What is Chelation?
“Chelation” comes from the Greek "chele" meaning claw; it refers to a chemical reaction between a metal ion and an organic molecule. EthyleneDiamineTetraAcetic acid (EDTA), is an agent that binds a metal to form a chelate. This chelate may now exit the body via a natural elimination pathway, mainly the urinary system.


EthyleneDiamineTetraAcetic acid (EDTA) Molecule


Chelation therapy is very useful for clearing the body of heavy metals that cause free radical damage. EDTA is an amino acid that has a strong affinity for toxic metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, strontium, and aluminum. Binding these heavy metals allows them to be excreted in bodily waste so they can no longer harm the body's cells. The EDTA is eliminated from the body along with the toxic metals and free ionic calcium with which it has bound in its transit through the circulatory system.

Chelation therapy is a medicalized treatment that improves metabolic and circulatory function. A course of EDTA chelation treatments involves a series of 20 to 40 infusions, each lasting approximately 1.5 to 3 hours.


Dr. Tara Macart ND CCTT and Jonathan Macart BA CCTT provide chelation


Our comprehensive intake includes an extensive medical history, a consultation with the doctor, and a brief physical exam. A health assessment is discussed and certain lab tests are required prior to any chelation therapy.

EDTA Treatment
Once it has been established that chelation would be a beneficial therapy for your health situation, a series of treatments are scheduled for two or three times per week.

Half a litre of the EDTA infused solution is drip fed intravenously into the hand, arm or leg over the course of approximately 3 hours. The solution contains sterile water, the EDTA, and a formulation of vitamins and minerals to help optimize the benefits of the treatment. You will be seated comfortably in a reclining chair for the duration of the treatment.



The complete treatment can consist of as few as 20 infusions for relatively mild problems to 40 infusions. Sometimes follow-up infusions will be given. Some patients may undergo as many as 100 infusions.

Before each treatment your blood pressure and weight are recorded and a urinalysis is preformed. Periodic blood tests may be done to monitor organ function and progress.

Optimizing the Program
Many people who undergo chelation therapy also have a supplement regimen, exercise regularly and modify their diets. It makes sense to modify lifestyle to optimize health on as many levels as

Vitamin and Mineral Support
As EDTA treatments remove minerals from the body, it is important to maintain and regulate the levels of those elements bound by the treatment. Vitamins are unaffected by the chelation process, but also need to be monitored as they have a synergistic effect with chelation. For example, vitamin C is a natural chelating agent in our bodies.


Chelation may benefit:
Age spots
Alzheimer's disease
Autoimmune disease
Cerebral vascular disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic pain
Cold extremities
Collagen vascular disease
Coronary artery disease
Diabetes mellitus
Elevated cholesterol
Excessive heart contractions
Hair loss
Heavy metal toxicity
High blood pressure
Hyperthyroidism / Hypothyroidism
Memory / Mental concentration
Multiple sclerosis
Muscle cramps
Peripheral neuropathy
Peripheral vascular disease
Post-surgical vision loss
Rheumatoid arthritis
Varicose vein pigmentation
Weight issues

Cosmetic changes can include more
lustrous hair, added eye sparkle, better skin color, fewer visible wrinkles and a more youthful appearance.