IV Spotlight: Chelation Therapy and Heavy Metal Detoxification

By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft, ND


Heavy Metal Chelations using EDTA

IV Drip MaleEthyl Diamine Tetraacetic Acid (EDTA) was developed in Europe in the first half of the last century for use in industry and water purification (removal of lead).  In 1940s, the US naval physicians began noticing numerous incidents of lead poisoning among sailors assigned the duty of painting warships.  Since EDTA was found to have particular affinity to Chelation properties, especially in regards to heavy metals, the physicians used IV EDTA Chelation Therapy to remove the lead with excellent results.  Historically, chelation was used to reduce plaque in heart patients, but in the past half century, with the advent of other conventional heart medicine, EDTA therapy has lost favor and has been regarded as “alternative medicine”.  That said, it is still the only FDA approved treatment for the removal of lead, and its benefits reach far beyond just that.


What is Chelation Therapy?

Chelation Therapy is an intravenous (IV) therapy using synthetic amino acid “EDTA” to bind with metal ions forming a stable structure.  This in turn transports the toxic metals to the kidneys and then excreted through urine.  As previously mentioned, the FDA has approved chelation as the only treatment for lead poisoning.

Improving circulation by the removal of accumulated build up that damage the vascular system throughout the body, physicians in 1950s not only noticed the benefits of removing heavy metals, but that their patients with Angina no longer complained of chest pain after EDTA treatments.  For that reason EDTA can also be a good adjunctive treatment for those with atherosclerosis, diabetes and other circulatory and vascular diseases.

Since EDTA has the ability to bond with some trace minerals as well as other minerals, it is highly recommended for patients to receive vitamin and mineral IV in addition to EDTA treatments.


What is the difference between chelation and detoxification?

Detoxification is a metablic process by which the toxic qualities of a poison or toxins are reduced by the body.  However, depuration is the process of helping the body to remove these unwanted materials that are incompatible with health.  Therefore detoxification is one portion of depuration, using a substance or substances to specifically promote removal of a class of unwanted toxins.


Who may need Chelation Therapy?

Although it might sound like something only tried to rare circumstances, heavy metals are more common than you may think.  If you have mercury filling in your teeth, have been vaccinated, consume foods that are grown in foreign countries or healing from radiation and chemotherapy treatments, you’re likely experiencing some degree of heavy metals in your body.  Some common symptoms of heavy metals include fatigue, brain fog, headaches, autoimmune diseases, neurological disorders and cognitive decline, pain, depression and anxiety.  To get tested for heavy metals, consider talking to one of our providers to see if it is the right option for you.

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TCM Diet for Spring and a Detox Tea Recipe!

By Ko Ching Lu EAMP, LAC


chanda trilliumSpring is the season, which we see trees blossom and rebirth of many living life.

According to Chinese medicine, spring is the season associated with liver organ and belongs to the wood element.  It is a season to set new goals and to redirect life.  This is a great season to work on body detoxification and to nourish our digestion system for the upcoming summer.


What to eat:

Leafy greens


Bean sprouts

Bamboo shoots









Fruits that are in season (Strawberries, cherries, etc)



Uncooked foods

Cold foods


Detox Tea recipe:

 1-2 Dandelion root(s)

1 cup of water


Put 1-2 dandelion root(s) in 1 cup of water

Let the water come to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes

Remove the dandelion root(s)


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Put a Spring in your Health!

by Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz


Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ -Robin Williams


shutterstock_563369479           This year, this quote seems even more pertinent here in Washington.  After just breaking records for rainfall, the flowers and blossoms are bursting at every little shred of sunlight they can absorb and sprouts are crowding each other for space as they reach for the sun.  No matter the rain, Spring is one of my favorite times of year.  Everything is so fresh and so clean; it gives us all the itch for some spring cleaning, including our bodies.

Maybe some of us have partied or indulged a little too much over the Fall and Winter, or maybe it is just time to brush the dust off and start moving again, but Spring is the time to get our bodies tune-up started.  So immediately people think of a cleanse or Continue reading

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The Acupuncture Face Lift!

by Ko Ching Lu EAMP, LAc


Greetings!  My name is Ko Ching Lu, and in case you have yet to hear about me, I am your new favorite Acupuncturist and just joined up with AIM last month.  When we were discussing topics for this newsletter, I was excited to share something that you may have never considered that can have pretty amazing results.

shutterstock_175402388We all have heard of Western Botox injections, collagen injections, laser treatments and chemical peels.  However, have you ever heard of facial rejuvenation with cosmetic acupuncture? Can facial acupuncture really help to give you tighter and more youthful looking skin? Can facial acupuncture give you “face-lift” like results without going through surgery? Does cosmetic acupuncture help get rid of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes?

You may be surprised when you read that the answer to all of these questions is Yes!

Our faces are constantly exposed to harsh chemicals like makeup, air pollution, UV rays, molds and many other irritants.  All of those daily toxins can cause long term stress on our delicate faces and can lead to faster facial aging that contributes to wrinkles on the forehead, crows’ feet around the eyes, dull looking complexions or even sagging facial fascia.  We all have emotions like stress in life, work, children, and relationships that can also reflect on our skin, speeding up the skin aging process.

The facial cosmetic acupuncture doesn’t have any side effects and is a gentle and safe alternative if you don’t want to put extra toxins into your body, or you just want to try something low impact that can make a big cosmetic difference.  It also provides a longer sustained effect without the need of frequent maintenance.


