In the age of the great world wide web, and with all information available at our fingertips, it’s surprising how many people do not take advantage of this resource. It’s not uncommon that patients who come to us to have zero knowledge of what they are in for. Usually a referral from a family member or a colleague, their trip to the Center was upon the trust on that person. And though we’d want to have our prospective clients to have baseline knowledge before they come over so they could ask their relevant questions, we would usually receive patients who have no knowledge at all about our therapies. And so this recent post is a sort of guide for our readers who are just learning about (and possibly contemplating) having IV EDTA Chelation Therapy.
For such a patient, I would explain Chelation Therapy in the following manner.
But first, let’s explore our “typical” patient. When I say typical, this is the profile of a patient who come to us 70-80% of the time.
Here is a middle age or slightly older male, 45-65 years old, married, more often than not a smoker in the past, with moderate alcohol beverage intake, with usually a stressful or a high pressured job, fond of eating out or of consuming a meat based diet, and most often do not have a very active lifestyle. He would usually have other co-morbidities like hypertension and diabetes. Primary diagnosis: Coronary Artery Disease or blockage in the heart vessels (ranging from just one or up to 6 vessels at most).
Most would come with a coronary angiogram at hand, which would show the number of arteries involved or severity of the blockage (% blocked). Most have gone through the process of consultation for a possible stenting or angioplasty or a CABG or Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery. Despite thorough consultations with their attending cardiologists or other health practitioners, they would not go through the procedure of surgery or stenting for any of the following reasons:
- high cost of the procedure/s
- fear of surgery itself
- fear of possible complications and risk of death
- friends and relatives who have gone through the procedure who did not have positive outcomes
A short consultation will be done. And a recommendation by our TLC doctor on duty will be given. I believe compliance to therapy is better if patient have a good baseline knowledge on the treatments that he is receiving. I believe too that patients should be given the chance to ask questions about the therapy and to make informed decisions on his heath and well being.
History of Chelation Therapy
Chelation Therapy is an Integrative Medicine approach. It is a science based and protocol based therapy with its history tracing back in the early 1930s to the work of German scientist Ferdinand Munz who first synthesized ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). It was during World War II that chemists from Oxford University discovered chelation therapy while searching for an antidote to lewisite, a chemical weapon. First application of Chelation Therapy is in treating painters of US Naval vessels who were exposed to lead-based paints. The first study on chelation therapy was published in the American Journal of Medical Sciences in December 1956. In his findings, Normal Clarke S. wrote, “EDTA could dissolve disease-causing plaques in the coronary systems of human beings.”
Administration of Chelation Therapy
Based on medical condition of the patient, a series of infusions will be administered to the patient on predetermined interval ranging from 1-3 sessions per week. Number of treatments may range from 10-15 for mild cases to 30-40 for severe cases. EDTA is a synthetic amino acid and in combination with other components based on protocol formulated by the American College for Advancement in Medicine (www.acam.org), infusions are administered from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. Considerations as to fluid levels, medical condition and kidney function are given appropriately. EDTA chelation Therapy works by binding toxic heavy metals, in particular, lead, mercury, cadmium as well as other toxins that has affinity to EDTA and will be eliminated with it through the urine within 24 hours of administration. IV insertion is usually a breeze, done by licensed nurses skilled in IV cannulation. During the duration of the treatment, patients are comfortably seated and may have a light massage, have a light snack, watch television or use gadgets for videos and games to pass the time. Most patients would sleep through the therapy though and leave rested after their visit.
What to Expect after Chelation Therapy
After the session, patients are advised on nutrition and diet modifications, as well as lifestyle management including exercise, stress and anger management. Patient’s medications are also reviewed and noted. Nutritional supplementation is encouraged and additional supplements may be recommended depending on medical case of the patient.
For the first 2-3 treatments, patient may experience occasional muscle pains, frequent urination, and increased drowsiness. These may be attributed to the detoxification stage of the therapy. Some patients have experienced short periods of chills and lethargy. These are short term effects and generally patients would feel a better sense of well being in around 3-5 sessions. Reports of feeling of lightness or “magaan”, and better breathing are the most common.
Benefits of Chelation Therapy
In the literature, chelation therapy has shown to have significant impact on patients suffering from diseases involving the following:
- circulation especially to the heart, brain and other organs
- pulmonary function
- peripheral blood flow
- bone density
- mental clarity
- blood pressure
- chronic fatigue
A recent study, the TACT 1 (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy for Cardiovascular Patients) has showed a statistically significant reduction in cardiovascular events in treated patients. It has also shown that patients with diabetes had an 41% overall reduction in the risk of any cardiovascular event, and a 40% reduction in the risk of death from heart disease. A National Institute of Health (NIH) funded study, recruitment for a follow up study TACT 2 is underway.
If interested to know more about Chelation Therapy, look for the following titles:
- Bypassing Bypass Surgery by Dr. Elmer Cranton
- The Chelation Way by Dr. Morton Walker
- Everything You Should Know About Chelation Therapy by Dr. Morton Walker and Dr. Hitendra Shah
- Questions from the Heart by Dr. Terry Chappell
For more information on Chelation Therapy and our Center, please call or visit us. (632) 3731163/4117391 or cell# 09258411088. You may also send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Glorybelle Molano
Integrative Medicine Doctor
The Longevity Center