Edta Chelation Therapy Might Be A Bad Idea

chelation with EDTAEDTA Chelation Therapy (EDTA stands for ‘EthyleneDiamineTetraAcetic Acid’). This form of therapy has been around for a long time.  In the early 1930’s German scientists formulated EDTA for use in chelation treatment. They used it to remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and others. Oral chelation for clogged arteries is mostly what EDTA is used for now a days.

This was the first use for EDTA chelation therapy.  It was not until 1948 that the United States first started using EDTA to treat workers exposed to lead.  Soldiers were exposed to vast amounts of lead when they repainted war ship. Many of them got very sick. It turned out that the lead in the paint was making them sick.

It has since been used to treat a wide range of conditions.  It has been touted as being able to relieve many of the problems associated with cardiovascular disease. As time progressed EDTA became used more for heart problems. It may be the best chelaton supplement for heart issues.

EDTA is thought to be able remove the effects of heart attacks. It can also get rid of angina pectoris, better known as chest pains. Both men and women are canditates for this type of treatment.

Being a weak amino acid, the exact mechanism by which EDTA chelation therapy works is not fully understood.  The ability for it to remove lead is well documented.  Note it does not remove mercury. Only DMSA and DMPS can do this. The molecule is relatively complicated. It is not something you could make at home.

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Chemical molecule of EDTA

EDTA is also beneficial to those suffering from atherosclerosis (plaque buildups on arterial walls).  Doctors administering IV EDTA observed that blood flow increased. This decreased the symptoms of atherosclerosis. For some heart patients this is a very good option. Avoiding surgery for heart problems is usually desirable. Doing a few chelation cycles can be a better healing method for some.

Patients with very advanced heart blockages will probably not benefit much from EDTA. They are usually given a surgical bypass. Bypass operations are now very common. Usually a vein is taken from the patients leg and attached to the heart. Recovery from such a surgical procedure is fairly fast.

4 Types of EDTA

IV with a needle is the most effective. You can also get EDTA in pills that you swallow. The final option is EDTA supplements in suppository form. These or of questionable use. There have been no good studies done on EDTA supporsitories. Also this method of use is uncomfortable for most people. Who does chelation therapy? Usually a doctor. If you really need EDTA chelation talk to your doctor. Better yet, talk to a doctor who specializes in chelation therapies. EDTA liquid supplements are also on the market. They are similar to pills. You simply swallow the liquid.

Typical Chelation Session

IV EDTA chelation therapy sessions typically last from 3 to 4 hours.  Patients require 20-50 sessions.  This is such a wide range as it depends on the persons physical condition and the seriousness of their atherosclerosos.

Dangers of Chelation Therapy

Are there any side effects of EDTA? Sure. Make sure you discuss any possible dangers with your doctor. If you are doing IV there may be issues for the very old and very young. As EDTA is mostly used for heart issues the young will probably not use EDTA. The biggest danger is allergies. Some may be allergic to EDTA. Too high of a dosage can also cause unwanted side effects. Oral edta side effects are similar to angioprim side effects. The 2 main effects being upset stomach and diarrhea. Hardly life threatening but not pleasant either.

Chelation Therapy Cost

The total cost for IV EDTA chelation ranges from $2000-$4000.  A licensed doctor must administer the treatment.  Oral EDTA chelation is an alternative to the IV treatment.  The oral EDTA therapy does take longer as only about 5% – 10%  of the EDTA is absorbed when taken orally. When taken via IV adsorptionis close to 100%.

EDTA Alternatives

There are several alternatives. If the patient wants to detox heavy metals DMSA is the best. DMSA is taken as a pill. It can be used at home or work. The cost of DMSA is much less than EDTA.

The way to use DMSA Synergy is a simple 3 day “on” DMSA and 11 days “off” DMSA protocol.  And is very successful at removing heavy metal toxins. It should be mentioned that if cardiovascular health is the goal EDTA chelation therapy is the best therapy.