Liebowitz Longevity Medicine
Howard Liebowitz, MD
Alternative Medicine Physician located in Santa Monica, CA
You and your loved ones may be at risk of an unseen danger in the workplace or home: heavy metal toxicity.
Howard Liebowitz, MD, Clinical Director of Liebowitz Longevity Medicine in Santa Monica, California, has experience treating patients with heavy metal toxicity.
If you have unexplained symptoms of mental confusion, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, or vomiting, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Liebowitz. He can determine if you have heavy metal toxicity and treat this condition before it gets worse.
Chelation Therapy Q & A
What is Chelation Therapy?
Chelation therapy is the process of eliminating toxic heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, from your body. Lead and mercury are the most common contaminants.Substances called chelates attach to heavy metals and help eliminate them.
What Happens During Chelation Therapy?
Dr. Liebowitz diagnoses heavy metal toxicity through urine tests. Chelation therapy can be given by mouth or by intravenous infusion.
Dr. Liebowitz determines whether infusion or oral therapy best suits your needs. He uses substances called chelates. Chelates bind to the heavy metals and eliminate them from your body.
Whether the medication is administered by infusion or orally, it binds to the heavy metals and they are eliminated.
What are the Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning?
Heavy metal poisoning can present as mental confusion, headache, weakness, joint or muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue.
Is Chelation an Approved Therapy?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved prescription chelation therapy for the treatment of lead and other metal poisonings.
What are Common Sources of Lead and Other Heavy Metals?
Old houses often contain lead paint on the walls. Sometimes the corrosion on lead pipes carrying water causes significant lead contamination in children and adults. Adults who work in auto repair shops or contractors who renovate older homes might also be exposed to heavy metals. Mercury is a common component in old dental fillings and now, unfortunately, a common contaminant in fish and seafood.
Even small amounts of lead or mercury can cause serious health problems.
Who Should Not Receive Chelation Treatment?
Chelation therapy is not recommended for women who are pregnant or for patients with heart or kidney disease. Side effects may include high blood pressure, headache, and low blood sugar. Always coordinate any recommendation for chelation with your healthcare professionals before beginning treatment.