How does facial acupuncture work, and what can it do for me?

Our facial cosmetic acupuncture procedure uses incredibly fine needles to target troubled facial lines around the foreheads, lines between the eyebrows, crows’ lines, and lines around the mouth.

The treatment starts with a couple qi (vital energy) moving points on the limbs to help with circulation of the body and calming the spirits during the treatment.

Next the procedure uses a technique called lift and pins. This is a technique where the facial fascia from under the chin is rolled in upward directions and passes the hairline and  3 needles is used to pin the fascia for both  sides of the face.

After that tiny needles would be used to target the specific fine lines that concern the individual patient.

Each session is an hour long.   When the session is done, essential oil like chamomile will be applied to calm the skin and light rose water or lavender will be applied to the face to help calm the redness.

Facial cosmetic acupuncture:

  • Lifts /tightens droopy saggy facial fascia
  • Improves circulation and reduce puffiness
  • Dissipate heavy eye bags and blackness under the eyes.
  • Improves facial elasticity and collagen productions
  • Improves collagen production to look younger and plumpier skin
  • Reduces and prevents fine lines/crow lines
  • Improves/speed skin cell regeneration
  • Reduces old/acne scaring and sun spots
  • Gives brighter complexion


When is a good time to start?

After the age of 35, it is strongly recommended to start the facial treatment regime. As we pass the age of 30, the skin cell generations start to decline and our collagen productions decreases as well.  The skin start looking dull, droopy, dry and fine lines start forming.  It is a good time to start the facial acupuncture to prevent skin from further aging.


Those with the following are not advised to use this treatment:

  • Chronic migraine
  • Hypertension
  • Skin cancer
  • Colds and flus
  • Diabetic
  • Pregnancy


Treatment plan:

Facial acupuncture requires a committed treatment plan.  The initial treatment consist of 12 visits.  A Patient needs to have it twice a week for 6 weeks and after that, based on patient needs.  The treatment plan can become once a week for a month or as needed.  Then, a patient can come in 1-2 times per month as needed and then the long-term plan would be once every half a year.

You should notice increased lift and tighter facial fascia and a brighter complexion as well as diminishing fine lines and eye bags.  Additionally, you will notice reduced water retention on the face and around the eyes.   Again, it is strongly recommended to follow the treatment plan in order to see the results.

If the whole protocol is followed, the facial rejuvenation can last for years without       frequent maintenance.



massage faceFacial rejuvenation acupuncture can support anti-aging by speeding up skin cell generations, reducing fine lines, and giving you a tighter and brighter face.  Along with facial acupuncture, it is also recommended to have a healthy diet by consuming more vegetables like cucumbers, celery, bell peppers and fruits like berries (high in anti-oxidants), apples (collagen, elastin and polyphenols), oranges, pomegranates and many more. Avoid too much sugar, spicy, greasy, and fried foods.

Keep your system hydrated to keep your cells happy by drinking tea with anti-oxidants like green tea.  Applying sunscreen on the face regardless of the weather can also help.  Even maintaining stable emotional control, regular exercise routines, and healthy life styles (going to bed early) are important.


If you are interested in finding out more about The Acupuncture Face Lift, reach out to Ko Ching to book a visit by calling (425) 949-5961.


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Free Radicals and Anti-Aging

By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft

As an integrative practitioner of family medicine, in addition to working with chronically ill people using IV nutritional therapy, I work with athletes to improve their performance and to speed their recovery and even to regenerate smoother and healthier skin.

In today’s society, it feels like we are always on the go and oftentimes we forget to take care of ourselves.  As a by-product of our busy lives, we fall into the pattern of poor nutrition, improper sleep, lack of sleep and lack of physical activity until before we know it we look in the mirror and see all the signs of premature aging.

shutterstock_223518646Premature aging shows up in the form of skin elasticity, weight gain, anxiety, depression, skin problems, fatigue, digestive disorders and chronic illness.  To help slow down the aging process and retain that youthful glow, it is best to eliminate as many obstacles to cure as possible and replenish your body with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and anti-oxidants.  Currently one of the most plausible and acceptable explanations for the mechanistic basis of aging is the “Free Radical Theory”, which hypothesizes that aging and its related diseases are the consequences of Continue reading

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Kidneys: Not just for pies anymore!

by Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz

shutterstock_6134527     This month we are focusing on the Kidney; 2 small bean shaped organs located next to your spine on either side.  I know what you are thinking: those 2 little organs, you can give one to another person and still go on living, how important could they be?  After recently being on vacation and taxing my kidneys with dehydration from flying, running heaters in the blizzards of New England and the sweating from the hot sun of Jamaica, I can tell you I have seen their importance.

Honestly, when it comes to the kidneys, you have to take a page out of the lesson plan from one of my favorite teachers, Model.  That is to step back and look at the “big picture.”  To think that your kidneys are only responsible for making urine is just the tip of the iceberg!  They are responsible for: Continue reading

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The Spring Cold and Flu Season

by Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz
shutterstock_510260584The holidays have come and gone and Spring is in the air, but the cold and flu season is going full steam ahead, and it is bad this year.  Here at Alpine Integrated Medicine, we believe that prevention is the best medicine, but sometimes that is not enough.  Here are some tips and tricks to prevent illness and also some of our favorite supplements to use if you succumb.

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