Atherosclerosis: a condition in which deposits of plaque are formed within large and medium sized arteries, (commonly referred to as hardening of the arteries)
EDTA: “ethylenediaminetitraacetic acid”; an effective chelating agent because it is able to for a stable bond with metal ions
Heavy Metal: a metallic element with a specific gravity greater than 5.0 (lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, tin, etc.)
Oxidation: the combination of oxygen with another substance, causing a chemical transformation of the substance. Within the body, oxidation reactions often result in tissue damage.
DEFINITION OF CHELATION
The word chelate is from the Greek word chele, which refers to the claw of a crab or a lobster, implying the firm, pincer-like binding action of a chelating agent to a metal ion (lead, mercury, calcium, iron, copper, etc).
Chelation Therapy can be administered both orally and intravenously. The decision to use oral over intravenous Chelation Therapy may involve factors such as the type of heavy metal, kidney function, mineral levels, ability to travel to the clinic site, and fear of needles. Often, oral chelating products are used in combination with intravenous chelating products. Oral chelators used independently have been shown to be less effective.
WHAT IS CHELATION THERAPY?
Chelation is commonly used in water treatment plants to clean sediment build-up such as calcium and magnesium salt from the inside of water pipes. EDTA functions as an “arterial treatment system” that pulls calcium out of an old encrusted pipe.
EDTA Chelation Therapy has a variety of applications. Most commonly, it is known for its clinical management of Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and related disorders. Facilitating a binding process, EDTA Chelation Therapy aims at reducing calcium deposits, removing heavy metals that inhibit enzyme systems, controlling oxidation of fats, and reducing platelet “stickiness”.
EDTA Chelation Therapy is also used in the treatment of heavy metal intoxication. Through a similar binding process, EDTA attracts and forms a stable bond with metal ions (lead, iron, mercury, copper, etc.). Once these heavy metals bind, EDTA functions to create a binding-like action to metals in our body. This binding process provides the bioinorganic chemical basis for EDTA Chelation Therapy.
APPLICATION FOR EDTA CHELATION THERAPY
EDTA Chelation is shown to be beneficial for conditions such as:
b) Heavy Metal Toxicity
d) Cerebral Vascular Disease (strokes, transient ischemic attacks, etc.)
e) Rheumatoid Arthritis
f) Multiple Sclerosis
g) Diabetes Mellitus
i) Varicose Veins
j) Poor Circulation
m) Peripheral Neuropathy
EDTA Chelation Therapy can be utilized as a form of preventative medicine, decreasing the onset of age associated diseases before systems arise. Healthy individuals will benefit from the multiple therapeutic functions of EDTA Chelation Therapy.
EDTA CHELATION THERAPY ADMINISTRATION PROTOCOL
EDTA Chelation Therapy Assessment (60 min)
1) In this visit an informed consent agreement (limited power of attorney) will be completed.
2) Patients will be given an explanation of EDTA Chelation Therapy and how it applies to their condition.
3) A medical history will be taken as it pertains to relative chief concerns and EDTA Chelation Therapy.
4) The patients’ weight will be recorded.
5) A diet program, as well as nutritional supplementation, will be discussed. Diet focuses on hypoallergenic foods. Supplementation focuses on optimizing liver and kidney function, and replacing essential minerals.
6) EDTA Chelation Therapy procedures will be reviewed.
7) Minimum lab tests required: must be recent (i.e. within past 6 months)
a. CBC (complete blood count)
b. Blood Chemistry (Creatinine, BUN, liver enzymes)
c. Lipid Panal (total cholesterol, Tryglycerides, HDL, LDL )
8) A naturopathic physical exam may be required if one has not been completed within the past 12 months.
9) Treatment schedule will be set up at the end of the EDTA Chelation Therapy Assessment visit.
Lab test may be completed at Kamloops Naturopathic and Chelation Clinic (additional fees). If patients obtain lab tests from their medical doctor, the results must arrive at Kamloops Naturopathic and Chelation Clinic at least one week prior to commencing EDTA Chelation Therapy.
EDTA CHELATION THERAPY
Appointment time: 2.5 – 3 Hours
1) Remove outdoor shoes.
2) Provide urine sample in the specimen cup.
3) Notify the Naturopathic Doctor of any changes in your health status.
4) Take a seat in the Chelation room.
5) Your blood pressure will be taken.
6) Your I.V. line will be set.
7) You will be shown how to lower your I.V. pole and turn off the I.V. line, for trips to the washroom.
8) You must consume snacks and fluids during your treatment time.
9) It is essential to use the washroom during treatment.
10) Notify clinic staff when I.V. bag is empty.
11) Your I.V. line will be removed by the Naturopathic Doctor.
12) Maintain adequate hydration between EDTA Chelation Therapy sessions.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The protocol for administration of Chelation Therapy using EDTA is given according to the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM). This protocol will be followed for each EDTA Chelation Therapy session. Any deviation from this protocol will be noted in the patient’s chart.
The number of treatments to be given is determined by clinical assessments and the presenting condition. An average treatment course is between 15 to 30 treatments spread over 3-4 months.
Regular lab tests will be used to monitor kidney and liver function. The frequency of lab tests will depend upon initial lab test results. Lab tests are performed on average every 5-10 EDTA Chelation Treatments.
