Functional Medicine for Toxic Metal Removal
Chelation therapy is an intravenous treatment used to remove toxic metals from the body, such as:
These substances can come from “silver” dental fillings, vaccines, our food or environmental chemical exposure. Over time, these heavy metals can accumulate in our bodies, causing symptoms like memory loss or fatigue, and can lead to diseases such as cancer and vascular disease.
Benefits of Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy has been demonstrated as a highly effective treatment for heavy metal poisoning. Chelation is also administered to:
- Improve heart health
- Encourage proper blood circulation
- Reduce memory problems
- Improve blood pressure
- Naturally stimulate energy
- Help with inflammatory diseases
Because chelation is delivered intravenously, the digestive system is bypassed, allowing for greater efficiency of the treatment.
How Does Chelation Work?
Chelation is a medical treatment used to bind toxic metals so they can be removed from the body. A “chelating agent” is a special chemical that will bind tightly to heavy metals in the body allowing them to be excreted in the urine or feces (bowel movement).
This treatment is administered intravenously for maximum effect. Chelating agents also bind to minerals in the body, so adequate replacement of minerals is important both during and after the chelation therapy process.
What can patients expect?
After a physician consultation, if chelation is determined appropriate, the chelating agent will be chosen and a series of treatments will be scheduled for one or more times per week. Chelation therapy generally involves a series of intravenous drips, administered over the course of several weeks or months.
The infusion is generally delivered over 30 to 180 minutes. Patients sit comfortably in a reclining chair and are monitored closely by a registered nurse. Patients have access to DVD movies, magazines, wireless internet and health-related educational CD’s for their entertainment during this time. Chelation can also remove minerals from the body, so patients are asked to take mineral supplements during treatment.
Side effects, if any, are often minimal. As with any other medical procedure, following Dr. Waller’s instructions before, during and after treatment will provide the most optimal experience.