IV Chelation Therapy
What is Chelation?
Chelation (pronounced KEY-LAY-SHUN) is a process by which a metal or mineral such as lead, mercury, iron, arsenic, aluminum, calcium, etc. is bonded to another substance... in this case EDTA, an amino acid known as Ethylene Diamine Tetra-acetic acid. Chelation is one mechanism by which such common substances as aspirin, antibiotics, vitamins, minerals and trace elements work in the body. Example, like hemoglobin, the red pigment in blood which carries oxygen, is a chelate of iron. Some of the health conditions that benefit from chelation therapy include hypertension, heart disease, memory decline, autism, diabetic complications, and many others.
How is it Administered?
The patient can expect to have their treatment given to them from the comfort of a recliner chair. Where the patient can either bring their own reading material or can enjoy the use of an iPad to surf the Internet or watch a movie on Netflix. Food or water is also allowed during your infusions. The IV Therapy is administered slowly to a patient by a member of our medical team for over a period of about 1-1.5 hours per treatment. Once done the patient can resume the rest of their day.
How Often Are the Treatments?
30 Treatments is the average number required for optimum benefit with symptoms of arterial blockage. Chelation therapy usually consists of anywhere from 20-50 separate infusions, depending on each patient's individual health status. It is the total number of treatments that determine the results, not the schedule or frequency. Over a period of time, these treatments halt the progress of free radical disease which causes most of our cardiovascular diseases.
What Are Free Radicals?
Free radicals underlie the development of atherosclerosis and many other degenerative diseases. The reduction of the damaging free radicals allows diseased arteries to heal, restoring blood flow. Chelation therapy, over time, brings profound improvement to many essential metabolic & physiologic functions in the body. The bodies regulation of calcium and cholesterol is restored by normalizing the internal chemistry of the cells. Chelation has many favorable actions on the body to include a reduction of triglycerides.
Are There Risks or Unpleasant Side Effects?
EDTA Chelation therapy is relatively non-toxic and risk-free, especially compared with other treatments. Patients typically drive themselves home after their chelation treatment with no difficulty. The risk of significant side effects, when properly administered, is less than 1 in 10,000 patients treated. By comparison, the overall death rate as a direct result of bypass surgery is approximately 3 out of every 100 patients, varying with the hospital and the operating team. The incidence of other serious complications following surgery is much higher, up to 35%, including heart attacks , strokes, blood clots, mental impairment, infection & prolonged pain. 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. When administered by a physician who is properly trained in this type of therapy, chelation is safer than many other prescription medicines. Statistically speaking, the treatment itself is safer than the drive to the doctors office.
If EDTA chelation therapy is given to quickly or in too large a dose it may cause harmful side effects, just as an overdose of nay other medicine can be dangerous. Reports of serious and even rare fatal complications many years ago stemmed from excessive doses of EDTA, administered too quickly & without proper laboratory monitoring.
While it has been stated that EDTA chelation therapy is damaging to the kidneys, the newest research (consisting of kidney function test done on 383 consecutive chelating patients, before and after treatment with EDTA for chronic degenerative diseases) indicates the reverse is TRUE.
What Type of Exams Are Done Before Chelation Therapy?
Prior to Chelation therapy a complete medical history is obtained. Copies of pertinent medical records and summaries of hospitals admissions. A thorough head-to-toe examination will be preformed. A complete list of medications you are currently on will be recorded, including times per day and dosages. Any and all allergies will be noted.
Blood and urine specimens will be obtained to insure that there are no contraindications to chelation therapy. Kidney function will be carefully assessed. Blood pressure and pulse ox will be performed each time. A consultation with other medical specialists may be requested.
Is Chelation Therapy a New Treatment?
No. Chelation's earliest application with humans was during World War II when the British used another chelating agent, British Anti-Lewesite (BAL), as a poison gas antidote. BAL is still used today in medicine.
EDTA was first introduced into medicine in the United States in 1948 as a treatment for industrial workers suffering from lead poisoning in a battery factory. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Navy advocated chelation therapy for sailors who had absorbed lead while painting government ships and dock facilities. In the years since, chelation therapy has remained the undisputed treatment-of-choice for lead poisoning, even in children with toxic accumulations of lead in their bodies as a result of eating leaded paint from toys, cribs or walls.
In the early 1950?s it was speculated that EDTA chelation therapy might help the accumulations of calcium associated with hardening of the arteries. Experiments were performed and victims of atherosclerosis experienced health improvements following chelation?diminished angina, better memory, sight, hearing and increased vigor. A number of physicians then began to routinely treat individuals suffering from occlusive vascular conditions with chelation therapy. Consistent improvements were reported for most patients.
Published articles describing successful treatment of atherosclerosis with EDTA chelation therapy first appeared in medical journals in 1955. Dozens of favorable articles have been published since then. No unsuccessful results have ever been reported (with the exception of several recent studies with very flawed data presented by bypass surgeons in an attempt to discredit this competing therapy). There have also been a number of editorial comments of a critical nature made by physicians with vested interests in vascular surgery and related procedures.
From 1964 on, despite continued documentation of its benefits and the development of safer treatment methods, the use of chelation for the treatment of arterial disease has been the subject of controversy.
Is It Legal?
Yes. There is no legal prohibition against a licensed physician using chelation therapy for whatever conditions he or she deems it to be in the best interests of their patients, even though the drug involved, EDTA, does not yet have atherosclerosis listed as an indication on the FDA-approved package insert. The FDA does not regulate the practice of medicine, but merely approves marketing, labeling & advertising claims for drugs & devices in interstate commerce.
The American College for the Advancement in Medicine conducts educational courses in the proper and safe use of IV EDTA twice a year. They also publish a Physicians' Protocol which contains professionally recognized standards of medical practice for chelation therapy.
Now on the question of legality, courts hve expressed the opinion that a physician who withholds information about the availability of other treatment choices, sush as chelation therapy, prior to preforming vascular surgery (along with all other treatment modalities) is in violation of the doctrine of informed consent. Withholding information about a form of treatment may be considered a form of mal-practice, if as a result, a patient is deprived of possible benefit. Therfore, it is the doctors who refuse to recognize & inform their patients about chelation who are risking legal liability - not those chelating physicians.
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