What Is Chelation Therapy?
Chelation therapy is the administration of a synthetic amino acid –
ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid or simply EDTA. EDTA binds
heavy metal poisons such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. It also
binds iron, copper and calcium, which has been shown to be associated
with the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in the blood vessels. This
formation of plaque often leads to heart attacks, strokes, kidney
disease, and peripheral vascular disease. By chelating these minerals
and pulling them out of the body, chelation softens and reduces the
amount of hard plaque and toxic heavy metal poisons in the system. When
calcium is removed it lessens hardening of the arteries and allowing
their normal elasticity to return and resulting in better circulation.
Chelation was first used in the 1940's. At that time people working
in shipyards were developing heavy metal poisoning from large amounts of
lead in the paints and buildings. Working with the U.S. Government drug
companies developed a chelation agent which was then used to remove
these poisonous heavy metals. Incidentally it was discovered was that
chelation also improved conditions such as heart disease, angina and a
number of other serious health problems. Research then proved that
chelation was useful in treating hardening of the arteries. EDTA
chelation is approved by the FDA for the removal of heavy metal poisons.
What Conditions Is Chelation Therapy Currently Used To Treat?
Today chelation is not only used to
remove toxic and poisonous heavy metals but also to treat
atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries heart and kidney problems,
along with peripheral vascular (arterial and venous) disease. It is now
being used in men and women with diabetes since they are at greater risk
for heart attacks and strokes. Those people who have already had one or
more heart attacks or strokes, or have one or more arterial stints can
benefit the most. Also any person who has elevated cholesterol or
triglycerides (over many years), angina or cardiac chest pain, or who
has a strong family history of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney
failure may use chelation as a preventive treatment to avoid potential
Does Chelation Therapy Help Everyone?
No one treatment will ever benefit everyone who uses it, the same is
true of chelation, it does not help everyone, however, a 95% success
rate is common. Even when it does not provide 100% prevention it can
provide substantial help in controlling symptoms and delay problems for
many years increasing and improving quality of life.
What Is A Typical Treatment Program?
The EDTA chelation is administered intravenously. Each treatment can
take between 1 and 2 ˝ hours. During this time, you will rest in a
comfortable reclining chair, you can socialize with others, read, listen
to music or a book in tape or just relax, even go to sleep. Chelation is
a painless procedure which you can undergo one, two or three times per
week depending on your medical condition.
How Many Treatments Are Required For Maximum Benefit?
Over the last 60 years research has demonstrated that it takes
approximately 20 treatments to significantly soften atherosclerotic
plaque in most people. For individuals who are symptomatic and already
have heart problems, or strong indicators of heart, stroke, kidney
disease, peripheral vascular problems or diabetes, as many as 30
treatments might be appropriate. Someone who has had a heart attack,
stroke or has significant vascular problems may need up to 40
What Does Chelation Cost?
Like everything good things have a cost. An average cost for
chelation is generally somewhere between $100 and $150 a treatment. Initially, prior to starting a chelation treatment program we would require a comprehensive medical
evaluation which usually a comprehensive medical history, review of
current medications, a physical examination, diagnostic laboratory
testing when indicated. Our program combines chelation with personal
life style counseling and we encourage lifestyle changes like diet,
exercise, vitamins-mineral supplementation, antioxidant therapy and
weight loss when they are called for.
Is Chelation Therapy Covered By Insurance or Medicare?
Unfortunately, No! While chelation has become very popular worldwide,
and several socialized medicine countries...notably Australia, New
Zealand, most of Europe and Canada pay for chelation therapy, it is
considered to be an alternative medical treatment in the United States
and is only rarely a covered benefit of some insurance policies.
At a time when heart surgery to deal with the same problems can cost
of to $100,000 most US carriers still refuse to pay for chelation. As
chelation specialists we are appalled but have no way to change this. We
believe that it makes no sense to treat a problem surgically when
statistic tell us that it will most likely recur within five years and
require another surgery. This is especially true when there is a much
less expensive, safe procedure such as chelation already in place.
Surgery is in affect a localized "patch", whereas chelation
gets to every blood vessel in the body and eliminates the problems and
the risks of atherosclerosis. Chelation also treats mercury, arsenic,
lead and other toxic metal poisons which are common today for the same
fee. Multiple benefits for one price!
Has Chelation Ever Hurt Anyone?
At the beginning, when chelation was first used in 1940's it was
often given too rapidly, This resulted in kidney damage in some people.
Now that chelation therapy has been used for 60 years, these problems
are very rare. Today chelation has a proven and successful tract record,
with no problems or complications, when used in the recommended protocol
from the American College for Advancement in Medicine. It has been
estimated that nearly two million people have been and safely
successfully treated with chelation to date.
How Can I Learn More About Chelation Therapy?
Center for Optimal Health give frequent lectures on chelation with open question and answer sessions. If you would like to
start chelation, or look into it in greater detail than call us or come
in. More importantly, take the opportunity to personally visit with and
find out if you are a candidate for chelation. Call us at 805-435-1200
and make an appointment to learn more. Thank you!