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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

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How frequently do I take mineral supplements for chelation therapy?

Every other day: Depends what kind of chelation you are using. Taking every other day may be adequate. ...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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Do you know of any veterans who used chelation therapy for angent orange problems and if it actually worked?

Do you know of any veterans who used chelation therapy for angent orange problems and if it actually worked?

I actually did a bit: Of research on this out of curiosity. Any damage Agent Orange did happened decades ago. Your body cleared the toxins, 2 plant defoliants called 2, 4, 5-T (trichlorophenoxyacetic acid aka hedonal or trinoxol) & 2, 4, -D (dichlorophenoxyacetic acid aka trioxone). Both water-soluble, so wouldn't be stored in fat, but cleared from bloodstream. Any chelation done now would bind recently ingested toxins. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy effective for heart patients?

Is chelation therapy effective for heart patients?

Not for Kids: Not for kids. Stay away from this potentially life threatening procedure. ...Read more

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How is ionic foot detox similar to chelation therapy?

How is ionic foot detox similar to chelation therapy?

They are not: They are completely different things. Chelation is the administration of agents to remove heavy metals from the body. It has a long history of use in clinical toxicology. Ionic foot detox are spa treatments that might feel good, and provide no clinical benefits beyond that. ...Read more

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Can tumor in the duodenum be treated by chelation therapy?

Can tumor in the duodenum be treated by chelation therapy?

Cancer/Chelation: Chelation is not the cure for the tumor in the duodenum but could help in getting rid of some of the causes for it. There are other IV treament availabe in conjuction with chelation to treat tumor in the duodenum. ...Read more

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Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

No: Chelation therapy is not a part of the therapy behind atherosclerosis when you have blocked arteries. When you do have a blockage, you need to mechanically reduce the obstruction. That can be done through angioplasty and potentially putting a stent in to keep that artery open. Subsequently one should be on cholesterol lowering medicine to prevent this from occuring again. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy effective to treat cancer in the duodenum?

Is chelation therapy effective to treat cancer in the duodenum?

No: What are you planning to chelate? Chelation is appropriate treatment for some heavy metal poisonings, e.g., arsenic, and lead. There is no objective evidence for the effectiveness of chelation therapy for any other ailments. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Not for 100% blocks: Although chelation therapy is very effective for improving blood flow, it will not "unclog" a completely blocked artery. However, atherosclerosis does not effect single arteries. It is a systemic problem. Therefore, for those with complete or near-complete blockages, I recommend stents or bypass, followed by chelation to improve blood-flow throughout the body and prevent progression. ...Read more

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Hi dr does chelation therapy cause bone cancer or other types of cancer since it eliminates minerals from the body?

No: Many benefits have been attributed to chelation, particularly in atherosclerosis (deposition of cholesterol in blood arteries. This has been disputed, if not totally rejected. The risks include chelation of minerals and subsequent elimination. The risks are multiple, the benefits are dubious. You decide...I would not use them myself. ...Read more

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more