Prior to administering EDTA infusion, the practitioner will perform a series of tests to assess whether the patient's condition can benefit from this therapy and if it is a suitable remedy.
A comprehensive personal and family medical history is obtained, with a particular focus on prior health issues and current health status. The patient will be questioned about their diet, lifestyle habits, emotional well-being, exercise routines, stress levels, and a detailed list of symptoms. A thorough physical examination, with an emphasis on the circulatory and respiratory systems, will be conducted.
Subsequent to this, a series of medical tests will be carried out, including an electrocardiogram, chest X-ray, blood tests, urine tests, and dietary assessments. Exercise tolerance tests are used to evaluate the body's response to physical activity. A Doppler (sound wave) examination will provide an initial assessment of the circulatory system.
Once it has been determined that the patient could benefit from EDTA infusion, a series of treatments will be scheduled, typically two or three times per week. Most chelation treatments are performed in a group setting.
The infusion usually takes place in a spacious room with suitable seating. A needle is inserted into a vein, typically in the hand or forearm, though sometimes on the lower leg. This needle is connected to a container hanging from an adjustable stand. Over the course of each 3 1/2-hour treatment, approximately half a liter of fluid is infused. This fluid contains 2 to 3 grams of EDTA, along with any additional minerals or supplements prescribed by the doctor to maintain a balanced blood composition.
Other Substances Administered with EDTA during Chelation Therapy
Based on the patient's medical evaluation, the practitioner will determine which chemicals, herbs, or nutrients might benefit the patient. Subsequently, a customized EDTA infusion mixture will be prepared.
These additives commonly include a complex of B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium (extremely beneficial for cardiovascular health), and heparin (an anticoagulant sometimes used to prevent clotting at the injection site).
During the infusion, the patient's arm is secured by taping it to a padded board resting on a cushion for comfort. In most cases, the EDTA solution is administered at a rate of one drop per second. Patients usually receive two to three of these infusions each week. The complete treatment regimen may involve anywhere from 20 (for relatively mild issues) to 30 infusions.
Periodic blood and urine screenings are conducted to ensure that the kidneys and other organs are functioning adequately to handle the EDTA detoxification process. In rare cases, follow-up infusions may be necessary, with some patients undergoing as many as 100 infusions.
The body eliminates EDTA primarily through the kidneys (about 95%) and via the bile (approximately 5%). During this process, EDTA also removes toxic metals and free ionic calcium that it has bound to while traversing the circulatory system.