Frequently Asked Questions
How is Chelation Therapy Administered?
A complete clinical examination with detailed history, laboratory investigations and careful assessment will be performed prior to Chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is administered and well tolerated following the protocol developed by the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) of which Dr Stewart is a member. Disodium EDTA along with magnesium, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B12, B6 and other vitamins and minerals are given in a series of IV treatments under close medical supervision and control.
EDTA picks up the metals from the body's tissues and the EDTA along with the metals is excreted through the kidneys. Almost all EDTA is cleared from the body in twenty-four hours. EDTA also reduces calcium accumulation in blood vessels which is believed to further enhance blood flow in both small and large vessels. Each treatment takes 3 hours and is given with patients seated in comfortable chairs while they read, sleep or chat to their neighbours. It is recommended that treatments be at least 24 hours apart.
Dosage and frequency are altered according to the patients initial assessment and the ongoing clinical appraisal which includes blood and urine tests etc to ensure no adverse affects. The total number of treatments required depends on individual needs in respect to medical conditions. It is usually recommended that an initial course of twenty to forty treatments is taken, supplemented by periodic booster treatments thereafter.
Is Chelation Therapy safe?
Over one million persons worldwide have been chelated, with no significant adverse effects or reported deaths in the last thirty years following the protocol laid down by A.C.A.M (The American College for Advancement in Medicine) of which Dr Stewart is a member. Please refer to published article in The Irish Medical News.
Does this treatment have side effects?
Reaction to EDTA (or vitamins), which rarely occurs, is minimal. It can be avoided by giving smaller doses and building up to the desired level. Inflammation at the site of IV may occur and is treated with compresses. Diabetics and patients suffering from heart failure and kidney disease are carefully monitored and dosages may be adjusted according to their condition.
Can I drop in for a quick Chelation?
No. Chelation will not be given without up to date laboratory tests, history and examination that comply with the protocol of this clinic.
If complete copies of records and investigations from another physician are available and of acceptable quality and recency, the initial investigation may be abbreviated.
What about oral EDTA? Suppository EDTA?
EDTA is ineffective orally and may be dangerous. It is only 5% absorbed when taken by mouth. It may deplete the body of essential trace elements when used over a period of time.
Oral Chelation should never be confused with IV EDTA Chelation.
Likewise EDTA in suppository form is neither safe nor effective, and not recommended at this clinic.
Oral Chelation - DMSA (Dimercaptosuccinic Acid)
The recommended oral chelator is DMSA, available only on prescription and used mainly in mercury detoxification.
Nurse Maddie checks a patients IV line