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Chelation [kee-ley-shun] is a well-known process, developed out of the chemical industry, that uses a man-made amino acid (disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid, EDTA) to bind with certain substances in order to more easily remove them from a solution. In traditional medical practice, this process is most commonly used in instances of lead poisoning or iron overload. EDTA is injected intravenously, and binds with the lead or iron, allowing it to be then removed from the bloodstream. However, recent investigations by leaders in integrative medicine have shown that this process can also be applied to calcium, in addition to lead and iron. This has significant implications in terms of coronary heart disease and arteriosclerosis, where calcium deposits form and slow or block blood flow. Chelation therapy can, in some cases, remove these calcium deposits from the inner walls of the coronary arteries, and significantly increase blood flow.
In light of these clinical successes, the National Institutes of Health partnered the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to jointly sponsor the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). The findings of this assessment show that “infusions of EDTA chelation therapy produced a modest but statistically significant reduction in cardiovascular events in EDTA-treated participants”. Most interestingly, chelation therapy seems to work most effectively under specific conditions: 1) in patients with diabetes; and 2) when combined with high doses vitamins and minerals.
Chelation therapy is not for every patient. However, there are significant benefits to undergoing this treatment depending on your current medical condition. Still, this is an exciting advancement on the cutting edge of medicine, and should not be overlooked as an option.
Is it safe?
Dr. Cohen goes through an extensive interview and diagnostic process with all of her patients, and is especially rigorous in this process with patients who seek chelation therapy. Dr. Cohen has also been specially trained to administer chelation therapy, and treatment sessions take place in her fully accredited office in NYC.
Chelation therapy should only be administered by a licensed practitioner. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact Dr. Cohen’s office for more information.