Chelation [kee-ley-shun] therapy is a non-invasive way to remove accumulated metals in the body, which can aid in the treatment of a number of health conditions for our Los Angeles patients.
What is Chelation Therapy?
Chelation therapy is a treatment involving the use of amino acids and antioxidants to remove heavy metals and other substances from the body. Chelation was initially used to treat lead poisoning and similar heavy metal poisonings. It’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The procedure involves intravenous (IV) introduction of chemical compound into the bloodstream. That compound will bind to certain molecules (for instance, the metals) and remove said molecules from the body via urination. Eliminating excess or toxic metals and minerals from the body is believed to enhance health and even fight disease.
Typically a synthetic amino acid called ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) is used in chelation therapy. EDTA is effective at removing lead, copper, iron, and calcium from the blood. There are other chemicals used as chelating agents, including DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) and DMPS (dimercaptopropane sulfonate) as other popular choices. While certain minerals that chelation flushes out of the system are beneficial to an individual, it is relatively easy to reintroduce them back into the bloodstream at a healthy level, using a remineralization IV. EDTA was synthesized initially in the late 1930s, and is used as a food preservative and clinically to preserve blood specimens and donor hearts.
Why We Need to Detox Heavy Metals
When metals like lead, mercury, iron, and arsenic build up in your body, they can be toxic. Heavy metal toxicity is affecting our health more than ever and our defense mechanisms are severely compromised by the metals effects in our body. Some of the issues that can occur with a high level of heavy metal toxicity include:
- Initiating oxidative stress
- Cancer cell activation
- Weakened immune system activity
- Reduced energy metabolism
- Interference in the body’s cells & tissues
- Hormone synthesis & dysfunction
Chelation Therapy Near Me
Our environment bombards us with pollutants and toxins every day. The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe; all of it contains chemicals that cause our bodies harm. Some researchers even believe that the buildup of metals like copper, iron, and zinc can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Chelation therapy reduces the body’s burden of toxins contributing to chronic health issues and other issues related to heavy metal buildup. Unfortunately, a healthy lifestyle is not enough by itself to flush stubborn metals out of the body, that can lie dormant for decades at a time.
Detoxing your body of these chemicals can reduce their burden. Chelation therapy, as part of a balanced treatment program administered by a healthcare professional, can help keep you in good health. The therapy can be administered in several different ways, depending on the chelating products used.
IV therapy is available once a week and can take several hours per session. To reach a patient’s health goal, at least 20 IV sessions are typically required. While EDTA is administered via IV chelation therapy, DMSA is taken orally. Regardless of the method used, chelation functions in the same way. The EDTA reacts with heavy metals in the circulatory system and drags them out, to eventually be filtered by the kidneys and evacuated.
Chelation therapy is safe when correctly administered. That said, a common side effect of IV-based chelation therapy is burning in the area where the IV is connected. It is also possible that you might experience other side effects, including fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting. It is possible, if levels of beneficial metals are not replenished after each session, that kidney damage can occur.
What You Need to Know About Chelation Therapy’s Efficacy
The National Institutes of Health performed a sizable clinical trial to assess chelation therapy: TACT, or Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy. It made many discoveries that are being built upon by a followup called TACT2.
Heart attacks: An NIH-funded study published in Current Opinion in Cardiology in 2014 found that EDTA-based chelation therapy for heart disease sufferers (specifically, those who had previously suffered heart attacks) was associated with a significant reduction in the occurrence of stroke and hospitalization for angina. When patients were also people with diabetes, the benefit was even more pronounced. The researchers also recorded that chelation treatment for heart disease sufferers could potentially improve patients’ health due to the reduction of oxidative stress.
Atherosclerosis: This term describes the narrowing of arteries owing to fatty deposits on their inside walls. This restricts blood flow to the heart, brain, and limbs, causing chest pain and potentially compromising circulation to the legs and brain. These deposits, also called plaques, are known to have calcium as a component. The principle is that chelators, like EDTA, attract and remove calcium and therefore are effective at dissolving or at least reducing arterial plaques.
Autism: Chelation therapy is recommended by some healthcare practitioners as a treatment for autism. This is based on the repeatedly refuted attempt to establish a causative link between the correlation of increasing diagnoses of autism and the proliferation of recommended childhood vaccines. The logic to this discredited theory is that thimerosal, a preservative which contains minute amounts of mercury that is sometimes used in vaccines for children and adults over the age of 6, somehow causes young children and infants who receive vaccines to develop autism.
