Chelation Therapy for heart disease caused by plaquing
We often are told that our patients have been to Mexico to access Chelation therapy for treatment of heavy metal reduction and heart disease! It should be a huge relief for people to know that we have been offering this treatment in Prince George for many years with no adverse incidents and with tremendous results. No need to travel to Mexico!
Chelation treatment with EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) involves in-office intravenous infusions. In general, when people are taking chelation treatments for cardiovascular disease the infusions take 3 hours. The chelation agent dose is calculated based on the lean mass of the person being treated, and the agent drips slowly in to the vein. EDTA is a synthetic amino acid with six potential binding sites, and a different affinity for each of the metals it may come across. It is infused initially bound to magnesium. Once the agent hits the blood stream it is encountered by all the other metals and minerals in the blood stream- and it is attracted to these different metals. It will always dissociate from magnesium with a preference for calcium when initially infused because it is more attracted to calcium than it is to magnesium. Interestingly, a large part of any plaque in arteries is made up of calcium, and it is therefore taken out of the plaque on a molecular level, improving micro circulation. Imagine this claw-like amino acid floating through the blood stream encountering different metals. When it comes across zinc, for example, it will then drop calcium and pick up zinc. When it encounters lead it will drop zinc and bind very tightly to lead. The highest affinity metal is ultimately lead, and when EDTA binds on to lead it will not let go. It is then eliminated through the kidneys attached to lead, decreasing the body’s burden of lead (poison!). Lead creates oxidative damage and is part of the total body burden of metals that we are all exposed to in daily life. We think this is one of the ultimate causes of damage to the inside of the arteries, although many things can cause oxidative damage that the body comes in and tries to repair with ‘plaque’.
The next service that we offer that we ‘alternate’ with Chelation therapy is an infusion called PLAQUEX, which is a lipid infusion of Phosphatidylcholine. It has been approved to and used to improve circulation for years, although not as long as chelation has. It has been referred to as causing a phenomenon called ‘phospholipid exchange’ on the bilayer of lipids that surround every cell in our body, eliminating the damaged lipids and replacing them with intact ones. Phosphatidylcholine is the most abundant of the four phospholipids of the membranes of human cells, and increasing Phosphatidylcholine levels appears to increase HDL (good cholesterol) and may regulate triglyceride metabolism (Biochim Biophys Acta. 2007 Jun;1771 (6):654-662).
The goal is to supply an abundant supply of healthy phospholipids and let your body do the rest, improving coronary and peripheral circulation.
Intravenous PTC therapy was probably made known famously by Dr Patricia Kane, who coined the term ‘phospholipid exchange’ and ‘PK protocol’ with PTC.
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