Chelation Therapy in North Fort Myers, FL
Toxic metals, concentrated in your body, can severely impact the functioning of your central nervous and immune systems, and can even damage your cardiovascular and skeletal systems and vital organs. While heavy metal poisoning may seem far-fetched and rare, it actually happens more than you'd think. Heavy metal accumulation can occur from a number of different sources including dental fillings, vaccinations, food and radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Chelation therapy involves the intravenous injection of a chelating agent—a chemical compound that can form bonds to a single metal ion—by a healthcare professional to assist with removing toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum or even excessive concentrations of minerals like iron, calcium and copper from your body.
The most widely used chelating agents in medicine are EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), DMPS (Sodium 2,3-dimercaptopropane-l-sulfonate) and DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid). In EDTA chelation therapy, an injection of EDTA forms a chemical bond with the toxic metals in your body, and is then excreted through your urine. DMPS is most widely used for mercury poisoning, while DMSA is mainly used for lead poisoning but can be utilized in cases of mercury poisoning too.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in North Fort Myers that specializes in chelation therapy, call (239) 425-2900 or contact Dr. Doreen DeStefano online.
Candidates for Chelation Therapy
Chelation treatment is an ideal therapeutic detoxification for individuals who have been exposed to a toxic level of heavy metals or certain minerals that have reached toxic levels in the body, but who are otherwise in relatively good health. Conversely, chelation therapy is not indicated under the following circumstances:
- If you are being treated with the antibiotic Rocephin (since Rocephin, or ceftriaxone, can cause a fatal reaction with calcium disodium EDTA that creates calcium crystals in the kidneys or lungs and kidneys).
- If you have a condition where your kidneys or liver do not function properly.
- If you are pregnant.
Chelation Therapy Side Effects
The most commonly reported chelation side effect is burning at the injection site. Rarer chelation therapy side effects can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Skin rash
- Lowered levels of various vitamins and minerals
- Low blood sugar
Serious side effects can occur if the EDTA (or other chelating agent) is infused too rapidly, or if the treatment is not administered by a properly trained healthcare professional. EDTA and other chelating agents can also bond with other non-toxic substances, like calcium and other necessary minerals stored in your body, so chelation treatment may also involve administration of vitamins and minerals to counteract any loss thereof.
Chelation Therapy Research
For some patients who undergo chelation therapy, additional benefits of treatment are experienced such as reductions in pain and other symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and lupus . One theory is that EDTA acts as an antioxidant combatting inflammation, though such theories have not been scientifically evaluated or proven. Some chelation therapy doctors use chelation therapy for a variety of medical conditions ranging from Alzheimer's disease to autism and heart disease; however, these treatments are still seen as controversial in traditional medicine practices because research into its efficacy is limited.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recently concluded a TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) study and concluded that EDTA chelation therapy may reduce cardiovascular events for patients with diabetes : a 41 percent reduction in cardiovascular events; a 52 percent reduction in recurring heart attacks; and a 43 percent reduction in deaths by any cardiovascular event. Researchers found that chelation therapy, combined with high-dose vitamins and minerals, created the greatest cardiovascular risk reduction as compared to placebo. The studies demonstrated no significant benefit of EDTA chelation therapy for patients without diabetes. Further studies are needed, as this preliminary investigation was controversial in traditional medical circles and the researchers did not deem their results adequate to justify routine chelation therapy for heart patients.
Seek Chelation Treatment for Heavy Metal Detoxification Today!
Chelation therapy is performed on an outpatient-basis, typically in the comfort of your healthcare provider's office. The procedure involves very little pain; however, as with any injection, you may experience slight discomfort at the injection site.
If you are experiencing fatigue, joint pain, trouble concentrating or changes to your mood, it's important to meet with your healthcare provider who can determine if you are suffering from heavy metal poisoning. Chelation therapy is an extremely effective way to detox from these heavy metals and feel symptomatic relief! To meet with a healthcare provider in North Fort Myers that specializes in chelation treatment, call (239) 425-2900 or contact Dr. Doreen DeStefano online.
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