What is chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy is a way to remove heavy metals, chemical toxins, mineral deposits and fatty plaques that have been stored in the tissues. These dangerous substances can create free radical oxidation which can damage cells. A chelating agent is injected into the bloodstream and binds to these substances to remove them from the body. This can reverse their negative effects allowing oxygen and nutrient rich blood to flow freely through the arteries.

Benefits of chelation:

It is shown to be effective in improving heart and blood vessel disorders such as coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, and heart attacks. Treatment can benefit those with heart disease, diabetes, or other circulatory disorders. Additionally, it has shown to help prevent or improve early Alzheimer’s Disease and cancers linked to metal or environmental toxins. Furthermore, it is the most effective treatment for heavy metal poisoning.

Assessment and treatment using chelation therapy:

A urine test is performed before and after a challenge of the chelating agent. This allows us to see your current exposure of toxins as well as what has been stored in your tissues. Following this challenge, a series of twice weekly treatments occur. Depending on the level of toxin load in the system, 20-30 treatments may be needed. Side effects are rare, but some people experience temporary fatigue after treatment. It is important to let Dr. May know if you experience any fever, malaise, fatigue, excessive thirst, myalgia, headache, nausea or vomiting.

Vitamin and mineral repletion:

It is necessary to replenish lost minerals on non-treatment days. These can be depleted when the unwanted toxins are removed. Additionally, antioxidant vitamins can work with the chelating agent to improve the treatment. A supplementation protocol will be formulated for you during your treatment.

How to prepare for chelation:

  • Standard blood work is necessary before your initial treatment and to monitor progress.
  • On the day of Challenge Test come to the office with a full bladder
  • Drinking 500-1000ml or water before and during your treatment will minimize the risk of side effects and increases comfort during the IV.
  • Smoking cigarettes will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • No alcohol on chelation days.

For more information on chelation and if it is right for you, book your free 15 minute consult with Dr. Dawn May at 403-247-2947.