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Alternative medical practitioners use chelation therapy to address heart disease, because the medicine binds to the calcium within fatty deposits (plaque) in arteries. As the medicine makes its way through the patient’s bloodstream, plaque is swept away clearing out the artery.
Use of chelation therapy to treat heart disease and other diseases has grown 68% in just five years, with 111,000 people using the treatment annually.
Chelation Therapy has proven to reduce toxic levels in the blood stream, but has also been used to treat a wide range of serious medical problems including:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Hardening of the arteries
- Heart Disease
- Mercury Poisoning
- Lead Poisoning
If a patient is a good candidate for chelation therapy they will begin a series of treatments which typically occur two to three times per week, for a period of at least one to two months.
The origin of Chelation Therapy can be traced back to the early 1930s when German chemist Ferdinand Munz first synthesized ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Munz was working to develop a replacement for citric acid as a water softener, but EDTA would eventually be used for a much greater purpose.
It was during World War II that chemists from Oxford University discovered Chelation Therapy while searching for an antidote to lewisite, a chemical weapon.
Post World War II, Chelation Therapy was used to treat workers who painted the U.S. naval vessels with lead-based paints. The first chelation therapy findings were published in the American Journal of Medical Sciences in December 1956. In his findings, Norman Clarke, Sr. wrote that, “EDTA could dissolve disease-causing plaques in the coronary systems of human beings.”
How is it Administered?
A series of injections of ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), a man-made amino acid, are administered through the veins to bind iron, lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, and other metals found in the blood stream, and eliminate them from the body.
What to Expect
Recent studies show that chelation therapy produced a statistically significant reduction in cardiovascular events in treated patients.
Patients with diabetes had a 41% overall reduction in the risk of any cardiovascular event, and a 40% reduction in the risk of death from heart disease.
Very effective in removing metals from the body, chelation therapy can also be used to reduce high iron levels caused by certain blood disorders or from multiple blood transfusions.
Chelation therapy has shown to have significant impact on patients suffering from a wide range of serious health problems. Treatment has been shown to improve:
- Peripheral blood flow
- Pulmonary function
- Bone density
- Mental clarity
- Blood pressure
- Chronic fatigue
Risks & Side Effects
A burning sensation at the injection site is a common side effect of chelation therapy. Vitamin loss is also common, which is why you will most likely receive vitamin supplements which contain large amounts of minerals post treatment. In rare cases patients have experienced kidney damage or failure. Less common side effects of chelation therapy include:
- Drop in blood pressure
- Inability to create new blood cells
- Abnormally low blood-calcium levels
Due to the known risks associated with chelation therapy, it is important that you consult with your doctor before using it to treat heart disease.