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Can chelation therapy help someone with autism?

Can chelation therapy help someone with autism?

NO: The ama does not endorse chelation therapy for behavioral issues because of potentially horrible side effects including death. There is no sound evidence whatsoever that it even helps behavioral issues. For proven heavy metal poisoning there may be an indication. Otherwise it appears to be quackery. There is no scientific evidence that heavy metals play a role in childhood autism. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Chelation (Definition)

Chelation is the name for administering a substance to remove heavy metals from the body. It can be an important treatment for lead poisoning or iron overload. It is also touted by some for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, based on the idea that these children may have toxicity from mercury or other heavy metals. However, there is little evidence to support this hypothesis. Chelation agents bind metals nonspecifically and may result in dangerously low levels of calcium, iron, and magnesium, in addition to toxic heavy metals. Thus, ...Read more


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Where can I find chelation therapy clinic?

Where can I find chelation therapy clinic?

Check with ACAM: Most (though not all) doctors who offer chelation therapy belong to acam, an organization that offers training & certification in chelation therapy. Not every acam member offers chelation, but many do, so you can check the directory & see if the practitioner offers chelation: www.Acamnet.Org/site/c.Ltjwj4mpiwe/b.5457489/k.60df/welcome_to_physicianlink__18005323688_/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.Asp. ...Read more

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Does chelation therapy work for atherosclerosis?

Does chelation therapy work for atherosclerosis?

Chelation therapy: No chelation therapy doesnot reverse atherosclerosis, chelation is supposed to bind toxins for elimination through the kidneys. Atherosclerosis is integrated into the arteries in a matrix of calcium, cholesterol, platelets, fibrinogen and other substances. If chelation freed the plaques they would clog the kidneys and shut down normal filtration causing kidney failure, emboli or strokes. ...Read more

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How effective can chelation therapy be for cancer?

How effective can chelation therapy be for cancer?

Not at all: There are no studies showing that chelation therapy has any role in the treatment of cancer. It is considered a sham treatment. ...Read more

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Can I use chelation therapy for angent orange problems?

Different: Chelation works for heavy metals. Unfortunately agent orange is not a heavy metal. This being said, decreasing your toxic metal load will likely be helpful overall. ...Read more

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Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Not true: Artery disease is best treated with risk factor modification, medcal therapy for hypertension, nicotine addiction, diabetes, and elevated cholestrol. Chelation is expensive, heavily advertised and not scientific in regards to any benefit. Its not likely to hurt you, but why are you using it? ...Read more

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Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Yes: Probably the best-studied use of edta chelation therapy has been for intermittent claudication (peripheral vascular disease). Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www.Acam.Org) for clinical studies and names of physicians in your area who provide this treatment. Chelation therapy improves blood flow throughout the body, and benefits a wide range of ischemic conditions. ...Read more

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Should one supplement minerals before and/or after a chelation therapy?

Should one supplement minerals before and/or after a chelation therapy?

After: Chelating agents {ie: edta, dmps, dmsa} are designed to attach to and remove elements with positively charged ions. They attached to both essential {ie: calcium} and non-essential {ie: lead} elements. If you take an oral supplement that contains minerals prior to chelation therapy, then you should expect to chelate some of the minerals that are contained within the supplement. ...Read more

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Has anybody seen results of chelation therapy for hardening of the arteries?

Has anybody seen results of chelation therapy for hardening of the arteries?

Good results in many: Chelation therapy remains very controversial but there have been many research studies showing it can be very effective. I have seen many patients who have told me dramatic stories of improvement after having undergone chelation. Here is a detailed summary of research done on chelation by dr. Elmer cranton, one of the pioneering chelation specialists: ...Read more

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I heard about edta chelation therapy, but the american medical association doesn't support it. Why?

I heard about edta chelation therapy, but the american medical association doesn't support it. Why?

