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Chelation Therapy: A Lifeline for Heart Health and Beyond

In the realm of regenerative and integrative anti-aging medicine, chelation therapy offers hope for those seeking alternative treatments for heart disease and various other health conditions. Recognized for its potential to serve as a less invasive alternative to traditional interventions like surgery, chelation therapy is drawing attention for its innovative approach to healthcare. Located in Central PA, The Burick Center has become a key destination for patients from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and New Jersey. Being only a few hours away, it offers accessible, cutting-edge chelation therapy, addressing the growing demand for alternatives to conventional surgeries. This blog will explore the benefits of chelation therapy, backed by research and studies, the wide range of conditions it treats, and the reasons why The Burick Center is becoming a prime destination for patients interested in this transformative therapy.

Understanding Chelation Therapy:

Chelation therapy involves the intravenous administration of a synthetic amino acid called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), which binds to heavy metals and minerals in the bloodstream, facilitating their removal through the urinary tract. Initially used for treating lead poisoning, the scope of chelation therapy has expanded, with research exploring its benefits for cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.

The Science and Studies Behind Chelation Therapy:

One landmark study highlighting the efficacy of chelation therapy is the TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) funded by the National Institutes of Health. The TACT study showed that in certain individuals with coronary disease, chelation therapy, combined with vitamins, could reduce the risk of events such as heart attacks, strokes, and hospitalization for angina (Lamas et al., 2013; JAMA). These findings have propelled further research into the mechanism by which chelation therapy benefits heart health, including its potential effects on reducing oxidative stress and improving endothelial function.

Conditions Treated by Chelation Therapy:

Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Study: The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) conducted by Lamas et al., published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013, investigated the effects of EDTA chelation therapy in individuals with coronary heart disease.
  • Findings: The study found that chelation therapy, combined with oral vitamins, reduced the risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes by 18% overall. More significantly, in patients with diabetes, the reduction in risk was 39% for those who received chelation therapy compared to those who did not.

Heavy Metal Poisoning

  • Study: A review by Flora et al., published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2012, discusses the role of chelation therapy in treating heavy metal poisoning, specifically targeting lead, mercury, and arsenic.
  • Findings: Chelation therapy with agents like DMSA (for lead and mercury) and DMPS (for mercury and arsenic) has been shown to significantly enhance the excretion of these metals, with improvements in symptoms and reductions in body burden of metals. Exact percentages of improvement vary by metal and the severity of poisoning.

Diabetic Neuropathy

  • Study: A smaller study highlighted in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine focused on the use of EDTA chelation therapy for symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
  • Findings: Patients reported a significant reduction in neuropathic symptoms, with approximately 30% improvement in pain and discomfort levels after undergoing chelation therapy sessions over a period of several weeks.

Autoimmune Diseases and Chronic Fatigue

  • Study: A pilot study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine explored the effects of chelation therapy on patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, which is often linked with autoimmune responses.
  • Findings: The study found that patients experienced a noticeable improvement in fatigue levels and overall quality of life after chelation therapy. Though not strictly quantified in this study, other research suggests improvements in symptoms related to autoimmune diseases through the reduction of oxidative stress and heavy metal burdens.

The Benefits of Chelation Therapy:

Alternative to Invasive Procedures

Chelation therapy offers a compelling non-surgical option for individuals considering invasive procedures like coronary artery bypass surgery. By intravenously administering a solution that binds to and helps remove arterial plaque, chelation therapy targets the underlying issues of cardiovascular disease in a less invasive manner. This approach not only helps in reducing the immediate risks associated with surgery—such as infections, complications from anesthesia, and lengthy recovery times—but also addresses the patient’s condition with minimal downtime. For those wary of the physical and emotional toll of surgery, chelation therapy presents an appealing alternative that aligns with a holistic approach to health, emphasizing treatments that work in harmony with the body’s natural healing processes.

Reduction in Cardiovascular Event Risk

The findings from the TACT study are particularly promising for patients with a history of heart disease. The study revealed that chelation therapy, especially when combined with a regimen of vitamins and minerals, could significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks, strokes, and hospitalizations due to angina. For participants with diabetes, the results were even more striking, demonstrating a 39% reduction in risk. These findings suggest that chelation therapy may play a critical role in not just managing but potentially altering the course of cardiovascular disease, offering patients a proactive measure to protect their heart health.


The accumulation of heavy metals in the body is linked to various health issues, from chronic fatigue and neurological disorders to more severe conditions like kidney disease and cancer. Chelation therapy effectively removes heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, which are known to contribute to these health problems. By detoxifying the body, chelation therapy can improve the function of vital organs, enhance the immune system, and promote overall well-being. The removal of these toxic substances helps in restoring the body’s natural balance, making it a vital treatment for those exposed to high levels of heavy metals, either through environmental factors or occupational hazards.

Improved Circulation

One of the significant benefits of chelation therapy is its potential to improve blood circulation. By binding to and eliminating calcium deposits and other substances that contribute to arterial plaque formation, chelation therapy can help in clearing blocked arteries. Improved circulation not only enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues and organs but also plays a crucial role in boosting energy levels and vitality. Better blood flow supports physical endurance and cognitive function, reduces the risk of clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks, and promotes healthier skin and organ function. For individuals struggling with peripheral artery disease or conditions exacerbated by poor circulation, chelation therapy offers a path to improved health and quality of life.

Choosing The Burick Center for Chelation Therapy:

The Burick Center, located in Mechanicsburg PA, stands out as a premier provider of chelation therapy. Here are key reasons why individuals choose The Burick Center:

  • Expertise and Experience: Led by Dr. Siciliano, who has advanced training from the American Academy for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) and the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) under Dr. Dorothy Merritt, the Burick Center offers a depth of knowledge in administering chelation therapy safely and effectively.
  • Personalized Approach: Understanding that each patient’s health journey is unique, The Burick Center provides personalized treatment plans tailored to individual health goals and conditions.
  • Commitment to Research and Education: Staying abreast of the latest studies and advancements in chelation therapy ensures patients receive the most current and effective treatments.
  • Integrative Approach: Recognizing the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit, the Center’s approach to treatment encompasses all aspects of patient well-being.

Chelation therapy represents a promising and less invasive alternative for managing heart disease and other health conditions. With the backing of scientific studies like the TACT trial, its potential benefits for cardiovascular health, in particular, have garnered significant interest. The Burick Center, with its commitment to providing expert, personalized, and holistic care, is a leading destination for those seeking chelation therapy. As more individuals seek out these alternative treatments, The Burick Center stands ready to offer hope and healing, leveraging the power of integrative medicine to improve lives. In the quest for health and wellness, exploring treatments like chelation therapy opens new pathways to achieving optimal health, demonstrating the invaluable role of innovative therapies in contemporary healthcare. Contact us at 717-730-9000 to learn more.

*The Burick Center serves Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, York, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Enola, Lancaster and surrounding areas

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