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Chelation Therapy - Safety Concerns

Safety Concerns

In the early 1950s several deaths occurred from Kidney toxicity after EDTA treatment. At that time the dosage used was around 10 grams per infusion. The recommended dose now is 3 grams.

Kidney toxicity is related to size (quantity) of the dose and the rate of infusion. Experienced therapists adjust dosage so that the infusion will not harm the Kidney. Indeed, research has shown that, properly administered, Chelation therapy  improves Kidney function, especially if there is any impairment present to this vital organ.

However, if the patient is very elderly, or has low parathyroid activity or is suffering from heavy metal toxicity which is damaging the Kidney, treatment should be modified to use less EDTA less frequently (once per week perhaps). Heavy metals damage the Kidneys and too rapid infusion can overload them. Heavy metals most likely to produce Kidney damage during infusion therapy are lead, aluminum, cadmium, mercury, nickel, copper and arsenic.

Renal function tests should always be performed before Chelation therapy  is started. In any case of significant renal impairment, lower dosage of EDTA infusions should be used. Use extreme caution. Also make sure that the patient has sufficient periods of rest between the infusions.

If, through inexperience or error, there is too rapid an infusion (or too much EDTA used), levels of calcium in the blood can drop rapidly, resulting in cramps, convulsions, etc. An injection of calcium gluconate will swiftly rectify such There is a low occurrence of side effects when chelation is used at the dose and infusion rates approved by the U.S. FDA. A burning sensation at the site of delivery into the vein is common. Rarer side effects include fever, headache, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, a drop in blood pressure, and hypocalcemia. Kidney toxicity is a safety concern, but a rare occurrence. When EDTA is not administered correctly, more serious side effects can occur.

Chelation therapy can be hazardous. In August 2005, botched chelation therapy killed a 5-year-old autistic boy, a nonautistic child died in February 2005, and a nonautistic adult died in August 2003. These deaths were due to cardiac arrest caused by hypocalcemia during Chelation therapy

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