By J. Manuel Cordova, M. D.
Every person on the planet has been exposed to toxins, metals and pollutants. The air we breathe, the food we eat and environmental exposures are some of the sources.
Chelation Therapy is a chemical process delivered intravenously (through the veins). It is a slow-drip process that can take around 2 ½ hours to properly administer. Smaller doses given in shorter time periods are not usually effective.
Chelation patients seldom feel any pain or discomfort and enjoy their quiet time reading a book or taking a short siesta.
The medication formulation is determined for each patient on the basis of his/her personal medical history, current laboratory/diagnostic studies and current physical condition.
Chelation is not usually a one-time treatment. In order to rid your body of the metals and toxins, the process requires multiple treatments. Once the initial series is complete, a monthly follow-up treatment is generally sufficient to sustain the desired result.
Please remember, hazardous toxins in your body may exist for years without producing physical problems. By the time you have visible symptoms, it is much more difficult to treat the condition.
The Chelation medication is used to bind molecules, such as metals or minerals, and hold them tightly so they can be removed from the body.
Chelation has been scientifically proven to rid the body of excess toxic metals. A person with lead poisoning, for example, may be given Chelation Therapy to remove excess lead from the body.
The substance that binds and removes metals and minerals is EDTA (disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), an amino acid administered intravenously. This particular formulation is designed to remove metals and minerals from the blood that do not belong there, such as lead, iron, copper and calcium.
Chelation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals. It was first used in the 1940s for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning.
You might think this problem doesn’t affect you, but the exposure to lead based paints and mercury tooth fillings are two of the most common ways that you may have been exposed to these harmful toxins.
DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide) is another Chelation treatment that has proven very beneficial to relieve pain, increase circulation, repair tissue damage and fight degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
Chelation Therapy has been successfully used around the world in treating Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). This specific use of Chelation Therapy has not yet been approved by the U. S. FDA; however, a large-scale study has been authorized by the National Institute of Health to evaluate the process further and present its findings to the FDA.
How can EDTA Chelation Therapy help clear blocked arteries? EDTA might remove calcium found in the fatty plaques that block the arteries. The process may stimulate the release of a hormone that causes calcium to be removed from the plaques, or causes a lowering of cholesterol levels.
Research has also documented EDTA benefits in treating Alzheimer disease, arthritis, autoimmune conditions, cancer, cataracts, emphysema, gallstones, hypertension, kidney stones, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, senile dementia, stroke, varicose veins and other conditions involving interrupted blood flow and diminished oxygen delivery.
Unlike vitamin infusions, a patient does not necessarily feel better immediately after Chelation, but the work it’s doing on the ‘inside’ will result in overall better health.
(Ed. Note: Dr. Cordova is an Internal Medicine and Geriatric Specialist. He is Board Certified in Chelation Therapy.)