Chelation (pronounced key-lay-shun) is a chemical reaction that results in a bond being formed between a metal ion and an organic (i.e., carbon-based — made mostly of carbon) molecule. The resulting complex, metal bound to molecule, is called a "chelate" and contains one or more rings of atoms in which the metal ion is so firmly bound it cannot escape. This allows the metal ion to be transported in the same manner as a prisoner, first handcuffed, then moved from one location to another.
In the presence of aging and disease, the cells' ability to move metal and mineral ions through the system and eliminate them when they are in excess becomes progressively impaired. This is especially true for calcium.
Calcium has vital functions in the human body. Without calcium, teeth and bones could not exist. Nevertheless, as the body ages, calcium builds up progressively in all tissues. The effect this has on the vascular system leads to arteriosclerosis.
There are two common forms of vascular disease, arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is plaque formation on the inside of the arterial system. It has an entirely different causation than arteriosclerosis which is diffuse hardening of the arteries. "Hardening of the arteries," or arteriosclerosis, on the other hand, is apparently an almost inevitable change of aging. However, it is greatly accelerated by the intake of calcium carbonate. The main source of this stuff is tap water, but an even more potent source is well water. Mineral water and commercial "drinking water" also contain calcium carbonate. Filtered water also has it and even reverse osmosis removes only 80% of it. Foods are "enriched" by the addition of calcium carbonate, such as most orange juice preparations. Some calcium supplements contain this stuff because it is cheap. Common antacids, such as Tums, are made of calcium carbonate.
Chelation (pronounced key-lay-shun) is a chemical reaction that results in a bond being formed between a metal ion and an organic (i.e., carbon-based — made mostly of carbon) molecule.
Chelation therapy is a treatment that involves repeated intravenous (IV) administration of a chemical solution of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, or EDTA. It is used to treat acute and chronic lead poisoning by pulling toxins (including heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury) from the bloodstream. The word "chelate" comes from the Greek root chele, which means "to claw." EDTA has a claw-like molecular structure that binds to heavy metals and other toxins.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EDTA chelation therapy as a treatment for lead and heavy metal poisoning. It is also used as an emergency treatment for hypercalcemia (excessive calcium levels) and the control of ventricular arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) associated with digitalis toxicity.
Studies by the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council in the late 1960s suggested that EDTA might be effective in the treatment of arteriosclerosis (blocked arteries). Atherosclerosis is plaque formation on the inside of the arterial system. It has an entirely different causation than arteriosclerosis which is diffuse hardening of the artery.
With atherosclerosis, as the years pass, calcium deposits build up as part of the healing process which follows inflammation ignited by lipid peroxidation and micro-organisms, and calcified atherosclerotic plaques form, lining the walls of the arterial vessels. This plaque is composed of various lipids, so-called foam cells, scar tissue, and overgrown smooth muscles cells from the artery wall. In many people, this process begins in early childhood.
With arteriosclerosis, calcium also builds up and becomes many times more concentrated in the wall of the normal artery than it was in childhood. Calcium content is what atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis have in common. Aging can be thought of as a progressive dysfunction of calcium metabolism which involves the entire body, not just the arterial wall.
In distinction to the oral agents that serve to prevent atherosclerosis, intravenous chelation has been shown to actually reverse the effects of the disease. The agent used is ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid, also known as "EDTA," sold commercially as Sodium Edetate.
EDTA is a synthetic amino acid. The usual dose is 2000-3000 mg. (adjusted to body weight, age, and kidney function) added to 500 ml. of "carrier solution" — sterile water with a mixture of vitamins and minerals. Most chelation doctors add vitamin C along with B vitamins, bicarbonate, and magnesium.
The solution is infused slowly, one drop per second, and one treatment requires about three hours. The prisoner (calcium) is moved out of the body using handcuffs (EDTA). The half-life of EDTA in the body is one hour; i.e., one-half is removed (filtered into the urine) after one hour, another half of what is left is removed after one more hour, etc. Within 24 hours 99% of the EDTA is gone from the body, and you are left with only the therapeutic benefit.
We recommend any individual over the age of forty to have a series of twenty EDTA treatments, followed by six to twelve per year for maintenance after that, simply to restore youthful vitality lost due to aging and atherosclerosis. A person who is already symptomatic with a cardiovascular disease will require more than therty or more treatments. We look for the end of troublesome symptoms such as chest pain, leg pain, transient dizziness, intellectual impairment, and fatigue — all attributable to loss of blood flow to vital organs — to know when there have been enough treatments. You should expect to pay $95-200 per treatment.