What is chelation?

Chelation is the intravenous treatment of heavy metal accumulation in the body.

Mainstream medical practice regards chelation as a controversial and experimental procedure. Only about five doctors in Ireland perform this treatment.

The chemical EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid) is given to a person in an intravenous drip. It binds with toxic metals in the body, such as lead and mercury. The EDTA is mixed with vitamin and mineral supplements. This is done to maximise the benefits of chelation and to replace essential elements used up by the body during the treatment.

The EDTA, along with the metals, is then excreted through the kidneys, usually within 24 hours.

What conditions require chelation?

Chelation is primarily used in the treatment of circulatory problems, such as hardening of the arteries. It has also been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Where do the metals come from?

There are many ways in which toxic metals can end up in our body. These can include:

  • Contaminants getting into our bodies through the foods we eat.
  • Mercury being absorbed from mercury amalgam fillings.
  • Arsenic getting into our body as a result of industrial pollution.

Are there any side effects to chelation?

A person may have a reaction to the EDTA or vitamins, however this rarely occurs. There may be some inflammation at the site of the intravenous drip.

Is chelation done just once?

No. Chelation is a course of treatments which usually consists of anywhere from 20 to 50 separate infusions.

For patients with symptoms of arterial blockage, the average number of infusions required for optimum benefit is usually around 30.

How long does one course of chelation take?

Each chelation treatment takes three to four hours. For this time, the person is sitting comfortably in a chair.

Please note, a careful assessment with a detailed history, physical examination and laboratory investigation must be carried out before chelation can be undertaken.

How much does chelation cost?

A chelation clinic in contact with charges 100 for each treatment. Clinical examination of patients and pre-treatment tests cost extra. Insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatments or tests associated with chelation.

Where can I find out more about chelation?

For more information, contact the Churchtown Chelation Clinic at 01-2169186.

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