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EDTA and Chelation Therapy

by Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD
Posted: February 25

What is Chelation?

Chelation is a chemical process in which a substance is used to bind metals or minerals in order to remove them from a system.

What is Chelation Therapy in Medicine?

In medicine, chelation is used to rid the body of potentially toxic metals. For example, a person who has lead poisoning may be given chelation therapy in order to bind and remove excess lead from the body before it can cause damage.

What is EDTA?

EDTA is a substance used in chelation therapy that binds and removes metals and minerals. It is a synthetic substance that is administered intravenously.

EDTA chelation removes heavy metals and minerals from the blood, such as lead, iron, copper, calcium. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals.

Is EDTA Approved to Treat Coronary Artery Disease

EDTA chelation is not approved by the FDA to treat coronary artery disease. However, some physicians and alternative medicine practitioners have recommended EDTA chelation as a way to treat this disorder.

For more information regarding chelation therapy, contact your primary care physician or cardiologist.

Excerpt from the book: Everything Is Bad For Your Heart: The A to Z Guide, Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD. Magalhaes Scientific Press

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