Mineral depletion: Chelation therapy wipes out both good and bad stuff in body - if you are doing chelation it is recommended u do 3 day oral chelation captomer, lipoic acid, glutathione - captomer cleans, lipoic acid removes oxidative stress, glutathione provides energy for liver - this should be followed by 27 day high mineral +vitamin + energy for cells so both go hand in hand. ...Read more

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How effective is chelation therapy?

How effective is chelation therapy?

Very effective: The answer obviously depends on who you ask. I have performed chelation therapy with gratifying benefits for many of my patients for nearly 30 years. Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www.Acam.Org) for information, clinical studies, and the names of physicians in your area who provide this life-saving treatment. With chelation, many patients can avoid bypasses or stents. ...Read more

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Can anyone describe to oral chelation therapy?

Can anyone describe to oral chelation therapy?

Chelation: Artery disease is best treated with risk factor modification, medcal therapy for hypertension, nicotine addiction, diabetes, and elevated cholestrol. Chelation is expensive, heavily advertised and not scientific in regards to any benefit. Its not likely to hurt you, but why are you using it? ...Read more

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Does anyone have any thoughts about chelation therapy?

Does anyone have any thoughts about chelation therapy?

Many thoughts: Chelation therapy usually refers to IV edta to treat cardiovascular disease, though can also refer to any treatment that removes heavy metals from the body.Mainstream medicine considers the former unsafe & unproven. Actually, there are many research studies showing it to be safe & effective, but there is a lack of double-blind placebo controlled studies.A large nih study is in progress. See comment:. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have chelation therapy on a regular basis?

Is it safe to have chelation therapy on a regular basis?

Yes: Most of us who provide IV chelation therapy recommend 1-2 treatments per week, for a series of 10-30 treatments, or until the desired benefit is obtained (usually 20-30 treatments), followed by monthly "maintenance" treatments thereafter. Adverse effects are rare, if kidney function is normal--and kidney function generally improves with proper dosage of edta. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to try chelation therapy for their autistic child?

Can you tell me about it's like to try chelation therapy for their autistic child?

Not recommended: (NIMH) supports doing a study on the effects of oral chelation therapy in autism. The proposal is highly controversial, is drawing criticism from many scientists, but has popular support among parents who believe this type of therapy might help their children with autism. e National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports doing a study on the effects of oral chelation therapy in autism. The proposal is highly controversial, is drawing criticism from many scientists, but has popular support among parents who believe this type of therapy might help their children with autism. The proposal raises many questions about the ethics of biomedical research. Chelation and Autism Chelation therapy is a legitimate FDA approved treatment for heavy metal poisoning. The drugs used for chelation, such as disodium EDTA, bind to heavy metals so that they can be removed from the body. Chelation drugs can be given either orally or intravenously. The treatment is somewhat risky because it can also remove needed electrolytes, like calcium, from the body or causes shifts in the electrolytes that can cause arhythmias and changes in brain function. There are reported cases of cardiac arrest and death due to chelation. Chelation therapy has a long history of quackery – not for its intended use but for other uses for which there is no evidence. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about the positive and negative of chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis?

Could you tell me about the positive and negative of chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis?

Gray area: Many studies have shown no benefit over the years but the most recent study, published in the last year did show some benefit. It's a gray area right now, certainly far from proved, and not mainstream. I'd stay away from it. In the 1970s there were many shadowy clinics offering it and the only ones who definitely benefitted were the ones who got paid for it. ...Read more

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How often can I take mineral supplements for chelation therapy?

How often can I take mineral supplements for chelation therapy?

Depends. : Depends on your specific treatment and needs. Speak with your chelation doctor about it. He/she should be guiding you on this matter. ...Read more

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Is edta chelation therapy a scientifically and medically sound theory?

Is edta chelation therapy a scientifically and medically sound theory?

Depends: Edta is the drug of choice for lead encephalopathy. For use to "treat" cancer, hypertension, asthma, arthritis or just about any other disease- no it has no scientific basis and is simply an attempt to steal money from you. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more