What is IV Chelation? 

Chelation is a method to remove toxic metals from your system.

Toxic metals are pervasive in our environment.

EDTA, the main ingredient in IV Chelation therapy can break down biofilms. Biofilms are one of the ways many infections, including Chronic Lyme, evade the Immune system. For many, using IV EDTA can get them off the plateau of chronic infection and back to recovery.

Toxic Metals have been implicated in Heart Disease, Stroke, high blood pressure, neurologic disease, hormone issues, mental health issues, and cancer risk. Heavy metals contribute to plaque in the arteries, loss of memory function; adversely affect vital organs such as the liver, thyroid, parathyroid, and heart. It can depress immune systems as well as brain function and contribute to coronary heart disease.

Toxic and misplaced metals interfere with metabolism. Enzymes make life possible. Enzymes are at the center of every biochemical process in the body. Without enzymes you could not make proteins, hormones, immunoglobulins, neurotransmitters or repair tissues to name a few things.

Long before you would be considered poisoned from toxic metals, your metabolism will become less efficient and can result in susceptibility to health problems. At the heart of every enzyme is a metal. This metal is the true catalyst of the enzyme. Toxic metals can displace the metal at the center of an enzyme making it work less effetely or not at all. If you displace enough of these enzymes it results in “poisoning.”

To make matters worse these substances are synergistic, meaning multiple toxins can be many times worse than just the sum of their toxicity. In one study a dose of lead that should kill only 1% of a population of mice was combined with a dose of Mercury known to kill far less than 1% of a population of mice, together it killed 100% of the mice. Studies have confirmed this effect in humans. This same synergy has been shown with other toxins as well.

“Lead is a pervasive environmental contaminant” according to the CDC. They go on to say that lead resulted in more than 8 million disease-adjusted life years lost due primarily to heart disease. It inhibits neurological development and leads to more infections due to immune suppression. It can have effects on reproductive health and cancer risk.

According to the EPA, lead can result in heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney issues, and reproductive problems.

“Mercury is a highly toxic element that is found both naturally and as an introduced contaminant in the environment,” says USGS.gov

Mercury is associated with, heart disease, neurological injury, IQ deficits, anxiety, tremors, irritability, negative self-concept

In Dr. Elmer Cranton, M.D.’s book “Bypassing Bypass Surgery” he describes many reasons for intravenous Chelation therapy. EDTA (the chelating agent) controls free radical damage that destroys cells as it removes heavy metals and restoring normal enzyme functioning. EDTA controls oxidative damage to cell membranes and enhances the efficiency of energy metabolism. Intravenous Chelation therapy removes excess metal ions, helps reestablish prostaglandin hormone balance which reduces arterial spasm, blood clots, plaque formation, inflammation, pain, and arthritis. It can protect the integrity of blood platelets and normalizes calcium metabolism. It also Intermittently lowers serum calcium by stimulating uptake of calcium in bones, making bones stronger. It increases tissue flexibility and encourages overall metabolic efficiency due to the whole range of above-mentioned factors.

Dr. Cranton’s book tells us chelation therapy has a profound effect on overall health as well as cardiovascular disease. Chemical sensitivities and allergies seem to improve due to a better functioning of the immune system. Also, all types of arthritis and muscle and joint aches and pains seem to improve after chelation. In most cases, progression of Alzheimer’s disease will be slowed and in some cases the improvement can be quite remarkable. Macular degeneration, a major cause of visual loss in the elderly, is often improved and almost always arrested or slowed by chelation therapy. Dr Cranton’s experience echoes Dr. Sult’s experience having given thousands of IV Chelation treatments since the late 1990’s through to today.

What to expect from a Chelation session?

Our Skilled nursing staff will use a very small needle to establish an IV.

Don’t worry if you have had problems with IV in the past, we have onsite Ultrasound and can use it to “see” your veins right through your skin. Once the IV is in we will start a slow drip of the Chelation solution. This is a mix of Vitamins, Minerals, and EDTA. The EDTA dose is calculated just for you based on your kidney function. So, we will need a blood test known as a Creatinine. The treatment will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

Is Chelation a One and Done treatment?

No. Chelation is delivered in a series of treatment. Generally, for the treatment of active symptoms we do 2 treatment per week for 15 weeks followed by maintenance therapy of every 1 to 3 months depending on the individual.

How do I know Chelation is working?

Most people know because they feel so much better. We can perform several advanced non-invasive tests. One is called Digital Pulse Wave Analysis. This test helps us determine the “stiffness” of your arteries. Another test is the Multifunction Cardiogram or MCG. This is a very sensitive marker of Plaque formation in your arteries. We can also measure your toxic metals with tests.

Why IV vs. Oral Chelation?

Only about 3-5% of EDTA is absorbed orally. 100% of IV EDTA is absorbed, but it is not an either-or issue. For many, by the time they are having medical problems from toxic metals, oral chelation is just too little too late. Once the system has been cleaned out occasional IV treatments or daily oral chelation can keep your system running efficiently. Oral chelation can be a great prevention and maintenance treatment.

What does Chelation Remove?

Affinity of EDTA by LogK. The higher the LogK the better EDTA removes it.
MetalLog KMetalLog K
Iron3+ (proxoident)25.1Cobalt16.3
Mercury21.8Aluminum16.1
Copper18.8Iron2+ (Heme Iron)14.3
Lead18.5Manganese13.7
Nickle18Calcium10.7
Zinc16.5Magnesium8.7
Cadmium16.5  

At first glance you might think that it is not good to remove Iron, but the first Iron is Iron3+ or Ferric Iron. This type is a prooxidant. Iron2+ further down the table is Heme Iron, the type best absorbed and used by our red blood cells. Mercury, lead, cadmium, cobalt, and Aluminum are toxic. Copper can be toxic if in too great a quantity. This table shows why it is also important to be on a multi-vitamin with minerals while on chelation treatments.

Are there side effects or risks to Chelation therapy?

We follow the protocols as established in “A Textbook on EDTA Chelation Therapy” Edited by Elmer M. Cranton, MD with a foreword by Linus Pauling, PhD, two-time Nobel prize winner. This protocol has been proven safe over hundreds of thousands of chelation infusions worldwide.

Common side effects include:

  • Burning at the IV site.
  • “Smelling” the vitamins as they drip into your vein.

Occasional side effects include:

  • Inflammation of the veins at the sight of the IV.
  • Phlebitis.

Rare but serious complications of chelation therapy that have been reported include: (these have generally been associated with not following the established protocol)

  • Abnormally low blood-calcium levels (hypocalcemia)
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Drop in bone marrow counts (bone marrow suppression)
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney damage
  • Death