About IV Chelation Therapy

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity?

Heavy metals such as lead, aluminium, cadmium, or mercury are considered neurotoxins. They can cause brain fog, fatigue, eczema, skin rash, hair loss, constipation, bloating, anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. Some patients may also be exposed to mercury through amalgam dental fillings.

Getting a correct diagnosis is the first step in detoxifying heavy metals out of your system. Dr. Shiva Lalezar, D.O., a leading holistic doctor in Los Angeles, uses metal chelation therapy to treat specific, targeted medical conditions related to heavy metal toxicity. We are seeing impressive results in patients suffering from heavy metal overload at the Health and Vitality Center in Los Angeles.

How does chelation therapy work?

Chelation therapy works by administering chelating agents that bind to heavy metals and safely remove them from the body through the urine. These compounds work by forming multiple chemical bonds to a metal ion. Think of it as a claw machine that kids play in arcades. The claw (the chelating agent) picks up a stuffed animal (the metal ion).

chelation model

This diagram is a chelate complex formed by the chelating agent EDTA and the toxic heavy metal cadmium (Cd). Once the metal ion is bound, the combined structure is called a chelate complex.

This complex envelops the often-dangerous metal ion and prevents it from reacting in the body to do damage. Chelation therapy has been in use since the 1940s to treat poison gas exposure and later, to treat lead poisoning. Today, chelation therapy is used to treat exposure to many different toxic metals.

Why come to Dr. Lalezar for IV Chelation Therapy in Los Angeles?

Dr. Lalezar’s practice, the Health and Vitality Center, is one of the leading centers for functional medicine in Los Angeles, and Dr. Lalezar is regarded as one of the best naturopathic doctors in Los Angeles.

The Health and Vitality Center has been featured on Fox News as well as in Suzanne Somers’ Doctor Resource Guide. Dr. Lalezar is certified in Chelation Therapy by the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

She has over ten years of experience in administering IV chelation therapy.  She relieves your symptoms holistically by treating the problem at its source. Dr. Lalezar uses an integrative approach that combines the most advanced conventional medical therapies with state-of-the-art Functional Medicine treatments for maximum results.

What substances are used in chelation therapy?

Dr. Lalezar uses the following compounds for chelation therapy:

EDTA (EthyleneDiamineTetraacetic Acid) is a type of amino acid. It is useful for chelation therapy of a number of heavy metals but is very effective with lead, Aluminum, cadmium, and arsenic. The type of EDTA used at the Health and Vitality Center is compounded calcium-EDTA.

IV Chelation Therapy - mercury molecular structure

Another IV Chelation therapy agent is DMPS, a sulfur-based compound that is particularly efficient in binding to mercury in the bloodstream. Mercury is present in many people who have silver fillings in their teeth or who have consumed high Mercury fish such as Tuna, King Mackerel, Sea Bass, Cod, Cat Fish, or Orange Roughy.

Glutathione is not a chelating agent. However, Dr. Lalezar administers it with either EDTA or DMPS because it increases the efficacy of your chelation therapy while reducing the incidence of adverse reactions and redistribution.

Which medical conditions can Mercury Chelation Therapy or Metal Chelation Therapy help with?

Dr. Lalezar uses chelation therapy for several conditions, including:

  • Heavy Metal Overload
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Why use intravenous chelation therapy instead of pills?

Dr. Lalezar prefers IV chelation therapy for the following reasons:

  • Injecting the chelating agents directly into the bloodstream allows them to travel rapidly and efficiently to the areas of the body containing the toxic metals.
  • IV delivery ensures that all of the medication is fully absorbed. Pills get degraded by the digestive system, leaving only a fraction of the necessary dose available to work in your body.

How is intravenous chelation therapy administered?

Your chelation therapy will be administered by an IV expert in the Health & Vitality Center’s IV therapy suite. The entire treatment process is personally supervised by Dr. Lalezar. You can comfortably listen to music, browse the internet on your laptop, or read a book. Most chelation therapy treatments can be completed within half an hour to one hour.

IV Chelation Therapy

How do I know if chelation treatment is right for me?

Dr. Lalezar gives each patient a urine toxicology screening to evaluate the concentrations of heavy metals in the body. The results of this diagnostic test will determine whether Dr. Lalezar recommends chelation therapy.

Chelation Therapy for Patients with Dental Fillings

Many patients who are concerned about their silver fillings come to the Health & Vitality Center for evaluation. Amalgam fillings are composed of 70 percent mercury. Every time you chew or drink hot fluid you release 17 ugs of mercury vapor from each tooth on a daily basis.

The toxic mercury vapour is then absorbed into the body. Fortunately, Dr. Lalezar has had great success using chelation therapy to remove mercury from patients. She can also refer you to a holistic dentist who is experienced at removing these fillings safely.

an open mouth displaying several mercury fillings

Take the next step!

Dr. Lalezar’s reputation and expertise have made the Health & Vitality Center one of the most popular places to go for IV chelation therapy in Los Angeles. To get started on the road to better health, come in for a consultation.

You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Lalezar at the Health and Vitality Center by calling her office directly at 310-477-1166 or simply click here to schedule an appointment online today.

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Testimonials that say a lot!

“Dr. Lalezar, just a note to thank you for the chelation treatments, which have made a major difference in my health! All of your services are really excellent but the chelation in particular is fantastic.”

Bill P.

“Ever since I have been seeing Dr. Lalezar, my overall health has improved 100%. Dr. Lalezar’s techniques and methods have helped me lose over 60lbs and maintain the weight loss. I have not felt this healthy and young in years.”

Selin Clementine

“Dr. Lalezar has changed my life. Before I became her patient, I consulted with several doctors, but to no avail. After being treated by Dr. Lalezar, all of that changed.”

R. Shemtoub

“She literally has changed my life both psychologically and physically. Her advice along with her treatments works so well that I have a totally different life now.”

Nazanin Student

“Five years ago, I couldn’t even walk and now I am dancing! YES – GO TO DR. LALEZAR! She is the best physician in Los Angeles (and maybe the world)!”

Leanne S.

“Dr. Lalezar is the best! She helped me recover from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and I am feeling the best I have in 14 years. I cannot recommend her enough!”

Marissa M.

“I went to Dr. Lalezar frustrated that after having seen 4 specialists. No one could figure out what was wrong with my thyroid. Well, she did in the first 10 minutes I met her. I highly recommend Dr Lalezar.”

Farahnaz F.

“I have my Dr. Lalezar to thank for my life and my health. I spent probably over $100,000 over the years looking for answers only to be told it was all in my head. I am so grateful. If I hadn’t found her, I can’t imagine where I’d be.”

Suzy M.

“I feel better than I have felt in years thanks to Dr. Lalezar. I had been to other doctors … She has prescribed balancing hormones and various minerals and micronutrients to get me feeling better than ever. Those, along with chelation IVs have made incredible transformations in my health.”

Margaret G.

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