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Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is when one administers a man-made amino acid called EDTA into the body. (EDTA is an abbreviation for ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid) EDTA is most often used in cases of heavy metal poisoning (lead or mercury), due to its ability to bind these metals, creating a compound that can be excreted in the urine.

Chelation therapy has been widely used in the treatment of atherosclerosis and other chronic degenerative diseases involving the circulatory system of our body. Many scientists suggest that additional benefits include removal of metallic catalysts that causes excessive free radical proliferation. This means a reduction of the oxidation of lipids, DNA, enzyme systems and lipoproteins. It has the ability to halt the maleffects of the body's healing process, reversing the damage incurred. The removal of calcium and copper anions from the blood stream in addition to the plaque lining the artery walls are made porous and brittle are only added bonuses of the treatment. The improvement over time will aid in the blood flow of the body, and artery sustainability. Patients who were unable to walk due to muscle pain or angina pain have reported that they have the ability to walk without pain after chelation therapy.

There are additional benefits to chlelation therapy, for example, many patients will make lifestyle changes that may include quitting smoking, losing weight, eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding foods high in saturated fats and exercising regularly. These are healthy changes in one’s life, and it seems that a combination of the therapy in addition to the improved lifestyle help in the overall psychological health of patients. It has been documented that these lifestyle changes improve patients’ quality of life and sense of well-being. Discuss with your physician before beginning any therapy, especially if you are undergoing any other medical treatment, pregnant or nursing. It is important to have realistic expectations and to make informed decisions about your healthcare.

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