Thanks to advance medical technology and research, there are many treatments and therapies that can enrich many peoples lives, prolong them, and even save some from an unfortunate future. Chelation therapy is one of the many treatments used today. Usually, this type of therapy may be used in a combination of other treatments and is often only preformed once other types of treatments have failed for one reason or another. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has approved this treatment when it is found necessary. Although, this will be determined by a licensed professional with other factors included such as the severity of the condition, your past health, and ultimately whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
Why Would Someone Need This Treatment?
Some may have been exposed to chemicals or have a medical condition that led up to them having an abnormal build up of metals or minerals in their blood stream. The most common types of metals and minerals found in patients are:
Chelation treatment is the method of removing these harsh metals and minerals from the body. First, a synthetic solution will be released into the bloodstream. This synthetic solution known as EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), will then bind to all of the metals and minerals in the bloodstream. Once the EDTA solution has bonded to the minerals and metals, they will both be passed through the kidneys and out of your system.
Other Uses, Risks, and Benefits
Some health professionals may refer patients for Chelation therapy for other medical conditions. EDTA acts somewhat like an antioxidant that removes those heavy metals and minerals that are combined with LDL cholesterol. This can help treat patients due to the fact that LDL cholesterol is one of the biggest causes of damaged arteries. Although Chelation therapy benefits may include the removal of LDL cholesterol and reduce or eliminate heavy metal poisoning, it has a downside as well. It may remove the calcium from the bloodstream in places needed, but it has the potential to remove calcium from otherwise healthy bones and tissues. However, some patients who suffer from aliments such as lupus and arthritis have reported that their pain has significantly decreased. As with any medical procedure, it is important for you to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor to determine what will work best for you.