Chelation therapy is a safe and effective method of eliminating toxins and waste from the bloodstream. Intravenous administration of the substance EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) has been proven to increase blood flow and to remove plaque build-up in the arteries. Other benefits of chelation therapy are reversal of arteriosclerosis, prevention of heart attacks and strokes, and as a viable alternative to bypass surgery and angioplasty.
Chelation comes from the Greek word chele meaning “to claw” or “to bind”. The use of EDTA goes back to the 1950’s when it was found to be effective in removal of lead. Since then a number of studies published in reputable medical and scientific journals have confirmed the effectiveness of IV chelation therapy for treatment of blood vessel diseases. Over 500,000 patients in the United States over the last 40 years have used chelation therapy safely. Even though the FDA has not approved EDTA for cardiovascular disease, over 1,000 physicians recommend and administer chelation. The American College for the Advancement of Medicine and the American Board of Chelation Therapy have established a specific and safe protocol for EDTA treatments. Proper administration includes performing a complete physical exam and running specific tests to determine blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, tissue mineral analysis and kidney/liver organ function. This therapy is performed on an out-patient basis, is painless, and takes approximately one and one-half hours. The average number of treatments is determined by the physician but is usually between 20-30 sessions.
It is not clearly understood how EDTA works to improve blood vessel disease. The main theory is that it changes the calcium and magnesium in the cell wall lining. With age, calcium tends to accumulate inside cells, disrupting enzyme systems and leading to contraction of the vessel walls. Because EDTA binds to calcium, it allows magnesium to flow through the cell more easily thus relaxing and opening the circulation. Another benefit is that it helps reduce free radical production that is known to be one of the causes of arterial damage.
In a double blind study in 1989 with patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease who were treated with chelation therapy, 88% of the patients reported a marked improvement after 10 treatments. Other reports have documented the following benefits:
- Normalization of cardiac arrhythmia’s
- Improved cerebral arterial occlusion
- Improved memory and concentration
- Improved vision
- Protection against iron poisoning
- Detoxification of snake and spider venom