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Chelation Therapy

Chelation Therapy

What is Chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy is an intravenous treatment used in conventional and alternative medicine for the purpose of removing heavy metals and chemicals from the body.

If you have or had mercury fillings (or amalgam fillings) in your teeth, have worked in construction, manufacturing or auto repairs, eat farm-raised fish regularly, consume foods that are grown in foreign countries that are not certified organic, or are healing from radiation and chemotherapy treatments, you are likely to have some form of heavy metal toxicity. 

Chelation therapy helps to detoxify the body by removing common heavy metals, including lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum and cadmium to help reduce the risk of heightened inflammation, heart disease, strokes, infections and other health problems.

 

How does Chelation therapy work?

Chelation therapy involves the injection of a modified amino acid made by a compounding pharmacy. These agents bind irreversibly to heavy metals in the blood once administered and are then eliminated together from the body through urine. This can help detoxify the body of toxic elements which are complexed with heavy metals, contributing to many types of chronic diseases. 

At Edgemont Naturopathic Clinic, we offer several forms of this modified amino acid treatment options which are tailored to your needs after consultation.

 

Is Chelation Therapy right for me? 

The biggest benefit of Chelation therapy is that it regulates the levels of various environmental metals which can enter the body. Metals, including lead, mercury, aluminum and arsenic, can cause short- and long-term health consequences since they influence functions of the central nervous, cardiovascular, immune and skeletal systems. 

Common symptoms of heavy metal burden include:

  • Mood imbalances, including depression and anxiety
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Neurological disorders and intellectual decline
  • Trouble learning and remembering new information, which patients refer to as “Brain fog” and trouble concentrating

There are many places or opportunities to be exposed to heavy metals that both occur naturally and as a result of human activity. However, symptoms of chronic or acute heavy metal burden can be confused for other health conditions and may not be immediately recognized. 

 

Common sources of heavy metal burden include: 

Lead:

  • Lead-containing plumbing
  • Lead-based paints in buildings built before 1978
  • Foods grown in lead-rich soil

Mercury:

  • Eating fish or shellfish contaminated with methylmercury 
  • Workplace hazards 
  • Release of mercury vapor from dental amalgam fillings

Cadmium:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Eating foods with high levels of cadmium like grains, legumes, leafy vegetables, fish and shellfish
  • Contact from batteries, solar panels and other household products 

It is not possible to completely avoid exposure to toxic metals – they are everywhere. However, you can reduce metal toxicity risk through regular Chelation therapy and lifestyle choices that diminish the probability of harmful heavy metal uptake. 

 

By: 

Dr. Sanjay Mohan Ram, B.Sc.(Hon.), N.D. 

 

Surviving Stress

Surviving Stress

Some phases of life are more challenging than others. This could be because of an intensive workload, final exam season, a family crisis, life transition or recovering from an injury. The increased mental, physical or emotional fatigue can leave your body feeling like it needs a little additional support.

What can you do?

Make time to relax. This could be extra sleep, reducing your day-to-day commitments, or even a Netflix binge. Try to set aside at least one hour a day to do whatever feels right for you.

Say no, or ask for support as needed. Do you need alone time? Or some help with groceries? Be honest with your friends and family on how they can best support you.

Meditation. The research is in! Meditation can increase resilience, decrease burnout, improve emotional regulation, and decrease stress.

Exercise.  Exercise has been shown to improve cognition, memory and mental health. This is partially due to its ability to increase dopamine.

Nature time.  Time spent in natural settings has been found to decrease anxiety, anger, depression, and decrease blood pressure.

Eat a healthy diet. Aim for a diet which is 80% whole, unprocessed foods.  Neurogenesis, the formation of new brain cells, is partially regulated by brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Early studies show BDNF is increased by eating carenoid-rich fruits and vegetables. Neurogenesis is decreased by diets high in fat and sugar.

 

How can a health professional offer support?

Acupuncture

  • A preliminary study found combining acupuncture with an anti-depressant, may result in better psychological health, compared to the anti-depressant alone.
  • Acupuncture may decrease perceived stress and improve energy.

Myers’ Cocktail IV

  • A blend of B vitamins, vitamin C and minerals such as magnesium, are administered intravenously and are tailored to an individuals specific needs.
  • Taking these nutrients as an IV, allows for a rapid increase in cellular levels. This can reduce fatigue, support immune function and decrease migraines.

Supplements

  • Supplements contain herbs, nutrients, homeopathic extracts or other natural substances.
  • Your naturopathic doctor can chose supplements specific to your health needs.
      • Periods of stress can disrupt digestive function, alter mood or cause hormonal imbalances. Specific nutraceuticals can be prescribed as a part of a treatment plan.

Tailored diet plans

  • Skin concerns? Digestive upset?
    • IgG or IgA food testing may be recommended to assess for foods that are causing inflammation.

Pharmaceuticals

  • Can be prescribed as needed as part of a well-rounded healthcare plan.

Counseling

  • Can provide a space to process and allow for self-reflection.
  • Can promote a healthy relationship with challenging emotions.

Massage therapy

  • Promotes relaxation and may decrease anxiety.