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FAQ's

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What is chelation therapy?

The word chelation is used to describe the process of removing toxins and heavy metals from the cells and organs of the body. The best way to do this is through intravenous vitamins and a substance called EDTA, which is an amino acid that has been in used since the 1950's and is FDA approved to treat lead poisoning.

What is chelation used for?

Heavy metals like lead, aluminum, mercury and cadmium are all toxic to the body and can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, dementia and other degenerative conditions. Many clients choose to have their heavy metals removed as part of a preventative step.

Where do heavy metals come from?

Heavy metals are everywhere. They can be found in dust, in our food, cups and glasses. Seafood, cosmetics and even our drinking water can contain heavy metals. Those of us who were born before 1980 also have been exposed to lead gas and lead paint. Lead has a half-life in the body of over 25 years. 

Chelation for heart disease:

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that demonstrated a decrease in cardiac complications (such as stroke and heart attack) in clients with prior heart disease who received a cycle of chelation therapy treatments. Many clients have experienced a reduction in chest pain from angina, reduction in blood pressure, and many other positive changes after treatment. Other clients who have coronary artery disease have chosen to use chelation therapy cycles as part of a preventative care strategy.

Chelation for peripheral vascular disease:

Some of our clients have reported improvement in lower extremity pain from blocked arteries after chelation therapy. People suffering from diabetic ulcers have also noted improved healing.

Chelation for preventing dementia and neurologic degeneration:

Many clients choose to remove heavy metals to help prevent the possibility of damage caused to the brain through exposure over time. Clients with impaired memory have reported improvement after chelation therapy. 

Chelation for testosterone and other sex hormone deficiencies: 

Heavy metals can interfere with our pituitary-gonadal axis and may be a factor in low testosterone syndrome in both men and women. 

Chelation for cancer support:

Heavy metals are considered to be a contributing factor to the high rates of cancer in the America. Many clients choose to reduce their heavy metals to reduce their risk of cancer.  Clients with active cancer, or a prior history of cancer have used chelation as part of their treatment strategy. 

Is Chelation safe?

Since the 1950's Chelation therapy has been given to over 300,000 clients and over 3 million treatments. There have been no fatalities and few serious complications as a result of this treatment when administered by physicians using the standard protocol of the Academy College of Advanced Medicine. Clients must first be examined I.M. 120 (including a review of blood work) to make sure that chelation therapy is appropriate. All clients who receive chelation therapy are monitored for kidney function through blood work and urine testing.

Are there any side effects?

Clients occasionally experience fatigue, dizziness and mild nausea, but these side effects are temporary and I.M 120 will be available to help reverse them if they occur.

Does chelation therapy hurt?

Infusions are painless after the initial pinch of the skin when the IV needle is inserted. After that, there is no pain.

How do I know if chelation therapy is right for me?

Due to the extent of exposure that we receive on a daily basis to dangerous heavy metals, virtually everyone can benefit from one of the chelation protocols at I.M. 120. The intensity of the recommended treatment will be determined at the time of your consultation with I.M. 120.

Who can administer chelation therapy?

Any licensed physician can administer treatment. Infusions are done in an outpatient setting at I.M. 120.

Is chelation therapy FDA approved?

EDTA, the amino acid that is the primary ingredient in chelation is FDA approved for lead detoxification. When it is used as part of a treatment for the variety of conditions described above, it is considered to be an "off label" use. Such practices are very common throughout medicine and physicians have the freedom to safely help their clients through the use of their experience with and knowledge of the substance.

Is chelation covered by insurance?

Insurance companies generally do not pay for chelation therapy. Funds from a health savings account can be used in some cases.

How much does chelation cost?

Cost per infusion is between $150 - $170.  The number of recommended infusions varies based on clinical condition treated. 

Why do I need a G6PD blood test before I start on a high dose Vitamin C drip?

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is a hereditary, X-linked recessive genetic enzyme deficiency. It is an important enzyme in reducing free radicals in the cells that cause oxidative damage. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can become an oxidant and cause hemolysis or anemia (an insufficient capacity of the blood to bring oxygen to the tissues and carry away carbon dioxide) if taken in too large of a dose.

How can I learn more?

Call an IM120 Center to arrange a personal consultation.

The following are a list of links to explore to learn more about IV nutrition and Chelation.