3hours. The EDTA infusion bonds with unbalanced metals in the body and quickly redistributes them in a healthy way, or carries them away in the urine. Abnormally situated nutritional metals, such as iron, along with toxic elements such as lead, mercury and aluminum are easily removed by EDTA chelation therapy. Normally present minerals and trace elements which are essential for health are more tightly bound within the body and can be maintained with a properly balanced nutritional supplement
How many sessions of chelation are needed?
chelation therapy usually consists of anywhere from 15 to 50 separate infusions, depending on each patient’s individual health status. Thirty treatments is the average number required for optimum benefit in patients with symptoms of arterial blockage. some healthier patients receive only 10 infusions as part of a preventive program.which can be repeated every year.. It is the total number of treatments that determine results, not the schedule or frequency. Some patients receive treatments daily and others come weekly or at at variable intervals as convenience and their schedule dictates.
DO I HAVE TO ADMITT IN A HOSPITAL TO BE CHELATED?
No, chelation therapy is an out-patient treatment available in a physician’s office or clinic.
DOES IT HURT? WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE CHELATED?
Being "chelated" is quite a different experience from other medical treatments. There is no pain, and in most cases, very little discomfort. Patients are seated in reclining chairs and can read, nap, watch TV, can chat with other patients while the fluid containing the EDTA flows into their veins. If necessary, patients can walk around. They can visit the restroom, eat and drink as they desire, or make telephone calls, being careful not to dislodge the needle attached to the intravenous infusion they carry with them. Some patients even run their businesses by telephone or computer while receiving chelation therapy.
ARE THERE RISKS OR UNPLEASANT SIDE EFFECTS?
EDTA chelation therapy is relatively non-toxic and risk-free, especially when compared with other treatments. Patients routinely drive themselves home after chelation treatment with no difficulty. The risk of significant side effects, when properly administered, is less than 1 in 10,000 patients treated. chelation therapy is at least 300 times safer than bypass surgery.
Occasionally, patients may suffer minor discomfort at the site where the needle enters the vein. Some temporarily experience mild nausea, dizziness, or headache as an immediate aftermath of treatment, but in the vast majority of cases, these minor symptoms are easily relieved..
If EDTA chelation therapy is given too rapidly or in too large a dose it may cause harmful side effects, just as an overdose of any other medicine can be dangerous. While it has been stated by critics that EDTA chelation therapy is damaging to the kidneys, the newest research (consisting of kidney function tests done on hundreds of consecutive chelation patients, before and after treatment with EDTA for chronic degenerative diseases) indicates the reverse is true. There is, on the average, significant improvement in kidney function following chelation therapy. Chelation treatments must be given more slowly and less frequently if kidney function is not normal. Patients with some types of severe kidney problems should not receive EDTA chelation therapy.
WHAT ARE THE EXAMINATIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS DONE PRIOR TO BEGINNING CHELATION THERAPY?
Prior to commencing a course of chelation therapy a complete medical history is obtained. Diet is analyzed for nutritional adequacy and balance. A complete list of current medications will be recorded, including the time and strength of each dose. Special note will be made of any allergies.
Blood and urine specimens will be obtained to insure that no conditions exist which should be treated differently or might be worsened by chelation therapy. Kidney function will be carefully assessed. An electrocardiogram is usually obtained. Noninvasive tests will be performed, as medically indicated, to determine the status of arterial blood flow prior to therapy. A consultation with other medical specialists may be requested.
WHAT PROOF DO YOU HAVE THAT IT WORKS?
There is good evidence from clinical experience that symptoms of reduced blood flow improve in up to 85 percent of patients treated. More than a million patients have thus far received chelation therapy, almost as many as have undergone bypass surgery.
All clinical trials of chelation therapy have been positive. There are no negative data, although a few report had a deceptively negative spin on positive data. In addition, several research studies have been published with results of before-and-after diagnostic tests using radio-isotopes and ultra sound which prove statistically that blood flow increases following chelation therapy. Even without blood-flow studies, if leg pain on walking is relieved, if angina becomes less bothersome, and if physical endurance and mental acuity improve, such benefits would be quite enough to justify EDTA chelation therapy. Improved quality of life and relief of symptoms are the most important benefits of chelation therapy.
HOW CHELATION THERAPY IS MORE PREFERABLE TO BYPASS SURGERY?
Chelation therapy benefits the flow of blood through every vessel in the body, from the largest to the tiniest capillaries and arterioles, most of which are far too small for surgical treatment or are deep within the brain where they cannot be safely reached by surgery. In many patients, the smaller blood vessels are the most severely diseased, especially in the presence of diabetes. The benefits of chelation occur simultaneously from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, not just in short segments of a few large arteries which can be bypassed by surgical treatment.
Chelation halts the progress of the free radical disease. Free radicals underlie the development of atherosclerosis and many other degenerative diseases of aging. Reduction of damaging free radicals it believed to allow diseased arteries to heal, restoring blood flow.. The body’s regulation of calcium and cholesterol is restored by normalizing the internal chemistry of cells.
