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Chelation Therapy Is Still Considered Experimental for cardiovascular issues and Patients Must Understand Risks and Alternatives To Such Treatment Prior to Starting. Consult your primary care physician prior to starting Chelation Therapy.
We use Chelation therapy (on label) to remove trace amounts of lead and other toxic metals (off label). Also beware that there are no definitive tests to determine the exact levels of toxic metals in your system. Blood, hair, fecal, radiographic, or challenge urine toxicity testing is only a general determinant that toxic metals are in your system; as metals settle into different organs depending on age, metal and nutrional status. We utilize challenge urine toxicity testing as a general indicator of toxic metals. There are safe levels of toxic metals according to government standards; but in Preventive Medicine the ideal is to eliminate completely ALL toxic metals.
PREVENTIVE TREATMENT FOR: HEAVY METAL TOXICITY | ATHERIOSCLEROSIS
Linus Pauling, PhD is the only person ever to have received two full, unshared Nobel Prizes. He was one of the world's greatest biochemists and scientists. Before his death he wrote and researched extensively in the field of alternative and nutritional medicine.
by Linus Pauling, PhD
For more than twenty years I have devoted most of my time to research and education in the fields of nutrition and preventive medicine. I have written and lectured extensively about simple, safe and inexpensive measures to improve the length and quality of life. In my recent book, How to Live Longer and Feel Better, I covered that subject at length. EDTA chelation therapy fits in well with my views on health care.
EDTA is not normally present in the human body and is therefore, by definition, not an Orthomolecular substance. Chelation, however, is far safer and much less expensive than surgical treatments for atherosclerosis.
EDTA Chelation Might Restore Cardiovascular Function?
Amalgam fillings, environmental pollution, tainted meat, fish, produce, along with most healthcare and beauty products can cause the build-up of toxic metals in our bodies. These toxic metals inhibit vital enzyme function and increase free radical damage. With chelation therapy several substances are administered to patients orally or intravenously to lower or eliminate heavy metals.
These chelating agents latch onto or bind to these metals, creating a compound that can be passed in the urine. Without chelation therapy these heavy metals can reside in the blood, muscle and bones for decades causing problems with DNA replication and enzyme function thus further predisposing the body to future illness at a time of compromised immune function.
Artery Disease (CAD)
What is coronary artery disease?
Approximately 7 million Americans suffer from CAD. It is the leading cause of death among American men and women; more than 500,000 Americans die of CAD-related heart attacks each year.
There are several factors that can each increase the risk of developing CAD:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol levels
• Physical inactivity
• Family history of CAD
A person with CAD may or may not have symptoms. Symptoms can include
chest pain from angina, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, cold
sweats, or nausea.
Because the severity of CAD and its symptoms can vary from person
to person, the way the disease is diagnosed and treated can also vary.
CAD is often diagnosed through a series of tests that can include
blood tests to see if protein has been released into the bloodstream
from damaged heart tissues, electrocardiograms (EKG) to check the
heart's electrical activity, "stress" tests to record the
heartbeat during exercise, nuclear scanning to check for damaged areas
of the heart, and angiography to see how blood flows.
Treatment of CAD depends on many factors, such as the patient's age,
heart function, and overall health. Often, treatment begins with focusing
on lifestyle--stopping smoking for patients who smoke, reducing fat
in the diet, and engaging in a prescribed exercise program. Medications
may also be prescribed, such as aspirin to prevent additional heart
attacks, medications that decrease the workload on the heart, or medicines
to reduce high blood cholesterol levels or high blood pressure. If
these efforts are not effective, a patient may need to have the narrowed
or blocked arteries re-opened through a procedure called balloon angioplasty,
or bypassed through surgery. Balloon angioplasty involves threading
a thin tube into the artery and expanding a balloon-like apparatus
as a way to increase the size of the artery so more blood can flow.
Bypass surgery is used to treat severe blockages by using veins or
arteries from other areas of the body to divert blood flow around
the blocked coronary arteries.
What is EDTA chelation therapy?
Chelation is a chemical process in which a substance is used to bind molecules, such as metals or minerals, and hold them tightly so that they can be removed from a system, such as the body. In medicine, chelation has been scientifically proven to rid the body of excess or toxic metals. For example, a person who has lead poisoning may be given chelation therapy in order to bind and remove excess lead from the body before it can cause damage.
