Once it has been established that there is
a problem which could benefit from EDTA infusion, a series of treatments are scheduled,
about two or three times per week. Most chelation centers treat patients in a group
The infusion will usually be administered
in a large room with appropriate seating. A needle is
inserted into a vein (usually in the hand or forearm, but sometimes on the lower leg). The
needle is attached to the container (hung on an adjustable stand), from which is dripfed
about half a liter of fluid over the 3 1/2 hours' duration of each treatment. This liquid
will contain 2 to 3 grams of EDTA and whatever additional minerals or
supplements the doctor has prescribed for the patient to achieve a balanced blood content.
Substances that are administered along with EDTA during Chelation Therapy
During the medical examination of the
patient, the practitioner will determine what chemicals, herbs or nutrients can benefit
the patient. Accordingly, the EDTA mixture for infusement will be custom prepared.
These additives typically contain a complex
of B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium (extremely useful for cardiovascular health) and
heparin (an anticoagulant, which is sometimes used to prevent any
clotting at the injection site).
While the infusion is being performed, the
arm is kept stable by taping it to a padded board which rests on a cushion for comfort.
In most cases, the EDTA solution is dripped
into the bloodstream at a rate of one drop per second. Two to three of such infusions are
given each week. The complete treatment consists of anything from 20 (for relatively mild
problems) to 30 infusions.
Periodical blood and urine screenings will
be done to make sure that the kidney and other organs are operating sufficiently well
to cope with the EDTA detoxification.
In rare instances, follow-up infusions will
be given. Some patients may undergo as much as 100 infusions.
The EDTA is eliminated from the body, 95
per cent via the kidneys and 5 per cent via the bile, along with the toxic metals and free
ionic calcium which it has locked on to in its transit through the circulatory system.
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