In conventional medicine, IV chelation therapy is used to remove heavy metal from the patient’s blood. The process itself involves the intravenous injection of EDTA, which is a chelating agent into the bloodstream. EDTA then binds to the heavy metals making it easier to be excreted in urine. Although chelation therapy has not been clinically proven an effective treatment for heart disease, there are some physicians who have used it for stroke victims and patients with heart disease.
USES OF CHELATION THERAPY
Though there has been questions about the effectiveness of this type of therapy, physicians have used it for several reasons in addition to the one mentioned above. These include:
- Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
- Multiple Sclerosis.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CHELATION THERAPY
As with any medical intervention, there are always possible side effects associated with it. In regards to chelation therapy, the side effects most noted by patients include:
- A burning sensation at the site of injection.
Though extremely rare, there are more serious, and possible fatal reactions to include:
- A sudden drop in blood pressure.
- Abnormally low calcium levels.
- Kidney damage.
- Heart failure.
Only an experienced medical professional should administer chelation therapy to reduce he risks of side effects. Patients should be fully aware of all risks and chelation therapy benefits. There has been extensive research done on this subject and though there is skepticism, chelation therapy may have the following positive benefits such as:
Before undergoing chelation therapy, individuals should have a urine analysis performed to determine the presence of heavy metals. Agents for chelation therapy are not available over the counter. If found to be a suitable candidate for therapy, patients should be aware that chelation therapy can cause a depletion of Vitamin C and E, thus these should be supplemented.
As with any possible medical intervention, being informed and knowing the facts is important. Weigh the pros and cons and then make an informed decision if chelation therapy could be beneficial.