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Dr. Ward Dean
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Chelation (Overview)

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, chelation requires careful monitoring.


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What is chelation therepy?

What is chelation therepy?

Removal of minerals: Used for removing poisons like lead from body, usually. But the chelation you are probably hearing about is using that medicine to remove calcium from blood vessel wall to treat hardening of blood vessels (atherosclerosis) in heart and brain. The problem is that it has not been proven in traditional medical literature to be of benefit & has many side effects besides cost. Alternative med use only. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
70 doctors shared insights

Chelation (Overview)

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, chelation requires careful monitoring.


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What happens if too much copper is removed through chelation? 

What happens if too much copper is removed through chelation? 

Several effects: Copper deficiency can cause a number of problems such as neurologic (nerve) problems, anemia (low red blood cell count), confusion, fragile hair, weakness, osteoporosis (thin bones that fracture easily). These effects can be prevented by taking a copper supplement and restoring normal copper balance. ...Read more

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Iron chelation drugs a sham?

Iron chelation drugs a sham?

Iron chelation: Iron chelation is not a sham if the patient has a hematologic disorder such as myelodysplasia or thalassemia which requires frequent blood transfusions. When one receives blood, one also receives all the iron inside the blood cells. This iron stays inside the body and can cause organ damage. Chelation therapy is then very important. It is also used for patients who accidentally take too much iron. ...Read more

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What is chelation therapy?

What is chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy: Chelation therapy is a chemical process in which a synthetic solution—EDTA is injected into the veins to remove heavy metals and/or minerals from the body. such as lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum, and calcium and removes them from the body. FDA has approved treatment for Lead poisoning. There is not enough scientific evidence about its effectiveness in other metal poisoning.. ...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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Can I get chelation therapy in pill form from health food stores?

Can I get chelation therapy in pill form from health food stores?

Yes and Questionable: Succimer {chemet} is an oral lead chelating agent that is not available from the health food stores. It must be prescribed. Health food stores sell supplements. Supplements are sold a food product and must be safe for consumption. This means they do not have to prove or provide any medical benefits. Supplements with edta {a chelating agent} will have ultra-low levels, so no harm = no med bene. ...Read more

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Can iron chelation drugs cause a rash?

Can iron chelation drugs cause a rash?

Iron chelation: Yes, especially if you are taking Desferal subcutaneously. But oral medications can cause a rash as well. Please discuss this with your doctor to see if a change in medication is appropriate or if you could be helped by allergy medications. ...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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Iron chelation drugs causing a rash. Are there alternative drugs?

Iron chelation drugs causing a rash.  Are there alternative drugs?

Iron chelation: The only medications for iron chelation are Desferal (given intravenously and subcutaneously) or Exjade and Deferiprone (both given orally). Try discussing a switch with your doctor, or see whether taking allergy medications can help. ...Read more

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Hi, is wheatgrass effective in iron chelation? In what dosage? Thank you

Hi, is wheatgrass effective in iron chelation? In what dosage? Thank you

YES!!! 1 ounce/day: In an impressive study of 20 transfusion-dependent patients with mds ferritin levels decreased from an average of 2, 250 to 950 after 30 ml of wheatgrass juice/day for 6 months- see http://www.Mdsbeacon.Com/news/2009/06/02/study-shows-iron-chelating-properties-of-wheat-grass-juice-asco-2009/ i don't see any harm in trying even higher amounts- there would be no danger to drinking 1 oz 2x/day. ...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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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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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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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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