Intravenous detoxification, also referred to as chelation therapy, is primarily used to help purge toxic metals and minerals from the body. However, allopathic (conventional Western) medicine and alternative medicine perform this treatment differently.
Chelation therapy practitioners argue that the practice works to prevent or treat atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, and circulation problems, as well as effectively removing toxins and harmful bodily wastes.
Chelation Therapy and EDTA
The most popular form of chelation therapy practiced by alternative practitioners employs a drug called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic 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, carried out of the body via urinary excretion. DMPS and DMSA are somewhat stronger chelators with different heavy metal affinities.
Chelation Therapy and Removing Toxic Heavy Metals
The most common 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 types of seafood, dental fillings, and other environments. Unfortunately, its toxicity can depress the immune system, causing an outbreak of symptoms. Getting iron, lead, cadmium, and mercury out of the body can be accomplished with chelation therapy.
Chelation Therapy Treatment Process
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.
Begin Chelation Therapy Today with The LaCava Center
Our skilled providers at The LaCava Center are dedicated to helping you achieve maximum health through alternative therapies. Dr. LaCava has used chelation therapy for many years and is a great advocate for its benefits.
Are you ready to reap the benefits of chelation therapy? If you would like to learn more, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment with our team who will listen intently to your concerns and offer solutions.