Chelation is an intravenous therapy in which a variety of specific compounds are administered intravenously to bind, or chelate, toxic metals including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum. Chelation therapy can be an important action to take in cases of heavy metal toxicity as the human body is unable to efficiently excrete these substances through normal detoxification functions.

Toxic metals, and possibly excess amounts of iron or calcium, can accumulate in the arteries and other body tissues, leading to free radical damage, microinflammation, and increased vulnerability to infection of the blood vessels. This initiates the process of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries).

Not only does chelation therapy remove pathological heavy metals but, according to current research, it also increases the production of a naturally formed substance called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels, decreases the resistance to blood flow and thereby improves the delivery of oxygen and other vital nutrients to the tissue that the vessel supplies—extremely positive effects in a majority of cardiovascular diseases.

Beyond improving arterial and cardiac function, studies have shown that patients who undergo chelation can also experience improvements in a variety of immunological, neurological, and degenerative conditions, such as diabetes, Alzeimer’s disease, arthritis, scleroderma, and lupus. Several patients also have reported a return of normal temperature to the feet, regaining of ability to walk long distances comfortably, a decrease or elimination of chest pain, lowered blood pressure, improvement in brain function and muscle coordination. While many have no longer required certain drugs or bypass surgery, in certain individuals, drug therapy and surgery remain a necessity.

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove is certified in chelation therapy with the College of Naturopathic Physicians and the International Society of Chelation Technicians.