In the case of EDTA chelation therapy, the substance that binds and removes metals and minerals is EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), a synthetic, or man-made, amino acid that is delivered intravenously (through the veins). EDTA was first used in the 1940s for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning. EDTA chelation removes heavy metals and minerals from the blood, such as lead, iron, copper, and calcium, and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals. Although it is not approved by the FDA to treat CAD, some physicians and alternative medicine practitioners have recommended EDTA chelation as a way to treat this disorder.
Does EDTA chelation therapy have side effects?
Several theories have been suggested by those who recommend this form of treatment. One theory suggests that EDTA chelation might work by directly removing calcium found in fatty plaques that block the arteries, causing the plaques to break up. Another is that the process of chelation may stimulate the release of a hormone that in turn causes calcium to be removed from the plaques or causes a lowering of cholesterol levels. A third theory is that EDTA chelation therapy may work by reducing the damaging effects of oxygen ions (oxidative stress) on the walls of the blood vessels. Reducing oxidative stress could reduce inflammation in the arteries and improve blood vessel function. None of these theories has been well tested in scientific studies.
CAD is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. In spite of effective standard therapies, such as lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgical procedures, some patients with CAD seek out EDTA chelation therapy as a treatment option.
Therefore, NCCAM and NHLBI saw a public health need to conduct a large-scale,
well-designed clinical trial that could determine more clearly whether
EDTA chelation therapy is indeed an effective and safe alternative
for treating CAD. However, there are professional organizations that
are of the opinion that a large study of EDTA chelation therapy should
not be carried out because of the lack of scientific evidence supporting
Overall, the investigators will assess whether EDTA chelation therapy and/or high-dose vitamin/mineral supplements are safe and effective in treating individuals with CAD. Specifically, they will determine if EDTA chelation and/or high-dose vitamin supplements improve event-free survival (length of time without another heart attack, etc.), are safe for use, improve quality of life, and are cost effective.
The investigators will look at several markers of improvement, or
endpoints, to make these determinations. The primary endpoint in the
trial will be a composite of:
Who is the study's principal investigator?
Participants must be 50 years of age or older, have had a heart attack
at least 6 weeks prior to evaluation, and have not had chelation therapy
within the past 5 years. Other exclusion criteria include:
The trial began in 2003; patients receive 30 weekly intravenous treatments,
then 10 more treatments given bimonthly, over a 28-month period. They
also receive high doses of vitamins, which are also often given with
chelation therapy. (The effect of such vitamin doses will also be
examined in the trial.) The study is expected to be completed in 2010.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a type of heart disease in which
the coronary arteries (vessels that supply oxygen-carrying blood to
the heart) become blocked by deposits of a fatty substance called
plaque. As plaque builds, the arteries become narrower and less oxygen
and nutrients are transported to the heart for proper function. CAD
can lead to serious health problems such as angina (pain caused by
insufficient oxygen-carrying blood reaching the heart) and heart attack.
If you are reading this report you are obviously worried about your
heart. You may have been told that you have:
THE ATHEROSCLEROSIS PROCESS
The American Heart Association also says that some drug remedies
increase the risk of a heart attack by 60%. Many high blood pressure
drugs multiply the problem.
Studies by Harvard Medical School researchers and the U.S. Government's
Office of Technology Assessment have concluded that a staggering 85%
of bypass surgeries were not necessary.
Unfortunately 50% of men and 63% of women who died suddenly of heart disease had NO previous symptoms
POSSIBLY DISSOLVE A LIFETIME OF ARTERY PLAQUE?
Fatty deposits called plaque starts building up at a very early age, even if you eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle, and relentlessly accumulates until the blockage leads to serious health problems.
Young arteries are flexible and supple, but early on small deposits of cholesterol and fat molecules (lipids) appear as fatty streaks.
By the time you're 30 years old, your arteries have been subjected to continuous trauma from high blood pressure events, viral and bacterial assault, and biochemical and free radical attack. As a result, the interior lining of the arteries becomes more damaged, and the fatty streaks become more prolific, making the arteries less flexible.
