Intravenous detoxification or “chelation therapy” is used, albeit differently, by both allopathic (conventional Western) medicine and alternative medicine as a means of purging toxic metals and minerals from the body. Practitioners of chelation therapy argue that it is an effective way of removing toxins and harmful body wastes, as well as helping to prevent or treat atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, and circulation problems.
The most popular form of chelation therapy practiced by alternative practitioners employs a drug called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid) administered intravenously. EDTA is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of lead and heavy metal poisoning but not for other forms of toxicity or circulatory problems. EDTA works by attaching itself to specific minerals, which are carried out of the body via urinary excretion. DMPS and DMSA are somewhat stronger chelators with different heavy metal affinities.
The most common and toxic heavy metals that can poison our systems and lead to fatigue and illness are iron, lead, cadmium, and mercury. Lead and cadmium are common industrial pollutants that also foster free radical activity and poison critical enzymes which repair tissue. Mercury is found in some kinds of seafood, dental fillings, and other environments. Its toxicity can depress the immune system and cause an array of symptoms. Getting the iron, lead, cadmium, and mercury out of the body can be accomplished with chelation therapy.
During the treatment process patients usually undergo between 10 and 20 chelation treatments over a period of weeks or months with each treatment lasting between 1.5 and 3 hours on average.
Dr. LaCava has used chelation for many years and is a proponent of its many benefits. Contact us today and find out if chelation can benefit you!