As with any therapy, side effects are possible. Vein irritation, headache, fatigue, joint discomfort and general malise may occur. These symptoms tend to disappear with continued treatment. Most patients experience minimal or no discomfort at all.
EDTA can deplete trace elements while it removes unwanted and toxic metals from the body. Therefore, it is necessary for patients to receive a high potency multiple vitamin/mineral/trace element supplements to prevent depletion.
Individual conditions may dictate additional supplementation. The use of homeopathics, antioxidants, botanicals, kidney and/or liver support will be considered.
The following dietary program has been designed to enhance EDTA Chelation Therapy. Please consult with the Naturopathic Doctor if you have any questions.
• Lean Protein (fish, lamb, turkey, tofu)
• Complex Carbohydrates (vegetables, fruit)
• Healthy Fats (flaxseed oil, avocados, fish body oils)
• Fiber (physilium husks, flax seed or meal, fibrous fruits & vegetables)
• Good Quality Water (distilled, spring or reverse osmosis)
• Drink at least 2 L of water a day
• Lemon water in the morning. Squeeze half a fresh lemon in a glass or tepid water and drink 15 minutes before you eat any food.
• Fresh vegetables of any kind. Steamed is best. Incorporate a variety of colors.
• Grains: rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, barley, spelt, kamut, and oats.
• Oil: Ghee (moderation), cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, almonds, walnuts, and pecans).
• Nut and seed butters (almond, cashews, sesame).
• Fish, fresh or frozen (tuna, salmon, halibut, haddock, mackerel, herring, char, snapper, cod).
• Lentils, chickpeas and other legumes.
• Eggs (free range only).
• Tofu, soy beans, soy milk, soy nuts, lecithin granules.
• Onions and garlic.
• Spices (cayenne, ginger, curry spices, celery seed).
• Herbs (mint, parsley, cilantro).
• Fermented and yeast products.
• Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams.
• Red meat and organ meat (especially beef and pork).
• Refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white flour).
• Hydrogenated fats (margarine, vegetable shortening) – READ LABELS
• Dairy products, including whey, casein and lactose
• Packaged and processed foods.
• Food colorings and additives – READ LABELS
DO’S AND DONT’S – PATIENT RESPONSIBILITIES
1) Eat a substantial well balanced meal (preferably protein and complex carbohydrates) before arriving for your treatment.
2) Bring along a snack, such as fruit or nuts to eat during your treatment.
3) Bring a 500 ml bottle of water and a small fruit juice.
4) Bring a book, magazine or writing pad.
5) Bring a pair of slippers or indoor shoes; outdoor shoes are not permitted in the I.V. room.
6) Take the urine sample container labelled with your name, obtain sample and leave it in the lab before each treatment.
7) Notify the Naturopathic Doctor if there have been any changes in your health status since your last I.V. treatment (i.e. chest pain, shortness of breath, weight gain/loss, leg pain, infections, difficulty urinating, etc.).
8) Immediately notify clinic staff if abnormal symptoms arise during your I.V. treatment (i.e. weakness, dizziness, swelling, etc.).
9) It is essential to use the washroom during your treatment. Holding urination and bowel movements may have detrimental effect on blood pressure and inhibit the detoxification processes.
10) Ensure you turn your I.V. line off prior to going to the washroom and return it to the ‘on’ position once you have returned to the chair.
11) Notify clinic staff when I.V. bag is empty.
1) DO NOT sleep during the treatment. Verbal communication is essential to ensure ongoing assessment.
2) DO NOT cross your legs during the treatment, as this impairs circulation to your lower limbs.
3) DO NOT take supplements containing minerals, especially calcium, the day of your Therapy.
4) DO NOT consume any dairy products on the day of your EDTA Chelation Therapy.
5) DO NOT REMOVE OR DISCONNECT THE I.V . LINE FOR ANY REASON. Contact clinic staff if you require assistance.
6) Alcohol SHOULD NOT be consumed 24 hours prior to EDTA Chelation Therapy.
Note: Tobacco reduces the therapeutic benefit of EDTA Chelation Therapy and shortens the duration of the benefits.
CHELATION ADDITIVES AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
The following are added to a 500 ml bag of sterile water:
a) Chelating agents – binds calcium and heavy metals
b) Antioxidant and aids in detoxification
c) Improves circulation
2) Ascorbic Acid
b) Decreases adrenal stress
c) Stimulates liver enzymes
d) Collagen repair
e) Stimulates immune system
3) Magnesium Sulphate of Chloride
a) Decreases blood pressure
b) Decreases cardiac arrhythmia
c) Enhances enzyme systems
d) Acts as a muscle relaxant
4) Sodium Bicarbonate
a) Neutralizes the acid formed from addition of EDTA and magnesium
5) Potassium Chloride
a) Decreases cardiac arrhythmia
b) Decreases adrenal fatigue
c) Reduces muscle fatigue
a) Anticoagulant – decreases platelet aggregation
b) Lipolytic – decreases cholesterol
a) Decreases pain at infusion site
b) Decreases cardiac arrhythmia
8) Dexpanthenol (B5)
a) Supports adrenal function
b) Decreases uric acid
9) Pyridoxine (B6)
a) Immune system modulator
10) Thiamine (B1)
a) Improves cellular respiration
b) Supports nervous tissue function