Chelation Therapy in Columbus, Georgia


 
Chelation therapy is a highly effective treatment for removing toxic heavy metals from the body for improvement of health and circulation. The body is administered EDTA which binds with excess minerals. This treatment can be effective in removing common heavy metals, including lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum, and calcium.
 

CHELATION

 
WHAT IS CHELATION THERAPY?
Chelation is the process of chemically binding metal ions and removing them from the tissue, to be filtered from the blood in the kidneys and eventually excreted in the urine.
Chelating agents may be administered orally or intravenously.
Common chelating agents are:
  • EDTA
  • CaEDTA
  • DMSA
Although some heavy metals are part of a healthy diet (the trace elements iron, copper, manganese and zinc), others (arsenic, lead, mercury, aluminum and cadmium) may become toxic when they accumulate in the body. Chelating agents may be administered

How is Chelation Therapy Performed?
Chelation therapy sessions take several hours to complete and are performed in the office as an outpatient. Chelation therapy is typically administered in a series of 30 treatments depending on the severity of your symptoms. In more serious or chronic conditions, 40 treatments for best results. These treatments occur one to two times a week.
Each treatment session involves the insertion of an intravenous (IV). Dr. Himes uses a specially formulated mixture of vitamins, minerals and other medications, including the main ingredient EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetracetic Acid), which is introduced into the bloodstream over a period of time using an intravenous (IV) drip. Each session lasts from 90 minutes to several hours. The procedure isn’t painful for most people, but it is possible to feel some burning, redness or swelling at the injection site.
There isn’t much recovery time needed after the procedure and most patients are free to drive themselves home and go about their normal day. Some people report needing to urinate more than usually following chelation therapy, which can be beneficial considering this is how heavy metals leave the body.
Chelation therapy is not currently covered by most medical insurance plans and your doctor probably does not perform this procedure. The American College for The Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) trains physicians and administers examinations in order for physicians to become board-certified and approved to work with patients. Dr. Himes is board certified by ACAM to perform chelation therapy.

Side Effects of Chelation Therapy
The most common side effect is a burning sensation at the site where EDTA is injected into a vein, but this usually goes away quickly and is mild. Some people also experience digestive issues like nausea, feeling dizzy, fever, headaches, low blood sugar symptoms and blood pressure changes.
It’s very important for EDTA to be infused properly and slowly, since high levels can cause electrolyte imbalances. It’s also possible that while it removes unwanted heavy metals, EDTA can potentially also bind to needed vitamins and minerals and remove them from the body, which poses the risk for deficiencies. To make up for this, Dr. Himes gives patients large doses of vitamins/minerals prior to and following chelation therapy so they avoid becoming very deficient.

How is Chelation Therapy Performed?
Chelation therapy sessions take several hours to complete and are performed in the office as an outpatient. Chelation therapy is typically administered in a series of 30 treatments depending on the severity of your symptoms. In more serious or chronic conditions, 40 treatments for best results. These treatments occur one to two times a week.
Each treatment session involves the insertion of an intravenous (IV). Dr. Himes uses a specially formulated mixture of vitamins, minerals and other medications, including the main ingredient EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetracetic Acid), which is introduced into the bloodstream over a period of time using an intravenous (IV) drip. Each session lasts from 90 minutes to several hours. The procedure isn’t painful for most people, but it is possible to feel some burning, redness or swelling at the injection site.
There isn’t much recovery time needed after the procedure and most patients are free to drive themselves home and go about their normal day. Some people report needing to urinate more than usually following chelation therapy, which can be beneficial considering this is how heavy metals leave the body.
Chelation therapy is not currently covered by most medical insurance plans and your doctor probably does not perform this procedure. The American College for The Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) trains physicians and administers examinations in order for physicians to become board-certified and approved to work with patients. Dr. Himes is board certified by ACAM to perform chelation therapy.


Side Effects of Chelation Therapy
The most common side effect is a burning sensation at the site where EDTA is injected into a vein, but this usually goes away quickly and is mild. Some people also experience digestive issues like nausea, feeling dizzy, fever, headaches, low blood sugar symptoms and blood pressure changes.
It’s very important for EDTA to be infused properly and slowly, since high levels can cause electrolyte imbalances. It’s also possible that while it removes unwanted heavy metals, EDTA can potentially also bind to needed vitamins and minerals and remove them from the body, which poses the risk for deficiencies. To make up for this, Dr. Himes gives patients large doses of vitamins/minerals prior to and following chelation therapy so they avoid becoming very deficient.


SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF CHELATION THERAPY
The largest study looking at the effectiveness of chelation was conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) called the TACT study (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy). The study was a 10 year, double blind, randomized, placebo controlled study. There were 1,708 subjects who were 6 months out from their first MI. The results showed that IV chelation plus multi-vitamins showed a 26% reduced cardiovascular events, 28% hospitalizations reduced, 23% reduction in heart attacks, 19% heart surgery reduction, 18% overall improvement in heart health, and 7% death reduction. Diabetic patients showed a 39% reduction in heart complications! Even more importantly, the treatment effect persisted over the 5 year follow-up period without depreciation of the benefits.
The follow-up study is TACT-2 (Trial to Access Chelation Therapy). This is a five year study which will look at the effect of IV chelation (40 treatments) on 1200 diabetic post MI patients.

Priority List of Hazardous Substances
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 2015 Substance Priority List
This substance priority list is revised and published on a 2-year basis. It should be noted that this priority list is not a list of “most toxic” substances, but rather a prioritization of substances based on a combination of their frequency, toxicity, and potential for human exposure.
 
1. Arsenic
2. Lead
3. Mercury
4. Vinyl Chloride
5. Polychlorinated Biphenyls
 
6. Benzene
7. Cadmium
8. Benzo(A)Pyrene
9. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
10. Benzo(B)Fluoranthene
 
 

Detoxification

 
The amount of exposure to toxins the average American receives has increased substantially. Toxins include industrial chemicals and their polluted by-products, pesticides, additive in our foods and heavy metals.
Detoxification is the process of removing the toxins from the body. In order to maintain optimum health, it is imperative to decrease one’s toxic load through a process of natural detoxification which will cleanse the systems of the body (liver, kidneys, lymphatics and gastro-intestinal tract). This will allow the body to more easily release toxins.