What Is Chelation Therapy?

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Chelation therapy is a method of medicine that is used to remove excess heavy metals from your bloodstream. This mainly refers to the excess mercury that can often exist inside your blood, which can cause harm to your cells, and therefore your body.

Chelation (pronounced kee-lay-shun) therapy is accomplished by intravenously introducing a chelating agent, Ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), which is a synthetic amino acid. EDTA grabs onto the heavy metals and harmful minerals in the blood and allows them to be released in your urine. Sometimes another agent is used intravenously for extreme mercury detoxification, called DMPS. There are also oral chelating agents that are taken in pill form, and is an FDA-approved drug used for the treatment of lead poisoning. It is used to remove mercury from the body, combining with the metals in the bloodstream, then the metals and the drug are removed from the body by your kidneys and excreted through your urine.

The purpose of chelation therapy
For the most part, this type of therapy is used to treat some kind of heavy metal poisoning. It has been found that EDTA may reduce the amount of calcium in your blood, so some medical professionals believe that it can break down the calcium deposits that make up the plaque lining in diseased blood vessels. It is said to help in the treatment of atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries, because it can reopen clogged arteries that are being blocked up by plaque.

In theory, chelation therapy can successfully treat peripheral vascular disease, MS, autism, even Alzheimer’s disease. Yet this form of medicine is mainly used to treat heavy metal poisoning. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100,000 adults have been found to use chelation therapy as a form of alternative medicine in the span of a year.

Side-effects
One of the most common side effects of chelating agents is a slight burning sensation at the injection site of the agent. Although it has been reported that some side effects may include headache, fever, nausea, even vomiting. On very rare occasions, some potentially fatal side effects have been reported, such as an extreme drop in blood pressure, abnormally low levels of calcium in the bloodstream as a result of treatment, kidney damage that can be permanent, loss of blood cell count due to bone marrow depression, or even heart failure. Don’t worry, these side effects are extremely rare. Also, keep in mind that if chelation therapy is not performed by a seasoned and licensed professional, the outcome of this kind of therapy can be extremely fatal.

Naturopathic medicine and chelation therapy
When it comes to naturopathic medicine, this kind of therapy is used to repair damage to the arteries in an attempt to promote greater health and wellness. In an effort to remove harmful heavy metals from your bloodstream, injecting chelation agents, or taking them in pill form, is an amazing way to achieve a higher level of health.
It can cause the relaxation of the blood vessels as the clogged arteries run free once more, causing greater relaxation in areas of the body that are now free of clogged arteries. It is often administered on a bi-weekly basis for no less than 20 to 30 treatments. In some cases a larger amount of treatment may be necessary in order attain great improvement to their health and well-being.

If you are interested in using chelation therapy as a method to promote your own health and wellness, feel free to contact us at Longevity Medical Health Center, where we can educate you in ways to make chelation work for you.

About the Author
At Longevity Medical Health Center and Naturopathic Family Care, we have been recognized as the leading natural health care center offering comprehensive naturopathic medicine in Arizona since 1984. We are dedicated to improving the lives of our patients by providing high quality, individualized health care and alternative medicine. http://www.longevitymedical.com/

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