As you approach your 40's and 50's, more damage to arterial linings has occurred and more plaque has formed. As atherosclerosis progresses, these calcified plaques multiply and blood flow is restricted. This ultimately sets the stage for the diseases that result from atherosclerosis.
Besides the arteries, calcium is also deposited in the joints, kidneys and even around the bones of the inner ear, where it can affect hearing acuity. Luckily, EDTA dissolves "metastatic" calcium — calcium deposited where it doesn't belong.
ARTERIES GO FROM THIS
TO THIS ...
“As blood starts to reach areas of your body in greater volume than
it has in years you are going to start feeling better, more energetic
and more alert”
“For those whose atherosclerosis is severe enough that they are experiencing symptoms, EDTA chelation may not only keep them from falling under the horrific CABG knife, but offer them instead the experience of renewed energy, clearer thinking, improved sexuality, warming of feet and hands, ability to walk or hike pain-free, stronger bones, diminished or eradicated chest pain, improved cholesterol, reduced blood pressure, or improved vision. Restoring blood flow can be like being born again! It can be like a new life for you to enjoy.”
“For those who have not yet reached the symptomatic stage, preventing the onset of atherosclerotic diseases is the goal. Oral EDTA chelation retards the plaque buildup that progresses with aging, and it may even reverse plaque buildup in many cases. Think of it as an insurance policy. EDTA slows, or even reverses, to some extent, the aging of the cardiovascular system.”
"With perfect laminar blood flow a mere 19% increase in the diameter of a blood vessel will double the flow rate. In a vessel with turbulent flow, such as a diseased artery with plaque, a 10% increase in diameter will cause a doubling of blood flow"
SIGNS OF RISK
Heavy metals stay in your system decades after exposure!
Some dangerous heavy metals that are removed from your body using EDTA chelation therapy are:
Sources: Adhesives, antiseptics, thermometers, batteries,
baby powder, cosmetics, dental amalgams, diuretics, fabric softeners,
felt, floor waxes, fungicides, germicides, industrial waste, insecticides,
laxatives, lumber, paper & chlorine manufacturing, medications,
vaccines, paints, paper products, pesticides, polluted water, contact
lens solution, suppositories, tanning leather, tattoos, wood preservatives.
Sources: Cigarettes, fruits and vegetables, shellfish,
organ meats, drinking water, air, ice cube trays, pitchers, bowls,
jewelry, stained glass, paint,
“To follow the media, which features one statin commercial ad after another, one would think that cardiovascular care was all about cholesterol-lowering drugs and coronary bypass surgery. Right or wrong, these measures are important only after the disease is well established. You don’t want to let it get that far if you can help it. The trick, if you want to live a long and healthy life, is to prevent the disease from getting started in the first place-or at least, to catch it in its earliest stages, when it’s still fairly easy to treat and hasn’t done any permanent damage yet”
“Anecdotal reports have been surfacing for years of impotence, loss
of libido and erectile dysfunction associated with statin drug use."
As we age, cholesterol, calcium, and other minerals accumulate on
the inside lining of our blood vessels and, over time, clog them.
This process is referred to variously as hardening of the arteries,
atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, and arterial plaque buildup (see
Figure 1. The atherosclerotic process.
To ignore this process can be exceedingly dangerous and may result in rampant cardiovascular disease. Examples of such diseases are high blood pressure, angina (chest pain due to poor blood circulation to the heart), heart attack, peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to the legs and feet), and stroke.
When plaque builds up in blood vessels, blood flow (carrying oxygen and nutrients) is restricted. It's like water flowing through a pipe clogged with mineral deposits; if the deposits are thick enough to create a complete blockage, the water will stop.
It is no different with your blood vessels. If there is excessive plaque buildup and the vessels become partially or completely blocked, not enough blood can reach the body's tissues, which become starved for the oxygen and nutrients they need. Consequently, they will not function optimally and may even die. An example is peripheral vascular disease in a diabetic, where there is insufficient blood flow to the lower legs or the feet. Depending on the degree of compromise, the patient may experience pain upon walking, even short distances, or cramping in the legs or feet. Left unattended, gangrene of the feet may ensue, followed by amputation (if one seeks conventional treatment).
