Chelation Therapy Q & A

Chelation Therapy Q & A
by Rashmi Gulati, MD

What is chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy is a medical technique that uses special medicines to remove toxins and heavy metals from the body, reducing the risks of chronic conditions and diseases like atherosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries), a leading cause of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

How is chelation therapy performed?

Chelation therapy uses infusions of the prescription medicine ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) combined with therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals administered through a slow-drip IV. The solution travels throughout the bloodstream where it rids vessels of heavy metals and other toxins, normalizing the distribution of metallic elements found naturally in the body and improving the body's ability to process calcium and cholesterol, both of which are involved in atherosclerosis. EDTA also helps prevent production of free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules that have been implicated in a range of serious diseases, including heart disease, cognitive decline and cancer.

How many infusion treatments will I need?

The number of infusions varies from patient to patient, depending on individual health and lifetime exposures to toxins and heavy metals. In most cases, between 10 and 30 treatments can provide meaningful and noticeable health benefits, but your specific course of treatment will be customized for your needs.

How can I tell if chelation will be beneficial for my health?

A physical exam and a review of your medical history and health symptoms is the best way to determine if chelation therapy will be helpful. It's also important to remember that chelation therapy is not only used to treat specific symptoms, but it's also used regularly as a form of preventive care to help remove harmful toxins and heavy metals so the body functions better and can ward off diseases and illnesses and heal itself.

Is chelation safe?

Yes; nearly half a million patients have been safely treated with chelation therapy during the past three decades.

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