What Are The Benefits of Chelation Therapy?

Chelation therapy is widely used for the treatment of atherosclerosis and other chronic degenerative diseases involving the circulatory system.  Research has suggested that the beneficial effect of chelation treatment is from the removal of metallic catalysts that causes excessive free radical proliferation. This reduces the oxidation of lipids, DNA, enzyme systems and lipoproteins.

The chelation therapy process halts the negative effects of these free radicals, and initiates the body’s healing process, often reversing the damage. Through chelation therapy, the plaque lining the artery walls is made porous and brittle, leading to the possibility that it can become dislodged.   Even if just a microscopic layer of plaque is removed , the artery wall can then become smoother, which can, in turn, substantially improve the blood flow to the artery muscles.

This can prevent artery spasm and minimize or prevent angina pain. Many patients who could not walk due to muscle pain or angina pain have reported that they can walk without pain after chelation therapy.


Reduces Free Radical Activity in The Blood


We can think of our cells in the body as miniature factories. Inside the cell, a digestive process is going on, converting  raw materials into energy and protein compounds.  Similar to a factory, there are mechanisms to transport material within the cell, and mechanisms to transport material to and from the cell.  In our body, these mechanisms are performed by complex enzyme activity.

The skin that surrounds a cell, called a membrane, controls what goes in and what goes out of it. These membranes  are  made up of lipids (cholesterol), proteins and water.  Free radicals can cause lipid peroxidation ( the fat becomes rancid), which causes the cell membrane not to function optimally, which in turn leads to the beginning of cell degeneration.

This is what happens when atherosclerosis begins in an artery wall.  Most lipid peroxidation activity involves the presence of metal ions such as iron, copper or calcium.  EDTA effectively locks onto these ions, preventing their destructive action.  This protective influence of EDTA is enhanced by the presence of antioxidant nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, selenium, and amino acid complexes, such as glutathione peroxidase. These substances not only mop up free radicals but also assist in reinforcing the stability of cell membranes.


Blocks Calcium Absorption, Repairs Damaged Muscles, Improves Cellular Energy Production

We have seen that calcium passes through the damaged cell walls into the cells. If calcium gets deposited in arterial walls, it inhibits enzyme activity which, in turn, affects the production of energy, the movement of raw material, finished products, and waste products from the cell.  The cells become energy-starved and then become acidic as a result. This can lead to such negative outcomes as premature aging, unbalanced calcium/magnesium ratios, free radical activity, local toxicity, oxygen deficits, etc.

The cells that have become energy starved and acidic start to attract calcium ions, drawing them into the cell. This further blocks energy production. The result is degenerative cardiovascular conditions. When this happens, the muscles that surround the arteries go into spasm. Doctors typically start treating this problem with medications such as calcium channel blockers. The problem is that these calcium channel blockers block the calcium intake by the muscles, but do nothing to cure the underlying condition of cell damage.

This process is augmented in the presence of additional Vitamin D and cholesterol. Free radicals help to convert the cholesterol into substances with Vitamin D activity. This produces plaque, which, in turn, attracts calcium cementing the material together.

How does EDTA infusion affect this scenario? First, EDTA removes the toxic metal ions such as lead, calcium, mercury, cadmium, copper, iron, and aluminum from the blood stream. These are necessary for the production of free radicals. By removing the extra calcium from the blood stream, there is no more free calcium available to produce plaque, giving the cells the opportunity to begin to repair themselves.  As more and more cells rebuild, previously damaged heart muscles repair themselves, and the body overall becomes more vital and healthy.


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