Another example is coronary (heart) vessels that become so clogged that there is insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle itself (see Figure 2). Symptoms might be tightness in the chest, chest pain, or discomfort in the jaw or left arm. If the blood supply is restricted for too long, a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, can occur. In this case, actual muscle tissue of the heart dies. If too much of it dies, the heart will no longer be able to pump blood to sustain life, and death will result.
Heart With Muscle Damage and a Blocked Artery
It’s an amino acid, with a composition very similar to common vinegar.
It was synthesized in the 1930’s, and first used in intravenous injections
as a vital treatment for people who had been exposed to toxic levels
of lead, mercury, aluminum and cadmium. Following these initial uses,
patients’, who were suffering from angina and coronary artery disease,
symptoms dropped dramatically. This prompted the first studies to
discover the other therapeutic effects of EDTA, principally in atherosclerosis
and other heart diseases.
EDTA CHELATION (pronounced “keelation”)
EDTA binds molecules (called chelation), such as metals or minerals
and holds them tightly so they can be removed from the body.
In the same way that an eggshell dissolves in vinegar EDTA will take
calcium and other clogging materials off your arteries and washes
the debris out through the kidneys.
Clinical experience with EDTA chelation therapy has convinced thousands
of licensed physicians in North America that it is a safe and effective
treatment for atherosclerotic vascular disease, as it consistently
improves blood flow and relieves symptoms associated with the disease
in greater than 80% of the patients treated.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
EDTA Chelation has been proven effective in the elimination toxins and dangerous arterial plaque in hundreds of medical studies conducted by many of the world’s most highly respected medical institutions over 50 years.
The therapy can be understood simply as the removal of calcium deposits
(from your arteries, where you don't want them) and other harmful
minerals that promote blood clotting and atherosclerosis. Since these
harmful deposits are also known to cause excessive free radical production,
EDTA chelation also functions as a powerful free radical buster —
protecting cell membranes, DNA, enzyme systems, and lipoproteins from
the destructive effects of these ravenous molecules. Some experts
believe that the primary benefits of chelation are due to its free
radical-fighting effects. 1 And perhaps one of the most compelling,
but often overlooked, explanations for chelation's anti-aging, energizing
effects is that EDTA "resuscitates" your cells' mitochondria.
Mitochondria are the "power plants" of every cell in the
body — the site in which the energy-producing ATP is generated. Without
ATP, life can not exist. 2 Loss of mitochondrial function has long
been considered to be one of the primary causes of the aging process.
RESEARCH PROOF- EDTA CHELATION WORKS
The first systemic study of EDTA in people with Atherosclerosis was published in 1956. Twenty patients with confirmed heart disease were given a series of 30 EDTA treatments intravenously. Nineteen of the patients experienced improvement, as measured by an increase in physical activity and in another study conducted four years later, a similar group found that three months of EDTA infusions caused decreases in the severity and frequency of anginal episodes, reduced use of nitroglycerin, increased work capacity and improved Electrocardiogram results
Since these early studies, hundreds of papers have been published
on the favorable effects of chelation therapy in a variety of chronic
One other study included 92 patients who were referred for surgical
intervention. At the end of the study, only 10 required surgery either
during or after their chelation therapy. 5 In another study of 2,870
patients with various degrees of degenerative diseases, especially
vascular disease, almost 90% of the patients showed excellent improvement.
6 In one small, controlled crossover study of patients with peripheral
vascular disease, results showed significant improvements in walking
distance and ankle/brachial blood flow. 7
It soon became clear from these and later studies that EDTA treatments result in progressive and widespread improvement and stabilization of cardiovascular function. This is in contrast to standard treatments, such as angioplasty or CABG, which instantaneously restore normal function in the few treated arteries, but leave the rest of the body completely untreated (there's every reason to believe that if arteries are clogged in the heart, they're also clogged in other vital organs, like the kidneys and brain). High-tech treatments for heart disease, such as angioplasty and CABG, long hailed as medical breakthroughs, are in fact, oversold, overpriced, and ineffective, especially when compared with EDTA chelation. The truth of this assertion has been demonstrated on numerous occasions over the last 2 decades:
• The average mortality for CABG surgery is 4% to 10%. 9,10 In fact,
CABG has no overall effect on improving survival. According to one
study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, "As compared
with medical therapy, coronary artery bypass surgery appears neither
to prolong life nor to prevent myocardial infarction in patients who
have mild angina or who are asymptomatic after infarction in the five-year
period after coronary angiography." 11 By contrast, mortality
rates for EDTA chelation, when carried out according to accepted protocols,
approaches 0%. 12
EDTA, as an anti-clotting blood thinner, is three times safer than aspirin
The safety aspect of the use of chelation treatment has been phenomenal, with hardly any serious reactions being recorded amongst the host of seriously ill people to whom chelation therapy has been correctly applied.
