Intravenous Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy is an approved treatment for heavy metal treatment. However, it is also effective in reversing atherosclerosis (big artery) and very good for arteriosclerosis (smaller arteries or capillaries).
Chelation therapy was heard by Committee for Government Reform under Senate of USA in 1998 following which USD29 million was disbursed for the first multiple centre, double blind controlled study. The research was headed by Dr. Gervasio Lamas, carried out in over 150 centres all over North America. Patients or subjects were aged 50 years or older and had an acute myocardial infarction (MI) at least 6 weeks prior to the treatment. The study looking at primary endpoint, the endpoint are: Death, MI, Stroke, Coronary revascularization or procedures to open the blocked arteries and Hospitalization for angina. It also looking at secondary end-point that is composite of primary endpoint.
Many quarters who are against this treatment happy because they believe it will be a nail on the coffin for this treatment.
However, the results surprised everybody because it is significant result for coronary artery disease and highly significant among diabetic with coronary artery disease.
The result is considered “star performance” in this subgroup.
Chelation therapy has strong basis since the accumulation of heavy metals is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Even accumulation of normal minerals are abnormally high in heart disease patient, such increased levels are toxic to cells, Reference: JACC 1999;33(6):1578-1583.
Chelation therapy is a treatment given intravenously over 2 ½ to 3 hours under the supervision of fully trained and licensed medical doctor. Chelation solution contains several important ingredients. Main medicine for chelation therapy is EDTA “ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid’’, however, it is not a stand-alone medicine and must be mixed with few other ingredients with almost iso-osmolar or slightly hyper-osmolar to human plasma. Each ingredient is important and plays a role in the effectiveness of chelation treatment.
Main indication or diseases treated are coronary artery disease, cerebral vascular disease, peripheral vascular disease — diabetic ulcers and gangrene, atherosclerosis anywhere, scleroderma and other age-related symptoms that related to blood vessels diseases. However many other chronic degenerative diseases clinically response to the procedure. See other indication for chelation therapy.
Is Chelation Therapy Safe?
It is safe and effective. It is stated that chelation therapy probably safer than driving to clinic. EDTA is the safest and most powerful chelating drug in the market. It is used in all hospitals for treating poisoning by lead, cadmium, mercury, etc. since 40 years, In USA alone, over one million patients have been treated with EDTA. Excretion of EDTA-metal ions is mostly via the kidneys and 95% are passed out within a 24 hours period.
Chelation Therapy is among the safest of medical treatment. Over 800,000 patients have received over five million treatments in the USA alone by the year 1997. Currently 1 million people undergoing treatment yearly since the year 2000.
Effectiveness of Chelation Therapy
The effectiveness of chelation therapy confirmed by multiple centre trial in a double blind controlled study sponsored by USA government through NIH (National Insitute of Health).
Dr. Martin Ruben, Emeritus Professor of Georgetown University in Washington DC proved it is effective to induce decalcification in atherosclerotic plaque beside anti-coagulant and anti-oxidant effect of chelation therapy.
Is there any other means to induce decalcification? Basic mechanism or the science behind chelation therapy is easily understandable. Nevertheless there are so many beneficial effects the mechanism of which still poorly understood.
The whole world data consistently showed it is effective. Example of effectiveness are by Hancke C, Flytlie K. of Denmark and meta-analysis by L.T. Chappel on benefits of EDTA chelation therapy on atherosclerosis.
Published studies show benefit for coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and cerebral vascular disease. See other published study show positive – never negative. Including meta-analysis.
There may be some controversies with regard to chelation therapy. Nevertheless millions of people benefit from this treatment. Dr Elmer Cranton, stated: “study showed positive result…never negative” or there is strong evidence in favour of chelation therapy. There is increasing acceptance of this therapy all over the world.
The future of Chelation Therapy
What is the future of chelation therapy? Increasing number of physicians and scientists are coming to the conclusion that chelation therapy has tremendous potential in the treatment of atherosclerosis and many other disorders.
An excellent example of this increase acceptance is seen in a recent publication in a major cardiology textbook, a chapter dedicated to EDTA chelation therapy, written by renown scientist Dr Martin Ruben, Emeritus Professor of Medical School at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Linus Pauling, a Nobel Peace Prize winner in chemistry endorsed and he wrote the foreword in the Textbook on EDTA chelation Therapy. Read his foreword.
Medicine for Chelation Therapy
All medicine used are registered under Ministry of health of Malaysia. It is perfectly legal. EDTA is not only FDA approved but also approved and license for sale by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia. Any drug having approval by both FDA and the Ministry of Health can be used by a physician as his/her education and experience dictate.
The treatment is considered an alternative treatment in many countries including USA, Canada and Malaysia but can only be carried out by a fully registered and licensed medical doctor. It is a state law in five states in USA that doctor has to talk about this treatment as an option of treatment for blood vessel disease.
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