Having surgery didn’t improve the chances for most patients to live longer, live healthier, live better, or enjoy life more , when the results were statistically analyzed. The incidence of heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and both employment and recreational status were the same when comparing a large group of patients treated surgically with those treated non-surgically, even without using chelation therapy for the non-surgical treatment group.
Most importantly, cardiovascular surgery does nothing to arrest or reverse the underlying disease, which exists in varying degrees throughout the body. It is at best a piecemeal "cure" for a system-wide problem. Bypassing a tiny portion of the body’s blood vessels can have little lasting benefit when the same degenerating condition which caused the most extreme blockage at one or two sites must of necessity be taking place everywhere, throughout the circulatory network.
Chelation patients are frequently able to return to work and to resume their sports and other activities, without the need to undergo surgery. If they stay on a proper diet, exercise within limits of tolerance, continue to take the prescribed program of nutritional supplements, and receive periodic maintenance chelation treatments (every one to two months, depending on the severity of the underlying medical diagnosis) they can usually go many years without suffering further heart attacks, strokes, senility or gangrenous extremities.
If you have been told, that you have advanced arterial disease, you may have been advised to have vascular surgery or balloon angioplasty. If so, it is essential for you to understand the nature of your disease and all possible treatment choices, before you can make an intelligent decision concerning the various options. Even if chelation therapy and other non-surgical therapies should fail, bypass still remains a choice. Although bypass can relieve symptoms, as a last resort, surgery does not prevent heart attacks or prolong live in the vast majority of patients operated.
WHAT OTHER DISEASES MIGHT BE BENEFITED BY CHELATION?
Because the very aging process itself correlates with ongoing free radical damage, it is no surprise that a large variety of symptoms have been reported to improve following chelation therapy. symptoms of arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s , psoriasis, high blood pressure, and scleroderma have all been reported to improve with chelation therapy. In fact, there is no better treatment for scleroderma. Vision has been improved in macular degeneration. Patients generally feel younger and more energetic following therapy, even when taken for purely preventive reasons. In fact, chelation therapy is more desirable for prevention that it is for established disease. Preventive medicine is always preferable to late stage crisis intervention.
patients who received EDTA chelation therapy had a 90% reduction of cancer deaths. There is a large body of scientific research indicating that free radical damage to DNA is an important factor at the onset of most cancer. Chelation therapy blocks damaging free radicals.
WILL CHELATION THERAPY HELP WITH HEART VALVE PROBLEMS SUCH AS AORTIC STENOSIS OR MITRAL REGURGITATION?
EDTA chelation will not have much effect on diseased heart valves as such. However, chelation has been shown to improve the efficiency of cardiac function and relieve symptoms and reduce probability of heart attack and other complications. If surgical replacement of the valve becomes necessary, prior chelation therapy should speed recovery and reduce the probability of serious surgical complications such as stroke or myocardial infarction ( heart attack).
DOES EDTA EFFECT METAL IN STENTS AND JOINT REPLACEMENTS?
EDTA has no effect on intact metals used for implants in the body, or anywhere else for that matter. EDTA binds only dissolved and positively charged (oxidized) metal ions dissolved in solution. Stents and joint replacement are made from alloys such as highly refined stainless steel, vanadium alloys and titanium, that will not dissolve in body fluids
WHAT ELSE IS INVOLVED IN A COMPLETE PROGRAM OF CHELATION?
Chelation is not in and of itself a "cure-all"—it reduces abnormal free radical activity and removes unwanted toxic metals, allowing normal healing and control mechanisms to come in to play. Healing is facilitated, allowing health to be restored with the help of applied clinical nutrition, antioxidant supplementation and improved lifestyle. A full program of chelation therapy involves recommended number of chelation treatments, should follow a healthy lifestyle, take a spectrum of nutritional supplements, be physically active and eliminate destructive lifestyle habits such as tobacco and excessive alcohol.If cardiovascular drugs are needed, they can be taken with chelation with no conflict.
IS CHELATION THERAPY FOR YOU?
Only you can make that decision!
Chances are, your doctor won’t help you decide. Patients who choose chelation therapy often do so against the advice of their personal physicians or cardiologists. Many have already been advised to undergo vascular surgery. Occasionally, a patient never hears about chelation therapy until he or she is hospitalized and a friend or relative begs him or her to look into this non-invasive therapy before proceeding to surgery. In an impressively large number of instances, a new patient comes for chelation on the recommendation of someone who has been successfully chelated. Many patients have benefited even after one or more failed bypasses.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRA INDICATIONS OF CHELATION THERAPY?
- Active liver diseases(increased PT, increased liver enzymes)
- Any coagulation disorders
- Renal insufficiency(creatinine is more than1.5)
- During pregnancy/ contemplating pregnancy
- During menstruation
- History of pulmonary tuberculosis(get reactivated if calcified foci in lungs)
- If they are taking any anticoagulants
- In congestive cardiac failure(fluid infusion increases congestion)
- If allergic to chelation medicine