By 1980 it was estimated by Bruce Halstead, MD, (Halstead 1979) that there had been over 2 million applications of I.V. chelation treatment involving some 100 million infusions, with not a single fatality, in the USA alone.
EDTA chelation is one of the most effective, least expensive, and safest treatments for heart disease ever developed,
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)
Chiurlia works for the Institute of Cardiology at Italy's University
of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The study appears in the Journal of the
American College of Cardiology. It's "not a surprise" that
erectile dysfunction and artery problems can go hand in hand, the
researchers wrote. Erectile dysfunction often stems from blood vessel
problems tied to atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, the
researchers write. They probed that connection by studying 143 men
living in Italy.
In the study none of the men had coronary artery disease -- at least, not yet.
However, men with erectile dysfunction were more likely to show three
early warning signs of coronary artery disease:
PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (PAD)
DON’T YOU NEED CALCIUM IN YOUR BODY FOR BONES?
It's especially important to take a mineral supplement when you're doing chelation therapy. Since EDTA is so effective at clearing debris from the arteries, it may result in the depletion of certain elements, as well. That's why it's recommended you take a broad-spectrum mineral supplement when using Advanced Formula EDTA Oral Chelation. You should take the minerals and the Advanced Formula at different times of day: Advanced Formula should be taken with meals, and the Minerals should be taken in between meals on an empty stomach or at night before bed.
LINUS PAULING ENDORSED EDTA CHELATION THERAPY
Dr GARRY GORDON MD, DO
I’ve seen lots of good things happen with EDTA-based programs.”
“I’ve known people who had such poor circulation that their feet were black bordering on gangrene. After EDTA, their black feet became pink again!”
EDTA IMPROVES SKIN QUALITY AND REDUCES WRINKLES
EDTA IMPROVES SEXUAL POTENCY
TOXIC HEAVY METALS
Heavy metals stay in your system decades after exposure! Get tested today!
How much heavy metals have you absorbed from sushi, tap water, vaccines, deodorant, paint solvent, cigarettes, aluminum pots & pans, cosmetics and air pollution? Your body is like a sponge that has been absorbing toxic metals since birth. As we grow older the likelihood of developing a terminal illness is compounded.
We can test you to determine how much toxic metals have absorbed into your muscles and bones and then develop a treatment plan to remove these metals to minimize the chances of you getting sick.
WHY DOESN'T EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT EDTA?
Few, if any, would opt for surgical treatment if they were aware and informed about the value of EDTA chelation. However, there are organizations and institutions that see political gain in cloaking the truth about EDTA's benefits.
It is clear that most of the opposition to EDTA is due to the threat that this therapy represents, not to patients' health, but to the bank balances of orthodox physicians (those who specialize in CABG, for example), hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies. Conventional treatment of cardiovascular diseases is big business in the United States, bringing in tens of billions of dollars each year.
Each CABG might cost $100,000; each angioplasty costs about $25,000; drugs for reducing cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure, and normalizing heart rhythm bring the pharmaceutical industry billions of dollars each year. And these are only a few examples. By contrast, the cost of chelation therapy, cited above, is minimal. The patent for EDTA has long expired and the modern drug establishment is unwilling to pour in the millions of dollars required for extensive testing of a substance that they will not have exclusive rights to when they are done. You may be hearing more about chelation soon.
The National Institute of Health is currently doing a large clinical double-blind trial on EDTA chelation therapy for coronary heart disease with thousands of patients. This $30 million IV Chelation study is a ten year study and is scheduled to run through 2013. This is an acknowledgement of the seriousness which the medical establishment now takes EDTA Chelation therapy.
