Chelation therapy is an injection treatment for cardiovascular problems which involves the intravenous infusion of vitamins, magnesium and a chelating, or binding, agent known as EDTA. This mixture serves to chelate, or bind, toxic heavy metals, calcium and free radicals in blood vessel walls, which are then excreted in the urine. As a result, blood vessels become more pliable and circulation improves, which leads to the reduction or elimination of chest pain and other symptoms of vascular disease.
Patients who have completed a course of chelation therapy often notice an improvement in energy and well-being, and are often able to reduce or eliminate their need for medication. In an analysis of more than 20,000 patients receiving chelation therapy, 87% had measurable improvement in parameters such as exercise tolerance, walking distance and cardiogram results.
How does it work?
Chelation therapy uses a synthetic amino acid called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid) which has the unique ability to attach itself to metals and minerals, forming a particular kind of bond, called a chelate. Heavy metals, such as lead, have a greater affinity for EDTA and form particularly strong bonds. Once the chelate is formed, the metals and EDTA are excreted through the urine.
How does chelation therapy compare to other treatments?
EDTA chelation therapy may be recommended in place of or in conjunction with other approaches for treating vascular diseases including other drug therapies, angioplasty and coronary artery bypass grafting. A doctor who administers EDTA chelation therapy will take into consideration individual health issues to determine which approach may be appropriate and whether surgery may be indicated. You should discuss the options available to you and the associated risks with a doctor.
Chelation therapy is highly favorable to coronary bypass surgery, which has serious controversy about the relative risks and long-term benefits. Because chelation has very minimal side effects, no down-time and does not prevent the concurrent or subsequent use of other treatments, it is certainly worth consideration by those suffering from vascular disease.
How is chelation therapy administered?
Chelation therapy is injected intravenously, over a series of visits to the Magaziner Center. It is safe and relatively free of side effects. All chelation patients are advised to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to their treatment and health, including diet, exercise, stress management and dietary supplements.