Before starting chelation therapy, patients should know some general and specific information about the purposes and benefits of this treatment. The chelation therapy makes use of the intravenous infusion of EDTA (ethylene diamino-tetraacetic acid), vitamins, amino acids and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and others, according to the specific need of the case.
This therapy has not yet been officially approved in our country for the specific treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The use of EDTA infusion, is universally and scientifically recognized for the treatment of lead poisoning, toxic minerals, digital poisoning and hypercalcemia. In these cases, the use of EDTA appears to be the therapy of choice. In 1950, for the first time, it was used for the specific treatment of workers poisoned by lead. It was found that, statistically, many of these workers, who were also suffering from angina pectoris (retrosternal pain of cardiovascular origin), had a benefit on the symptoms of vascular disease.
Since the survey proved to be a scientifically significant clinical event, many scholars in the field began to use this treatment (chelation with EDTA) for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, in order to express a clear consensus on the acceptance of this treatment, in the following the principles and the nature of the treatment itself will be explained.
EDTA is a chemical substance that removes undesirable metals through chelation (electrochemical bond) from liquids or tissues with which it comes into contact. Some metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, appear to be toxic to the body if their levels exceed the norm.
Chelation Therapy is based on the principle that all metals, in excess, appear to be toxic to the health of the individual. In fact, EDTA normalizes the distribution of many metallic elements in the body, reduces the metabolism of calcium and cholesterol through the elimination of their catabolites (final chemical products) that appear to be the cause of toxicity regarding the damage suffered by the cell membranes, with an acceptable therapeutic risk.
Chelation therapy is applied in order to reduce the hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis.
This disease appears to be caused by many factors, including the abnormal accumulation of metals.
Arteriosclerosis turns out to be the main cause of vascular accidents: myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral vascular insufficiency.
The alternatives to chelation therapy can be grouped as below:
  1. Preventive purposes - change in lifestyle, nutrition habits and physical activities. Separation from sources of pollution and environmental or psycho-physical stress;
  2. For therapeutic purposes in cases of arterial stenosis (narrowing of the lumen) - Medical: through the use of antiplatelet agents, antithrombotic, vasoactive; Surgery: through the use of bypass or synthetic sheath remodeling of the stenosis affected lumen (angioplasty +stent).
So far, millions of EDTA infusions have been carried out all over the world, manly in the United States.
Chelation therapy is the treatment of choice for the removal of toxic metals and for the prevention of free radical damage caused by them.
This treatment is one of the best options for slowing down the process of cellular aging.

Classical treatment

This treatment is advisable for patients who, in addition to an overload of toxic minerals, already suffer from symptoms related to inoperable major vascular injuries, such as stenosis or obstruction of multiple central or peripheral vessels or have already undergone revascularization in the various districts.
All diseases related to an increase of free radicals may benefit from treatment. The sessions last from 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the circumstances.
During the infusion one can read or have a conversation or, if you prefer, sleep, while you sit in a comfortable chair. it is preferable not to write, especially using the arm on a drip, as this must remain as still as possible. If necessary you can move around the room or go to the toilet, the important thing is to keep the drip bottle over the head and hold the arm with the needle down.
It will be necessary to take a small sample of urine or blood before starting intravenous treatments, for future control tests. It is important, before starting the treatment, to have a quick but rich meal, avoiding milk and dairy products, or you can bring with you a hearty snack. During treatment, however, it is always advisable to munch on something. For smokers chelation therapy is not completely effective on the microcirculation, so to get the best result, it is imperative not to smoke for the entire period of treatment.
Chelation therapy should be performed 1 or 2 times a week, rarely more, unless there is tissue necrosis of the lower limbs, or severe angina. In fact, it is more useful, in view of the final result, to extend the period of treatment. This allows you to change your eating habits and lifestyle. These corrections require a long-term follow-up.
A course of treatment is usually within 20-30 infusions, possibly followed by monthly boosters. In special cases additional boosters or an extension of the first course of treatment my be necessary.

Rapid treatment

Rapid intravenous treatment lasts from 10 to 20 minutes and is indicated for the treatment of toxic overload of minerals detected with mineralogram on the hair or urine testing.
A preventive treatment is of primary importance. Subjectively a feeling of well being and increase in tone will be perceived if there are no specific symptoms such as chronic intoxication, chronic anemia refractory to usual treatment, muscle aches and fatigue, chronic fatigue, insomnia and so on.
A person who already has a major symptom, such as for example the lower limb claudication or angina pectoris may instead, during the classical treatment, experiment an improved ability of walking unaided.

Oral treatment

The oral therapy with EDTA is not effective by itself, therefore, it is enhanced with the addition of amino acids and other natural chelating substances. It can be considered a light chelation therapy with good compliance for the patient (1-2 assumptions per day) and whose main indications are:
complementary treatment during therapy with intravenous EDTA;
maintenance therapy after intravenous EDTA chelation therapy;
counterpart of intravenous chelation therapy treatment in patients who refuse to undergo it;
long-term prevention of intoxication from environmental pollutants.

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