The lack of acceptance by mainstream medicine should not prevent those interested in its claims from examining the objective evidence. It should not require “ double -blind” control studies to impress the observer with the possibility that people are actually getting better when severely ill people, with advanced circulatory problems, sometimes involving gangrene, show steady improvement in their functions, better muscular coordination, the disappearance of angina pain, increased ability to walk and work, restoration or improvement of brain function, better skin tone and more powerful arterial pulsations, along with the restoration of normal temperature in the extremities.
STATIN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, Crestor, (a seventh statin,
Baycol was removed from the market during the summer of 2001 because
of potentially serious side effects.)
This may be the first time you have seriously rubbed shoulders with the Drug Industry. Your Doctors want you to take powerful Statin prescription drugs to reduce your cholesterol and various other—probably at the same time- drugs to reduce your blood pressure.
Your Doctor may have told you that if he/she had his way he would prescribe these drugs for everybody in the world since they are so good at achieving reductions in cholesterol count or blood pressure. When I hear this I get nervous. The same people doing all the studies are now telling you we all need to take powerful drugs with significant side effects for the rest of our lives! What they don’t tell you is what this all has to do with eliminating Cardiovascular Disease!
We are worried about the side effects. You may have heard about the usual ones, cast aside as “rare”-“Side effects occur infrequently and include muscle aches, constipation, weakness, abdominal pain, and nausea.” etc.etc. Believe me they’re not so rare.
What they don’t tell you are the other ones where the brain’s normal memory functions are impaired.
The findings of Kash Rizvi et al in their 2002 review of erectile dysfunction leave little doubt that a strong relationship exists between the taking of statin drugs and erectile dysfunction.
Applying the criteria suggested by Sackett and colleagues in their book, “Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine” most would say that the strength of the relationship is sufficiently strong that it should be called “probably causal”.
In a review of France and Spain’s adverse drug reports by Bagheri and others, 74 cases of impotence associated with statin drug use were reported. In 85% of these cases the condition regressed completely when the statin drug was stopped.
Bruckert et al concluded that erectile dysfunction is a frequent disorder
in hyperlipidemic men treated with statins. Their study group consisted
of 339 age-matched men 40-50 years of age. If these otherwise healthy
men were on either a statin drug or a fibrate derivative, impotence
was much more likely.
Jackson reported on five men with coronary artery disease who developed impotence within oneweek of starting treatment with simvastatin 10 mg or having the dose increased to 20 mg.
All investigators in this field stress the likelihood of gross under-reporting
of impotence, erectile dysfunction and loss of libido in the usual
doctor / patient interaction.
EDTA is the synthetic amino acid which closely resembles four molecules of vinegar. It is never broken down in your body. It goes in and comes out as EDTA, attaching to metals and minerals, forming a bond called a chelate.
Side Effects of Chelation Therapy
Local skin irritation: This is generally from a deficiency
in zinc and vitamin B6. Supplementation of these nutrients are recommended
during the therapy.
Extreme fatigue: This is usually from a general nutrient
deficiency of minerals such as magnesium, zinc or potassium. Taking
a potassium rich supplements and/or the regular eating of potassium
rich foods are suggested before and during chelation (grapes, bananas,
peaches, potato skins), as this mineral may be removed during the
Cramps: About 5 percent of the patients report cramps usually at night. It is treated best by administering supplemental magnesium either orally or as an additive to EDTA infusion mixture. If magnesium is added to the infusion, it is generally in the form of magnesium chloride or magnesium sulfate. Such additions also reduce the chance of local skin irritation at the site of the infusion.
Pain in the joints: This is generally reported by patients who take frequent (three weekly) infusions. If this happens, reduce the number of infusions to one per week. Your therapist may also reduce the dosage of EDTA administered, if strong flulike aches develop. The symptoms generally disappear if you follow these recommendations.
Kidney toxicity is related to size (quantity) of the dose and the rate of infusion. Experienced therapists adjust dosage so that the infusion will not harm the kidney. Indeed, research has shown that, properly administered, chelation therapy improves kidney function, especially if there is any impairment present to this vital organ.
