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Chelation therapy involves introducing chelating agents into the body by an intravenous infusion. Chelation is a process that we all encounter in our daily lives. For example, soap acts as a chelator by surrounding grease particles so that they can be washed away. A water softener uses chelating agents to take out minerals. Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) performs in a similar manner in our blood vessels. It takes out metal ions that can damage our health.

Chelation therapy is still somewhat controversial, but there is ample evidence that when properly administered, chelation therapy can improve metabolic function and increase blood flow by opening blocked arteries throughout the body. Fortunately, there are relatively few negative side effects if chelation therapy is performed properly.

EDTA is administered by a slow intravenous infusion using a small needle. The process takes from 2 to 4 hours depending on the individual. In order to get the best results, several treatments are needed. 

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" Since I began my chelation (17 episodes to date) my blood pressure has dropped from the 150/90 range to less than 110/70.  I feel great!
Additionally I no longer experience chest tightness."

J. O'Connor
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Plaquex is a mixture of essential phospholipids (lecithins or Phosphatidyl Cholines) made from soy beans. It is a new treatment from Europe for atherosclerosis - the deposit of fatty plaques in arteries and other blood vessels. The most important effect of Plaquex is its remarkable ability to reduce plaque deposition in the artery wall. It also lowers blood cholesterol and homocysteine levels. Studies in lab animals have shown that it increases life span by up to 36%.

An important therapeutic application of Plaquex treatment is increasing the hearts ability to withstand stress. This application is valuable for individuals who have suffered from heart attack or other heart injury. The "atherosclerotic plaque" that blocks an artery is composed of many constituents, but in general has two main ones, namely cholesterol and calcium. When treated with chelation therapy the calcium is addressed. Plaquex addresses the cholesterol component. The cholesterol involved in blocking arteries is the infamous "LDL or 'bad' cholesterol." The "good" HDL cholesterol seems to actually help reverse the negative effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

The chief constituent of good HDL cholesterol is "Phosphatidyl Choline," also called Plaquex.

It is important that patients understand that Plaquex is usually not used as a substitute for EDTA chelation therapy, but is added to the treatment of some patients that would benefit for the effects of Plaquex. Plaquex cannot be mixed with EDTA chelation, so it is given on alternate treatment days. Unlike chelation using EDTA, Plaquex does not remove toxic heavy metals (ie Lead, Cadmium, Mercury). Instead, it appears to reverse cholesterol transport by creating surrogate HDL cholesterol which aids in the removal of excess LDL (bad) cholesterol from the arteries and also appears to lower the level of the highly atherogenic lipoprotein a (aka Lp(a). In addition, while EDTA chelation can only be sued sparingly in the presence of reduced kidney function, Plaquex actually seems to improve or stabilize kidney function in those with pre-existing kidney disease.

Treatment Applications of Plaquex Therapy
It has now been established by European researchers that
Plaquex therapy has the following therapeutic applications:

  • Reduces angina pectoris (heart pain)
  • Improves sexual potency
  • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Increases HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Improves impaired kidney function
  • ​Reduces homocysteine levels
  • Improves memory and mental function
  • Protects damaged heart muscle
Plaquex therapy is administered as an intravenous infusion lasting 90 to 120 minutes. Since Plaquex cannot be mixed with EDTA Chelation, other chelating agents, hydrogen peroxide, medical Ozone or Vitamins/Minerals it is administered as a single agent.

Plaquex therapy can be used as a stand alone treatment for lowering blood cholesterol, improving kidney function and/or improving memory. Plaquex can also be used as part of an integrated treatment program for atherosclerosis, along with EDTA Chelation therapy, Hydrogen Peroxide, Medical Ozone and Orthomolecular Vitamins and Minerals. Not every chelation physician offers Plaquex therapy. Because we try to remain at the forefront of treating degenerative vascular diseases with integrative methods we offer Plaquex therapy as an added regimen to EDTA Chelation, Bio-Oxidation and Orthomolecular therapies. Check with our staff or professionals to determine if Plaquex may be useful or helpful for your particular condition.