Therefore, the thinking goes, the way to treat autism is to flush out the mercury (which, it should be stressed, was never actually present in the child). Aside from the obvious issues that autism a) has not been proven to be caused by heavy metals and b) is not a condition to be ‘cured’, no self-respecting healthcare practitioner would recommend chelation therapy as treatment for a child’s autism. At a child’s early stage of development, chelation therapy could have severe effects on their general health and well-being. Multiple children have died as a result of inappropriately performed chelation therapy, one of whom was undergoing therapy for autism.
Chelation Therapy For Heavy Metal Poisoning
The original use of chelation therapy, and FDA-approved, it is the preferred medical treatment for various kinds of toxic metal poisoning. Different chelating agents are used in different situations.
- Arsenic poisoning – dimercaprol, DMSA, DMPS, penicillamine
- Mercury poisoning – dimercaprol, DMSA, DMPS
- Lead poisoning – dimercaprol, DMSA, penicillamine, EDTA
- Lewisite poisoning – dimercaprol
- Copper toxicity – penicillamine
- Gold toxicity – penicillamine
- Iron poisoning/iron overload – deferoxamine, deferasirox, deferiprone
What Does Chelation Therapy Cost?
Intravenous chelation therapy is a long term treatment option, best purchased in bundled packages in order to secure a good price point for the patient. A package can be purchased and the entire cost collected and appointments made at that point. You should discuss protocol and specifics on pricing with your chelation therapy doctor.
Heavy Metal Chelation Supplements
When undergoing chelation therapy to reduce your burden of heavy metals, there are specific supplements that will be part of the protocol. Each protocol will have a specific time line with an outline of when to take those supplements. The chelation therapy doctor will review this timeline during your visit.
What are the Benefits of Chelation Therapy for Treating Heart Disease?
Your heart condition can potentially benefit tremendously from chelation therapy, especially with diabetic conditions, according to the TACT1 (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) Study. In the subgroup with diabetes (633 patients), the results were dramatic: the chelation-based strategy reduced the risk of cardiac events by 51% and reduced total mortality by 43%. The study found that chelation plus high-dose vitamins and minerals produced the greatest reduction in risk of cardiovascular events versus placebo.Other research shows that brain function improves along with mitochondrial function (those little power plants in each cell). Stubborn, chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, and multiple sclerosis have been treated and controlled using chelation therapy.
After you have completed your chelation therapy program, there will be certain guidelines that should be followed. Because everyone is different and undergoing chelation therapy for different reasons, your chelation doctor will review this with you as your program comes to a close. Part of your maintenance program will include a regular “maintenance” chelation protocol. Coronary artery bypass surgery and other hospital involved conditions can be very expensive. Chelation can be a much less expensive approach to managing concerning health conditions that might otherwise drain a bank account.
Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D. and Preventive Cardiology
Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D. specializes in holistic healing. She can develop a customized program of care for patients with or at risk of cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure. This program will improve the patient’s quality of life by combining lifestyle adjustments such as nutrition and physical activity with sophisticated diagnosis equipment and evidence-based medicine protocols. The Holistic Healing Heart Center has access to a range of cardiac diagnostic tools:
- Echocardiogram – uses ultrasound to visualize the heart chambers and major blood vessels nearby.
- Stress echocardiogram – a combination of a treadmill stress test with an echocardiogram to improve the diagnostic load. Provides a more robust set of results than a typical echocardiogram.
- Cardiac nuclear imaging – for patients unable to participate in a standard treadmill exercise test. A very small amount of radioactive isotope is injected into the body and travels to the heart and cardiac muscle via coronary arteries. Over several hours a gamma camera picks up the radiation and identifies the blood flow to the heart. This procedure carries no more risk than a standard X-ray.
- Holter monitor – gathers data on how the heart responds to normal activity over a 24 hour period. Five small electrode pads attached to the chest pick up electrical signals from the heart, and the patient keeps a journal recording all activities/symptoms.
Call the Holistic Heart Healing Center today to begin your journey to better heart health via chelation therapy. You can reach our Burbank center on (818) 514-9599, or our Valencia center on (661) 417-0803.