However, if the patient is very elderly, or has low parathyroid activity or is suffering from heavy metal toxicity which is damaging the kidney, treatment should be modified to use less EDTA less frequently (once per week perhaps). Heavy metals damage the kidneys and too rapid infusion can overload them. Heavy metals most likely to produce kidney damage during infusion therapy are lead, aluminum, cadmium, mercury, nickel, copper and arsenic.
Renal function tests should always be performed before chelation therapy
is started. In any case of significant renal impairment, lower dosage
of EDTA infusions should be used. Use extreme caution. Also make sure
that the patient has sufficient periods of rest between the infusions.
Excessive Removal of Calcium
Inflammation of a vein
During EDTA infusion it is possible that blood glucose may drop, leading to insulin shock. This is more likely to happen to diabetic patients. Patients having EDTA infusions are advised to have a snack before or during the three hours plus treatment period. Avoid dairy products that are high in calcium. Eat complex carbohydrates; avoid foods containing sugar such as ripe bananas. You may eat a fruit during infusion, if needed.
If you are diabetic and is taking zinc-bound insulin, there is a risk
of too rapid a release of insulin, leading to hypoglycemia and shock.
If this happens, make sure that you are given a rapid introduction
of sugar to stabilize your condition. Before further EDTA infusions,
you will need to change the form of insulin used. It has been found
that, most people need less insulin while undergoing chelation therapy.
Congestive heart failure
Chelation therapy, when administered by an experienced therapist at
the proper doses, is very safe. A very large study, which had been
monitored by the friends and foes of chelation therapy, found that
EDTA administered in the proper dosage was no more toxic than a placebo.
American College for the Advancement in Medicine estimates that over
500,000 patients have undergone chelation therapy safely nationwide
using ACAM protocol. No fatalities have been reported. It is important
that the therapist keep a close eye on your condition for the toxicity
and side reactions. Strict adherence to the dosage and rate of administration
is very important. Keep an eye on the calcium and magnesium in the
blood as these are removed during the treatment. Many suggest the
availability of emergency cardiac equipment as a wise precaution.
Links About Cletation:
Up to now, there have been no adequate, controlled, published scientific studies using currently approved scientific methodology to support this therapy for cardiovascular disease. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American College of Cardiology all agree with the American Heart Association on this point.
In August 2002, the National Clinic for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which are both components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the launch of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). This is the first large-scale, multiClinic study to find out if EDTA chelation therapy is safe and effective for people with coronary heart disease. This placebo-controlled, double-blind study involves participants age 50 years and older who've had a heart attack, and is expected to reach a total enrollment of 1,950. Participants are representative of the U.S. population. TACT is much larger than any prior study of chelation therapy; large enough to show if chelation therapy has mild or moderate benefits.
This study is being done because there is a public health need to conduct a large, well-designed clinical trial to find out if chelation therapy is safe and effective for treating people with coronary heart disease. If people use chelation therapy and it doesn't work, they may be deprived of the well-established benefits from the many other valuable methods of treating these diseases, such as lifestyle modifications, medications and surgical procedures; then again if chelation therapy is shown to be effective it may prevent thousands of needless surgeries each year.
The trial began in 2003; patients receive 30 weekly intravenous treatments, then 10 more treatments given bimonthly, over a 28-month period. They also receive high doses of vitamins, which are also often given with chelation therapy. (The effect of such vitamin doses will also be examined in the trial.) The study is expected to be completed in 2010.
Over 800,000 patient visits were made for chelation therapy in the United States in 1997. EDTA, which effectively speeds removal of heavy metals and minerals such as lead, iron, copper, and calcium from the blood, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals. Although it is not approved by the FDA to treat coronary artery disease, some physicians and alternative medicine practitioners have recommended EDTA chelation as a way to treat this disorder.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a type of heart disease in which the coronary arteries (vessels that supply oxygen-carrying blood to the heart) become blocked by deposits of a fatty substance called plaque. As plaque builds, the arteries become narrower and less oxygen and nutrients are transported to the heart for proper function. CAD can lead to serious health problems such as angina (pain caused by insufficient oxygen-carrying blood reaching the heart) and heart attack. SEE FULL PRESS RELEASE: http://nccam.nih.gov/news/2002/chelation/pressrelease.htm
"Approximately 250,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, the level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized."
