Chelation EDTA

An intravenous detoxification therapy that prevents and/or reverses the progression of numerous types of chronic disease.

What is Chelation Therapy?

  • The name chelation comes from the Greek ‘chele’, meaning claw, which refers to the ‘claw-like’ structure of the organic chemical ethylene diamine tetra-acetic (EDTA).
  • EDTA is a man-made amino acid, and has a particular affinity for toxic heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, aluminium and lead, as well as other positively charged ions. EDTA grabs these substances in the body and secretes them as bodily waste.

What Conditions are Treatable with Chelation?

  • Historically used to treat acute lead poisoning.
  • Heavy metals have been implicated in a number of chronic disease processes resulting in kidney damage, immune system impairment, neuronal damage, hormonal impairment and autistic spectrum disorder.
  • Chelation has also been shown to be of benefit in patients who are suffering from any of the following:
    • Arteriosclerosis and sequelae such as: angina, myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease of the legs and feet in smokers and diabetes, stroke, impotence from erectile dysfunction.
    • Elevated LDL cholesterol
    • Elevated blood pressure
    • Tinnitus, dizziness and meniere’s disease
    • Nocturnal leg spasms
    • Emotional Instability
    • Impaired hearing, eyesight and taste
    • Impaired memory and concentration (including Alzheimers and Dementia)
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Sclerodermia
    • As prevention in patients with a family history of cardiovascular disease
  • To reduce heavy metal burden and improve overall sense of wellbeing
  • Atherosclerotic Diseases:
    • There is much controversy about the efficacy of chelation therapy for thickened arterial diseases. Many claims have been made for its value in breaking down calcium based arterial plaques, which are responsible for arterial blockages.  Clinically it has been shown to be a



relatively non-toxic and low-risk therapy, with longer-term benefit for patients faced with undergoing bypass surgery.  

  • Patients who have benefited from chelation therapy often show improvements for some time once the therapy has been stopped. These prolonged benefits speak to the detoxification effects of chelation therapy.  Once the body’s toxin burden has been reduced, it becomes better able to engage its own natural healing process.

What are the Side Effects of Chelation Therapy?

  • Common: the possibility of a slight burning sensation at the site where the EDTA is delivered into the vein.
  • Rare: fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Extremely Rare: heart failure, a sudden drop in blood pressure, abnormally low calcium levels in the blood, permanent kidney damage, and bone marrow depression (meaning that blood cell counts fall). Reversible injury to the kidneys, although infrequent, has been reported with EDTA chelation therapy. Other serious side effects can occur if EDTA is not administered by a trained health professional.

What Should I Expect During Chelation Treatment?

  • Prior to your treatment, your doctor will perform a thorough medical history as well as a screening lab test. You may also be asked to do a urine heavy metal test.
  • Treatment consists of administration, over a 1 hour period, of an intravenous solution consisting of CaEDTA, various vitamins and minerals and either sterile water or normal saline.
  • Every fourth treatment, a vitamin and mineral replacement bag will be administered to replenish nutrients lost during the chelation treatments.
  • The frequency of treatment is once or twice/week for up to 30 treatments. Treatments will then be reduced to 4-5 times/year for maintenance.
  • During the course of treatment, diet and lifestyle recommendations will be made to ensure you are achieving optimal health.

 

List of Related Resources:

http://www.drcranton.com/chelation/chelationcritics.htm

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chelation/