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Chelation Therapy

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books


What Is It?
Chelation is a widely used and respected therapy used to treat poisoning from heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, iron and aluminium. Some practitioners also believe it is useful for many other ailments including hardening of the arteries, muscular dystrophy and arthritis.

How Does It Work?
The treatment involves intravenous injection of the chemical EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) which binds with metals in the bloodstream. The metals are then excreted in the urine.

The therapy was first used in the late 1940s to treat lead poisoning in workers from battery factories. Doctors noted that patients treated reported less pain from angina, improved memory, better vision, smell and hearing, and increased energy. They speculated that EDTA might remove calcium-laden plaque from the arteries in the same way it removed lead from the blood.

A more accepted theory suggests that, along with toxic metals, Chelation Therapy removes free radicals - molecules that cause oxidation and tissue damage. This allows the arteries to heal, shedding their plaque and relieving the symptoms of heart disease and poor circulation.

There is still a great deal of controversy surrounding the use of Chelation Therapy for anything other than metal poisoning.

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What Happens During Treatment?
A thorough medical examination is given before treatment. If metal poisoning is suspected a sample of hair will be sent to a laboratory for testing. Other tests measure kidney function and blood circulation. If you have heart problems, an electrocardiogram and chest x-rays will be given. Treatment will not be given until test results are evaluated by the practitioner.

The chemical EDTA is administered through a needle inserted into a vein in the back of the hand or arm while you lie in a reclining chair. Your blood pressure, blood sugar, and kidney function are monitored during the treatment. Vitamin and mineral supplements and antioxidants are often added to the EDTA infusion.

The treatment is painless and takes about 3-4 hours. Between 20 and 50 treatments are usually recommended for metal poisoning (1-3 treatments each week).

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What Is It Used For?
Chelation Therapy is a widely accepted treatment for heavy metal poisoning. More controversially, it has been used to treat other ailments including hardening of the arteries, gangrene, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and arthritis. It is also sometimes recommended for boosting energy and improving mental alertness.

Side Effects/Cautions
Do not use chelation therapy (except in emergency metal poisoning) if you have kidney disease, liver disease, a brain tumour, or an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism).

Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should also avoid this treatment.

Chelation therapy should not be used as a substitute for conventional heart disease treatment.

Some conventional doctors warn of side effects such as anaemia, blood clots, bone marrow damage, insulin shock, irregular heartbeat, stroke, low blood pressure and severe inflammation of the area where the needle was inserted. Others dismiss these warnings saying Chelation Therapy is safer than aspirin.

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Recommended Books

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A Textbook on Edta Chelation Therapy
Elmer M. Cranton

EDTA chelation therapy removes from the human body, with relative safety and without surgery, metallic ions that play an important role in the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Dr.Elmer Cranton's compilation of the most current and pertinent information on EDTA chelation therapy is now back in print, with even Learn more... about chelation's effects, protocols, and status based on the latest research. Find out why more than a thousand physicians in the United States already offer EDTA chelation therapy as a safer and far less expensive alternative to surgical treatments for atherosclerosis.
From the author of Bypassing Bypass Surgery: Chelation Therapy: A Non-Surgical Treatment for Reversing Arteriosclerosis, Improving Blocked Circulation, and Slowing the Aging Process. This book contains the most current and pertinent information on EDTA chelation therapy - now expanded and updated. Extensive evidence on the efficacy of chelation therapy in prevention and treatment of age-associated diseases, heart and arterial disease, high blood pressure, brain disorders, cancer, renal dysfunction, and more. Illustrates how chelation therapy may improve circulation and overall health, possibly even extending life. Supports chelation as an alternative to invasive, risky and expensive procedures such as bypass surgery and balloon angioplasty.

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The Chelation Way: The Complete Book of Chelation Therapy
Morton Walker

Walker's book provides a complete explanation of chelation therapy. The only use for this therapy which is generally accepted is to remove lead from the bloodstream in cases of lead toxicity, although new evidence suggests it may help to control and in some cases reverse the effects of arthritis, cancer, stroke, and more. Using lay language, Walker explains the various chelating agents and how they work, and presents case studies of patients who have been helped by the therapy. An appendix lists chelating physicians worldwide. This is an interesting treatment of the subject, much more comprehensive than any other book.
-Barbara Kormelink, Bay Medical Central Library, Bay City, Michigan.

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Toxic Metal Syndrome
Richard H. Casdorph, Morton Walker

If you subscribe to the belief that death, disease, and physical decline are optional, this book's for you. Casdorph and Walker expose the accumulation of toxic metals in the brain as the likely source of Alzheimer's-style dementia and offer strategies for preventing such accumulation. The fact that the medical establishment and the FDA stand opposed to C & W's therapeutics distinguishes, to say the least, their book from others on Alzheimer's. The therapy they employ, chelation, is hardly new, but the results Casdorph has obtained from it are unparalleled. Widespread U.S. use of chelation apparently ended in the 1960s when the medical establishment concluded that, like insulin, its benefits ceased when treatment ended. Casdorph and a few others persisted and devised from it a treatment for Alzheimer's that flushes toxic metals from the system. However problematically, this book proffers hope to Alzheimer's sufferers and their loved ones. - Mike Tribby

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