Chelation Therapy
Toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium are plentiful in our everyday lives. These are contaminants to not only our environment, but to our bodies as well when they are present in anything more than trace amounts. Frontier Medical will help you determine your body's burden of these toxic metals, and recommend an aggressive program to effect their removal.

Chelation Therapy for Anti-Aging
Heavy metals are universally present in the air we breathe, and in our water and food supplies. Fortunately, the incidence of severe acute lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium poisoning is rare. Chronic, low-level exposure to lead in the soil and in lead-based paint; to mercury in dental amalgams and in seafood; to arsenic in the soil and to cadmium in second-hand cigarette smoke is unavoidable. Heavy metal toxins have the ability to bind to our critical enzyme systems and render them useless. In addition, these toxic heavy metals serve as potent free radical generators. Doing some form of chelation therapy to reduce our total body burden of heavy metal toxins offers an added dimension to any anti-aging program.

There are some professionals who might suggest that intravenous chelation therapy might provide benefit to almost everyone. A few intravenous chelation treatments for healthy, asymptomatic individuals is highly beneficial.

But, because of the perceived inconvenience (clinic visits for intravenous treatmens) and the expense associated with chelation therapy, some people believe that intravenous chelation therapy should be reserved for the treatment of disease. Newly developed oral chelating agents are widely available, and represent a revolutionary breakthrough for healthy people as part of their preventive strategies. For healthy individuals, the inclusion of oral chelation supplements should be considered as part of every anti-aging regimen.

Intravenous Treatments vs. Oral Chelation Products
The GI tract absorbs approximately 5% of oral EDTA products. Typically, daily doses of oral EDTA are about 500 milligrams. That means that only 25 milligrams of EDTA becomes available to the bloodstream to clear heavy metal toxins. Conversely, the average dose of EDTA given through intravenous infusions is about 2,000 milligrams per treatment. This means that you would need to take 500 milligrams of oral EDTA every day -- for 80 days -- to get the equivalent effect of one intravenous treatment.

For healthy individuals, this isn’t too difficult. For people suffering from either vascular or other diseases where chelation therapy is known to be beneficial, 30 or more intravenous chelation treatments are typically needed to provide maximum medicinal improvement. To achieve this same benefit with oral chelation would take 30 x 80 = 2400 days, or almost seven years -- and that is generally unacceptable.

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that patients who already have vascular disease, or significant risk factors that might contribute to vascular disease (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) undergo appropriate medical evaluation followed by a course of intravenous chelation therapy.

Healthy, asymptomatic individuals with no significant risk factors for atherosclerotic vascular disease should consider having a screening evaluation performed to determine whether they display any hidden signs of exposure to heavy metal toxins. This is most easily accomplished by doing a hair mineral analysis. If high levels of heavy metals are detected, then just a few intravenous chelation treatments would be highly advantageous. Following this initial therapy, a maintenance program of oral chelation would probably be sufficient. For those healthy individuals with no risk factors and no significant build-up of heavy metal toxins in their bodies, oral chelation products are all that is generally recommended.

Heavy Metal Screening
Hair Mineral Analysis is a very cost-effective and painless way of screening for chronic heavy metal accumulation. A small amount of hair is collected from the base of the scalp (the last inch closest to the scalp) at the nape of the neck where removal is not visible. Hair that has just emerged from the follicle provides a good representation of heavy metal exposure in the very recent past. There is a reasonably good correlation between hair mineral content and total body levels. Although hair mineral analysis is not completely accurate, it can provide direction as to where we might want to look further for possible problems. If hair analysis does show significant abnormalities, one may want to implement a program of either oral or intravenous chelation.

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