What is Chelation?
Chelation therapy is a highly effective treatment for clearing toxic heavy metals from the body. Although EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid), an intravenous chelating agent, was first used to treat lead poisoning, it has since proven to be invaluable for the treatment of heart disease and other conditions involving poor circulation. Along with EDTA, we use additional chelating agents, like DMSA, & DMPS to treat patients who have high levels of mercury.
When a chelator is infused into the bloodstream, it latches onto harmful heavy metals such as lead, iron, and cadmium and carries them out of the body through the urine. By reducing the body’s toxic metal and free radical burden, chelation improves the health of the arteries and slows the process of atherosclerosis. As an added benefit, it has blood-thinning effects and discourages the formation of potentially dangerous blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Another heavy metal of particular concern in today’s world is mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin that also damages the kidneys, red blood cells, and immune cells. It is especially harmful for fetuses and children, and exposure can cause developmental delays and neurological impairment. However, mercury is also linked with a broad range of symptoms in people of all ages.
With Dr. Varela, we have proven protocols for safely removing mercury, lead, and other toxins, which is a giant step toward symptom improvement and better health. Because a full treatment course requires multiple sessions, for best results we encourage patients undergoing this therapy, particularly EDTA chelation, to make a comprehensive initial consult prior.
How Chelation Therapy Can Help You:
IV Chelation Therapy
During a chelation IV therapy treatment with Dr. Varela, you relax in a recliner while EDTA, and/or DMPS is slowly administered. Individual treatments last an hour and a half to three hours, and a complete course consists of 30 treatments, administered several times a week.
Although most conventional physicians do not use—or know much about—EDTA chelation, it is a safe, effective, and proven therapy. During the past 50-plus years, more than a million patients have been treated with EDTA for a wide range of circulatory problems. A review of 40 published and 30 unpublished studies involving over 25,000 patients who underwent EDTA chelation demonstrated that 87 percent benefited from this therapy. It has given heart patients an alternative to invasive procedures and enabled those with peripheral artery disease or neuropathy to increase their walking distance. Chelation also helps alleviate angina, reduce high blood pressure, and spare limbs from amputation.
Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal that presents a serious concern in our modern world. Combined exposure from environmental sources, some species of fish, and amalgam fillings has driven up the body burden of mercury to dangerous levels in some individuals. Because mercury toxicity can cause a wide range of symptoms, Dr. Varela tests the mercury levels of our patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disease, memory loss, chronic fatigue, and other signs and symptoms of toxicity. Treatment involves the use of chelating agents to safely remove mercury from the body.
What Conditions Benefit From Chelation?
Virtually any condition in which heavy metal toxicity or poor circulation are contributing factors can benefit from EDTA or DMSA & or DMPS. These include, but are not limited to:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
- Cerebrovascular disease (heart disease)
- Chronic fatigue
- Developmental delays in children
- Diabetic ulcers and other complications
- Heavy metal toxicity
- High blood pressure
- Intermittent claudication
- Memory and mood disorders
- Neurological problems
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Slow-healing wounds
To get started and find out how receiving chelation therapy with Dr. Varela can help with heavy metal toxicity, heart disease, and other circulatory disorders, schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more.