What is chelation therapy?
A chelator is a claw which grabs something. Chelation therapy is approved in conventional medicine to remove metals for toxic metal poisoning, specifically with lead poisoning in children. The chelating agent grabs the lead and takes it out of the body through the urine. Additionally, chelation therapy has been found to be extremely useful for other types of toxic metal poisoning, such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum. Most toxic metal removal is done with oral capsules.
Intravenous Magnesium EDTA chelation therapy is a non-surgical approach to vascular disease, which is the cause of cardiovascular disease and strokes. Vascular disease is an inflammatory condition that is improved by intravenous chelation therapy. EDTA removes iron and copper in the blood when those two metals are present in abnormal conditions. These two nutritional ions are catalysts for free radical damage (oxidation) in the body.
What does intravenous chelation therapy do for a patient?
The most important thing that intravenous chelation therapy does is to improve blood flow throughout the body (not just to the heart). It improves liver function, lowers blood pressure, reduces leg cramps, relieves angina symptoms, heals skin ulcers or slow-to-heal wounds, reduces incidence of cancer, improves memory. Chelation therapy reduces free radicals and oxidation in the body.
How many treatments does it take, and how much does each treatment cost?
If you have recently had a heart attack or stroke, or you are concerned about serious plaque in your blood vessels, Dr. Gardner recommends two treatments per week for 20 treatments, then one per week for one to two months. After that, treatments can occur less frequently, depending on response. Each treatment costs $105 and lasts about 3 hours. Insurance usually will not cover this service.