IV Chelation Therapy: Finding a Doctor Who Will Test for and Treat Heavy Metal Toxicity

IV Chelation Therapy: Finding a Doctor Who Will Test for and Treat Heavy Metal ToxicityExcessive toxic metal exposure from the air, food, water, dental amalgams, and other sources is becoming a recognized and established underlying cause of both acute and chronic disease. With ongoing medical research validating the link between chronic diseases like heart disease and environmental exposure to toxic metals, it is more important than ever for doctors and patients to be well-informed about the detrimental effects of toxic metals and the potential treatments for heavy metal toxicity, including IV chelation therapy.

What is chelation?

The Greek word “chele” means claw. Chelation is the binding of metals (like lead) or minerals (like calcium) to a protein “chelator” in a pincer-like fashion, forming a ring-like structure. Chelation is an important treatment protocol for the removal of toxic metals such as lead and mercury from the body’s bloodstream and tissues. Natural chelation, although weak, regularly occurs from eating certain foods such as onions and garlic. A stronger chelation effect can be induced when certain supplements, such as some amino acids, are taken orally. The strongest chelation effect is achieved with intravenous chelation. 

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What is chelation used for?

Intravenous chelation therapy is used and accepted within conventional medicine as an FDA-approved treatment for the removal of toxic minerals such as lead from the body in cases of severe poisoning. However, it is also used in a  less conventional way: the repeated administration of intravenous chelating agents is used to reduce blood vessel inflammation caused by specific toxic metals and to reduce the body’s total load of those metals, especially lead. It has been shown that the risk of dying from cardiovascular events begins when a person’s blood level of lead is still well within the established normal reference range.[1]

IV chelation therapy often utilizes the chelating agent disodium ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) and is sometimes referred to as EDTA chelation. EDTA chelation is being used in the treatment of all forms of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, especially heart disease and peripheral artery disease. Although there is less published research in these areas, chelation therapy is also being used to treat macular degeneration; osteoporosis; mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease associated with heavy metal toxicity; autoimmune diseases, especially scleroderma; and fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome with high levels of toxic metals detected with a challenge test.[4]

Does chelation really work?

The most recent study to examine the effects of EDTA chelation therapy showed compelling value for preventing cardiovascular events, especially in people with diabetes who had a history of heart attack. The controversial Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy, or TACT, found an amazing 40% reduction in total mortality, 40% reduction in recurrent heart attacks, and about a 50% reduction in overall mortality in patients with diabetes who had previously suffered from a heart attack.[2] TACT was a large, randomized, placebo-controlled study published in JAMA that randomized patients to a series of IV chelation using EDTA or placebo.[3]

What kinds of doctors offer IV chelation therapy?

Doctors must be well-trained in chelation therapy in order to utilize the correct tests and treatments. Testing for toxic metal exposure is not straightforward since blood tests typically identify only those with severe and acute toxicity but fail to identify those with toxic metals stored in the tissues due to chronic exposure. Applying the appropriate chelating agent to properly treat toxic metal accumulation is also not a straightforward endeavor. Different chelating agents bind with different affinity to different metals. Some chelating agents may be taken orally, while others are administered intravenously.

Chelation therapy is not taught in conventional medical school but rather through various professional medical organizations. The most recognized leader in educating and certifying healthcare professionals, including MDs and NDs, in chelation therapy is the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM). ACAM’s chelation therapy training teaches doctors how to diagnose and treat patients with heavy metal toxicity as well as how to use diet and nutrients to optimize toxic metal chelation strategies and protocols.


[1] ACAM website. Detoxification / IV Chelation. Downloaded Jan 7, 2014.

[2] Medscape Heartwire. 2013, Nov 19. ‘Extraordinary’ Chelation Effects…. Downloaded Jan 7, 2014.

[3] JAMA. 2013;309(12):1241-1250.

[4] Townsend Ltr. 2013 Aug/Sept. Report on the Proceedings of a Summit…. Downloaded Jan 7, 2014.

This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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  • Helen S.

