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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
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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