Heavy Metals are shown to cause disease. Precise levels that are toxic to one person are benign to another. When evaluating toxicity one should consider the patient's overall health and what combination of toxicities their specific patient can handle. If the CDC and EPA issues a statement or policy stating that the toxic level is10 micrograms per deciliter of lead; but what is your child also has low level mercury exposure and happens to be already immuno-compromised with strep throat? The Cleansing Clinic believes that ANY poison is too much poison.
The Cleansing Clinic utilizes blood, hair, urine and fecal testing to determine heavy metal toxicity and works with patients to determine a strategy to promote optimum health. The most common metals we see in patients are lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum. Mercury is chemically similar selenium; Lead is chemically similar calcium; Cadmium is chemically similar to zinc and Aluminum is chemically similar to magnesium. The metals are so chemically similar to substances your body NEEDS to function that your body is tricked into absorbing them. Once inside, these metals are trapped and begin a cascade of devastating effects; most of which are just coming into focus.
Exposure to mercury occurs from breathing contaminated air, ingesting contaminated water and food, and having dental and medical treatments.
The nervous system is very sensitive to all forms of mercury. Methylmercury and metallic mercury vapors are more harmful than other forms, because more mercury in these forms reaches the brain. Exposure to high levels of metallic, inorganic, or organic mercury can permanently damage the brain, kidneys, and developing fetus. Effects on brain functioning may result in irritability, shyness, tremors, changes in vision or hearing, and memory problems.
Short-term exposure to high levels of mercury may cause effects including lung damage, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increases in blood pressure or heart rate, skin rashes, and eye irritation.
People are most likely to be exposed to lead by consuming contaminated food and drinking water. Exposure can also occur by inadvertently ingesting contaminated soil, dust, or lead-based paint. Ingestion is the primary source of exposure to the general population.
Lead paint is a major source of environmental exposure for children who ingest flaking paint, paint chips, and weathered powdered paint (mostly from deteriorated housing units in urban areas).
Lead paint can also contribute to soil/dust lead which can be inadvertently ingested via hand-to-mouth activity of young children. Lead can leach into drinking water from lead-based solder used in water pipes. Lead can leach into foods or liquids stored in ceramic containers made with lead glazing. Engaging in hobbies such as casting ammunition, making fishing weights, and stained glass can result in exposure to lead.
Exposure by inhalation can result during activities such as soldering with lead solder or sanding or sandblasting lead-based paint.
The most sensitive targets for lead toxicity are the developing nervous system, the hematological and cardiovascular systems, and the kidney. However, because of lead’s many modes of action lead could potentially affect any system or organ.
In the United States, smoking is the primary source of cadmium exposure after that is from the food supply. People who regularly consume shellfish and organ meats will have higher exposures. In general, leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach, potatoes and grains, peanuts, soybeans, and sunflower seeds contain high levels of cadmium.
People who fish in local waters as a means of food should be cautious and abide by any advisories.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that cadmium and cadmium compounds are known human carcinogens. Cadmium has been linked to diminished kidney function lung disease, chronic bronchitis and lung, kidney and prostate cancers.
Everyone is exposed to low levels of aluminum from food, air, water, and soil. Exposure to high levels of aluminum may result in respiratory and neurological problems. Aluminum (in compounds combined with other elements) has been found in at least 596 of the 1,699 National Priority List (NPL) sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
• Virtually all food, water, air, and soil contain some aluminum.
• Breathing higher levels of aluminum dust in workplace.
• Living in areas where the air is dusty, where aluminum is mined or processed into aluminum metal, near certain hazardous waste sites, or where aluminum is naturally high.
• Eating substances containing high levels of aluminum (such as
antacids) especially when eating or drinking citrus products at the same time.
• From vaccinations.
Some people with kidney disease store a lot of aluminum in their bodies and sometimes develop bone or brain diseases. Some studies show that people exposed to high levels of aluminum may develop Alzheimer’s disease. Studies in animals show that the nervous system is a sensitive target of aluminum toxicity. However, the animals did not perform as well in tests that measured the grip strength or how much they moved around.