    I am looking for a doctor to administer chelation therapy on me if he thinks I will benefit. I have diabetes, and heart disease. I had a bypass 20 years ago at age 47. I am now 67 and started having chest pains. The doctors put in a stint and it gave me relief for about 2 months, then pain has started again. They have increased my medication and I am now dizzy from meds. I am hoping chelation would be the answer for me, because I dont want heart surgery again.

    Thanks Helen Sack I live in Las Vegas

  • Have Diabetes Heart Disease and partial blocked artery in left leg that was not corrected
    by suurgery

  • Have DIABETES Heart Disease and blocked artery in left leg not corrercted bu surgery

  • Richard r.

    I have cad and pad that I have 100 percent blockage in most of my arteries. Please contact me asap

  • PHYLLIS M.

    MY HUSBAND OF 30 YEARS, HAD STROKE 4/2014 WITH STINT IN CORATIC ARTERY, HAD A THRIPLE BY PASS 6/2014. WHICH TWO FAILED, HAS HAD SM HEART ATTACKS AND DOES NOT FEEL THEM, HE HAS CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, CALCIUM BUILDUP (BLOCKED ARTERYS AND HAS IS NOT A DIABETIC. WE LIVE IN THE FRESNO, CA AREA. WOULD LIKE TO KNOW OF ANY DOCTORS IN THAT AREA THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP IF POSSIBLE. MY FATHER YEARS AGO HAD BLOCKED ARTERYS IN HIS HEART FROM AN ACCIENTENT AND DID CHELATION AFTER 1 YEAR HIS BLOCKAGE WAS OPENED. IT SAVED HIS LIFE. PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU CAN HELP

  • David C.

    I had chelation therapy several years ago, and it seemed to help, and certainly didn’t do any damage. I’ve lost the info of who and where I visited to get the therapy, and am looking for a doctor (or other practitioner) who I could go to. I live in City Island (Bronx), NY. Anybody know of somebody I could go to?

  • bonnie j.

    I am looking for an IV chelation provider within 25 miles of Hemet Ca. 92543

  • Looking for a medical doctor that provides IV chelation therapy for heavy metal and cardiovascular disease. I live in Tacoma, Washington Pierce County. I am near Seattle, Washington, also Olympia.

  • Robert A.

    I have chealation therapy for at lease 8 years. I have been on a maintenance program for about 7 years as per my D.O. request. I am looking for a doctor in west Michigan to go to as soon as I can.

  • Wanda W.

    Looking for cheating doctor in Delaware (Sussex or Kent counties)

  • I’m looking for an IV edta chelation doctor in southern Oregon, Northeren California. I have stents in my heart. The doctor said I have norrowing in the back of my neck and they can’t be stented.

  • Patricia R.

    Need therapy for my husband in panama city, fl.. He thinks our house is toxic and has been sick for over a month. We cant find anybody to test or treat in this area.

  • I have diabetes and heart disease and been having chest pains. I am looking for a doctor in Puerto Rico that does IV chelation Therapy. I visited on doctor but he only gives it as an injection with other chemicals. It is not done by IV.

  • DALLAS J.

    Need Celation Therapy soon. Talk of aputation of left leg. Cincinnati, Oh. area

  • Stephanie

    Looking for a doctor in Ohio that does chelation therapy.

  • michael d.

    need to continue iv chelation in Wisconsin or minnesota

  • michael d.

    need to find iv chelation in Wisconsin or Minnesota

  • I had a triple bypass 3 years ago. I’ve had complications and heavy angina, I live in Panama city Florida and changed from Bay to UAB. 3 visits, 1 day of testing, and a Cath, they found 50% blockage beneath my main graft which is causing a diolostic disfunction. I found someone in Orlando but need a location nearby. Dothan, Tallahassee, Pencicola. They told me my only option is a transplant and that I’m doing to we’ll for that. Can you help. Tks

  • Jerry T.

    looking for doctor who is experienced in chelation thearpy and who does heavy metal testing in Delaware

  • Susanne

    Looking for doc in OK or anywhere in midwest if not in OK

  • Joseph s.

    I am
    Looking for iv chelation therapists in north Florida?

  • Eny C.

    My heart has one complete blockage on my left side and the right side is blocked one-half. I live in Greenville, SC. Looking for a IV Chelartion Therapy doctor in my area

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