Chelation Therapy

Are heavy metals weighing you down?

The concern with heavy metals is that they can potentially accumulate in the body over time and are suspected of triggering dangerous conditions like heart disease, thyroid problems, autoimmune conditions, neurological conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and autism.  Doctor Jordan Atkinson is seeing a growing trend of patients with heavy metals in their bodies contributing to an array of health problems.

Why would we have heavy metals in our body?

Reasons for high levels of heavy metals can vary from: lead based toys we played with as children, smoking, poor air quality, paint, GMO foods, farm raised fish, vaccinations, mercury or amalgam fillings, and even our water supply.  Some people have more difficulty removing heavy metals from the body than others.

What are some signs or symptoms of high heavy metal levels:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Trouble learning and remembering new information
  • “Brain fog” and trouble concentrating
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Neur3-1ological disorders and cognitive decline
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Mood changes, including depression and anxiety
  • Alopecia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dermatitis
  • Poor wound healing
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Hypertension
  • Low immune function
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Inflammation
  • Parkinson’s-like symptoms

How do you test for heavy metals?

Acute metal poisoning is not common. However, we typically see chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals that can result in significant retention in the body that can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects and chronic disease.

Dr. Jordan performs both a pre- and post-provocation urinalysis to determine if there is ongoing exposures to metals (pre-) and net bodily retention of heavy metals.

How long has chelation therapy been used?

Chelation therapy is derived from the Greek word CHELE meaning claw of a crab. A chelating agent grabs onto an electrically charged mineral ion such as lead, copper, iron or calcium. EDTA is a chelating agent that was developed in Germany in the 1930’s. EDTA was first used for the treatment of lead poisoning.  Many doctors found additional benefits when chelating with EDTA, such as improvement with arthritis and atherosclerosis.  The use of intravenous chelation therapy is to reverse hardening of the arteries, and degenerative diseases.

Two-time Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Linus Pauling had this to say about Chelation:

“Chelation therapy is far safer and much less expensive than surgical treatment of atherosclerosis. Chelation therapy might eliminate the need for bypass surgery and is equally valid when used as a preventative treatment.”

How does chelation work?

Chelation therapy involves the use of a chelating agent to bind and eliminate undesirable substances such as heavy metals, chemical toxins, mineral deposits and fatty plaques. These agents can also help to improve circulation and enhance the immune system.

Chelation can be done through oral dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), or intravenous ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA).  Dr. Jordan uses DMSA or EDTA depending which heavy metals are elevated in the body. EDTA binds very well with lead, and DMSA binds very well with mercury.

What is the best way to describe chelation?

Dr. Jordan describes chelation as a powerful magnet for toxic metals.

Chelating agents have specific bonds that form between metals and organic molecules. This gives the chelating agent the ability to “bind” to metals that build up in the blood, major organs and blood vessels.

How often are the treatments?

Dr. Jordan does treatments usually once to twice a week.  The amount of treatments vary depending on the levels of heavy metals found in the body, however, Dr Jordan usually does 10-30 treatments depending on the levels of heavy metals. For more information call Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic at 604-684-6565 to book an Initial Consultation with Dr. Jordan!

4-1Dr. Jordan’s FUN FACT:

Did you know, increasing the diameter of an artery by 15% will double the blood flow through the artery!!!

Dr. Jordan believes in being proactive, not reactive, in one’s health. He works with his patients to identify the cause(s) of his/her illness. He then creates an individualized treatment protocol, tailored to meet his patient’s specific needs. Dr. Jordan uses cutting-edge diagnostic labs and therapeutic modalities to enhance the healing process. Dr. Jordan participates in continuing medical education in order to ensure that his patients receive current and optimal safe health care.

Dr. Jordan is an outdoors enthusiast and can often be found skiing, hiking, and playing soccer on the weekends. Dr. Jordan grew up in the Okanagan and now lives on the Northshore with his wife and son.

Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic
Downtown Vancouver Chelation Therapy
Day & Evening Appointments Available
#209 – 970 Burrard Street (Electra Building)


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