Hockeydad wrote:My close friend recently returned from his Liberation in Poland. He's RRMS, and says that he feels "100%" better. He had heard of Chelation Therapy while there and has started it. From the outside looking in, it looks reasonable. He's claiming that he feels better, but I don't think that he can separate open veins from Chelation. Anyone?
There's two ways to do chelation therapy: via IV drips or oral administration. Typically an artificial amino acid EDTA is used as the chelation agent. It was created decades ago, and the only existing FDA approved use for it is the removal of lead. It basically "captures" metals and minerals from the body and they are secreted by urination. EDTA differentially captures metals; meaning some are are more readily chelated then others. Unfortunately, free iron is near the bottom.
The IV drip has the advantage of much higher absorption rates as it being directly injected into the blood stream. Oral intake has drastically lower intake rates compared to IV drips; only about 5%. It also takes about 24 to 36 hours for the body to absorb each dose. However, the IV drip requires a doctor approval and staff to actually administer the EDTA resulting in high costs-$150 a treatment is not uncommon. Usually a course of 14 to 21 (or more) treatments are recommended. Few insurance policies will cover chelation therapy as it considered to be controversial and unproven.
An oral dose consists of mixing EDTA power into water, and bottoms up. The cost is very inexpensive. However it is absolutely essential to take the correct amount of EDTA per dose as overdosing can cause internal problems. Most practitioners recommend taking a maximum of one gram per one hundred pounds of body weight. If you don't know the difference between a kilogram and a milligram and don't have an accurate scale, this is definitely not something you should try.
Other possible iron chelation agents are IP6 and green tea extract.
Typically an iron chelation program consists of taking a dose, then skipping a day before the next treatment. Supplementation with minerals is usually recommended because EDTA will strip all metals and minerals so you need to replace them.
Removing deposited iron I personally think is crucial for recovery per CCSVI theory. You need to do both: correct the underlying vascular disorder and try to get rid of deposited iron.
All of the above is just the personal opinion of someone who is definitely not a doctor, so do your own research and seek medical advice.